Well first, WE MADE IT!!!! After a long (and sometimes really beautiful) drive across the country, we have made it to sunny AZ. Our house and neighborhood are awesome and we’re excited for this new journey. Homesickness hit us pretty hard, but I haven’t cried in 2 solid days, and progress is progress. All that to say, it’s so beautiful here, I’m trying to soak in every minute. Literally.
Secondly, thanks to random.org, I’d like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to our Studio Calico Giveaway winner, Casey E! Casey, I can’t wait to hear all the fun ways you use the elements of this set. Enjoy!!!
And third, I wanted to share with you one of my most favorite prints. (I designed it with Breast Cancer Awareness month in mind, but just couldn’t wait until October to release it!)
I’ll always remember time I was on the phone with my friend Steph, and she said something to me that I’ll never forget. She was just a few months into a super high risk pregnancy, and she said to me “I’ve realized that I will never regret having hope.” That has stuck with me all the years since, and I think it’s one of the wisest things I’ve heard. I don’t know why awful things happen to amazing people… why incredible women get cancer, or struggle with infertility, or depression, or have miscarriages. The only hope I have is in Christ. And when the reality of the world settles in, and I start to not have faith and not pray, and not believe for the best, I think about Steph. And I think “I will never regret having hope.” And in that hope, I do believe that we can have power in the face of adversity.
This month, you can get the Power of Hope Print for just $5 with any other purchase from the LL shop.
It’s the perfect chance to buy one for you and one for a friend or family member. We could all use a little extra hope! xo, L
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I had the coolest opportunity come up this summer and I wanted to share it with you! I’ve gotten to know and work with the incredible team at Studio Calico! Hooray!!! For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Studio Calico, it’s a super awesome company that caters to scrapbookers and their ever-growing desire to acquire new tools and pieces to add to their arsenal of memory-creating awesomeness. Studio Calico commissions various artists, hunts down the best products, and encourages a large community of crafters to produce unique layouts to showcase all of life’s moments – big and small – in fun and creative ways. (Be sure to watch the quick & cute video on their homepage for an even better explanation of what they do). Unique to Studio Calico, they create one-of-a-kind kits that get sent to their subscribers once a month, complete with fresh new goodies to use in their books and art. I was so thrilled when they asked me to be a part of this month’s kit!
We worked together to create a cool little stamp set (above), as well as a set of foil pressed cards that are only available exclusively at Studio Calico. (I can’t wait to add those little cards to my Project Life Album I’ll be working on this fall!)
Even if you’re not in to scrapbooking, you could totally use these stamps to make small frameable art or stationery, and the gold foil cards would look cool in a layout or in a frame. Without the subscription, you can purchase the kits separately on their site. And even BETTER than that, you can WIN THEM RIGHT HERE!!! Yep, I’m giving away a package of the Studio Calico Cotton Candy Stamp Set and Lindsay Letters Letterpress Card Set to one lucky winner! (I’ll also throw in a Be True T-shirt for you!)
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, leave a comment letting me know how you would use the card set or the stamps, OR, tell me which piece from either set you’d me most excited to receive! The giveaway will be open until Sunday, September 29th, and a winner will be selected at random on Monday the 30th. Woot!!
It is so awesome to see some of the things I’ve designed be brought to life with other people’s ideas and creativity, especially in ways I never imagined. This is so cool, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what you guys have to say! Good luck!! xo, L
p.s. pray for our safe travels, if you will! We finish up our drive to AZ today!!
[Here are a few ways some incredible artists have been using the kits (images below thanks to Studio Calico & their member community!]
// Marcy Penner //
// Maggie Holmes //
// Lisa Truesdell //
Deb // Debduty.com
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When Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events asked me to be a part of a collaboration shoot featuring items sent over from BHLDN, I couldn’t say “YES!!!!” fast enough!! It was fun to letter some little place card pennants, and I’d been wanting to create a custom menu canvas like this lavender one forever. This shoot was the perfect opportunity! For the invitations, we used the Spring Fling Invitation (an exclusive customizable design created with Claudia at Fig.2 Design Studio. Check out the entire LL/Fig. 2 calligraphy wedding collection here). Rhi wrote about the shoot over at her blog right here, and it was also featured on Every Last Detail. Check them out for more info and pretty pics!
(don’t you just LOVE this photo of Rhi workin her magic?! I’m a sucker for behind the scenes…)
I’m in love with these beautiful, easy-going cakes. YUM!!!
