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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Our First Ever Dear Lillie Contest

First, here are a few pics of my pumpkin from earlier this evening.

Why do babies get perfect complexions and long lashes? It's not fair!

And now it is time for our first ever Dear Lillie Contest!!! (And don't forget there is still plenty of time to enter our clutch and pillow give-away. Either scroll down a few posts or click here to enter).

So, for our first contest we are looking for ideas for our screenprinted items. We have several quotes we are planning on using but are always looking for more ideas. Myself, my mom and sisters all LOVE literature. And lately, my dad and even my hubby have become rather avid readers. Even Lillie likes to read:

Here she is at the bookstore
Lillie opening her first Nancy Drew on her birthday
Reading with her Moosie (my mom)
I think the only one we are still working on is my little brother! My hubby just finished two books in the past two weeks - I am soooo jealous. The thing I miss most right now is reading. Since starting Dear Lillie I haven't opened a single book =(. For our family, reading has always been almost as important as breathing for us. Growing up my parents completely spoiled us in one area - books! One of my favorite memories is going to the library! I love bringing Lillie there now. Once we had pretty much read everything in our tiny town's library, they bought us book after book after book. As I am writing this it is making me so sad. Oh, how I miss reading a good book! I used to keep a reading journal and whenever I found a quote or phrase I liked would write it down. I have referred to that for a few of the screenprinted shirts we have already done ("Hope is the thing with feathers..." by Emily Dickinson - one of my favorite poems, and a few quotes and phrases by L.M. Montgomery as well as F.Scott Fitzgerald).

So, we would love any of your ideas for quotes, verses or phrases! Or it doesn't have to be words at all, maybe just an image idea. Basically, any idea you have at all! It can be for kids, babies, or adults. If we end up using your idea you will get TWO free shirts with that quote/image (we plan on carrying a wide array of sizes and colors) and will be able to purchase any more of them for 30% off. There is no limit to this contest. We may end up picking one suggestion or ten. It just depends on how many screenprinted designs we decide to start off with. We may start off with just a few and add more as we go. So please feel free to comment below with any ideas! You can leave as many as you would like. We will contact you ahead of time if we use one of your ideas and then in August when we reopen our shop you can choose your two free shirts!

I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!


  1. How fun! I am a quote/phrase keeper. I always keep them in the back of my planners that I use for school.

    "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." - Kevin Arnold

  2. Love this contest - I add quotes to almost one of my collages that I post each time! I do the same thing as you too, when I read a line that I love, I write it down somewhere and keep it for when I know I will need it.

    Do you still make that screen tee w/ the Emily D. quote "Hope is that thing w/ feathers..."? I would LOVE that! We had a window decorating contest at school in support of breast cancer awareness and I used that quote! It was really beautiful!

    It is early here and we have a big day ahead of us, but I promise to be back soon to leave some quotes for you!

    LOVE this idea and I bet you are going read some amazing words!

    And, Lillie looks adorable as usual! LOVE that yellow dress!

  3. "It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it"........Aristotle

    "Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain"...........unknown

    And of course Ophelia, my love!
    "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts" .....Shakespeare

    Must not forget the Queen's recently overused
    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll

  4. "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

  5. " Forever Mine, Forever Thine, Forever Ours" -EBB ( Thanks Sex and the City! :)

  6. "Some of the greater things in life are unseen.
    That is why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry or dream."

    Love the new contest idea!

  7. Lille is just so precious! My quote is:

    "It is not length of life, but depth of life."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson


  8. "Well behaved women rarely make history" Marilyn Monroe

  9. I think this is great..

    "There is no remedy for love but to love more."

    and also--

    "What is this life if full of care; we have no time to stand and stare."
    -W H Davis (from a poem Leisure)

    and finally...

    “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

  10. It's amazing what can truly happen, how your life can be so grand; when you give up trying on your own, and let an angel hold your hand."
    -- Author Unknown

  11. Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.
    From: Pride and Prejudice

  12. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.
    From: Pride and Prejudice

  13. Wow! So many great quotes, everyone! Can't wait for more! I am just enjoying reading them all! Haha - now I am going to have to start thinking which ones I can come up with some good images for!

