Friday, March 31, 2017


"Write_On is a mission driven campaign to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence."

The aim is to write 30 letters in 30 days. But, hey, don't feel too much pressure.  Just settle in with your favourite stationery supplies and write a few more notes than usual.  I always get caught up in the slowing-down-and-writing-a-real-letter that I end up with a little pile of them!  

For letter-writing inspo > Write_On website + resources

P.S. Until May 1st use code WRITEON in my shop for 15% off stamps!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Artist Story > Hello Paper Co.

When I stumble upon letterpress cards that are ultra gorgeous and environmentally friendly I feel as though I’ve hit the jackpot. Jill of Hello Paper Co. makes stationery that’s just that. Super rad designs plus tree-free cotton paper makes writing letters a dream! 

Side note > I totally cut, folded + glued the killer hearts and stripe-y wrapping paper into envelopes! Just the thing for when you want a really simple, at-home craft project.

Here’s some insight into Hello Paper Co.’s story >

Where do you live?

I live in Logan Square, a northwest neighborhood of Chicago.

How did you start Hello Paper Co.?

My love of letterpress and paper started while studying art at Washington University in St. Louis. I've had several 9-5 design jobs since then, from working at magazines to small start ups, but I began to take on more and more freelance letterpress projects on the side. I decided I wanted to focus on paper goods and printmaking as my full-time career, so I launched Hello Paper Co. about a year ago.

What are you reading?

I just finished The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders. He writes some of my favorite satires and short stories.

Where did you last travel?

Recently most of my traveling has been as a wedding guest. Last year alone I went to Seattle, Portland, LA, Brooklyn, Boston, and Charleston for wedding-related trips.

What are your influences/inspiration?

I love drawing plants, but since I live in a city I'm usually inspired by indoor gardens or potted house plants. I also have a weakness for beautifully design ephemera like postcards, coasters, and matchbooks (my apartment is filled with stuff like that).

What is your creative process?

I usually start off by making lists. I have lists all over for ideas of what to make or draw next. Once something has been on a list for awhile and I'm convinced it's a good idea, I start sketching it. Then I draw a more polished version, clean it up on my laptop, and finally turn it into a letterpress plate and hand print it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Go to movies, ride my bike, spend time with family and friends, and play music. I play the piano and I've been attempting to learn the ukelele.

Find Hello Paper Co. > website instagram facebook

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good Things

1. A warm afternoon spent at Sunnyside Beach.
2. Potting soil is at the shops. (Sure sign of spring!)
3. Baked bread. So worth the overnight rise.
5. Daytrip to the country. Apple pie included.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What I'm Reading

“Take the time to write a handwritten letter.  Think of someone who you are grateful to have in your life and write to them to tell them why.”

The Little Book of Hygge
Meik Wiking

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Things

1. North Carolina + Virginia.  Same state flowers + bird.  Two different stamps.
3. Tart cherry juice.
5. The First Mess (cooking inspo!) + Ladies Drawing Night (sketchbook heaven!).

Friday, March 17, 2017

Almost Spring

We're onto our last days of winter.  Which means flowers.  Leaves.  Iced tea.  Picnics.  Longer walks.

So to celebrate that it's almost spring I'm having a sale on stamps.  Everything in my shop is 10% off until Sunday night.  


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Artist Story > Tiny Bones Press

“Writing notes, cards and letters is all about connecting.  Whether it be a relationship with a friend, time or place one should do it often.”  Megan’s cards are minimal and beautiful.  They are so very right to have in your desk drawer.  When it’s time for a little note-sending these are just the ones.  (Hello, Tuesday’s snowstorm!  My cozy set-up included a mug of green tea, jazz on the radio, my favourite blanket and the crossed arrows cards for a bit of letter writing.) 

Here's a bit of a look into Tiny Bones Press >

Where do you live?

After a decade in Brooklyn, my husband and I headed even more east...  Now, I live in a small village on the north shore of Long Island, New York and split my time between there and New York City.

How did you start Tiny Bones Press?

I always loved making things and am specifically drawn to print.  Once I went for a letterpress class, I knew it was the end of most of my free time.  I press everything one by one by hand, so there's something really special and satisfying in that process for me.  Eventually I just started producing stationery that I wanted to use, and hoping that other people might want to use it too.

What are you reading?

A couple books at once usually, right now: The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock and just started South and West by Joan Didion.

What's your favorite podcast?
On Being with Krista Tippett is my latest favorite.

Where did you last travel?

