December 03, 2020

2020 Holiday Card Exchange is HERE!

 

Tis' finally here my letter loving friends, our 8th annual holiday card exchange!! You know what that means right...? 2020 is almost outta here!!!

As much as this year has been a real bear (and that's a disservice to bears), it's also taught us a lot of lessons. One of them is that we're realllly scrappy. And that we're a tight knit team.

The most fun part of 2020 for us has been re-launching our YouTube channel and dreaming up fun, inspiring and informative videos for all of you. So...let us announce officially the 2020 exchange with this festive video for your viewing pleasure!

We hope you enjoy it! It certainly brought some joy and cheer to us while making it. And those things are MUCH NEEDED this year.

So why don't we exchange some holiday cards? This year, we've chosen to use one of our new cards of the season, our Cactus Seasons Greetings Sticker Card. Our addressing this year is fun, coordinating with the card to look like a present! As always it will be hand addressed by our in house expert, Bailey Amon Rivera.

Here's the scoop: You add us to your mailing list and send us a hand addressed (practice that calligraphy and handlettering folks!) holiday card and we'll have our resident calligrapher, Bailey Amon Rivera mail ours back from US! Sound like a plan?

 

The details: Mail your card to Bailey at:
 
Antiquaria
℅ Bailey Amon Rivera
5654 S. Prince Street, STE A
Littleton, Colorado 80120 
 
Be sure to include your preferred return address (in addition to the one on the envelope-you know how the mail can be) so that we can mail ours in return! 

We are SO looking forward to hearing from you. Now it will actually be FUN to check the mail:) Yay! Let's make 2020 the BEST exchange yet!


Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey
Find us on Instagram @antiquariadesign @antiquariabailey and @antiquariaemma and tag your pics #longlivesnailmail and #antiquariaholidayexchange2020


 



November 30, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty-Five

Happy Monday Journal Gang,

Refreshed and basking in the afterglow of the Holiday - how about you? Did you have a lovely Thanksgiving? We hope you were able to slow down, eat some great food and enjoy the holiday. What was your favorite dish this year? So hard to choose a favorite! It’s a lot of fun to experiment and find ways to put a custom touch on classic favorites. Looking at you, green bean casserole

This week we greet the first day of December..December 2020. We’ve made it! Phew. One more month until we bid adieu to all 365 days of this wild ride of a year. There are so many things to reflect on, and we’ll touch on those a bit more as we approach the New Year. Definitely a lot to process, and new ways of thinking moving forward.


December is a standout month of the year, for good reason. There’s a feeling of excitement, anticipation, leveling up on the cozy vibes, sending out and receiving snail mail (our favorite - watch out for details on our Holiday Card Exchange, Dec 3rd!) and planning and making gifts for all our favorite people. So much to do - and so many ways to do them! We’re finding the holiday planning, baking and decorating feel especially refreshing to anticipate and dive into this year. It honestly feels like a nice, cheerful thing to focus on. Can you relate? 


There are often so many things going on this time of the year, it can feel a little (a lot) overwhelming. We thought this week would be a good chance to have a little fun planning and preparing in our journals!


Do you love to decorate? Jot down some decor ideas, or even try out a mood board with paints and collage, if art journaling is your thing. Can’t wait to bake all. the. things? Write out your favorite recipes and who you’d like to share treats with! DIYing some gifts, or brainstorming other gift ideas? Explore all your plans and keep track of your progress. Lots of ways to get organized and excited!

We hope your start to the new month is wonderful, and sets a comforting tone for the rest of your year. 


Happy Journaling,

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team

November 23, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty-Four

Hey Journal Gang,

Happy Monday, and welcome to the week of Thanksgiving! One of the coziest (and busiest!) weeks of the year. We always look forward to this holiday. All of the traditional foods and sharing them together - what could be better? This year of course, (saying this yet again!) it’s going to be a bit different than we’re accustomed to. Smaller celebrations, staying closer to home, and perhaps even some changes to the menu. That being said, just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it can’t still be special! How are you planning to make Thanksgiving 2020 memorable, despite the circumstances? What dish are you most excited to make? Let us know in the comments!

