‘Tis the Season for stationery

Hello all!

Long time no post. AP and I were in Boston visiting family all last week and I took a brief hiatus from posting to spend time with my new in-laws and get all kinds of festive. It was my first Thanksgiving without my family which I had anticipatory anxiety about. Although I did miss my family very much, I had a most lovely time with AP’s family and enjoyed a relaxed trip to visit them with lots of laughs, food, and family (and football which I’m learning to love).  Lucky me!

I hit the ground running once back to NYC.  Holiday orders and December subscriptions are both going out this week! I can still squeeze a few more subscriptions in if you want to kick off December with some beautiful cards. Also, don’t forget to get your Holiday Subscription gifts! December is right around the corner.

 

 

Xoxo!
Rachel

Midnight to 4AM

Happy Friday!

I am on the mend!  I’ve had a cold the last few days which has been miz miz miz.  I will spare you all the details, but I think it’s been so long since I had a REAL cold that I forgot what it fees like. Tea with honey, spicy chicken soup, sleep, and moisturizer on the upper lip are doing wonders.

FINALLY, I’m feeling a bit better but everything has drained into my nose and eyes.  So bad that last night I literally laid in bed from midnight until 4AM wide awake and unable to stop by eyes and nose from running. Now, there’s a point to this whole story.  I promise.

My mom always says that she would be just fine stranded on a deserted island.  She “claims” she would never be lonely because she has so many thoughts and ideas that she could keep herself perfectly entertained for hours, days, even weeks at a time.

Ok, so I never fully understood this until my Claritin D-included sleepless haze between midnight and approximately 3:57AM……..

Before the internet made us all completely ADD and antsy with too much idle time, there were complete thoughts. I’m not saying that thoughts today aren’t complete, just that they are just harder to start and finish in one sitting.  Last night, I had no distractions.  Just laying in bed wide awake with nothing to do but think. Let me tell you about how much I accomplished in these four hours in my head (keep in mind that I am in full-blown wedding planning mode and this probably seems a little off-the-rails-bride-crazytown to most):

1. I selected wedding invitations, including RSVP cards, rehearsal dinner cards, and return address stamps

2. I even figured out exactly how the wording will go on the invitations

3. I planned out the processional and who will be walking with whom down the aisle

4. I wrote my vows – yup – I may have even teared up a bit

5. I planned out all my holiday gifting

6. I decide which accessories to wear with my bridal gown (fur shrug, bedazzlements, shoes, etc)

7. I dreamed up the perfect Pecan Pie recipe for Thanksgiving

8. I sent some loving kindness action to friends in need – did you guys feel it around 3:13AM?

9. I selected December Stationery Subscription cards

10. I recounted AP and my entire history all the way back to 7th grade

11.  I contemplated the High Line rezoning and transfer of development rights (nerdy urban planning alert)

12. I also speculated about what Charlie Rose and Amanda Burden’s relationship must be like (I watched an interview of Amanda Burden on Charlie Rose about the High Line before bed)

13. I planned out at least three different options for wedding escort cards.  These options include things like Manzanita branches, gold spray paint, and mirrors… what??

14. I blew my nose probably 20 times

15. I got really super psyched about our Honeymoon to Costa Rica and imagined seeing spider monkeys, toucans, and all kinds of creepy crawlies

16. Back again to wedding – I thought about exactly how I want my flowers to look, including the types of vases

17. I thought of some cool Marameiko-inspired designs for Sarah’s nail art biz

18. I decided my next nail polish color and what I’m going to wear to Brita’s 30th birthday bash on Saturday

And I think that is enough to give you the idea. Ummm.. the mind is very productive when uninterrupted.  Not that I’m going to make being up for four hours in the middle of the night a regular thing or anything, but perhaps I will get back into the habit of meditating or even heading to a cafe without my computer just to think.  Can I take today off now?

