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Tuesday, July 2, 2013



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Happy July, friends! We hope you are feeling the month of July as much as we are around these parts. For the duration of the month, we will be focusing on ways you can “Bring the Sunshine In.” (This is especially helpful for those of you living in climates that are cooler in July!) While the summer is generally known as the time we spend most of our hours outdoors, there is something about the warmth of the longer days that just begs to be invited in around the clock, don’t you think? So, let’s celebrate! To kick off our month-long celebration, let’s talk about design, shall we?

Truly, friends, there is no marriage more perfect than that between celebration and design. From party invitations to hosting a backyard bbq, the right key elements can take a simple day and turn it into something extraordinary. Monica Loos from Fig & Tulip is a born artist. A graphic designer with a deep love of paper (something she and I share), Loos began by designing her own invitations and announcements and after friends started requesting more and more designs, her business was born. All of her designs are printed by hand in San Francisco and there is just something you can feel in that kind of personal attention. I am thinking I must have the Dora stationery for myself and for my children: the Shane. (Let’s be honest, I’ll probably be getting myself some of the Shane, too.) Fig & Tulip is at the top of my list for sunshine. Year round.

Fig & Tulip is giving away the following to one lucky winner: 1 Sea Urchin Tea Towel, 1 Oars & Paddles Note Card Set (6 folded letterpress), and 1 Octopus Note Card Set (6 folded letterpress). To enter to win, please answer the following no later than Tuesday, July 9th. *This giveaway is open to US residents only.* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Fig & Tulip and tell us: What is a (metaphorical) way you bring the sunshine in on a gloomy day?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 15th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Sarah P says:

    I let the sun shine in through my music when it’s rainy out. I open the blinds for as much natural light as the rain will allow, turn on lamps & crank the music to brighten things up.

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    Kate B says:

    I just left my job to become a freelance graphic designer, so your story shared in the previous post really resonated with me. I also feel like my day is not complete if I don’t create a little something, so if I’m feeling extra gloomy, I engage in a quick little design project for myself. I mostly end up setting quotes or phrases against patterns or pictures and put them out for the world to see on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KateBurgenerCreative). If the world is grey, it feels so good to flex my creative muscles and connect with something I love.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    music is my bright spot in the day. i pump up the volume and dance around and feel light and happy. 

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    Brittany K says:

    color! whether it’s in clothing, jewelry, food or pens, color brightens up any gloomy day for me.

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    JJ Keith says:

    It was a stupid purchase at the time — $40 for no good reason — but we have a solar-powered double rainbow maker that projects rainbows all over our house when the sun hits its crystals. The kids and the cat alike chase the little rainbows across our living room. It is pure delight. (Also those dogwood notecards on their site!)

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    Rachel S says:

    Whenever I need some sunshine in my life, I turn on some great music and start baking.  I find the process of turning simple ingredients into something delicious very relaxing and satisfying.  And there is the added bonus of inviting friends over to share in the bounty!

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    Courtney J says:

    I find sunshine in reading a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time…Usually something I’ve been saving to enjoy on a rainy day. It’s a great escape and I feel fulfilled that I finally started reading it…One example is the sequel to “The Discovery of Witches” is “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness…which is part of the “All Souls Trilogy”…I had that book on my hold list at the library for a long time, since it’s a big book, I need the time to read it.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Lately my sunshine comes in the form of toddler giggles and chubby thighs and ultrasound photos. All I have to do to clear out the gloom is realize that I have my boys (one is 2 1/2 and one is due in a month) and I am the luckiest woman ever.

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    Sharon says:

    Sunshine on a dreary day is music and cooking. They go together like hand and glove and are the perfect way to brighten the house — and me!

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    Nikki says:

    Gloomy days need some good daydreams to bring the sunshine in.  When I have a case of “the blues”, or even “the mean reds”, I just add another chapter to the story I’m writing in my head. While I go about chores and errands and dealing with kids and dealing with bills and my mood is brightened by the adventures and loves that the heroine (maybe my alter existence?) goes through.  Instant sunshine!  And I dream about someday publishing her story…so when I really need to get out of the gloom and into the sun I sit down and type a bit.

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    Jasanna Czellar says:

    I become the happy raindrop in the gloomy sky!

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    heather f says:

    I like to brighten the house with lots of fresh flowers. that and cheerful music really lift my mood

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    Salvaged Strawberry says:

    Count my blessings.

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    Deanna says:

    As soon as I go to a yoga class I feel the warmth and internal sunshine within myself!

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    sam says:

    Music always makes a gloomy day better!! 

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    Jennifer says:

    No matter the weather, my happy puppy makes every day a sunny day!

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    Emily B says:

    We don’t have a lot of gloomy days where I live, but when I feel gloomy, I have three solutions. One is that I take my kids and we head outdoors: on a hike in the mountains, to a nature preserve, or to run like mad across a field. Moving my body solves my brain issues. Another is that I write a wee paragraph for the novel I’ve been working on for years, or I take a few minutes and practice my violin. Or, I just have to get over myself, get down on the floor with my boys, and pretend to be a mommy dog or a dragon or a pirate for a few hours.

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    Wehaf says:

    On gloomy days the following things help:  playing with my dogs, listening to music, watching a comedy, writing silly poems, and exercising.

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    cindy says:

    On gloomy days, we like to make our own sunshine by doing all the things we like to do outside…inside. My kids think it is the best thing ever to have a picnic inside on the living room floor! 🙂 We also like to put our bathing suits on and wear floaties in the bath tub while we pretend it is a swimming pool!

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    Peyton D says:

    Music! Music can set any good mood! Just turn on your favorite happy song!
    I personally like to stay inside on gloomy days and read tarot for my friends am myself! It’s bring interest and excitement to your day!

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    Lisa V says:

    Sunshine on a gloomy day to me is curling up on the couch and escaping into a lovely book. That’s not always possible being a solopreneur….so…on a regular day full of grown-up responsibilities I must have cheery tunes playing and glowing lamps to brighten the day.

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    Jenni says:

    Honestly, I don’t have to do much. I actually ADORE gloomy days! They are the best for when you want beautiful photography, perfect for a cool stroll around the block with the dogs and nice and relaxing to enjoy some soulful Adele with. When it rains I love staying in bed with a good book and soft fluffy blankets. My dogs are typically a little more relaxed on rainy days and I get all of the puppy snuggles I want! I just love rainy, gloomy, stormy and dark days!

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    Tiffany says:

    I force that smile on a gloomy day and eventually find myself feeling much more sunny and happy. It spreads to other people too. It’s hard to be gloomy when you have happiness and laughter around you.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I add music…it always gets me moving – I also love to just do something different…like run outside, play a game or make a special treat.

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    christie says:

    making my toddler laugh brings sunshine to gloomy days. that and fruit popsicles. 😉

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    Hedy says:

    Whenever I feel down, I curl up with a book that promises to be amazing. There’s nothing more comforting to me than reading a good story, wrapped in a cozy blanket, and drinking something yummy. If it’s raining outside, even better! I have my own little spot of sunshine 🙂

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    Sue K. says:

    hot tea, and a phone call to a good friend.

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    Erin says:

    Music! Always music. And for the “literal” answer, I use lots of lamps to warm up the spaces around me.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Honestly?  I lay down and wait.  I know, I know, I should dance or shout or smile or water my plants.  But, I’ve been through a hell of a lot.  And I’m a single mom. So, when things SUCK (as they often do) I let myself do nothing.  For me personally, I know that I can’t force sunshine.  So I don’t.  I just wait for it.  And give myself a break in the meantime.