We have been busy, busy getting the store ready for the Holidays.
I am always bummed to have to put Christmas up before Halloween - but such is the retail industry.
But I mean, really - I have to put up the store's Christmas tree today or tomorrow...
All of this in preparation for the American Cancer Society's Holiday Shopping Card, which begins on Friday. The Holiday Shopping card is $50 (which goes to benefit the American Cancer Society). There is a whole handbook of participating vendors in Austin - where you can recieve 20% off your purchases from Friday, October 29th though Sunday, November 7th. I actually always feel like the Holiday Shopping Card really is the kick-off of the holidays. So, come buy your Holiday Shopping Card from us, help the American Cancer Society and check your Christmas Cards and Christmas shopping off your list!
I went to a meeting earlier this week and realized, as I was trying to write down dates for 2011, that I am very soon going to need to order a new calendar (can you believe it's almost 2011?). I'm old school - I still like to write things down. For some reason I cannot use my phone and still keep my days straight. I have to see everything on paper. That is why I adore the Graphic Image calendars. They make several different sizes and orientations. I'm a "week on a page" kind of girl. But you can also get a week on 2 pages, a day to a page and even a check book size calendar. Being the monogram lover that I am - I love that you can have your calendar personalized. Now I just need to figure out what color I want...
But then I realized that I've never really posted anything
about this vendor and I think their
products are truly special.
The woman that paints these by hand is Denise Copp and her company is called Hung On Words.
She paints door signs, house numbers, wall plaques, an array of trays, key chains, magnets and more!
This small oval tray is actually mine.
I received it as a gift a couple of years ago, much to my delight.
She has about 3 different oval size trays
and about 3 different round size trays.
This is a sample of her large round tray, which measures 18".
It is a great size!
I think that the large trays make beautiful wedding gifts.
The smaller trays would be perfect for bridesmaids gifts.
When selecting a tray you can choose what kind of font/monogram you would like
as well as what paint colors you would like.
You can even send her a paint chip or fabric swatch if you would like your tray or wall art to coordinate with the decor. Denise has such a talent and an eye - she literally can match fabric swatches exactly!
The holidays are around the corner - time to start adding to your "wish list"!
Austin City Limits music festival is this weekend in our fair city. It appears that there will be perfect weather this year (as opposed to the deluge of last year). I unfortunately will not be in attendance as I have to work tomorrow and then have a Junior League volunteer shift on Sunday. However, I thought that this sunny invitation by Sharp & Sally perfectly represented the music festival - bright & cheery in the fall.
On another note - many years ago, when I first started in this business, one of my first (best) friends to get married came to me for wedding invitations. I was so flattered and super excited to be part of the planning process. Well, today is Will and Lauren's anniversary (sorry I can't remember what year - I'm thinking 6?). I am just as flattered and excited to be a part of their lives today as I was then. I guess I should also thank Will for marrying such a great girl who feels like she's been in my life almost as long as Will and treats Will the way that I would want all of my best friends to be treated. I love you both!
I have an idea for a Christmas gift for Dr. Mark - I can't tell you what it is though. Last week I sent an email to Patricia of PVE Design to see if she could potentially help me out with this "secret" gift idea. She quickly responded to my email and then I hadn't emailed her back (yet). Today when the mail came, there was a hand addressed letter to me (in very lovely handwriting). Everyday at work and at home I pray that I get something better than bills or bank statements - so this literally made me super excited to have something hand addressed. When I opened the letter is was a lovely hand written note from Patricia on GREAT letterpressed stationery as well as samples of some of Patricia's work. Everything about this mail made my day (and I even finally responded to her email).
1. The samples are lovely and very helpful.
2. I love when someone has an appreciation for nice stationery.
3. I love the letterpressed logo all across the flap of the envelope.
4. I love getting hand written notes.
4. I love getting hand written notes with pretty handwriting
Hayden Avery Fine Stationery specializes in unique, custom stationery, invitations and monogrammed gifts. For all enquiries regarding our invitation and stationery design services or any products seen on this sight, please call our office 512-799-4164.