Woodn't This Be Nice?

November 30, 2011

There's something about wood that I just can't get enough of. Dark wood, rough wood, even Faux wood grain that is so popular these days, I love it all. This is some of the wood I'm currently obsessing over. I think the pencil holder is a must have for my new desk.

Morning Brew: Much to Celebrate

November 29, 2011

Source: Studio Mela

Music Sure to Spread Christmas Cheer

November 28, 2011

I can finally listen to Christmas music without being judged! As soon as we woke up on Friday we turned on some Christmas music and started some online Black Friday shopping and we haven't stopped listening all weekend. Our tree is set up, lights are hung and some presents are already under the tree. Christmas is in full swing in our apartment!

I was trying to decide which one of these albums was my favorite but they are all so wonderful in their own way. So if you haven't heard these, you might as well get them all. After all...the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Black Friday Sale! (Now Through Monday)

November 25, 2011

Happy Black Friday everyone! By now I'm sure it's already getting crazy out there. Jake and I are playing it safe and just staying home, searching for deals from the comfort of our laptop. 

Now through Monday we are offering 20% off all items in our Etsy shop! You are sure to find some lovely gifts for everyone on your list. We have recipe cards, art prints and even personalized note cards made specifically for you! Don't forget to pick up some our our letterpress Christmas cards and tags to top off your gifts. Need wrapping ideas for all those presents you bought today? Check out our diy gift wrapping post. Happy shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy eating lots of good food and spending time with family and friends. Be sure to check back here tomorrow to see our Black Friday sale.

Word to the Wise: William Morris

November 23, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that as we go into this weekend filled with Black Friday deals let's remember the wise words of William Morris. I think its a good rule of thumb anyway. 

And if you don't know who William Morris is, he is the founder of the English Arts and Crafts movement. His work is really beautiful. The above picture is actually his house, Kelmscott Manor, in Lechlade, England that I took while Jake and I were visiting back in 2008. 

Discover Paper Holiday Guide

November 22, 2011

Discover Paper's Holiday Guide just came out today and we had the lovely opportunity to be a sponsor. I've already looked through it and they have put together a lovely collection of holiday paper goods. Go take a look.

Trim the Tree

1. Norwhal | 2. Acorn | 3. Bulbs | 4. DIY Sugar Bulb
5. Felt Camera | 6. Polar Bear | 7. Felt Dog | 8. Garland

Some of our neighbors have already set up their Christmas tree. Ever since the start of this month we've been itching to set up ours, but resisted the urge. We reserve the day after Thanksgiving for our tree decorating. Last year was our first Christmas together, so we had a lot of fun buying a tree and all the trimming that we will use for many more Christmas's together. Here are some of my favorite ornaments from this year. I really want a dalmatian version off that little dog ornament. 

Enjoy your tree decorating and don't forget to turn on some Christmas music and grab a mug of coco too!

Pie Time!

November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving is just a few days away! One of my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Pie. My family makes the same delicious recipe every year. This year I'm making two. In years past my mom always made the crust while my dad and I mixed up the filling. I'm a little nervous to bake them all by myself and I can guarantee the crust isn't going to be the picture perfect kind like my mom's always is.

I did find these beautiful pie crust designs that I just love. If I feel adventurous when I make my pies maybe I'll try one of these. Happy pie eating!

Morning Brew: Don't Forget to Play

November 18, 2011

Source: Marc Johns

This week was a long week for us. I'm not sure how relaxing our weekend will be because we have a lot of catching up to do on projects. Our blog has been getting a lot more attention from outside sources lately, and it's bringing in a lot of new clients (a good thing). One of our projects this weekend is taking our first ever Christmas card picture! Last year we just designed and sent this postcard, without a picture. This year we'll be printing our own cards on our letterpress and putting a picture of us on the back.We're super excited for that. Sometimes it's hard to balance work and play, but as we all go into the weekend...don't forget to play!

Chai Tea Latte

November 17, 2011

I am loving my new work space! It feels like a place I can call my own. Yesterday I was working at my desk and I decided I wanted something warm to drink. I was really craving a nice chai tea latte. Of course, I didn't have any. So I quickly looked up a recipe and, to my disappointment, it needed a handful of  spices I didn't have on hand. I thought about adding the ingredients to my grocery list but instead just decided to be lazy and buy the pre-made concentrate. I picked up some Oregon Chai (the best chai) at the store and made myself some in my favorite mug last night. The nice blend of black tea, honey, vanilla and spices really hit the spot. Jake even drank a cup and liked it. And Jake hates tea!

