Merry Christmas!

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Wishing everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas.


A Moment of Levity

In an attempt to help relieve some of the stress associated with the holidays, I’d like to present to you this video of an adorable dog rolling around on a pickle.

Favorite Holiday Cookies


In the early 1970s, my Mom’s kiffle cookies were probably everyone’s favorite. A delicate filled cookie of Eastern European origin, they would disappear in mere seconds from the moment they were cool and dusted with powdered sugar. Apricot, prune (lekvar) and walnut were the traditional fillings Mom used in her kiffles and my favorite was always the walnut which had a taste similar to the nut rolls and nut tossies that she would also sometimes bake.

This blog post talks about kiffles but shows a construction method different from Mom’s. Mom would roll out a sheet of dough which she would then cut into squares. The filling was placed on the middle of the square and then two opposite corners were folded in leaving the filling exposed at two ends of the cookie. (Like this)

What are your favorite holiday cookies?


Christmas and Holiday Card Traditions


In 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card. Over the years, these cards would typicaly depict White House scenes as rendered by prominent American artists. The number of recipients has snowballed over the decades, from just 2,000 in 1961 to 1.4 million in 2005. (Per Wiki) The image above depicts American president Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1967 White House Christmas card.

It’s been a good number of years since I’ve sent out holiday cards and do you know what? I miss it. I don’t hardly receive them anymore either – and I’m not sure if that’s because of people not sending them, or people just not sending them to me.

Do you still mail out holiday cards? If so, what kind do you send? Traditional store bought cards, photo cards – or maybe handmade cards? If you don’t send them anymore, why not? Limited time? Cost of postage?


Giving the gift of Rhodia for the Holidays

Holiday Rhodia

Planning to give or receive the gift of Rhodia for the holidays this year? Smaller sized Rhodia products like the classic No.’s 8, 10, 11 (in graph or lined) & 12 (also available in the dot format) make great stocking stuffers, as do the Webnotepads, Rhodiarama Webbies, No. 12 “R” pads, side stapled pocket sized (A7) notebooks, the pocket sized Weekly Planners and last but not least, the Rhodia Unlimited pocket notebook.

Which are you hoping will be in your stocking?

What are your plans for shopping on Black Friday?


The day following Thanksgiving is often considered to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year- will you be making any purchases on this day? Is your inbox as flooded as mine is with special holiday sales and discounts for both online retailers and brick and mortar stores? I’m unlikely to venture far from my local shopping district at least for today, though I’m sure to poke around to see what deals I might find online.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and yours a day filled with love and gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Belated International Fountain Pen Day!


I can’t believe I missed it! The first Friday in November is International Fountain Pen Day and I am noting my 2014 calendar as we speak. So what did you do to celebrate? Did you buy a new pen? New inks? Flush out your favorite pen and refill it with a daring new color? Please share!

Image courtesy of corporate_p on Instagram which depicts a Kaweco  filled with Private Reserve’s Burgundy Mist on a Rhodia dotPad

Orange and Black


Orange and black – how appropriate for Halloween! Do you know how these colors came to be associated with this ghoulish holiday? Me neither! Maybe it’s from orange pumpkins and black cats, fall leaves and the color of a witches hat…

Here are a few opinions on the topic:

What is the origin of Halloween colors?

Halloween Colors: Where Did They Come From?

The Origin of Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Colors

PS: What was your most favorite Halloween costume you ever wore? I always struggled with masks because of wearing glasses but a number of years ago I found a mask made of a see-through fabric and I was thrilled to finally be in full disguise! 

Image above courtesy of mrmikedudek on Instagram

Happy Labor Day America!


Did you know that the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image shown above, created in 1942 by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was not the most popular image of “Rosie” during World War II? The most popular Rosie image was created in 1943 by Norman Rockwell and was featured on the cover of the Memorial Day issue of The Saturday Evening Post: Continue Readering »

Happy Independence Day America!


Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July.

A Chilly Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. This holiday weekend is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season – though this year it didn’t feel very summery when temperatures dropped freakishly low with snow fall reported in New Hampshire, Vermont, Upstate New York and northwest Maine.

Here in northeast Pennsylvania, I witnessed a 40 degree difference within only a few days- from almost 90 down to 50! Did the weather affect your plans for the long holiday weekend?

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Did the Best Team Win?


I’m writing this at 1:05 pm on Sunday, less than 5 1/2 hours before the big game. It will be on in my house but I won’t be watching it. These days, I’m really not much of a sports fan but I know there are those who wouldn’t miss this game for the world. In America, Super Bowl day is like an unofficial holiday with parties and beer and tasty treats like buffalo wings, nachos, and chili. Advertisers pull out all stops to create the best and funniest commercials to air during the game and the halftime show is always a mega-production with a huge superstar singer set to perform. (This year it’s Beyonce.)

Now that it’s over, do you think the best team won? Which was your favorite commercial? And what was your favorite game-day food?


My New Year’s Eve Challenge to You

My birthday is today, December 31st and to have a birthday that pretty much aligns with an actual calendar year is interesting in many ways. One thing I can never seem to escape is using the end of the year to reflect on what I accomplished in that year and what I wish to accomplish in the new year. With this tradition comes another one- the changing of the journal. For the last few years I have raced to finish whatever journal I had been working in for the later part of that year whether with words, art, or ephemera, I always get it done so I can begin anew.

So with the clock counting down, I offer you the challenge to do the same. To finish whatever journal/notebook you’ve been working in and break out a nice new one for tomorrow.

Are you with me?

Image courtesy of Christian Manzella – cmanzella on Instagram

The Magic of Christmas Eve

I think there is something special about Christmas Eve that doesn’t exist in any other form. It’s a frantic craziness that settles into a deep calm. Anyone who has worked retail on this day will know what I mean – all the last minute rushing around to get the perfect gift, traveling to get home for the holidays, cooking meals for the big family dinner, and trying to keep the kids from discovering “Santa’s” gifts hidden in the hall closet. At the end of the day when parents are near exhaustion, they help their children set out a plate of freshly baked cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer.

For some, it’s eating dinner at the only restaurant in town that’s still open then having your boyfriend get down on one knee and propose marriage. (At least that’s what mine did 24 some odd years ago.)

Whatever this day may bring, I wish you the very best.

How The Grumpy Cat Stole Christmas by GAF Comics You do know who Grumpy Cat is, don’t you?

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