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Over the weekend we had a celebration/valentine exchange in honor of my husband’s late-January birthday. I made some valentines to give to our guests, and I want to share them with you, too!

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Download the PDF and print these with your own printer. They’ll fit on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, and if you use cover stock they’ll be sturdier. Cut carefully, and write a sweet notes on the backs.

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Wishing you much love & a happy Valentine’s Day!

-April

P.S. It’s not to late to buy Valentines if you live in New England! Hurry, hurry, and we can get them in the mail to you right away. Check out the VALENTINES section of our shop right now. ♥ Most of the cards in this section also work really well for anniversaries and just plain old telling somebody that you love them. So non-New Englanders should check it out, too! xo

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Now that the weather’s cooling down, I’ve been having lots of fun in the kitchen. Lately, I’ve been making these muffins that I found over on 100 Days of Real Food. The recipe gives you a great base, and then it lets you decide which fruits, nuts, or berries you want to use to fill them. That’s why I like it – it’s FUN! If you don’t like to make things up as you go while you’re baking, have no fear: Lisa has lots of yummy-sounding suggestions.

bake some muffins

For my first batch, I used a combination of nectarines, bananas, and pecans. I liked it, but my husband wasn’t a huge fan of the texture. So for the next go, I used chopped pecans blueberries and banana, mushed. We’re all loving these (so is my 8 1/2 month old!). We keep them in the freezer and then toss a frozen muffin into our lunchboxes to defrost in time for an afternoon snack.

Oh, did I mention that they’re super quick and easy to make? They’re small (unlike those behemoths you see at the grocery store that are actually cupcakes masquerading as muffins), and they’re not too sweet. Yum.

Blueberry Pecan Whole Wheat Muffins
adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups King Arthur’s white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup apple juice or apple cider
  • About 1 cup of total of blueberries + chopped pecans
  • 1 banana, mashed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Make a hole in the center of the dry mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix everything together. Don’t over-mix.
  4. Add the blueberries, pecans, and mashed banana and stir it all up. (See the original recipe for more great filling ideas!)
  5. Line a muffin pan with liners and fill ⅔ to ¾ of the way full with batter.
  6. Place the tray into the warm oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm and don’t be afraid to freeze some for later (they keep your lunch chilled!).
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All of the cards start with a little idea. From there, I either sketch something out on paper or head straight to my computer to start drawing and researching. Sometimes my research includes learning more about my subject (like when I draw the neighborhood maps), and sometimes I just need to look at a bunch of pictures of my subject – like those glasses in the picture below – so I can get a feel for how I’d like my drawing to look in the end.

bifocals birthday card by everything little miss

I use Adobe Illustrator to create my print-ready files. When the design has been finalized, I send the file to my printer for a proof. I use the proof to check colors and cropping, and to check for spelling errors or other mistakes (like typos in the product numbers). I make sure I like everything or make changes when necessary, and then I approve the final file and put in an order for the quantity of cards I’d like printed.

Everything Little Miss cards, notebooks, and notepads are digitally printed by ISS in Shirley, MA. They print, trim, score and fold the cards, and then I package them in my office.

Ta-da! That’s how the cards are made, from mere idea to retail-ready.

Click here to visit our online shop.

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It’s a beautiful late summer day here, and we’re getting psyched for fall! Why? Because we’re participating in some fun, outdoor events in the coming days and weeks! If you live in or around Boston, we hope you’ll be able to join us. We’ll have cards, notebooks, chunky pads, prints, and possibly tote bags (for the 2 later dates). Come support local artist and enjoy the changing seasons. We look forward to seeing your friendly faces!:)

Dates & details below.

THE VILLAGE AMP
> Sunday, September 8th
12pm – 6pm

543-537 Massachusetts Ave, West Acton Village, MA (a short walk from the Acton-Boxborough Farmer’s Market) 

 

CAMBRIDGE OPEN MARKET
> Friday, September 20th
> Friday, October 4th
11:30am – 5:30pm
The Cambridge Open Market is located at the Plaza, near Harvard University’s Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge, at the intersection of Oxford and Kirkland streets, northeast of Harvard Square

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