A Pair of Pears Letterpress Business Cards

November 16, 2011

We finally have letterpress business cards of our own! We ordered the plates a while ago, but with our new Christmas Collections and client work, we've been slammed and haven't had time to print them until now. What do you think?

It's A Wrap: DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

November 15, 2011

I know it's early, but I can't help myself! I love Christmas and I love making the gifts I buy for family and friends looks extra special. This year I decided I'm only wrapping my gifts in kraft paper. As much as I love cute patterned paper, it can get expensive and you don't get that much in a roll. Kraft paper comes in rolls and can easily be found in the packing section of any store. I got mine at Target. 

I put together these wrapping ideas that are simple and fun. Plus the best part is that I already had everything to put these together at home. So grab your supplies, pop in a movie and make a bunch all at once to use throughout this season!

Make any size pom-pom with yarn and tie around your wrapped gift. Pom-pom tutorial below.
Snow flakes are easy and fun to make! Start by cutting out your snowflake from a piece of paper. Lay across your wrapped gift and tie with twine. If you don't know how to make these you can find instructions here.

From a piece of paper fold an accordion fan and secure around gift with baker's twine. You can follow the tutorial below.
Cut a strip of white paper and place around wrapped gift. Tie with some baker's twine and slip in a gift tag. Joy gift tag is from our holiday collection!

All you need to make these cute pom-poms are yarn, a ruler, some scissors and a piece of cardboard that is 1 1/2 inches wide (use a wider piece for larger poms). 

STEP 1: Start by wrapping your yarn around the cardboard
STEP 2: Continue wrapping until you have gone about 40 times.
STEP 3: Cut a piece of yarn long enough to go around your gift. Gently pull your yarn off the cardboard and lay it on top of the yarn you just cut.

STEP 4: Tie a knot.
STEP 5: Make sure to pull it really tight.
STEP 6: Begin cutting the loops all the way around the pom.

STEP 7: Give you pom a good shake to loosen all the yarn then give your pom a good hair cut to form it into a nice ball shape. Then tie it around a gift to make a really cute package! 

Gather up an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, double stick tape, string and scissors

STEP 1: Cut the paper in half lengthwise.
STEP 2: Make a fold about 1/4 of an inch wide.
STEP 3: Flip over and fold again. Continue flipping and folding like an accordion until you get to the end of the paper.

STEP 4: Cut two slits in the middle on both sides.
STEP 5: Take out enough string to wrap around your gift and tie in a knot around the middle. 
STEP 6: Spread out your fan

STEP 7: Place double sided tape on each end and connect the two sides to form a circle. 

That's it! Now your gifts will look fabulous!

Office Space

November 14, 2011

4. Remodelista | 5. Decor8

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Jake and I stayed home and were able to check a bunch of items off our to do list. The most exciting and a much needed item on our list was to organize our work space. Ever since I started working from home I have taken over our dinning room table. And let me tell you, a dining room isn't the most inspirational space. My desk isn't quite done yet but so far is turning out just how I wanted. As soon as I finish I'll post some pictures. 

If you remember, organizing my workspace was on my 12 By 12 list. I remembered this made a lot of other people's list as well, so I put together some of the spaces that inspired me and hopefully they will inspire you as well.

Gifted Magazine: Holiday Gift Guide 2011

November 11, 2011

Jake and I started our Christmas shopping last weekend. We already finished getting stuff for our nieces and nephews. They're by far the easiest and most fun to buy for. When it comes to everybody else in our families I never really know what to get. I tend to over-think the gift-giving process in my attempt to find the most perfect gift for everyone. I'm really at a loss as to what to get for the rest of the people on our list. And it doesn't help when your sister is the best gift giver ever. She is hard to beat, but she sure is nice to get presents from!

Gifted Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide just came out today. I quickly flipped though it earlier and was delighted to find so many wonderful ideas. I think I'm going to make some tea and look through it again. Hopefully I'll find some gifts for the people still on my list. Take a look. I think you'll like what you see and maybe it will help you on your search for the perfect gifts this Holiday season.

Eleven - Eleven - Eleven

Source: Metro

How could I pass up the opportunity to post at 11:11 on 11-11-11? And what better to post at this time than a camera-shy puppydog? We all can use a puppy fix from time to time. Just drop by pinterest to overfill your cute-o-meter. We keep our own collection of cuteness on our puppy board.

Elephant Pancakes

November 10, 2011

photo credit unknown 

I love elephants and pancakes. I could eat this one right up it's so cute. Really though I love all breakfast food. So naturally I'm a big fan of brinner (breakfast for dinner). We've decided to make it a weekly tradition to have waffles on Thursday nights in honor of our favorite tv show, Parks & Recreation because on the show Leslie Knope holds a special place in her heart for the local diner's waffles. 

