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Show me yours…

Calling all LGP fans! We want you to show us how you are using the Lilly Pulitzer, Jonathan Adler, and Susan Branch products. I have searched through Lilly Pulitzer’s site and found some awesome examples of how you Lilly lovers are bringing the items to life.

Here are some of my favs:

These girls found clever ways to use our garland and wrapping paper outside of their usual purpose. Have you done something you feel is just as genius? If so, show us yours! Its easy and fun to load your fan photos to our Facebook page.

P.S: The Lilly fans are showing up the Jonathan Adler and Susan Branch fans! I can’t find one fan photo with our JA or SB gift products, we would love to see what you guys are doing!

With Love from Susan Branch

We love Susan Branch here at Lifeguard Press! Seeing all of her products on a daily basis gives us the “warm fuzzies” on the inside. She has such an amazing talent, and we love that you can see her love for friends in her artwork. It is almost like she signs each piece “with love from Susan Branch.” It inspires us to sit down and write a note to a friend with her Create-a-Cards, and our to-do lists seem a little more cheerful on her notepads.

And, at Lifeguard Press, we love Susan Branch’s website! Her “Girlfriends Forever” book is one of the most precious books ever published and we loved creating a fun stationery collection inspired by it. The little quotes, sweet art and yummy recipes makes us eager for a party (and maybe a spontaneous road trip!) with our girlfriends. She even has free tea party invitations!

Check out her latest Girlfriends Stationery & Gift collection at Lifeguard Press. And, while you’re browsing, here’s a little recipe for you to enjoy. This Susan Branch Recipe  for “Three Layer Carrot Cake” is reason enough for a party … just don’t forget the fun favors!

Love is in the Air!

It’s Valentine’s Weekend … and love is definitely in the air! Being a stationery & gift company, corresponding with those you love is a topic we often chat about at Lifeguard Press. Featured above are some of our favorite items to help you express your adoration to your family and friends. Jonathan Adler’s new letterpress stationery has us swooning. The color and chic-ness makes us want to sit down and pen a note to those we love. Lilly Pulitzer’s new address book featured in “Mee-Oww” is the most colorful and fun way to keep addresses organized. Good-bye Roladex – Hello Lilly Pulitzer! And, Susan Branch’s soft, sweet art on her stationery line can just melt your heart. We especially adore her Create-A-Card to make the perfect love letter.

Go ahead. Pull out your favorite stationery and send a love note this weekend those you adore. (And, remember to always write home to your mother!)

**Love & Win** Leave a comment on our blog and WIN some of the items featured in this post!

What We Love!

So many things inspire us here at Lifeguard Press! Love is in the air here (which reminds us, Valentine’s Day is just a month away!) and wanted to share some items from our licensees that are currently inspiring us. We love their playful, whimsical and eye-catching designs and patterns. Lilly Pulitzer brings us sophistication with lots of details, color and fun. Jonathan Adler is bold, modern and we love his wit. Susan Branch is endearing and soft with her sweet watercolors. When our licensees send us what inspires them with their latest patterns … the hard part is narrowing it down. We would love to produce thousands of items every month! As Jonathan Adler would say, “J’adore it all!”

Top that off with just arriving back at the headquarters from Atlanta’s AmericasMart and we are on sensory overload! We are in love with so many wonderful things. We love gifts. We love our licensees (and those we private label for!). We love to develop new products. We love to shop!
Yes, love is definitely in the air!

You’re Invited to Susan Branch Shows!

We received the  Susan BranchWillard” today and just love reading her stories! She does a great job of reminding everyone of the small things in life and helping us remember that those small things are really the big ones.

This particular Willard has two invitations for events in California and we so wish we could jet set there. These events look like a lot of fun and love how sunny it is there! (Which is very tempting to jet set there since it is 14 degrees here!) The first is the Road to California Quilt Show on January 14-17th. It is a convention for quilt and craft lovers … complete with quilt appraisals, raffles, and booths set up with various artist and quilters. This will be a great place to collect fabrics for your quilts or scrapbooks. (We adore fabrics as accent pages or cover of your books to give an even more personal touch.) And, be sure to visit Susan Branch’s booth to see her new calendars, books, and other great items.

Susan Branch's Booth at the Quilt Show last year.

The second show was the Farmstand Antique Show and Sale (sounds like the perfect day for you and your girlfriends!) on February 6th (13th if it rains)  This cute venue set up “yard sale” style is fantastic … and they have the most delightful cupcakes that you must try.  There is even a “dude section” that is perfect if your guy came with you, too.