The World Needs More Love Letters

Indeed.  My heart palpitated a bit when I came across this amazing initiative this morning via Daily Candy.

More Love Letters is a dose of making the world a better place, lifting spirits, paying it forward – all using the written note.

Here’s a brief summary:

One afternoon, Hannah decided to leave a random note for someone to find on NYC’s 4 train.  What started as one note, quickly grew into hundreds of notes left at cafes, libraries, on public transit, and other spaces around New York City to be found by total strangers. Hannah now has a whole team of love letter authors and wants you to help bring a smile to someone’s face or offer words of wisdom or encouragement.  What’s in it for you? Karma….. and an extra card each month with your Stationery Subscriptions.

There are multiple ways to get involved so click here to learn how.  And if you do get involved, I will give you an extra card in your subscription each month for you to either leave a random Love Letter for someone, or sign up to send Love Letters. Use LOVELETTERS in the promo code section during checkout!

Join the movement and share a piece of yourself with someone else. Especially as the holidays approach, there are plenty of people who need cheering up.

Xo,

Rachel

Some fall photos from NYC and Saratoga

Fall has been so nice this year.  Really mild and sunny, with some beautiful crisp days thrown in the mix.  Here are some photos from last week in NYC and our trip out to Saratoga last weekend to visit our wedding venue! Four months to go!

Union Square Greenmarket

I couldn’t resist…..yup, I stopped this woman to take a photo of her dog

 

Tompkins Square Park

I can this, “La” Penseur

 

Scenes from our wedding venue – the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs

And, of course, an amazing new stationery shop in Saratoga – Paper Dolls

Shop Mercier Beaucoup on Facebook

Goodsie is such an awesome platform for selling all kinds of great things, including stationery!  They are a new start-up but constantly making all kinds of great changes to the site to make shopping easy breezy for customers and selling and marketing seamless for businesses such as myself.

You can now shop Mercier Beaucoup from my Facebook PageLike me on Facebook to take a looksey at the new integration.  Also, I will be accepting both credit cards AND PayPal in the next few weeks.  Woot woot!

 

What I’m loving Monday morning

Mondays are a bit tough.  Even running my own biz and working from home, Mondays often feel like nose to the grindstone kinds of days. Here are a few things that are making me smile this Monday morning:

My Paperwhites from the Union Square Greenmarket are in bloom

Smooth Operator peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co.

On toast – yes please!

English Breakfast tea with milk and sugar in my Little Cranberry Island lobster mug

Knitting projects for new babies with lovely yarns from Downtown Yarns

New comfy pants from J.Crew. I will be wearing these all winter!

Engagement Shoot with Tory Williams

Last weekend, AP and I were so lucky to have engagement photos taken by my favorite Tory Williams.  Pretty fun when your wedding photographer is super talented and happens to be a friend too.  Here’s a little preview, and check out Tory’s blog to see the rest!  Looking for a wedding photographer?  She’s your lady!

Engagement Photos by  Tory Williams

Subscripton Giveaway with Katie Fischer Design

Want a chance to win a 3 Month Stationery Subscription?  That means three original greeting cards each month for three months (9 cards total).

You may have seen Katie’s watercolor wedding suite on Daily Candy recently, or perhaps oggled them on Mercier Beaucoup.

Like Katie Fischer Design’s Subscription Giveaway post on Facebook by November 28th, and you could be the lucky recipient of some letterpress love that will include Katie’s cards.

 

Watercolor Thank You by Katie Fischer Design on Mercier Beaucoup


Watercolor Anchor by Katie Fischer Design on Mercier Beaucoup

 

Karma

I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately.  Maybe because I’ve stepped up my yoga game in recent weeks…

 

I feel an epic post coming on – you know, one of those once-in-a-blue-moon posts where I fully pour my heart out and tell you what I think.  Would love to hear all of your thoughts on the topic of karma as well.

 

Chew on this in the meantime……

“How people treat you if their karma; how you react to it is yours.”