We have a really nice waffle iron, but I'm still not completely satisfied with the flavor of the recipes I've tried. I would gladly except suggestions if you have a favorite you're up for sharing!


November 9, 2011

One of my favorite things about colder weather is being able to drink warm things out of pretty mugs. It's like your own personal handwarmer, but with a yummy beverage inside. I'll admit there have been times when I've just warmed up water so I could hold a nice warm mug in my hands. If I had more cabinet space, I would probably own quite a bit more mugs. The owl mug is really tugging at my heart.

Morning Brew: Tea and Socks

November 8, 2011

Source: Ornamelle

On chilly days like these, I find comfort in the simple things. 

For the Taking: To Do List

November 7, 2011

I'm a big list maker. I can think of a thousand things to do, but I can't start any of them until I have them all nicely written out on in a list. My favorite part is being able to mark a big black line right through them when I complete the task. Usually, I just find a scrap piece of paper laying around to jot my list on, but eventually throughout the week it's mistaken for trash a gets thrown away. In an effort to rescue my list from the garbage bin I have put together a weekly to do list that can easily be printed, filled out and hung up at my desk for the week. I wanted to share it with you too so I am making it available to download. After all it is getting to be that busy time of year so we could all benefit from a good to do list to keep us organized and on track!

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Finders Keepers: Italian Food

November 4, 2011

This week's Finders Keepers is a little different. I found the most amazing bread stick recipe EVER! For some reason I was in a cooking/baking mood yesterday. First I made some apple butter with the rest of our apples from last weekend, and then I was going to start making dinner. I had planned on making my mom's spaghetti recipe all week and when I finally got around to it yesterday, I realized that the loaf of bread I had bought at the bakery had already started to mold. The only thing better than my mom's spaghetti is having a good slice of garlic bread with it, so I was super bummed. I quickly got online and searched for the perfect bread to have with spaghetti. I came across this recipe and it was love at first sight. I have never made breadsticks before so I was a little nervous, but these were actually super easy and oh so good. I might have to make them every time we have spaghetti from now on. If you like breadsticks then by all means stop what you are doing and go make these now! You can find the recipe here.

Also, I have one more amazing discovery I want to share with you for your next spaghetti dinner. Instead of cooking your pasta in a huge pot of water that takes forever to start boiling...do this:

This video changes everything; or at least the way you cook pasta. I tried it last night and this might sound crazy, or maybe I was just really hungry, but the noodles even tasted better.

Discover Paper

November 3, 2011

I just wanted to quickly post that today we are on Discover Paper; a wonderful blog that post tons of unique paper products. A few weeks ago Donaville asked us if we would do an interview for her. We love all things paper too, so of course we said yes. There are some really great works on her blog, perfect for the paperholic in everyone. Be sure to check it out here

Apple "Picking"

Remember how I was so excited to go apple picking? We had planned all last month to go the last weekend of October; that's when a lot of the apples we wanted were going to be ripe for picking. We got up bright and early Saturday morning and hit the road. We arrived one and a half hours later only to find out that there was a freeze earlier in the week and u-pick apples were done for the season. I was sad, very sad. But we tried to make the best of it. Instead of picking apples from a tree we picked a bag of apples from a box. They were still better apples than the ones you find in the store, at least that's the story I'm sticking to.

We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the beautiful outdoors and had a nice picnic with our friends. Later that night we made fresh apple pie. It was so delicious. Oh and remember how I thought I would need to round up some friends to help us eat the whole pie? Nope, it's already gone.

Morning Brew: Hello November

November 2, 2011

Source: Unknown

Where did you come from?

More Design Please

We are so excited to be featured as the Shop of the Month on More Design Please for the month of November! More Design Please is one of our favorite blogs; it dishes out design by the spoonfuls. You can read the lovely post written about us here.

New to the Shop: Letterpress Holiday Collection

November 1, 2011

It's that time of year, our favorite time of year! The time when everyone starts to prepare for the Holidays. We designed and printed a collection of products for this Holiday season that we are so excited to share with you. You can see more pictures by viewing the products on our Etsy shop.

The Face of Type "E"

To welcome in the new month, we designed another desktop wallpaper free for download. Novemeber's Face of Type is Egyptientto2 by deviantart user Bumbayo. We hope you love it!

Below are links to download images based on your screen's resolution. If your resolution isn't available just leave a comment with your desired resolution and we would be happy to add another size to our list.

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