Things I Learned This Week

Foxes…Foci? Are the cutest thing ever- second only to lambs (and Grace) but more on that later. But I knew about their cuteness.

But did you know in London there are city foxes?

Sounds like this: 


But no really…It’s a big enough thing to be a problem. 

Is it just me or do London problems seem a bit, I don’t know, more stylish? Proper? It’s like their taxis- even their rodents are cuter. Thanks to British Twitter follower Tiffany for this fun fact.

On a COMPLETELY different note. I have to share with you this story a lady who came into the store yesterday told me. She was browsing our selection of books, and decided on a book on New Orleans. She told me that she had lived in Houston all her life (she was probably late 60s) and had never been to New Orleans until last month, when she went to go meet her girlhood pen pal from Australia for the first time. The girls had written each other letters from 1968-1972 before losing touch. A few months ago the lady was cleaning out her attic and found the stacks of letters- which she described as a time capsule of life in Australia and Texas in turbulent times as the girls tried to tell each other about their lives a world apart- and was inspired to get back in touch with her old friend. She searched classmate sites, the girls school alumni services, to no avail until she remembered that the girls brother was in medical school during their correspondence and while the girl had likely married and changed her name, his would be the same. Sure enough, she found the brother, emailed him, and after the lady scanned a few of the letters to prove she was legit, he put the former pen pals in touch. They have resumed their handwritten correspondence, and decided to meet for the first time last month in New Orleans.

Pretty incredible, right?

Not to mention, totally fulfilled a very specific fantasy I had about being a shop owner, getting to meet wonderful charming people and hear great stories about their lives. Very Shop Around The Corner.


Also, in shop news. We shipped out our first bedding web orders yesterday. Crib sheets are in, printed queen duvets are supposed to come in next week. I am really hopeful we will have enough of everything in to ship out all orders before Christmas. How cute is our packaging? Not to mention, how cute are they paired with our jellycats? More gift ideas from Biscuit and beyond next week.

Finally. Did you see the new Rue?It was like…cuteness porn for me. Lambs EVERYWHERE!!!!!!

Pretty much all I want for Christmas, and every day.

But for more things I want for Christmas- and Pete and Grace and stocking stuffers and gifts by price range, we are having Gift Guides Galore next week.

And I have to say Thank You to PaperCity for the lovely feature on the store in this months issue, Ballard for tweeting about our HGTV feature, CitySearch Houston, and Jenna Kingman for her post and beautiful pictures of the store! Lots of love coming our way, and I am very thankful.

So how did I do this week? Are the posts more on track with the Peppermint Bliss action you favor? I hope so, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Kelly November 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Loved your posts this week, Bailey! A nice mix of personal, Biscuit, design work, and fun stuff.

    I can only imagine the pressure you feel trying to be world’s best mommy, wife, store-owner, designer, blogger, etc. I think you’re juggling it all with grace and hope you don’t put too much pressure on yourself in the process. You wear so many hats and you do it well!

  2. Rita November 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Ah! I miss working in a shop- I loved meeting new people and hearing their stories!

    Content this week has been great, but I loved hearing all about biscuit and everything else too!

  3. Liz November 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Loved the posts this week! Ditto Kelly’s comment above, it was a good mix. I like how you keep this blog real. It’s about design, but it’s also a journal of your life – congrats & thanks for the fun content.

  4. Kelly November 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Yes, this post is wonderful! I don’t mind all the Biscuit news but it’s so fun to see your perspective on the wide world! Also that pen-pal story? Love that.

  5. Upcycled Home November 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I love the Biscuit side but I really love seeing your client designs too. And I put a Jellycat in my Amazon basket for my littlest, but now that I know you have them I will order from you instead. Gotta support the Shop Around the Corner! :-)

  6. Katie Wendel November 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    You (and your posts this week) are the!

  7. Francie November 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love fox art (and foxes), and really enjoyed the posts this week!

  8. Sara November 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Have you seen these…I want them all! Love your blog.

  9. Lisa December 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I agree with you, the foxes running through London are way more charming than the coyotes running though my neighborhood…Braeswood Place/ West University-not kidding! My husband saw 2 running down the street the other night.

    Hoping to make it over to Biscuit soon. Have loved reading all about it. Pen-pal story is amazing.

  10. Lizzy December 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Bailey!

    amazing week on peppermint bliss. btw- I think you might love this little foxy. I want it for christmas- hope you like it as much as I do!

  11. Lizzy December 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Bailey!

    amazing week on peppermint bliss. btw- I think you might love this little foxy. I want it for christmas- hope you like it as much as I do!

  12. jackie jade December 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    great posts! those lambs are super cute and now i’m brainstorming ways i can incoporate lambs into my decorating… keep up the always fab work!

  13. Geri December 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    You will be happy to know the Duvets will be shipping out middle of the week to you.
    I love your posts. Have a great week !!!

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