“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – The Great Gatsby

Let’s face it: fall can be hectic. The lazy days of summer have passed. The holidays are just around the corner (okay, maybe a block or two away, but definitely in sight!). But by now, we’re ready for some excitement – like that spicy burning smell in the air that puts a skip in your evening stroll, these early weeks of fall are easily some of the most exciting days of the year. Goodbye to sunburns and sweat! The weather is tantalizing us with indecision and wreaking havoc on our wardrobes, alternating between hot, sunny days and crisp, bright snaps of fall chill in the evening.

Luckily, soon enough the weather will settle down with the entrance of October’s cool golden charm and the outdoors will be decorated with some of the most beautiful colors of the year. It might be hard for the interior world to measure up to that , but it’s always fun to try to bring some of that beauty inside your home as well.


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SnippetandInk autumn-themed board)

First step: get inspired by this beautiful fall photoshoot from NK Photography!

Then, the Hickory Furniture Blog posts some great fall decorating ideas about bringing those warm, inviting tones into your home with delicate, balanced color schemes.

Planning a fall get together? Even if you’re not quite ready for Halloween, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the harvest and preparing to welcome in some of the warmer elements of fall to your book club, bunco group, etc. Party World has some fun decorating ideas including paper lanterns and leaf cut-outs!

Something as simple as placemats and candles can add a soothing autumnal vibe to any basic room. On Savvy Seasons, Liz has a new video showing how to make fall candle holders with beans with her adorable daughter.

Autumn also ushers in a whole new array of golden, rich flavors and spicy treats. When I think of fall foods, I think of butternut squash, pumpkins, red apples, and sweet potatoes. And this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with ghouda cheese sauce fits right in with my tastes…

While Starbucks’s pumpkin lattes are my go-to fall treat, as September is National Honey Month, I’m thinking of  experimenting with adding honey to some of my favorite fall recipes instead of sugar. There are many health benefits to this as well as the addition of a unique, delicious flavor. And it’s so soothing when getting over those back-to-school colds. Honey works especially well in hot chai teas (latte or not), added to honey and lavender french toast, or even in savory dishes.

Although some of the busiest months of the year are coming up, make sure to spend some time sipping on hot cider and relaxing with a blanket and a good book, appreciating the whisper of a fall breeze hesitantly knocking on your windows. Don’t forget that Letterbox Press still has a CONTEST up and running – simply Like our Facebook page your name will be entered in a contest for 60 Free Holiday Photo Cards! Drawing will be held October 15!

We’re also running a SPECIAL on personalized stickers for birthday gifts, lunch sacks, note books (basically anything a mom of young kids would want to label) and the price is 2 for 1 (2 dozen for $6 – such a deal!). 

Happy Fall!


Feature – Claire Elise Photography

In our last blog post, we talked about ideas to help with back to school organzation. For those of you with rising 12th graders, you’re also beginning to think about senior portraits. If you’re in the Atlanta area, we’d like to recommend our talented friend Claire Elise Mandrycky.

Claire is an experienced photographer who recently graduated from Georgia State. Her photographs are quietly stunning, each embodying a sense of rustic peace and southern elegance. Luckily for stylish-minded moms (and students!), Claire will be offering senior portrait photography for high school graduates. Here’s the best thing about Claire…she’s not only a great photographer who truly knows what she’s doing, she’s also close in age to our graduating seniors. She remembers the feeling of being a 12th grader in front of a camera lens, so she relates easily to our kids and in turn they feel so comfortable with her.

Maybe you can guess that my business partner and I each have rising 12th graders and we’ve hired Claire to do their photos (the blonde cutie below is Denise’s son). Claire was kind enough to offer our Letterbox Press friends a terrific deal…her sitting fee is $100, but if you mention Letterbox Press, you’ll receive $25 off!

Claire’s offer includes a 1 hour photo session at location of your choosing, CD of 15 proofs to choose from, an 8″x12″ photo print (of artist’s choice), and a portrait planning consultation; pricing will include retouching and artistic enhancements as needed.

Make sure you take advantage of this offer before it expires on October 1!

Here are some examples of Claire Elise’s senior portraits. You can also see more of her portfolios at her website, claireelise.net, which shows the wide variety of her talent.

Most of all, don’t forget that summer is the best time to take photos while graduates are still glowing from their summer tans. 😉

PS – Hats off to all our mom-friends who have seniors going off to college this year! Especially if it’s your baby (ours are!!), we wish you the best!