Dec
10

Holiday Cards – Part 3

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Happy Holidays by Our Heiday // Holiday Hats by Erin Wallace // Happiest Holidays by Moglea // In Good Spirits by Swiss Cottage Designs // Merry Christmas by Printerette Press

 

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Flourish Holiday Card Set by Four Wet Feet // Coppy Merry & Happy by Moglea // Love and Peace by Ink Meets Paper // Jolly Holidays by The Social Type // Warm Holiday Wishes by Our Heiday

Part 1 // Part 2

Dec
04

2015 Calendars: Part 5

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Twenty Fifteen Calendar (download) by Cocorina // The ‘Be List’ 2015 Calendar by fig. 2 design //
2015 Stones Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop // 2015 Astrology Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop

 

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2015 Shapes Wall Calendar by Dozi // Hip Hop Hooray 2015 Charity Calendar by Ask Alice //
2015 New Zealand Birds Calendar
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// Planets 2015 Calendar by Meg Bentley

 

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Donuts of the Bay Area 2015 Calendar by Donut Galleria // Wall Calendar 2015 by Karolin Schnoor //
2015 Calendar by Klaus // Signature 2015 Wall Calendar by Artifact Uprising

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4

Dec
03

Papirmass

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By now you might have noticed that we’re not doing any gift guides for the second year in a row. The reason? I for one am complete overwhelmed with gifting decisions and seeing one million more options doesn’t help me narrow things down. I also think there are so many sites out there who do a fantastic job researching and creating gift guides that I don’t want to add to the hubbub. Some favorites are Design Milk, Jojotastic, and Coco+Kelley, so I hope you’ll check them out if you’re jonesing for a fix.

However, on that note, I think this project would make a most excellent gift for the art lover(s) in your life. Meet Papirmass, a snail mail art subscription that delivers a different piece of art – with some beautiful writing on the back – every month for a year (with free shipping!). It’s more affordable than you’d ever imagine at only $69. You can browse the Papirmass shop if you’d like to purchase prints piecemeal. My very favorite is the one above,  La Tatouée by Sophie Lécuyer with a piece titled Faces, Like Gravity, Fall, by Mary Pinkoski on the reverse.

 

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Dec
03

Holiday Cards – Part 2

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Bear Winter by Little Otsu // Comfy & Cozy by Elum // Reindeer Games by Wit & Whistle //
Yule Log by Nane Press // Santa Claus by Isabell’s Umbrella

 

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Sounding Joy by Shanna Murray // Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum by Mr. Boddington’s Studio //
Constellation by Nane Press // Merry Christmas Stars by StudioSarah // Pine Scent by Everlovin’ Press

Part 1

Dec
01

Print Edition: December

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Sea Water Cure by Tina Crespo // No by Rubyetc // Fox Hops by Jessica Roux //
fragment one by Alexandra Ethell

 

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Celestial Moon by Elise Mahan // Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget by Alan Hynes //
Downtown City Building Pair by Coffee in Bed // Stay Humble/Hustle Hard by Jennet Liaw

Dec
01

Drake General Store x Design Crush Giveaway

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Drake General Store is a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand, and a museum shop all rolled into one. They have the biggest and best Canadian pride and love supporting homegrown artists and designers, making them a perfect match for Design Crush and our sensibilities.

Please tell me you took 1.5 seconds to read that graphic, because we’re giving away a $1,000 prize pack! Drake General Store is my favorite shop north of the U.S. border and I’m pumped to be partnering with them for the second December in a row to give you all a HUGE something awesome. I’ve cherry picked my favorite pieces from their classic, modern goods that are a mix of sensible (socks, throws, kitchen pieces) and not so sensible (tarot cards, incense, wind chime) and everything in between.

