A few years back, I featured a really clever Valentine’s Day Food Passport idea from The Spotted Fox, one of my fave blogs that sadly no longer exists. (Sniff, sniff.) I recently revisited the post after noticed it getting some traffic recently and realized I’d forgotten just how cute the idea was. Seriously, is there anything worse than rehashing the whole “Where do you wanna go?,” “I don’t know, where do you wanna go?” conversation? Too often in my house those exact questions end with an exasperated 9:30 run to Subway that leaves nobody happy.
The Valentines Food Passport takes a little bit of forethought to come up with all the restaurants to include, but once they’re collected, you need only consult the book the next time you’re hungry and idea-less. The cute colored sticker rating system (see the green sticker in the photo above) lets you score whether you liked the place so you can easily remember where to go back to. Plus, since all you really need is a pen and a mini-notebook, it’s the perfect quick and easy Valentine’s Day gift to make you look sweet and thoughtful, even if you actually forgot about impending the holiday till mere days before. Not that anyone would actually do that, right?
Hearing from happy customers is without a doubt one of my favorite parts of my job. It’s awesome enough to be able to make stuff I love and for other people to like it enough to want to buy it. When someone takes the time to get back in touch after they’ve received an order or given a gift, though, it’s simply the icing on the cake.
In the spirit of awesome people giving awesome feedback, I simply had to share this photo from a customer, Paul. Paul’s original order was, sadly, lost in the mail and had to be replaced (Boo. Hiss. I’m looking at you, USPS). It’s always a bummer when that happens and I so appreciate customers who are understanding about delays like that. Anyway, I dispatched a replacement puppet for Paul when it was clear that his original wasn’t going to show up anytime soon, and a few days later received this note and accompanying picture: “I got it! Thank you so much Abbey!! I cant wait to give this to my friend! It is so cute! Thank you again!”
How great is that, right? If something I make (probably while wearing my pajamas and watching Netflix) can make somebody that happy, well, my work is complete.
Thanks for making my whole week, Paul.
I came across these Hipster Cupids from a few years back while doing some cleaning in the studio the other day. They still crack me up, what with those Ira Glass glasses and tighty whiteys. Thinking about putting them back up for sale before Valentine’s Day or maybe doing an Instagram or Facebook giveaway. Stay tuned!
Came upon this presential-themed birthday party on the Indigo Bunting blog the other day and loved it for so many reasons. First, it’s so funny how kids latch onto the most random things and devote themselves totally (maybe I relate because I was a hopelessly nerdy child history buff, too). But also, it’s so inspiring to see that with a little creativity and humor, even a seemingly dry topic like presidents can make for a super fun celebration. Looks like my kind of party!
Obama fig bars
Super cute little booklet of coins
Lifesize drawing of Lincoln with party-goers marking their heights in comparison
Ain’t no party like a president party
Valentine’s Day is generally full of romance and mushy feelings, but what about those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead buying an earnest card with soft-focus red roses on the front? No worries– the internet’s got us covered. May I present, for the cynical (but still partnered) cynics amongst us, the top five snarky Valentine’s Day cards:
1. Breaking Bad
2. You’ll Do, For Now
3. Health Insurance
4. I Hate Everyone
5. Stealing Covers
New year, new Omar bib photo shoot!
Due to some supply issues (as in, my supplier discontinued the bibs I’d been using for my Omar design right before Christmas. Wah wah.), I needed to do a new photoshoot for my slightly redesigned Omar Little bib. Good thing I’ve got a semi-willing but always photogenic model on retainer. Armed with a sunny afternoon and a tray full of O’s to keep him happy, Henry and I knocked out some product shots over the weekend.
Okay, so that last one isn’t actually in the listing, but I couldn’t resist including it here.
Sap that I am, I got all sentimental replacing the older photos from the listing. I took those just over a year ago with a chubby-cheeked, 9 month old Henry who was, I must admit, a bit more patient to sit in his highchair while his picture was taken.
That pudgy chin hasn’t changed, at least.
Should you be so inclined, the Omar Bib is available in my shop.