Taking a minute to be thankful

Before we get too far into the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, I just wanted to take a second to be thankful and say thank you! Thanksgiving, and even the holidays in general, is a time to reflect on our lives: what we're thankful for, where we've been, what we've accomplished, our futures...And today, there is so much to be thankful for. So here's a little from my list this year. 

I'm thankful for my support system. 

Running a business and even in life, it truly takes a village. Rarely is there just one sole person behind something that doesn't get help along the way. I am so thankful for all of my friends and family who have pitched in to help me, supported me in different ways, and have been there for me while Joe's been gone. Every action, phone call, hug, scary movie, and shoulder to cry on has meant so much to me. 

I'm thankful for my FOLLOWERS, clients & customers.

Without them, I would in no way shape or form be where I am today. You guys are not only supportive but share you're love for this cool town with me, support my dreams, help me give the little Grohly Poly treats, and make this crazy journey of running a business feel worth it. You guys seriously rock. I couldn't do any of this without you! 

I'M THANKFUL FOR FREDERICKSBURG.

This one shouldn't be all that surprising! I love this incredible city so much. That I get to share my love for this great place that I live in through my designs and paintings, is seriously a dream come true. While most of my heart is snowboarding down a mountain somewhere in the world (today it's Finland), a good chunk of it lives here with this beautiful place that I get to call home. And what better way to tribute this wonderful home than to share it with others In my skyline. 

I'M THANKFUL FOR MY FIANCE.

I mean, how could I write a thankful list and not include him! As hard as it is to not have him around on a regular basis right now, he still manages to support me and be there for me every step of the way. Not to mention the fact that he is following his dreams out there on the slopes, he inspires me to keep going even when times get tough and keep going after those dreams.  I'm so thankful to have him not just in my life, but as my best friend. And I can't believe I get to marry him next year!!!

I'm Thankful for Grohl.

Yea, yea. You knew it was coming! Grohl has been my 'mane' man while Joe's been gone. Is it weird to say that he just...understands? He knows when I'm sad or if I'm really missing Joe and he stays close to me and snuggles. He protects me and always keeps me company, so I never feel alone. 


Well, that's my top 5 list for today. What are you thankful for??

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Holiday Schedule

'tis the season, ya'll!!

And I couldn't be more excited! We have such exciting things coming up for the holidays including a few more Fredericksburg skyline products debuting at the Mistletoe Market! Before we get too far into the holidays, I wanted to share the Twila & Co. holiday schedule with ya'll! We have a few markets and giveaways coming up and also have a few deadlines for orders. Plus we've included a few ideas for those who you aren't sure what to get this holiday season. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

5 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Instagram

Nov. 27 - Dec 1

Mistletoe Market | Herkamp Park

December 2 | 9am-1pm

Pop Up Shop | Location TBD

December 16 | 12pm-4pm

 

ORDER BY DATES

Customer Watercolor Orders  |  December 13

Custom Wooden Signs  |  December 15

Shipping By | December 15

Pick-Up By | December 22

 

PICKING UP LOCALLY?

If you want to pick-up locally or at one of our markets, please use the code 'FXBGXMAS' to avoid shipping fees.

If you use this code, your order will not shipped and must be picked up. Please DO NOT use this code if you need it shipped as we will not ship anything until shipping payment is received.


SNEAK PEEK

And a quick sneak peek of some upcoming items for the Mistletoe Market...

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gift suggestions

FOR YOUR MOM/DAD

custom home watercolor

FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

custom watercolor maps


FOR THE CHRISTMAS NUT

fxbg 'ugly' t-shirt

FOR THE COLLECTOR

skyline christmas ornament


FOR THE NOTE WRITER

fredericksburg notecards

FOR THE F'BURG LOVER

fredericksburg watercolor print


FOR THE DECORATOR

fredericksburg wooden sign

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FOR THE DOG LOVER

fredericksburg dog bandanna


FOR THE WINE LOVER

custom photo wine labels

FOR THE COOK

skyline apron


FOR THE VIRGINIA LOVER

custom state prints

va state cut out w/ skyline

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virginia notecards


Road Trip!

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This past week I've been a little MIA on all Social Mediums, and that's because Joe and I were making our way across the country on a Road Trip! As most of you know, Joe is moving out to Colorado for 6 months to pursue a career in professional snowboarding. It's such an amazing opportunity for him and I couldn't be more proud of excited. Even though I'm going to miss him like crazy. 

The past week we drove from Virginia to New Orleans to Corpus Christi to Roswell to Littleton and finally to our destination, Silverthorne, Colorado. It was quite the adventure, we saw and experienced so much over the past week, it's hard to recap everything other than with photos. But I am going to give you some of my tips for a road trip that helped get us through.

PODCASTS  |  Oh my gosh, we would have never made it through without good podcasts. We started with Homecoming, then moved to Limetown, and got through season 1 and half of season 2 of The Black Tapes. All three podcasts were awesome and I highly recommend. Previously, I've listened to Serial and S Town, so if you liked those, you'll love these. It made the drive go by so quickly and kept us awake. 

