by Darcy in ,

Write_On is a campaign to inspire people to write 30 hand-written letters over 30 days in the month of April, which is National Letter-writing Month.  The campaign was inspired by Tess Darrow's (founder of Egg Press) personal challenge to write a letter each day and the official campaign launched in 2014.  To inspire you to start writing, you can sign up for a free kit containing 4 letterpress cards and a Gelly Roll pen here.  I am always interested in receiving free letterpress cards!

A sample of the Write_On Free Kit.  Image credit to Write_On.

A sample of the Write_On Free Kit.  Image credit to Write_On.

We'll see if I actually write a note every day in April, but I'm going to do my best.  Any one else up to the challenge?  The Write_On website even provides a list of "Reasons to Write in 2015."  The ideas are pretty creative and quirky... and I got a chuckle out of "To save the US Postal Service."  Thanks to V for telling me about this!

If you need stamps for mailing your notes, how about some of the new releases from the USPS?  My favorites are the Vintage Rosethe "Gift of Friendship," (to be released April 10th), and the "From Me to You," stamps pictured below.  

Images credit to the US Postal Service.

Grove Street Press

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The November issue of Matchbook Magazine introduced me to a fabulous letterpress studio out of New Orleans called Grove Street Press.  Visiting their studio and shop will be on my list of things to do when I finally get to New Orleans someday (Louisiana will be my 50th state!).   The designs are classy and whimsical - I think You are the Bee's Knees and Drop You a Line are my favorites.  How about you?   

All images credit to Grove Street Press.

Cliff Engle Vintage Sweaters

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In the last few years, I've become an avid football fan.  This year, I even started an all women's fantasy football league, which I'm enjoying mostly because of the hilarious e-mail exchanges amongst the nine of us.  I grew up a Broncos fan, but my years on the east coast and being married to Rob have turned me into a Patriots fan.  When I saw these sweaters on Tuckernuck, I knew I needed to add one to my football-watching wardrobe.

The sweaters are made by Cliff Engle, which was apparently a popular sweater brand in the 1980s made famous by Mike Ditka who used to rock his Chicago Bears sweater.  Alas, the sweaters were available in a very limited quantity on Tuckernuck and have sold out with very few exceptions (the Atlanta Falcons, I think).  You can track vintage versions down on eBay and on the Cliff Engle site, but I'm hoping Tuckernuck will restock for the holiday season.   Not only do I want one, but I think these would make great gifts for football-loving significant others.

All images credit to Tuckernuck.

Holiday Stamps 2014

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I know, I know... it was just Halloween.  That said, the holidays will be here before you know it and I love one of new offerings from the USPS this year called "Winter Fun."  It contains four designs (three of which I like - there is something about the tiny heads on the skaters that looks weird to me):

There are some other new stamp releases for the holidays including a Rudolph series (pictured below), an international Silver Bells Wreath, and the Christmas Magi.  Is anyone thinking about this yet or am I too early? I know at least two of you are because we had an e-mail exchange today on this very subject (you know who you are).

All images credit to the USPS.

Fabric by Minted

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Minted, my favorite shop for custom photo cards and stationery, has just started selling fabric!  I've purchased custom-designed fabric from Spoonflower before with success and look forward to trying out these designs from Minted.  We are currently revamping our living room and I can see a few of these working well to recover throw pillows.  Below are a few of my favorite patterns, most of which are available in a range of color schemes.  All images credit to Minted.

Father's Day Cards

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Why is it that most father's day cards tend to have something to do with work?  There's a tie... or a briefcase... or a man wearing a tie with a briefcase.  If you're lucky, you might find one with something to do with grilling.  Is that what Dads do?  Work and grill?  I've tried to find a few cards that have fun messages or have to do with some other interest your father might have so that you don't have to remind him that on the day after father's day, he has to go back to work.  Have you picked up a great father's day card yet?  If so, where is it from?  I'd love to know.

All images credited as linked.

The Bermuda Bag

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I've been lucky to receive a number of stylish items that were passed down from both of my grandmothers.  One of the most-used items is a classic Bermuda bag that I've taken to almost every wedding we've attended (and there have been a LOT of those).  In the most recent Mark and Graham catalog (which I always love perusing), these bags were featured.  They are incredibly preppy and I think I love the preppiest of them all most - the blue seersucker.  What do you think?  Too preppy?

