The genius of Kerouac

Recently, I came across this quote by Kerouac, and it really struck a chord. The idea of living a life of adventure, blessing others, and living without regrets or apologies is a powerful one.

I hope this brings a little inspiration to your day.

 

Live Travel Adventure Bless

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Lucky & Loved Launch

Lucky & Loved

Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you!

In honor of Veterans Day, Green Quince is pre-launching an exciting contest called Lucky & Loved. Lucky & Loved is going to gift one amazing engaged couple who has served in the US military with a full suite of wedding stationery (up to a $1,000 value) to make their wedding dreams a reality.

Green Quince would like to honor the hard work and dedication of our military service members and veterans as well as their vital support systems back home. Thank you for the sacrifices you make everyday.

The full contest rules and the prize details will be released on Valentine’s Day, and there may be a few other fun surprises as well. To be eligible, at least one person in the couple must be serving or have served on active duty in the US military. The other details will be outlined when the official website launches on Valentine’s Day.

For now, hop on over and like the new Lucky & Loved Facebook page (link above) so we can build a community of support. Post a shout-out to your favorite military service member or veteran, and share the page with everyone who might be interested.

If you would like to be a sponsor of the contest and donate a prize or service, please send me a private message, and we’ll make this even more amazing!

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The monkey believes in you

Sometimes I have to remind myself not to take on other people’s energy as my own.

Do you ever have that struggle?

You know how it can be when someone is in a bad mood and they take it out on you, or office politics and gossip start to weigh you down. When I start to feel myself going down the rabbit hole and absorbing some of that negativity, I like to tell myself “Not my circus; not my monkeys.” It’s a gentle reminder to let it go.

I hope this little monkey brightens your day and reminds you that you don’t have to carry around other people’s monkeys.

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Have a great weekend!

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Wild and Free

Do you feel like you’re living your most wild & free life? Lately, I’ve been seeing lots of reminders around me that life is precious and short. It makes me want to reevaluate my life and think about making a bucket list of adventures and experiences to have during my lifetime.

One of my biggest joys is traveling, and I would love to go to Antarctica. What is an item on your bucket list? Spill the beans!

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Those last few days of summer

While it’s technically fall, we’re experiencing those last few hot days of summer weather here in the Bay Area. My sweaters and boots will have to stay packed away for a few more weeks because it’s too toasty for them right now!

Whenever there are warm days in San Francisco, people get outside as much as possible and soak up the sun. The sailboats fill the bay, and it feels just a little bit like a celebration.

If you’ve never been to San Francisco, it’s a destination worth exploring. Don’t forget to hop across the Bay Bridge and check out Oakland too! On days when San Francisco is cold and foggy, Oakland often has perfect, sunny weather. (Shhhh . . . don’t tell anyone!)

Today we’ll love on the Golden Gate Bridge a little bit with this quote poster. Feel free to pin and share! (photo by Lucas Theis)

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Announcing: Nursery Art Prints!

This is a project that has been in the works for quite some time, and I’m pleased to share that nursery art prints are now trickling into the Green Quince shop! So many of my wonderful wedding clients have gone on to expand their families and have little ones, so this seems like a natural next step for Green Quince as well. Today, two prints went up in the shop, and additional designs will be added in the coming weeks.

Carousel Nursery Art Print

Artwork for your kids’ walls

Hot Air Balloon Nursery Art Print

Deck out your baby’s or child’s room with a colorful customized art print

If you would like something custom designed just for you and your little one’s nursery, I am also taking on a limited number of custom design projects for the fall. Please inquire if you are interested.

Have a great day!

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A quote poster to brighten your day

Last week I asked my Facebook fans to share their favorite quotes so I could create a couple of fun typographical posters based on their quotes. Here is the first one, in two different versions. Which version is your favorite?

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Don’t know about you, but I’ll be humming this song all day!

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The most adorable cake toppers ever

It used to be that if you wanted a cake topper for your wedding cake, you had only a handful of choices, and they were all pretty boring and plastic. These days, there are creative personalized options that bring a super personal touch to your wedding cake. Lulu’s Little Shop is one of my all-time cake topper shop faves! Their origami wedding couples are full of gorgeous details that will have you swooning.

 

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This intricate couple is all decked out in their wedding finest!

One of the most special things about customized cake toppers is that you can build a couple that really reflects you. If you have different skin tones, or if you are a same-sex couple, you might have been frustrated by the lack of cake topper selection in the past, but with Lulu’s Little Shop, you can tailor your toppers to reflect you. How fun is that!

Lulus Little Shop Cake Topper

Don’t you just love her dress?!

 

Each pairing arrives in a cute little tin, and they have magnetic feet and a metal base, so you can place them exactly as you would like. They’ve thought of everything!

Would it be weird for me to order a cake topper set for my husband and I to put on our anniversary cake? Because I am looking for any excuse to order a pair of these!

Here are a few more of the many examples you can see in their Etsy shop.

Lulus Little Shop Cake Toppers

The boutonnieres on the guys are the perfect touch!

In addition to the cake toppers, Lulu’s Little Shop also has the most amazing little origami diamonds that I’m envisioning as the perfect table decor for an engagement party or rehearsal dinner. You can even purchase a DIY guide so you can learn to make them yourself!

Lulus Little Shop Origami Diamond

Origami diamonds

Definitely take a peek around Lulu’s Little Shop and explore what they have to offer. There is so much creativity on display.

If you would like to follow Lulu’s Little Shop on Facebook, you can like them here.

(All photos used by permission and designs copyright of Lulu’s Little Shop. Thank you!)

 

 
 

Have you ever wanted to be in a secret club?

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Join the Green Quince Secret Society

. . . you know, the kind of secret club where you would tell each other secrets and pinky swear not to tell? The kind where you would meet in a hidden treehouse, solve mysteries, sneak in chocolate, and pass encoded notes in class that no one else could read? (You can probably tell I grew up on a succession of Encyclopedia Brown, Babysitter’s Club, and Nancy Drew).

Well, this is your chance to join a grown-up version of a secret club: The Green Quince Secret Society! As a member you will get sneak previews of new designs before they hit the shop, special discounts that will never be released to the public, and fun e-mail surprises. You’ll be in my inner circle, and I pinky swear that I won’t tell your secrets.

To join, go to the sign-up page and plug in your deets. I can’t wait to pass you top-secret notes when the teacher isn’t looking.

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