letterandlark Poor Cosmo, all my cat Instagram photos turned into baby pictures. He's still cute, but 10x as needy now. 2d
  •   maryhogan73 Seriously Cosmo??????? Remember...he's no longer #1.......😑 2d

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letterandlark Late afternoon nap time is the perfect time to grab a snack & FINALLY figure out Ana's birth announcement design. Really ready after weeks of being baffled as to what it should look like and recently being inspired to do creative work again by good friends. #thankgoodnessforlongnaptimes #andthankgoodnessforgoodfriends! 3d

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letterandlark Sleepy babe & sleepy-looking (but happy) mama. Post lunch with Nanny @maryhogan73 & Poppy at one of my favorite places. #summertime 3d
  •   theflourishcollection You look so beautiful and happy! 3d
  •   beccacc Love wards berry farm! 3d
  •   pecksy101 Love this!! Love seeing photos of you and Ana that's a happy mama right there 3d
  •   maryhogan73 What a relaxing lunch we all had!!!! Good for all to get out together 2d

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letterandlark Gonna be 90 degrees today, so we've all piled into the one room with A/C to get through it. My current workspace involves a post-nursing babe in milky slumber on top of me (afraid to move her only so I can get work done!), an incredibly needy cat just outside my lap, various paper swatches, rulers, my laptop and very important: snacks. My bed looks like a tornado hit it but everything has to be within arms reach today! #workingmama 5d
  •   maryhogan73 Good......stay cool.... and we love you all sooo much!! Hugs 5d
  •   sarah_hellomonday Amazing you can work with sleeping baby on you!! Wish I could do that! 5d
  •   dizidesi Within arms reach. I remember those days. Enjoy! Stay cool if you can. 5d
  •   hidinginhere Looks perfect to me. Stay cool, this heat is crazy exhausting. 5d

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letterandlark My Monday morning current work space. Oh, and my studio assistant is already sleeping on the job. #workingmama 1w
  •   rsaraceno Oh yes, this is me too some days. I've learned to multitask with babe attached to my body in one way or another! 1w
  •   sarah_hellomonday Haha! Sooo cute and precious! 1w
  •   poulefolle Love it, this is definitely one of the advantages of our job! 1w
  •   maryhogan73 What an angel! 1w

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letterandlark A peaceful moment from earlier today when Tim, one of Ana's nurses from her 5 week hospital stay, came over for a visit. So thankful Ana got some of the best care from this gentle soul, but also that we've connected since and found such a dear friend in him. Feels like we've known you forever, @twinnk99 ! (Also, Ana LOVES her books, thank you!) 1w

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letterandlark Saturday morning nap time with my sweet, sweet Ana. #thankgoodnessforlongnaptimes 1w

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letterandlark Wrapping up some freshly printed cards for a new account carrying our #letterpress paper goods with my favorite @angelaliguori cotton ribbon. #workingmama #latenightmama 2w
  •   rgaude You go girl! Looks lovely! 2w
  •   angelaliguori Lovely packaging. Working mama are the best! 2w
  •   maryhogan73 Looks fab!!!! Back in the saddle girl friend!!!!! Soooo proud of you. .... 2w

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letterandlark Summertime on the old farm. 2w

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letterandlark Mixing inks by morning light. Thankful for this beautiful view outside my new studio. #letterpress #workingmama 2w

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letterandlark Ever step away from something abruptly and then come back to it 15 weeks later? Ya. It feels really weird. But also really good. #letterpress #forgothowmuchilovemeasuring 2w

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letterandlark Printing in my new home studio tonight for the first time since 2 days before Ana was born. It's been a while! This feels so weird in one sense, and yet so very familiar. Crazy to think I'm something else other than a mom (how I feel lately)! #gottagetbackupandrunning #letterpress 2w
  •   letterandlark Also, I realized a fantastic perk of a home studio: #printinginpajamas 2w
  •   mslenslover Back to work! Now in a beautiful porch:) 2w
  •   cartoulespress I had my baby three weeks ago and laugh at the thought of going back to work. Babies are such beautiful little time-sucks. I'll get there eventually... Good for you! 2w
  •   campbellraw Its a wonderful thing to have that home studio! What a great setup! Enjoy, and happy printing! 2w
  •   parrottdesign PJ printing = also Un-showered for days printing. 1w

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letterandlark Thank you @parrottdesign for spotting our Woodland Animal note card series in #StationeryTrendsMagazine! (and thanks for sending me the photo, too! gotta get my hands on a copy!) 2w

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letterandlark Nap time & thunderstorms means mama gets to wrap up some illustration work for a client with a proper cuppa. Drawing lettuce, sandwiches, and bowls today. #workingmama 2w
  •   sarah_hellomonday Cute! My boy's naptime seems shorter these days! Not long enough for me to enjoy my cuppa :( 2w
  •   letterandlark @sarah_hellomonday -- it is definitely hit or miss... Sometimes it's a 10-30 min nap, other times she's been a champ & will go for 3-3.5 hrs! (those days are AMAZING). Lately I've been focusing on reeeeally being tough (with myself) & putting her down while she is groggy & not asleep and she is learning how to fall asleep on her own. We kinda have a nap schedule but it still changes. Bedtime seems more routine. Oh! And as soon as I took this photo, she woke up & I chugged the tea because life calls! Haha... So much for that quiet time! Life is definitely much more complicated than my Instagram feed shows... 2w
  •   albertinepress Did @angelaliguori convert you too to the pilots? Love that point for line illustrations 2w
  •   letterandlark @albertinepress -- I can't remember how I found out about them but they are my go to pens for projects. I like to use the 0.5 & 0.3 for illustrating! 2w
  •   scandinaviastandard This is great! 2w

