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Long Weekend

On Friday afternoon, Pete and I cut out of work early, leashed up Stickers, and walked down to Andersonville for some sun and shandys. We also stopped by Haymaker, a swell local design shop, for Stickers to claim the title: cutest dog of the day. It was a great start to the weekend—save for my sandal breaking on the walk home.

The Gastronauts met Friday evening at Pequod Pizzeria in Morton Grove. Later this summer, Peaquod’s is moving from their charming little wood paneled home to a big, slick new location near the train station. So we had to bid adieu and enjoy some of their renowned cheese pan pizza and raise a few glasses of Tucher.

Saturday lunch: leftovers.

On Saturday afternoon, we headed south to enjoy the evening with our friends Becky and Billy, super cute kids, Maggie and Alex, and precious pup, Lewey in their lovely backyard. It was great to barbeque and relax and roast marshmallows for smores—perfect for Memorial Day weekend. Pete played basketball and catch with Alex. And I loved chatting about animals with Maggie. Pictured above is Stickers posing with Maggie’s portrait of her.

Our weekly SociaBulls walk kicked off the second half of the long weekend. Stickers trotted with her pittie buds along the path in Garfield Park. I liked the ponds bordered with purple flowers. She liked the water break. Yes, it was very hot on Sunday. We stopped by newly opened Glazed and Infused in Wicker Park for doughnuts on the way home. Yum. Raspberry glazed and vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Our pals Jim and Albert, of The Found, met us for dinner Sunday night at Chilapan on Montrose. Dinner was delicious and the conversation was even better. Always lots of giggles. The only thing missing was Stickers and their dog, Macho Todd. Afterwards, Pete and I made our way to the 22 bus and waited out the 20 minute lag by sharing a PBR and enjoying a few country tunes at Carol’s Pub.

Monday was also very hot.

We celebrated Memorial Day by working during the day and taking in a show at Millenium Park at night. The Pritzker Pavilion was the perfect location to hear Kelly Hogan perform live. She has such an amazing voice and a fabulous backing band.


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NSS from afar

Yes, those long days at the Javits are grueling, there’s always a long line at the bathroom, and it’s an achievement to pay for your walls–but I love attending the National Stationery Show in New York. It’s like camp for papergood designers and buyers. I always look forward to seeing my old friends and making new ones. I love to see what Pie Bird Press, The Great Lakes, Hammerpress, Hello Lucky, The Found, Enormous Champion, Smitten Kitten, Egg Press, and Two Trick Pony, to name a few, are up to. I love catching up with shop owners and bloggers. I love going out to dinner with peers and gabbing about the biz. I love to create and install my booth.

image via Pie Bird Press

My cards are being exhibited this year by my New York sales rep. So I’m attending the show via social media. It’s not fun to feel like everyone is at a slumber party that I’m not invited to, but I have enjoyed the coverage. I make time to walk the show when I attend, and when something is different and special, it really stands out. Oh So Beautiful Paper turned me on to Left Field Cards. These are awesome. Colorful and clever and different than anything else I’ve seen–amidst a show seemingly full of hipster branding themes. I’ll remember these for Pete for Christmas.

image via Left Field Cards

I’m a sucker for animals, and I’ve enjoyed seeing shots of Sycamore Street Press‘ adorable fauna-filled cards.

image via Sycamore Street Press

And Design Sponge mentioned these cat cards from Fancy Seeing You Here. Good call, Grace.

image via Fancy Seeing You Here

Carrie Siegel of Two Trick Pony recommended via Twitter to check out Azuline. And from what I see on their blog, the designs are right in my wheelhouse.

image via Azuline

And finally, Egg Press wowed me with their new gift wrap.

image via Egg Press

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