  14. I hope I can enter again...I just went through some Emily Dickinson and found my favorites!

    "Beauty is not caused. It is."
    Emily Dickinson

    "Forever is composed of nows."
    Emily Dickinson


    "Dwell in possibility."
    Emily Dickinson

  15. Yes, Jamie! Enter as many times as you would like! I am loving reading all of these!

  16. "Diamonds are a girls best friends."
    - Marilyn Monroe

  17. “Consider the lilies of the field. See how they grow!” Matt. 6:28
    (This passage is close to my heart, since I often recited it during my pregnancy with my daughter Lily to remind myself not to worry.)

    “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
    (This verse would look lovely with a bird silhouette or some other woodland themed image).

    “He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.” Psalm 33:7
    (I always thought this verse would complement a simple seashell or ocean-theme image).

    “As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1
    (A silhouette of a fawn could be nice).

    This following passage is too long to be put in screenprint, but as a young mother, I find a special affinity for it and thought you find the same:

    “But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after—oh, that’s love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she’s gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She’s the one you can’t put down.” The Poisonwood Bible, pg. 382.

  18. "A dream is a wish your heart makes."
    -Cinderella, Disney

  19. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
    -Walt Disney

  20. "Love your neighbor as yourself."
    – Matthew 22:39

  21. "happy girls are the prettiest girls" - audrey hepburn

    "I'm not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful" - marilyn monroe

    "big girls need big diamonds" elizabeth taylor

  22. Long story but I am named after the actress Jennifer Jones and she played Jennie in the 1939 movie Portrait of Jennie.

    "You are never truly alive until you live and you are loved ..... then you can never really die."

  23. Jenni, what a cool idea for a contest.

    My mother used to tell me in high school to "Always be a first rate version of yourself, and never a 2nd rate version of someone else."

    I honestly thought it was mom's quote and then she told me it was actually Judy Garland's. Mom was always throwing out quotes to boost my confidence, but that one was extra special.

    LOVE the pictures of Lillie! She is such a sweet pea. I especially love those cheeks and her piggy tails. Hope you finally get a chance to read a book soon. Like you I have not had a chance to steal away to read a book in a very long time. xo

  24. What a fun give away! We are avid readers in our house and have spent the first few weeks of our summer vacation visiting the libray on all of these rainy days!!

    QUOTE--for this quote I see a little fairy or ballerina leaping? I have 2 daughters who adore both.

    " Just think lovely thoughts and they will lift you up in the air." J.M. Barrie-Peter Pan

    For the next one, a wedding, birth of a child, graduation?

    " Nothing is worth more than this day" Goethe

    Have a great day,

    Baton Rouge, LA

  25. Okay - I am really really loving some of these most recent ones and have even found a few that I have some ideas for graphically!

    Ruthie - I too love that verse about the lilies!!! We actually use that on our business cards and the back of the cards we send out with each order!

    Keep 'em coming! I am so excited and love reading each and every one of these quotes!

  26. Love something. -Andrew Wyeth

    Risk it, go for it. Life always gives you another chance. -Mary Quant

  27. Lots of wonderful quotes here! I am making a book for my daughter Morgan's b'day---so I have been looking for fabulous, girly quotes.

    Here is another of my favorites:I am using this quote in her book with a sweet little bouquet of her ballet recital flowers!

    "Little girls are a sweet new blossom of humanity fresh fallen from God's own home to flower the earth"
    William Massey

    Have a wonderful day,

    Debra & Morgan

  28. I am an avid reader and have loved it ever since I've learned. I really enjoy classic literature! :) Oooo...I have such a penchant for good quotes! In fact, I have a "Word Document" that I'm frequently adding to. Let me share a few!

    “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” - Audrey Hepburn

  29. *Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. - Dr. Seuss

    “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.” -Jim Rohn

    “Life is like photography; you develop from the negatives.”

    "A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks." ~ Charles Gordy

  30. "Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.” ~Janet Lane

    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1811

    “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”- Henry Ward Beecher

  31. "I offered you Gold, 'tis not my fault you preferred a pebble." from Luck of The Irish

  32. She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain.
    - Louisa May Alcott

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
    - Pablo Picasso

  33. My favorite quotes are both from Douglas Adams.

    "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."