Hope you can make it if you are in the California area. (We’re so jealous!) Let us know if you do … we’d love to hear stories and see pics of these favorite spots in January. (www.facebook.com/lifeguardpress)

Branches Farmstand in Arroyo Grande, CA

 

P.S: The wait is almost over for our Susan Branch Spring 2010 Stationery and Gift Collection by Lifeguard Press!

A list you won’t have to check twice!

We can’t believe it is almost Christmas already! (Time flies when you’re having fun!) Throughout the year we find ourselves having new “favorites” almost weekly. So, when it comes to picking out holiday gifts to give to our friends and family from Lifeguard Press, we tend to wrap a few more gifts than initially intended.  Calendars are definitely on the gift giving list every year! And, this year we have our classic Susan Wallace Barnes calendars, as well as new and addictive calendars from Lilly Pulitzer and Susan Branch. We also love our pens as gifts, and our new Lilly Pulitzer kids items have been very popular. We could go on and on … so, here are a few of our favorites. These items are so colorful and bright (best of all they are under $25)!

H A P P Y  S H O P P I N G !

There is still time to order from Lifeguard Press for this Holiday Season.
Call 800.992.3006 – and one of our elves would be happy to assist you.

Behind the Scenes of our photo shoot!

Photoshoots are some of our most favorite days of the year! (Also some of the most fast-paced.) We do our catalogs twice a year and a few weeks ago we photographed our Spring 2010 catalogs. In 2010 we are pleased to continue producing stationery and gifts for Lilly Pulitzer and Susan Branch. And, we are excited to announce that we will be introducing Jonathan Adler stationery and gifts to our licensed collection!

We spend the weeks before our photoshoot checking out our locations, gathering fun props (candy, paper critters, fruit loops!) and supplies. The best part? Opening the boxes of samples. After months of brain storming, chatting and designing exactly what we want … there is nothing like opening a box with the actual samples that brings all of that hard work to reality! So, we gathered up everything and headed to our locations for four fun-filled and creative days. For this catalog we choose the actual stores of our licensees to get the best sense of their brand and display the items like you, our stores, would display it. Off to the Lilly Pulitzer and Jonathan Adler stores in Los Angeles we go …

Once again, working on the Lifeguard Press catalog photoshoots were a TON of fun! We completed more than 100 shots in less than 4 days! WOW! We are back in Kentucky now, working on placing the pictures in the Jonathan Alder, Lilly Pulitzer and Susan Branch stationery & gift catalogs and can’t wait to share them with you. Watch your mailboxes … 2010 is just a month away.

Fall Recipe Ideas From Susan Branch

Fall is the the perfect season to entertain. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up, it is a great time to have family and friends over for dinner.

Here is an autumn inspired plate from Susan Branch with Potatoes Anna, classic tenderloin of beef topped with horseradish sauce, Indian shuck bread baked in a strip of corn husk with a side of maple butter, and red pear, grape, and pecan salad.

fall dinner

Potaotes Anna

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) butter
7 large russet potatoes, peeled
1 3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
2 large purple potatoes, peeled
1 large yam, peeled
1 tablespoon(s) canola oil

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat the butter in a small saucepan until foamy. Remove from heat, skim off and discard the foam.
  2. Slice 6 russet potatoes to about 1/8-inch thickness. Pour 1 tablespoon butter into a 12-inch skillet. Line the skillet with a layer of potato slices slightly overlapping one another. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and brush with butter. Repeat, adding layers until the sliced potatoes and all but 1/4 teaspoon salt are used. Flatten by pressing down with a spatula and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake for 50 minutes and press down again with spatula.
  3. Slice remaining russet, purple potatoes, and yam to about 1/8-inch thickness lengthwise and use mini-leaf-shaped cutters to punch out shapes using cookie cutters. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet and fry the leaf cutouts over medium-high heat until golden around edges. Toss with remaining salt. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F and continue to bake until golden around edges–about 10 more minutes. Run a rubber spatula around the edges to loosen and invert onto large plate. Arrange the yam and purple potato leaves on top to decorate. Serve warm.

