2013? It’s a Date!

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…

Girl Gear Studio - Jet Age Calendar
Girl Gear Studio – Jet Age Calendar
Girl Gear Studio (detail)
Girl Gear Studio (detail)
Loria McKee - Bird Desk Calendar, $14
Loria McKee – Bird Desk Calendar, $14
May Day Studio Letterpress Calendar, $30
May Day Studio – Letterpress Calendar, $30
May Day Studio (detail)
May Day Studio (detail)
May Day Studio (detail)
May Day Studio (detail)
Rock Paper Pigeon - Playing Card Calendar, $40
Rock Paper Pigeon – Playing Card Silkscreened Calendar, $40
Rock Paper Pigeon (detail)
Rock Paper Pigeon (detail)
Rock Paper Pigeon (detail)
Rock Paper Pigeon (detail)
Silhouette Blue Wall Calendar, $18
Silhouette Blue – Wall Calendar, $18
Silhouette Blue (detail)
Silhouette Blue (detail)
Silhouette Blue Wall Calendar, $18
Silhouette Blue (detail)
Edubarba Extra Large Calendar One Sheet, €9.00
Edubarba – Extra Large Calendar One Sheet, €9.00
Modern Printed Matter Wall Calendar, $24
Modern Printed Matter Wall Calendar, $24
Modern Printed Matter (detail)
Modern Printed Matter (detail)
Hang Tight Studio Tea Towel Calendar, $18
Hang Tight Studio 88 – Tea Towel Calendar, $18
Hang Tight Studio 88 (detail)
Hang Tight Studio 88 (detail)
Typodarium - 2013 The Daily Dose of Typography, 16,80
Typodarium – 2013 Daily Dose of Typoography, €16,80
Typodarium (detail)
Typodarium (detail)
Snow and Graham - Grid Calendar, $27.95
Snow and Graham – Grid Calendar, $27.95
Snow and Graham Grid Calendar (detail)
Snow and Graham (detail)
Jolly Good Fellow - Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki Photo Calendar, $32
Jolly Good Fellow – Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki Photo Calendar, $32
Rifle Paper - Cities Calendar, $27.95
Rifle Paper – Cities Calendar, $27.95
Rifle Paper - Cities (detail)
Rifle Paper – Cities (detail)
Rifle Paper - Small Garden Calendar, $16.95
Rifle Paper – Small Garden Calendar, $16.95
Rifle Paper Garden Calendar (detail)
Rifle Paper – Garden (detail)
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Dozi – 2013 Wall Calendar
Dozi (detail)
Dozi (detail)
Dozi (detail)
Dozi (detail)
Brown Parcel Press Made From Scratch Letterpress Calendar, $35
Brown Parcel Press Made From Scratch Letterpress Calendar, $35
Brown Parcel Press (detail)
Brown Parcel Press (detail)
Brown Parcel Press (detail)
Brown Parcel Press (detail)
Brown Parcel Press (detail)
Brown Parcel Press (detail)

Today’s Track – Good Time, Leela James

The new year fast approaches – and with it, the revelry of the proceeding eve. I thought a soulful bit of mellow funk from Los Angeles’ own Leela James was in order to usher us into 2013. Good Time by Leela James from the album A Change is Gunna Come, 2005.

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Spring Summer 2013 Trend Preview from Patternbank

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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.

Rippled Textures – Painterly Wave Forms – Aquas, Strong Turquoises And Bottle Greens – Reflected Sunlight Through The Sea – Abstract Wave And Ripple Statements – Unrecognisable Detail – Ocean Movement In Pattern – Smooth Flowing Patterns
OCEAN DISTORTION TREND: Rippled Textures – Painterly Wave Forms – Aquas, Strong Turquoises And Bottle Greens – Reflected Sunlight Through The Sea – Abstract Wave And Ripple Statements – Unrecognisable Detail – Ocean Movement In Pattern – Smooth Flowing Patterns
BRUSH MARKED EXPRESSION TREND: Art hand paint forms – Brush dab pattern – Pattern build up through abstract paint textures – Pointillist painter inspired looks – Mixed scale brush work – Delicate brushed pattern
BRUSH MARKED EXPRESSION TREND: Art hand paint forms – Brush dab pattern – Pattern build up through abstract paint textures – Pointillist painter inspired looks – Mixed scale brush work – Delicate brushed pattern
DIGITALLY ENHANCED TREND: Pop Art inspired half-tone dots – Futuristic florals hidden amongst complex geometry – Textural and photographic overlays – painterly abstract multicolor imagery - Photoshop blurred zig zags – Photoshop filters create complex fading in and out of colour
DIGITALLY ENHANCED TREND: Pop Art inspired half-tone dots – Futuristic florals hidden amongst complex geometry – Textural and photographic overlays – painterly abstract multicolor imagery – Photoshop blurred zig zags – Photoshop filters create complex fading in and out of colour
EXOTIC PROFUSION TREND: Colour explosion – Exotic flauna mixes – Rainforest blooms – Digital and watercolour effect mixes – High contrast prints – Neon brights – Bird of paradise and orchid floral studies – Pattern overlays
EXOTIC PROFUSION TREND: Colour explosion – Exotic flauna mixes – Rainforest blooms – Digital and watercolour effect mixes – High contrast prints – Neon brights – Bird of paradise and orchid floral studies – Pattern overlays
SUMMER TRIBE TREND: Abstracted Ikat Designs – Simplified Ikat – Optical Patterns – Vibrant Colour Enhanced Ethnic Compositions – Mixed Stripes And Pattern Forms – Blurred Felt-tip Pen Visuals – Multi-coloured Traditional Ikat Motifs
SUMMER TRIBE TREND: Abstracted Ikat Designs – Simplified Ikat – Optical Patterns – Vibrant Colour Enhanced Ethnic Compositions – Mixed Stripes And Pattern Forms – Blurred Felt-tip Pen Visuals – Multi-coloured Traditional Ikat Motifs

