Saturday, August 01, 2015

Five years of Augusts

Ahhhh … summer times. A look back at five years of Augusts in my calendar designs. Julys are here, Junes are here, Mays are here, Aprils are here, Marches are here, Februaries are here, Januaries are here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Last weekend my younger brother got married in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had the pleasure of working with him — and his lovely bride — on invitation materials to suit their charming rustic barn location. So along with a huge congratulations, I thought I'd share a look:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Five Years of Julys

A belated look back at five years of Julys in my calendar designs. Junes are hereMays are here, Aprils are here, Marches are here, Februaries are here, Januaries are here.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Craft-a-way Camp 2015

This is what camp is all about. Craft-a-way Camp 2015, hosted by Small Craft. So much crafting, laughing and good times. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer camps — then and now

I went to summer camp for nine years as a kid. It was a small, family-run all-girls overnight camp in western New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap called Camp Nyoda — the same camp that my mother and aunt went to as girls. That's me, fifth from the left in what I'm guessing was about 1986.

From the very first summer when I called home halfway through the first week and asked to stay longer, I knew that I was in a special place. It was a place that nurtured creativity in all its forms, embraced individuality while helping us form deep, lasting relationships. My seven years as a camper and two as a counselor at Camp Nyoda truly formed the person I would become and was where I most felt myself.

I'm reflecting on this time in part because I have been lucky enough to find a new camp tradition at Small Craft's Craft-a-way camp which happens this coming weekend in Waterloo State Park here in Michigan. Hooray! This will be my third year at Craft-A-Way camp and each time I am flooded with memories of my childhood camp experiences.

But really, Nyoda is in my thoughts these days because they suffered a great loss this spring when a fire wiped out four of the seven bungalows campers and counselors live in for the summer. In true Nyoda spirit, there has been an outpouring of support to get everything rebuilt and up and running for the 2015 camp season that starts July 5. They are almost there! If by chance you'd like to lend a hand — or send some dollars — the Give Forward campaign to rebuild is here. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bride & Home Magazine 1968

In the late 1960s, my grandmother was the editor of Bride & Home magazine. This "Autumn Preview" issue from 1968 was saved for me by my mom. It featured photos of my parents' apartment in Manhattan. I love everything about this: From the stories highlighted on the cover, to the much hyped — and somewhat exaggerated — obsession by my parents of all things nautical in the article and apartment styling. 

The wooden schooner on the wall still hangs in my mom's home. How's that for a little #tbt?!