Aug 31, 2010

2011 Desktop Calendars

As promised one more post on various other kids of calendars.
I've found quite a few of the calendars I showed previously have a smaller desk size version, some of them are pictured here.
 More calendars that don't just hang on your wall.
Found at Paper Source
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Found on Etsy, in Derder's shop
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Also, Jennifer posted this in a comment on the last post, and it's so great I wanted to share it!  A great little accordion calendar for your desk, thanks Jen!  You can see it here too. 
And for my favorite, a vintage brass desk calendar.  Beautiful.  Can be found here on Etsy.

Aug 30, 2010

2011 Calendars Cont'd

So I think the last post on calendars was the most popular thus far!  And since I've got calendars on the brain, I figured I'd continue the post.  (If you didn't read the previous one, check it out here). 
I mentioned before in this post how lately I'm really into letterpress.  I found a lovely combination of the two!
This is a letterpress calendar created by Linda & Harriett.  I found it on Luxe Paperie but you can also find it on their website.  A bonus to this calendar (similar to the Paper Source calendar I have!) is that each sheet turns into a sweet postcard you can tear off and send when that month is complete!  Pictured below. 
Another company I've talked about before is Egg Press.  They have a 2011 calendar also that goes right with their style; upbeat, cheerful, bright colors and very festive! 
I especially love August page with the bounty of vegetables, so fitting! 
This next calendar is done by a company called SusyJack*.  I had never heard of them before I found Luxe Paperie, and now I'm a huge fan!  Their products are all eco-friendly and are all printed and assembled in the U.S.  The website is here, and their 2011 wall calendar is below.
 And last is Snow & Graham's 2011 calendar.  They're using many of their classic patterns/designs but I still love it!  (I got some of their items on my paper buying trip to Chicago!). 

More posts to come on other types of calendars for this coming year!

Aug 25, 2010

2011 Calendars

I just got a catalogue in the mail from Paper Source, and their 2011 calendars are out!
I don't know about you, but I go crazy for calendars.  Each year I look forward to getting a new one for my office, desktop and one I can take with me (although now that our calendars are online I get sad that I don't have uses for as many as I used to!).  I received Paper Source's 2010 calendar for Christmas from Josh's parents and its been something I've enjoyed in my office all year long!  Here it is on my wall. 

One of my favorite parts about this calendar is that after each month is over, I rip out the paper with the lovely design and I get to make something out of it.  They make it so easy for you by printing templates on the back, I've loved having each month become my new favorite file folder or bookmark or card to send to someone.  Here are my most recent creations.
Next person that gets a small gift from me will get it in the sweet penguin pillow box!

Aug 23, 2010

Architecture Survey, Last 30 Years

After I did the last post on Renzo Piano, I discovered that I've been gravitating towards articles I see relating to architecture!  It is really beautiful and amazing, so I thought I'd share this article with you.  Vanity Fair recently polled 52 of the brightest and best architects, professors and writers on architecture.  The poll included asking these individuals what they thought was the most significant building built in the last 30 years.  I looked through the responses and have listed and pictured the next 7 top responses below.  What beautiful work that's out there!
The top response was overwhelmingly Frank Ghery's Guggenheim Bilbao Museum (pictured below).   
Covered almost completely in glass, titanium, and limestone it definitely makes an impression.
But among the answers from the individuals polled, came out a few others that I was excited to research.

Aug 13, 2010

Table + Chairs Matching?

I wrote a while back in a post about dining room tables, and I wondered about the pros or cons of having a dining room table without matching chairs. 
I saw this post from Colour Me Happy today and loved her take on things!  Check it out here
And here's some great photos of dining room tables with mis-matched chairs, compliments of CB2 & West Elm.

Aug 11, 2010


I've been researching letterpress wedding invitations in order to find some beautiful examples.  No, I'm not getting married again, I'm designing my Aunt's wedding invitations!  The look is going to be simple, elegant and classy, everything that to me envelopes letterpress.
For those that don't know, the definition of letterpress, according to Webster, is 'the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface'.  Or better explained it's the printing of text and image using a printing press and movable type which then creates a relief imprint of the text and image on the paper.  OK I don't know if I explained that very well, but its the type of thing where if someone hands you a business card that's letter press, you run your fingers over it, feel the relief and go, wow, nice.  At least I do!
As I've been perusing I've found these amazing letterpress examples and studios!  I love that there are still people out there doing this, I hope it doesn't become a lot art form.  Dauphine Press has a beautiful line of wedding invitations.  Here are some of my favorites from her site.

I love the envelope liner on the last one, just makes everything look and feel more fancy.
I found a site called Minna Designs.  Here are my favorites from there.
A really unique save the date that highlighted the couple's journeys to get to the wedding site.  Very cute, and quite a lot of colors.  Now that I'm looking at this, I'm not certain its letterpress, but still great.
I also found Sesame Letterpress who produce some great wedding invitation designs.  Here's my favorite!
  And a closeup so you can see the full effect of the letterpress beauty!
 That's all for now, but more lovely wedding designs to come, letterpress and regular.

Big Cartel

For those who love Etsy, I recently stumbled across this amazing find called Big Cartel.  Similar in style and purpose to Etsy but it seems to be slightly more 'official' in nature.  What I mean by that instead of each 'shop' having the same look and feel with a customized banner of some kind, each 'shop' has its own look and feel, generally they seem to be matched to the stores or business's website.  This is a nice feature for places that have the resources to put up a website, but maybe don't have the time or money to have someone build them a shop within that website.  
So, speaking of one of the companies that has a shop in Big Cartel, I am really liking what These Are Things has up in their shop
And the one below is actually letterpress!  More on letterpress later, I've become enthralled with it, but I think it deserves its own post. 

Aug 3, 2010

Yes, Even More Paper

A few samples from what I bought on the paper shopping spree a few weeks ago.  I had so much fun (thanks Lex!).  We went to Paper Doll & Greer and I found beautiful things, wanted them all and only bought a precious few. 
Notepads by Snow & Graham.  I love the simplicity and brightness in their patterns.  See all their products here.  I've been writing many more notes at work now and clipping them to papers.  Adds a little flavor and makes me happy throughout the day.  Great purchases to spice up my work life!
Little blank note cards from EggPress.  I'd never heard of this line before but all their products I saw at the shops we went to were spectacular.  Their products here. Some of you should expect these in the mail...
And here's a couple shots of the large scale paper in one of the stores, most of it was Snow & Graham designs. More photos of what I bought (hopefully before & after style) to come! 

P.S. Thanks to all who've read my blog and told me they have.  Everyone has been so complimentary and I'm really grateful!  This is my 50th post, can you believe it!?