All images credit to Mark & Graham.

Power Trip

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I'm on a work trip to Los Angeles.  Packing for trips reminds me how much I hate trying to remember all of the various chargers that I might need while I'm away.... iPad, iPhone, computer, etc. and nevermind that it is almost impossible to remember car chargers (at least for me).  I love these Power Trip charging kits that include everything you need to charge an iPhone or iPad in the wall or the car.  The fact that they are cute is an added bonus.


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Yup, it's trendy, but I love it.  Kale, that is.  I actually have this awesome t-shirt already, but that isn't stopping me from coveting this sweatshirt version.  If there was ever a sweatshirt for the farmer's market this summer, this is it.

Image credit to Suburban Riot.

Metaphore Totes

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I own quite a few totes.  Most aren't particularly pricey, but they are usually patterned and colorful and practical (I really like being able to wash a bag - things spill, right?).  I have a few nice bags in my rotation for work, but you are just as likely to catch me carrying a reusable tote (my favorite of which is from an industrial waste conference Rob went to - thanks bud).  A few years ago, I fell in love with this tote, but it just seemed a little pricey for what it is (mostly canvas).  So, I was psyched to find these totes from Metaphore out of Istanbul in an assortment of patterns and at a much more reasonable price (under $100).  Which one is your favorite?  I love both of the polka dot bags... maybe the red?  

All images credit to Metaphore.

Nourishing Notes

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I first posted about Nourishing Notes back in 2011 (a post I just deleted because all of the links are outdated), when they had an Etsy storefront and a much smaller collection of cards.  Sweet Ali just sent me a package containing a variety pack of Foodie Notecards that I love, so I checked out the company's website.  They create "paper goods for the food obsessed" and have expanded into kitchen towels, aprons, totes, and prints, as well as a broader selection of witty, food-related stationery.  The company is run by an adorable duo out of Chicago.  Check them out!  I've included a few of my favorites below.  I love that dish towel, although that leaving the dirty dishes for tomorrow is something I find impossible to do... can you do that?  To me, the dishes are just harder to do the next day and it stresses me out to know they are waiting for me in the morning.

All images credit to Nourishing Notes.

Marimekko & Banana Republic

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I've been a fan of Marimekko for as long as I can remember.  The vibrant colors and crazy patterns and distinctly Scandinavian look is something I love.  Our guest bedroom sports a Marikemmo duvet and I have a few cute kitchen items as well.  Starting this weekend in select stores and on May 22nd online, you can purchase items from the Marimekko & Banana Republic collaboration.  Thanks to B for letting me know about this partnership - I love the long polka dot skirt (probably not great unless you are tall) and the shift dress.  The complete collection is 25 pieces and the prices will range from $39 to $149.  Check out this piece in Forbes for an interesting take on the cultural aspect of the collection.

Odd Daughter Paper Co.

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Hello?  Are you still there?  It's been five months since I last posted.  Winter happened (well, it is still happening here - we are getting snow today) and much, much more.  I want to share (and I will), but when I'm ready.  And I'm not ready yet.

That doesn't mean I haven't been scoping out cute stationery in the past few months (scoping only, Rob, not buying).  I recently discovered Old Daughter Paper Co. and would have ordered one of each of their cards had I not made a deal with myself to use of stationery I already own in 2014 rather than buying new cards.  We'll see how long I hold out... I particularly love the Ice Cream (so true - lately life has demanded ice cream) and Oregon Trail cards.  

All images credit to Old Daughter Paper Co.

Muir Way National Park Prints

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Our house is filled with art and prints that we have collected in our travels or that represent places we have lived or visited.  These prints from Muir Way would fit nicely into our collection and are available both as prints for framing and on canvas, which would be ready to hang.  Muir Way will even customize the maps for you - whether it is size or colors or even requesting a park maps for which they currently don't have maps.  The only bummer is that they hand make each of the wood frames, which aren't for sale (although I bet you could find a few good options on Etsy).   All images credit to Muir Way.

Gifts for Women

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I'm back with one last gift guide - gifts for the woman in your life (or your girlfriends)!