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!

Momentos

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

Special Little Somethings Under $15

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!)

Crate & Barrel - Antiqued Ornament, $2.48 (sale)
Crate & Barrel – Antiqued Ornament, $2.48 (sale)
L'Atelier no.95 - Screenprinted French Tea Towel, $9
L’Atelier no.95 – Screenprinted French Tea Towel, $9
Purple Cactus Design - Notebook, $7.50
Purple Cactus Design – Notebook, $7.50
Love & Toast - Prickly Pear Lip Balm, $9
Love & Toast – Prickly Pear Lip Balm, $9
Anthropologie - Potholder, $12
Anthropologie – Potholder, $12
Dean & Deluca Chocolate Nut Mix, $6.50
Dean & Deluca Chocolate Nut Mix, $6.50
Deanne Watson Jewelry - Copper Jellyfish Earrings, $14.95
Deanne Watson Jewelry – Copper Jellyfish Earrings, $14.95
Quail Lane Press - Count Your Blessings Letterpress Poster, $12.50
Quail Lane Press – Count Your Blessings Letterpress Poster, $12.50
Storie Brooke - Dipped Bamboo Spoon and Spatula Set, $13.80
Storie Brooke – Dipped Bamboo Spoon and Spatula Set, $13.80
Anabliss - Earwarmer headband, $14
Anabliss – Earwarmer headband, $14
Lollia - Mini Hand Cream, $8
Lollia – Mini Hand Cream, $8
Deanne Watson Jewelry - Set of 3 stacking rings, $13.95
Deanne Watson Jewelry – Set of 3 stacking rings, $13.95
Sara's Daisy Love - Tissue holder, $5
Sara’s Daisy Love – Tissue holder, $5
West Elm - Mercury Glass Votive Holders, $5
West Elm – Mercury Glass Votive Holders, $5
Sugarpova - Chic Candy, $2.50 (sale)
Sugarpova – Chic Candy, $2.50 (sale)
Quiet Tiger - Letterpress Print, $8
Quiet Tiger – Letterpress Print, $8

Today’s Track – Wasn’t That A Pity and a Shame?, Aaron Robinson

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.

That’s a Wrap!

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!)

Pikku - Baubles, $8 / 2 sheets
Pikku – Baubles, $8 / 2 sheets
Pikku - Pods in Poppy, $8 / 2 sheets
Pikku – Pods in Poppy, $8 / 2 sheets
Bombina Studios - Handprinted Snowflakes, €14 / 5 sheets
Bombina Studios – Handprinted Snowflakes, €14 / 5 sheets
Smock Paper - Fete, $8 / 2 sheets
Smock Paper – Fete, $8 / 2 sheets
Smock Paper - Festoon, $8 / 2 sheets
Smock Paper – Festoon, $8 / 2 sheets
Sullivan Paper Co - Blue & Silver, $5.57 / roll (sale)
Sullivan Paper Co – Blue & Silver, $5.57 / roll (sale)
Sullivan Paper Co - Red & White, $5.57 / roll (sale)
Sullivan Paper Co – Red & White, $5.57 / roll (sale)
Star Shaped Press - Letterpress Type, $10 / 3 sheets
Star Shaped Press – Letterpress Type in Silver & Gold, $10 / 3 sheets
Star Shaped Press - Letterpress Type in Red, $10 / 3 sheets
Star Shaped Press – Letterpress Type in Red & Gold, $10 / 3 sheets
Paperjacks - Chevron in green, $7.99 / roll
Paperjacks – Chevron in green, $7.99 / roll
Paper Source - Holiday Animals, $2.50 / sheet
Paper Source – Holiday Animals, $2.50 / sheet
Paper Source - Pine Branch on Slate, $2.50 / sheet
Paper Source – Pine Branch on Slate, $2.50 / sheet
Paper Source - Faux Bois, $2.50 / sheet
Paper Source – Faux Bois, $2.50 / sheet
Bobalong Press - Handprinted, £6.00 / 4 sheets
Bobalong Press – Handprinted, £6.00 / 4 sheets
Norman's Printery - Red Pink Op Art, $9 / 10 sheets
Norman’s Printery – Red Pink Op Art, $9 / 10 sheets
The Container Store - Bright Stripe, $7.95 / roll
The Container Store – Bright Stripe, $7.95 / roll
The Container Store - Red Berry Branch, $7.95 / roll
The Container Store – Red Berry Branch, $7.95 / roll
Whimsey Press - Modern Wonderland
Whimsy Press – Modern Wonderland
Whimsy Press - Bulbs
Whimsy Press – Bulbs
Oscar and Ollie - Block Printed Trees, $8 / sheet
Oscar and Ollie – Block Printed Trees, $8 / sheet

