It’s a Date!

Yes, I know. I have a calendar on my phone. And Outlook keeps me constantly reminded of where I’m supposed to be, when. But I’m a fool for paper, so I still insist on having non-electronic versions to keep me company.

Red Cruiser - Beer + Food Calendar, $26
Red Cruiser – Beer + Food Calendar, $26
Red Cruiser (detail)
Red Cruiser (detail)
Red Cruiser (detail)
Red Cruiser (detail)
Khristian A Howell - $25
Khristian A Howell – $25
Khristian A Howell - detail
Khristian A Howell – detail
Pei Design - Art Print, $24
Pei Design – Art Print, $24
Dozi - Shapes. $22
Dozi – Shapes. $22
Dozi - Shapes (detail)
Dozi – Shapes (detail)
Dozi - Seasons, $22
Dozi – Seasons, $22
Dozi - Seasons (detail)
Dozi – Seasons (detail)
Go Go Picnic - Silkscreened print, $20
Go Go Picnic – Silkscreened print, $20
J Press Designs - Desk Calendar, $15
J Press Designs – Desk Calendar, $15
J Press Designs (detail)
J Press Designs (detail)
1 Canoe 2 - Oversized Calendar, $69
1 Canoe 2 – Oversized Calendar, $69
1 Canoe 2 - Oversized Calendar, $69
1 Canoe 2 (detail)
Page by Paige - Printable 5x7 Calendar, $3
Page by Paige – Printable 5×7 Calendar, $3
Modern Printer Matter - $24
Modern Printer Matter – $24
Modern Printed Matter - (detail)
Modern Printed Matter – (detail)
Strawberry Luna - Turtledoves silkscreened print, $15
Strawberry Luna – Turtledoves silkscreened print, $15
Krank Press - Produce Calendar, $20
Krank Press – Produce Calendar, $20
Krank Press (detail)
Krank Press (detail)
Krank Press (detail)
Krank Press (detail)
Decoy Lab - Big Numbers 11x14 $20
Decoy Lab – Big Numbers 11×14 $20
Studio on Fire, Minneapolis - Letterpress Calendar, $30
Studio on Fire, Minneapolis – Letterpress Calendar, $30
Studio on Fire (detail)
Studio on Fire (detail)

2014 New Year’s Card Favorites

The reprieve – for those of us who had every intention of sending out holiday cards… but didn’t – is that wishing friends and family a very happy new year will do in a pinch. (As always, click to shop)

Emily New Years Card
Emily McDowell Draws – $4.50
Little Low Studio - $4.50
Little Low Studio – $4.50
Campbell Raw Press - $16/6
Campbell Raw Press – $16/6
Bremerton Letterpress - $4.50
Bremerton Letterpress – $4.50
417 Press - $5
417 Press – $5
Studio Slo Mo - $5
Studio Slo Mo – $5
Ensatina Press - $21/7
Ensatina Press – $21/7
Pistachio Press - $15/6
Pistachio Press – $15/6
Sapling Press - $18/6
Sapling Press – $18/6
Wafourou Letterpress - $4.22
Wafourou Letterpress – $4.22
Foglio Press - $20/6
Foglio Press – $20/6
Anemone Letterpress - $16/6
Anemone Letterpress – $16/6
Rifle Paper - $4.50
Rifle Paper – $4.50

Today’s Track – Happy, Pharrell Williams

I’m hopeful that everyone out there is still basking in glow of holiday happiness! Need a little boost to perpetuate the sensation? How about the world’s first 24-hour video? Catchy little tune with randoms dancing their hearts out sprinkled modestly with celebrity cameos. And you can skip around to watch different “times” if you don’t happen to have 24 continuous hours to spare.

Visit 24 HOURS of HAPPY

Happy by Pharrell Williams from the motion picture soundtrack Despicable Me 2, 2013.

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Holiday Light Show

I’m speechless. Now, if this was CGI or some such thing, that would be one thing. But this lights display is the real deal; painstakingly choreographed to “Carol of the Bells”. Yes, this is somebody’s actual house, decked out in 45,000 lights; all choreographed via 176 channels of computer control. Ridiculous and obsessive? Maybe. But it’s definitely a showstopper of astounding ambition and seasonal spirit! Merry, merry Christmas.