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letterandlark Received this sweet, thoughtful package from Kristen @thimblepress on a day when I really needed it most. Everything is beautiful! Thank you, lady!! Ana is going to look amazing & I love your new foil stamped cards! Xoxo #feelingveryblessed #stationerypeepsarethebestpeeps 2w

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letterandlark Bedtime for Ana means I'm gonna bake for the first time since when I was pregnant. And yes, I'm using her immersion blender for the first time (oh you know, the one I got for making her baby food) to purée beets to make Dark Beet Brownies... for me. #butactuallyiambreastfeedingso...
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  •   gnom3s The immersion blender is clutch. Soups galore. 3w
  •   letterandlark @roundplumpapple - dark CHOCOLATE beet brownies (sorry). Actually.. They weren't THAT bad. Not the best brownies ever, but not that bad at all. 3w
  •   janepotrykus you are brave. the first brownies I'd make would be the chocolatiest, most decadent ever. i'd save the beets for batch #2. ;) 3w
  •   letterandlark @janepotrykus -- definitely should have! But we have 3 handfuls of beets & greens to use up, and I can only eat beets on their own for so long... Now trying to hide them in something! Plus, eating several helpings of brownies is ok to do when there's beets involved, right?? 3w
  •   maryhogan73 Maybe if you put a dollop of vanilla or chocolate chip icream.....YUM!!! 3w
  •   shaylalagrace When my husband eats eggs those are the only ones he'll eat! And that's the brown sugar we use too. :) 2w
  •   letterandlark @shaylalagrace -- they're a little pricey but I am so glad to know they are coming from happy chickens who get to roam around & peck in the grass... The way they should! Also, the yolks last night were literally tangerine orange! You can taste the good life those chicks are having. 2w
  •   parrottdesign We love our immersion blender! Use it all the time! How were the brownies?? 2w

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letterandlark Morning walk past the old farmhouse 3w

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letterandlark Today was clearly CSA pick-up day. Holy macaroni. 3w
  •   sarah_hellomonday Wow! What's on the menu tonight? 3w
  •   letterandlark @sarah_hellomonday -- making an. Indian-inspired veggie curry to try to use up a bulk of the veg... We still have zucchini & squash from last week! Yikes! 3w
  •   mbbybrigid Your kitchen is beautiful! 3w
  •   albertinepress Grab an eggplant and look up deconstructed ratatouille to use up some zucchini and squash. Light and delish plus you can use garlic scapes, fresh herbs and tomatoes too. 3w
  •   moderndisaster Highly recommend skinnytaste.com for zucchini recipes. (Overall pretty fantastic site for recipes and not over-diety as the name would lead you to believe) 3w
  •   maryhogan73 OMG!!!!! Magnificent! !!! 3w

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letterandlark How do you go from a huge studio (maybe 1200 sq feet?) and downsize to a home studio? Very, very, very selectively. This unpacking & organizing is slow going... Especially since I hoard every scrap of paper like a squirrel. #dearlordwhydoikeepeverything #gottagetbackupandrunning #thankgoodnessforlongnaptimes 3w
  •   thepapercub You got this! 3w
  •   letterandlark @thepapercub -- how on earth did you move across the country?! This is crazy & I only moved 15 min away! 3w
  •   cnunez22 Looking great already!! 3w
  •   cmac0605 Looks great Colleen! 3w
  •   maryhogan73 Stunning!!! You're almost there luv!!!! 3w
  •   dizidesi You'll get there! Be gentle on yourself you have so many changes to process at once. 3w
  •   hidinginhere It's gonna feel so good when it's done! 2w
  •   parrottdesign Looking good!! If you need help with home studio tips, I gots 'em!' 2w

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letterandlark This is what happens when you unexpectedly have a baby 6 weeks early (the week of your press move), your husband & the rigger have to move everything without you weeks later while your baby is still in the hospital, and then you're in full on mom mode when your little one comes home: Work WAITS. And now, I gotta get back to work! #gottagetbackupandrunning #letterpress 3w
  •   hidinginhere You can do it!!! 3w
  •   the__arm Godspeed! 3w
  •   cnunez22 You've got this!! 3w
  •   maryhogan73 You can do this!!!!! We believe in you!!!! 3w
  •   parrottdesign Woohoo! It will be beautiful when it's done! 3w
  •   poulefolle Go girl, hang in there, it's worth it 3w
  •   maydaystudio My studio still kinda looks like that, 14 months after Hurricane Bea. Now it's the cleaning that doesn't get done! 3w
  •   44fortyfourstudio You got this! Saying prayers for you and your family. 3w

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