Uashmama Paper Bags

While I was in Sydney, my friend and I discovered this little store in the Rocks called Uashmama. They make accessories, handbags, and homegoods all from washable paper. WASHABLE PAPER??? Yes…washable paper. It looks and feels like leather! Absolutely amazing. Check out how they made it here on their website.

This washable paper blew my mind. The colors were beautiful. I waffled over purchasing a bag, but decided to pick up a few of the paper bags instead because they could be used year round for storing all kinds of goodies like fabric, yarn, cards, crafting tools, etc.

Right now I put them to use as “planters” for some white Cylamen Persicum that I picked up at Swanson’s Nursery this weekend. They just look lovely with the rest of my Christmas decor!

Here they are greeting my guests as they walk in with some twinkling lights. The perfect little addition for my Gray/Black/White color scheme!

 

A trip to Oslo

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to the city of Oslo for work. We were very productive at work that week, and at the end I stayed an extra day to see a few of the sites. It was a chilly trip, but got to see some of the city in it’s snow-covered wonder.

(Above photo courtesy of Charlie Zhuang – Instagram)

Although very thankful that I had this opportunity to go to Norway, I also found that my love for Scandinavian Design just got even greater after this trip! I wish my suitcase was the size of a car…for I would have come home with all kinds of amazing stuff. Alas my suitcase isn’t that big (nor is my wallet) but I did come home with a few goodies. Thanks to a little online research, I found a few stores that I needed to check out on my day off.

One of my favorite stops was Illums Bolighus. Here I picked up a few necessities such as this awesome Quilt Sleeve by HAY. It’s just the right size for my iPad Air, and has just enough padding to help protect it during my next few travels. Also by HAY, I picked up a little Clip for Two Pens. Just how it’s named…that is what it is, a clip for two pens! I thought it was kind of clever, and could come in handy with my work notebook. Lastly I spied a Wooden Elephant by Gunnar Flørning Collection. I do love me some elephants, and it looks just perfect on my Round Dorm Shelf that I bought awhile back from Design Life Kids.

Next stop was Norway Designs, and the discovery of this super cute little paper shop downstairs. I could have stayed in there for hours concocting all kinds of projects, but I made my stop pretty quick (as to not annoy my coworker.) Here I found a few things like 4″ x 8 2/5″ Penco gold finish clipboard. Works just right with this Kartotek To-Do Notepad. And just when I thought I was done…I spied this PULP Pen Case to keep store little goodies.

If work brings me back to Oslo (which I hope it does) I will have to find new places to explore. And maybe next time it will be in the spring, and I can spend a little less time INSIDE, and more time OUTSIDE exploring the mountains. :)

Portland Paper-goods

My affinity for paper-goods strikes again. Thank you Portland.

A few weekends ago I headed down to Portland to visit my good friend Asia (from Sparrow Soirees). Not only was it a chance to spend some quality time together, it was also a chance to hit up some of Portland’s finest shopping. :) Portland shops have a way of curating the coolest collectables you can find in the PNW. There is just something about that town.

One of my first “must-see” shops was Schoolhouse Electric. I have been obsessed for awhile now and couldn’t wait to see the store in person! I could have walked out of there with a truckload of home goods…but I reigned it in and bought a few small items.

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Next stop was Little Otsu on Division Street. We spied this shop the night before while waiting outside at the local favorite Pok Pok and we knew we had to check it out. Such a great little paper shop you can’t miss when in Portland. We then made our way over to the Pearl District and hit up a few more of Asia’s favorite shops before the weekend was over.

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Below are a few of my favorites! :)

From Left to Right: 

Mini Compartment TrayDream Day Note PadMoleskin Journal and Papelote Notebook Strap

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From Left to Right: 

Note Pad Folio & Field Notes Woodgrain Pencil

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Seattle Bloggers Unite

Seattle Bloggers Unite Summer Meet-up at Fare·well Paperie

Last week I was fortunate to have joined all the lovely bloggers at the Seattle Bloggers Unite summer meet-up at Fare-well Paperie. I had an amazing evening at their Georgetown studio mingling and meeting talented bloggers from the area.

The founders of Fare-well Paperie, Jen and Lisa, produce an amazing line of letterpress cards. You’ll find the typical standard celebrations in their cards, but with a snarky twist. I love them!

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We started the evening off with some eats and a cocktail from DRY Soda. Then we heard all about how Jen and Lisa started their letterpress business. I love hearing stories of talented women who start their own businesses…it is so inspiring. :) After a little introduction, they let us wander around their studio to check out all their Their beautiful letterpress cards, wrapping paper, and colorful envelopes.

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We then took our turn creating our own custom letterpress note cards on their platen press named “Bill.” We cut and created envelope liners to go with our note cards.

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It was a fantastic evening. :) Thanks so much to the organizers and to the amazing sponsors…Fare-well Paperie, A Fabulous Fete, Cameos and Crowns, Chronicle Books, DRY Soda, Fran’s Chocolates, Jet Pens, Olive Box, Ravenna Girls, Sasquatch Books, Tattly, The Container Store, and Tutta Lou Press.

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Day 16: Origami wreath greeting card & ornament

At work we recently had a morale event where the team made large origami wreaths. Inspired by this activity, we decided to scale it down to fit a greeting card for Day 16. As a bonus, the wreath can be used as an ornament.

Cathie is much more talented than I when it comes to making handmade cards. You would think as a designer I could handle such a thing, but it’s just so much easier to order them! I definitely have something to learn from her on the art of card making.

TIME TO COMPLETE

It takes about one hour from start to finish to complete a single card.

MATERIALS

Materials

Step 1:

To make the wreath, you will fold 8 pieces of decorative paper to make each point of the wreath.

Start by folding a piece length-wise, creating a crisp edge with the bone folder.

Step 1

Step 2:

With the creased side away to you, fold each corner toward the crease to make a trapezoid.

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Step 3:

Fold in half, width-wise.

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Step 4:

Take two of the 8 pieces, which you will use to create the first chain in the wreath.

Face both pieces so that the tip of the pointed side is facing top left. Hold one piece in each hand. With the right piece, insert it into the short side of the left piece. There are two pockets, one for each point. Angle it down toward the point of the left piece. It will tuck in and feel connected.

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Step 4

Quick Recap:

Here is what each fold will look like for steps 1 to 4.

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Step 5:

Repeat step 4 for all 8 pieces of the wreath until all the pieces connect to form the wreath.

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Step 6:

Punch a hole into the top of your wreath. Next attach the eyelet using your setter and hammer.

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Step 7:

To fasten the wreath to the card with ribbon, we need to make two small holes. Measure approximately 1.5″ from the top and half the width. Make a small mark to use as a guide to punch holes on either side.

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Step 8:

Thread the ribbon through each hole and then through the wreath.

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Step 9:

Tie a small bow and trim off any excess ribbon.

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Step 10:

Next we will make the glitter word, joy. Unwind a small length of the glitter tape and insert it into the alphabet punch. Turn the punch upside down so you can see where to align the tape. The glitter side should be facing up (so if you are looking at the bottom of the punch, you would not see it). Punch out each letter.

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Step 11:

Remove the tape backing and apply each letter to the card. Align the word joy so it is centered with the wreath.

Step 11

Oh, joy! You just made an origami wreath greeting card!

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