    "You live and learn. At any rate, you live."

  34. Super Mom - no cape needed

    and this is my favorite of all time!

    Treasure yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today

  35. okay, me again...I was just doing my devotions this morning and was in Psalms-- here's two that struck me as nice ones:

    "With a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
    His love endures forever."
    Psalm 136:12


    "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."
    Pslam 139:13

    the first one I saw more as a men's shirt maybe like the father/child bond.

    the other would be nice as a maternity shirt, too.

  36. "a perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, & the lawnmower is broken" ~james dent

    "little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse"
    ~ Robert A. Heinlein
    *i used that one when i took pictures of lola prancing/twirling around in her tutu of yours!

    "go girl, seek happy nights to happy days"

    "what i want most for my daughter is that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that might be"
    ~helen claes
    *used that one with your tutu too!

  37. "Truth.
    It feels cool, like water washing over my sticky-hot body. Cooling a heat that's been burning me up all my life.
    Truth, I say inside my head again, just for that feeling."
    — Kathryn Stockett (The Help)

    "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." - Mitch Albom (Tuesday's with Morrie)

    "You dont love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not"
    — Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper)

    "Maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it."
    — Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper)

    "My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her."
    — Jodi Picoult

    "When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth."
    — Jodi Picoult (Handle with Care)

    "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it"
    — Nicholas Sparks (A Walk to Remember)

    "You are, and always have been, my dream."
    — Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)

    "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
    For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."
    - William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, 1.5)

    ok...just some of my favorite authors, their books, and words from them!

  38. Hi there! My sister has been a garden of quotes as of late, so I thought I'd share a few that she has shared with me:)

    "It is better to sleep on things beforehand than to lie awake about them afterward" - Baltasar Gracian

    "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly" - Anonymous (I looked for the 'quoter' but couldn't find it)

    "Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful" - Sophia Loren

    And these are some of my favorite Jane Austen quotes:)

    Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! -Jane Austen (Emma)

    One cannot have too large a party. - Jane Austen (Emma)

    Indulge your imagination in every possible flight. - Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

  39. Oh, here's another!!

    "When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything!" From the song 'Do Re Mi' from The Sound of Music

  40. Here's a few more:

    "This music crept by me upon the waters" ~T.S. Eliot

    "If I should live in a forest
    And sleep underneath a tree..." ~ Joyce Kilmer

    "Love said, "Wake still and think of me,"
    Sleep, "Close your eyes till break of day,"
    But Dreams came by and smilingly
    Gave both to Love and Sleep their way."
    ~ Sara Teasdale

  41. Here is one of my favorite quotes:

    "I fall, I stand still... I trudge on, I gain a little... I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory." -Helen Keller

  42. Here is another one of my favorites:

    "I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, That it can follow the flight of song- The song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend."
    -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  43. Ok, sorry, this will be my last post:) I have a friend who is also Queen of Quotes and here are some I gathered from her Facebook page:)

    Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is."-Mason Cooley

    "The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us."-Quentin Crisp

    "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so"-Mark Twain

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."-Mark Twain

    "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail..."-Ralph Waldo Emerson

  44. "The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
    -Nelson Henderson

  45. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank

  46. Went through some of my old quote books (I used to collect them when I was younger) and found a couple more that I like:

    "Then we sat on the edge of the earth, with our feet dangling over the side, and marveled that we had found each other." -Erick Dillard

  47. Here's another:

    "I love the sun for the day, the moon for the night, and you forever." -Henry Hadley

  48. "In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."
    --Janos Arnay

    "A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous."
    --Ingrid Bergmen

    15. "But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever."
    --Robert Burns

    "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
    --Oliver Wendell Holmes

    "The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite."
    --William Shakespeare

    I thought this would be really cute on a baby shirt.... "Somewhere there's someone who dreams of my smile..."

    . "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, I would have the whole night sky in the palm of my hand."

    "If you love me only in my dreams, let me be asleep forever."