The Santa Brand Book

I couldn’t resist sharing this today. The Santa Brand Book is a bit of seasonal silliness from the UK communication consultancy “Quietroom”. Most impressive style guide I’ve seen in a long time; best enjoyed with eggnog! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everyone!

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Today’s Track – Sleigh Ride, Crystal Theory

I’m sitting here completely baffled by the fact that Christmas is only a few short days away. Time to start baking those cookies so mom and I can distribute our annual cookie plates to the neighbors! So, today – a bit of cheeky baking music to set the mood for our kitchen antics. Sleigh Ride by Crystal Theory from the album Christmas Chillout, 2005.

Christmas Chillout

Soft Seasonal Decor

I’m not really a holiday decor enthusiast. I mean, we get at tree and deck it out with festive & eclectic ornaments collected over the years, and I drape some twinkle lights over the mantle, but that’s about it. This year, though, there are such a great selection of really subtle yet seasonal pieces that I’m totally tempted to go all in…   (As always, click to shop!)

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Wrapping up the Holidays

Prettifying thoughtful little treasures is one of the great pleasures of gift giving. I always start the holiday season thinking I’m gunna get all DIY, and make my own gift wrap using kraft paper, potatoes, ink and a generous dose of creativity. And then reality sets in. Good thing there are so many amazing options out on the open market…

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Snow & Graham – Mistletoe, $6.50
Snow and Graham - Ball Branch, $6.50
Snow and Graham – Ball Branch, $6.50
Smock Paper - Festoon Wrap, $9 for 2 sheets
Smock Paper – Festoon Wrap, $9 for 2 sheets
Smock Paper - Eastham, $9 for 2 sheets
Smock Paper – Eastham, $9 for 2 sheets
Crate and Barrel - Sweater Gift Wrap, $5.96
Crate and Barrel – Sweater Gift Wrap, $5.96
Crate and Barrel - Trees gift wrap, $5.96
Crate and Barrel – Trees gift wrap, $5.96
Paper and Present - Berries Gift Wrap, $10 roll
Paper and Present – Berries Gift Wrap, $10 roll
Paper and Present - Berries and Leaves Gift Wrap, $25 big roll
Paper and Present – Berries and Leaves Gift Wrap, $25 big roll
Hello Hey Yo - Fair Isle Wrapping Paper, $4
Hello Hey Yo – Fair Isle Wrapping Paper, $4
Ruff House Art - Holiday Chevron, $6
Ruff House Art – Holiday Chevron, $6
Rifle Paper Co. - Good Tidings, $12
Rifle Paper Co. – Good Tidings, $12
Evaen Anne - Red and Green Wrap, $9 for 3 sheets
Evaen Anne – Double-Sided Red and Green Wrap, $9 for 3 sheets
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Evaen Anne – Double-Sided Mod Wrap, $9.80 for 3 sheets
Nguyen Paper Co - Icons, $12 for 3 sheets
Nguyen Paper Co – Icons, $12 for 3 sheets
Paper Source - Cardinal in a Tree, $7.95 roll
Paper Source – Cardinal in a Tree, $7.95 roll
Paper Source - Pine Branch on Slate, $7.95 roll
Paper Source – Pine Branch on Slate, $7.95 roll
Papyrus - Retro Ornaments, $9.95/roll
Papyrus – Retro Ornaments, $9.95/roll
Anthropologie - Golden Boughs, $12
Anthropologie – Golden Boughs, $12

Today’s Track – What Child is This, Downhere

‘Tis the season, as they say, and I for one can already use a break from the typical Christmas fare they’re piping into every shop, restaurant, salon and elevator I’ve stepped into over the past couple weeks. This one is definitely an outsider, with its simple guitar, French refrains and religious embrace. What Child Is This by Downhere from the album How Many Kings, 2010.

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Fall Winter 2014-2015 Trend Forecast from Patternbank

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Love this look towards trends for autumn/winter 2014-2015 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. I’m only sharing a little teaser today – you can get the full report by clicking on any image below.

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