History of Quill and Bean, Part IV: New Beginnings

The shop began with coffee cozies, but things have changed. In 2019, I had some stickers printed — the durable vinyl kind that people like to stick on laptops and water bottles — and listed them on Etsy. People liked them, and soon Quill and Bean was more of a hand-lettered sticker shop than a … Continue reading History of Quill and Bean, Part IV: New Beginnings

Quarterly Bookthoughts: Oct-Dec 2019

My goal for 2019 was to get back into a pastime by which I used to define myself — I used to think of myself as a reader, but I had let books fall by the wayside in recent years. My goal was to read at least two books per month. In the end, I … Continue reading Quarterly Bookthoughts: Oct-Dec 2019

Begin with unhappiness and end with tea: Pearls from The Woman in White

I recently finished The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins — a new favorite, without a doubt. It's an intriguing mid-1800s mystery with witty writing, compelling characters, and a multiple-narrator structure that really enhances the suspense. The 2018 BBC miniseries was fantastic, too. The benefits of watching an adaptation immediately after reading a book are … Continue reading Begin with unhappiness and end with tea: Pearls from The Woman in White

History of Quill and Bean, Part III: A Cozy Family

In a previous post, I wrote about the creation of my unicorn coffee cozy. Before opening my shop, I refined the design and chose three signature colors: the Amethyst Unicorn, the Rose Unicorn, and the Seafoam Unicorn. The original unicorn trio. The cozy family soon expanded to include mermaid tails, foxes, dogs, and Weasley-sweater-inspired monograms. … Continue reading History of Quill and Bean, Part III: A Cozy Family