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gracefully noted holiday newsletter!

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So generally, I am totally on the same page as most, getting a wee bit grossed out when Holiday items pop up in stores in October. After all it's not even Halloween yet! However it is that time to start thinking about Holiday Cards (scary I know!)!  In the next couple of weeks we are going to be debuting many of our holiday items. Yay!  Additionally,  we will be sending out a newsletter with not only those offerings, but with lots of ideas and options for custom holiday cards. If you are interested in receiving these emails, sign up for our newsletter! The submission links can be found below or on the home page of the website. Thank you to all of those who sign up in advance and I can't wait to share the new designs and custom information with you!

name this card

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Happy World Vegetarian Day!  Celebrating with this yummy rainbow swiss chard I got @N3RDMRKT yesterday. It’s so pretty, it deserves a punny #gracefullyNOTED card.

Any ideas?

#pundayfunday #handwrittennotes #die-cut

green thumb

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While living in Austin, I used to love taking cuttings, placing them in various vases of water (or soil depending on the plant) around the apartment, nurturing them and then eventually, if all goes as planned, planting them. For awhile, it was so out of hand our apartment looked like a veritable plant store. For some reason, after I moved back to the East coast I lost some interest. Maybe it was because I had to leave a number of my plants behind or maybe because with wedding planning in full swing at that point, that they were simply too low on my priority list to give it much thought. Regardless, while I still dutifully took care of my beloved Jade plants, the others didn't make it.

Recently, and somewhat out of the blue, I have been really exciting about planting again! This is my first jug of cuttings that I acquired yesterday. If all goes as planned they will be sprouting roots in the coming weeks and I can plant them in some fun planters I have left over from my "green thumb" days. One of my favorite things abut our apartment is that an entire wall of our living room is made of windows and I this vision of lining lots of puts of fun plants and flowers on the ledge.  Hopefully it all turns out!  And if it does I will be sure to share a picture :) Now I just have to decide what other kind of plants I want to acquire or grow!  Sounds like a good Saturday project to me. xx

playing with your food

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I have always loved how food is plated. Beautiful looking food gets me every time.  I remember in college, I was that person that tried to make their salad look just right and then took a picture of it, showing my friends whether they were interested or not (usually not). A wee bit embarrassing but true. I still struggle not to Instagram and share every pretty plate I encounter.

Food stylist, Anna Keville Joyce takes creating beautiful food compositions to a whole new level. In collaboration with photographer Agustín Nieto, Anna created these amazing plates using vegetables, fruits, grains and salts. Her compositions are so creative and I love how her creations extend beyond the plate into the are that would traditionally be the table setting, illustrating the ingredients used in her designs. More impressive is that these materials are perishable, so she is working under a definite time crunch. Do you have a favorite? I am not sure I can choose. But I think this gives us all permission to play with your food! Happy Friday! 

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baby blue eyes

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To be honest, today has been a rough day. For me, it always helps to find something beautiful and/or amazing to be inspired by to distract me from my crummy day. Below are images of Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. Every year 4.5 million baby blue eyes or Nemophila bloom in an event that is called "Nemophila Harmony". To me these images are so beautiful they almost seem surreal. I wish I was there but for now the pictures will have to suffice. I hope this brightens up your Tuesday like it did for me!

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via thisiscolossal. More photos of the park available here.

hello sunshine

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 Our new "hello sunshine" card in yellow.

Our new "hello sunshine" card in yellow.

Happy Monday Everyone!

We are currently adding a bunch of new stuff to our website, as well as adding lots of new cards that will be up in the next few days! This has been in the works for awhile and we are so excited to share them with you!

In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful day and are enjoying the sunshine!