August 5, 2009

Good morning everyone! I’m leaving today for London – yay! I can’t believe today is my last day in the United States as a resident here — I’m nearly an official expat. I can’t wait to arrive to Germany and begin my new life. I hope you have been enjoying my guests, I’m still monitoring the blog each day and reading your comments, replying to some emails as I can, and even writing a few posts here and there so I’m not 100% offline. I’m also on Twitter if you want to be my “friend” over there, just click here. It’s the best way for us to stay in touch while I’m traveling. So! I’ll be jumping back on the blog again in London tomorrow from some random cafe so I’ll see you again then… – Holly

If you ask me whether or not I’d like some letterpress stationery and drink coasters from Kamal I’d most likely reply: Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes, please. See why?


Yummy, am I right? I love the metallic accents and the fresh, modern designs along with the fact that they are eco-friendly using 100% cotton paper, post consumer kraft envelopes and chipboard.

(images: kamel)


  • Reply Teresa August 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Travel safely!! Those letterpress coasters are divine.
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..Wary Meyers love… =-.

  • Reply Würmchen August 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I can imagine how you fell right now! So many greetings from your new country, you will love it here :)

    Or better: ? Liebe Grüße aus Hamburg! ?

  • Reply steven August 5, 2009 at 8:45 am

    have a happy flight holly… and just so you know, its quite warm here today, not too horrible and sticky, but enough for ice cold drinks whilst sat outside .how long you actually in london for ?…
    .-= steven´s last blog ..happy logs =-.

  • Reply Kate August 5, 2009 at 8:49 am

    All the best in this wonderful new chapter in life Holly! Thanks for being such and inspiration to so many of us bloggers!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Runway to Rug, Dries Van Noten + Surya =-.

  • Reply Kathryn August 5, 2009 at 8:54 am

    how thrilling to be starting a new chapter in your life. it is going to be great! bon voyage!!
    lovely paper!
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..apple cake… =-.

  • Reply gemma August 5, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful! Especially loving those coasters!

  • Reply laura trevey August 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

    be safe!! and have a wonderful travel day ~~
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Oh so Beautiful =-.

  • Reply Lyndsay August 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Safe travels! It will be an adventure : )
    .-= Lyndsay´s last blog ..For your little crafter… =-.

  • Reply Vanya August 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Dear Holly,

    Have a good trip and enjoy in London and your new life in Germany.

    Best wishes! :)

  • Reply Vica (Flying Umbrellas) August 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Have a safe trip, dear Holly and a wonderful new start in Germany! And please say Hi! to Berlin when you have the chance to visit it :)

    a girl from Europe
    .-= Vica (Flying Umbrellas)´s last blog ..What kept me away from posting =-.

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I hope you have a safe flight over to London, Holly. The weather over here is very sticky and hot!

    This stationary is lovely; those metallic accents really add depth to them. Great to read that they are eco-friendly, too. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Will @ Bright.Bazaar´s last blog ..{Lovely, indeed} =-.

  • Reply Nuit August 5, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Wow Holly! I am so excited for you!!! good luck and safe trip, I will be looking forward to reading about your new adventures! :) xo
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..SATC Interiors =-.

  • Reply ayelet August 5, 2009 at 11:01 am

    alleyways inspiring..enjoy london
    .-= ayelet´s last blog ..for me summer is… =-.

  • Reply SUSIEQ August 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Good Luck with your move! love your blog, been reading for sometime & it’s always like a fresh cup of coffee in the AM for me!. Just know we are a click away,

  • Reply visualingual August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous coasters! I do wonder if metallic ink is completely eco-friendly, though.
    .-= visualingual´s last blog ..Grandma’s Doily Gas Station Price Placemat =-.

  • Reply Amy August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Safe travels Holly! Have fun as you start this new exciting time of your life!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it – I’m sure you will have some great images and stories to tell!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Tumbling… =-.

  • Reply DawnMarie August 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Best wishes as you get settled in your new life. Safe travels.

  • Reply Six Different Ways August 5, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Beautiful! Good luck to you Holly :)
    .-= Six Different Ways´s last blog ..6DW Hands On Review: Inmod’s Eero Aarnio Style Ball Chair =-.

  • Reply Katrin August 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Best wishes for your life in Germany!! Have a safe trip and a good start and warm welcome in your new home.

    Alles Gute,
    Katrin x
    .-= Katrin´s last blog ..Superfluous signs =-.

  • Reply Rowan August 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I’m glad to see you’ve feature Kamal – I just got some of her ‘textile’ cards in the mail two days ago and her work is very lovely. Safe journey!

  • Reply Cheryl August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    If you have not read the following poem, substitute Germany. We are all sojourners. Safe travels . . .

    Poem of the Day: Ithaca


    When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
    then pray that the road is long,
    full of adventure, full of knowledge.
    Do not fear the Lestrygonians
    and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
    You will never meet such as these on your path,
    if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
    emotion touches your body and your spirit.
    You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
    the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
    if you do not carry them within your soul,
    if your soul does not raise them up before you.

    Then pray that the road is long.
    That the summer mornings are many,
    that you will enter ports seen for the first time
    with such pleasure, with such joy!
    Stop at Phoenician markets,
    and purchase fine merchandise,
    mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
    and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
    buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
    visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
    to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.

    Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
    To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
    But do not hurry the voyage at all.
    It is better to let it last for long years;
    and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
    rich with all that you have gained on the way,
    not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

    Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
    Without her you would never have taken the road.
    But she has nothing more to give you.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
    With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
    you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.

    -K. P. Kavafis (C. P. Cavafy), translation by Rae Dalven

  • Reply Rebecca in Switzerland August 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Now in addition to all the design & art blogs, you can join the world of expat blogs! There are a lot of us!
    Good luck with the move…
    Rebecca in Switzerland (also an American expat in Europe, & now married to a German)
    .-= Rebecca in Switzerland´s last blog ..Caribbean New Year’s Adventure Revisited =-.

  • Reply Kim August 5, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! Eco friendly AND gorgeous! How perfect! =D
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..What I Would Wear…If I Ran The Circus =-.

  • Reply lisa::the red thread August 6, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Have a wonderful time in London Holly, looking forward to hearing about and seeing all the wonderful new things in your wonderful new life.

    {I’m sorry I haven’t popped in to say happy travels before now… I’ve been thinking about you and your big move. I’m just catching up on a couple of weeks of decor8 reading and eye candy now.}

    .-= lisa::the red thread´s last blog ..This time last year =-.

  • Reply kamal August 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    holly – “thank you” for posting my work, you truly are an inspiration. a big “thank you” as well for all of you have commented on my coasters!

    happy to read your trip was safe, and good luck to you in europe!

  • Reply wini August 10, 2009 at 3:58 am

    These are so pretty and decorative! Kamal very talented. All the best with the big move and travel safe Holly! Wini xx
    .-= wini´s last blog ..Giveaway: Curvy 6 Magazine =-.

  • Reply wini August 10, 2009 at 3:59 am

    These are so pretty and decorative! Kamal is very talented. All the best with the big move and travel safe Holly! Wini xx
    .-= wini´s last blog ..Giveaway: Curvy 6 Magazine =-.

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