Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hello February!



This is one of the best times of year for eye candy. Aren't you just totally in love with Valentine's stuff?! Even the kitschy cheap things at your local drug store are super charming. I love all of the hearts, the roses, the endless shades of pink. And I really really love vintage Valentine's…the ones that kids exchanged in school. I have a ton of 'em. If you've read this blog for a while then no doubt, you have seen a bunch from my collection. The vintage Valentine's imagery is much more beautiful than what's on contemporary cards. And wow, kids had amazing handwriting 50 and 60 years ago. 
So, me and Aaron designed this Valentine painting with a vintage sensibility. And we also made it distinctly Everyday is a Holiday by making the focal point a gorgeous cake. This painting actually features almost the full range of our favorite things to paint…we absolutely love painting roses and don't do it enough, and it goes without saying that cake is sorta our thing…but mainly it's the color palette that inspired us. On Valentine's day you will be inundated by pink and red. We wanted our main color to be this perfect pale shade of aqua, so that our Valentine would stand out in the crowd.


Ok, so we painted this piece on an 8 x 10 canvas and we wanted to do something special with it. One day we showed it to our friend Beca, and she suggested that we make postcards. Of course we thought this was a smashingly good idea! Right away we got them made and rush delivered. The quality is outstanding. The colors are bright and true to the original. 
We designed them to look like vintage postcards, and we wanted to offer them in a set of four so that you'd have the option to use them in a few different ways. The quality of the print is certainly worthy of framing. You can see all of our brush strokes and the texture of the canvas. 


You get four in a set and they come with white envelopes.


We announced them the other day and got a ton of orders right away…which we have already shipped out. That's definitely a plus with these postcards…our other items are made to order and therefore take some time. But we've got these postcard packs all set and ready to ship. We don't have many, so get them while they last. They're in the shop now!


The other day we got one of the most amazing gifts ever in the mail from a friend who took a class with us way back in 2007 at Silver Bella. This gift came as a total surprise, and the thought and care put into it is jaw dropping. Ok, do you see this little container of personalized m & m's?….well, there are nearly 50 of them!! Each one has a special scallop cut label that says "J & A", and the m & m's are adorable. They are our exact color palette…I especially love the generous amount of black.



And yes…besides all of those individual containers, Becky also included this giant jar full of 'em! So amazingly sweet! 


This is a just a few of the custom designs! I love the pics of Lt. Dan and Carlos. And Jack makes an appearance a couple times. That's a tiny illustration of me and Aaron on the one next to the pink Carlos m & m. And yes…that one does indeed say "ol man Carlos"…ha! So great. 
Seriously, what a special gift! We are so lucky to have a gal like Becky in our life. Thank you so much Becky!!! We love them! 

Ok, it's still chilly as heck here in Jersey. I think we're going to retreat upstairs where it is much warmer. We've got a makeshift mini studio set up in the corner of our bedroom specifically for cold nights like this. Thanks so much for reading…and don't forget about the Valentine postcards…they won't last very long…and they are all packed up and ready to ship!
xo, Jenny…and Aaron says hi! 

13 comments:

  1. Love the postcards! So different from other valentines but perfect for the occasion!
    Also yes you are so lucky to have a friend who sends such amazing gifts, I've never seen anything like those m&m's they are so totally fab!

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    1. Thanks so much Sam! We were so so surprised when we opened the pkg! Never ever could we have guessed! ha! So fun! A tiny Lt Dan with his bow tie and our old man Carlos on m&ms … the best! Thanks so much for popping in and for your sweet words! Happy February! xo

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  2. love the postcards, and how sweet of your friend to send those M&Ms! Love the colors and sweet puppy faces on them :)

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    1. Hi Jess! Oh thanks so so much! We are so pleased with the quality of the postcards! They look exactly like our original painting! :) And geez… I know… it was such a happy happy surprise! Such a fun gift! Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to write. Happy February! xo

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  3. Amo il vostro mondo pastello,goloso e pieno di dolcissima creatività!!

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    1. La ringrazio molto per le parole molto gentili !

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  4. Loving those postcards and love love love the M&M's!!!!!

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  5. Awwww - I saw the personalized M&Ms on your facebook the other day, but reading about it makes me smile all over again! Such a cute gift! And I LOVE your new postcards! :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

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  6. Super cute Valentines, and such a lovely gift you received. I have seen those personalized M&M's before, and they are so cute. I heard that Staten Island Chuck didn't see his shadow so were going to have an early spring. That would be great with me.

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  7. I'm so happy you love your sweet treats! It's so special to me that you took the time to include it in your blog! Thank you for inspiring all of us.

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  8. Those postcards are adorable! and the M&M's TAKE THE CAKE! Wow how special...but then again you and Aaron are pretty special people! Happy Valentine's Day! Love y'all!

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  9. Thoughtful gift, and I'm thrilled that you guys are making postcards now. I think I've said it before, but I'd love stationery/memo pads from you guys(even 4"6" or so, just big enough to use as stationery sheets for letters). Or note cards. Anyway, this is great news. They're lovely.

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  10. The postcards are wonderful, please please please do some of your other designs as postcards! Pancakes maybe? I love my pancake ornament and am patiently waiting for my wood pancakes to arrive and have the perfect spot to hang them.

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