Last summer around my birthday, we did a road trip traveling through Arizona, going up to Utah, then over to Joshua Tree and ending in LA.  There's something about these areas that I can't really put into words.  This trip was truly one of the most beautiful road trips I've been on - I already can't wait to get back out that way.

What are your influences/inspiration?

Trying to find them everyday in many places - I'm a very visual person, so anything that catches my eyes and interests from art to film to design to symbols to colors to shapes to landscape to friends.

What is your creative process?

In general, reading and looking at as many things possible and then sketching or writing out ideas that come to mind.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, write notes, look at pictures, spend time outdoors (when it's warm) and cuddle my dog Grizzly.

Find Tiny Bones Press > website instagram facebook

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Books I Love

“Dear Mailbox, I would like to get something in the mail.  Something BIG!  Please!  Love, Liam”

It Came In The Mail
Ben Clanton

Monday, March 13, 2017

Good Things

1. Salad + risotto recipes on postcards!
2. First spring bulbs spotted in my neighbourhood.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Magnolia Crate

When I was little I always, always adored birthday party loot bags.  The tiny surprises held inside delighted me every time.  Magnolia Crate is like a (gorgeous!) grown-up version of the loot bag.  Every month a collection of darling greeting cards arrives in your mailbox.  Ready for you to send out a few letters and love notes.  You can’t beat it!  From their website > “There’s something about receiving a hand addressed letter, a beautifully colored envelope, or a unique card that really moves us.”

Laura created Magnolia Crate last year and hasn’t looked back.  Living with her family just outside of DC she likes to send random handwritten greetings.  On her list of good things > anything coffee and supporting local businesses at the farmer’s market.  

The March crate cards > 

Find Magnolia Crate > website instagram twitter facebook

Monday, March 6, 2017

Good Things

2. The Little Free Libraries. Super lucky to have two right in my neighbourhood!
3. Nova Era's Portuguese rice cakes. 
4. Reading on church steps in the sun.
5. Made Gjusta's chocolate-avocado pudding twice this week!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Artist Story > Honour Bright

When I came across Alex's cards I was immediately smitten. They're simple and all-around sweet. Evidence of an artist who spends days with her paint brushes. From her website > "There is nothing like a handwritten note.  By jotting down words we can nurture friendships and share our stories and adventures. I want to create cards I'd be happy to find in my mailbox and use in my life."

Here's a little insight into Honour Bright's story >

Where do you live?

I live out in the country so this is always a tough one for me to explain... I'm a little ways outside of Eugenia, in Grey County (Ontario). Collingwood is the closest city and where I go to meet friends for coffee dates or catch a movie.

How did you start Honour Bright?

Well, I'm obsessed with stationery and I really wanted to put my art degree to work somehow. It's something I thought about for a long time but wasn't really sure where to begin... Starting your own business can be intimidating so I kept putting it off. Then I got to the point where I was ready to stop floating through life without giving it a real shot. A couple years before I started Honour Bright my Dad passed away. There was some healing that needed to happen first, but I realized that life was short and if I had a dream I should just go for it. So I started working on my designs and figuring out one thing at a time. I applied for the Starter Company program through the Collingwood Small Business Centre. They were amazing!!! They help train you on all the behind the scenes business stuff that is not so glamorous but super necessary. Things just grew from there!

What are you reading?

I'm reading Pride + Prejudice. Again. I was trying to decide on a new book to read and gave up and picked up an old favourite.

Where did you last travel?

It's been so long!!! My last big trip was traveling around England and Scotland with my lovely cousin. But that was ages ago. My last little trip was just down to Toronto. A friend had a booth at the Artist Project so I went down to help and we made a weekend of it.

What are your influences/inspiration?

Cheesy songs. Sweet sayings. Vintage patterns. Pretty photos. Good friends. Etc.

What's your favourite podcast?

Can I pick two? I love, love, love Lux Radio Theatre. It's a collection of dramas from the 30's and 40's where actors would read movie scripts adapted for the radio. It's so much fun to just get swept away in the funny stories and the music and all the awesome sound effects. I swear I even like the commercials... But, when I feel like learning something I always put on the BBC podcast In Our Time. A bunch of professors sit around and discuss some interesting part of history. It makes me feel a little closer to my childhood dream of being Indiana Jones.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Write letters of course! Also, I really love baking (but I do try to limit myself). Dancing to oldies music is pretty much a daily thing for me... When I have a day off I will usually work on a painting, read a book or go hiking.

Find Honour Bright > website instagram facebook