Valentine's Cards

Outside of Christmas, Valentine's Day is the biggest card giving holiday of the year. Who knew? Last year we sold over 1,000 Valentine's cards which is saying something for a single store in a small town.  We're excited to be bringing in this new line of cards from J Falkner - a little bit preppy, a little bit graphic, a little bit snark - they're just right for us. Case in point my new favorite Valentine's Day card.

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Things We Believe

At Passionflower we believe in the handmade, we believe in shopping local, and we believe in supporting women artists. So win, win, win for us this First Friday as we welcome back Kristen Walker from Twin Ravens Press. Kristen is the only commercial letterpress artist working in Eugene and is a treasure, not to mention awesome tool girl.



Kristen bring her smallest, little, portable press down to the store, mixes up some inks and let's everyone have a go at it. Above awesome shopgirl, Devon demos the card we made last year. This year we're going a little bolder with RESIST in hot pink over the silver Passionflower screen! 



I sometimes wonder if all the time and money that goes into these events makes a difference. And then last year I had two people tell me that they started studying letterpress because they went to this event. Kind of makes my day.  Changing the world, one little letterpress tag at a time. Hope you can join us for this very fun event.

Hand Lettered Valentine's At Passionflower

We are so excited to be welcoming back members of the Valley Calligraphy Guild from 12 to 3 on the Saturday before Valentine's Day. I think this is the third year they've been here.  This is your chance to have your Valentine's or Galentine's, or any other card you'd like, hand addressed in calligraphy. Guild members bring black, pink, or red ink and you'll have a choice of fonts to choose from.  It's a little bit like calligraphy as performance art.  Really fun and I love thinking of all those beautiful hand addressed cards going out into the world. Below is a little sample of some calligraphy guild member Edie Roberts made for us at Passionflower.


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And if you need a great stamp to put on that card might we suggest this little beauty designed by Anna Bond over at Rifle Paper Co.?  Anna talked about how she always wanted to design a stamp ever since she was given her great grandfather's stamp collection. So how about that? Dreams really do come true.



First Friday Artwalk with Illustrator Erika Beyer

We're excited to be welcoming local scientific illustrator Erika Beyer as our featured artist for First Friday. The intersection between art and science is something near and dear to my heart (seriously)! And Erika's work celebrates flowers and birds, two of our favorite things. This is art in the service of to teach us some things about observation and about the natural world. Her work inspires me to want to keep a nature journal. Please join us this Friday January 5th to meet Erika and shop her original artwork and cards.

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Pantone's Color of the Year

I always love that time between Christmas and Epiphany on January 6th otherwise known as the 12 Days of Christmas.  The frenzy is over and there's lots of snuggling, food imbibing, general laziness, outdoor walks, and dreaming. It's a great time to look back on the previous year and look ahead. Which is exactly what I'm doing right now - planning our stories for the coming season and thinking about trends and colorways. All of which brings us to today's post, the Pantone Color of the year, Ultraviolet.

What do you think? It's supposed to be a color about being a visionary and looking towards the future?



The Party's not Over Yet

I love this pic of Laura and Audrey taken at the photo booth at our Holiday Open House. This was December 1 when we were feeling all perky and full of ourselves. I always say we start out as holiday elves and end as holiday drones. But it's been a good season and we thank all of you for making it happen. And just so you know, the party's not over yet! We've got a sale going with half off all our Holiday goods. Plus sparklers, velvet, and some good cheer for New Year's Eve.


Staff Picks at Passionflower

We have a little tradition every holiday season where the staff puts together a wish list - limit three items. It's one of my favorite things we do. And this year we actually managed to take pics and post them.


Every one of my staff has their own eye, their own vibe, their own aesthetic. In a funny way, I feel like the wish lists are a way of me getting to know them better.  Love Jamie's half boho, half preppie vibe above.


And everyone was giving Lindsay a hard time because none of her picks were under $200.  Like she said, it's a wish list that included a turkish suzani, crazy tropical bugs, and Mexican silver earrings (above).


I love Audrey's (above) - the stars, the earth, and food are all included. Plus Audrey is a serious foodie with a great palate so the recipe box is right up her alley.


And finally Kaylee gave us the edgiest one that I kind of love. I think of it as Weimar Germany transforming to democracy, or lady of the night looking up her constitutional rights!  It just goes to show how four different people can shop the same store and create totally original looks. It's one of the beauties of Passionflower.

Some thoughts on being a retailer during the holidays.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Small Business Saturday and the list goes on with these variously concocted retail "holidays".  We think they're all really a lot of hype and while we love Little Boxes in Portland and adore the Indy booksellers having authors visit on Small Business Saturday, we also think just about any day is a good day to get out and support small, independent, local businesses.  Why? You probably know the stats about how your dollars at local businesses stay in the community but consider also, we are your friends and neighbors, we are idiosyncratic, quirky, interesting, we look you in the eye, we laugh at your jokes, we wrap your gifts, we help your mom find a place to sit, and we go out of our way to make your shopping experiences memorable. Because commerce, buying, selling, trading is so much a part of what makes us human. We love the retail dance. So why, (and here it comes the Debbie Downer part), unless you absolutely had to, would you forego the human shopping experience for an online one?  Amazon may very well be the death of a very human way of being. Read it and weep.

And in the meantime, shop small and shop local and have the most magnificent holiday with those who matter to you.