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Giveaway! 2013 Egg Press + Blue Sky Calendars

Egg Press and Blue Sky collaboration

Egg Press and Blue Sky have teamed up again for the third year to offer a range of calendars that are primarily available at Target stores (not online), and there’s a smaller selection on the Blue Sky website. Egg Press is easily one of my favorite letterpress printers, and it’s nice to see their designs continue to reach a wider audience.

I scoped out some the designs/sizes for those of you who still need a 2013 calendar.

Egg Press and Blue Sky calendars

The large, 22″ x 17″ dots calendar is designed as a deskpad calendar (does anyone still have a desk blotter?), but I plan to tear off each month – it’s perforated – and post it to my fridge to keep my family organized. It’s definitely my favorite because the size really suits my needs.

The 15″ x 12″ spring flowers wall calendar with spiral binding would work just as well to organize your family  – plenty of space to note your appointments, birthdays and other calendar entries.

The 11″ x 14″ art calendar is really elegant. It’s the kind of calendar that you don’t want to write on (although there’s room to jot notes). You just want to enjoy how pretty it looks on your wall.

And the 5″ x 8″ planner with the roses design and orange cover is cute and super convenient – small enough to carry in your bag, but big enough to be able to read your handwriting! (The orange is a bit darker than it appears in this photo,)

These are just four, but there are several more designs in varying sizes/formats. You have to make a visit to Target to find them and hope that they’re not sold out – or you could snatch up one of the designs on the Blue Sky website.

OR, you can hope to win one from me! I’m offering the 5″ x 8″ planner and the art calendar to two lucky winners.

Egg Press roses planner in orange for Blue Sky

Egg Press art calendar for Blue Sky

All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section below – feel free to tell me which one you like best – by Friday, January 11 at 11:59 pm EST. I will pick two winners at random.

Since I am paying for shipping, this giveaway is open to the US and Canada only. (Sorry to all of my other international readers and friends!)

Good luck!

Blue Sky(top photo)
Charlotte’s Fancy (all others)


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Wrapping It Up

Chalkboard presents by Going Home to Roost

Polka Dots by Squirrelly Minds

Colorful presents by Minimega

White black and neon pink presents by kronprinsessene

A few last minute gift wrapping ideas that work for Christmas and just about any other occasion from (in order): Going Home to Roost, Squirrelly Minds, Minimega, and Kronprincessene. And for more great DIY Christmas ideas, see Tiger Wallman Hellström’s DIY Christmas Pinterest board, which is loaded with inspiration.

I’ve been writing Charlotte’s Fancy since August of 2008. When I started it, I didn’t know how rewarding it would be. Above all else, I’ve enjoyed the community it has given me – the feedback and friendship from you kind readers here as well as on Twitter. It’s been a wonderful creative outlet too, as well as an opportunity to support independent artists/shops in any way I can (which makes me feel like I’m doing something useful).

I’ve been struggling lately with whether or not it’s time to say goodbye to Charlotte’s Fancy for a variety of reasons, but I’ve decided that I would miss it, and don’t really want to give it up. If I post less frequently (not every day), I could offer better ideas, more comprehensive information, and more original content (there was a time, believe it or not, when I published my own craft ideas every week).

So in 2013, I’ll be experimenting a little with what feels right – perhaps it’s just one post a week, perhaps I only post when I have inspiration. In any case, I hope you’ll stick with me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your comments and your “likes” which encourage me to keep going. I appreciate you all so much.

Sending you warm holiday wishes and wishing you a bright 2013.



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Christmas Cards 2012 Round Up

Holiday Carollers by Quill and Fox

By Quill & Fox

Mod Christmas Tree by Fine Day Press

By Fine Day Press

Radio City Rockettes cards by Rocket Ink

By Rocket Ink

Candy canes cards by Lindsey Noble for Ship and Shape

By Lindsay Noble for Ship & Shape

Happy Holidays letterpress card by Anemone Press

By Anemone Press

Merry & Bright by Night Owl Paper Goods

By Night Owl Paper Goods

bike christmas by blackbird letterpress

By Blackbird Letterpress

Happy Holidays in Red by Sugar Paper

By Sugar Paper

Cozy card by Moxie House Paper Goods

By Moxie House Paper Goods

Ugly Sweater Time by Paper Parasol Press

By Paper Parasol Press

Dead Christmas Tree by McBittersons

By McBitterson’s

Peace Love and Holiday Wishes by Parrott Design Studio

By Parrott Design Studio

Tiny Forest by Satsuma Press

By Satsuma Press

Do you send holiday cards? These are just a few (!) of my favorite elegant, charming, modern, colorful, and funny Christmas cards.

Which do you like best?