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Florals, design and concept: Hey Gorgeous Events / Photography: Kelly Braman Photography / Cakes: A Piece O’ Cake / Linens, napkins and chair pads: La Tavola / Venue: St. Cecilia’s Music Center, Grand Rapids / Dessert plates, straws, vases, chair banners: BHLDN / Calligraphy and hand lettering: Lindsay Letters / Invitation colloboration: Fig 2 Design / Chairs: Cascade Rental / Cake stands: From BHLDN, rented through Events by I Candy / Flatware: Vintage
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It may not be officially autumn, but the moment after Labor Day, when Starbucks is offering Pumpkin Spice paradise, and my friends are swinging by with warm cider doughnuts, that makes as fall in my book! And so with that, autumn has fallen onto the Lindsay Letters Shop!
This season, I really wanted to play around with some new paper colors, patterns & textures. Fall is so comfy and warm, I wanted to try to create prints that feel cozy! (as cozy as paper can feel!)
And then there’s this canvas. I dreampt this canvas idea up when Dugan and I started the moving process, and it’s been giving my heart peace ever since. This would make the perfect gift for newlyweds, an anniversary or shower gift, or even for a newly adopted baby! You can customize it with a last name and date, and any one of 25 colors for the background. I love it! And hope you do, too.
So go grab yourself a flannel blanket and a warm drink* and cozy up to Fall in Love. Enjoy!! xo, L
*Note: I’m an iced coffee girl, and I just can’t get into hot coffee when I’m still running air conditioning. So my early fall trick is to get an iced coffee with cream + pumpkin spice. Cheaper than an iced latte and just as yummy and festive. Try it and let me know what you think!
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Oh my gosh. I can hardly…
This has been such a journey, and I know it’s only just beginning! Just over a year ago, I resigned from my position at our church. I loved it so much, but I knew it was time for me give Lindsay Letters 100% of my work attention. Around the same time, Dugan (who was working as the Student Ministries Director of Discipleship) (no, I have no idea what that means) (neither does he) felt that he was probably starting his last year on staff at our church. He was determined to finish well, and he did. He has a deep love for the students & staff in that ministry and leaving it will be super tough. But, we are ready for this next chapter of our story!
And now, we are excited to be packin’ up and heading out (south) west to Paradise Valley, Arizona at the end of this month!!! This is such an answer to prayer. More specifics later, but I am just in awe of how God is orchestrating this in His perfect way, in His perfect timing. As for Lindsay Letters, we’ll keep rolling along, gearing up for Holiday awesomeness per the usual. The shop will stay right where it is, and more details about that later. The Holiday Collection + some new goodies are set to launch the week of September 16th, so keep your eyes out for that. (I cannot wait to show you!!!)
So yea, moving is weird. It’s so cool and yucky at the same time. I’ve never moved anywhere except for college, and that was a half hour away so it doesn’t even really count. I’ve said goodbye to so many friends in the last couple years… Colorado, California, Indonesia, Wisconsin… the list goes on. It’s so weird to be on this end. To be the mover. I want to call my best friends and have them help me figure out if I should keep all my place settings or toss the broken ones, but then we end up sobbing and not talking about forks. You teeter back and fourth between excitement and sadness, and practicality, and the big things that makes moving so sad. The potential of not being here for babies being born or arriving (finally!) from Ethiopia, and traditions with friends and family and my niece’s dance recital. Ugh. My mind and heart just can’t quite comprehend. But then there’s an excitement, too. It will be such an adventure for our little family. I’m excited to wake up and see a big purple mountain, and to swim outside in March. I’m excited for how this will bond our family, and I can’t wait to watch Dugan, God willing, build a ministry nearly from the ground up. I’m all kinds of excited, but today, I’m sad mostly. But we know for certain that God has called us to somewhere else for this next season, and that hope will have to carry us through the tears.
Have you been through a move? Tell me I’m not alone.
Have you ever been near the Phoenix/Scottsdale area? Would LOVE (please please please!) any recommendations for people to meet, things to do, places to shop/eat/grab coffee, good places for kiddos, etc. And if you’re out that way, I’d love to meet you, too, once the dust settles!
Thanks so much for your prayers and support! Until soon – xo, L
(“With You I am Home” Print will be available at LindsayLetters.com 9/5/13!)
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