    "Kiss me and you will see stars; love me and I will give them to you."

    "Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essense."
    --Vincent van Gogh

    . "If I know what love is, it is because of you."
    --Herman Hesse

    I have some more but I will save them for later!

  49. Love all of these, Lynndy! I actually used the Robert Burns one in my wedding program! I love that one!

  50. "I AM - the two most powerful words in the world; for whatever we put after them becomes our reality." ~Susan Howson

  51. "There are only two lasting bequests that we can hope to give to our children. One is roots, the other wings."

    ~Carter Hodding

  52. Found a couple more... :-)

    "We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time."
    -T.S. Elliott

  53. I'm enjoying looking at my old quote books!

    "There is no power of love so hard to get and keep as a kind voice. Watch it by day as a pearl of great price, for it is worth more than the finest pearl hid in the sea. A kind voice is to the heart like light is to the eye. It is a light that sings as well as shines."
    -Author Unknown

  54. "Peace begins with a smile."
    -Mother Teresa

  55. "Know, first, who you are; and then adoru yourself accordingly."
    - Epictetus

  56. "Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

    eplusjustin at yahoo dot com

  57. "Life itself is the most wonderful fairtale".

    Hans Christian Anderson

    Debra & Morgan

  58. oops--I have a typo on my above post.."y" is missing!

    It should read--

    "Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale"

    Thank you,

    Debra & Morgan

  59. Oh! I really like that one Debra & Morgan! I could look so sweet on a pale pink shirt with a vintage grey tiara picture....I would so buy that!

  60. "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." -Anne of Green Gables

  61. "Love is not something you plan, it just happens."
    — Laura Hillman

  62. "You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against."
    — Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)

  63. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
    Bernard Shaw

  64. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
    Unknown (I couldn't figure out who it was by, so many different people came up, but then I read that they weren't the authors, so I am submitting as unknown?)

  65. T. S. Elliot
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

  66. All of my kids' favorite book was "Guess How Much I Love You"

    I love the phrase "I love you to the moon and back" - Big Nutbrown Hare

    You could have a sweet picture of a child looking up at the moon or something. I have always thought that book was the sweetest way of summing up a child/parent relationship.

  67. Here is one you've NEVER heard because it's mine.

    "I am Tammy Faye Bakker in a Jackie Kennedy world"....Kathie Truitt, the colorful comical author on being asked if she felt like she fit in when she moved to Washington, DC.

  68. Love these contributions! How inspirational.

    My favorites:

    I find this one absolutely profound and touching...
    Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.
    - Margaret Shepherd

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    - Gandhi

    Bald is beautiful!
    We had a onesie personalized with this saying for my daughter, who - now 2 - still has very little hair.

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
    – Aesop

    Anytime we look in the mirror and say, "Life isn't fair," you know what else we should say? "Thank God."
    - Unknown

    When I count my blessings, I count you twice.
    - Unknown

    Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing us to reflect and smile and be inspired. Good luck everyone!

  69. A Girl should be 2 things: classy and fabulous! - Coco Chanel

    One of my favorites!! xo

  70. I am loving reading all of these! I am most likely going to be buying a new laptop this weekend and if so can't wait to get started designing some of these!

  71. It's been awhile. But I've been collecting! Here is a handful :)

    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away." -Unknown

    "A true friend is one soul in two bodies." -Aristotle

    "Even the smallest star shines in the darkness"

    "Happiness isn't a condition; it's a decision."
    -Patti Lawson

    "Ideas should be clear & chocolate thick." -Proverb

    "Sometimes you have to take the leap,
    and build your wings on the way down." -Kobi Yamada

    "When you hold back on life, life holds back on you."-Mary Manin Morrissey

    "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching." -Satchel Paige

  72. "A smile is a light in the window...which shows the heart is at home." -Maartin D. Buxbaum

    "All you need is trust and a little bit of pixie dust!" -Peter Pan

  73. I know this is probably too late but I had another couple quotes to add!

    "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "When I discover who I am, I'll be free."
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  74. "When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life." -UNKNOWN

  75. “Just because you’re leaving doesn’t mean I’m letting you go.” -peter gallagher

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