I hope I find these in my stocking this Christmas...just the sorta thing that will keep me smiling through my work day. Knock Knock knows, "You keep it real in your speech—don’t you want to bring the same off-the-hook self-expression to your written correspondence?" Word Up.
You Work For Them is a great source for designers, offering everything from stock illustrations and fonts to Japanese design books and limited edition posters. I always find some thing to inspire me... take some time to poke around the shop... lots to love.
I have always admired the letterpress work from Elum, and this year at the Stationary show they debuted a new line of journals and wrapping paper. Paper Mojo has just started carrying the whimsical paper. You can also purchase journals and gift bags from Elum.
As you know, I am a bit of a calendar freak. I love unique, graphic calendars that pretty up mundane spaces. Last year I missed out on the limited edition desk calendar from Mav at Port2Port Press, so I thought I better start shopping early if I wanted to score one. While on the prowl I found some other lovely options available at Etsy.
When I was a kid, I used to spend summers with my Grandma in Lubbock, Texas. I loved (and still do!) going to Grandma's and digging through her sewing projects, pulling out the fabric she had gotten since my last visit, and laying on the bed watching her hard at work at her sewing machine. When I got old enough, she taught me to make a dress from a pattern. I struggled through it, and remember thinking it was a heck of a lot easier to just to go buy a dress.
Since then I have only dabbled with sewing... and never from a pattern. I've recently had the itch to really learn how to sew, so I found a class, and a rad one, at The Sewing Studio in Toronto. By the end of Introduction to Sewing, I will be able to make a skirt, from a pattern. The Sewing Studio offers all levels of classes, taught by a wide range of instructors. The space is cozy and inviting, and what I like most is it feels more like getting together with girlfriends than an uptight how-to. If you are in Toronto, and want to learn to sew, check them out.
Blue Ribbon Design is a Brooklyn based stationer lead by designer Kimberly Driessen. Drawing inspiration from ornamentation, china patterns, textiles, and, I found this particularly interesting, historic iron work found in New York City, Blue Ribbon creates exquisite note cards, invitations and announcements. And... If Blue Ribbon's work isn't inspiration enough, they also have a blog, Something Blue.
If I'm honest, I let my Typepad membership lapse and finally got around to updating my information. I am so overwhelmed with the readership I've had while I've been "gone". Sorry I haven't been answering your comments. I've got some good stuff to share with you, so keep reading! :) eva
I am super excited to let you all know that my husband and I are moving to Toronto! We have made several trips a year to work in our company's Toronto office and have always loved the city. And there is a lot of great people there who love letterpress even more than I do... Don Black Linecasting, Trip Print Press, Pantry Press to name a few. I am looking forward to getting to know them better and sharing what I learn from them with you. As you can imagine, juggling the move, the holidays and work not really leaving a lot of time for blogging. But, when I am settled I will be back full force.