First of all, I have a total weakness for stationary - not sure what that is about, but I have it. I also have tremendous affinity for creativity. Put stationary and creativity together and I get a tad giddy.
So...I just had to share this fabulous birth announcement with you. From the brown envelope, to the white label trimmed in red and blue with the "Special Delivery" stamp on it...
the brown cording tying the little tag with all the particulars.
No detail was missed...love the Cleveland, OH stamp with the date, the "Weight of Package", "Size of Package", "The Proud Recipients". I say stupendous, well done, absolutely fabulous!
But best of all, here is their "Special Delivery". Could he be any more sweet?! Love the photo!
My friend's wife is the creative mastermind behind this and other lovely items that come in envelopes. I kept their holiday greeting from a few years back and put it on my refrigerator for the winter season. After I receive one of her creations, I carry it around and share it with people in my life. This one will be no different, but now, I get to also share it with all of you. I told my friend I think his wife has a budding-boutique business emerging.
I was at my local grocery store and this caught my eye...
photography was so beautiful on the cover, the texture of the paper was
thick, it was bound well and a quick flip through, I was excited to get
home to read it. I was actually rather surprised to find out it was complimentary.
Here Edible Communities
is The 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year Award which
"recognizes a publication that demonstrates fresh directions, worthy
ambitions, and a forward-looking approach to food journalism." I can see why as it is a treasure trove of information for foodies that is so beautifully written with absolutely stunning photography. Best of all, it is LOCALLY inspired...LOVE that! Their tag line is "Our Region, Our Stories, Our Food, Season by Season".
It is full of passion for all things food, that is for certain. Edible
lists all the Farmers Markets in your community, features food
artisans, restaurants, recipes and more, much, much more. See if your city
is one of the fortunate ones to be a part of the Edible Communities. I
know when traveling this will be a resource to know where to go, see
and taste the local flavor. Also, follow them on twitter:
Edible Cleveland's Summer 2012...gorgeous!
On an aside, may I just say I am crazy
for french macaroons - more on that in the future.
Below is a bit about the publication via their website:
"The publications produced by the Edible Communities company are “locavores” with national appeal. They are locally grown and community based, like the foods, family farmers, growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans they feature. The company’s unique publishing model addresses the most crucial trends in food journalism; the publications are rooted in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada, celebrating local, seasonal foods with the goal of transforming the way we shop, cook, and eat. Their underlying values speak to today’s spirit of shared responsibility: every person has the right to affordable, fresh, healthful food on a daily basis.
Edible Communities is more than a group of high-quality, regional print magazines with compelling storytelling and visual narratives. Through electronic and digital platforms—websites, social media, Edible Radio podcasts, and popular local events—its food journalism carries regional stories to national and global audiences. We believe that in years to come the collected work of these unique publications will serve as a valuable resource for exploring the impact of regional food and agriculture from a grassroots perspective.
At a time when journalists are reinventing traditional publications and embracing digital formats, the Journalism Committee of the James Beard Foundation is proud to recognize Edible Communities for this first-ever award. Edible Communities’ body of work reflects excellence in the ever-changing world of food journalism. Its publications inform and connect today’s food-savvy readers with local communities that stand for a healthful, flavorful, and sustainable food supply."
All you foodies out there that love high-quality products yet don't always have the time to make a salad dressing or marinade from scratch, Garlic Expressions to the rescue.
I was first introduced to this product several years ago via one of my dear friend's families whom live in Perrysburg, Ohio where the product is from. They would take me to Croy's which is the restaurant where it all started. They began bottling it for retail sale in 1993. I can remember visiting and my friend's mother went on and on about Garlic Expressions as she dressed the salad she was about to serve for dinner. Know that she is AMAZING in the kitchen and she said, "This is as good as anything I can make". Hence, it was purchased by the case and a few bottles were sent home with me.
From then on, Garlic Expressions has been a staple in my pantry. Yes, it is perfect for salads but also wonderful as a marinade for meat and veggies. Check out all the great recipe ideas on their site.
If you need anymore coaxing, it is:
If the answer is yes, then I would highly recommend looking into Ladies Who Launch which "is an online and offline social network that provides opportunities for women to move their businesses and personal goals forward." This is the first networking group I joined when girltrunks
was but an idea. I went through their incubator program which I found
invaluable. It is so important to be able to connect and share the journey
of entrepreneurship with those whom are also going through it.
"Ladies Who Launch was conceptualized when Victoria Colligan (Founder and CEO) identified an underserved niche of launching ladies and made several realizations. She recognized that not only were women starting businesses at twice the rate of men, but they were driven by a need for freedom and flexibility, and, as a result, were redefining traditional business models with great success. It was on these tenets that Victoria founded Ladies Who Launch, making it distinctive from other brands. Determined to celebrate the entrepreneurial success of women at all stages, Victoria turned her passion for entrepreneurship into a thriving, sought after one-stop-shop for all things start-up. Ever resourceful, she drew upon her diverse experience in small business, law, website design, strategic partnerships, online media, marriage and motherhood to position Ladies Who Launch as a leading resource."
Also check out her new book:
I am ALL about the tagline - "Dream it! Launch it! Live it!" Cheers to that!
Follow @LadiesWhoLaunch and @Victoriapreneur
...the CNBC special tonight at 8:00 p.m.
Set your DVRs...it's definitely worth watching. You just have to LOVE Target!
Posted By: debbie On: 2011-01-27 13:47:19