Sure, you use your phone / pad / computer as a calendar in this, the twenty-first century – I get that. I too would be totally lost if my technology didn’t bleep at me relentlessly to tell me where I need to be when. So, fine. Still, I’m a believer in a proper, old-school, piece of actual paper – especially if its aesthetics serve to enhance the environment in which it’s placed. A few of my favorites from the batch of 2013 calendars…
Love this look towards trends for spring 2013 by Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK. They deliver innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts, but my favorite thing about them is how incredibly affordable they are! £20 for a digital download makes them a fabulous resource, especially for freelancers. These totally inspiring print and graphics forecasts may have their roots in women’s fashion, but are also applicable in home and giftware categories as well.
Want additional spring/summer trend resources for the season ahead? Click on “TREND”!
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Top Fashion Colors
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Prints and Colors
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion and Lifestyle Colors and Themes
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Color trends from Pantone
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Women’s Careerwear
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Kids
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Menswear
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Knitwear and color
- TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion color trends from Pantone
Or click HERE to see all trend-related posts!
I thought I’d share a touching, albeit gritty, mini-movie today. Created by Portuguese filmmaker Nuno Rocha to express his belief that “life’s good”, Momentos is softly sad and ultimately satisfying. Hope you enjoy this much-lauded little piece, and spend a warm and wonderful holiday with family and friends. I wish much merriment to one and all!
- Cinematic Achievement Award – Thess International Short Film Festival – Greece
- Audience Award – Honfleur Film Festival – France
- Best Short and Audience Award – Arouca Film Festival – Portugal
- Audience Award – Naoussa International Film Festival – Greece
- Audience Award – Opuzen Film Festival – Croatia
- Audience Award – Enfoque Film Festival – Puerto Rico
Need one more item to complete the perfect gift assortment? Just a little something? A stuffer for a stocking? Then one of these affordable – but still pretty darn awesome – jewels may be exactly what you’re looking for to top things off! (As always, click to shop!)
Some years ago, I attended the Penumbra Theater Company’s rendition of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul. It was literally the most rousing holiday feast-for-the-ears I had ever experienced. So enraptured was I by the magnificent gospel that I taped (yes, taped: the funny little cassette things from days of yore) the performance off the radio, thus creating my most treasured holiday music collection. Unfortunately, that cast recording is no where to be had; meaning that I have to settle for playing my bootlegged reel-to-reel (yes, I keep the cassette player hooked up to the stereo for just that very purpose), and you’ll have to settle for a different rendition. The one I’m sharing today was brought it to life at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland, Maine and is pretty darn good; but less jubilant than the MN cast delivered back in the day. Wasn’t That A Pity and a Shame? from the album Black Nativity – In Concert: A Gospel Celebration, 2004.
In a perfect world, you’ve already got all your holiday shopping complete, and everything is all packaged up with a bow on top. However, if you’re like me, it’s just dawned on you that if you’re interested in concealing gifts in something other than last weekend’s newspaper, it’s time to procure some sweet wrapping paper! Here are a few of my favorites this year. (As always, click to shop!)
About a week ago, we got a good ol’ fashioned blizzard. After a few hours of shoveling out and a rather silly ritual of “shaking the conifers” (in which one stands under the delicate, snow laden, 9′ trees and shakes the boughs. The obvious results are a tree that can stand upright again, and a human who quite literally resembles a snowman.), I needed to nestle into a snug and comfy retreat desperately. Luckily, I am well fortified in the cozification department. Thought I’d share a few of the most beloved, dependable, cozy amenities in case it inspires cold-weather gift-giving ideas… (As always, click to shop)
Over the next few weekends, many of us will be headed off to one festive soiree after another, bottle of wine in hand in recognition of the fact that said hostess did all the prep work (cleaning, cooking, sprinkling copious amounts of twinkle lights around, et al), and all you did was stop by the liquor store. So, why not be a bit creative this season by opting for an interesting bottle with unexpected flair and an awesome design. Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you in the mood to make a statement. (Caveat: No, I have not tried all of these libations; ergo, there is some risk that behind the lovely design lurks a beverage that tastes like liquid coal. But what the heck; live dangerously…)
Last December, I stumbled upon a post on MPR’s site where you could download a tune or two from the soundtrack “Of Mirth and Mischief”; a play by Minneapolis storyteller Kevin Kling in which he recounts childhood tales in his amusing, poignant and entirely absorbing style. One of the tracks was a totally random take on “Jingle Bells” that became my holiday anthem last year; as the usual fare becomes quite monotonous. It gets off to a rocky start – but stick it out past the :25 second mark, and let me know what you think! Jingle Bells by James Diers & Aby Wolf from the Of Mirth and Mischief soundtrack. (Click the image below to download your own copy – it’s free and totally legit!)
Need a bit more indie holiday fare? Click HERE for last year’s track.
Jury still out on which holiday card to send this year? Here’s a bevy of this season’s besties for you to choose from! Every one of these lovely letterpress & silkscreened greetings is available through Etsy; so you can feel good about supporting indie artisans as well! (As always, click to shop!)