Category Archives: New To The Collection

Coloring

I met my friend Joan Rafferty when we both attended the School of Visual Arts as photo majors.  Joan, along with a couple of other women from those days (Katherine Andriotis and Flori Seltzer, fyi), has been a lifelong friend.  She remembers Mom well and has been incredibly enthusiastic about the business.  She came to the first NY Gift Show that I did with Kitchen Papers and stood there quietly looking at all the new products.  She turned and a said “Liz, you have to do a coloring book.”  She remembered all the hours spent with her daughter, Coco, coloring the usual books that were on the market.  She wished there was something more in it for her on a creative level. And so, a coloring book of Mom’s drawings would bridge that divide of playing with a 3 year old, loving how they were growing up, being out of your mind bored and getting to create something fun yourself.   It’s an adult coloring book, so to speak.  But in a clean way…  I took Joan’s idea and ran with it.  Angie at Kitchen Papers loved it and so the process began. Instead of it looking like a traditional coloring book, I recreated the style of Mom’s sketchbook.

Hilda's Sketch Pad

Hilda’s Sketch Pad

And inside are 16 drawings ready for color and then your wall.Coloring Book Images-3Coloring Book Images-8

We introduced this at the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta this past January.  We set up samples and colored pencils and soon,  I had a table full of people happily, peacefully coloring.  Like I’ve found with Mom’s drawings in general, they were transported back to a happy, easy time thinking of nothing more than which pencil to pick. And when they were done, each asked shyly if they could take their drawing with them.  I was smiling from ear to ear.

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Jessica and drawing

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

I wish I had Mom’s original sketchbooks but hopefully they looked something like this.  What a wonderful collaborative effort between old friends from school, new friends from Kitchen Papers, Mom and me.  It’s really amazing to be able to have an idea and see it happen.  I am one lucky lady!

And if you decide to get Hilda’s Sketchbook, I’d love to see what you do with them. Post them to our Facebook page!

Hilda’s Sketchbook: A Coloring Book is for sale now at our store. Happy coloring!

Meet the New Gal

Silka c. 1964

Silka c. 1964

Here’s the newest member of the collection.  Her name is Silka c. 1964.  All of the drawings are named after Mom’s models, friends and family.  Silka was my grandmother. Mom’s mom.  Unlike this willowy drawing, Silka was 4’10” and quite stocky.  But she exuded the confidence seen here.  She was born in 1883 in a town called Little Constantine near Kiev Russia.  When she was 15, she started a business making corsettes.  She and my Grandpa Lazar immigrated to the US in 1904.  She wasn’t happy here and longed to go back.  Lazar agreed and they did, but upon returning after a while, she realized she had made a mistake and in 1907, they returned and settled in Brooklyn.  She was a business woman and had several dress making stores.

Cilka and Lazar. Note that she's standing on books pushed under the carpet.

Cilka and Lazar. Note that she’s standing on books pushed under the carpet.

 

She wanted all four of her daughters to have a career and Mom was the only one who realized that. She was so proud of her.  Like Mom, Silka was way ahead of  her time.  So every time you look at this beautiful drawing,  please think of my Grandma Silka and see a little Jewish lady blazing a trail.

Grandma Silka

Grandma Silka

The Silka Print and Notecard are now available on our site.  

 

 

 

 

My New Favorites!

I’m just back from the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta where we introduced a few new products and they are also my new favorites.

Round Placemat

Round Placemat

Of course when you arrive at the party, the table is set.  Then for your second course, the plate is removed and there your have a surprise and a visit from Cyd in her butterfly. This is a tear off pad of 25 sheets.

New Gift Wrap

New Gift Wrap

I wonder what the gals are talking about!  This is our new gift wrap that measures 22″x28″ and comes in rolls of 2 sheets.  I love this design because with the variation of so many drawings, one sheet can create several different package looks.

Me and Marilyn

Me and Marilyn

Here I am posing with Marilyn.  She’s a decal made by Flavor Paper, the creator of the custom Trés Chic wallpaper.  I LOVE HER!!  Right now, she’s for display only, but you never know…  And on the right are our new small prints of Jeanne, Cyd and Sandy.  Different from the limited edition reproductions that I feature on my site,  they’re a very affordable way to have Hilda’s ladies hanging on your wall.

What do you think?  I’d love to know.

