June 29, 2009

laser lust

{vinyl silhouette by sillyette}

{laser engraved dollar bills by scott campbell}

{bookends by david stark}

Last week, I began learning to use a laser cutter and am totally delighted and overwhelmed at the endless possibilities that this new medium presents. I'm working on a small line of laser cut papergoods, that I'm super excited about designing and producing. More on that later, I promise... In the meantime, I thought I'd share some lovely laser cut/engraved pieces that I've seen recently, enjoy!

{vinyl silhouette via toxel, engraved money via divine caroline, bookends via @design_sponge}

June 24, 2009

dark and divine dioramas

I discovered the work of Laura Plansker, at Perch last week, and haven't been able to get my mind off of it since! I bought one of her cards and was delighted to find out that her dark dreamscapes are actually miniature sets that she creates and photographs herself.

{images via laura plansker photography}

June 22, 2009

goody giveaway no. 7

You may remember seeing these lovely gems from Gilah Press last month. Pocket sized letterpress notebooks each representing a hobby: art, cooking, gardening, music, sewing and writing. I'm delighted to announce that I have a full set to giveaway to one Crow & Canary reader!

To enter to win:

|| Please leave a comment answering the following:
What is your favorite hobby (past, present or future)?

|| Anonymous comments will be disqualified.

|| Giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, June 29, 2009 .
Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced the following day.

|| One comment per person, unless... Hey, want an extra chance to win?
Blog and/or tweet about our giveaway and post an additional comment with the link.

{images by gilah press + design}

June 19, 2009

{shop} seattle: kobo

{antlers by b. fukuda}

{alphabet designer unknown}

{birch journal by chronicle}

{cup + vases by josiane keller}

KOBO features art and craft goods with a focus on talented Japanese and Pacific Northwest based artists and designers. The shop really has a lovely and unique assortment of home decor, books, jewelry, paper goods, and art. They have two locations in Seattle, Capitol Hill and downtown, within Japantown's historic Higo building.

{images by crow & canary}

June 17, 2009

tcho chocolate goodness

While in San Francisco this week, the mister and I happened across this amazing chocolate shop near Fisherman's wharf. What a treat. We indulged in samples galore and settled on buying the Honey-Roasted Cashews drenced in Dark Chocolate, which Brian and I are equally obssesed with. Needless to say, we're already lamenting their absence. I loved Tcho's Father's Day packaging too, very innovative and utterly delicious!

{images by crow & canary}

June 10, 2009

father's day pick: no. 3

Hello!Lucky is wooing me with this modern greeting. The color palette is pure perfection...

{image via hello!lucky}

June 6, 2009

and the winner is...

Congratulations to Lillibeth of Bon Vivant Press, winner of the Paper Relics giveaway! Thanks to all that entered and bravely posted about their childhood crushes, they were so much fun to read.

{card catalog generator via gabby, she wrote}

June 5, 2009

{2009 national stationery show}
spotlight on: wood

{twig & fig}

{night owl paper goods}

I've saved two of my favorites for last. I absolutely love the idea of using wood veneers for stationery and cards. Night Owl Paper Goods released a staggering, 100 new items at the show this year. An astounding addition to their already charming collection. I'm wondering when this dynamic design duo ever sleeps? Twig & Fig is known for their amazing custom design and stationery. This year marked the debut of their innovative retail line. I fell head over heels in love with all of it, very frame-worthy!

Thank you for all the great feedback on my coverage. Is it premature to say that I'm already looking forward to next year's show?

{images by crow & canary}

June 3, 2009

father's day pick: no. 2

This card from PAPERooT really caught my eye at the Stationery Show. My father is a mariner and I'm quite sure he'd be delighted to receive this in the post. There's some stiff competition this year, haven't decided on the card just yet.

{2009 national stationery show}
spotlight on: pattern & prints

{enid wilson studio}


{rag & bone}

{two trick pony}

I'm really making a concerted effort to finish up my Stationery Show coverage. I saw so many phenomenal designs and paper companies while in NYC, I'm having some trouble knowing when to call it quits. I've decided that Friday is my cut off date, so whatever I can squeeze in between now and then is all she wrote.

My apologies for my blogging absence, as of late. I'm just returning from a road trip I made with my oldest friend, Kathleen - oldest as in, we've been inseparable since Kindergarten, not like she's an octogenarian. I had the honor of accompanying her from Seattle to her new home in Las Vegas, we spent many miles going through the desert wondering when our iphones would ever find service again. It was a lovely trip and I'm so very excited for all the new and exciting things to come for her.

{images by crow & canary}