Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Valentine's Day 2020


Our Valentine's Day was covered in snow this year. It still proved to be a very fun day! Raine had fun at school, Dan and I exchanged cards (and he surprised me with flowers and wine), and we had a fun evening at Rachel and Tom's.

Snail Says...Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saying Goodye to Cardinal + Finch

My C+F tshirt, boxes made by Grandpa Don in our garage

At the end of 2019, I closed my sweet little business Cardinal + Finch. It was a decision that didn't come lightly. I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and quit all the time over the course of two years, with tears and frustration. But choosing to finally do it was without drama--just a quiet deletion of accounts and a letter to the Secretary of State. 

Showing a gift box used as a keepsake for a marriage

The heart of Cardinal + Finch was giving a gift with love. Grandpa Don built wooden keepsake boxes and I filled them with carefully chosen items for the gift occasion. I know that my gifts touched the hearts of many recipients and gave the givers a sense of satisfaction that their gift mattered--often when it was hard to know what to do for someone. C+F took up all of my time and energy and I really felt like I was the business. Now that the doors have closed, I am looking forward to finding a new part-time job (my barista position came and went in the matter of 4 months) and having time for reading and writing.

My first delivery! Haha

My greatest joy as I worked was creating the product photos and stationary. I captured everything on my back porch with a simple Canon and post-edited with an Instant filter. Playing with the textures of ribbon, flowers, products, and paper. For the stationary, I created templates in InDesign and used Illustrator to play with vintage photos of birds and create labels for the boxes, as well as my business cards. I received endless compliments for my marketing and product photos, as well as the stationary. These things, as well as product sourcing, were my strength. Running a business however, was my weakness, along with a constant feeling of inferiority and doubt. I actually had a really hard time selling my product and pushing my brand, utilizing the networking I did, and getting the business going with mere pennies. I knew that I could push through the doubts and struggles, and I did, until it didn't make sense for me and my family anymore. This is the last of several businesses I have tried to create and operate ... and let's just say if you have Bipolar Disorder, it's really, really tricky to make it work. At least it is for me. It's a catch 22 because a flexible, from-home, creative job is ideal YET the lack of structure and direction did me in. I would love to hear from other people with BD who HAVE made it work!

I can look back and see where I fell short, but mostly I look back with pride and love for what I made and accomplished. I created a little album to forever remember my creations ... You can view it here.

Thank you to everyone who supported my endeavor and loved Cardinal + Finch. It was a lesson in self-belief and limitations, grief, creativity, and community that I will always value.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Lovely Gifts || Christmas 2019

Gift giving is my favorite time of year, any time of the year! Here are a few gifts the Herzing 3 gave to one another ...

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Christmas 2019 Recap

It's a difficult time of year with the anniversary of my mother's death in December. Rachel and I spent the evening together and I bought her a beautiful pointsettia (and a gorgeous bouquet for myself!) I didn't visit the cemetary but I plan to soon. Despite grief, there were many moments of joy this season ....

We continue to celebrate Santa as Raine gets older ... As far as we know he still believes! Raine's little elf, Clarence, appeared with a tiny mailbox this year and candy for Raine's advent. Raine asked for money, sports jerseys, and a new basketball hoop for Christmas. He lucked out with all of that and more! Family and friends are so generous with him. He's a very loved and happy kid.

The week of Christmas we had several days of gatherings .... We had Christmas Eve Eve brunch at the farm, Christmas Eve Eve "Friendsmas" at the Bailey's, Christmas Eve dinner and fun with the Karpiak relatives, Christmas morning with the Herzing family, and the day after Christmas dinner with the Hodel/McCaw family!

It was a lot of driving around but worth it to see the smiling faces of friends and family!

Christmas Eve Eve brunch with the Rees and Christensen families in Grand Ridge
Raine had fun playing with the Rees boys, Jack and Ben, on the Rees farm
Raine received an extra-special gift from santa! An Antetokounmpo jersey and TICKETS to a Bucks/Bulls NBA game! 

Celebrating at Rachel's with her and Tom, the kids, Grandpa Don, and his friend, Marge
It's all about the booze at Christmas time!

Wiped out!

Hoping you had a lovely holiday season, friends!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Raine's Thanksgiving Blessing

"There are so many reasons that we should be thankful this time of the yeare. One of the things I'm thankful for is my family. Most of the time families go for a while. The second thing I am thankful is Portland. I was born in Portland. It is my favorite city. Since I moved to Portland, I have been begging to visit Portland again and I have a Portland Trailblazers jersey. The third thing I am thankful for is basketball. Basketball is my favorite sport. I have 3 basketball jerseys. I sometimes watch basketball on TV. I think basketball is fun. Those are the three things I am thankful for."

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Arts and crafts by Leah (Target)

We enjoyed dinner with my family this year. Tom had hip surgery the day before, but Rachel and him still hosted and managed to cook sides and a ham! Dan spent the entire day smoking the turkey on the Traeger and drinking vodka tonics while watching football. I was the DD so I was a little bored but I actually tried to make it interesting and forced the children to do arts and crafts. 

The turkey turned out great, the kids obliged, and Tom stayed awake for most of the day!

Translation: "I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for basketball. I am thankful for myself and my pets."

Translation: "My dad, my mom, my grandpa, my pets, my cousin, my aunt, my uncle, my birth doctors"

Translation: "My dad, the surgery being successful, my mom, my grandpa, my uncles, my aunts, food, my dogs and my cat."