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Petite Press {letterpress recipe cards}

Cooks will love this… I cannot take my eyes off these new personalized recipe cards from Petite Press. Letterpress, oh my!

Swoon! What a thoughtful gift for a friend or better yet, a great house warming gift! I think the only thing I would do is after writing on a card, I’d laminate it or place inside of a plastic photograph sleeve to protect the paper. I’d hate to have chocolate stains ruin these beauties.

(images from petite press)

Posted in kitchen, stationery on January 26, 2009

What Morning/Afternoon Ritual Do You Have?

I’d like to talk about tea for a moment because I just had the most wonderful cup and since I can’t pour one for you I’ll have to put into words just how special it really was. And no I’m not losing my mind, I am simply enjoying the simple moments in life a little more as it is my resolve for 2009 to spend time focusing less on things that I cannot change and more on things that I often overlook that would make my life a little sweeter. Noticing the little things. For instance, I saw beauty in my afternoon today and captured it in a photograph just for you…

I’ve seen THE O DOR many times but never once did I consider purchasing it because I figured it’s just another tea in a pretty container with an expensive price tag. Wrong! It’s heaven in a tin and I’m so happy that I gave it a chance. As I sat on my sofa this afternoon taking a break — sipping tea, flipping through a magazine, and admiring the garden roses a friend delivered on Saturday, I felt at peace and happy despite that it’s a Monday and well, who really loves Monday. Can you smell the bergamot, vanilla, marigold, and jasmine in my green and black tea? It’s mixed with the scent of garden roses… If you can, may I suggest buying yourself a small bouquet, some tea, and 20 minutes to relax with your favorite book or magazine either today or sometime this week? You won’t have a single regret…

A comfortable mere 20 minutes dedicated to me was an amazing pick-me-up and a great way to begin a new week. Try to notice the little things today…

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you have a favorite morning or afternoon ritual? What is it? Afternoon tea is mine. It was coffee but I’ve learned to appreciate a cup of black tea and so glad that I did.

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in tips on January 26, 2009

Help My IKEA Dresser!

Alyson is a twentysomething decor8 reader seeking advice for her IKEA ANEBODA dresser. She says, “Okay, so I have this dresser from IKEA that I am sending the picture of. At first I loved it but now I am hating the clear poly thing! You can see how incredibly disorganized all my clothes are! Do you have any suggestions of how to either cover it or something? Any sort of advice would be appreciated!”

My first thought is to use paper or fabric applied directly to the interior of the polypropylene drawer fronts. This post over on the IKEA hacker blog may help you do something like this in a single afternoon. Casa Sugar also shows another good example of using paper and how to do it.

Anyone have DIY ideas for Alyson?

(image from IKEA)

Posted in diy, furniture, reader questions on January 26, 2009

Ink & Spindle {hand printed textiles}

I came across Ink & Spindle last night via the beautiful blog Twig & Thistle authored by Kathleen Gibson and had a feeling I’d be writing about this gorgeous fabric company today (thanks Kathleen for contacting me). I am so happy to once again have stumbled upon another business founded by several creative types sharing a common vision. Collaboration is definitely a theme for ’09 and I’m loving it.

Ink & Spindle specializes in gorgeous hand printed textiles and is co-owned by Lara Cameron based out of Australia, you may know her blog Kirin Notebook. Lara’s business partners, Tegan and Bianca van Meeuwen, share a blog under the same name right here so please go visit them to learn more about these talented ladies and their very special business of making beautiful fabrics. They are blogging about their textiles, participating in shows, selling fabric online, hand printing it together in their studio, this is the stuff that dreams are made of and this dream team is doing it right because Ink & Spindle is taking off and we’re all taking notice.

Bianca, Lara & Tegan, the go-get-’em ladies behind Ink & Spindle.

Books made using Ink & Spindle fabrics, bound by Nicole at Freshly Blended.

(images from ink & spindle)

Posted in textiles on January 26, 2009

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