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1958 – My Year

This August, I celebrated my 58th birthday.  My stepson, now a computer science major at college, taught me all about video games, so I now see myself more as Level 58.  It sounds like so much more of an accomplishment… Anyway, I digress.  So I’m 58 and I was born in 1958.  I like this.  Mom was almost 45 in that year. She and Dad had been married for almost 20 years.  He was a painter. She was the breadwinner. But after 20 years, she decided that more than anything, she wanted to have a baby.  And he agreed.  I was one of those fortunate ones who was wanted and loved.  I never felt a day growing up without the security of feeling that I was the center of their world.  I would give anything to have one more day with them both.  But they surround me still with their work.  This blog is about Mom, but Dad’s paintings fill my home as well.

So what happened in 1958. Here’s a page from my baby book.

My Baby Book from 1958

My Baby Book from 1958

Ike was President, although Mom was a huge fan of Adlai Stevenson, his opponent in the 1952 and 1956 elections.  Averill Harriman was Governor of New York and Robert Wagner Mayor of NYC.  The Polio Vaccine had just been introduced.  It helped wipe out the disease in this country.   Satellites were a new thing – remember Sputnik?  Mom loved classical music, so Van Cliburn and Yasha Heifetz were big on here list of the best entertainers, along with Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Marilyn and Marlon. The great minds of the time varied from Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to existential philosopher Albert Camus to, of course, Picasso.  Doing what she did best, there are sketches of the popular styles of the time, including Trapeze dress and Flower hats! Yikes!!

I love that Mom lives on now and that you all know about her. I decided to celebrate 58 with you by having a sale on Hilda’s site.  All of our 9″x12″ Limited Edition Prints are $58 until the end of August.   And for anyone else who is 58 born in ’58, I’ll put in a  little extra present.  Just let me know.

So here’s to Mom.  She made it to Level 90. Quite an accomplishment.  But it still feels like she’s right here next to me.

 

A Bit of Bragging

 

photo by Randee Daddona

photo by Randee Daddona

I hope I’m not repeating myself too much, as I’ve posted elsewhere about this, but I just wanted to remind everyone that there has been a wonderful article written about us in today’s (2/9/14) Newsday. Newsday, by the way, is the premier newspaper on Long Island, New York. We are the cover of the LI Life section!  Claudia Gryvatz Copquin has written about me, Mom and The White Cabinet.  She’s a great writer and has really captured the spirit of why I started the whole thing.  So if you’re in the New York area, pick up a copy or go online to read all about us!!

Fashionable Treasures from The White Cabinet by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin

 

Naughty or Nice

Either way, here you go…

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and remember, our limited edition prints, like Marilyn center above, are $25 off until December 31.  Sale on other items as well. 

You must order by December 12 to get delivery by Christmas.

Shop Small

It’s here.  Small Business Saturday.  We’re small but have big goals.  I wanted Mom’s work to be seen world wide and it’s happening.  Now’s your chance to have one of Hilda’s gals grace your home.  Our invitations and place mats are all on sale. Perfect for your vintage party.  AND our 9″x12″ limited edition prints are all $25 off.  And because it’s, Small Business Saturday if you have a minimum $10 purchase on our site and pay with an eligible Amex Card, you’ll get a $10 credit on your next statement.  So please visit The White Cabinet. Our sale ends 12/31/13.

Thanks everyone for another great year. It’s been a dream come true!Liz Flori Portrait 22

 

If You’re in NYC…


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I am honored to be giving a talk about Mom at a fashion illustration event at the famous Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). This is a sketch class for fashion illustrators and I will be interviewed at 2:30, August 17.  If you’re in the area, please stop by.  There’s no fee to listen.  I’ll also be bringing some of our products and they will be for sale.

Here are the details:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7742149979/efbevent

And we will also be showing the collection at the Kitchen Papers booth at NY Now (formerly the NYIGF).  Booth 3054.  I’ll be there from August 18-20.

It’s going to be an exciting week!

Celebrate Hilda’s Big Day

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August 4, 1958, Hilda was in Doctor’s Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan giving birth to me, her only child. She was almost 45 years old and had been married 20 years. She decided she wanted a child and had no worries that there would be any problems. Nowadays, this is a much more common occurrence, but 55 years ago, it was almost unheard of. Mom was a ground breaker in many ways.

I can’t believe that I am 55 years old.  In my mind, I’m 25 years younger.  And people say that I don’t look my age, whatever 55 is supposed to look like.  But I do know that the excitement and success of having this new business makes me feel like I shouldn’t be getting the Senior discount at the supermarket.  Thanks Mom, for keeping me young!  You still are taking care of me.

Sandy c. 1957

Sandy c. 1957

Sandy circa 1957 is one of my very favorite drawings.  I just love her outfit!  You all give me  a gift every time I hear how much you love Mom’s work, so for my birthday present to you, from August 3 thru 5, a 9×12 Limited Edition Print of Sandy will be on sale for $37.50.  She’s 50% off!  I want everyone to be able to have her hanging in their boudoir.

Sandy is printed on a heavyweight fine art paper called BFK Rives, mimicking the look and feel of the original.  She is numbered and her name and date are hand written in the corner.  “The White Cabinet” seal is also embossed on the page to ensure that your have the real thing.

Thanks everyone.  I think this is going to be one of the best birthdays ever!

I don’t do this too much, but I’m so excited about the new collection and want everyone to enjoy it, so here you go.  Everything July 1-3 only everything is 10% off.  Frame the cards!  Have a wall of Hilda’s for a mere pittance.  Be inspired!  2013 - July Sale Promo

Just An Update

Just a quick update on our second year at the National Stationery Show. It was a huge success adding lots of small, cool boutiques as well as some national and international chains! Wow!! It was also wonderful to see many of my booth neighbors from last year back and selling strong. Congratulations to everyone including Sarah at The Permanent Collection and Allison and Jessica at The Social Type. You all are so talented and so sweet as well!!

Next stop the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta in July. Who know what that will hold for us. Thank you Angie, Robby, Dale, Courtney and Natalie at Kitchen Papers making our show a smash!

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Feels Like Yesterday?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since our national debut at New York’s National Stationery Show.  It feels like last week. Or a decade ago. I can’t decide which.  Last  year at this time, the line was in about 5 stores.  After NSS in May, that jumped to 20. Because of the show, 2 rep groups took us on. The store list grew to over 50.  I met Dale Laurence from Kitchen Papers doing the LA Gift Show last July. He thought our lines might work well together.  In September, I went down to Nashville to meet with the aforementioned Dale and owners Angie and Robbie Cook.  We launched the new Hilda Glasgow Collection last January and as of today, I am thrilled to say that we are in over 500 stores worldwide.  Crazy!  So, yes, it feels like I was setting up my little 6’x8′ booth yesterday, but I also feel like 10 years of progress has been compressed into one short year.   Who knows where we’ll be next year at this time. Whew! I’m exhausted, but sure am enjoying this ride.

If you’re going to the National Stationery Show, please stop by booth 2844 and let me introduce you to Hilda’s gals.

Some of our products

Some of our products

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!!