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Business Cards from Tiny Prints

So about – oh….A YEAR ago, Tiny Prints very generously offered to send me some free business cards. The timing was great since I would be attending BlogHer that August and shiny new cards would definitely come in handy.

Sadly – due to a miscommunication (my fault of course), I did not get the cards in time for the conference. But I was still thrilled to have them and planned to write a review ASAP!

I have my excuses for how I let this slip through the cracks month after month – but that’s a long boring story. So let’s just say better late than never right?

Anyway – here are my pretty cards:

Since I wasn’t working with a designer, I opted to use an existing format. I could upload my blog graphic for one side of the card and just type in all of text for the other side. It was so easy and in the order/approval process, I even found out that my image file was too small. So I had the opportunity to fix that before the job went to print. Getting blurry logo business cards in the mail would have been a HUGE disappointment.

And If I didn’t have a graphic to use, I would still have been set for great design options. Here are a few of my favorites:

Hello Intro in Citrus has a clean yet irreverent cool factor. I also love it in Navy.

Professional Image would be perfect for my photography business! (if I had one)

William may be a fantastic financial adviser but I think Vertical Spectrum in Stormy Blue would be even better for an interior designer (looks like paint chips!)

So from product and process to customer service, I have to give Tiny Prints a big thumbs up. And hey – I’m all set for BlogHer THIS year! Speaking of…I’m due for a pre-BlogHer 2012 post… Look for that on The Big Piece of Cake!

Out of Hibernation! First Post: Paper Culture

Months ago, I decided that maintaining three blogs (The Big Piece of Cake, Style Key West AND Wishing True) was just too much for me (ya think?!) and I took a break from wishingtrue.com. But I’ve missed my pretty things blog – I really have.

So when I worked with the fabulously talented Mommy Geek to move The Big Piece of Cake over to WordPress, I decided to add a Wishing True page. That way, I could keep the old url and the archived posts AND streamline my personal blogs without the clumsy button links. So voila! Wishing True is back.

And today, I’m taking a look at Paper Culture, a fab (surprise!) paper goods company I discovered at BlogHer in August.

How cute are these:

These are just a few examples of the “bamboo wall art” designs. There are too many to show you ALL of my favorites – so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself. You can also upload your own photos – which is an interesting alternative to framing prints.

I also loved the note cards they had out on display.

These examples are pretty “boysie” as my daughter likes to say (and the second one is obviously for a child) – but there are plenty of other girly options.

And of course, with holiday card and invitation season starting…

I love that there are some custom cards that don’t require a photo (something I may need to consider if I can’t get my act together on the picture taking front). Also, some of the holiday cards have patterned backs – very pretty.

And before signing off on this one (off to pick out my holiday cards, that is…) I have to let you know about some current discounts/promotions:

Blyber Fronday (BLack FRiday and cYBER mONDAY) is a promotion for 10 FREE holiday cards.  No minimum purchase – just shipping and tax. (They also have a free “Mail & Message” service where they stamp, address and mail the cards on your behalf and you only pay for postage).

They’re also running a “Friends and Family for All” promo for two days only. Receive 30% off anything in the store using the code FF30 from 12:01 a.m. PST on Wednesday 11/30 through 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday 12/1.

Welcome back Wishing True! In a couple of days, I’ll tell you about the coolest new photography gadget I just discovered…

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I received an e-mail about the current promotions and wanted to share the details!

From The Desk Of…

I just love the Desk Collection stationery from Dear Hancock!

But I don’t know that any of these specifically apply to me…

So I may have to opt for the CUSTOM DESK:

They will design a desk that reflects your own work, hobbies and interests. Isn’t that brilliant? It would make a great gift too.

Of course my custom desk would have to be theoretical since my laptop sits on a dining room table littered with various and sundry family debris… Maybe I’d just call it “my dream desk.”

Wishing really, really hard for that (desk AND matching stationery).

Needful Things: Gadabout Note Cards

Months ago, I put the Gadabout link in my “check it out” list and I’m only just, well, checking it out.

In one of those “finally – someone who gets me” moments, I found myself pouring over every lovely illustration on the site (didn’t let myself click on the blog tab for fear of losing all sense of time).

I have often talked about my love of treasured things reflected in art form, and the Gadabout stationery line wholly embodies this predilection. Each illustration is a little gem of rich detail conveyed through simple elegance. I wouldn’t even know which one to choose… But here are a few of my favorites:

Okay – so that was more than a few. But seriously – how can you possibly just pick one!? Add this to the wish list…as well as the list of reasons that I should have worked harder on my penmanship back in grade school…

2010 Christmas Card from Annechovie

I have a ton of catch up to do in my design blog reading. But I do keep my friend Anne’s site at the top of my reader, and just saw the recent post about her new Christmas card!

She produces a different card each year, and this one is just as a lovely as the last two. I don’t care much for in your face holiday images of snow covered villages (particularly since half my mail list features zip codes for warm climates). So Anne’s subtle watercolors are right up my ally.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas – two of the cards can do “holiday” just as well (blank inside and no nativity scenes or Santa coming down the chimney, you know). And best of all, she offers the option of custom printing a personalized message.

Visit her Etsy shop for full details.

A Matchbox Made in Heaven

I’ve written about my friend Susan’s shop Shandell’s before, and how I particularly love her covered matchboxes. Well – as I was perusing my November issue of House Beautiful, I was delighted to see her work mentioned in the “best” of the month section!

The caption reads:

Matchbox: A wooden matchbox with a handmade decoupaged cover? It sparked our interest. Sold in a variety of vintage designs (there’s a different image on each side), they make a great hostess gift on their own or paired with a candle. $14. SHANDELL’S: shandells.com.

Not familiar with Susan’s work? You can see more of her antique and handmade paper creations (lamps, shades, matchboxes, tissue paper box covers, etc.) on her website, Shandell’s.

Here are some of my favorite matchboxes in the shop right now:

A little late to order the Halloween inspired on for this year, but Santa would look adorable on the mantle for Christmas 2010…

My Kind of Halloween

Halloween is not really my favorite day of the year. In fact, I find the October marathon of horror movie commercials and late night movies to be a constant source of channel surfing terror. I just don’t like scary stuff.

Blood thirsty serial killers brandishing meat cleavers? The dead rising from their graves? Creepy neighborhood gore enthusiasts with their annual haunted house? I find none of these things fun.

Illustrations of little children in old fashioned costumes though? THAT I can get behind.

How cute are these prints from Sarah Jane Studios?

I’ve always loved this Etsy shop. It’s a great resource for stationery and nursery/kids’ room art. I particularly love the calendar series (click to enlarge):

How sweet is October?

And wouldn’t this one look cute in a bathroom?

I could post pictures of all of her work…but maybe you could just visit her shop. For even more images, check out her blog!

Lovely Lamps

Earlier this month, Susan from Shandell’s added some gorgeous lamps to her Etsy shop. She made shades with the hand made paper of artist, Dana Curtis and paired them with vintage lamps.

I love how unique lamps bring personality to a room. It’s so easy to find something neutral to “go with” the existing furnishings. But why can’t lamps be used as art?

It should come as no surprise that this one is my favorite.

It would be perfect in my parents’ shop (speaking of…we’ve got some guest posters at Style Key West this week – drop by and say hello!)