A Comfy, Cozy Christmas

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)

Klippan - Ringar Wool Blanket, $240
Klippan – Ringar Wool Blanket, $240
Lucia - Soy Candle, $19.99
Lucia – Soy Candle, $19.99
Uggs Coquette Slippers, $120
Uggs Coquette Slippers, $120
Marie Belle Aztec Hot Chocolate, $26
Marie Belle Aztec Hot Chocolate, $26
Sara Dudgeon Pottery Cups, prices vary
Sara Dudgeon Pottery Cups, prices vary
West Elm Sweater Knit Pillow Covers, $39
West Elm Sweater Knit Pillow Covers, $39
Shipton & Heneage Cashmere Socks, $49
Shipton & Heneage Cashmere Socks, $49
Barr Bath Salts, $32
Barr Bath Salts, $32
David Sedaris Holidays on Ice, $8
David Sedaris Holidays on Ice, $8
DKNY Flannel PJ's, $44
DKNY Flannel PJ’s, $44
Nunu Chocolates Brooklyn Salted Caramels, $8/4
Nunu Chocolates Brooklyn Salted Caramels, $8/4
Zero 7 Simple Things CD, $10
Zero 7 Simple Things CD, $10
Azime Chunky Handknit scarf in Oatmeal, $37
Azime Chunky Handknit scarf in Oatmeal, $37

Making Spirits Bright

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…)

VI Novell Wine

X Wine Labels

VL92 Gin

7 Plagies Wine

Beach House Wine

Industry City Vodka

Blue Hugs Wine

Crazy Uncle Punch

Jaqk Wine Cellars

Table Wine

REYKA Vodka

Outdoor Vino

Fox and Rabbit

Este Wine

Circus Wine Packaging

Glenrothes Scotch Whisky

Today’s Track – Jingle Bells, James Diers & Aby Wolf

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.

Season’s Greetings (Cards)!

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!)

Albertine Press - Hats, $15/6
Albertine Press – Hats, $15/6
Anemonie Letterpress - Bon Noel, $16/6
Anemonie Letterpress – Bon Noel, $16/6
Anemonie Letterpress - Happy Holidays. $16/6
Anemonie Letterpress – Happy Holidays. $16/6
Card to Art - Typography Songs mixed set. $15/6
Card to Art – Typography Songs mixed set. $15/6
Green Bird Press - Let it Snow, $19/6
Green Bird Press – Let it Snow, $19/6
Green Bird Press - Ornament, $16/4
Green Bird Press – Ornament, $16/4
HYC Creative Letterpress - Warm Wishes, $4.50 each
HYC Creative Letterpress – Warm Wishes, $4.50 each
Imogen Owen - Let it Snow, £3.00
Imogen Owen – Let it Snow, £3.00
Jessie G Designs - Mistletoe Silkscreen, £3.00
Jessie G Designs – Mistletoe Silkscreen, £3.00
Kinaloon - Santa Silkscreen, $16/6
Kinaloon – Santa Silkscreen, $16/6
Kinaloon - Silver Bells, $16/6
Kinaloon – Silver Bells, $16/6
Moon Tree Press - Fox in Snow, $16/8
Moon Tree Press – Fox in Snow, $16/8
Painted Tongue Studio - Partridge in a Pear Tree, $15/4
Painted Tongue Studio – Partridge in a Pear Tree, $15/4
Paisley Dog Press - Cardinal in the Trees, $4 each
Paisley Dog Press – Cardinal in the Trees, $4 each
Paisley Dog Press - Partridge and Pears, $4 each
Paisley Dog Press – Partridge and Pears, $4 each
Paper Dragonfly - Wish, $4.50
Paper Dragonfly – Wish, $4.50
Pike Street Press - Deer, $24/10
Pike Street Press – Deer, $24/10
Red Bird Ink - Love & Joy, $18/6
Red Bird Ink – Love & Joy, $18/6
Ruby Press - Jolly, $85/50
Ruby Press – Jolly, $85/50
Ruby Press - Noel, $15/5
Ruby Press – Noel, $15/5
Twin Raven Press - Cardinal, $20/6
Twin Raven Press – Cardinal, $20/6
Typoretum - Seasons Greetings Woodblock Type, £3.50
Typoretum – Seasons Greetings Woodblock Type, £3.50
Typoretum - Snowflake,
Typoretum – Snowflake, £3
Wild Ink Press - Peace, $55/30
Wild Ink Press – Peace, $55/30

Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s picks HERE & HERE

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