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letterpress office print


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this letterpress office print by Katie Kirk of Eight Hour Day (also the illustrator of Eli, Noremember that cutie?). Buy it here.

This is a perfect addition to our home studio, which happens to be the same shade of yellow as is seen in the print…

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can I make you a drink?


An essential part of any well-appointed bar is a bar book – but I’d be tempted to ditch the whole book idea in favor of a stylish option like these classic cocktail bar cards by etsy seller neilhubert. Screen printed and packaged neatly in newsprint, these would be a fun gift to any cocktail enthusiast (or to yourself!) I’m tempted to order two sets – one to frame, and one to use.


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inspiration found :: cookbooks


la cucina :: culinaria spain

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love cookbooks – I love reading them, looking through their gorgeous photography and/or illustrations, cooking from them, and I love admiring them on my bookshelf. There are so many gorgeous books out there simply dripping with inspiration – an hour or two in the cooking aisles at the bookstore and I come away wanting to pull out the sketchbook as well as my All Clad.


I Know How to Cook :: The Patisseries of Paris (cover design by the uber-talented Jessica Hische)



Complete Thomas Keller (The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon) :: Vefa’s Kitchen :: The Country Cooking of France

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design going to the dogs



Even our furry friends deserve well designed products.

Doggie dishes by these creatures, found via Oh Joy!

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renegade chicago :: wishing to be there

This time last year, we were on our way to Jonathan’s hometown, Chicago. Our trip coincided with Renegade Handmade’s holiday sale at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse – so of course, we took advantage of the coincidence and went to check it out. This year, the sale is December 5 & 6 – alas, we won’t be there, but if you are fortunate enough to live in the windy city go check it out (we will live vicariously through you)! Thankfully, each artist I’ve mentioned here also sells online (phew) so I’ve also included links to each artist’s etsy shop if, like us, you won’t be attending.


If we were there, we’d definitely be picking up a few of the following items from some of our favorite artists…


Jonathan and I are huge fans of the witty cards from Mincing Mockingbird, but I’m also smitten with the prints of these expressive little birds. I’d love to pick up these two little guys. (etsy shop)



Pearl and Marmalade is one of my favorite letterpress studios – their illustrations are gorgeous! I’ve recently depleted my supply of blank cards and I’d love to pick up some of these lovelies. (etsy shop)



1Canoe2 has some beautiful letterpress prints available (love the home sweet home print) but I’m especially smitten with the letterpress recipe card box. The recipe cards and tabs feature hand lettering and original illustrations; even the darling wooden box is handmade! (etsy shop)

Sigh. Wish we could see these lovelies (and so much more!) in person. If only Renegade would come to Seattle (or even Portland!). Until then, we will continue to lust after our favorite pieces online. Stay tuned early next week for some of Jonathan’s Renegade picks!


ideapaint :: great idea!


I love the idea of chalkboard paint. Doodling thoughts as they strike – brainstorming as a team – making checklists – an entire wall’s worth of chalkboard space would be great for these very uses. But, there’s a problem: chalk makes me squeamish. Seriously. It’s a texture thing. Even thinking about using chalk makes my skin crawl.

Having this affliction, I was incredibly excited to discover (via the How blog) that there is a delightfully non-icky alternative: IdeaPaint! Using IdeaPaint, you can turn any wall, door, desk, or other surface into a whiteboard surface. I LOVE this and will immediately commence convincing Jonathan that we need to paint one of the walls in our office with this stuff. Increased productivity, here I come!

{oh, and…the packaging is pretty cool too!}





paper swoon


If you are as infatuated with paper as we are, check out these Paper Packs from Three Potato Four. Each one is brimming with timeless ephemera. In their own words: “Each pack is uniquely different, but is filled with a combination of numbers, type, pattern, graphics and color through an assortment of maps, tickets, stamps, cards, labels, signs, stencils and and all things old school.”

Buy your own unique pack here in their shop. The creative possibilities are endless!

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sollinero silkscreen prints


I’m in love with these whimsical silkscreen prints by Buenos Aires illustrator sollinero. Check out her etsy store here – it’s brimming with eye candy. (And yes, that is a frenchie in the illustrations!)


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2010 calendars

It’s that time of year  – time to think about new calendars / planners / organizational tools for 2010. More on planner / organizational possibilities later – right now I’m trying to narrow the field for a calendar choice. I’m especially drawn to the idea of a poster style calendar – easy to display and an affordable option for some new artwork in the home. This lovely letterpress calendar from Dutch Door Press is currently in the lead as one of my favorites.


If you’re still in the market for a 2010 calendar, check out some of these great roundups presented by various bloggers:

Paper Crave 2010 Calendar Roundup Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
Decor8 2010 Wall Calendars, Desk Calendars, and Poster Calendars
Oh So Beautiful Paper 2010 Calendar Roundup Part 1 and Part 2

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optimism vs. pessimism


Unfortunately, these posters (by Because Studio) are sold out (WHY did I not discover these sooner?) but I love them and am crossing my fingers for a reprint. They would work well in our office – glass half full poster over my work area, glass half empty poster over Jonathan’s work area, since that’s how we each look at the world. Although, Jonathan did have an alternate idea: frame the two back to back, and just flip it around depending on your mood.

If they do reprint, we’ll a) order immediately and b) decide the best way to display. In any case. the colors are PERFECT for our home office.

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