Saturday, July 4, 2009

Keep Calm And Enjoy The Holiday!!!! ; )



It's the 4th of July! Definitely a favorite holiday of mine. It's a pressure free holiday for us. We LOOOOOVE getting together with family and gift giving and all the rest but sometimes it can get you stressed. First, there is the dividing of time between two families, mine and Aaron's...and then, you know, you just get stressed. But the 4th is different. It's a No-Show holiday. You maybe eat some barbeque if you get the chance and you go see some fireworks. We're at the Jersey shore...where the towns are clustered together all along the ocean...lots and lots of municipalities and all of 'em have their own fireworks display. So we've got a ton to choose from...the key is to go where there is a convenient escape plan for locals once the show is all over. We used to live and have a store in Red Bank, which is the biggest hub around here. The Fireworks there are HUGE. The NYC radio stations broadcast from there and people come from all over the state. But even when it was our native land...even when we'd close up shop for the night on the 4th and we could just walk outside and see the fireworks....we still wanted to be as far from there as possible. Because just to drive out of there afterwards would take you three hours!!
So for years our favorite place to go for the festivities is a boardwalk town called Point Pleasant (sidenote to dedicated bloggers: This summer, Jennifer Hayslip, of the blog : sweet eye candy creations and of the great state of Georgia, will be spending some vacation time in Point Pleasant NJ!! It's such a small world...we plan to meet up!) It's one of our favorite Jersey Shore spots and it has some escape routes that only locals would know of. And plus, unlike Red Bank, it's on the Atlantic Ocean. When watching fireworks it is ideal to have your feet planted in beach sand...it heightens the experience...the sand between the toes, the rumble and hiss of the nighttime waves upon the shore, the smell of salt in the air, the bells and buzzers of the distant arcades, the roar of a far off rollercoaster and the cheers of the crowd, and forget it...the smell of warm funnel cakes...Nothing like it! My dear little brother Walt is down dogsitting for my sister Missy while she's in California, so it'll be me, Aar, and Walt once again. He's always with us on the 4th. I hope all of you are doing something super fun. I equate the 4th with the ocean, the beach and the boardwalk but I could imagine some completely different slices of Americana when I think of all the places you guys are from. The mountain lakes, the sprawling expanses of farm land, the big city fireworks extravaganzas and the small town traditions and parades. It's a wonderful holiday. Even if you use it just to do yard work and to fix up your house...maybe paint your kitchen. Use the term "Independence" Day very loosely. It's Your day.



Here's some very cool news! We are in this weeks issue of the New York Times Magazine! Namely, our Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake print. They put together a fabulous article about the phenomenon of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster from WWII era England... about how it's been recently resurrected as a piece of nostalgic art and how artists all over have offered their personal take on it. They called us up and said they loved our version and they'd like to feature it! How awesome is that?! Here's the link to the online version. And if you subscribe to the NYT magazine, it's in there today but in the stores I believe it's available with the Sunday edition! We are so very psyched that they contacted us because the Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake thing was totally our original idea but recently there have been a couple imitators doing a near carbon copy of it. So it's great validation to be featured in the press as the original creators of it. Thanks New York Times!!

Pop over to the shop for your own Keep Calm And Have A Cupcake! :)



Again, I wish everyone a super Fun and Happy July 4th!!! xoxo, Jenny


23 comments:

  1. Jenny! That is SO super cool about the NYT ad. Well, I STILL don't really have a place to hang it but now I think I MUST go get my copy! :-) I think some day me and John will stop by the Jersey shore for a visit, too. Have a happy weekend!

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  2. Hi Jenny, congrats on the NYT article, that is so FAB! I miss Red Bank, it was a special place for us while we lived there. I worked right there in the Women's Center at Riverview and the gals I worked with will be friends for life. I met the most amazing people in NJ and especially in Red Bank! BUT, I know you are starting anew further down the Shore and it is truly a special place. I have the most incredible memories of Jersey! You keep them alive for me!!! xo, suzy

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  3. What an exciting piece in the NYtimes! COngrats! You so deserve it! I love your work!

