Vacation Mode: On!

Vacation Mode: On

Hello! I’d like to share that I will be taking a little hiatus from 9/21 - 10/21 to get married and enjoy our honeymoon (!!!). In order to be fully present during this special time, I have decided to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode.

If you are a wholesale buyer, please note that all wholesale fulfillment will come to a halt starting this Friday and continuing until 10/21. You will still have the ability to place orders, either through the wholesale shop or by email, but they will not be shipped until my return.

As a one-woman show, it’s a tad daunting to take a step back like this, but life is calling and I can’t resist the urge to take some time for myself and soon-to-be husband. I greatly appreciate your patience during this period and expect to return later this fall with tons of creative energy and a very full heart.

- Ashley

Palm Springs Travel Guide

Palm Springs Travel Guide | Evermore Paper Co.

This past Memorial Day weekend, Travis and I jetted off to Palm Springs for a relaxing adventure in the desert. We usually take camping trips this time of year, but after how much we enjoyed last year's trip to Miami, we wanted to take a similar approach to help ease us into the summer months. Thankfully, there were still plenty of outdoor activities to embrace and when mixed with great dining and poolside relaxing, we found ourselves in the best of both worlds. 

 The Mediterranean pool at Korakia

STAY
We stayed at Korakia Pensione in the Thessaly Suite. The ornate grounds, charming rooms, quiet ambiance and daily brunch surpassed all of our expectations. It's the perfect place if you're looking to unwind in a more peaceful setting and we wish we could have stayed longer. 

 The prettiest bougainvillea on the grounds of Korakia
 Moroccan vibes at Korakia

EAT + DRINK
Workshop Kitchen + Bar - Amazing drinks and food made even better by our awesome bartender.
Norma's - Great brunch/lunch spot in a trendy atmosphere.
Le Vallauris - Lobster ravioli. Enough said.
Truss + Twine - Try the Green Philter!
The Natural Sisters Cafe - We stopped in for some refreshing smoothies after our trip to Joshua Tree. The food looked great too!

 Valley vista along the Desert View Trail
 Joshua Tree National Park

SEE + DO
- Take a bike ride through Deepwell Estates to admire the great mid-century architecture.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway -  Hike the Desert View Trail (1.5 mi) for gorgeous valley vistas.
- Joshua Tree National Park - Just a short drive away for scenic views and great hikes. We went up Ryan Mountain for the views and then over to Hidden Valley to take in the cool rock formations.

Palm Springs Travel Guide | Evermore Paper Co.
 Desert vibes all around

We loved every minute of our stay and like any trip, had a tough time squeezing in everything that we wanted to do. Here are a few things on out list for next time, because I think it's safe to say we will be heading back sooner rather than later.

- Drinks at Bootlegger Tiki - You can't go wrong with a Tiki bar!
- Dinner at Birba - Chill looking scene
Dune Buggy Rentals - We saw this on our way out and were so sad to have missed it
- Dinner at Mister Parker's
- Hike through Tahquitz Canyon 
- Check out more of the local galleries and mid-century vintage shops

Evermore is heading abroad!

I'm excited to announce that Travis and I are headed to London for three months starting September 10th. September 10th...as in a week from this Saturday! I'm pretty much bursting with excitement and it's been so hard keeping this a secret, but I've been waiting for all the details to fall into place before sharing the news.

 Image via Renee Kemps

Image via Renee Kemps

The reason for our trip is so that Travis can help his company open their new office. Obviously, I couldn't resist the chance to tag along, especially since we've been hoping for an opportunity like this for years. It's been a goal of mine to get Evermore to a place where I could work remotely and/or travel for an extended period of time and I can't believe that time has finally come. Abbey, my awesome and energetic sister, will be taking over my shipping responsibilities and managing my inventory and I could not be more thankful. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the systems we've put in place will allow business to continue as normal while I'm away and give me the peace of mind to focus on new work and the business end of things. This announcement may seem a little sudden, but it's something I've worked on for the better portion of this year and I know that I am leaving things in the best hands possible. I also put together this little FAQ (mostly for my lovely stockists) to help answer any additional questions. 

With that said, I would love to hear your suggestions. We are starting out in an airbnb in Bethnal Green with plans to look for something more permanent once we arrive. What are your favorite restaurants, parks, coffee shops, neighborhoods and things to do? Also, we hope to squeeze in a few side trips, so please share your recommendations for those as well. Bath, Bruges, the Peak District, Edinburgh and Amsterdam are all at the top of our list. Lastly, I'll be covering our journey with #evermoretravels and sharing more of the day-to-day activities on my personal Instagram account, which is @ashleykukulski. I hope you'll follow along!

