Today’s Track – Squares, The Beta Band

I thought something mild and centering for today, from a British group to celebrate my arrival in London today! Squares by The Beta Band from the album Hot Shots II, 2001.

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Today’s Track – Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais,

A little something today to get me in the mood for my plane ride to Paris this weekend! Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais (“I came to tell you I’m leaving”) by Claude Monnet & Monica Nogueira from the album Hôtel Costes Volume 7, 2004.

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Spring Summer 2017 Color Trends from the Trend Council

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Today’s peek at directional theme trends for the Spring Summer 2017 season comes from the Trend Council, a great trend forecasting agency for the fashion industry that provides both analysis and design inspiration.

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On Empathy

Such a lovely piece.

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Today’s Track – Fortunate, Maxwell

I’m feeling like it’s time to take a moment to count my blessings, a savor the utter bliss of gratitude. Fortunate by Maxwell from the album We Got It Covered, 2003.

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Norman’s Printery

Norman's Printery

The holidays may be over, but occasions to wrap thoughtful treasures for others still abound throughout the year. I’m loving these designs from Norman’s Printery, a little Easy shop out of Northern New Jersey run by designer/maker/printer Cliff Cordes. It’s awesome that the assorted collections layer so nicely together – making for a fun, multiple gift assortment. (As always, click to shop!)

Mid-Century Modern Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) on recycled kraft paper, $14
Mid-Century Modern Collection – 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″ on recycled kraft paper, $14
1800's English Patterns Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) on recycled kraft paper, $14
1800’s English Patterns Collection / Cool – 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″, $14
Black & White Speckled - 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (6 each of 2 designs) 13" x 19", $14
Black & White Speckled – 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (6 each of 2 designs) 13″ x 19″, $14
Plaid Collection -
Plaid Collection – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14
Brushed Dots - 12 sheets of 13" x 9" recycled newsprint, $14
Brushed Dots – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint, $14
Spring Art Nouveau Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13" x 19" on recycled kraft paper, $14
Spring Art Nouveau Collection – 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″ on recycled kraft paper, $14
Organic Geometry in Metallic Copper Collection - 12 sheets of 13" x 19" recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14
Organic Geometry in Metallic Copper Collection – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14

 

 

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