#1 - CB Station Sunshine Satchel - Perfect for weekend getaways, customize this classic bag with a monogram. This will be a tote that gets used for years.  

#2 - Loren Hope Alex Cuff - I love the art deco look of this cuff whether for a special occasion or for wearing to work (and unlike jingly bracelets, you can actually wear a cuff to work).  It's also available with a green stone.

#3 - Seabags Woolrich Tote - The sturdy Seabags tote combined with a Woolrich gingham print.  

#4 - Pave Clover Earrings - A fun way to add some sparkle to any outfit.

#5 - Madewell Sunglasses Case - I'm still obsessed with buffalo plaid and a stylish glasses case would make a nice stocking stuffer (there are other fabric options, too).

#6 - Seersucker Sunglass Strap - Speaking of sunglasses, how about a preppy way to keep track of your sunglasses?  These could be a stocking stuffer for a man or woman and if seersucker isn't your thing, how about plaid or leather?

#7 - J.Crew Ceramic Jewelry Tray - Decorative and helps you keep track of your jewelry, this tray makes me think of Morocco.  If you prefer a more simple version, try this.

#8 - C. Wonder Polka Dot Printed Leather Gloves - I wear black gloves most every day in the winter.  I'm thinking it would be fun to spice things up with these!

#9 - Ostric Strap Watch - A pop of color brightens every outfit and I'm always surprised by how well orange goes with many other colors.

#10 - Uppercase Notebooks - Notebooks are always useful, whether for personal use or work.  Rifle Paper Co. makes a variety of floral notebooks that are lovely, too.

#11 - Knotted Posts

#12 - Tortoise Cuff - Versatile and classic, this will go with everything!

#13 - Areaware Alarm Clock - Plug your iPhone into this docking station and you have an analog alarm clock!  thanks to Ali for telling me about these - Rob and I have asked for a set for our bedroom.  I hate having to look at my phone in the middle of the night to know what time it is!  You can watch a video about how it works here.

#14 - Monogrammed Bag Tag - For your favorite traveler! 

#15 - Customizable Yoga Mat - For your favorite yogi, the mats come in an array of colors and monogram options and all for only $40!

Gifts for Foodies

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Eek - 21 days until Christmas!  I've finally started my shopping (a bit later than I'd like), which has resulted in me finding a few cooking-related gifts for friends and families and a few items to be added to my Christmas list!  What are you getting your favorite foodie?  Any fun finds?  

#1 - Magimix Vision Toaster - I don't need a new toaster, but if I did, I'd get this one.  Being able to see whatever you are toasting?  Seems pretty genius to me. 

#2 - Flour, Too Cookbook - A new cookbook from Flour Bakery in Boston that includes both sweet and savory recipes.  As much as I love Flour baked goods, the sandwiches, soups, and salads were out of this world.  

#3 - Cold Creek Brewing Beer Cooler - Pack this full of a festive assortment of craft beers and give it as a housewarming gift.  The cooler is beautiful and will certainly be used again and again.  The Cold Creek Brewing Etsy site is full of beer-related gift ideas.

#4 - Pipcorn Holiday Crate - White truffle and sea salt popcorn?  Yum.  If you'd rather, you could make your own caramel corn (it's really very easy).

#5 - Set of Seven Ramekins from Pinch Goods - These oven-safe ramekins would be perfect for baking any number of things and would double as serving dishes.  I can't get over how pretty the colors are!

#6 - Bunches & Bunches Smoked Oaxacan Mole Sauce - A mole sauce made in Jackson Hole that can be added to meats, used as a condiment, etc.  I think this would make a great stocking stuffer - and a green and red sauce are also available.

#7 - Source Wood SodaStream - We have a SodaStream and I love having sparkling water any time.  SodaStream has produced this sleek and stylish redesign that would look great on a kitchen counter.

#8 - Smoked Habanero BBQ Sauce - Marshall's Haute Sauce Smoked Habanero BBQ Sauce - yum.  The website provides recipes to help you use the sauce if you want to get more creative than just using it on meat.  I've got my eye on this pulled pork.  There is also a Cranberry Red Jalapeno Sauce that sounds perfect for holiday cooking.

#9 - PieBox - This would be even better given with a pie inside, but what a fun way to transport a pie to a dinner party!  They also make a CakeBox for cupcakes.