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To say we were blown away by the entries for our pen pal giveaway with Egg Press is an understatement! We absolutely loved reading your comments and seeing the #LetterPressMailLove photos you tagged us in. Here’s a sampling of some of the great photos you shared on instagram.
The three winners for our giveaway were….
Grand Prize Winner Jaclyn:
My dream pen pal would be my Great-Great-Grandmother Angelina who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Never adopting the English language, I’d love to translate her italian handwriting to read her firsthand account of growing up in Italy in the late 1800s, moving her life to America, and raising 8 children in Delaware. I’ve heard only stories of the strong woman that she was, and her letters would be something I could pass on to keep those stories alive.
2nd Prize Winner Angela:
Oh I love this! My dear friend and I have been consistent pen pals since 1997-ish. We even wrote letters when we lived in the same city (we haven’t shared a zip code since 1999). The last two Decembers we have tried to make and mail a postcard a day to each other (Daily December). This year we are working on a postcard a week (52 for You).
3rd Prize Winner Samantha from Instagram:
Sharing a photo of her correspondence-covered fridge said “Because I live far from friends and family sending letters is an important way for me to keep in touch. I post correspondence with pride.”
Thank you all for participating and making this such a fun giveaway. We will definitely be doing more of this in the future so stay tuned! And in the mean time happy letter writing.
Sabrina had a great time making this cake with her kids to get ready for the holiday. We love that it uses fresh summer berries instead of colored frosting as decoration. And the best part — it’s chocolate cake inside! For the complete recipe head over to Epicurious.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend! We’ll be taking off on Friday as well just to squeeze a little more sunshine out of summer.
Happy fourth of July!
We first discovered the embroidered work of Coral & Tusk at a local wedding fair where a vendor had a beautifully stitched table runner on display. We loved the detailed feathers and immediately sought out more of their work online.
Founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley together with her husband Chris Lacinak, Coral & Tusk creates work inspired by their travels all over the globe. Their love of animals, adventure, and the natural world are reflected in every piece they create. We’re especially fond of their stitched animals who always seem to be celebrating.
A RISD-trained textile designer, Stephanie creates all of her scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software. Finished by hand in Coral and Tusk’s Brooklyn loft, every machine-embroidered pillow, doll, napkin and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. A mix of smart design, magic and mischief is at the heart of every Coral & Tusk embroidery.
View & shop Coral & Tusk here.
See if they are in a store near you here.
Follow along with their latest here.
We just stumbled across the work of Mr. Finch, a textile artist from Leeds in Yorkshire, and were immediately enamored by his ethereal and whimsical creations.
Finch says he is inspired by British folklore, shape shifting witches, and moon gazing hares. We love that he believes the animals he creates come to life at night when everyone is sleeping. It’s no surprise that his creatures feel so magical.
He has had no formal training which is completely inspiring.
Love this sea horse…
This charming hare reminds us of the Velveteen Rabbit.
I have two dogs and thus can tell you, with some authority, that a truly fabulous dog bed (and by that I mean one that isn’t varying shades of neutral or plain ol’ preppy striped) is tough to find. Needless to say, I was super excited to discover Felix & Milou, a brand new dog bed line by Tove Jakobsson -huzzah! Finally, something with a little style!
Her cushions are all made by hand from lovely graphic Swedish fabrics. They’re sized for a cat or small dog, hopefully soon, a bigger size to come! I fear poor Indy is getting the shaft, being more in the medium to large range. But wouldn’t they make great floor cushions around a low table as well?
This is the one I purchased – a fabric by Cecilia Hall Åhlens that has a lovely Josef Frank vibe – beautifully made and adorable in person!
All the cushion covers are removable and washable. Check out the rest of her products here.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over four years since we first featured the work of Abigail Brown on our blog. Her textiles had caught our attention back then, and she still continues to inspire us. Her collection of hand crafted birds are some of the most intricate textile pieces we’ve ever seen, and to top it off she incorporates reusable materials in her designs. A London dweller now, Abigail inherited her skills from her seamstress grandmother, and while she has transformed the long-time craft into fine art sculpture, her attention to detail is craftsmanship at its finest.
We are simply in awe of the work involved with these pieces. Our favorite might be the classy Californian Quail adorned in chic herringbone.
Her felted fledglings make timeless gifts for the bird-lovers in your life, but if they are out of price range you can still enjoy her work in other ways. Abigail’s shop is full of prints, postcards, plush toys and every day accessories.
Abigail does more than just birds. Her butterfly brooches are just as elaborate and beautiful but are affordable for all!
