Have You Found This Lost Treasure?

Sometimes there are treasures right under our noses and we don’t even see them. Or, we are so used to them being there that we forget why they are there in the first place. That is what happened to me. $4 dollars a gallon for gas and a bad economy has caused us to be more creative with our money. And that is how I unearthed this treasure for my family.

When I was young one of my favorite things to do was to go to the library. I loved searching for new books. I would then find one of the small white library chairs with orange cushions, sit down and leaf through each one. As I got older and graduated from college I all but forgot about the library in lieu of the more popular bookstores that were popping up. You could look through a book, have your coffee and listen to great music. All the while you never felt pressure to actually buy the books (even though I often did). There is no doubt I spent a lot of money at these bookstores.

Now, that I’m a Mom, I still love to go to the bookstore. But, try to tell a 7-year-old you are only there to look and you’re sure to hear some mumbling. So, why when we have a library literally right down the street did it not dawn on me to take the kids there? Working a full-time job made it difficult to have time during the week to take the kids to the library. And, weekends always seemed a time to catch up on everything. Luckily I recently decided to take a Friday off and spend the day with the kids. The thought popped into my head to take them to the library since I was trying to think of free things to do. And, what a great idea that was!

As we walked into the library I reminded the girls they had to be very quiet. Lucy wasn’t quite sure about this. But she quickly fell in love once she saw the special children’s area. They had small tables and chairs and big fun pillows on the brightly animated rugs strewn around the kids area. They had a blast looking for books and children’s DVDs. Lucy loved making friends and watching them play on the little computers. I then got my chance to look around and quickly found a huge book about knitting and several on art and design. It was like a new world had opened up to me. I didn’t realize the amount of resources the library offered. Aside from books and magazines, you can check out DVDs, CDs, Video Games, Audio Books and even download e-books and audio books to your iPad or Kindle. Wow!

Now, I realize there are many people out there that use this treasure to its fullest. But for me it truly was like finding a lost treasure. Especially during these times when money can be tight. It can feel so limiting at times when you know you want to save money. Now going to the library is like a shopping trip, play date and bookstore trip in one, but I don’t have to spend a cent! We have made trips to the library a regular part of our weekend routine now.

So tell me, when was the last time you went to the library? And if you are a regular visitor please share with us what else we can find there. I know I have just scratched the surface. Till next time…

Fun Finds

Fun FindsFun Finds - pink eyeglasses on my designed life

When I was a kid I wanted glasses so badly. I thought if I sat in front of the TV close enough it would cause me to need them. I was so excited when I was in 3rd grade and they told me I needed them. Woohoo! I did eventually find out that glasses aren’t exactly a picnic. But the fun part about them is the different styles you can choose from. I always wanted glasses like Lisa Loeb. She always made glasses look cool. And when these vintage specs caught my eye they kind of reminded me of her. The shop is Vintage Optical Shop and they sell tons of  these vintage frames. How fun it would be to have a pair of these for myself. As you’ve seen in earlier posts I just love vintage. And these are way cool. But which one to choose, that’s the hard part.

So tell me, what was your favorite (or least favorite) eyeglass trend? Any you are embarrassed to admit you wore? Share with us here. Till next time…

Fun Finds - blue eyeglasses on my designed life

Fun Finds - tortoise shell eyeglasses on my designed life

All eyeglasses found on Vintage Optical Shop.

And the winner is…

Stephanie Romano!   Congratulations on winning the same stationery gifted to Sarah Jessica Parker! I will be contacting the winner shortly by email. Thanks so much for everyone that entered my giveaway and gave me feedback on my work. It is much appreciated. Have a great week everybody!

A Gift for Sarah Jessica Parker. And One for You!

Always, Genevieve & Lucy gift to Sarah Jessica Parker

Sometimes great opportunities come your way. And a great one just came whizzing by me. It came to me via The Artisan Group (TAG). I was lucky enough to be invited to join TAG several months ago. And, what a great experience being included with so many talented artists. Besides the great camaraderie and meeting of creative minds, we are also offered opportunities to gift celebrities. I was lucky enough to get one of these opportunities. The opportunity to gift Sarah Jessica Parker some of my stationery! I’ve always loved Sarah Jessica and couldn’t believe my luck that she would actually receive some of my work.

Sarah Jessica Parker Gift from Always, Genevieve & Lucy

Well, with all the excitement (and nervousness) I had a hard time selecting what design to give her. I decided to put the question to my facebook friends and put it up for a vote. They were a great help and a design was finally selected. That is the design you see here. In the end I also decided to give her one additional design. Plus, I designed some mini-wall prints for each of her children.

Mini Wall Prints for Sarah Jessica Parker's children

The odds are good I may never hear back from Sarah Jessica but it is an exciting opportunity to get my name and designs out there in a new and exciting way. So, in celebration of this opportunity I’d like to give you the chance to win the same stationery that I gifted to Sarah Jessica Parker. One person will win 2 sets of their very own personalized stationery. The Fleur Wild Flower stationery design, as well as, the one designed especially for her. This design is not even placed in my shop yet. You will be the first person, other than Sarah Jessica, to own this stationery!

Sarah Jessica Parker Stationery from Always, Genevieve & Lucy

Here’s how you can enter to win:

To enter make a comment to this blog post, either letting me know what your favorite item is in my shop Always, Genevieve & Lucy. Or, telling me what items/designs you would like to see added to my shop. It’s that simple!

The contest ends April 11, 2012 and the winner will be announced in my next blog post. Good Luck!

Contest Rules: This giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. One entry per person. Contest ends 11:59 pm on April 11, 2012.