 

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Metsa Birch Box Set ($40) // Gold Screw Studs ($24) // Cross Enamelware Stockholm Measuring Cup ($29) // Cross Enamelware Copenhagen Side Dish ($29) // Oval Marble + Wood Cheeseboard ($68) // Ladies & Gentlemen Aura Bell Chime ($135) // Held In Common Snowflake Socks ($14) // Cozy Ceramic Camp Mug, set of 4 ($48) // 3 Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars ($33) // Shared History Macho Man + Elizabeth Robes ($128) // Arborist Long Janes, trees ($29) // Blackbird Incense ($34) // Public Supply Notebooks ($15) // Arborist Getaway Blanket ($29) // Arborist Getaway Pack ($29) // Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck ($45) // Wild Unknown Tarot Guide Book ($24) // Engraved Keychain ($15) // Hockey Thermos ($38) // Earth Coasters ($42) // Pinch Pot with Spoon ($28) // East Coast Throw Blanket ($99) // Oslo Bowls ($39)

I KNOW! So many well designed pieces and so many little luxuries to help get you through winter. You could either go the Happy Holidays to Me! route and keep it all for yourself or the My Shopping is Done! route and dive up your winnings as gifts for everyone on your list. Either way it’s a win. (But if you do spy something you’d like to gift know that Drake General Store has worldwide flat rate shipping!)

Enter here to win!

Nov
26

2015 Calendars: Part 4

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2015 Letterpress Calendar by 1 Canoe 2 // TYPE 2015 Letterpress Calendar by iSkelter // 2015 Retro Fruit + Vegetable Calendar by Loopz Art // New York Architecture 2015 Calendar by Hello Small World

 

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Twelve Tables 2015 Calendar by Little Low // 2015 BEER/FOOD Calendar by redcruiser // 2015 Cat Desk Calendar by Gingiber // 2015 Sand Wall Calendar by Rationale Design

 

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2015 Calendar Poster Print by Yumalum // FolkFlora Wall Calendar 2015 by Durido // City Illustrations Calendar 2015 by Tessa Galloway // 2015 Calendar by Shanna Murray

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

Nov
24

Win It: $300 from Minted

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I’m a big fan of Minted, their goods, and what they’re doing for independent artists. I have several pieces of the art they sell in my home, and this is the second year I’ve turned to them for my holiday cards. Minted offers a fantastic collection of both photo and non-photo cards (my preference), and after narrowing them all down to four designs I settled on this one by Phrosene Ras. I love the bright and happy palette and the ability to customize the sentiment.

 

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This year I took the time to input all of my addresses on the website so that Minted could print them right on the envelopes. While I’m normally all for hand-addressing my holiday cards this year is extremely busy, so I took the plunge and don’t have one regret. They look so good!

 

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Minted also offers the option of a decorative element next to the address that coordinates with your card’s design. I really felt like this additional touch helped make up the difference (in my mind) for not writing things out on my own.

 

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Minted will also add your return address on the envelope flap for free. The end result was clean, modern, and just my style.

 

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I’m happy to team up with Minted to give a lucky reader $300 to spend on holiday cards, art, or whatever else might be calling your name! (They also have some lovely gift tags and wrapping paper.) Take advantage of their addressing service or wow your holiday card list with a design that features their new gold foil. Best of luck!

 

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Nov
20

2015 Calendars: Part 3

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Imaginary Travels 2015 Calendar by Kirsten Sims // 2015 Calendar by SNUG.TOYBLOCKS // 2015 Calendar by Leah Duncan // Standing 2015 Desk Calendar by Ditto Ditto

 

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Jaunty Animals 2015 Calendar by Hello Small World // The National Parks 2015 Calendar by Sarah Vaughan // MMXV Gold Foil 2015 Calendar by Chelsey Dyer // Frankie Calendar 2015 by Frankie Press

 

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Kukkuu 2015 Wall Calendar by Marimekko // Mark’s 2015 Notebook Calendar by Omoi Zakka Shop // 2015 Calendar by Jeanetta Gonzales // Modern Calligraphy 2015 Calendar by Bloom Letterpress

Part 1 // Part 2

Nov
18

Holiday Cards – Part 1

I’ll be sharing my holiday cards for the year with you in a few weeks, but have you started to think about yours? We’ll be picking and choosing our favorites from the absolutely huge selection available out there as the holiday season amps up and kicks off. Check out Part 1 here and now!

 

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Ice Skates by Ferme a Papier // Dial Christmas by Present&Correct // Holiday Cheer by Hooray Today! // Harvest Wreath by Hello! Lucky // Merry Everything by Little Arrow Studio

 

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Thumpety Thump Thump by Have & Hold Design // Tis the Season Postcard by Pei Design // Merry & Bright by Worthwhile Paper // Tree Set by Unique & Unity // Merry Christmas by Ink Meets Paper