One of our newest Holiday cards at Minted.com along with other interfaith products.
Ahoy, buccaneers! Now that school is in session, we're giving the blog another go, hopefully with more success than the last two attempts. Today Matey's, I'm excited to tell you it's National Pirate Day, arghhh. In honor of this fun and wacky day, we compiled a collection of our favorite pirate stuff for yer.
I've been bad about posting to the blog this past year, like, REALLY bad. This is what happens though when you have 2 kids, 2 dogs, a husband, a business, and mommy/wife responsibilities. My goal for the new year is to post once a week, be it about my process, fonts and color schemes I'm liking, photos that inspire me, or my crazy life as a stay-at-home-mom-trying-to-launch-her-own-buisness-with-kids-in-tow. :o)
Happy Holiday's and here's to an uncensored New Year!
We've all heard about Christmas in July but what about Christmas in May? Well, it's true.
While all of society is gearing up for summer pool parties and cook outs, designers (like myself) are popping in the holiday tunes and trading in their nice, cold, refreshing beers for cozy, warm cups of hot cocoa. May/June is generally the time when holiday cards are designed. For most people this is crazy but for me and my Christmas-loving family, it's FANTASTIC!!!
Usually, around December I start putting ideas in my notebook. A song lyric here, a color palette there...inspiration comes from everywhere. If I get an idea I'm really excited about I'll sketch something out and let it sit and marinate until May, when I get to celebrate the holiday's all over again. My 3 year old and 1 year old are well versed in Silent Night, so much in fact that it's the only song that calms them both down. Their first introduction to dance was Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. I could go on and on, it's a sick obsession, one that my husband use to set limits on (no decorating before thanksgiving - HA!). He married into the wrong family.
While I was finishing up the files this week, I sat back and thought about how much time actually goes into Holiday cards. They are probably the most personal designs - in my opinion. So posting them for all to see and buy, it makes me happy and I feel as though I've accomplished something huge. As I release the designs over this next week, I hope you all love them and send them out to tons of family and friends and spread the holiday cheer.
Just in case you need some holiday inspiration, check out my Pinterest board. It's filled with DIY gifts & decorations to accompany your fabulous photo cards!
I’ve seen all the pins of people doing a book Advent calendar for Christmas instead of the classic chocolate calendar's we grew up with, and I think such a cute way to count down
I already know what you're thinking, "Umm, it's July,
Jenny" But Christmas starts early in the Thomke household - I'm already one month into designing the 2012 Holiday line. I've also began stockpiling gifts and the fact that my girls
have summer birthday's is helpful in assisting me in
So, in case you've never seen seen or heard about this before I'll fill you in on how the 25 days of books works, it's pretty simple:
Start by collecting 25 Christmas-themed books. I know your probably seeing dollar signs flashing before you right now but don't fret, I have some tricks up my sleeve:
Once you have your books just wrap them up and place them either under your tree or in a cute box and starting the first of December the kids can take turns picking out one book each night to unwrap and read together.
I'm all about tradition and this is one I plan on passing down to my kids. So, whether you choose a few books each holiday season or go all out this year, I compiled a great book list to get you started. We'd love to hear what your favorite holiday
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Joy to the World: Tomie's Christmas Stories by Tomie dePaola
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray
Snow Bugs: A Wintery Pop-up Book (Bugs in a Box Books) by David A. Carter
Christmas in the Manger Board Book by Nola Buck
Making a Friend by Alison McGhee
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My first blog post...EVER! And in the wee-hours of the morning, the only time I can get anything done with out hearing, "MOMMY!! MOOOOMMMMMMYYYYY!!!!"
Two things you should know about me right off the bat...1) I am awful at spelling and 2) I love designing paper products. In this day and age where everything is electronic, it's nice to be able hold something tangible in your hands. I started my business, Peaceable Designs right after my first daughter was born in 2009. I just got a new computer and in the process of moving over all my files, I accidentally overwrote my branding folder with EVERYTHING related to my company. Since I was still in the start-up phase I took this as a sign that I needed to change the name of my design business. The name 24th & Dune is special to me. For one thing I LOVE the beach (I'm a pisces, I was born this way). I live in the middle of Pennsylvania, with all corn, and I painted our house, inside and out, ALL beach colors. Blues, Greens, Grays, Yellows...the beach is in my heart. It's where I draw inspiration from and it's what soothes my soul. It's also my childhood vacation destination, a place where I hold wonderful memories, with wonderful friends.
I know this first post is nothing fantastic but my hope is to help you better understand me, my process, and what inspires me and my designs. First up, my daughters Ladybug party. She just turned one and I thought it would be easy to find ladybug things. Boy was I wrong!!! Good think I know this fabulous designer and DIY extraordinaire!!