Indian Shuck Bread

bread and butter Ingredients:

12 corn husks
2 cup(s) yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon(s) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Soak corn husks in water until softened–about 1 hour. Blot dry and tear off 24 quarter-inch strips from the husks and set them and the larger husks aside.
  2. Stir together the cornmeal, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and cayenne with 1 1/2 cups boiling water until a soft dough forms. Pat the dough into 1- by 3-inch logs using about 2 1/2 tablespoons dough per log. Wrap each log with the larger corn husk pieces and tie the ends, to form a packet, with the reserved strips.
  3. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add the packets and cook for 15 minutes. Remove and serve while still hot, in the husks, along with Maple Butter.

Maple Butter

butter

Ingredients:

1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/4 cup(s) maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon(s) Mexican hot sauce, such as Cholula

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter, syrup, and hot sauce together until combined. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking pan and cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Press, using a rolling pin to pack the butter to 1/2-inch-thick slab. Chill for 30 minutes. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and cut butter into pats.

Red Pear, Grape, and Pecan Salad

salad

Ingredients:

3/4 cup(s) balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup(s) olive oil
6 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
1 pound(s) red leaf or butter lettuce
1 pomegranate, seeded
32 large dark seedless grapes, halved
1 large red onion, sliced into thin rings
1/2 cup(s) crumbled blue cheese
4 ripe red pears, cored and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 cup(s) Spiced Pecans, see directions for link to recipe
2 oranges, zested

Directions:

  1. Prepare Spiced Pecans.
  2. Combine vinegar, oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Tear lettuce into 1-inch pieces. Wash and drain in a salad spinner. Divide evenly on 8 plates. Evenly divide and sprinkle pomegranate seeds, grape halves, red onion, cheese, pears, and pecans on each plate. Drizzle vinaigrette on each and sprinkle with orange zest. Serve immediately.

Dessert time is a great time to gather around the fire in the living room and enjoy good conversation. Try this great recipe for cranberry apple crisp to share with your guests.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

crisp

Ingredients:

4 large green apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch
1 cup(s) fresh cranberries
3/4 cup(s) brown sugar
1/2 cup(s) flour
1/2 cup(s) rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
1/3 cup(s) butter, softened

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with butter. Add apples and cranberries to the pan. Combine the sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and softened butter in a bowl. Sprinkle over the fruit and bake until golden brown–about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve hot with ice cream or cold with whipped cream.

Top off the meal with a festive table setting. This is and idea from Susan Branch to decorate your table with a touch of Fall.

table

These are great ideas for an autumn dinner to enjoy with friends and family. Tell us about some Fall recipes that you enjoy or if you have tried any of these!

A touch of home

This past Sunday I drove to my home town, Elizabethown, to spend the day with my family. My first stop is always my grandmothers. Her house has always been my favorite place to go. I have everything in that house memorized top to bottom, but I still love to dig things out and see what all she has. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite things are hearts (which is very fitting, her middle name is Hartzel), so needless to say everything is either pink or has a heart on it!

girl-with-heartElement from Susan Branch’s 2010 blotter calendar

One of my favorite things in her house are her quilts. She used to spend all day making quilts. She has a chest my grandpa made for her that has hearts carved on both sides. When you open it, it is full of different material for her quilts. Her material is covered in hearts and flowers. The colors are all soft blues, pinks, and greens, those you would find on the flowers in her backyard. The only exception to this is the left over material for the quilt and pillow case she made for my little cousin. It is a bright red and blue Nascar blanket covered in Jeff Gordon’s 24 logo.  She will do anything for her grandchildren!

I also love her artwork throughout the house. They are vastly different than the style I work in, but I still appreciate the artwork. Most of them are paintings that my aunts have done. There are also two cross stitch needlepoints, one my aunt created the other my grandmother did. My aunts is a winter scene of a town. There is ice skating, sledding, snow men, snow ball fights. The town has quaint country setting, with a red barn just like the one in my grandma’s back yard. My grandmother’s needlepoint is a sampler that has her rendition of the alphabet and her and grandpa’s wedding date. Once more it is decorated with her hearts and flowers. Next time I go home I will photograph these to share.

snowmanSnowman from Susan Branch’s 2010 blotter calendar. It reminds me of a snowman from my aunt’s needlepoint.

As I sit here and work on our upcoming Susan Branch line, I can’t help but feel that familiar heart of the home. Her patterns are soft colored and are donned with flowers, birds, and even hearts. The most prominent birds are cardinals. Which, being from Kentucky, my grandma’s backyard is always full of cardinals. As a matter of fact, the only thing I see in Susan Branch’s designs that my grandmother would not like is the use of cats. This is one of the only areas I disagree with my grandmother about, I love my little kitty!

cat-with-pumpkinYet another element from Susan Branch’s 2010 blotter calendar. Click on image above to see more!

