On sibling grief and becoming an only child

On sibling grief and becoming an only child

May 26, 2017 |  Category:   family me

Two years ago, on the first Mother’s Day after my brother died, my mom confided in me that she didn’t know how to answer the question,”how many children do you have?” I told her that the answer would always be two, no matter what. It’s definitely a question that gives you pause after losing an immediate family member. At best, it delivers a potentially awkward moment in the conversation; at worst it can catch you off guard and open up wounds. It’s a pretty innocent question after all – to ask someone if they have any siblings – yet the answer isn’t quite so clear for some people, is it? Do I still have a brother? Am I an only… CONTINUE READING

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

Something new in this year’s Mother’s Day gift box

Something new in this year’s Mother’s Day gift box

April 26, 2017 |  Category:   art + design the biz

I've been drawing more lately and it's always been a goal to try and integrate a bit more of what I do into our business. There's the product photography and food styling, of course, but when we were thinking of this year's Mother's Day gift box it seemed like a perfect opportunity to introduce some artwork into our product line. So we're happy to announce that with this year's Mother's Day gift box, we are including a 5x7" greeting card featuring an original botanical illustration. This is the latest in a series of pen and ink drawings I've been working on. It's printed on 100% rag fine art paper and I'm so pleased with how it turned out… CONTINUE READING

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

April 23, 2017 |  Category:   travels

Quebec City has always been one of the places from my road trip travels during college days that I’ve always wanted to return to. It was just a short visit the last time I was there – a pit stop on our way towards a much longer camping trip somewhere in the woods along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, but what I do remember was that the city totally charmed me. The weather during our stay was cold and wet; old snow was still shoveled into piles along the sidewalk. It was a pretty shocking change to go back to winter weather from the previous day when we drove through Vermont in near 80 degree temperature. But there’s something… CONTINUE READING

Spring break and a sale

Spring break and a sale

April 11, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

I'm writing this post from the road as we make our way up North. It's been awhile since we've travelled and a change in scenery and pace is really welcome even though we're shutting down the business for a week (we're having a sale, by the way, over at the shop: 15% off with code SPRINGBREAK this week and orders will begin shipping again on the 17th upon our return). Being freelancers and business owners mean you don't get paid vacations, but you can't put a dollar amount on experiences and a mental break. … CONTINUE READING

Spring. At last.

Spring. At last.

April 5, 2017 |  Category:   life

Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not… CONTINUE READING

Limited edition Marshmallow minis

Limited edition Marshmallow minis

March 28, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

Popping in quick to announce a limited edition product that's now available on our site through April 7th (or until quantities last). These mini marshmallows would be perfect in Easter baskets and come in two flavors inside the box: strawberry and vanilla. Totally kid approved - no, really! Miss C took a poll among her friends for their favorite marshmallow flavors...and that's what we made! Also available on our Etsy shop too. Happy Spring, friends. We're patiently awaiting blooms and signs of green here in the city. It seems like it's taking forever to arrive! … CONTINUE READING

March.

March.

March 14, 2017 |  Category:   art + design life

I’ve made it no secret that March is my least favorite month. Spring can’t come soon enough and the balance of everything, it seems, hangs ever so precariously during this month. It happens every year, which is odd – some sort of rhythmic cycle that I can’t make sense of. While some things are out of my control, I’ve been staying creative to keep myself grounded. Picked up drawing again (will post those at a later date) and have been keeping up the daily habit of drawing every day (usually late at night), A few months ago, I also started playing around with digital collages. Coincidentally, this is exactly how I taught myself photoshop in the mid-90s when Photoshop was… CONTINUE READING

immigration stories, and on being the first

immigration stories, and on being the first

February 24, 2017 |  Category:   family growing up half life remembering

I shared this image that I created on Instagram last week a few days after my grandmother died. She was 94 when she passed away and lived a far longer life than I think anyone would have expected, given that she outlived pretty much all her peers. Still, as ready as she was to go, a death of a loved one – whether or not we are prepared for it – is always hard. We’ve lost quite a few family members over the last few years and the girls have gone to more funerals than I ever have at that age. Death was such an abstract concept to me as a child because I never experienced that kind of loss… CONTINUE READING

Get cozy with a hot chocolate and marshmallow sale

Get cozy with a hot chocolate and marshmallow sale

February 13, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

Hi friends. We had to cancel an event yesterday so we have some extra product that we'd love to ship out this week. Since we've just had snow and there's another storm headed towards New England (looks like it's going to miss NYC!), we thought a sale on marshmallows and hot chocolate was fitting. From no till Feb 15, take 15% off all Hot Chocolate Mixes and marshmallows with code GETCOZY on our site or on Etsy (prices as marked on Etsy, no coupon code needed). Have a great week and stay warm! … CONTINUE READING

A birthday snow day

A birthday snow day

February 10, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc

A rare snow day for NYC public schools yesterday was a good reason for all of us to play hooky and take the day off, especially since we were celebrating a 13th birthday. The kid always wanted a snow day for her birthday. What better age to have your wish granted than the one where you enter teenagedom? This snow storm was pretty tame compared to ones we’ve had before, and the girls have certainly walked to school in much worse conditions. Snow days in NYC are pretty rare. When we got outside, we saw that the streets were efficiently plowed and public transportation was running delightfully smooth and on time. But honestly, I think perhaps the mayor was feeling… CONTINUE READING

Why did I march?

Why did I march?

January 27, 2017 |  Category:   life

I’m sure you’ve seen the hashtag #WhyIMarch circulating around social media. It’s a simple question, but one that really did make me think about my motivation to head down to D.C. last Saturday. And it was an immediate, almost knee-jerk reaction. Right when I saw the post about a march circulating around Facebook soon after the election results were final, I knew I was headed down to Washington. I admit to growing quite cynical after being an activist and frequent marcher of many protests, including one in D.C. during my early college years. When I left New York to finish college in the Northwest, I sort of left that part of my life behind, along with a lot of other… CONTINUE READING

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