We’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude, how our perceptions have changed throughout this year and the importance of finding reasons to be grateful, even in (especially in) challenging times. Pondering the array of things we potentially took for granted in simpler times (sorry for anything bad we said about you, 2019!), silver linings of this year in our lives, the importance of social relationships and keeping strong connections; the blessing of our most basic needs being met. All of these things come to mind! Being grateful isn’t blind to hardships or struggles; it’s more like seeing everything through a wide lens, and building a solid foundation of gratitude to weather through the storms.

How has this year changed your perception of the things in your life that you’re grateful for? What are you feeling most thankful for this week? It will be interesting to refer back to our entries from last Thanksgiving, and see how our new reflections compare. Take a few moments this week and enjoy spending time with your journal.

We hope that you have a wonderful, safe week full of rest, good food, gratitude and warm feelings.

Happy Journaling and Happy Thanksgiving! 

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team 

November 16, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty-Three

 


Hey Journal Gang,

Happy Monday to you, friends ❤ Which prompt did you end up choosing as your inspiration for the one-year anniversary entry? We really enjoyed the haiku and simple living prompts!

November seems to be flying by at warp speed. Who else is so looking forward to the holidays?? We aren’t exactly sure what they are going to look like this year (per usual), and we won’t get to see as much family as we wish we could..but we’re determined to make the most of them. We’re making cozy at-home holiday plans and feel super excited about having something to look forward to. Can you relate?

We may or may not be jumping on the holiday lights and decorations train super early this year…they just brighten things up and bring a little touch of much needed joy! Definitely something we could all use more of these days. It’s just lending a new appreciation for those simple parts of life that bring a smile and a warm vibe.


What things always bring you comfort in the down and good times? Maybe it’s friends and family. It’s hard because that’s true for so many, but also, many of us are separated from each other this year. It’s tough, but we hope you have found (and continue to find) ways to grow and feel a sense of comfort, even as we face the unknowns of this upcoming winter season.


“May your troubles be less

Your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

Come through your door”


Stay safe, be well and 
as always, Happy Journaling to you!
xoxo

The Antiquaria Team 


November 09, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty-Two

Hey Journal Gang!

Time. Flies. We’re a bit stunned to realized that this is the one year anniversary of launching the Antiquaria Journal Club! So much has happened. It’s been such a fun journey sharing these prompts with you along the way, and we hope you’ve found some joy partaking in the art of journaling alongside us. Thank you so much for following along, reading our posts and sharing your journals with us throughout this adventure. ❤It really means a lot to us, and we love seeing your work!

We thought it would be fun to do a little throwback and remember alll 52 prompts from this year. Every week a memory, and a chance to explore new thoughts and techniques. 


So..What was your very favorite prompt from the past year? What did you enjoy about it? Take a peek at the full list below, and roll with whatever is currently inspiring you the most! 


