Hennel Paper Co. Blog
Fair warning, this post is completely off topic. It's not related to greeting cards, small business, art or anything else I usually talk about. But I'm sharing it today, because I'd be willing to bet a lot of you can relate. So I'm going to tell you a story.
I recently started running again. It's been quite a few years since I've done it on a regular basis. I first got into it back in 2002 when I got my sweet little 2 pound, fluffy ball of energy, Linus. It was mostly a way to let him burn off some of this energy. We would run five miles and he would still be racing circles around me when we got back. Literally, racing in circles around my feet. I cannot adequately explain the sheer amount of energy radiating out of his little body. It was utterly overwhelming, so we ran. And then ran some more. Now that he is older (he just turned 15 on April 1st - no joke) we stick mostly to walks to keep it easy on his joints. He is doing really well and still has a lot of energy, but just doesn't need the hard run to tire him out anymore. So I stopped running, too.
Lately though, I've been itching to get back into it. The first run in a while is usually tough enough to make me not want to do it ever again, but for some reason, this last time was different. It felt good. I, miraculously, didn't feel like I was going to die and I had a huge sense of accomplishment wash over me. Hooked.
So, earlier this week while I was out soaking up the Carolina sunshine, fresh air and feeling the miles pass under my feet, I noticed I kept saying to myself, "This is a piece of cake." I was using it as a motivational tool to help push me farther. It went something like this, "Ok.. I'm going to run all the way up the hill to the end of the street. This is a piece of cake." Then I just kept repeating "This is a piece of cake." over and over again until I got to the end. It was working really well. Then at some point "this is a piece of cake" turned into "piece of cake" and I just kept saying to myself "piece of cake, piece of cake, piece of cake..." Can you tell where I'm going with this?
Yeaaa... so now instead of a motivational tool, I was literally thinking about an actual piece of cake. Ah, priorities. I'm not going to lie, I do love cake, especially the double chocolate with extra chocolate on top kind. I would eat it for breakfast if I could. I know I'm not alone on this one.
I run because I really like cake. This first step is admitting it, right? It's a problem, but all I can say about it is - good thing I'm running.
Hey runners, tell me.. what's your favorite running gear? Headphones, shoes, playlists, clothes, whatever makes your run better. I want to hear about it.
I've been on the hunt for a good armband for a while now. After much deliberation, I ended up purchasing this armband to hold my phone while I run. I wanted something that not only held my phone with its case on, but also had a zipper pocket for my house key, credit card, I.D., cash and whatever other small items I want to bring with me. I LOVE not having to hold my keys in my hand while I'm out and the extra space for I.D., cash, etc. is great when Steve and I are out biking or at the park walking Linus. Plus, a big bonus is that it's actually really comfortable, not like the fake leather kinds I've tried in the past. Not having to lug a purse around in this Carolina heat is priceless. So please share your favorites in the comments below! I'd love to hear them.
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Guys.. super excited to tell you this. We've been featured on the Etsy blog! I've been keeping this under wraps for the last few months, but the day is here. I can finally shout it from the rooftops. Thank goodness! I really love what I do and I really love all of you for making it possible for me to do this. Thank you all for your support over the last few years. It's been a incredible journey and it truly means the world to me you're here. Check out the article here.
From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to wish you the happiest holiday season. It's been an incredible year and we are so looking forward to what 2017 has in store.
Our shop is going to be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 27. All orders placed during this time will be shipped on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Inquiries will also be responded to at that time. We are looking forward to taking a break to spend time with family and friends and hope you all do the same.
I'm partnering up with AR Workshop Davidson to teach my first-ever hand lettering class. Hooray! Local friends, come out on Dec. 6th from 7-9:30 p.m. to learn how to make your holiday mail look extra special. I will teach you my process, how I layout my designs, draw my letters and show you how to make your envelopes really pop! Not only will your recipients love them, but so will your mail carrier ;) You'll receive a packet of the same tools I use everyday to create designs for my greeting card business and handouts to take home to keep learning and practicing. Get behind the scenes knowledge about how I do what I do with guided techniques and tips to hone your new skill. It's going to be a fun night, filled with wonderful people.