Our employees love to get together after hours for holiday craft nights, especially if they benefit a good cause. Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to seniors since 1940 and has evolved into an extraordinary foundation for fighting hunger. For holidays the good people like to deliver cards to the seniors as a gift of love, and this year we decided to join in. All of our cards were handmade with love for the people supported by Meals on Wheels, and to know they were going to a good home was a beautiful thought.
As stationers, paper is our primary medium, so coming up with materials was a cinch. We try to save as many scraps as we can, knowing that they could come in handy for a card-making craft night.
Our team is the best at coming up with witty one-liners. We loved this “I a door you” card.
To support the Meals on Wheels Association of America, visit their website!
Our next DIY doesn’t just have to make an appearance for Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice addition to any home decor and it’s sleek shape would look great year round! Geometric shapes are trending around the blogosphere lately, and we’re really into the look. This DIY Geo Heart Bulletin is fun and functional, and the perfect way to show your home some love. Instructions below!
12″ x 12″ cardboard* (recycle from an old box!), Pencil, Box cutter or sharp scissors, Ruler, 18″ x 18″ fabric, Spray adhesive, Hot Glue and gun, Foamfast hanger or command hook for hanging
*Make sure your cardboard is 1/4″ thick, so pins don’t poke through to the back
Step 1. Measure your heart shape. The two long sides are 9″, the rest are 4.25″. See below for reference.
Step 2. Use your box cutter or scissors to cut out your shape. Discard scraps. Be sure you use a scrap of cardboard or a magazine underneath to prevent cutting your work surface!
Step 3. Apply a thin, even layer of spray adhesive to one side of the heart and smooth on the fabric. Use your fingers to smooth any bubbles. Use scissors to make a slit directly above the point of the heart.
Step 4. Fold the edges of fabric over to the back side. Secure with hot glue, about 1/2″ from the edge. Snip any excess fabric off and discard.
Leave your loved ones a special note on Valentine’s Day or use it to pin up special photos. It’s lightweight and easy to make!
For more festive DIY ideas, visit our website!
Valentine’s Day is definitely one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, they’re all a blast, but when we’re given the thumbs up to decorate with all the pinks, fuchsias and reds we wish, we’re overjoyed. Our Love/Valentine’s card collection is one of our strongest (especially with the latest additions by Lisa Congdon) and our Big Day Pinterest Inspiration Board is overflowing with hearts and love. But it’s really gearing up for the big 2/14 that get’s us in the mood. The beauty of this DIY (found and inspired by the ladies at Design Mom!) is that you can use any color of wax, and cut in any shape you want, but we’re going all out in hearts and XO’s.
Colored candles or wax, candle wick, toothpicks, double-boiler or two pots, wax paper, small cookie cutters or knife
Step 1. Using a double-boiler melt your wax. If you don’t have a double-boiler, just stack one pot on top of anther. Add a little water to the bottom pot and bring to a boil. Rest the other pot on top (without touching the water).
*Try recycling those used or unwanted holiday candles for this project. It’s a shame tossing out the bottom half of those delicious apple-pie scented wonders, so throw them in a pot and melt it down for a new facelift. Most wax will melt down well but we recommend you steer clear of beeswax.
Step 2. While your wax is melting, cover a flat work surface with wax paper, and snip your candle wick to about 1″ stems. The length will depend on the shape so check your cookie-cutters in advance. You want the wick to reach about 1/3 or half of the way down your shape.
Step 3. After your wax is completely melted, allow to cool. *If you’re using a recycled candle, remove any wick or wick stands.
Step 4. Once the wax starts to stick to the side of the pot, or a thin layer of skin forms at the top, you’re ready to pour.
Step 5. Carefully pour the wax onto your covered work surface. You want to aim for 1/8 “- 1/4″ thickness.
Step 6. Now you need to let the wax cool for about a minute before you start cutting your shapes. You can test the wax before cutting by pressing your finger into a corner. It should be firm but still hold the shape of your finger. You will need to pay close attention so that the wax does not get too firm before you cut.
Step 7. Cut your shapes out of the wax with your cookie cutter and remove excess wax.
Step 8. Carefully drive a toothpick up the center of the wax (about 1/2″ – 1″ depending).
Step 9. Finally, set your pre-cut wick into the top of the wax, leaving about 3/8″ – 1/2″ exposed.
Step 10. Allow to dry completely before use. You can reuse the excess wax again by simply melting in the same pot.
*Clean up tips: Allow the wax to completely dry in the pot and use a knife to gently pick it out. If you find there’s still residue, boil water in the pot and while still warm, wash with soap and water. If it still doesn’t come out, melt the dry wax and wipe with a paper towel, then wash with soap and water.
Happy crafting Valentine’s Day lovers! For more fun DIY ideas, head over to our website!