  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What are you thankful for?
  3. Describe your day in 3 words
  4. What's inspiring you?
  5. What's the weather like today?
  6. What are your holiday traditions?
  7. Make a list of your favorite 2019 memories
  8. What are your intentions for 2020?
  9. What things are you interested in learning about?
  10. Color theme of the week: Blue
  11. What is your mood today?
  12. Describe your day with a haiku 
  13. What are your self care practices?
  14. What do you love about Winter?
  15. What's on your bucket list?
  16. What are you looking forward to?
  17. What do you love about Spring Forward?
  18. What do you appreciate about your friends and family?
  19. What have been your silver linings during this tough time?
  20. What's your personal mantra today?
  21. What was the best part of your day, vol.2
  22. Write a letter to your future self
  23. Nature and Journaling: Outdoor scavenger hunt
  24. How are you embracing kindness this week?
  25. Make a list of your favorite Mom memories
  26. What are your strengths? List 7 things you excel at
  27. What are 3 things you're looking forward to today?
  28. Write a list of Summer to-dos: Quarantine edition
  29. Describe your day in 5 words
  30. Write about what changes you'd like to see in the world
  31. Describe your dream ______
  32. What were your highs and lows this week?
  33. Make a list of your favorite things
  34. What recipe is your current go-to?
  35. Art Therapy/Moods in color
  36. Accomplishments you're proud of this year? 
  37. Haiku-revisited
  38. What are you ready to let go of?
  39. Show your Stickers/Washi! Create a fun spread using things in your toolbox
  40. What are you most looking forward to in Autumn?
  41. What simple pleasures do you enjoy most?
  42. What have been your highlights of the Summer?
  43. How do you strive for balance in your life?
  44. What are your favorite cozy weather hobbies?
  45. What changes have you experienced lately?
  46. What is the weather like today?
  47. What are 7 things on your Fall 2020 bucket list?
  48. Write about a time someone helped you
  49. What have you been thriving on lately?
  50. Make a Halloween themed spread
  51. What are your hopes for the next year (or 4?)
  52. Wildcard! Revisit your favorite prompt from the past year

We hope you enjoy seeing the full collection of prompts and having fun with all the options this week. Whatever you end up choosing as your inspiration - Happy Journaling! 

xoxo
The Antiquaria Team 

November 02, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty-One

 

Hey Journal Gang,


How was your Halloween?! Did you find some creative ways to celebrate this year? So fun to see how people adapted and embraced the new circumstances. Candy scavenger hunts, fancy small spooky dinners and DIY candy delivery shoot systems. That’s a ‘new normal’ Halloween for you!


It’s always nice to have some lighthearted things to look forward to, especially these days. This week is a strange one, because as we all know, the election is tomorrow. It seems as if things have been building up to this for so long - the anticipation and uncertainty of it all is a little (ok...more than a little) overwhelming. Are you feeling that too? It’s a strange time; like a bizarre grand finale to this bizarre year. With all this can come some busy thoughts! Perfect time for some journaling therapy. 


This week we encourage you to use your journal as an outlet to filter through some of those vibes of..whatever this is. Sometimes it just helps to just vent and connect words to abstract thoughts and worries, as if somehow writing them on a page takes away a bit of their power. It also helps give some perspective. 


If you’ve already voted, heck yes! We love seeing so much engagement in the process this year - it’s so amazing and important, in every election! If you haven’t voted yet, coordinate with some friends and make a plan to - there's still time! 


We aren’t sure what the future holds, but we have hope it can be brighter, with more peace and progress for us all. 


All the best, friends❤


Happy Journaling,

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team 


October 26, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifty


Hey Journal Gang,


Happy week of Halloween! We just received our annual late October snow here in Colorado and had a cozy weekend indoors. These few weeks of the year always seem to be the true marker of a shift into the cold weather/holiday season. Do you feel that way too? 


The origins of Halloween vary depending on your sources, but for some it was a marker of the end of harvest season and a commemoration of the journey of life (and death). These days, it’s an excuse to be creative, resourceful, have fun with decorations, imbibe in sweets, maybe have some drinks and visit with friends. This year, of course, it will be a bit different (looking at you, covid.)  Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, how do you usually celebrate? We thought it would be fun to just have a general Halloween (or general Fall, if Halloween isn’t your thing!) themed journal spread!


There are still plenty of ways to be festive and safe this year. Pumpkin carving, making themed baked goods, watching classic movies, embroidering spooky cute designs, an outdoor candy hunt (like easter eggs!), socially-distanced outdoor festivities, or simply staying in, being cozy and journaling about party and costume ideas for, hopefully, next year.

Speaking of hope…To our US friends - if you haven’t had the opportunity to vote yet, now is the time!! Let’s get out there at some point this week (take some friends along!), vote early and use our voices to make the difference for a better future. 
Happy Halloween, and Happy Journaling!

