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Marga Marina

Love rubber stamps? Into forest themes? Do you like to find unique cards to give to your friends? Yes, yes, yes! I do! So then, it’s time to meet Marga Marina who really is the talented Tine Pagenberg, an illustrator who lives nearby in Bielefeld, Germany which is a lovely town located between the northern and southern Teutoburg forest. I’m guessing Tine finds her inspiration from her town and all of the natural beauty around her, it’s hard to not dream of pastel bears and foxes with picnic baskets when you live near a German forest, the place where fairy tales and magic come to life. She makes rubber stamps, postcards, brooches, pillows and many other crafty things available in her cute DaWanda shop.

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

I was so excited when my package arrived today and I pulled out three sets of rubber stamps: “Nachteule” which means Night Owl, “Hörnchen” and on the package there are chipmunks which we don’t have in Germany, but they from the Hörnchen family but would technically be called Streifenhörnchen, and “Igel” which are hedgehogs. In the package I found some lovely cards and tags too. Now I have to use my stamps for some crafty projects. :)

I can really see Tine’s work being licensed and sold on products, can’t you? I’d love to see her work in stores, she is so talented and has a very cohesive collection and her style is very unique and special. I’m a big fan of Marga Marina and hope that you like her work too. There are so many talented German illustrators over here, and designers in general — it’s fun to be able to share some of them with you from time to time. :)

(images: photographs taken by holly becker, all others from marga marina)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery on December 17, 2010

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Oh Cactus and Quail — I am in love with everything on this gorgeous paper goods website — Just everything. And now I will introduce to you to paper product beauty that I know you’ll be equally enamored with… But first, their limited edition ornaments. Swoon! I want the one in the center for all year round to simply hang on the wall in my office — so pretty!

Cactus and Quail

Owner and designer Jamie, who lives and works in sunny San Diego, was trained as an architect but decided to launch a paper products company using her modern illustrations, mainly for brides, though some things in her shop are available to purchase (like the ornaments above) or as a readymade item which means that the design is already done for you, you simply choose your colors and give her the information that you need on the card. You know, the deets.

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

About her work Jamie says, “I have found that I am happiest while making pretty graphics and getting messy with cutting, gluing and folding paper (instead of fussing about with beams & columns). After making invitations for my own wedding in 2008, I began designing bits of stationery goods for friends, and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends, and so I have been inspired to launch Cactus and Quail.”

Cheers to following your heart!

(images: cactus and quail)

Posted in stationery on December 16, 2010

Happy Home For Papers + Things

Happy Home is truly my happy place. What am I talking about? The Happy Home online shop! It is a divine little nook on the web that I just want to jump inside of and live. It’s so sweet! Owned by two French girls who also have a pretty blog called Beauty Everyday…. just look at these things, don’t they just make you want to drool rainbows!?

Happy Home

1 / Plate: marine and white plaid 2 / Round tray natural 3 / Pear notepad 4 / Masking tape 5 / Cake stand (from House Doctor) 6 / Small dog in linen 7 / Crocodile in linen 8 / Paumes books 9 / Owl candlestick holder (also from House Doctor) 10 / Navy and white gingham Plate 11 / Linen napkins 12 / Coasters in linen.

Happy Home

1 / Photo album 2 / Book 3 / 2011 event planner 4 / Porcelain bowl (from House Doctor) 5 / Small wooden bowl 6 / Trivet in linen 7 / Zipped pocket in linen 8 / Wire flower holder 9 / Wooden box of rubber stamps 10 / Dish 11 / Knife 12 / Decorating Book

Happy Home

Happy Home

Happy Home

Happy Home

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I have this and now I want to order more — they are from Korea. Beautiful! I use them each day as my To Do list.

I can never tire of this paper and cute Japanese/Zakka stuff! I should lay out all of my crafting supplies and stationery and show you sometime, I love all of it – my rubber stamps, tapes, journals, books… and sometimes I feel like I’m 12 years old again asking my mother to drag me to the Sanrio shop — but I’m soooo okay with that, I will love paper goods forever + ever + ever!

(images: happy home)

Posted in stationery on December 15, 2010

Cocodot: Online Greetings

Have you heard of Cocodot, a hot new online greetings company based in Los Angeles? Cocodot is a lovely group of very talented people who are passionate about photography, graphic design and online communication that reaches the heart — and I think for online greetings Cocodot has the best (so fresh!) look/feel out there currently. I love how they collaborate with both emerging and established “names” from small companies like event planner Amy Atlas to massive brands like DKNY and David Stark — fantastic! Here are a few of the online greetings that I like from their current seasonal collection — violet, green and silver is my palette for the winter this year so I particularly love these hues together and of course, the whole handmade look is always a favorite of mine.

Cocodot

Cocodot

With Cocodot, you can send ad-free greetings and invitations online but you can also send them via Facebook (I love this since I’m a huge fan of Facebook). You can also add your own music, track and manage your guest list, upload your own logo, include your own photography AND now you can even have your cards professionally printed and tucked inside of beautiful vellum envelopes after you’ve finished designing them on the Cocodot site. Fab!

(images: cocodot)

Posted in stationery on November 29, 2010

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