On the road with Al Paradise and Dave Moriarty

Today we stayed overnight at Travelers Campground in Alachua, Florida in the very last space available. The hosts were VERY kind and they even showed Alice the animals they keep there. The camp was totally packed, and the little family and I went for a walk, a few laps around the park with Alice and her trike. We looked at the vibrant moss, the beautiful species of trees and vegetation that was new to us, and all of the charming little setups of all the full-timers. Some people had signs outside of their RVs with their name, welcome mats, astroturf laid out under awnings with grills, chairs, everything you’d imagine for the perfect home away from home.

We put 625 miles behind us today from Florida to Tennessee, and I’m hoping we make it all the way home to Omaha tomorrow so I can do something social for New Year’s Eve. If we find some good antique stores or get otherwise sidetracked I could be ringing in the new year with my family in the motorhome! And that’s fine too!

I’ve been working on my manuscript a lot on this drive. Sitting at a little table and watching the cars and trees pass out the window next to me, with a Diet Coke and a few snacks. I’m agonizing over this like I used to languish over my homework assignments, not because I don’t want to do it but because the pressure of deadlines makes me doubt the quality of my work. Ughhhhhh I need another month. But I’ve had so long already. But you can’t force the process. But at some point you have to. But but, hem haw. My friends who have written books before say that at a point you just have to decide what you’ve done is good enough for now and let the editor get into it. All of this work is going to be so worth it. I can’t wait to finally see this bad boy in print!

xx
meg

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  • Jillian

    That Airstream with the Christmas lights!!! That’s my dream camping experience.

Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.

Hello Holiday is hiring an intern.

Hello Holiday is hiring a college marketing intern and we're doing interviews this week and next week.

Progress report: A muted jewel tone bouquet

I've got the thread pile and pincushions back out on my lap and I've got a bazillion movies queued up on Netflix, and that can only mean one thing--I'm back in the saddle doing some more bridal bouquets! Here are some flowers I finished tonight that shows the first phase finished. Next come the buttons, choosing the perfect color and shape for each flower to compliment the bride's vision for the color and tone of the bouquet. After that, each flower gets stemmed and arranged, and then I start working on filler flowers and leaves which are added last. The colors used in these flowers might seem kind of all-over-the-place, but once the buttons are added and they're arranged together, it will look very cohesive.

New for March: My favorites!

It's that time of year when we're starting to get a lot of new things into the shop, but this season is even more exciting to me because so many of our designers are brand new to us as well. I'm noticing a theme throughout my favorite picks--lots of words and messages. I generally think it's good to let your clothes speak for themselves, that they don't need to speak for you, but a playful message here and there (especially one of our enamel lapel pins on a conservative business suit?) can be memorable in a good way.

sent from the phone of megan hunt

1. A skull and crossbones drawn by Alice. "It means 'Pirate.'" 2. Before dinner with Rebecca Forsyth at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, my favorite restaurant ever. Maybe we'd had a few by that point. I think Rebecca looks so gorgeous here! A true living doll.
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