3 Easy Margarita Recipes + A Free Download

Margarita Recipe card download for Cinco de Mayo from Evermore Paper Co.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I never met a margarita I didn't like. It's often my go-to drink and one that I like to experiment with at home. Today I am sharing my three favorites: classic, grapefruit and coconut. I also created a free recipe card download for each so that you can give them a try yourself. The best part is that each uses 5 ingredients or less and are super easy to make. All you need to get this fiesta started is a glass juicer, shaker, some ice and a strainer. You can find the full recipes below along with the free recipe card download and some tips for making the best margarita ever. Enjoy!

Classic margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.
Grapefruit margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.
Coconut margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.

MARGARITA RECIPE CARD DOWNLOAD

Click here to download the margarita recipe cards. I recommend using thick 8.5 x 11" card stock. Each final card will measure 4 x 6" and I included guide lines to assist with the trimming.
 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • After juicing the fruit, I often strain it once through a mesh sieve or tea strainer to remove any pulp. 
  • Use a lime to wet the rim of your glass before adding salt to it and serve in an old-fashioned glass, like this.
  • For a spicier option, replace the agave nectar or simple syrup with a jalapeno-infused simple syrup or add cayenne pepper to your salted rim
  • Use larger ice cubes to prevent your drink from becoming watered down. I recommend these.
     

RECIPE SOURCES

These recipes have been adapted from the ones found here and here

Save The Letter: 30 Prompts for Handwritten Notes

In celebration of National Letter-Writing Month, the teams behind Egg Press and Hello!Lucky cards launched a campaign encouraging others to write 30 letters during the month of April. Over the last 3 years, the write_on movement has grown to include thousands of participants and I am excited to finally become one of them. I hope that you will join me in writing 30 letters this month and in an effort to motivate us both, I created a list of 30 fun prompts to help us get started. If you're feeling up to the challenge, please be sure to tag your posts with #write_on. Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a set of some of my greeting cards. 

30 Letter-Writing Prompts via Evermore Paper Co.

30 PROMPTS FOR HANDWRITTEN NOTES:

1. Share a memory
2. Describe your perfect day
3. Draw a picture of your surroundings
4. Give a compliment
5. Tell a story
6. Share your favorite recipe
7. Tell a joke
8. List 3 good things that have happened lately
9. Share a secret
10. Explain why you're happy they're in your life
11. Recap what you did this past weekend
12. Describe a recent dream
13. Give or seek advice
14. Describe what you're most thankful for
15. Share your favorite quote
16. Apologize for a past mistake
17. Make plans for your next outing together
18. Give thanks for something they did for you
19. List an adjective for each letter of their name
20. Describe your daily routine
21. Share your current goals
22. Encourage them to overcome an obstacle
23. Describe something that reminds you of them
24. Show your support for them
25. Share an interesting fact you recently learned
26. Describe something new you recently tried
27. List 5 of your current favorite things
28. Share something you're afraid of
29. Tell them about your role model
30. Describe your favorite place

National Letter-Writing Month Giveaway

Tomorrow marks the start of National Letter-Writing Month. I realize these days there's a day, week or month dedicated to celebrating just about anything, but this is one of the few that serves a greater purpose. I mean, yes, National Donut Day (it's June 3rd) is great, but what good does stuffing my face with donuts all day really do? I look at National Letter-Writing Month as an opportunity for all of us to think about how we communicate with the important people in our lives and revisit the sometimes forgotten art of handwritten correspondence. I believe that taking the time to write a note can be very relaxing because it offers us the chance to slow down, disconnect, and create something with a lasting impact that can be revisited over and over again. It's something that I would like to put more effort into this month and I hope you'll do the same. To make it a little easier for you, I am hosting a giveaway for four of my greeting cards. Please see the details below on how to enter.

National Letter-Writing Month Giveaway | Evermore Paper Co.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me what it is that you love most about sending or receiving snail mail. The deadline to enter is 12am CST on Tuesday, April 5 and I will announce the winner later that day. You may also enter via Instagram and Facebook. The winner will be selected at random and notified privately to confirm their mailing address. Please note that this giveaway is restricted to US residents only.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kate of The Shop Files who was selected as the winner! And thank you to all those that participated!