Friday, February 26, 2010

vintage candy land

one of the perks of working at SCRAP is that occasionally i find some amazing vintage goodies. check out what i found last week :: a 1962 Candyland game board!

happy happy happy memories. i think this board is a bit older than the one i played on, but close enough. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

new home

okay, new apartment. dx and i spent this past week packing, cleaning, and moving and we're finally here! isn't our new building grand?

it's on the 'national register of historic places', which means it's old. like, 1925 old. but so beautiful.

and there's a perplexing palm tree out front. we live in oregon- there are no palm trees here. except for this one, i guess. that might explain why it looks kind of, well, dead. but i kind of like it.

there's a darling private backyard space with lots of seating and a cool-looking birdbath.

old benches fit perfectly into the landscaping. i think i'd rather look at it than sit on it though.

and the flowers are starting to bloom! so lovely.
the interior is charming as well, but since we're still unpacking i'll have to wait to show those photos. but i'm very happy with the new place so far, hooray!

Monday, February 15, 2010

nice package

i just got my order from nice package last week and i just have to show it off :: i ordered some pink twine for one of my wedding invitation clients {to be incorporated into the invitation} and i was delighted with the care + sweetness put into the packaging.

shop owners ez and marichelle are very talented gals! each bundle of twine is wrapped in a cute little paper label and they even wrote a little personalized gift tag to thank me for my order! i love little intimate touches like that.

before i placed my order, i requested a sample and they promptly sent me a piece of twine to inspect- it's very lovely. a little bit thicker than typical baker's twine, but still very nice. and i had to throw in a bundle of blue twine too, just for funs. :)
AND the gals refunded me back the money that they charged me for shipping when the actual cost turned out to be less. !!! wow.
i highly recommend the nice package shop for all of your cute-packaging needs.

Friday, February 12, 2010


these are old photos of my kitty cats, simon {tabby} and sweet pea {calico}. i will finally be moving to a new apartment next week that allows pets and i can't even believe i've gone 4 years without one. my dear simon and sweet pea passed away years ago and i'm ready for a little kitty company once again. it's actually a huge mixture of emotions for me:: i'm really excited but i also feel some sadness remembering my wonderful little "babies" too...

aren't they so cute? they will always be my special little friends... it's impossible to forget two sweet, silly creatures. but there's nothing wrong with making new friends, either. :)
{stay tuned for new-kitty news, coming soon!}

Monday, February 8, 2010

unique valentines

i gotta admit, i am not big on valentine's day. don't get me wrong, it's a nice sentiment... it's just the cheap commercialization of it all- i don't need the wilting flowers, stinky perfume, or cheap chocolate, thank you. but i sure wouldn't complain if i got one of these ::

nice, right? i love a unique take on a traditional idea. always.

Friday, February 5, 2010

local dressmaker

i am starting to get really tired of jeans + tennis shoes... see, when you're a bike commuter, it's kind of a pain to wear dresses during the winter- they could get wet, muddy- basically ruined. so i tend to stick with plain, durable clothes when i head out on errands during these cold, rainy months.
but this dress makes me long to wear a pretty white gown so much! doesn't it look so comfortable and feminine? summer, please hurry.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

bobbing along...

these hand-cranked wooden boxes from etsy shop cartoon monster contain the most delightful little treat :: rolling waves and little objects that bob up and down with them. i saw one yesterday in a local portland shop and immediately fell in love.

the waves move just like a ripple on the sea when you crank the handle. you can view a video of the boxes in action by clicking here. trust me, you want to see this. and then you want to buy one for yourself and everyone you know.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

simple valentines

it's time for valentines! and i've got a few cute designs in my paper shop, paper + pinafore. each one has hand-glittered details and comes with a kraft paper envelope. blank inside. only $2 each!

don't forget to check out my wedding invitation designs- i will be posting some new designs very soon so stay tuned!

Monday, February 1, 2010

hooray giveaway

if you haven't yet visited the hooray design blog, you must, it's quite adorable. alli of 'hooray' is hosting a fabulous giveaway today- a cute little canister filled with all sorts of fun goodies ::
visit hooray design to enter the giveaway!