For more information and to register, visit: AR Workshop Davidson's website here.
Tuesday, December 6th
7 - 9:30 p.m
120-A South Village Lane
Davidson, NC 28036
Our 2017 calendars are here! We have three options this year perfect for your wall, work desk, the office or even putting up on the refrigerator.
They all make great holiday gifts for friends and coworkers. Get 'em while they last!
What a whirlwind the last couple weeks have been! This morning I had the pleasure of appearing on NBC's Charlotte Today to talk a little bit about Hennel Paper Co. and help promote the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market that's coming up this weekend with the lovely Amy Herman, founder of Vintage Charlotte. It was so much fun and now that I survived it, I can breathe again ;)
You can watch the clip here.
Hope to see you all out this Sunday, Nov. 20th at the Fillmore from 10-5.
Get more info about the market here.
Charlotte friends! We're going to be at the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market on Nov. 20th. Mark your calendars to come out and see us along with 60 other incredible local vendors. It's the perfect day to get a jump on your holiday shopping. We're bringing new products, tons of holiday cards and our new 2017 Terrarium Calendar prints, in addition to all of our everyday cards and prints. We're excited to see you there!
October's art challenge is done and I did them a little differently this month. I've been spending a lot of time working on the the iPad in the Procreate app. I really love the flexibility it provides and not to mention the fact that I can work on the couch with the tv on instead of being tied to my desk. Most of my creative time happens late, like really late, after everything else is done for the day, so it's nice to be able to relax a little while I'm still working into the wee hours of the night. Good thing I really love what I do. :) I'm so excited about these new pieces. I hope you are, too!
It's that time of year again.. Spoonflower's Annual Tea Towel Calendar Contest time, that is. Like you didn't know ;) I'm excited to share that my design placed in the top 10 this year. This is the most anticipated and competitive contest of the year and I'm so so thankful to everyone who voted! This design is available in my Spoonflower shop, and if sewing isn't quite your thing, don't worry - I'm with you, it's also available as a pre-made tea towel on Roostery. These make wonderful holiday gifts and the Roostery products are such nice quality! AND.. if fabric isn't your thing, we have 11x17 paper versions right here in the shop! Anyways, I hope you love this one. I really do - terrariums are my jam lately. xo
Christmas cards! New Years cards! Hanukkah cards! Everything cards! We got 'em and we think you'll love them just as much as us. These are few of the new releases this year. They're available in singles or boxed sets of 8, perfect for sending out to all of your friends and family. Shop the entire collection here.
Halloween is in just over a week and I thought it would be really fun to make some free pattern downloads for your personal projects. There are 8 different patterns and all are 12"x12" high res 300 DPI files perfect for traditional or digital scrapbooking, web graphics, party decorations and anything else you can come up with!
(Personal use only please!)
I'd love to see what you create with these! Tag us on Instagram @HennelPaperCo
A month full of tea for September's art challenge.
Color was done in the Procreate app on the iPad. Mostly for practice and loads of fun to play with.
2016 has been an incredible year and we are so thankful for all of you. We hope you love this year's Thanksgiving card collection and use them to let each other know just how thankful you are for each and everyone of them.
August's art was all about lettering. A personal favorite that should not be too surprising. The cactus design is putting big hearts in our eyes over here. This one is going to be coming to the shop soon!
A quick round-up of July's Farmer's Market art for Spanky's Art Party.
Wouldn't this Local Honey design bee so sweet on a tea towel? ;)
Check out what everyone has been working on on Instagram.
Read the original challenge post here.
Oh my goodness, we're so excited to announce the launch of our brand new personalized holiday photo cards! We spent a lot of time creating the most beautiful designs that we'd be proud to send to our mamas. The cards are available as either a digital printable file that you can take to any photo printer or online print house or let us do the work for you and have them professionally printed and shipped to your home. They feature personalized front designs with your photo and names and a matching backer pattern. The printed versions offer complimentary envelope return address printing and free US continental shipping. Shop them all here.
And for those of you who aren't into getting your photo taken for the holidays, we got you covered. There is a personalized photo-free version just for you!