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this post has been a long time coming – thank you for letting me take most of the summer off to spend more time with my kids. It can be so hard to balance family with work and I am not the easiest person to tear away from the technology. While the Dingbat’s Agenda isn’t a direct source of blogger income, it is a creative place to share what I’ve been working on and other happenings. Summer fun is coming to an end as kids start school Wednesday, but that also means more time for updating you with all the awesome projects we’ve been shipping out. Without further adieu, here are some of my favorite summer memories.

Dear Jane, You have officially inspired me to try red again in my hair. I hope your Valentine’s is a wonderful one, because those locks are RED HOT! Hopefully my husband thinks mine are red hot too… Your wannabe, Adrienne Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone or with Jane, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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Having a mother that catered many gourmet meals and fantastic wedding cakes during my childhood, it was inevitable that an affable bond with dish ware would grow in her only daughter. When my mom would do large parties she was always on the hunt for something that had the right amount of presentation but still left the food as the central focal point. We were always hunting antique stores for the next platter or tea cup or pitcher. She was a master at food art. Her table settings at home still are nothing short of amazing. The irony of it all is that among her Spode, Lennox, Dansk, Fiestaware, and Waterford Crystal – a piece of pyrex did not exist. Even more ironic is that I’ve somehow fallen in love with the domestic staple of household casseroles – the Pyrex in all …

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Today is World Diabetes Day. It is a day of mixed emotions. We are rounding out our 3rd year of Type 1 Diabetes in our home on December 1, 2011 but as I think back about what November means to us it is a time to be Thankful as well as a time to reflect upon awareness. In 2008 when David was 4 and in Preschool, he was always getting sick. A great potty trainer, it all snuck up on us when he started wetting the bed again. November 2008 was a time of morning sickness (I was pregnant with Charlie) and a LONG case of the flu. We had planned to head to Palm Springs for Thanksgiving but David kept throwing up and throwing up. I remember resigned to the fact that we just couldn’t travel that year to be with …

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Unveiling the final costume for my little blue macaw… Not only has she been wearing this costume non-stop since halloween, she might just have to become the new Twitter mascot…haha just kidding! I love you my beautiful blue bird, thanks for letting me be a part of your Halloween costume fun!

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I just have to give a big shout out to Emily who definitely earns the employee of the year award. She’s really stepped up to the plate and taken on lots and lots of print jobs while I was out of commission this summer. Wouldn’t have survived without her! Here I am checking adjusting the print area so we can avoid banding on press. When the roller makes a full 360° rotation sometimes there is a stripe  in which the ink overlaps making it a total pain in the behind to work through – especially if you have a plethora of tint base in your pantone mix. We ended up tripping the form rollers up on the overpass, and then flipping them back down for a single inkup on the way back. Problem solved!

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As you may know we live at a high elevation, which calls for not much of a spring or fall to my utter dismay. The only thing I have to look forward in conjunction with the impending snowfall is the warm cocoa (or steamed milk with a shot of hazelnut) and homemade marshmallows. I’m excited to introduce some new offerings as well to go along with your beverage of choice while the weather gets cooler – COASTERS! There are five different patterns based off our holiday cards from last year: Peace, Love, O Come let us adore him (above), Sleep in heavenly peace, and a new Hanukkah letterpress coaster. All coasters are letterpress printed on 110# cotton paper with 2 waterfast inks per coaster. Packed as a set of 10 in a beautiful 4″ tin with a clear windowed lid. To see …

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It is hard to put down what we’ve been through this summer. As the days went by it has been difficult to deal with loss. Summer is usually my season to have fun and relax but this one was anything but that. While I’m SOOOOO not looking forward to the snow which will fall this coming weekend, I am looking at a new and hopefully more peaceful season to round out our 2011. There are not many times when I just want a whole year to be over with, but I will always remember 2011 as one that tested our family. Every time I hop on here to write a blog post I stop myself short and don’t end up doing anything. If I pick up where I left off, and just start blogging about work again I feel I have cheated …

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So I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve disappeared to…I’m not really ready to talk about things yet but just to give you a little insight, I’ve had some unforseen medical problems. A week after my father-in-law’s funeral I had emergency surgery. There was also some other lab work done. I’ve just found out the results. There is a lot to process. Dingbat is tired, but I’m working through the current jobs I have open right now, thus the hiatus regarding less blogging as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you follow on twitter that I’ve been absent there too. Part of me feels like I just want to keep things undercover. I’m having a hard time blogging because there are so many elements demanding my attention – it is just hard to focus. With that said, my doctors told me to continue …

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Monday morning my husband came home early and broke the devastating news that his father had passed away. We are deeply saddened at this unexpected loss and at the overwhelming impact Randy has had on our lives. Randy was there hours after I had given birth to each one of my babies. I have fond memories of him holding David in the NICU only a year after his sweet wife (Brian’s mom) passed on. We all thought David was a birthday present to Randy that year. While I finished college, Randy and Brian mixed bottles and babysat those long winter days. Oh how I’m going to miss the smell of Old Spice on my babies after spending a day at grandpa’s or from sitting on his lap at church. Charlie keeps running around the house saying “ba-pa’s house! ba-pa’s house!” Even at …

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