Wouldn’t it be fun to take this cardboard deer head and cover it with maps of Brooklyn?
Deer head found here.
Image found here.
Trying to whip that husband or boyfriend of yours into shape? Desperately searching on his behalf for a New Year’s Resolution that he might actually be able to keep? I stumbled across something recently that might work wonders on the men in our lives. Allow me to explain…
In the summer of 2009, I came across two recent UVA grads selling stationery in cigar boxes at the Charlottesville City Market. Fresh off a front page article in the local newspaper, the guys at Forgetful Gentleman were starting a company to make it easier for the busy, modern man to become (as they say) “a gentleman.”
Fast forward 18 months, and boy, have they come a long way (how many of us have been mentioned in Businessweek?!). After reading up on them, I determined that being a “Gentleman” is (among a few other things) remembering to wish your mother a happy birthday, or thanking a friend for coming to your rescue, or better yet, knowing how to convey your love to that special someone. Wouldn’t we all like that :)
According to the original forgetful gentlemen, Brett and Nate, real gentlemen say, “Thank you.” and “I love you!” – and not just with an e-mail or, worse, a text message < LOL :)> but with a handwritten and personal note. For any of you that call Charlottesville home, I know that Rock Paper Scissors on the Downtown Mall carries their products, or you can just check out their website.
It’s only January 13th, but I think I know what I’ll be getting for Bryan (shhhh) for Valentine’s Day this year…
Drumroll please…allow me introduce you to the creative & fabulous, Anna C. De Leon. I met Anna several months ago when I was the lucky winner of her stationery giveaway! After I received the most fabulous notecards from her (I seriously went through all 12 of them in less than 3 days,) I knew that this was one chica in Charlotte that I had to meet. For Anna, her passion and love for creativity stems from her Fashion Merchandising & Graphic Design background. Her graphic & stationery worlds collided when she was on the hunt for her own wedding invitations….nothing in the stores seemed to fit. Anna took matters into her own hands & decided to make her own. She quickly started designing other stationery & the rest, my friends, is h.i.s.t.o.r.y. Anna specializes in unique wedding invitations and personal stationery products…Check out her website here!
We’ve all heard of Daily Candy, right? That creative lifestyle e-mail that pops up in your inbox every morning bringing you the insider’s scoop to everything ‘you.just.can’t.live.without.’ The other day, I was browsing through an article about a fabo. new textile line & I noticed the sweetest bulldog line drawing right on the front page…the simplicity & personality drew me in closer & I got to searchin’. Oh, say about and hour later, I learned about the illustrator that draws all the images on the Daily Candy website, Miss Capricho. Love her chic & colorful images.
CHeck out her flickr photostream here.
Another yearly ritual Lauren looks forward to diving into full speed is “magazine sorting.” Lauren subscribes to dozens of magazines & throughout the year, she has little time to read them. She arrives in Aruba with approximately a small boat-load of unread magazines & each day, she tears out articles and tid-bits from each one. Afterward, she divides all the articles, recipes, work-out tips, “must have” items, and organizing tips into several different groups and transfers all this info into separate mole-skin books (this moleskin series is particularly nice.) It doesn’t stop there…she then adds the lists to a downloaded i-phone app like the moleskine i-phone app or notifyme. If this girl wasn’t an attorney in Dallas, she’d be the most fantastic personal organizer that ever stepped foot on this planet.
Dani Cards. Sweet cards. Sweet stories.
you don't feel strapped in. you feel nervous. you want to puke. but it's also euphoric. kind of like taking risks and falling in love and traveling to foreign lands on your own... you don't feel strapped in. you feel nervous. you want to puke. but it's worth it. it's so worth it.
we were biking on a deserted road passing by hundreds of thick trees on our way to easter lunch. dylan had bought flowers to bring for miranda. i lagged behind on my old pedal bike. he stretched out his arms and the whole sunday smiled.
this little plane flew quietly overhead as i sat so small in front of the indian ocean. there was no point to the day, only to scavenge for shells and write things in the sand and maybe take a nap by the dunes. it reminded me that flying is hard. getting your wings together and gathering up belief and choosing to aim for the heavens, it's hard. but once you're up there, the view is...ridiculous. congratulations should always be in order for such things.
I’m one of them. Willy Wonka would say, ”We are the music makers, the dreamers of dreams” & i’ll add…”we are the list-makers.” I just seem to make lists all the time…lists of things I love, lists of things to get done, lists of people I need to write, & lists of random thoughts. In the evening, I’ll even make a list of everything i’ve accomplished that day just to get the pure satisfaction of crossing everything off. Something about these lists printed with white foil on 100% recycled paper caught my eye.