PACK SNACKS  |  We packed a nice bag of snacks for the road and lots of bottled water so we wouldn't have to stop as much. I chose trail mixes, protein bars, pretzels, and my favorite road trip snack: dill pickle flavored sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are great because they take time to eat, aren't a ton of calories and keep you occupied and awake. 

KEEP THE GAS TANK FULL |  If you're driving over any of those Midwest states, you'll have plenty of roads that go on forever and you don't see anyone or anything else out there. Some times we went hours without seeing anything, so every time we saw a gas station, we stopped and filled up. 

TAKE PHOTOS & STOP FOR COOL THINGS | We stopped at a few random places we saw along the way and any scenic stops for two reasons: one, its nice to get out of the car; and two, who knows when you'll come back to that same place again? If you don't do it then, when will you?

LANDSCAPES ARE COOL | One of the coolest/craziest things Joe and I found interesting was how different each landscape was. We went from our usual Virginia to the mountains of southwest VA to just trees after trees of what looks like Virginia but is really Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Then finally got to the swamps, bayous and cities of the dead of Louisiana, then to the plains of Texas to the dessert of New Mexico then back to beautiful snow capped mountains of Colorado. It's crazy how much it changes. See photos below!

10-12 HOURS IS A GOOD AMOUNT OF DRIVING TIME | Day 1 we were really ambitious and drove 16+ hours straight from Fredericksburg to New Orleans. It was doable, but it was really pushing it. We didn't get to NOLA until 2am. It seemed to take for-e-ver and by midnight we were going crazy. Every other travel day was between 8 and 12 hours and that seemed to be the perfect distance. Just long enough to be in the car, enough time for a few good stops, and 10-12 hours gets you to a different state typically, so you felt like you were moving.

BE GOOFY & RELAX | Don't take the trip too seriously! Have a tentative itinerary, but also be flexible to change things up in case you decide to stop somewhere extra or do something different. This was a little bit harder for my type A personality, but it was fun to just kind of go with the flow for a few days. 

PHOTO JOURNAL

DAY 1 | VIRGINIA TO NEW ORLEANS

with a stop at the Natural Bridge in Lexington, VA

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DAY 2 | NEW ORLEANS

the crepe cart in the french market

the crepe cart in the french market

gluten free crepes!

gluten free crepes!

the cathedral

the cathedral

charbroiled oysters at legacy

charbroiled oysters at legacy

bourbon street

bourbon street

found the ruby slippers! 

found the ruby slippers! 

DAY 3 | NEW ORLEANS, LA TO CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

with a quick stop at the Buckner Mansion from American Horror Story: Coven

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DAY 4 | CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

we stayed with joe's buddy, hank, while in corpus who owns a cool food truck, munchies, & restaurant, the exchange

breakfast by the marina

breakfast by the marina

beautiful beaches

beautiful beaches

gluten free burger at padre island burger company - it was incredible!

gluten free burger at padre island burger company - it was incredible!

joa & i at the munchies bus

joa & i at the munchies bus

joe & hank at the munchies bus

joe & hank at the munchies bus

DAY 5 | CORPUS CHRISTI, TX TO ROSWELL, NM

sunset over the desert

sunset over the desert

desert

desert

DAY 6 | ROSWELL, NM TOURS TO THE GARDEN OF THE GODS TO LITTLETON, CO

international ufo museum

international ufo museum

they took over the dominos!

they took over the dominos!

joe with a cheesy exhibit

joe with a cheesy exhibit

exhibit at the ufo museum 

exhibit at the ufo museum 

drive through the desert

drive through the desert

me at the garden of the gods

me at the garden of the gods

garden of the gods

garden of the gods

garden of the gods

garden of the gods

DAY 7 | LAST DAY! LITTLETON, CO TO SILVERTHORNE, CO 

with a stop at the loveland pass

joe and i at the loveland pass

joe and i at the loveland pass

the loveland pass

the loveland pass

the loveland pass

the loveland pass

MEANWHILE IN VIRGINIA...

grohl got to hang out with aunt tessa and all his buds all week, i think he's having a good time

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Skyline Sneak Peeks

Just 2 more days until the big day at Monkee's! I have to say, I'm starting to get a little bit nervous. I've been working really hard on everything, and while I think it's awesome, what if no one likes it? I suppose worst case scenario, I can just outfit my entire house in all things skyline and it would be fun :). 

I'm starting to put together last minute preparations for Saturday. You know, what do I wear; what shoes are going to comfortable; what behind the scenes items will I need (tape, scissors, string, paints, etc.). So many things going into what I hope will be a great day.

Last call to sign up for our emails before we send out the second and final one! If you plan on stopping by, it's a must!  We may or may not be doing a gift with purchase while supplies last...but how would I know? :D 

Soooo without further ado, here's a little sneak peek at some of the items (I still have a few surprises up my sleeve!) we've been working on for this Saturday's event! Hope to see you there!

*If you see something you want, but can't be there on Saturday, let us know by commenting on this blog post or emailing us at Johnna@TwilaCo.com.

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