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Jan 29, 2010

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Feeling Blessed Today & It’s Better Together Recap

I love my job.
It’s funny because this week has been a very intense week for us here at Ashley Brooke Designs in all sorts good & irritating ways. I feel like this week has nurtured growth for me and us in ways I didn’t see coming. But in the midst of pure frustration there wasn’t a moment that I thought to my self I wish I wasn’t doing this (maybe I wish I had 4 arms instead of 2, but that is besides the point). I love what I do. I truly adore it. This little business is my baby and I eat, breath, sleep it. 

It is an incredible feeling to know that you’ve created something with a few markers and a sketch book. Something that has been able to help impact peoples lives, something worth taking a second glance at. Something that makes you smile, and something that is purely indulgent! 
Even on the days where my markers have run out of ink, the printer is printing only the color yellow, I’ve drank too much coffee and I can’t steady my hand enough to draw a maltipoo, my e-mail server has crashed, I think to myself… it literally doesn’t get any better than this. I love what I do. Even on the no-good-very-bad-days, I get the chance to create something from scratch and there is nothing like having an idea and making it come forth on paper. So I guess what I am trying to say is thank you! Thank you for supporting my dream of a creating stationery company, thank you. For you, I will be forever grateful! 
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Also, I wanted to attach a few photos from last nights meet-up with It’s Better Together! We had such a great time at Lure Design Studio and I personally learned a ton from the wonderful people there! They even let us screen print our own poster (SO FUN!!). And not to mention the people who attended are some of the most hard working, talented people I know, I feel so blessed and honored to be in there company!
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I was given the responsibility to come up with the name tags and business card holders for this meet up and I just love the way the finished product came out! Everything is always better together!


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Jan 28, 2010

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Assorted Table Tips

I hope this week’s topic has reminded you of some of those forgotten table manners and tips.  To finish up I’ve pulled some “assorted table tips” from Emily Post’s Etiquette. Enjoy!
–Remember to make good use of that napkin in your lap!  Wiping your fingers as necessary and blotting your lips every so often
–If you can’t seem to get a certain piece of food on your fork do NOT use your fingers to push it on to the tines.  Use a piece of bread or your knife as the pusher.
–If you use bread to sop up gravy or sauce, make the sure the bread is on the end of your fork and use your fork to eat the soaked bread–not your hands/fingers!

–When you are finished eating, do not push your plate away from you.  Also avoid saying things like “I’m stuffed” or “I’m done.”

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Jan 27, 2010

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Ashley Brooke Designs: Super Sweet Valentines!

Thank you to everyone who ordered the Valentines That Give! We ended up with a whopping 56 orders!! I’m so thrilled that we were able to support Haiti in such a fabulous way! Thank you so much and know that you made a difference!
The Valentines that Give will be shipping out this weekend!
Valentines Day is still 18 days away!! Plenty of time to order the super sweet Valentines shown below! Get your orders in today!!

Cards are sold in packs of 10 or 25 for your convenience, email me at info@ashleybrookedesigns.com to order!

Be Mine little ladies

Mr.Valentine

These are perfect for school Valentines swaps!

Secret Admirer

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Wouldn’t you love to send something sweet in the mail this year?


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Jan 27, 2010

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Coffee, Tea or Me?

Table manners extend to beverages too and today when so many meetings and social interactions take place over coffee and tea, I thought it might be good to look at specific etiquette tips associated with these yummy treats.

Four Don’ts:

1.  Your spoon should rest on the saucer or plate, do not leave it in the cup or mug

2.  Don’t take ice from your water to cool a hot drink

3.  Don’t dunk doughnuts, biscotti or anything else in your coffee, unless you are in a SUPER casual environment where that is the norm

4.  Don’t crook your pinkie when drinking from your teacup, this went out of fashion in the Victorian age.

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Jan 26, 2010

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What Do I Do When…


We’ve all been out to dinner and wondered whether it was appropriate to pick up a dropped fork or what to tell the waiter when he tried to take your unfinished plate of food.  Enjoy this advice from Emily Post on what to do in these sticky situations!
“What Do I Do When…”
I’ve dropped something?  Don’t pick up dropped utensil unless its impeding traffic or causing a problem.  Likewise your napkin can stay on the floor.  Just kindly ask your waiter to replace what has been dropped.
I have spinach in my teeth? Running your tongue over your teeth or being notified by discreetly by a table mate might bring this to your attention.  If you can wipe your teeth with your napkin unnoticed do so, if not excuse yourself.
I knock over my drink?  Immediately set the glass upright and apologize to everyone.  Do not try and scrounge around on the floor to get ice, etc.  Discreetly call the waiter for extra napkins to blot up the mess.
The waiter tries to whisk my plate away?  Don’t hesitate to say “Oh, I haven’t finished,” even if he’s on his way to the kitchen.  If you are done but don’t want to rush the rest of the table, you can say “If you don’t mind, please wait until everyone’s finished before you clear the plates.”


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Jan 25, 2010

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Dining and Entertaining

I thought we’d get back to basics this week and take a look at some good old fashioned table manners.  Particularly if you have a Valentine’s date coming up, it is always nice to make a good impression at the dinner table, whether your out and about or in someone’s home.  Having good table manners allows everyone to focus on the meal and conversation rather than the distractions of someone’s poor table manners. Let’s review some examples of a table setting:

If you are ever overwhelmed by your place setting, remember that when it comes to utensils, you always work from the outside in.  There is never more than three of any element (unless there’s an oyster fork, making 4 forks in a formal setting) and the cutting edge of the knife always faces in toward the plate.
(content via Etiquette by Emily Post 17th ed. and photo credit)


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