Susan Branch’s art will give you that same familiar feeling of home when you look at it. That is why I am choosing her for our artist of the month. Any great artist will find a way to connect with their viewers through their body of works. Her art brings back memories of my childhood through warm thoughts from my grandmother’s house. I will leave you with a body of Susan Branch’s artwork to ponder over.

-Karen

AugI used to make pink lemonade at my grandma’s house in those exact same glasses!

Dec

My favorite thing about Christmas is spending it with family! We love to chow down on my grandma’s cookies.

FebThere are those Kentucky Cardinals I was telling you about!

JunMy grandma’s backyard was always full of hummingbirds! All of these images come from Susan Branch’s 2010 art print easel calendar. Click on image above to see other months!

It’s Here!!

Just in time for the fall and holiday season, the new and improved www.lifeguardpress.com is up and running! You can view our Susan Wallace Barnes, Lilly Pulitzer, and Susan Branch fine stationery and gift products. We’ve made it easier to view the products, and what everyone loves to do, shop!! To celebrate I thought I would ask each of our employees to share with you a few of their favorite products and why. Enjoy!

First place among the busy bees at Lifeguard Press are the notebook and mini notebooks. As I walked through to ask everyone their fav, I noticed one on just about everyones desk! Those who pick these as their favorite were Kelly C. (our money momma), Kelly P. (our tradeshow extraordinaire), Ashely C. (our internet queen), and Brian K. (our muscle man). Between the notebook and mini notebook, the mini takes lead as the favorite. It is small enough to place on desk and perfect to jot notes during meetings. The cover is thick and sturdy so it doesn’t rip and tear.

Bookworm vertical

Shown is our Bookworm collection in Vintage Patch. We have six patterns of our Lilly Pulitzer notebooks available. To see them all simply click on photo above!

Tied for second in the office were our ink pens and thermal mugs. The pen was chosen by David C. (our own Michael Scott),  Nick D. (Kelly C.’s BFF and our Utility Man), and Kelly P. for it’s fluidity in writing and functionality. I know typical male response :).

PensWe currently have eight patterns available in our Lilly Pulitzer pen. To view all patterns, just click on the image above. In the spring we will release more patterns in Lilly Pulitzer and introduce the pen in Susan Branch!

David C. also chose our thermal mug as a favorite. Joining him was Crystal B. and Angie D. (two of our top Customer Service Reps). They loved the lightweight feel, the temperature control, and the cute patterns!

Thermal Mugs1

These mugs our a new introduction to the Lifeguard Press product family, and they have been well received. We currently have three patterns for the mug, but in the spring we will have more to come in Lilly!

Two additional beverage inspired products that were chosen as favorites were the tumblers and the cocktail shakers. Ashley C. chose the cocktail shakers for it functionality :), and David G. (our celebrity greeter) chose the tumblers for the exact same reason. In all seriousness these two products and the thermal mugs are perfect way to party in style while being earth conscious! Don’t forget reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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Cocktail Shakers

party tableware

Just one of our tableware patterns, you know where to find rest :)!

The above mentioned were our top faves in the office. Below are a few more products that were selected as those we could not live without!

Agenda Ports o CallOne of our three new Lilly Pulitzer Agenda’s chosen by Taylor B. (one of our customer service reps) , available in two sizes. Want to see more, click on the image above.

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Kelly C. loves loves loves the Susan Barnes create a cards. These are perfect to have for thank you notes, birthday cards, and thinking of you. Click on image to see our other patterns.  For you Susan Branch lovers, we will have her create a cards in spring!

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You know all my fellow blogger Jessica! Her fav is the Cloud Nine custom stationery. Love the idea of a custom card but want to see more designs? Never fear, click on the card and see our plethora of designs!

Highlighters and pencils 21The pencils were chosen as top pick by Wilson W. the warehouse warrior! Alliteration at its best :). They are always handy at his desk to take notes. Shown above with our highlighters!

Gift EnclosureThe gift enclosures are a perfect way to send a note to your families and friends. They are small and easy store. Angie D. chose them not only for the fun notes, but for the box she can easily reuse.

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Last but not least, my favorite! I adore the playing card set! You get two decks and a score pad all bundled together in a sturdy gift box. They are too fun!

Now its your turn to explore our website and let me know your favorite Lifeguard Press Product!!

-Karen P.