Friday, February 1, 2013

Here is a "LITTLE HAPPY" for YOU!

I like to think that I am just overly enthused sometimes.  So far, it has worked out for me... However, when I find amazing talent, I probably get a little,borderline freaky. I hope in a nice way.  I remember the first time I stumbled on Stephanie at Coral and Tusk, I went QUIETLY CRAZY as my pupils rolled back into my head, transfixed on  my computer screen.  Once, we were pen pals and I was a customer, I confessed, "That if I lived in Brooklyn, I would stalk you and force you to be my BFF 4EVERrrr! " Luckily, she laughed... Needless to say, I get a little HAPPY when I see others oozing with creativity.  My latest creative crush to join my world is HAPPY MENOCAL.  She just launched her new stationary line.  It is perfection in a box, and of course, it is at Firefly! Last week, I asked Happy for a little interview before she became great BIG STUFF, and she so sweetly did.  Oops, I forgot to mention, she is responsible for my AMAZING NEW LOGO!  See, a little nutty for my new buddy;)

 Without further ado, here is a "LITTLE HAPPY "for YOU!

Do people really call you HAPPY, and how did that start?

Yup. My real name is Harriet, after my grandmother, but my parents felt it was a little serious for a funny little baby, so they started calling me Happy right away. I tried to be Harriet in college, but when childhood friends phoned and reached "Harriet's" voicemail, they gave me a lot of guff for my sudden pretension, so I eventually caved. Happy suits me.

Location?   Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC

Occupation?  Artist

Current Preoccupation?   Really on a hot streak reading the author James Salter. Also, shamefully, Pinterest. I basically sit around building a Barbie Dream House all day.

Type A, B, or C?   Ha -- I'd only ever heard of type A! I'm a little bossy, but I also relish opportunities to pass the reins to someone more qualified.

Coffee or Tea?  Tea. 

Night OWL or Early Bird?   Night owl, but early mornings are so clarifying and beautiful. Whenever, I'm in one, I remind myself to do it more often.

What keeps you centered and sane? How do you renew yourself? Walking around town, I'm like a dog: I just need some affection, a few rigorous walks a day, sniff the air, check out some strangers, see some friends, eat a little chow. I know the long walk thing sounds like a cliché- like what people put on their online dating profile- but it's really a big part of my days. Usually briskly, sometimes slowly, anywhere, whatever the weather.

Where are your favorite "HAPPY Places" to travel to and why? My husband John and I went to Paris last fall, which was sweet for all the obvious reasons. We go to Charleston, SC pretty often because I have family there, it's really special to us. We were married there. I love how in S. Carolina (and probably other parts of the South as well) there seems to always be a soft carpet of pine needles underfoot. Thomasville, GA is next on my list!

Alright, you heard it here!  Thomasville is next on her LIST, I am going to hold her to that!  I have really enjoyed working with Happy, and I can't wait to share with you (one day), some of the exciting
artwork she has just created for a client of mine.  She really is an ARTIST and a breath of fresh air.  

What's on TAP in your world this weekend? Here is what is going on in mine...  

* EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT-  The Thomasville Townie just went to newsprint!
How COOL is that?!  I got one hand delivered late last night- It's all GOOD in this HOOD. Congrats
Bunny and Leslie, it really is beyond... Speaking of the HOOD, congratulations to Carol and sweet BABY GUTHRIE, pink perfection!

* I am creating  FANDANGO RAINBOW magic for a little girl's birthday party in the morning...
Consequently, forgot my husband's birthday this morning...Oops.

* Shotgun Supper Club is next weekend, and it is going to be awesome!

* I am going to pop into The Bookshelf and see the Grand Opening of Jan Amiss's photography, "How's the Weather", and then enjoy this lovely weekend and soak it all in.  HAPPFriday,   Nan

P.S.  Now a "Happy" for you: Mention this post and get 10 off one item tomorrow only.

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