Life with Lilly: Five Years Later

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Today we are celebrating five years with our sweet little ball of fur, Lilly. I can honestly say that I can’t imagine life without her and I can’t remember life before her. She is one of the sweetest, loving animals I have ever met and filled with so much personality. Spend five minutes with her and you know exactly what I’m talking about. Much like a dog, she greets us at the door when we get home. She follows me around everywhere I go. When I run, she runs with her bell jingling on her collar. When I talk to her she responds with little, and sometimes not so little, meows. She wakes me up in the morning when I sleep through my alarm. She cuddles on my lap and purrs for hours. She loves to watch me knit and on occasion I will run out of yarn because she has chewed off a piece for herself. She loves to play and even wags her tail when you pet her. She has filled our hearts with so much love.


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Five years ago, she was a foster cat with Tigerlily Cat Rescue in Metro Detroit. We wandered into to PetSmart for dog food and made our habitual trip past the cats. She was there and up for adoption at the time. That’s about all it took to steal out hearts. As we walked past and she got our attention. She was meowing at us and rubbing up against the glass looking for some love. We loved her, but went on our way. After leaving we couldn’t stop talking about her. We went back to see her the next night and decided to apply to take her home. A few short days later we brought her home and the rest is history. I wrote about the whole experience and then some here.

As sweet as she is, this cat is a trip. When I say she has personality, I mean she has PERSONALITY.  Bold that and underline it three times. I love her to pieces for it. I also can’t remember the last time I got a full night’s sleep. I’ve been working hard to break her of waking us up for attention during the night. We have evening play sessions to tire her out and I try to keep her up as much as I can during the day. This seems to be working, however, as soon as the sun rises it is time to go. She wants me up, wants me up right now. Her new thing is batting me in the face as soon as my alarm starts to go off. It’s terribly annoying, yet effective. It’s hard to sleep with a cute little fur ball IN YOUR FACE. I can hear her purring in my ear before I even open my eyes. I’m not a morning person and waking up is a gradual process for me. I hit the snooze button a lot. It’s a process. A process that she doesn’t care for or tolerate. Her morning wake up call is actually starting to grow on me. I’ve been getting up earlier and actually getting a little more done because of it. Thanks, Lil.

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Life has been an adventure with her and we’re loving every second. Read more stories about this fur ball in my Life with Lilly blog series.

Have you adopted a pet before? I’d love to hear your stories!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

We have a few new cards in the shop to celebrate the wonderfulness that is autumn. It’s just starting to feel like fall here in Charlotte and I’m loving it. The leaves are starting to fade to yellow and fall from the trees. We’ve been spending our weekends touring the local (and not so local) cider mills. It’s the best time of the year! Bring on the cider and donuts :)

 

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Embracing Imperfection + Free Art Print

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Yesterday kind of sucked. Nothing particularly bad happened, nothing really happened at all actually. It was just one of those days where I hated everything I made and nothing seemed to be flowing. You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there, probably more often than we care to admit. Even though it comes with the territory of being creative, it’s still enough to make me doubt everything, most of all myself. I hate days like this. I can have 100 good days and one of these days is enough to make me question if I’m good enough to be doing what I’m doing.

WHAT!? That’s ridiculous and it has to stop. Immediately. We are human, not machines. We cannot produce perfect art 100% of the time. It’s just not possible. There is no shame in that and definitely not worthy of doubting our entire self-worth on.

So, I’ve decided to embrace days like this and try to learn something from them, instead of pretending like they don’t happen.

Yesterday I embraced being imperfect and shared it with the Instagram world.

Today I am giving you a free downloadable art print. It’s yours. Take it. Print it. Hang it up. Look at it when you’re having one of these days. Shake it off. Just don’t resell it. :)

 

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© Hennel Paper Co. For personal use only.

Adventures in North Carolina: Oak Island

Our most recent trip was to Oak Island, a seaside town on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Less commercialized than the ever amazing Wrightsville Beach, this is the perfect little town for a relaxing beach weekend. We spent most of our time on beautiful Long Beach, walking for miles with no end in sight. Long Beach allows dogs year round, which is one of the major reasons we decided to visit. We love including our pup on our trips and he loves it just as much. This was his first trip to the ocean and once he stopped barking at the waves he really started loving the beach. He was soaked in salt and sand, spent hours chasing the birds and discovered a real distaste for the pelicans. It might be because I’m not accustomed to seeing pelicans on a regular basis, but I actually really like them. They fascinate me and are entertaining to watch as they plop into the water looking for their next meal.
If you’re in Carolina and looking for the perfect little beach town getaway, this is it. The only thing about this trip that I didn’t like was the fact that we couldn’t stay longer.
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New Goodies & A New Look

Just a little update to announce all of the new goodies in the shop and also mention that we’re making some changes to the look of the blog. Drop me a comment and let me know what you think. I’m loving how much cleaner the layout is and that the photos are much larger than they used to be.

 

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Ombré Thank You Note Card Sets in Aqua & Orange

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Adventures in Charlotte: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

A couple weeks ago, we went to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. We are on a mission to explore Charlotte and we’re having so much fun while we’re at it. The DSBG is about 20 minutes south of Charlotte, near the NC/SC border, in Belmont.  It was a beautiful, albeit steamy day, capping off at around 95 degrees. We were only there a couple hours, but managed to walk all of the grounds and snap some good photos. Our last botanical garden visit was to The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and in comparison the DSBG is much smaller, but still absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the trip.

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Hennel Paper Co. is moving!

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We’re packing up and preparing to make the move from Detroit, MI to Charlotte, NC. The shop is going to be closed from noon Friday, June 13 (EST) until Saturday, June 21. All orders placed by noon on Friday will be shipped out the same day. We’ve got a long list of things to do, like packing for instance, while we’re waiting for the moving truck to get here this Friday. We can’t wait to get down there and give you an update on what I’m sure is set to be an interesting journey. We’re so very excited for this new adventure. Here we come, Charlotte.

Behind the scenes with our Grad Cards

A quick peek into the sketchbook with our Grad cards. Follow us on Instagram @jaymesloan and now also @hennelpaperco for shop updates.

 

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