Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  Over the weekend I received a special package in the mail from my little sister.  Inside was an advent calendar that she hand-made with a piece of her artwork.  This has become a yearly tradition that many of the people in her life look forward to.  She has all of her friends and family email her either a quote, an activity, poetry, scripture, a memory, or something else special to open during the season. I look forward to it every year, because it is truly amazing! I will try to take some pictures of it to share with you all. Today, I am feeling inspired by the fun you can have with paper.  When we were kids, I remember that our family had a glass jar that we filled up with little ideas of neat things we could to do together. On special days we would pick out of the jar and the adventure would unfold.  A particular memory I’m having right now was our whole family sitting in the closet eating lunch together. We always were an odd bunch!

update: Below is the advent calendar Ana made before the doors and numbers were added!


vintage paper Christmas Tree garland by Allium •  paper scraps and idea jar by Brook Reynolds found here • number tags by May Third found here • advent calendar by Anastasia Tantaros


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I have been really excited to post the annual Holiday giveaway this year.  It means so much to have you as daily readers – so it is time to give back!  I picked out some special things at the shop that are fitting for this time of year in hopes you would enjoy.

TO WIN: all you need to do is leave a comment to this post stating something you woke up feeling thankful for today -or- a favorite Thanksgiving dish you like to make or eat. * if you are really inspired you can enter twice with one of each.* The winners will be randomly selected and announced here on parcel post Wednesday December 2nd so check back here to see if you have won!

: and the prizes are :

Prize No.1 Hot Chocolate from MarieBelle New York

Prize No.2 a Holiday Correspondence set from Yellow Owl Workshop

Prize No.3 a Holiday Rubber Stamp set from Cavallini

Prize No.4  The Snow & Graham 2010 Desk Calendar

Prize No.5 a pack of striped paper straws that I wrote about here

good luck!



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I organized a ton of paperwork around my desk last night and it feels so good to wake up and know what/where everything is!  This morning I was feeling pretty proud of myself for this great achievement and decided to post on these tidy little design treasures. Hope you have a good Monday friends!

subject notepads by Paper and Cup • recipe wedding escort cards by Chewing the Cud • christmas library card by Simple Song • tiny tags by Power and Light


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Today I’m admiring old-school looking type around the shop. Have a lovely weekend friends! *A

vintage luggage labels by Laughing Elephant • fine point pen by A.G Spalding • wrapping papers by Midori


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Wedding season is approaching quickly, and I’m starting to get really inspired by all of the fresh new design for 2010! Below are some colors, textures and patterns I am loving.  They all somehow capture the feeling of happy springtime colors but are grounded by earthy neutrals.  My personal favorite are these hardback journal escort cards! The guests seating assignments were printed inside. So genius.
mini journals and note card flats by Sarah Drake • escort card books by Chewing the Cud • Save the Date by 9 Spot Monk

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