Alt Summit Recap Photos + Video

The Saguaro drone shot | Amy Tangerine

It was the first time Alt Summit was held in somewhere other than Salt Lake City, and somehow very last minute, I scored a ticket. Rachel had mentioned she was going and then my friend Alisha said she was going as well. The ticket was just under $500 and somehow through the amazing community that is Instagram, a friend of a friend connected me to a friend who was selling their ticket. She had promised it to someone else and it turned out that person backed out so I got it! Then I shared the news with Mixbook that I would be attending, and we worked out an appearance in their booth to sign a limited amount of books and for me to hand letter name tags using Tombow markers. Since I was traveling there, and didn't know what to do with the marker set afterwards, Tombow, Mixbook and I decided to give it away. Alisha also mentioned they had one more spot in the house she rented, so  It all seemed to fall into place! Even more so that the moment we decided to do some photos at The Parker, we got stopped by someone saying that a very large animal was about to pass through and we couldn't take photos, but it was an elephant!! Gray Malin was there shooting and he could not have been nicer!

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Pattern Play #2 Coloring Book 

A quick trip to the Stationery Show

Amy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowLast week I was away from Jack for the first (extended period of) time and took a quick whirlwind trip to NY for the National Stationery Show. I arrived at midnight on Monday and spent Tuesday on the show floor after a seminar in the morning. It was my first time both attending and showing - American Crafts had a booth. It was such a visual treat.Amy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine | Stationery ShowAmy Tangerine at the Stationery ShowHighlights included:

  • chatting with Amy at AHeirloom
  • trying the confetti with Candice Stringham at Knot & Bow
  • finally meeting Garin from Ginko Papers
  • seeing Shinola's booth - it's JC's favorite watch
  • getting a card from that sweet machine from Easy, Tiger
  • hanging out a lot at Paper Bandit Press - seeing designs from friends is the best - go Kelly Purkey and Sarah Champion. Oh and they had a charging station, so that really helped because my iPhone doesn't seem to be able to hold much battery life.
  • I missed Donna Downey, but enjoyed catching up with her husband Bill.
  • meeting and talking to Melinda of Read Between the Lines. Our mutual adoration for puppies and babies was laughable.
  • getting my first Tattly, which sort of matched my dress and being star struck by the ever so down to earth Tina of swissmiss
  • having Ladyfingers Letterpress hand write Jack's name
  • my one and only dinner this trip at Boulud Sud

Boulud Sud I realized that this was the most amount of time I had spent by myself (if you count being at the airport and on board an airplane) since Jack was born. Honestly, it was kinda nice to be able to just relax and read a book and cut apart magazines, and take my time eating a meal. Wait, am I a bad mom to be admitting that? I think not. The hardest thing for me may have been the pumping and dumping every few hours. For my next solo trip, I will probably request a refrigerator in the hotel room and bring a freezer pack along. I was gone for a total of 2 nights. It was the perfect amount of time to be away - though I missed Jack very much, knowing he was in good hands with Ahpo, Cindy, and Daddy.

Unique LA wrap up

The largest independent, local design & art show in the country, Unique LA was once again a fabulous success. There were over 300 amazing designers & artists all under one roof in the Penthouse of the California Mart. We shared our booth with amykathryn bags, and had a great time seeing so many familiar faces. I may have gone a little overboard with my shopping, but it's all good. Here are some of the highlights:
Rebe's booth:

Random Nicole cuteness:

cool applique sign:

our booth (with mommy all smiles):

 cool booths:

We stocked up big time on Ex Libris books...

I got a fun pair of earrings from Sol del Sur:

Ran into this cute girl on our way out in our Silver Bella tee. Apparently she was spotted by someone else who had the same shirt & attended the event last winter too.

just found out...

We're doing our first gift show ever (and first trade show of the year)...

If you have a boutique, or know of any stores coming to LA for market week, please send them over to us at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the California Gift Show January 16-19.

We'll be in the South Hall in the fashion section with amykathryn in booth 2205. Hope to see you!

"darlin' do not fear..."

what you don't really know. An amazing song by Brett Dennen that has been playing on and on repeatedly all morning. There is uncertainty in the air but as he says best,
"Darlin' do not fear what you don't really know 'cause it won't last - your worries will pass
All your troubles they don't stand a chance "

I am off to set up the d&a LA show today, something I have done for the past 4 and half years, but this time it's different and I am dreading it just a teeny tiny bit. Thankfully my cousin CIndy is here and we have some delightful helping hands at the show, so perhaps it will be all good. So this is where I will be through Sunday. Come and see me and the new Winter/Holiday collection...

I read a great profile piece on a woman who is quite the inspiration and shows that you don't have to just do one thing to feel whole. I like the idea of experiencing different bits of life and love and building up little endeavors of varying creative interests.

ArtHouse has received my sketchbook for "How to Save the World". Just thought I would share with you all the cover... can't wait for this amazing event.