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Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Hello friends!  Here I sit at home – patiently awaiting the arrival of our first baby.  Who is either apparently going to have an extreme personality – either very Zen-like and calm (fingers crossed!) OR very stubborn and strong-willed.  The due date has come and gone and the little one sits snug and quiet, showing no signs of coming out to meet his/ her anxious parents!!  Oh well!  In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on all things web and wasting enjoying lots of time reading, window shopping and bookmarking future craft projects and recipes (for when I have some free time around about – say, oh, 2013.)  A few favorites from the week so far:

 {via Metal Pressions)

Eyeing these beautiful pendant charms to commemorate the little ones arrival.  Someday.  Soon.

{via spoon fork bacon}

Looking forward to making these spinach stuffed shells as a hearty winter dinner.  And also looking forward to reading this new-to-me blog more often…welcome to the reading list spoon fork bacon!!

{via Ruby Press}

Seriously crushing on this monogrammed letterpress stationery from Portland shop, Ruby Press.  Added to wish list, check!!

{from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts via Oh Happy Day}

My new gift wrap for holiday?  Maybe…just maybe.

{via Urban Comfort}

Lace decoupaged vases…a seemingly simple craft even I may be able to pull off in mass!

{via Purl Soho}

After many, many delays – my iPhone 4S is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  And I think I’ve found the perfect case!  A hard case just waiting for you to apply your own cross-stitching wizardry.  Love.

Calendar Round-Up

Letterpress Coaster Calendar via Meadowlark Creative

I love a new calendar…blank and waiting to be filled in with fun reminders!!  I’ll be using the bright, happy red one below.  What about you?

Calendar via Bookbinders Design

Zig Zag Calendar via May Day Studio

Accordion Calendar via Snow and Graham

Letterpress Calendar via Ink + Wit

Academic Calendar via Paper Source

Bunny Calendar via The Paper Thieves

Perpetual Calendar via Orange Beautiful

Wall Calendar via Smudge Ink

Three Questions for Judy Kaufmann

I stumbled upon Judy Kaufmann’s work recently, and it was love at first sight!  This super talented illustrator from Barcelona instantly drew me in…

Her whimsical use of color, conversational content and modern design had me wanting to find out more and more about  her work and process.  So I asked her to share with us her answers to three simple questions…

Someday Girl: I adore your work – so modern, playful and fun.  Where do you find your inspiration?
Judy: As I always say I’m  especially inspired by things I don’t understand, don’t know, don’t know how to do or I am not. A lot of things that do not belong to my life inspire me. I’m amazed by the unexpected, the unknown, the magic, not the trick… On the other hand I also have a bizarre and explosive inspiration rush when I go to museums and galleries and get involved with different colors and formats, whether I like what I’m seeing or not. After the experience of a good exposition, it’s impossible for me not to sit at my desk to draw.

SG Name three things we’d be surprised to find in your studio/ workspace?
Judy: On my desk wall I have a picture of Linda Evangelista and other one of Charlotte Gainsbourg; they both have an inspiring beauty (: I also have a big panel with different colors printed where I can see how they behave together, apart from many different pictures and small illustrations. Maybe the most liked is an old french poster saying “Travaillez en Silence” (Work in Silence)

SG: Describe your perfect day to create.
Judy: Waking up at 9AM, turn on the heater in winter and then to sit to read my new emails. After that I have breakfast and  think about the order of the day. I try to answer emails an make phone calls first in the morning. If is not to frozen outside, I always go to the swimming pool, and then all afternoon is to create. I make at least one new drawing per day. That’s my perfect and my most common day of work.

Thanks Judy for sharing your inspiration and your work with us.  I’m inspired to have my own perfect day of creating soon too!!  See more of Judy’s work here and here.

Today I’m Loving: Personalized Paper

I’m having one of those never-ending crazy days (weeks, months, year…) and thinking that personalized writing goods would make it all better.

Not really, but the thought of taking the time to handwrite a heartfelt note seems like a welcome break to these technology warped hands of mine.

And, psssst.  Wouldn’t a personalized gift like these make the perfect holiday surprise for a friend?


images top to bottom:  Geometry Stationery via Minted; Stamp via Primele; Heart Flower via Egg Press.

DIY easy notebooks

Remember those Muji notebooks I was raving about last week?  Well, I got my hands on a bundle and started crafting this weekend!  Using my Japanese paper tape, I grouped it into color stories for my crafting.

For this one, I made a simple graph design.  Alternating a vertical with a horizontal.  I love this tape because it’s so easy to work with…tears easily by hand, can be easily removed and reapplied if you don’t like your lines.

This was the first of the notebooks I’ll be making for easy holiday gifts.  Paired with some color coordinated pens, I can’t wait to gift a few of these this season.

Can’t wait to craft my way through this stack!

Today I’m Loving: Muji

I’m headed to New York City this week for some research and shopping and CAN’T WAIT to see what’s new in-stores!  One of my most favorite stores to see in New York, London or Tokyo is Muji.  They make and carry the most simple, well-designed and affordable home goods, office wares and clothing that I can’t ever leave empty handed.

I’m hopelessly addicted to their ball point pens and craft paper envelopes. I have drawers full both at home and at the office.

I love to buy their notebooks in bulk and personalize them with Japanese tape or rubber stamps to give as gifts.

And some other faves: the uncloggable spray bottle; city in a bag wooden blocks make perfect the perfect souvenir gift for kids both big and small; softest socks!

Can’t wait to see what they have in store this week!

 

 

I’m thinking: Party Garland

via Twig and Thistle

My best friend sent me a text over the weekend exlaiming – “you have to have a holiday party, i’ll help!”

via Kristina Marie

And it was all the motivation I needed to start thinking of festive decor that would look perfect in my home.

via Once Wed

I’ve been waiting and waiting for the perfect excuse to make and string my own garland all over the place…so even though the dates not set, I definitely feel a party coming on.

via Martha Stewart

Stay tuned as I put the rest of the planning details together here on this space over the next couple of months!


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