Friday, May 09, 2008

Looky: new Laini's Ladies goodies!

The other day I got my shipment of samples of the new product: candles, bookmarks, and sticky notes along with the new cards and ladies. I love getting samples. It's kind of like Christmas. (Speaking of kind-of-like-Christmas, the other day I got 2 boxes in the mail from bloggy ladies. One was full of all kinds of candy and maple syrup, from the delightful blue poppy, the other two awesome "fairy cupcake" mugs from Meg -- though I have to give one of them to Alexandra. Sure, Meg, I'll pass that mug right along. Sure. Wink wink. No, I will. Thank you ladies for the packages of fun!)

Here's what the new sticky notes look like. They come in awesome little boxes:

And some of the many bookmark designs:



(There are lots more here.) (If you happen to be the bookmark-orderer for Barnes & Noble or Target or something, please place a gigantic order now.)

I need to design some new ladies now, like right now, which is. . . interesting timing considering the revisions in progress. But isn't that just the way things happen? Any quote requests? My mind is wide open right now. It's quite a challenge coming up with good Laini's Ladies quotes. Things to consider:

- Can't be by someone alive and likely to sue.

- Must have a fairly wide appeal.

- Must be either funny or uplifting.

- Must be relatively short.

- And finally, must have that certain undefinable awesomeness that makes you want to hang it in your house and reread it often. It's tricky. Ideas? Here's an example of one that, although I really really really love it, may not be a keeper. I'm being told people don't get it, which worries me a little. There's obviously not enough reading of Jane Austen novels OR enough appreciation of silliness going on out there!

17 comments:

Q said...

I like the "Too Many Books" one--I am book-addled too.

Alex S said...

Here is a quote by Pattywack Winchell:

"The donut is a donut is a donut."

OR

this one, by Polly Puffinhagel:

"Be like the oak tree. Be quiet."

OR, theres this one, your all-time favorite, which you still have yet to use, for some strange reason, by Tadpole Toolytootie:

"Be your own David Copperfield, forever pulling white rabbits out of your mouth, so long as they are live ones!"

I heard from your mom that in the next line they want to use ONLY my face. I'll try to stop by asap so you can get some good new recent shots.
P.S. LOVE the candles! LOVE the stickies! LOVE the bookmarks! They are going to do superb!( I'm using one of the new bookmarks to read Anne Coulter's great new book you love so much!)

Anonymous said...

i love this quote:
"the most wasted of all days is one without laughter" by e e cummings

or this one:
there is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love."
by christopher morley

beautiful new laini's ladies! i will definitely order some!

Heather said...

Not sure if this is too long, but this has been a fave of mine forever:

"And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation" - Khalil Gibran

I also really like these ones by him:

"Your friend is your needs answered"

and

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself."

Sigh. I heart him!

Elise Murphy said...

How 'bout:

"To let oneself be carried on passively is unthinkable" - Virginia Woolf

OR

"The story becomes the book of the living, like a blaring trumpet that raises from the tomb those who have been dust for centuries"
-Umberto Eco

Stephanie Perkins said...

I LOVE the silly bunny ears Jane Austen lady! (And I keep the writing muse next to my desk. She makes me so happy. Sometimes I ask her questions like, "Does this chapter suck?" and "How can I make it stop sucking?")

Here are some favorites:

"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramon Jimenez

"I am still learning." - Michelangelo

"We read to know we are not alone." - C.S. Lewis

"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate." - George Burns

Gina said...

Hmmm. First, congrats on the new stuff! Good puzzle for quotes. Love such a challenge, but...so many choices. Maybe some possibles?
"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."
e.e. cummings
"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway."
-Mary Kay Ash
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
-Mark Twain
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."
-Francis Bacon
"To me faith means not worrying."
-John Dewey
"The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Earth laughs in flowers."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A mistake is simply another way of doing things."
-Katharine Graham
"Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup."
-Sara Teasdale
"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
-Erma Bombeck
"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."
-Marlene Dietrich
"Patience is the companion of wisdom."
-Saint Augustine
"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."
-Helen Keller
"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
-Susan Ertz
"Life itself still remains a very effective therapist."
-Karen Horney
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
-E.B. White

megg said...

Oh, Laini! I'm your girl! I have SO many quotes - I have been collecting them in books since I was 13. When I am in Canada in two weeks I will pull a bunch together for you for future needs!! but in the meantime here are a few... the trouble is I don't know if the writers are alive or dead...

1. This one is my FAVORITE!!

To change one's life:
-Start immediately
-Do it flamboyantly
-No exceptions
-William James

2.
"You must ask for what you truly want.
Don't go back to sleep.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep."
-Rumi

3. We don’t see things as they are, but rather as we are.
- Anais Nin

4. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.” - Goethe
(I think you've used this one already!)

5. You become responsible, forever,
for what you have tamed.
-Antoine de Saint Exupery

6. I am eager to ripen. - Herman Hesse

7. Don't go anywhere. I beg you; The Moon you are looking for is inside you." -Rumi

8. (THis one is DELICIOUS!)
Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
- Hafiz

9. The wold has become lovelier.
Herman Hesse

10. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

11. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
- Mae West

12. You live but once, you might as well be amusing." - Coco Chanel

13.
Do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
-Benjamin Franklin

14.
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
- Simone deBeavoir

15. Thoughts are but dreams 'til their effects be tried.
- Shakespeare

16. A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
- Emerson

17.
Insist on yourself.
Never imitate.
- Emerson

And that's only the ones I have in front of me!!

Calandria said...

Ok, you have so many awesome quotes here already. But I want to tell you I LOVE that Jane Austen quote! People don't get it? What?

Afton said...

Maybe you can hold onto this one until Steve Martin dies because I really love it...

Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.

stephanieburgis said...

Oh, I love the Jane Austen/bunny ears lady! Of course, I'm just a huge Jane Austen fan in general...but wow, I'd love to buy that one!

Stacy said...

I read this quote today at Divine Sparks:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

— Dr. Seuss

tinker said...

I'm just catching up - hope I'm not too late, to throw some quotation nominations in the ring:

The adventures first… explanations take such a dreadful time.
~Lewis Carroll (said by the Gryphon, in ...Wonderland)

-Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
~ Lewis Carroll (said by the Queen, in Through the Looking Glass)

Probably more - but since you're probably working on a deadline, I'll just leave it at the first two to come to mind.

The new products are looking great - and I think there should be much more reading of Jane Austen (and Lewis Carroll :)

Annie said...

Love the Jane Austen quote. I'm reading "Becoming Jane Austen" at the moment and this memorable quote appears in there.

Here are a few Austen quotes I like among many, of course.

"Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does."

" If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

and

"Nobody minds having what is too good for them."

Sustenance Scout said...

Love the bunny Lady!! And can't wait to buy the bookmarks! You've gotten tons of terrific suggestions here from readers; can't wait to see what you come up with. You just ooze with talent, don't you?

davesap said...

"unless" - Dr. Seuss (The Lorax) (probably too obscure, but I have always thought it would make a good license plate)

"Too much of everything is just enough for me" -- Mae West (that may not be the exact quote)

Another of my favorite quotes probably would be tougher thematically for Laini's Ladies, but I offer it anyway:
"You say I contradict myself. So I contradict myself. I am full. I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman

Alta said...

I thought of this quote when I started reading your blog, especially as it fits the title. Its one of my all-time favourites!

Quote by Peter Schuman,
creator of the ‘Bread and Puppet theatre’

“I think, people can’t live without wings.”

Your blog motivated me a lot and got me going again after a long drought! Thanks!