From Germany

Greetings from Berlin, Germany! As I have limited internet and only my small phone, I won’t be updating until I return from my trip. So I wish everyone a WONDERFUL holiday week and Happy New Year! For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas! I leave you with three photos I just took earlier today at Potsdamer Plaz, a famous town square and public intersection, formerly used as a military transport center before World War I.

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Fine Ice Cream Tucked Away on Rivington

We’re always on the lookout for good dessert, aren’t we? It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 degrees outside – Many people are willing to (or even craving!) to hold an ice cream cone, stand in the cold, and shiver while they indulge in their sweet tastings and important conversations. Both unique in its own ways, two of my favorite ice cream places include Smitten and Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco. Though I have only gone twice so far, this New York ice cream parlor below definitely has its specialties too!

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A friend of mine asked me one day at the gym (I know… how ironic!) if I had ever been to Morgenstern’s. She showed me this bright white ice cream parlor tucked away in the middle of a quiet Rivington street between Chrystie and Bowery. I took a look at the unique menu and knew I just had to return!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the holiday giveaway this week! I really enjoyed being surprised with all the entries and letting Rafflecopter generate a random winner! So now, the big announcement…

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Congratulations, Lisa Y!!  Please check your email inbox for more information regarding your big prize!

Thanks again to everyone for entering and stay tuned to another giveaway (and a new web look) in the new year! A special thanks to Wendy Fung for generously giving away this beautiful set.

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Who’s the creator behind the giveaway??

So last Thursday, I had a chance to create art at Etsy’s monthly craft night and had an interview with Wendy of Wendy Fung Calligraphy, the talent behind the giveaway! I’ve known Wendy since our days at LaGuardia High School and she is one incredible artist! Now, she is blooming in a different style of art in her life, and I was happy to hear about how she became a calligrapher. Here’s my interview with her – take your time to learn about who she is and the inspiration behind her illustrations and calligraphy. Be sure to enter the raffle to win her illustrated holiday card set worth $20!

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Tell me a little about yourself. 

Hmm… where do I start? Well, my name is Wendy Fung and my background is in fine art. I’m currently a freelance graphic designer and calligrapher. I’m a bookaholic, too! I love museums and visiting new places. Bright colors make me smile, and a cup of tea in the morning always gets me going. 

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Celebrating Lilspirations’ 1 Year With a Giveaway!

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I simply can’t believe how quick a year has passed! My husband and I came up with the idea of using this blog as a way of sharing things that I found inspiring in life, through events, food, and people. Though I didn’t really become active with this blog until the second half, it has been so much fun interacting with new people, new places, and new readers! Thank you all for being MY inspiration in continuing with this blog. I couldn’t have done it without your support!!

So.. to celebrate, I have a little surprise for you! Two months ago, I teamed up with Jen Sharkey from Sharkey’s Cafe in Chinatown, NY to give away an exclusive free lunch, and Jen picked the winner who created a name for her new sandwich.

This time, this giveaway will give you some holiday cheer (and a lot of oohs, ahhs, and hugs from 5 lucky people in your life!)

CLICK FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY: HANDMADE SET OF HOLIDAY CARDS

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I’m so excited to be teaming up with my dear friend Wendy from Wendy Fung Calligraphy to give away this beautiful set of handmade holidays cards! Thanks to my readers’ feedback, I’ve learned that you all just love giveaways!

Wendy is a calligrapher based in Brooklyn. In all the work that I’ve seen and listening to her speak about her creations, she pays great attention to details with each job and produces beautiful calligraphy pieces. Her work includes both traditional and contemporary styles.

For a lucky reader (could it be you??), Wendy has awesomely agreed to give away this set of 5 cards for the upcoming holidays ($20 value). It is blank inside so you can write whatever you feel!  Aren’t they beautiful? Enter below! 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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