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  4. HI jenny, hope you enjoyed the fireworks! I live in a small town that goes all out for the fourth, we could walk to the fireworks, theyre only a mile, but we drive up and park all the way at the very back, and then sit around talking with our friends for a while until the cars have cleared out some, them we zip home. I have to say it was cold out last night and I couldnt wait to get home and get warm!
    have a great week!
    hugs
    vivian

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  5. It's like a party everytime I visit your wonderful blog. When I look at your work accompanied by the music I find myself smiling!! Love your etsy shop-fab!
    Karen

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  6. That's so awesome my friend!
    When you first came out with your take on the poster, I thought "what could be more appropriate". Congratulations on your feature.
    I pray your prosperity grows tenfold!
    ((hugs))
    ~Sadie

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  7. Hi Jenny!! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend!

    You are so lucky to get to meet up with Jenn! I bet you will have a blast and I cannot wait to hear all about it! You and Jenn are two of my favorite artists!!! So fun that you will be together. Maybe a collaboration piece in the future? That would be fabulous!

    Love and hugs,
    Amy

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  8. And how could I forget to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! That is just awesome and you both deserve it so much!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  9. Awwww.What a great post Jenny! That song is just PERFECT & so apropo!!! Love the 4th of July photos you posted and most of all a HUGE congrats to being featured in NYT!!! SWEET!!!!!!! See you guys in August! Cant wait! XOXO,Jenn

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  10. EEEK!!!! OMG! I accidentally posted under my cousins account. tee! hee!

    Here it is again. ;)

    Awwww.What a great post Jenny! That song is just PERFECT & so apropo!!! Love the 4th of July photos you posted and most of all a HUGE congrats to being featured in NYT!!! SWEET!!!!!!! See you guys in August! Cant wait! XOXO,Jenn

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  11. that's so funny you mention that about the escape route routine. It totally blows all fun knowing that following the show, you have to sit and wait. I mean come on, who wants to do that? what a waste. What they should do , is stagger the shows or something. three hours? not for the world would I do that.

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  12. Great to be in the NYT, isn't it: http://ww2poster.wordpress.com/... I love the way this poster has moved... about to add a link to you to one of my entries!

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  13. Hi Jenny and Aaron...we went to the fireworks in Seabright as we have done every year for the past 19. Love those fireworks! It was a mess in Red Bank...check out Red Bank Green blog for the details. I am so excited about your sign in the NYT....I am off to sift thru the papers and find it.
    ♥, Susan

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  14. Congratulations! When I saw it I was hoping they would credit your shop in the article. It is a great poster and I'm so glad they included it in the article.

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  15. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the 4th of July. My husband and I have to rush home as soon as the fireworks start to keep our dogs from freaking out too much. Have a great day Jenny and thanks for visiting my blog. It's always nice to hear from you. Karin

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  16. Hi Jenny,
    It sounds like you had the perfect 4TH. You live in a wonderful place.
    Congrats on the magazine. Every time I go to the cupcakery I think of you.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Rosemary

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  17. Way to go on the NY Times feature! I LOVE my print and it has become my motto! Yours is the best spin on the original art!

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  18. Just two words ... A M A Z I N G blog!!

    Agneta from Sweden

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  19. omg!!!!!!! I saw that!! you are just the coolest person ever..i mean ever!! Aaron too!!!

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  20. Congratulations on the article! Your 4th of July sounds wonderful.
    Kathy

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  21. Congrats! Saw the spread in the NY Times. So happy for you guys! You are the originals! And I saw the piece in the far off mountains of Vermont in a little Bake Shop there. I was like, I know those two! Hope you are well. Can you believe its mid-July!?!?! Have a great rest of the summer!

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  22. Congrats on the publication - keep calm have a cupcake - what a fun twist.

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  23. Yay on the ad!!! I just have to tell you - I walked into New York Cupcakes in Bellevue, WA today and immediately recognized your artwork on their walls (since I've been a collector as well). What fun that was! Sure makes the world feel smaller! It looked beautiful - my only regret was not having my camera along (what was I thinking!). Another fun thing - they had a new retro pink Big Chill fridge in the corner of the store. Perfect! Gotta go back with a camera. All the best to you both from WA State!

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