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Our cookies have a new look

Our cookies have a new look

September 12, 2018 |  Category:   art + design the biz

First thing's first. Yes, we've got new packaging for our cookies! And we're celebrating the launch of our new boxes with a 20% off sale till September 15, both on our website and on Etsy. Use code: NEWBOXESFORFALL. Ok! So...our new boxes. If the branding process when we first launched our business back in 2008 went lightning fast, the design process for these boxes was anything but. These boxes were a long time coming, my friends. I actually initiated the designs last summer, but life and work got in the way last Fall, and then we had to deal with a trademark dispute that put everything on hold last Winter. Finally, we needed to… CONTINUE READING

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

May 29, 2018 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

I took a day off on Friday for my annual memorial visit to The Met in May to honor my late brother. I’ve really come to look forward to these quiet, solo visits to the museum and it just so happens that it coincides with the opening month of the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition. Church and religion is complicated for me (as it is for many people), and I was even a former Catholic school girl for 7 years (though I am not Catholic), but I do love the ritual and pageantry of it. The decision to put the collection in the Medieval Sculpture Hall was smart as it gives the dresses room to breathe in a space that boasts… CONTINUE READING

A new instagram account

A new instagram account

July 17, 2017 |  Category:   art + design

I started a new Instagram account just for art a few months ago. The idea to create a separate account was not without much consideration since I didn’t want to be spending any more time on Instagram than I already was. But I must admit – it’s nice to see all the work grouped together in one place. I also wanted something to hold me accountable since my intention is to draw or paint a few times a week and track progress, but I find it nearly impossible to keep up when my workload becomes tough. Posting in the last 6 weeks have been sparse because of deadlines, but I hope to start it up again this summer. I admire… 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

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

reawakening the inner artist

reawakening the inner artist

November 1, 2016 |  Category:   art + design life me

In many ways, this year hasn’t gone the way that I thought it might. I’m not sure what I expected when my start up job ended back in May and I transitioned back to freelance and our bakery biz, but I thought I would have more time than I ended up having. But as it goes, you can neither predict nor totally control life. There are many things that I can’t cross off my list this year, but the one thing I can cross off is that I’ve started to draw and paint again. I wasn’t even sure I knew how anymore, but as it turns out, drawing is a bit like riding a bike – you never really forget… CONTINUE READING

the new whitney

the new whitney

July 22, 2015 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

Took a morning off last week to visit the new Whitney Museum, a much delayed visit after we unsuccessfully attempted to go on opening day. I love how the city is as much an integral part of the museum experience as the artwork it houses. There’s something about the architecture of the new building that blurs the outside with the in. There are outdoor spaces that connect each floor with an exterior staircase, and couches line up opposite large windows for expansive city views on some of the gallery floors. The move from the Upper East side to the Meatpacking District where the High Line ends was a great move, and the new Whitney feels just as airy as the… CONTINUE READING

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

June 6, 2015 |  Category:   art + design the biz

It’s a full year later than when we originally intended to launch a new site, but it’s now live. Since Google announced about a month ago that it’ll rank mobile-friendly sites higher in search results, it was critical to do so (I need to get this blog on the mobile-friendly program soon too). Our old site was already suffering from poor SEO due to some of the typographic design decisions I implemented when we launched that site years ago that have since made it outdated as far as SEO goes, so now that we’re back on the search results grid, I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting our site to rank higher for certain keywords. I think this new… CONTINUE READING

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

September 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

Do you know how sometimes among friends it can be hard to collectively agree on plans? Everyone throws out ideas and then you do this back and forth dance until a decision is finally made. It ends up sounding a little something like this:   So what do you guys want to do today? {shrugs} Do you want to go to a museum? Nah Do you want to go to the street fair? No Do you want to go to the East Village? I think there’s a traveling circus performing today. Hmmm…no Do you want to go to Dumbo? There’s an art festival there. I don’t want to go to Dumbo, I don’t want to go anywhere.   When your… CONTINUE READING

threads at Governors Island

threads at Governors Island

July 7, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life

An open studio visit on Governors Island’s Artist in Residency program. Gabrielle Duggan’s studio on the top floor of one of the old buildings in Colonel Row. It was very calming to be in that space, all nooks and crannies and peeling paint. I could have sat there and traced each thread as it weaved itself around the stairwell landing for hours.   No one is an island; everyone is connected. Your words and comments are very much appreciated.… CONTINUE READING

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

April 15, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

An afternoon at the Whitney Museum on a weekend when there are sketching tours and open studios for kids on their calendar is a great way to spend a Saturday in the city. Admittedly, the girls usually groan when I announce that we’re going to an art museum, but they always declare it a fun day after the fact. Give them an activity booklet and a pencil and they make it their mission to fill out all the pages and find the relevant artwork to each activity. They’re tireless, and their love for crafting is tireless too. You all know by now that I’m not a crafter, but I admit I may have been picked up a piece of yarn… CONTINUE READING

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