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Unintentional Copying, CREATIVE INTEGRITY, AND WRITING FOR THE GIFT INDUSTRY

In case you missed it, we recently released a new product category: screen printed zipper pouches. When I started designing these pouches last summer, I made a big mistake. Sapling Press, another writing-driven stationery & gift brand that I love, had just launched a collection of zipper pouches, and the owner Lisa also happens to be a good friend of mine. (Note: my decision in this story would have been the same if we didn’t know each other, or even if we were enemies. Not that I have enemies. But you know.) I should have looked at Sapling’s pouches before I started...

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New Parenting Support Cards

Hey friends! Based on my experience as a human person, we're adding another new category of cards to our line. We're starting small with three styles, but I'm planning to add more in the spring. We're calling these new cards Parenting Support, and they're designed for anyone who's struggling with the day-to-day of raising small to medium-sized people.  Here's the truth -- the wonder, awe and joy of parenting goes hand in hand with complicated emotions like confusion, resentment, boredom, and anxiety. This doesn’t mean you don’t love your kids. It means you’re a totally normal person. But often, parents—especially moms— don’t talk about these feelings because...

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New cards with Papyrus, now at Papyrus stores & Target!

Hi guys, I started talking with Papyrus two years ago about creating a card collection with them, and the cards finally hit stores this week! (Licensing takes time, y'all.) These cards are now available in Papyrus stores and in Target, at these snazzy branded endcaps! (That's my college housemate's cart and snacks next to it, abandoned in surprise.) To be honest, I didn't know the extent of the Target plan until someone tweeted a photo at me earlier this week -- I'm still on vacation in Spain for a few more days as I write this -- and I about fell over...

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