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

 

 

Wrapping Up the Holidays

I’m in a bit of a pickle. This is due to the fact that I got a jump on holiday shopping, and proudly began the wrapping process a couple weeks ago, getting more than halfway through before running out of wrapping paper. Which did not impact my continued shopping – that’s been going full steam ahead; without a list and apparently with very little regard to what I might have already purchased. Because, of course, I can’t remember what’s in all those lovely packages. So now that I’ve procured more paper (and more gifts), I’m mostly just staring at the whole mess in hopes of an epiphanal moment. Note to self: wrap everything at the same time. Make a list. And buy plenty of gift wrap. (As always, click to shop!)

Pemberly Pond, Italy - Gift wrap set, $8.32
Pemberly Pond, Italy – Gift wrap set, $8.32
The Container Store - Christmas Ikat Dots, $9.79
The Container Store – Christmas Ikat Dots, $9.79
Paper Source - Dashing Reindeer, $7.95
Paper Source – Dashing Reindeer, $7.95
Wrappily - Reversible trees, $5
Wrappily – Reversible trees, $5
Wrappily - Reversible geos, $5
Wrappily – Reversible geos, $5
Crate & Barrel - Fiesta Flag, $5.95 (sale)
Crate & Barrel – Fiesta Flag, $5.95 (sale)
Laurie Clark Designs - Deer Wreath, $11
Laurie Clark Designs – Deer Wreath, $11
Sea Urchin Studio - Fox, $8.50
Sea Urchin Studio – Fox, $8.50
Ruff House Art - Holiday Text, $6.50
Ruff House Art – Holiday Text, $6.50
Target - Snowflake, $5
Target – Snowflake, $5
Target - Deer, $5
Target – Deer, $5
Snow and Graham - Mistletoe, $6.50
Snow and Graham – Mistletoe, $6.50
Snow & Graham - Pinecones, $6.50
Snow & Graham – Pinecones, $6.50
Norman's Printery - Midcentury wrap, $14 / 12 sheets
Norman’s Printery – Midcentury wrap, $14 / 12 sheets
Blessing & Honor - Olive leaf, $2.52
Blessing & Honor – Olive leaf, $2.52
Crate & Barrel - Ornament, $5.37
Crate & Barrel – Ornament, $5.37
Paper Source - Dots, $4.95
Paper Source – Dots, $4.95
The Paper Kit - Black trees
The Paper Kit – Black trees
Paper Source - Flicker, $4.95
Paper Source – Flicker, $4.95
The Container Store - Prismatic, $11.99
The Container Store – Prismatic, $11.99
Wrapped by Alice - Red Turtle Dove, $2.90
Wrapped by Alice – Red Turtle Dove, $2.90
Norman's Printery - Metallic silkscreened collection, $35 / 7 sheets
Norman’s Printery – Metallic silkscreened collection, $35 / 7 sheets
Flower Seed Paper - Silver Branches, $9
Flower Seed Paper – Silver Branches, $9
Blessing & Honor - Snowflake, $2.52
Blessing & Honor – Snowflake, $2.52
World Market - Striped Snowbirds collection, $6.49 (sale)
World Market – Striped Snowbirds collection, $6.49 (sale)
Smock Paper - Trees, $9
Smock Paper – Trees, $9
Smock Paper - Tweed, $7
Smock Paper – Tweed, $7
Wrapped by Alice - White Deer, $2.66
Wrapped by Alice – White Deer, $2.66
Norman's Printery - Winter Forest, $14 / 12 sheets
Norman’s Printery – Winter Forest, $14 / 12 sheets

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

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

Getting the Holidays all Wrapped Up

Hopefully, you’ve got the bulk of your holiday shopping behind you and are moving into phase 2: the official gift beautification process. Through which – if done correctly, can lift even the most mundane of presents (did my hubby really ask Santa for deodorant?) to the sublime. Here are a few lovely contenders to get you started…

Smock Paper Mistletoe double-sided gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Smock Paper Pagent double-sided gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Marimekko Praliini Silver Gift Wrap, $7.95/roll
Oopsy Daisy - Handprinted kraft wrap, $4.50
Paper Source Red Winter Berries gift wrap, $2.50/sheet, $7.95/roll
Target Blue Green Holiday Pattern gift wrap. $2.50/roll
Target Modern Ornaments gift wrap, $2.50/roll
Whimsy Press Modern Wonderland double-sided gift wrap, $4.50/sheet
Winter Trees recycled gift wrap, $7.95/roll
Whimsy Press Festive Forrest double-sided gift wrap, $4.50/sheet
Emily Hogarth UK Christmas Robin gift wrap, approx. $3.25/sheet
Heidi Pine Cone gift wrap $9.99/4 sheets
Heidi Dovey gift wrap, $9.99/4 sheets

Nothing to Wine About

It’s coming. Next week is the official start of the Holiday scene. (A fact obviously lost on the big box retailers who’ve been milking it since before Halloween. Bleh.) Over the next month or so, many of us will be schlepping from soiree to soiree, bottle of wine in hand. And yes, I suppose a person could just hand the unadorned vino to one’s host – but where’s the fun in that? When great packaging comes in to play, it adds a burst of festivity, don’t you think? Here are a few of this season’s finest wine gift bags… (As always, click to shop!)

Towne Nine - Set of 3 canvas wine bags, $32.00
Josh Jakus - Winepocket, $29.00
The Container Store - Red bird bottle tote, $4.29
Studio Patro - Linen tea towel, $24.00
Paper Source - Pool dots wine bag, $3.90
Built - Neoprene wine tote, $15.27
Working Class Studio - Lattice bottle bag, $6.99
Space Moderne - Wool wine pocket, $20.00
Jane Gotts - Eco twill wine bag, $5.00
Bob's Your Uncle - Set of 6 assorted wine bags, $16.00
G Studio Style - Fabric wine tote, $14.00

Old McDonald Never Had It So Good

Jean Orlebeke, an Oakland, CA-based designer, founded eieio studio with the idea that “in no uncertain terms, you are the paper you wrap with”. Amen to that. So, if you’re progressive, quirky and unique, her line is the perfect means of self-expression. While you can’t buy direct from their site – yet (although I understand that’s coming) – they do have a store finder function for those of you lucky enough to be in markets they’ve conquered.

Smock Wrap

In May, at the New York Stationery Show, I became very enamoured of an awesome little paper company called Smock. Everything about them seems so authentic and fresh; their branding, design style, and even philosophies (“We’re trying to make the world better right now”). My favorite part of their line has to be the double sided wrapping paper, printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Yummy.

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