Yesterday afternoon, I was at the grocery store picking up the ingredients for a “perfect evening in” & this wine isle this label caught my eye. Decision made…this malbec was coming home with me. I kept looking at the label and it reminded me of a page from the June issue of the Anthropologie catalog & funny enough, Hatch Show Prints is the ridiculously cool company that designed both the wine label and collaborated with Anthro. to design the summer catalog. I think I failed to mention that Hatch is the oldest working letterpress print shop in America & i’m sure most of you know about my intense love for letterpress. Hatch also has used vintage wood block type and hand cut linoleum to make some pretty fabulous posters for some hug names in music.
I woke up and the first thing on my mind was a grommet. Strange, huh? You’d think i’d be preparing for my two jewelry shows Boston this week, but I just couldn’t get grommets off my head. Grommets are those strange little-metal-thing-a-ma-jigs used for reinforcing holes. In my opinion, I think that they’re a pretty darn cool invention. Whether they be on shoes, clothing or stationery, I just like them. I especially like the envelopes where a string is tied with a grommet and you have to unwrap the string to open the envelope. Because i’m procrastinating from carefully packing up my 100′s of pieces of jewelry for the Boston trip, I figured that this morning would be the perfect time to figure out the whole grommet-envelope-string thing (and, of course I would have random grommets hanging around the house). I gotta say, stationery lovers, I really like the way my project turned out…I might be on to something.
I’ve enjoyed reading the whitty equations from Craig Damraeur & I don’t even need to take out a calculator.
An interesting enevelope arrives in the mail….hmmm. When the envelope is opened and the paper is unfolded & handled, the following phrase is revealed: the future belongs to the few of us willing to get our hands dirty. Unique concept and oh so very true. Get out there & get dirty.
Poster created by Roland Tiangco
As many of you know, stationery is my weakness. Put me in a stationery store for the day and i’m good to go. I love looking through each card, feeling the weight of the paper, running my fingers over the indentation of the letterpress type, and the way each card is individually packaged in clear card jackets. If there is a vast selection of pens and felt markers to test, I’m in heaven. I make sure to tear the first “pen-tester-sheet” off the small notepad. Of course, the top tester sheet on the stack is usually filled with doodles and random scribbles, and I love to have a clean test sheet to try each pen…making sure I give each one a fair try. There is just something about making the first mark on a blank piece of paper. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to receive a few of my new paper packaging materials in the mail yesterday & just had to take a few photos for you to see. I’ll be including these in each order from www.erinmcdermott.com.
I’d like to say that I enjoy baking, but it’s not really my speciality. A little too precise orderly for me. You actually have to take exact measurements of flour, sugar, eggs, salt, baking soda, and vanilla & if you’re off by even a teaspoon, the entire recipe can fall apart. Cooking, on the other hand, I love. I think it’s because I’ve never really followed a recipe when I cook. I love to add my own spices and concoctions to meats, fish, vegetables, and stews. I taste as I go (which can be a problem because i’m usually full by the time I sit down to eat), but I love inventing my own recipes and altering others. A pinch of this and splash of that and viola, you’ve got the perfect meal. I actually took a month long culinary course in NYC one summer and fell in love with the creative process of cooking. Each day, we’d work with a different type of food…one day we’d work with eggs and another day we’d switch to figs. I learned that cooking (like jewelry design) has no rules or boudaries. My mother is the sort of person that travels to other countries with a separate suitcase and fills the suitcase up with exotic spices and salts. She’ll come home with a variety of fabulous dried herbs, curries, and cultural delicacies to be used for rubs on fish and magic flavors to be brought out in dishes. Many months ago, I started my own recipe book. Everytime I cook something new, I’ll write down the recipe and take a photo of the food and the company we shared during the meal. In a way, it’s a sort of like a cooking journal…a photo album and personal journey in the kitchen.
What does lobster bisque, a Norwegian Sky, pumpkin pudding, an Arizona Sunset and a drizzly afternoon have in common? They are all the names of colored pencils…and there are 495 other funky and unique names. The 500 colored pencil set is the only set that matches the span and wonder of human creativity. Each pencil has a name, a story, and a gorgeous hue. The coolest thing about this set is that you don’t get them all at once. For 20 months you will receive 25 new pencils in the mail. If you’re stuck in an artistic block, feeling uninspired, or need something just to keep you going, these pencils will awaken that creative spark.
I had so much fun sharing a booth with Cary Oliva the other weekend at the UVA Artisans Bazaar. Cary, from ByCary, uses polariod transfers, paper, watercolors, rare images, and textiles to create gorgeous cards, calandars, marble coasters and other unique treasures.
I love her quote on her etsy page:
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art”. – Leonardo Da Vinci
Simply put…I love hand-written letters. I feel like handwriting can tell so much about a person. The calligraphy of Bryn Chernoff from Paperfinger caught my eye. Paperfinger is based out of Brooklyn, New York and Bryn encompasses a playful and unique style in her projects. Check out her work here. Never underestimate the power of a hand-written letter.