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team

October 19, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Forty-Nine

Hey Journal Gang,

Welcome to the third Monday in October! The weather is fully turning here, and it’s a lovely feeling. Were you able to reflect on some positive thoughts with last week’s prompt? Hopefully it lended some moments of gratitude by thinking back on times when people were there for you. And hopefully you found an opportunity to pay it forward in a small way! 


This month of the year is usually a busy one for us, and moreso this year as we figure out new ways of adapting to the world. Holiday snail mail season is gearing up, so we know the holidays are just over the horizon - starting with Halloween in just under two weeks! Always a fun holiday. School is in swing, lots of projects and new endeavors in the works, for the business, and in our own creative practices and homes as well.


How about your October? What things are filling your days as of late? Which are working for you, and which aren’t? Sometimes it helps to take a little mental inventory of what we’ve been up to and how we can adjust things in order to optimize our feelings of thriving. Sometimes we’re just hanging on in surviving mode (um, like most of this year!), and that’s ok too. It could be a sign of a need to rest and reevaluate. That's just a part of life sometimes! We're feeling hopeful and excited about the things we're working on, so that's a good sign. 


What is bringing you joy or making you excited lately? Do you have something you’ve been working on that you’d like to continue to pursue? An idea you have, but haven’t executed it yet? What activities are you most feeling these days, and why? Are things going well in your studies, at home, or at work? What things aren’t? Take a few moments to jot these things down and take note. If working in your journal is on your list of feel-good things..you’ll be ahead of the game! :)


Happy Journaling,❤

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team

October 16, 2020

They're Here! Creative Market Collections from Antiquaria


From our toolbox to yours. Emma has been working behind the scenes on our new shop at Creative Market and we're thrilled to announce that it officially launched last week!! 


What is creative market you ask? It's a marketplace devoted to resources that help designers design better. There are graphics, templates, fonts, and so much more! So without further ado, meet our debut vector graphic collections…


The Yucca Valley Graphics Collection is a simple but modern collection of hand drawn graphics inspired by the breathtaking vistas of the southwest.


These clean, modern, hand-drawn vectors are so versatile! This collection includes hand drawn elements, pre-designed landscapes, abstract shapes, and custom brushes. All high resolutions, these designs are ready to be used in your next project for branding, stationery, fabric, social media, websites, art prints, you name it!

 






October 12, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Forty-Eight




“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

Fred Rogers

Hey there Journal Gang!

May this Monday greet you with feelings of hope for the week ahead. How have you been feeling about your journaling practice lately? Hopefully it’s consistently been a useful tool to help you channel some creative energy and process emotions, no matter your journaling style. 


Did you catch the Fred Rogers, (also known as national treasure Mr. Rogers!) quote above? The concept of helping others, and being helped by others, is in my thoughts this week. No (wo)man is an island. We’ve all received help in various forms from those in our lives along the way to find ourselves at the point we are now. Our families, our friends, significant others, teachers, classmates, co-workers, doctors, workers of all kinds, non profit organizations members, and even occassionally, through random acts of kindness, total strangers in happenstance circumstances. 


Help exists in many forms and in a wide range of impacts. From foundational sacrifices our parents (and those that came before them) made to help us thrive, to the seemingly insignificant, like a friendly permissive wave in passing traffic from someone we will never meet. Emotional, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, and ways in between. None of us exist in a vacuum, but together in a society and as fellow humans! 


This concept is on the radar as the general feelings of divisiveness and tensions within our political discourse and throughout our cultural awareness are elevated. Mid-October feels like a liminal space; on the threshold of an unknown. Even so, the fact remains we are all SO much more alike than we are different. Embracing the mindset of service, helping when able and allowing oneself to humbly be helped, can allow for so much positive impact, improved relationships and overall feelings of unity. 


So, this week seemed like a good chance to think back to those in our lives who've helped us in any capacity, large or small, along the way. Goal for the week: Seek gratitude and opportunities to carry out acts of random kindness. Join us? :)


Happy Journaling!

xoxo

The Antiquaria Team 

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