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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Why We Love DC

It's hard to escape this bizarre 2016 election. Among the (many) vexing issues: the frequently-invoked term "Washington" -- often cited with vitriol, occasionally with praise, but always with reference to a famous but not-the-whole-story capital city.

For most residents of the District, that "Washington" is as foreign as it is to folks in distant states. For us, DC is home. It's fun and challenging and exciting and currently very humid. It has scads of libraries, schools, museums, and a burgeoning creative class, all of which we are delighted to support.

I am proud to call DC my hometown. (I wish I could call it my home state.) And I am delighted that my DC business, which proudly supports local artisans, is now launching a couple of our own Made-in-DC product lines: DCProper (apparel) and The Proper Kind (paper goods with positive vibes).  We'll be telling you more ...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring in the Air

Rejoice, good people, for spring has sprung in our nation’s capital! Let's throw off the shackles of our wintery layers and woolen socks and wiggle our toes in new grown grass. Trees are flowering, sleeves are shortening and the city's dotted with camera-wielding tourists. The wise horticulturists of the National Park Service predict an early peak for our beloved cherry blossoms, somewhere between March 18th and 23rd. That’s next weekend, friends. Here's a list of springy songs to help prepare us for nature’s annual art show. Each is paired with a favorite quote about Spring. As always, there's a more bountiful collection of songs on the Spotify play list at the bottom of the post.

1. Concerning Past & Future Conquests – Vandaveer

“What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” - Kobayashi Issa

2. Springtime – The Michelles
“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”

- Emily Dickinson

3. Mr. Songbird – The Kinks
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” - Mark Twain

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowzilla!

Nature -- and city officials -- are telling us to stay close to home this weekend and enjoy this special snow show. We're following that advice, as you can see! Look for us back in the shop on Monday, and, meantime, make some snowcones, build an igloo, enjoy the winter wonderland, and, when you come inside, listen to some nice snowy tunes by the fire. Click Spotify list at the bottom of this post to hear our favorites.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Our Garden Collection in the Post Magazine

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eighteen Songs For Earth Day

 

Happy Earth Day, Peeps! We’re not going to wax poetic about our love for our home planet because we’re in a rush to get going to an Earth Day art show at Black Whiskey. Come join us if you like the Earth and good art. Or Whiskey. Here’s a link with details http://www.marcpekala.com/. The Earth will be there, along with the good art. We’ll let the songs and quotes speak for themselves.

1. What Are We Gonna Do? – Dramarama
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
- Albert Einstein

2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
“Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?”
- Groucho Marx

3. Down To Earth – Peter Gabriel and the Soweto Gospel Choir
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Bushel of Songs For Fall’s Finest Fruit

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall In

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Oh Fall, You Get Us Every Time…

Call us trite, but we’re joining the masses to sing the praises of the beautiful season that's upon us. Thanks for showing up, autumn.

Crisp morning air, trees seeming to burst into flames right before our eyes, it’s over before we have a chance to get sick of it… what’s not to love? Are we striving to scandalize with our unbridled exclamation? Of course not, but sometimes we’re willing to tip our cap to the obvious and talk up that which brings us pleasure: good food, cool tunes, and of course the many beautiful creations scattered about in our shop. These things are good in our fair city and, like fall, deserved to be lauded.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Color Your Spring.

Snow may still be on the ground, but more colorful days are ahead! Speed up the process with two of our favorite coloring books, Draw Me a House and The Secret Garden. You can let your imagination run wild as you design marvelous buildings and give life to intricate gardens--just make sure you take a moment to smell the real roses when the sun comes out...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2010 new + cool.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 20th, 2010a note on mosquitos (or, the bane of tara's existence).

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 13th, 2010your daily dose of whimsy.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

MONDAY, JULY 5th, 2010beat the heat…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31st, 2010 play list of the week: a little spring for your step

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Friday, March 19, 2010

FRIDAY, MARCH 19th, 2010 take off your hat & stay awhile, spring!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

MONDAY, MARCH 1st, 2010 sunlight!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2010 snow falling on…snow.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th, 2009 snow my gosh.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2009 make-believe time

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2009 fancy dancers

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