Happy Autumnal Equinox - Fall Arrives

September 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Autumnal Equinox is today and I wish you all a lovely first day of Fall. It doesn't feel like Autumn as the temps will be in the 80s, but I still plan to find myself some kind of pumpkin beverage to celebrate the occasion. I may have to get an iced drink, but pumpkin spice is definitely happening! What are you doing to celebrate the new season? Are you planning any desserts, home projects, or decorating endeavors? Here are some colorful inspirations to get your in the mood for Fall:

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Back to School and Back to Campus - Write On

September 03, 2016  •  3 Comments

Nowadays it seems like everything is typed and some students even try to take notes on their phones. As I seriously date myself by admitting that back in my time we didn't use a computer until my junior year of high school, I'm very glad of that fact. We learned to type on old fashioned heavy duty manual typewriters and practiced proper cursive penmanship for years. I have to admit I've been losing that and I took out some of my old calligraphy books to practice! Heading back to school, there was just something very exciting about cracking open a brand spanking new notebook to take notes down and record your impressions. I believe there are many benefits to journaling and sketching, and it's wonderful to start young. Of course, there are also many advantages to computers and tablets: using less natural resources, faster note-taking, etc. Still, having a couple of nice recycled paper notepads or sketchbooks will help their imaginations fly a bit farther. 

Here's a little guide to help you choose:

(Journals/Sketchbooks are also available as spiral notebooks and viceversa)



journal, notebook, skethbookTime After Time

journal, sketchbook, notebook, art, photographyBlooms by the Sea



Perfect Tree

journal, sketchbook, notebookBlue Hydrangeas



sketchbook, notebook, cameo, vintage, pearls, art book,Classic Vintage Cameo

sketchbook, notebook, spiral notebook, clock, nyc, art book,Tick Tock on 5th


notebook, spiral notebook, cupcake, notepad Vanilla Stars and Swirls



lucky cat, maneki neko, journal,, sketchbook, notepad, neko, maneki, art bookThe Lucky Cat






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Back to School and Back to Campus - Tote and Carry

August 23, 2016  •  1 Comment

I remember a time when I wanted my room to be bright pink. It was around middle school. Of course, after a year or so I got really tired of living in the inside of a Pepto bottle and I begged my Mom to paint my room white with blue curtains. Needless to say, pink was out, blue was in. Choosing items for your tweens, teens, offspring and college bound youths can get a bit maddening. Styles and trends come and go at the speed of light. I've come up with some categories to help you out in this quest. It was quite fun coming up with these. It took me back to my campus days when people's rooms would be an explosion of what they loved at the time. Cats, dogs, rainbows, unicorns, stuffed animals, or dolphins would be splashed all over the walls. Then there were the super popular movie, Dali and Scream posters and the intense color schemes. It was a way to show our personalities and passions. No parents to regulate and plenty of peers to admire our handywork.

I'lll start with tote and carry. Bags, backpacks and cases ideal for books, supplies and everyday toting.

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Classic Cameo Tote Chandelier Drawstring Tote






Dramatic Pink Tulips Drawstring Backpack Cherry Blossoms Case Blush Rose Tote Bag



Nostalgia Flower Drawstring Backpack Stones and Pebbles Tote





Neon Tropics Tote Swirls Zipper Case Streaked Drawstring Backpack


Stay tuned for more back to school ideas: Dorm Decor and Things to Wear.


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Friday Quotes - Times Square

July 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"...Come and meet, those dancing feet. On the Avenue I'm taking you to, 42nd Street..." -Al Dubin, 42nd Street Musical








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The wonder of receiving real mail and a Summer Beauty!

July 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Summer Beauty Square Card

If you're a little bit old school like I am then you can appreciate the joy of receiving real mail. I don't mean junk mail or bills, I'm referring to postcards, cards, invitations, greetings and the occasional (gasp!) actual handwritten letter! I still have a box of about seventy letters that I received throughout the years. Pages and pages of thoughts, impressions and experiences from dear friends an family. I go back and read them and marvel at who has lovely penmanship and who has a way with words and makes me laugh. With all of this in mind, I've created a little card shop where you can shop for beautiful art cards to send your own thoughts, impressions and sentiments.

One of my favorites is this shot of a sunflower against a deep blue sky. I photographed this 'Summer Beauty' in a vast field in Vermont, which is usually associated with winter skiing and snow covered mountains. Vermont in the Summer is absolutely stunning. So lush and green with splashes of color in the form of abundant blooming sunflowers, black eyed susans, daisies and lilies. If you've never been, definitely consider it for future trips.

To celebrate the store opening and find something positive in this sweltering heat wave, use code CALIENTE at checkout and save 15%.

*** All fine art cards are eco friendly and packaged/mailed in recycled/biodegradable materials.

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