"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer." Do you know the quote? You might remember it from Shakespeare's Richard III. I've read Richard III but the quote didn't stick with me then.
It takes me back 35+ years ago, to a sunny English room on my high school campus. I was taking a class on modern American authors and we were reading Steinbeck for the first time.
Critics have widely panned the book Winter of our Discontent. It is an odd morality tale set in a small town on Long Island—but I loved it. Steinbeck created places and characters that I could feel, smell and touch.
I'm thinking about Steinbeck again today. The birds are chirping. The chipmunks are squeaking. Bandit is barking in the neighbor's back yard. Lawn mowers are humming in preparation for a town-wide celebration tomorrow. Glorious summer is here.
And it occurs to me that it has been a long winter. Not a winter of discontent, but a winter that didn't give me much to talk about for a long time. I had a full roster of projects each with a large scope that kept me busy and took significant time to produce. But the long winter is over and the work is gradually making its way out into the market. A long winter and spring of work is finally, mostly done!
I've been working with the lovely owners of The Whistling Kettle (with locations in Troy and Ballston Spa) on branding and their Tea of the Month Club. They are feeling so positive about the work we've completed together that we have already started a couple of new projects that will hopefully complete this summer.
I've also been working on projects both large and small for Mohawk. A new tradeshow booth for the traveling display of the Strathmore Archives premiered at The National Stationery show this week. And the packaging sampler "12 Beautiful Reasons" debuted at the Luxe Pack show last week.
Meanwhile, Sanavi bottles went in for a little brand refresh and has started to appear in stores. (The refresh is being launched as individual flavors go into production. Coconut is out on the shelves in our local store.)
I continue to work with SallyeAnder on packaging and have three projects currently in the work queue.