Thanks Angie, Dale, Robbie and everyone at Kitchen Papers who are making my dream come to life.

The White Cabinet + Kitchen Papers = Simply Divine!

Kitchen Papers Showroom in Atlanta

Kitchen Papers Showroom in Atlanta

We are so excited to finally be able to announce our new partnership with Hester & Cook Design Group aka Kitchen Papers, Cake Vintage and Knobstoppers.  Together, we have created The Hilda Glasgow Collection.  Our notecards are now (mostly) tall and slender just like the models and we are also offering note pads, place mats, napkins and invitations… just to start.  I met Dale Laurence at the LA Gift Show and he thought we’d be a perfect match. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share the gals, but quickly realized that Dale, Angie, Robbie and their whole team were a dream come true for me.

We launched the new line at AmericasMart in Atlanta last week.  It’s the largest gift show in the country and they have  permanent showroom there.  Over 200 stores placed order and now we are on to the NY International Gift Fair and then to other shows in the States and abroad.  Mom always liked trying to be a matchmaker when I was single without success. I preferred to handle that on my own.  However, I feel she’s still working it out there somewhere and  finally found the right match for us now and I couldn’t be happier.  For this, I’ll gratefully take her help!

The White Cabinet website will be on vacation until mid February when we will have all the new products for sale.  Here are some  snaps of the new line and our new friends.

Our beautiful display!

Our beautiful display

Lingerie Party Invitation

Lingerie Party Invitation

Bridal Show Invitation

Bridal Show Invitation

Party Invitation

Party Invitation

Napkins

Napkins

Skinny Notes

Skinny Notes

Note Pad

Note Pad

Angie and her team - Taylor, Kari, Natalie, Courtney, Meg and Katie

Angie (center) and her team – Taylor, Kari, Natalie, Courtney, Meg and Katie

So here’s to the beginning of the next phase.  it’s been about 2 1/2 years since the first thought of showing off these drawings again.  Now we are in close to 300 stores in the US, Great Britain, Japan and Australia.  Unbelievable!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Many New Things

We’ve been busy. Sorry I haven’t posted sooner.

Our first year exhibiting at The National Stationery Show is coming up soon.  May 20-23 – Javits Center NYC. Booth 1871. Be there or be square.

Flavor Paper and I have teamed up to create Trés Chic Gift Wrap.  A collage of over 30 drawings spanning 4 decades of fashion. How cool is this?

Little rubber stamps of Hildas work

so you can create things like this

I wish everyone could be having as much fun as I am!  I’ll update you all about the show in my next post.

Our First Anniversary

Anyone who reads this regularly knows how beyond happy, thrilled, elated, inspired, astounded, and most importantly,  touched I am to the response Mom’s drawings have had over this last year.  It’s been beyond my wildest dreams.  What started out as a way to hopefully show these drawings to the world, and frankly, to help me in my grief of losing her, has now become an international business.  Okay, it was a couple of orders from England, but I still have to pinch myself.  In this year, the line has expanded from custom prints to hand printed notecards. Flavor Paper has created the Tres Chic wallpaper.  I hear it’s going to be on a wall near you in Las Vegas.   Through Zazzle, I’ve been able to design some fun products affordable to everyone – magnets, mugs, invitations, postcards,  iPhone and iPad cases and now a 2012 calendar showcasing over 2 dozen of the drawings and tote bags.    Here’s a peek:

Cover

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Trés cool, huh?  What fun to put together.  And here’s a sample of one of the totes:

The Groovy Girl Tote Bag

There will be many more products to come.  I’d love your feedback too.  What would you like to see?

As a gift to you, our First Anniversary Sale, there will be a 25% discount on all custom prints and notecards for the entire month of September. Enter code FIRSTYEAR at checkout.  The discount doesn’t apply to Flavor Paper or Zazzle as they are owned by other’s who aren’t having an anniversary.  What can I say?

So thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You’ve helped a daughter overcome a very difficult time in her life.  You’ve helped an artist’s work come to life again, to give her the recognition she so justly deserved.  And you’ve helped establish a successful new business. In this troubling economic time, that’s not an easy thing to do.  Now onwards to year 2!

More Lovely Ladies and a New Surprise

There have been some recent additions to the collection.

Julia - a lady who lunches

Sam - doesnt' take no for an answer

Dot tries very hard to be chic, even when shopping at the market

Gigi - pearl earrings and a girdle. Need we say more?

