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Friday May 30th, 2014

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Twigg’s Bindery

After 10 years of covering the National Stationery Show, few booths have ever jumped out at me the way Twigg’s Bindery did this year. Max and I split up trade show duties this year and when I went back to cover the rows left on our list, I was thrilled to find that mine included…

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Wednesday January 8th, 2014

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20 Great 2014 Calendars

New years call for new calendars, and while I tend to prefer the boring digital calendars I can use online, it’s nice to have something printed out sometimes. Whether you’re looking to circle birthdays or just get a good layout of your yearly planning, there are so many calendars that are pretty much to function…

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Monday October 21st, 2013

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10 Sketch Inspired Designs

I’ve always had a soft spot for hand-drawn details. Whether it’s something that looks like a pencil mark, watercolor splash or like a paintbrush ran across the surface, I’m always pulled in my things that remind me of the act of drawing. I remember blogging nine years ago and having to search far and wide…

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Monday September 23rd, 2013

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Forest & Waves

Forest & Waves is the new lines of cards, prints and home goods from designer and artist Ed Juan. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at the Portland Bazaar for the past two years and he is, without a doubt, one of the nicest designers I’ve ever met. His new collection includes some…

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Tuesday January 22nd, 2013

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25 Great Diaries + Planners

Inspired by Max’s Living In pick for today, I decided to go on the hunt for beautiful diaries and planners. Paper planners are starting to become more of my jam lately, as they’re more difficult to ignore than a tab on my browser I can easily close. I’ve been using a hot pink Rollbahn notebook…

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Thursday January 17th, 2013

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Inkkit Glittery Notions

Max’s washi tape picture frame project has had me hunting down cute tapes online for months now. Our office walls are awfully white, so I’ve been dreaming up fun ways to replicate the patterns he used in larger-scale ways. During my searching, I landed on INKKIT’s Etsy page. The shop is chock-full of sparkly, glittery,…

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Tuesday January 8th, 2013

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30 Great Home Office Organizing Tools

For all its minuses (cold weather, gray skies, no new Homeland episodes), January has a few big pluses, one being the overarching clean slate feeling that the month brings. So all month, I’ll be focusing my product roundups on organizational tools. Today I’m kicking things off with the office, home or otherwise. I’m struggling to get…

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Wednesday November 28th, 2012

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Modern Advent Calendar from Mini-Eco

I never used advent calendars growing up, but I loved going into the homes of friends who did. The idea of a little surprise opening up for every day seems so fun and festive for the holidays. Shops are full of traditional styles, but this fun modern DIY version from Mini-Eco is so clever. Kate…

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Monday November 26th, 2012

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New: Stamps from Fawnsberg

I love customized stamps. They are not only cute and fun to use, but they also encourage real paper mail, which is so special to receive this time of year. One thing that can make paper mail easier to send (especially if you have a lot of cards to mail) is having an address stamp…

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Wednesday November 21st, 2012

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Lacquered Iris Paper Accessories

Well hello, swirly pink pattern I need in my life. This pretty stationery box and pencil holder at Furbish are made from lacquered iris paper that will vary from piece to piece. I have a hard time resisting anything that looks vaguely marbled, so these pieces are on my wishlist. These colors are so beautiful,…

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Wednesday November 14th, 2012

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Wooden Cat Clothespins

My cat obsession knows no boundaries. While dogs have grown on me over the past year, my allegiance will always be to cats. And crazy cat people everywhere. Amy has an awesomely epic cat roundup coming later today, so I thought I’d kick things off with these cute cat clips that I picked up at…

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Wednesday September 19th, 2012

Wednesday September 5th, 2012

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miriam bereson

I always love seeing Miriam Bereson’s new yearly planner designs. They’re a great way to bring a huge dose of color to a home or office, and they’re functional to boot. Adam and Miriam just released their eighth calendar, for 2013, and they’re taking pre-orders now if you’d like to order yours before they’re gone…

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Monday August 20th, 2012

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security pattern paper bags

I’m a sucker for cute paper products, plain and simple. Last week, Max and I went into the city to photograph Hesta Prynn for At Home With and ended up trekking around town looking for patterned paper we could use in projects. After coming home with our arms full of wallpaper and wrapping paper, I realized…

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Friday August 10th, 2012

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paper neighborhood

I grew up with a dad who was always doodling architectural structures on napkins and the sides of notepads. So whenever I see tiny buildings on paper, my heart fills with happiness. This clever little stamp set is the newest venture from The Steam Whistle Press in Cincinnati. “Paper Neighborhood” is a set of 21 rubber…

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Monday July 16th, 2012

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inspiration notepad

Sometimes I have moments where I pinch myself about getting to work with some of the most awesome girls on earth every day. Kate, our DIY queen, always knows where to find the coolest everything and today she nailed it again with these awesome notepads. Kate and I share a love of everyday objects that…

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Monday June 4th, 2012

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rollbahn hot pink notebook

Ok, I know it’s early, but is it too early to blind myself with an insanely hot pink notebook? I didn’t think so. Yesterday I picked up this notebook at Madewell during an impromptu “hot pink” shopping frenzy (I got this belt and shirt, too), and I am so happy I did. Not only is…

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Friday June 1st, 2012

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still life ipad case

I know the idea of repurposing artwork drives some people insane, but I’ve seen so many painted canvases torn in the streets of New York that I love it when people find new ways to keep them in their daily lives. Leslie Oschmann of Swarm is the queen of giving old paintings new life, and…

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Monday May 21st, 2012

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oh joy mouse

It has got to be some sort of blogger rite of passage to have anything tech-related tied to your brand or website. And for the very lovely Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, that moment has come. Joy was invited to collaborate with Microsoft on an artist series of wireless mice that are designed for easy…

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Monday April 30th, 2012

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extase hand-carved stamps

This weekend I met up with two of my favorite friends to check out the MoCCA Festival (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) at the Armory. I’ve never been to a comic book festival, so I had fun taking it all in. During one of our booth chats I ended up discussing wood-block and linocut…

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