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Cotton Book

Textile Designer - Illustrator - Traveler.  lucykagan.com
Sep 23 '14

Busy past few weeks, still with no internet at home! I’ve been lazing around reading, listening to the radio, buying groceries, and also working late nights. On Saturday, we went to the Oktoberfest (in September!) on Frankford Avenue in Philly and had a nice time listening to the band and having some snacks and drinks. I loved the outdoor seating at the back of this restaurant, but we didn’t go.

Can I tell you how much I love walking past the huge windows that run along the wall here at my new job?! I adore watching the sailboats and kayakers on the river and the bicyclists and walkers in the Hudson River Park. So charming!

T-shirt update: I ordered the screens! I can’t wait to start printing these shirts for you!

Aug 25 '14

I’ve been traveling a bit this past couple of weeks - I went down to Raleigh, NC before coming up to NYC for my new job at Martha Stewart Living! I’m enjoying it a lot, but I can’t say I don’t miss Raleigh. Maybe one day I can move back there. Here’s a little view of home, including a caramel sauce and vanilla-extract-in-the-making that I put together! 

Since then, I also made lemon bars, an heirloom tomato tart (ingredients from the Heirloom Tomato Festival this past weekend at Terrain in Glen Mills, PA), and an apple tart, and soon I’ll be back to making all my meals in my new apartment after Labor Day weekend! Have you made something great lately, or do you have some recipes you keep eyeing up?

Aug 10 '14

Tea & Coffee Print available on Spoonflower!

Tea & Coffee

I bought some new tea yesterday (and some brioche and other tasty things), so I thought it was high time to enjoy this new tea print I have up on Spoonflower. You can buy it as gift wrap or a decal, too! I’d use the decal to make a cute notebook cover.

Enjoy!

Aug 9 '14

Pick-me-up care package for a friend, a letter from Allison, and a sweet going-away card and gifts from Sarah at work! This week, my heart has overflowed with love and joy. I’m having some big life changes, people are so kind and wonderful, and we’ve had such a beautiful summer so far!

I’m getting a little further with t-shirts, hopefully, and I’ll have something nice on Spoonflower available soon!

Aug 3 '14

Starting a family! I just made the long trek down from my apartment to City Planter here in Philadelphia, a lovely garden store next to some really good-looking (and good-smelling!) cafes. Inspired by the ever-tranquil Belle Fleur de Lis, I really wanted to get a little oxalis or something similar, but they didn’t have any. They did, however, have some tea plants and baby lemon trees, so… I know what I’m getting next time! 

Here are a Scandinavian fern, a little succulent of some sort, and some lemon thyme! I also got a teenie tiny succulent as a gift for the recruiter who helped me out at Anthro, as you can see in the picture with the lovely postcard I got from my dear Katie. Being so far away from my friends, exciting mail and little gifts keep me cheerful - I have a little something up my sleeve right now!

Lastly, here is a sweet little design for the printed t-shirts I’m planning. I got a great tip for where to print in Philly from a printmaker we saw on the street at First Friday. What a fun night! I’m looking forward to seeing some shows at the Fringe Arts Festival, too.

Do you like the t-shirt designs so far? Bunny or Alpaca?

Jul 29 '14

For those who saw last week’s post before I edited it in favor of making a whole new post, some of this might sound familiar to you! But, I wanted to go more in-depth this time. Photos by Love Me Do.

A couple of weekends ago, I woke up on Sunday feeling a little bummed, but I had been looking forward to this workshop for a while. I got on the El train on a beautiful morning and made my way to the Cultureworks center and found the best pick-me-up I could ask for.

Not only had Sharon and Anna (pictured center and right) set up a gorgeous spread, but Alexis had the best “sips and bites” prepared for us! Alexis Siemons creates custom blends of tea and designs pitchers with tea companies, and came in to share her knowledge with us, as well as snacks.

It would take a lot more than one little tumblr post to cover all of the stuff that we tasted and learned, but to give you an idea: we tried many different iced teas and an oolong, enjoyed tea-infused bites such as the grand finale of snacks pictured above - an absolutely delicious ice cream sandwich, learned to steep the perfect cup (hot or iced), and got to take home our own custom blend. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised to take home some matcha and a little jar of lapsang souchang-infused butter! 

I highly recommend following Alexis’s blog, Teaspoons and Petals - she knows what she’s talking about, and her recipes are divine!

If you’re interested in taking a workshop with Sharon and Anna, definitely keep an eye on The New Old Fashioned for updates on their next classes.

Jul 27 '14
The backyard is full of cats and morning glories! 
This week, I’ve begun research on how I’m going to print the t-shirt designs I’ve got planned for this summer, and my lavender print I posted about earlier was featured on the front page of Spoonflower! I hope things keep going so smoothly - I’m really enjoying life right now, but I do feel weighed down by instability. It’s time for a settled-in place. It’s time to fill a house with plants.
EDIT: Tea update coming soon!

The backyard is full of cats and morning glories! 

This week, I’ve begun research on how I’m going to print the t-shirt designs I’ve got planned for this summer, and my lavender print I posted about earlier was featured on the front page of Spoonflower! I hope things keep going so smoothly - I’m really enjoying life right now, but I do feel weighed down by instability. It’s time for a settled-in place. It’s time to fill a house with plants.

EDIT: Tea update coming soon!

Jul 20 '14
I can’t wait to tell you guys about the amazing workshop I went to this weekend! I’d like to get some photos to share first, so until then, this is a sneak preview of a new print I’ll have available - this is it minus the lineart, but I actually really like it this way.

I can’t wait to tell you guys about the amazing workshop I went to this weekend! I’d like to get some photos to share first, so until then, this is a sneak preview of a new print I’ll have available - this is it minus the lineart, but I actually really like it this way.

Jul 17 '14
Progress!
I mentioned on facebook my plans to do a bunch of pretty printed Ts this summer, and I’ve picked out the designs I want to do! I haven’t decided if they will be block-printed, screen-printed, or digitally printed yet, but the art comes first!

Progress!

I mentioned on facebook my plans to do a bunch of pretty printed Ts this summer, and I’ve picked out the designs I want to do! I haven’t decided if they will be block-printed, screen-printed, or digitally printed yet, but the art comes first!

Jul 16 '14
Snail-mail! Thanks, Allison, and you can expect some, too! All my cute stationery is back in Raleigh, though. One day soon!
I found this sweet blog, and she features snail-mail all the time - so exciting! 

Snail-mail! Thanks, Allison, and you can expect some, too! All my cute stationery is back in Raleigh, though. One day soon!

I found this sweet blog, and she features snail-mail all the time - so exciting! 

Jul 14 '14
Jul 9 '14

The perfect little chicken coop among the rhododendron bushes!