Jackie -loves that she shares a name with the First Lady - and dresses accordingly

Sally - feels cute, but not sexy...yet

My surprise was a true surprise to me.  My friend Sheryl’s daughter Sierra was given a gift 30 years ago of paper dolls from my mother.  She had lovingly kept them all these years and had taken curator like care of them.  She has given them back so that I can photograph them and figure out how to use them.  There are 8 different dolls with 5-8 outfits each. And accessories.  Jon at Flavor Paper sees using them just like Colorforms (remember them?).  The kids will be able to move the dolls around on the wall and change the outfits too.  As these are all black and white, the kids will also be able to color them.  What do you think of this idea?  There are tons to photograph, so give me a little time and soon I will show them off.

And there are more fashion models to come.

Girls Girls Girls

They will come fast and furious now. They are breaking down the door of the white cabinet.  They want to be SEEN!  Fifty years is enough.  After all, when most of them were put away, Kennedy was president.  Gas was 31¢ a gallon.  A Macintosh was an apple and Google was for babies.  Yes, there were a few girls who had seen some hippies and peace signs later into the sixties and a couple who had to deal with the pantsuits of the seventies, but for the most part, these ladies didn’t get to witness the women’s and civil rights movements, the technology revolution, space travel, microwave ovens and push up bras.  It’s a whole new world.  Think of it. No more girdle armor.  Welcome to Spanx.

So here are the latest six.

Greta c.1947

Rosemary c. 1958

Toby c.1958

Coco c.1963

Terry c.1964

Anna c.1971

Like I said, pantsuits… enough said.

So welcome ladies.  Join the gym. Drink some bottled water.  Have a facelift.  This is 2011.

Two New Ladies Showing Off

Two new models have been added to the collection -Thea and Taylor.  Two totally different women, both making a bold statement.

First Thea.

 

That Girl!

Thea was born in 1937 and always wanted to be a career girl.  She attended Smith College as an Art History major.  After graduating, she moved to New York City and got a part time job selling admission tickets at the Museum of Modern Art.  De Kooning made a pass at her there which both scared and excited her.  She always was an optimistic and it showed in how she carried herself.  One of her friends posed for fashion illustrators and thought Thea would be perfect.  Here she is in as truthful a portrait as you ever will find.  Her whole life is before her.  She has great confidence in all that she will attain.  She wants to be taken seriously, but is also looking for some fun adventure.  And she will never travel anywhere without her hatbox and black gloves.

And Taylor

 

Changing Times

Taylor wasn’t a model by trade.  She was one of mom’s neighbors.  When this outfit arrived at the apartment,  the scheduled model was a no show.   Taylor was happy to fill in.  Styles were starting to change.  The straight dramatic look of the 1920’s was starting to creep into 1960’s fashion.  Taylor was an interior decorator and saw furniture also becoming sleek and sculptural.  She loved Knoll especially.  She had a tiny studio apartment with a large round white dining table and chairs all growing out of their pedestal bases.  It was her splurge.   She would sit at that table and see her client’s apartments becoming living  3d abstract paintings with furniture that the world had never seen before.  She was bold and took control of a room but made the occupants feel like they had made all the decisions.  She was to become a great success.

 

There’s A New Girl In Town

It’s been a couple of months now since our launch.  It seemed like the right time to introduce a new drawing.  This is Michelle, one of the few pencil illustrations in Mom’s portfolio.  She is trés chic, n’est pas?

Wouldn’t it be something if everyone dressed like a mid 20th century fashion illustration?  I know, hair and makeup would have to be included and yeah, maybe only for a day because jeans are way more comfortable, but just imagine how stylish the world would be?  I’m really not this shallow, but humor me for a second.  I’m recovering from the election.  On that note, doesn’t this Michelle remind you of our very classy first lady Michelle?  I could picture her in this.

As far as updates, I had a fantastic meeting in the city regarding a new product that will hopefully be coming out soon.  It is a wow and will dazzle your walls.  Once all contracts are signed, I will reveal all.  Also, there is a new promotion being offered now as well.  Holidays are approaching.  If you’re interested in giving a truly uniquely cool gift, just register on the site as a retail customer and you’ll get 10% off of your order until 12/31/10.  Promo code is SIMPLYDIVINE. Spread the word!