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Sunday, December 9

Introducing Londonberrie

A week later and I'm finally announcing mine and Alexandra's new joint creative venture — Londonberrie, celebrating home, hygge, inspiration and art! Our lifestyle brand will serve as not only an avenue through which these anchors will be celebrated through artwork, photography, editorials, workshops and such, but also as a central location where others can conveniently find our artwork. Eventually, anything offered on Etsy previously will be rebranded under Londonberrie and available through our website.

Speaking of which, after I designed the logo, Alexandra worked up finalizing this collaborative piece that is now available on our site as the first official annual Londonberrie Christmas Holiday card! While it's a limited press run, we did put aside three of the cards to include in a fabulous giveaway we're doing with two other establishments here for some lucky winner somewhere in the world! Come celebrate with us by checking out our Instagram or Facebook and find more details there. (Thank you to those of you who have already signed up.) Wouldn't it be so fun if one of you won? Hurry though, as the deadline in this Friday!

So, as you can see, we're pretty busy here. Last week on our anniversary when, yes, I was planning to announce everything, Alexandra unexpectedly tweaked her back which rather set us back with getting our website launched and thus the delay. Sorry about that, guys! On top of that, Alexandra has her own deadlines in the children book publishing world for her illustrations there, which by the way, will remain separate as will indeed my design agency where I was handed the keys to the new digs just this last week too.

Ooh, and one final thing I should mention: Alex and I head out in a truck rental back to Colorado this Monday for a little over a week to see family and friends as well as pick up those few items we couldn't take with us on the first drive out here. Wish us luck! Luckily, the weather looks like it's going to be clear for the way out West which is relief, let me tell you, when having to drive over two long days. :)

OK, I'll see you back here for our next Scribble Picnic this Wednesday. Still need to do that, actually. :) Well, I've already mentioned a few of my favourite things in this blog post, but I'm sure I can come up with a couple more too. In fact, I already have an idea brewing.... :)

Wednesday, November 28

Seasons change

Say, "Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter!

Like with this lil' bundled up hedgie, we're ready for the new season. How about you?

As if we haven't already had enough change actually, with our move here to Kentucky from Colorado and all that entailed! Nevertheless, I'm slowly adjusting to a whole new country paradigm, and in the midst of it, new opportunities arise. Alexandra's been literally painting the town white with drawing beautiful winter scenes for 5 of the establishments in our tiny little downtown. It's really looking festive. We're hoping it draws people into the area too to come shop local and explore the quaint little shops in old town. We're doing out bit to help bring new life here, hopefully.

It's slow but steady going and with it, new developments are underfoot. Aside from the branding design agency that's soon to launch with my business partner, Alexandra and I actually have some new venture we're launching soon. I know, I've alluded to it before, but next week, we'll officially announce things so... stay tuned! We're flapping our wings and learning to fly higher through various unseen challenges, obstacles and a fair bit of unexpected. In fact, we're pretty excited about this project.  Can't wait to tell you more...

Now, back to this drawing which ties in to these above developments too. Having figured out an idea and rendered the illustration, I'm handing this off to Alexandra to sprinkle in her own particular charm, painting in the colour, etc. As it is, we often bounce ideas off each other — she'll inspire me  and I'll art direct her pieces or some combination thereof. Creatively, our process really is a match made in heaven. As with that New Year bear drawing/painting a few years back (anyone remember that?), it's fun again to literally both work on an actual piece together where it ends up being truly our shared cozy vision. What can I say? We love winters and the holidays!

So, would you like to see the final piece when it's completed? Want to learn more about our newest venture? Check back here, Sunday, December 2nd, which happens to be our anniversary, by the way. :) Magic is in the air... :)

Speaking of which, let's see how the each of you interpreted this week's theme. Can't wait to discover what you've done. Already having made a few cups of hot chocolate this month, I think we'll bring that along to the picnic here as well. If you're gonna be cold, you might as well enjoy it!

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