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!
01/ A placemat set that features engineering blueprints for different foods.
02/ Bookhive is an interactive library display full of 400 “moving” books!
03/ Transfer, a project where partially painted hands blend into the landscape.
04/ A printable Letter to Santa if anyone in your house still needs to write theirs.
05/ In Variable Face a 22-year-old hides behind ordinary objects in a beautiful way.
06/ A quirky outdoor embroidery project that I looove!
07/ A beautiful photo series of the Texas tradition of homecoming mums entitled Mum.
08/ It’s late for holiday cards, but here are 14 cards to wish someone a Happy New Year!
09/ This marks 24 years of Sweden’s Ice Hotel and it’s inspired by Frankenstein.
10/ Create your own (virtual) snowflakes!
This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mix #31: Everybody’s Got a Secret to Hide.
The December edition of eight art prints I can’t get out of my head.
This Cranberry Eggnog Bread is just the thing for Christmas morning!
Ten of my favorite December DIYs.
You’re invited to my (imaginary) holiday appetizer party!
Incredible hyper-real paintings of poorly wrapped packages by Yrjö Edelmann.
The only party clutch you’re ever need.
Our last round – part 7 – of holiday card covering.
The biggest giveaway we’ve ever hosted – $500 worth of dinnerware from Mud Australia!!!