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Favorites: Art by Anek

Summer fruits print by Anek

Salad print by Anek

Blueberry print by Anek

I am really taken with these prints by Ana, a Croatian graphic designer and illustrator. Exquisitely simple and richly colorful. The two fruit prints, in particular, are my favorites.

Ana has many more designs in her shop (in other sizes, too), as well as a calendar. If you have a foodie on your holiday list, her art prints may be just the thing you’re looking for.

You can also find her on Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest

Images: Ana/Anek


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Favorites: National Parks Explorers Guide

National Parks Explorers Guide by Ello There

National Parks Explorers Map close up by Ello There

Five years ago, I wouldn’t have loved this National Parks Explorers Guide by Ello There as much as I do now, because over the past few years, we’ve taken our girls to quite a few places on this map. (I wrote about our road trip to see Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone and more here.)

The Explorers Guide is mounted on canvas, ready to hang, and comes with colorful tree stickers to mark the parks you’ve been to. Not only is it a beautiful addition to your home, it’s surely a lovely reminder of your travels.

Find the Explorers Guide ($115) in the Ello There shop here.

Images: Ello There
via Paper Crave

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Favorites: Fine Little World

Fine Little World by Fine Little Day

Fine Little World print detail by Fine Little Day Fine Little World rolled up by Fine Little Day

Charming, colorful “Fine Little World” poster by French artist Steffie Broccoli in collaboration with Fine Little Day.

I think this would make a special gift for a little friend’s bedroom.

Images: Fine Little Day
via That’s Happy

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Letterpress Prints by Lab Partners

A couple of years ago (or more?) I seriously contemplated buying one of these prints by Lab Partners. The hitch? The prints were made for a solo exhibit at an Australian art gallery, so they weren’t exactly easy to buy and receive.

But now, Lab Partners (Sarah  Labieniec and Ryan Meis) say they’ve reprinted them as letterpress prints and plan to sell them in their shop – coming soon to their website. So, that’s pretty great, right?

If you’re not familiar with their work, their website is wonderful.

All images: Lab Partners

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Vote For Your Favorite Smock Calendar

Here’s a chance to get a beautiful letterpress calendar for a ridiculously low price:
From now until next Wednesday, October 19, Smock is hosting a contest to see which of their 2012 calendars (8 x 10″) is the most popular. Go to the Smock website and vote for your favorite by clicking the Like button next to your choice.

Smock will announce the winning design on Friday, October 21 and will offer it for 50% off (only $4!) on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23rd.

A steal, if you ask me. (Not to mention a great holiday gift.)

So which do YOU like best?





My favorite? I don’t know – they’re all pretty fabulous, aren’t they?

Here’s what else I want to say about Smock: their cards, wrapping paper, boxes—all of their paper goods—feature gorgeous, vibrant colors, with fun designs and patterns. And they use sustainable printing processes, too. I am very much a fan of their work.

Don’t miss their website.

Images: Smock

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Vintage Dog Posters

Boston's Best Cream Pie poster by Ken Bailey

Black Dog Licorice poster by Ken Bailey

Pug Orange Juice poster by Ken Bailey

Schnauzer Chocolate Bars poster by Ken Bailey

I walked into the sweet little bakery near my office the other day, and discovered these wonderful vintage dog posters by Ken Bailey. Along with their bakery cases filled with cupcakes, and fun glass jars of gumballs, marshmallows and jellybeans, these posters looked terrific against their pink walls.

Visit his website for much more, including the Limited Edition prints.

Images: Ken Bailey

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Strange Planet Animals

I am mesmerized by these “Strange Planet” animals by the Good Machinery.

Strange Animals Horse by the Good Machinery

Neon red dog by the Good Machinery

Blue monkey by the Good Machinery

Neon rhino by the Good Machinery

pink and black zebra by the Good Machinery

Menageries of Strange Planet animals by the Good Machinery

strange planet animals by the Good Machinery

No, you can’t just dip your kid’s dinosaur figures into bucket of paint. These are created with specially mixed paints and a process which includes a secret ingredient for preserving and adding color to each piece.

See more from this talented artist:

Website | Blog | Shop

Images: the Good Machinery

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Handmade Favorites: Clare Owen

Paris snow globe digital print by Clare Owen

Vintage sewing kit digital print by Clare Owen

The Ladies Adventure digital print by Clare Owen


Antique Bird cage digital print by Clare OwenMake do and mend digital print by Clare Owen

Clare Owen’s illustrations are absolutely charming. I’m glad I stumbled across them (thanks to Etsy’s suggestions). I added her shop to my favorites.

See more on her blog and website, too.

Shop | Blog | Website

Images: Clare Owen


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Victory Garden of Tomorrow

Break New Ground by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow Grow Food by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow

Compost by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow Eat Local Greens by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow

Keep Growing by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow Keep Em Flying by Victory Gardens of Tomorrow

Fantastic propaganda poster inspired design for these local foods/gardening posters by Victory Garden of Tomorrow advocating for “better food, better gardens, and better cities.” Hear hear!

Website | Shop

Images: Victory Garden of Tomorrow

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