April 29, 2010

creative crush: daily calligrapher

There's something about the art of calligraphy that's captured my attention from a young age. My grandmother dabbled in it and I remember the joy of watching her address envelopes followed with her signature Fleur-de-Lis wax seal. Currently, I've begun a pen pal correspondence with the lovely and talented Grace Edmands. Her work is exquisite and every time I see her handwriting in my mailbox, I can't help but grin.

The magic of Twitter recently lead me to Daily Calligraphy. Lila shares a range of quotes that she's written in different styles. The quotes are a great mix of hilarious, inspiring, plain silly and of course a few classics thrown in for good measure. She's recently started selling her work in the Daily Calligraphy Etsy shop at very reasonable prices. I had to order two myself, including one of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes above.

In giveaway news, I've been a rather bad blogger and am announcing the Paper Bullet winner a bit later than anticipated.

Congratulations to Piddix, who quite favored the "Kiss Me Over and Over" watercolor. Many thanks to Lisa for sponsoring the giveaway.

{all images via daily calligraphy}

April 16, 2010

show some love...

This week I've been in mad prep mode - assembling cards, making signs and packaging for my new line Squirrel Loves Nut. It's making its official debut at Unique LA next week! Megan, of Ghost Academy fame, and I are sharing a booth. I'm definitely hoping to meet some Southern California dwelling blog and twitter friends at the show, hint, hint.

One of my favorite stationers, Margaret of Paper Pastries, will also be there peddling her wares. She had an ingenious idea to decorate her booth with mail - specifically cute postcards that read: "I love Paper Pastries in several languages. She's asking fellow paperistas to print out one of the postcards and send it back to her before April 23rd. You can read more about this project and download free postcards here.

More to report on Unique LA and the big reveal for Squirrel Loves Nut, coming soon...

{image via unique la & paper pastries}

April 15, 2010

paper bullet giveaway

{'for the mister' watercolor on repurposed wood}

{'milk moustache' mini painting}

{'our love is home no.3' original painting}

The ultra talented Lisa Romero, of Paper Bullet, is giving a C&C reader the opportunity to choose one item from her lovely Etsy shop! I love the Paper Bullet shop and am particularly fond of the fact that Lisa repurposes so many items that then become her canvas for greatness.
To enter to win:

|| Please peruse Paper Bullet's Etsy shop and tell me which item you'd like to win.

|| Anonymous comments will be disqualified.

|| Giveaway is open until midnight on Thursday, April 22, 2010 .
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 the giveaway and post an additional comment(s) with the link.

{images via

April 5, 2010

par avion: andy pratt design

What a treat to get a package of new samples, including this "Cup o' Doodles "mini memo, in the mail from Andy Pratt Design last week. Andy's other journal styles have already earned him rave reviews, but this new guy just may be my favorite and I have a sneaking suspicion that you feel the same way...
Winners for the March 'Gratitude Campaign' giveaway ---
SweetBeaker cards go to: Emma Wallace
Elum cards go to: Sarah

April 4, 2010

creative crush: fifi lapin

{Fifi Lapin's new "Vaudeville" collection for LeSportSac}

If the Easter Bunny came hopping through my front door in such stylish couture, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd be thrilled. Fifi Lapin is a fashion icon, whom also just happens to be decked out in couture at all times. Easter Bunny, eat your heart out...

{image copyright/via fifi lapin}