If you see any you like, please be sure to click on the links and visit their shops – all of these designers have more to choose from, and in many cases, 2013 calendars. And they may be having Cyber Monday sales, too…

Images by their respective owners

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Inspired By: Vintage Airline Luggage Tags

Vintage airline luggage tag calendar by Girl N Gear

Vintage airline luggage tag calendar 2 by Girl N Gear

Vintage luggage tag calendar 3 by Girl n Gear

Sometimes I want to jump up and down when I see something that really stands out from the crowd. There are many beautiful calendars out there to choose from, but this one, inspired by vintage airline luggage tags, is unique, and I love it.

Great job, Girl In Gear Studio. I definitely want this calendar for my office.

Images: Girl In Gear Studio
via Paper Crave

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“Evergreen” Christmas Cards by Darling Clementine

Darling Clementine Evergreen series

Darling Clementine Evergreen series 2

Darling Clementine, you may know, is one of my favorites. This talented Norwegian design duo has a lovely shop full of pretty things for your home, stationery, even their own tea. In addition to their recently released Harvest line (these mugs are my favorite), they’ve just introduced these elegant “Evergreen” cards in time for Christmas.

I’m still enjoying their 2012 calendar (I featured it here as one of my 2012 calendar favorites). And, their blog is a constant source of inspiration. Don’t miss it.

Images: Darling Clementine

I’m happy to report that power was restored yesterday and things have mostly returned to normal around my house. I’m very relieved. Thanks again to all of you who sent me positive messages before and after Hurricane Sandy; I appreciate it so much.

As a reminder, if you are looking to donate to the Hurricane Sandy recovery/rebuilding efforts here in New Jersey, I have some advice and recommendations here.

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2013 Calendars

Marimekko Calendar 1 Marimekko Calendar 2

Marimekko calendar ($45, available via Huset Shop)

365 days of sunshine calendar (2) by Little Things Studio

365 Days of Sunshine calendar ($22, Little Things Studio – see the other version of this calendar, too)

Dozi 2013 calendar  all months

2013  calendar by Dozi ($22, Dozi)

Claudia Pearson 2013 calendar Claudia Pearson 2013 calendar 2

Buy Local calendar ($24, Claudia Pearson)

Blanca Gomez 2013 calendar

2013 Calendar, 13 x 19 ($30, Blanca Gomez)

2013 calendar by Spread the Love

2013 Canvas Home Calendar ($35, Spread the Love)

Just a few of the great calendars I’ve seen. I’m sure I will have more to share before the end of the year.

Images by their respective owners

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Five Scary Good Halloween Cards

Halloween Cat card by Pike Street Press

Scary Umbrella card by Shop Inviting

Halloween Skull Card by Sugar Paper

Spiderweb card by Presse Dufour

Haunted House card by Fat Bunny Press

From top to bottom:

1. Vintage-inspired Halloween cat by Pike Street Press

2. The creepiest umbrella you have ever seen. By Inviting Letterpress Boutique

3. Gold foil Halloween skull by Sugar Paper

4. Spiderweb card by Presse Dufour

5. Haunted house by Fat Bunny Press

Images by their respective owners

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Cute Cards by Bengt and Lotta

Bengt and Lotta red card at Lagom

Bengt and Lotta Woodland Animals card at Lagom

Bengt and Lotta Its a Boy card at Lagom

Bengt and Lotta Festive Friends Christmas card at Lagom

These cheerful cards are the handiwork of Swedish design duo Bengt Lindberg and Lotta Glave, which I found on the Lagom Design website (one of the best curated stationery/gift wrap/art prints collections online, if you ask me).

Lagom has more paper designs by Bengt & Lotta, but if you want to see their other products (a huge variety of candle holders, as well as lamps, paper towel holders, hangers and other items for your home), check out the 2012 catalog on the Bengt & Lotta website.

Other favorite designers featured on Lagom (which is a Swedish concept that translates to “just the right amount”) include Ingela P. Arrhenius, Debbie Powell, Helen Dardik, and Studio Tipi. If you love paper, you will love Lagom.

Images via Lagom Design Shop

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Exercise Books by Donna Wilson

Exercise books by Donna Wilson

Need some motivation to exercise? How about Donna Wilson’s 3-pack of exercise notebooks, which have illustrated maps of East London on the back? You can get them directly from her website here for £9.95 (about $15.60 USD).

I really like Donna Wilson’s style, which is just plain fun, but I don’t own a single thing by her. I guess I should fix that – maybe some of these ceramic plates and tumblers?

Image: Donna Wilson

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Download This: A Postcard to Send to Your Pals

Hello Summer postcard by Erin Jang for Martha Stewart

Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting designed this free downloadable postcard for Martha Stewart’s Crafts Dept. Good for dropping a line to your family & friends, and for tucking into your kid’s trunk for camp.

Click here to download Erin’s postcard. If you like Erin’s work (what’s not to love?) visit her shop here.

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Image: Erin Jang

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