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Wow. It’s liberating watching 3 men for 3 hours dig an 8×8′ – yes FOOT – hole in my front yard. Occasionally a head will peep out but for the most part they’ve gone more than six feet under (and sometimes I wish they’d stay there). The best part out of all of this? It’s currently 3:34 in the am. This is the second time in the last 14 months digging has happened (I won’t even start to count the single-hour outages that don’t require digging). Power outages in my rural subdivision, hours of freezing and bundling up in the house, what fun! Along with the new worry that our hundreds of dollars of insulin in the fridge will go bad if something doesn’t get done FAST, I have now found the joys of realizing that 1) I need to buy at least …

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I’ve never been on the Croc bandwagon until they came out with the prima ballet flats, which I LOVE! The rest I think are simply ugly, however the design team seems to be picking up a few new cues as you can see in these new flats: Olivia and Malindi I think my brain is too heavily relying on the snow melting sometime this week so I can get out in my garden, however as wishful thinking doesn’t ever dictate, the snow will melt around here in May or June.  Here’s to whishful warm weather!

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As you know, I’m expecting my third child. Along with the complications I’ve had with this pregnancy, I’ve been humbled as I’ve struggled to keep my business running smoothly with wacky health on top of regular motherhood responsibilities. Most accountants say that small businesses don’t make it past their 3rd year, and with the recession officially announced I’m constantly wondering if I’ll be the next to flop. I’m not writing to increase sales in my Etsy shop but to explain that if the shop closes or I end up not posting new product, it’s not for a lack of desire to continue but more because of a change of priorities.  As the holiday season approaches, many challenges have come about that have really humbled me. I’m not one to wallow in sorrow and feel sorry for myself, yet feel inclined to share …

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Thank you to everyone who I’ve been lucky enough to have done custom stationery and letterpress pieces for! You have really come through for me during this challenging time and although I’ve been blatantly slow at getting out my last few orders due to my not rotten fetus but rotten pregnancy, I appreciate your understanding and concern. I head back to the doctor tomorrow for a check up and hopefully things will be good.  In the mean time, thanks for being patient about your jobs and for letting me take extra time to finish them. I have been humbled at all of your positive responses and kindness as well as with your flexibility with my current situation. Thanks for waiting, thanks for patience and thanks for all the virtue in you to sympathize with my blehness. I love you all, and appreciate …

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So I’ve been MIA. I regret to inform you that blogging will slow down significantly and I will not be taking any custom jobs until the spring due to the fact that I’m expecting. I am very ill and have had to turn away jobs until then to maintain strength needed to sustain the baby. I’ll spare you the gory details, but just know I’m not being a slacker, I’m just not taking to this pregnancy well. You can still purchase items in my Etsy shop that are pre-printed and I’ll have new product to launch in the spring to celebrate getting this baby out of me and into this lovely world!  Thanks for understanding, Adrienne

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Hey guys! My website needs a desperate winter overhaul so I’ll be posting the winner for the giveaway tomorrow with next week’s giveaway as well. This giveaway will go through next Saturday to give everyone a fair chance. I might be posting here this week, I might not. Like I said, my website will be revisited this week and will be updated with MORE photography, a finalized collection, PDF catalogues for retail inquiries, line sheet inquiry info, ABOUT ME, and hopefully if I’m lucky some studio work (this part might be wishful thinking), as well as direct linkage from product on the site to the shop.  Be patient please! I’ve got some really COOL posts that will involve you if you’d like to join in on the fun for all those get your hands dirty types! So come back and visit soon, I’ll …

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Like THIS! I have always admired the patience and steady hand that drives the rare penman to create such beautiful calligraphy. The sweet Lisa Ridgely from Pen and Ink has so kindly penned some gorgeous calligraphy on my poppy and aster place cards and has recently blogged about them. I really love Lisa’s work and wish her beautiful handwriting came in a lovely typeface with ligatures. But that would defeat the purpose, as it really is much better having everything hand written wouldn’t you think? Below are samples of some of Lisa’s work, check out her blog and website for more of what her fancy fingers can do!

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After giving 5, yes FIVE bags of clothing twice to the local second hand store last year, and a good portion of that clothing having been bought in the last 2 years, I was disgusted. Disgusted at my lack of better judgment that, “No, I do not need that shirt in 3 colors.” Often when I shop I just look at something, pay for it and move on. Most of those purchases have about the same attention span in my closet. I started to wonder why I always had so much laundry to do when I wear close to the same three-five things every day. As 2008 rolled in, I took about a month to decide what I would do as a new years resolution. It had to be something big, and something that would be so hard that it would always …

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As I’ve said before, Thank YOU! You readers are what make me smile. Until recently (as you can scan my archive) I have avoided blogging for my business because of a lot of internal conflicts. The top two being: 1) People want a professional, not to hear about a personal life. and 2) Everyone else out there in letterpress and design is far more insert positive adjective here than I, how will I ever break through the talent? I laugh at the term “wedding porn” now as I’ve learned it means that you make yourself sick imagining all these things you can’t have but you just can’t stop peeking. I have a bad case of design porn! I’ve been proved wrong in both aspects mentioned above about blogging. Although you may be wishing to get all the dirrrty *hah* details on my life …

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