Move over Martha, Jamie, Rachel and Donna… did you get the memo? Amy Butler is going for world domination (yay!) alongside the best of ‘em and she’s going BIG, baby! Fabric, bags, giftwrap, tableware, sewing kits, scrapbooking supplies, bedding, card kits, software, patterns, books, rugs, stationery and now office products. I’ve died and gone to heaven with these… Here are a few glimpses to make you reconsider your office space and how much better it would look with a little dash of Amy where you work!
This collection will be available via Mara-Mi and will include coordinating desktop and office items like folders, organizers, binders and more. The entire collection will be available soon in Amy’s web store as well. Stay tuned!
(images: amy butler design)
Don’t even try to resist this cuteness. These wise guys are available for download (only £1.00) on the Mibo website. Look at the little one on the far left — he’s looking a little stunned while the tiny blue one looks a bit buzzed. Then you have the sleepy green one and the black owl that is hungover from too many pints the night before. Silly owls! Which owl are you this morning? I’m the sleepy owl for sure!
I was reading the Bubb Report this morning and came across these tissue boxes by Lotta Jansdotter and I thought, “If only Kleenex could get with it and give us something like this vs. all those mod boxes that don’t match one single part of my house!” – I mean, I guess it’s a little old fashioned to match the tissue box to the decor of your home (recall the crochet cozies in your grandmother’s bathroom – I sure do), I keep mine in the drawer anyway because they’re so ugly, but if you want to match and leave them out then I like these from Lotta.
My preference is the long flat box in plain white, vs. the round, box, oval and now “fruit wedge” shape that’s taking over tissue aisles across the country. Heck, if you have time on your hands, you could use rubber stamps to stamp a plain white tissue box yourself. When it comes to toilet paper, paper towels, and kleenex (and their boxes) I like things high quality yet simplistic in their design. And while world peace should be a concern, and it is, I do spend a little too much time thinking about every little thing that I purchase being both functional and pretty. I just love toilet paper that has those deep white on white almost letterpressed impressions on them. Do you know what I mean? You may not, as I don’t come across it here too often but in Germany they have toilet paper that is so beautiful with these gorgeous patterns deeply impressed into each sheet, I was so impressed. I figure if I have to look at these functional items on a daily basis then why can’t they at least look nice and not tacky. I know… I know you’re thinking I’m crazy right about now.
But back to Lotta because I’m sure she won’t want to read this post and see that the entire topic is around toilet paper and tissue boxes. :) Well it looks like she’s been bitten by the good old scrapbooking bug because now she is carrying some scrapbooks in her online shop which is a great option for her fans. I love the baby pillow and the mini tray in her collection, both shown above. Especially the tray — a personal favorite.
By the way, have you ever watched this ’07 studio tour of her Brooklyn office? I missed it somehow and stumbled upon it a moment ago. I guess I never thought about where she does all of her photography, print work, packaging, etc. but in this video, produced by Etsy, she gives us a tour of an apartment that she converted into, what seems to be, solely her studio space. It’s so inspiring to watch this power woman in action. Psst: If you are in Brooklyn in August, September or October visit Lotta’s studio space to take a printmaking class with her. I’d love to take a printmaking class with someone who has so much experience, especially in their ‘zone’ you know, a classroom in college is fine too but to be in the artist’s space seems a lot more intimate and energizing to me personally. More information about that here.
Okay your turn to dish. Do you care about paper towel patterns, tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls and the like? Or do you think all this focus on product packaging for such mundane things is a bit over rated?
(images: lotta jansdotter)
I’m reading the final chapter this week of Secrets of Simplicity by expert organization queen and author Mary Carlomagno and as soon as I’m finished I’m going to start reorganizing my house and I plan to sell a bunch of things over on eBay — I have wayyyy to much stuff and really need to downsize and clear the clutter. I feel bad that I will be getting rid of so many things but I’ve learned from Secrets of Simplicity that my need to hold on to certain things is crazy, especially when I yearn to live in a clutter-free environment. Of course, I can’t live without cherished items around, but I can live without the piles of magazines, the collection of lamps and chairs and ceramics and art that I’ve collected that honestly, I really have to personal attachment to any longer.
Of course, I’m not getting rid of everything I own, but I’ve decided to clear out my storage room located in the attic of my home and sell everything on eBay, through a series of tag sales, and on Craigslist. What I cannot sell I will donate to charity just as I did last Spring (this is an annual cleansing activity for me, though this year is the biggest one ever!). It’s my May must-do project and Secrets of Simplicity is helping me to get there emotionally and spiritually so that I can take this healing journey of saying goodbye to all of this stuff. Though it is beautiful, too much of anything is never good. I know the feeling of joy that will sweep over me as I say goodbye to the final box carried out of my front door will be worth it all. Yippie-kay-yay! Two spaces in my home that I can’t wait to purge — my walk-in closet, my office/craft room and my bookcase.
I found this cool site today called Knock Knock while reading Victoria’s blog and I love all of the office products here. I will be needing lots of file folders and other miscellaneous storage for organizing, so I’m definitely bookmarking this site. I’m going to order the Personal Library Kit because I loan out books so often that this would help me to keep track of them. Plus, in this economy, I think good friends should be encouraging one another book to borrow things from one another now and then. Especially novels. I am so tired of buying them and then what? I will never pick up the same book and read it twice. I’d much rather loan it out or swap it with another novel from a girlfriend.
What about you? Have you read Secrets of Simplicity? Are you doing any Spring cleaning at the moment? How are you handling it emotionally? What are you currently trying to take control of in your home – clutter, a reno, DIY project, cleaning?
Hello, it’s so nice to be back blogging again today. I had such a terrific long weekend but the moment I got up this morning I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging because I have such a great line up for you this week to enjoy. :) First up, Nicole and Lara contacted me this morning about their limited edition journals, a collaborative project by Nicole at Freshlyblended and the lovely Lara Cameron at Ink & Spindle — a great team! The illustrations of Lara Cameron are hand silkscreened onto 100% organic fabric and the book interior displays a custom bookplate and an Italian cotton ribbon book marker from Angela Liguori at Carta Inc. in Boston.
Please note: Once these journals are sold out that’s it — so get ‘em while they’re hot!
(images from freshlyblended)