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Year of the Dragon
January 23, 2012, 8:51 am
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Year of the Dragon Stamp

Happy Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

I love this series of Lunar New Year stamps, and this year’s is no exception. A beautiful paper-cut design combined with grass-style calligraphy and gorgeous color. Doesn’t it just make you want to write letters all year?

Water Dragon

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This is the year of the water dragon. There are 5 elements and 12 animals in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon being the only one that is mythical. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — especially at this time of renewed hope for the future.

The Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated with LUCK being the center of attention. Lucky foods such as kumquats are eaten and given as gifts. Lanterns, colored red for luck, are hung in rows. And teams of skilled puppeteers manipulate giant dragon figures to dance in parades and at parties. The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest of all!



the Makerie
September 20, 2011, 11:45 pm
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I have been invited and have accepted the invitation to teach letterpress at the Makerie in 2012! I took Lizzy House‘s pattern design class last year and we put on a Firefly Handmade market in conjunction with the event as well, so I am thrilled to become a part of it from another angle this year. It is experience you almost cannot explain in words!



September 17, 2011, 8:48 am
Filed under: Craft Biz, Handmade Revolution, inspire . spark, Life

Firefly Handmade 2011 Gypsy Farm Market Market +
3390 Valmont Road, Boulder
{Open to the Public}

September 17th, 9am-9pm
September 18th, 9am-3pm

+ all things handcrafted and homemade +

80+ indie crafters  from art to artisan foods and stitches to stationery and everything in between
goodie bags to the first 25 shoppers each day

+ live music, kids crafts, plenty of food and fun
refreshments by tee & cakes //comida // crust mobile // aiko pops // fruta juice



March is My Month

I love to open a Google Analytics Alert to find a sweet blog post on something I hold dear to my heart. Thank you Kathya of CHOCOLOCATERIA! March is my month too! And you reminded me that I wanted to write an in depth post about each month explaining the inspiration behind each composition this year. I guess I need to get started.



Year of the Rabbit!
February 3, 2011, 7:57 am
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According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Golden Rabbit, begins today February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012.  The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  I like the sound of that! To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle. I couldn’t have written a better New Year resolution myself.

The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life.  It is said that in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied.  The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic.  On each of the Full Moon nights of this year, it is advised that you go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage.  This will not only strengthen your inner Chi energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

Always curious about other cultures traditions, I am especially intrigued by the Chinese New Year this year as I was born a Wood Rabbit, and my mom is the Metal Rabbit – so this really is her year! We are supposed to be creative and wildly ambitious. I’ll take it. For the past four years, I have been excited to visit the Post Office around this time to see what the Lunar New Year stamps will look like. I like being on the forefront of most postage stamp releases, really. The art depicts kumquats, which are apparently eaten for luck and given as special gifts during the new year celebration.

So, Since the year symbolizes diplomacy and is a good year for negotiations, maybe we should all write some letters of hope, of worldly wishes and a more peaceful lifestyle and send them on a full moon – it will change the world! Is that wildly ambitious?



follow your heart

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Love out loud, this is my ode to Valentine’s Day. Here’s to all the folks I know who have followed their heart. In the face of adversity, when everyone said it couldn’t be done, when the chips were down, they still said bet it all. Cheers to you all, because you have inspired me. Now I’m no gambler, but I know when you pour your heart into something, and you take a chance, something incredible happens.

Two things I have happened upon in the past week:

What Oprah knows for sure: There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive. My friend, Ali, creator of the Makerie posted this. It is so her to find these snippets of inspiration and then really take them to heart. I just love her spirit and belief in what she is doing.
Ben Stein Says Happiness Comes to Those Who Pursue Careers That Define Their Passions – Ask His Shrink! Follow Your Heart, Risk Be Damned. My husband, who is not known to be a risk-taker, sent me this. Because he believes in me. And to have supporters when the going gets tough, means everything.

My friends, Shannon & Sahra, of Hot Mama Designs are wonder twins! I remember a lifetime ago, helping Shannon on afternoons when I played hooky from my boring, uneventful, meaningless corporate job with her branding & business development. We called them board meetings. We didn’t really know what we were doing, but we believed in it and it had heart. Finding Sahra was quite serendipitous and they have taken their combined passion to whole new levels {see jewelry design above} – you go girls!

It’s not an easy road, but a rewarding one, … I speak from experience. Lucky for me, the list of inspiring folks in my life goes on and on. I am honored to personally interact with those who give themselves to their passions everyday:

I am incessantly in awe. May all beings fall in truly. madly. deeply. in love with something amazing and follow it with your heart to the ends of the earth.



foodie foundation

The Heritage Handmade Calendar has brought so much joy and opportunity to the BirdDog Press since it’s creation in collaboration with WonderBound Press. The rewards just keep coming! I am happy to announce yet one more connection this collection of days carefully pressed on paper has given me – Black Cat Farm~Table~Bistro. They are a picture of exactly what the calendar set out to celebrate. Eric and Jill Skokan are a treat to work with. They have cultivated an inspirational 70-acre farm in Boulder with heritage breed pigs, sheep and chickens, as well as row after row of organic heirloom vegetables which they tend to with full heart and soul and serve in their 13th Street Boulder restaurant.

Kirsten Boyer Photography

Kirsten Boyer Photography

Today, they are cooking at the James Beard House in New York, having been invited for another event after last year’s debut. Just this past Thursday, my husband and I had the pleasure of cozying up on one of their plush leather loveseats for a tasting of what will be offered tonight in the Big Apple. Paired with wine, each course was an experience to discover, reflect and savor. The vibe of the restaurant, the care that goes into each morsel of flavor and knowing that each bite could be traced to local origins right down to the very root it came from made me feel almost a celebrity status.

Kirsten Boyer Photography




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