It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!
ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels
ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar // // DIY Skull Planter
Summer snail mail is some of my favorite to send and receive. Maybe it brings back memories of simpler times, when email and cell phones weren’t commonplace and summers were spent at camp. My mom would send me a card with a letter every. single. day. (She’s the best.) And I still have every one to this day. (In a box alongside my color war flags and camp crafts, obvs.) I think I need to read them over again sometime soon, and maybe send off a few of these summertime hellos to surprise some friends!
ROW 1: Bobbies – Note to Self: The Print Shop // Handsome Marble A2 Stationery – Paper Source // Happy Camper – Red Cap Cards ROW 2: Volcanoes Notecards – Marie Delafon // Letterpress Scorpio Star Sign Card – Hammerpress // Golden Rule Thank You Cards – Pei Design ROW 3: Blueberry Print Everyday Card – Hooray Today // Heart Card – Karolin Schnoor ROW 4: Amigo Postcard – Lilco Letterpress // Water Melon – Muchoucas Design // Be Steadfast – Survival Letterpress ROW 5: Home in the Woods – Red Cap Cards // Hello Letterpress Card Set – Allison Cornu // Wrapped Bundle of Three – The Hungry Workshop
I’m so excited to share that one of my favorite illustrators – Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber – is launching a line of cards this month at the National Stationery Show! I’ve been a fan of Gingiber since its start, and can’t wait to stock up on the thirty designs being offered. Each card features an original illustration and is backed with a coordinating hand drawn pattern. The fox above has always been one of my favorites that Stacie has drawn, and I’m looking forward to owning a miniaturized version sometime soon!
Tie-dye is experiencing yet another comeback, but not just any tie-dye – shibori. Shibori is a Japanese process for resist-dyeing cloth by binding, folding, twisting and compressing. There are tons of ways to manipulate fabric for shibori, each one creating different designs and patterns. And right now it’s showing up everywhere in the home and on the runway.
One of my 2014 resolutions for Design Crush is to bring more of my own DIY projects to light, so we’re starting what will hopefully be a monthly series with these printable watercolor valentines! I had the best time pulling out my watercolors and gold paint and creating these – write your words on the back or string them up to make a fast and festive garland. Choose from the valentines above or a blank set to add your own touches. Download below!
Each and every year I feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up on us. First there’s the rush of the holidays, then the sigh of relief after New Year’s, then BAM! Valentine’s Day. It’s less than a month away and for once I feel kinda sorta on top of it, I’ve even purchased a few cards!
1.Viva Love by Yellow Owl Workshop 2.I’m Nuts About You by Hennel Paper Co. 3.Oh Sizzle! by Christine Wisnieski 4.I Like You by Betsy Ann Paper 5.Lover’s Lane by Hello Small World 6.Heart Letterpress Card by Parrott Design Studio 7.Te Amo by Paperfelt Paper Goods 8.You’re Fancy by Wednesday Press 9.Happy Valentine’s Day by Sugar Paper, Los Angeles 10.Love Pie Chart by Emily McDowell
Loving the illustrated style of Social Assembly‘s Jessica Eckert and all of the high quality cards, prints, and home goods the shop has to offer. Bonus: all products are made in the USA!