Monday, May 25, 2009

Deforestation in My Backyard

In our family, and for many Minnesotans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of lake season. We spent the lovely weekend at our family cabin in northern Wisconsin. It was gorgeous weather and a fabulously relaxing time.

The landscape is beautiful, with rolling hills and northern pines filling the heavily wooded forests which surround hundreds of lakes. But now the landscape is changing. Since last summer, a shocking amount of logging has taken place in these forests, and it's truly devastating.

It's a concrete reminder of why I use only 100% post-consumer recycled paper for my stationery products. My parents will never see these forests again. Heck, my kids probably won't see them either. Recycling the paper we use daily and buying recycled paper products are just a couple of easy things we can do to make a difference. I do it, and I encourage you to, too. Our kids deserve it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Handmade Minnesota

Who hoo! I just joined the Etsy Handmade Minnesota Team. I'm thrilled to connect with fellow Minnesota artisans, and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Freebie Friday! Mother's Day Placemat

Giving Mom breakfast in bed on her day? Here's a fun, flowery place mat to brighten up the tray. Simply click on the link below to download and print. Happy Mother's Day!

Mom's Placemat

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Turnaround Design at Articulture

Yesterday I brought over a variety of cards and prints to Articulture, a nonprofit arts organization created by artists and community members to provide quality visual arts education for the underserved along the river in south Minneapolis.

Having recently relocated to 2613 Franklin Ave., S. in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, Articulture now hosts a retail space where art supplies and original artworks created by their talented instructors and other local artists are sold. I was fortunate to be invited to join in this fantastic venture.

It's very exciting to be part of an organization that promotes art and creativity for kids. I'm looking forward to volunteering there, soon, as well as enrolling my own kids in their fine art classes. Stop by if you're in the neighborhood!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009