my little vacation is over! and it's back to work for me (boo). but! at least there is air conditioning at the office (which i actually feel a little guilty about, since it's putting holes in the ozone layer), and at least i only have THIRTEEN MORE DAYS OF WORK!! i am sending out resumes at the speed of light and hoping for a good little part-time gig. even if i don't land one, something will work out. it always does.
as i'm working on opening up the shop again and, specifically, on a set of wedding invitations (among other things, i will be offering some different lines of custom and semi-custom wedding invitations), i am thinking about giving gifts for weddings and how i never know what to give. i want to give something unique yet universally appealing, something useful, but not mundane. i often think that it would be really easy to just pick a gift to give to all the newlyweds in my life. a signature of sorts. a go-to. a standby. something surprising and wonderful that everyone will love getting. and of course, it is great to support artists i like. and i really like dovetail (this whole post is basically an excuse to talk about them). so, i think maybe my new go-to standby wedding gift will be a pair of dovetail mugs. maybe the bike ones. or maybe the letters. although i think maybe the neighborhood ones are my favorite. it's so hard to decide! but once you do, margaret and josh will send your pair of mugs to wherever you want them from their studio in lexington, ky. you can find a list of shops that carry their work here. and find out more about them here: shop :: etsy :: blog
what about you? do you have go-to gifts that you like to give to the people in your life as they reach milestones? favorite artists or companies you like to buy from whenever you get the chance?