Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a wonderful day full of tricks and treats! Vintage PaperMichelle below; the 80s were a strange time - and that is one skeptical little clown, if I’ve ever seen one. haha. Happy Halloween!

A super-rad clown suit, obviously handmade!

A super-rad clown suit, obviously handmade!

Illustration by Taeeun Yoo

For a while now, I have been quietly in love with yoote, the Etsy shop owned by illustrator, Taeeun Yoo. Her illustration and lithography are reminiscent of the books of my childhood - dreamy, nostalgic and wise. I looked further into Taeeun Yoo’s work and story only to find out that she is living the life of my dreams; illustrating in NYC, winning prestigious illustration awards (Ezra Jack Keats Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature,) working on some of the finest publications and projects that the world of illustration has to offer. A few words that come to mind - jealous and profoundly inspired. For just a few minutes, turn off your adult mind and get lost in the magical optimism of a children’s book.

Visit Taeeun Yoo’s website for more of her work!

Only A Witch Can Fly by Taeeun Yoo (Written by Alison McGhee)

Only A Witch Can Fly by Taeeun Yoo (Written by Alison McGhee)

Tea Shop Print by Taeeun Yoo

Tea Shop Print by Taeeun Yoo

Polar Bear Swimming by Taeeun Yoo

Polar Bear Swimming by Taeeun Yoo

Weekend Vintage: MadMen Halloween

An obvious favorite for Halloween costumes this year is MadMen. I’m kind of wishing I would have put together a MadMen themed Halloween party myself - how fun would that be?? Maybe we’ll just have to have a thematic cocktail party…hmm…interesting idea. Check out these Etsy finds - Joan would approve.

While you’re at it - you should TOTALLY “MadMen Yourself!” Love it.

Vintage Purse and Pumps set from jessjamesjake

Vintage Purse and Pumps set from jessjamesjake

Vintage Mid Century Rotary Phone from kowgirlkitsch

Vintage Mid Century Rotary Phone from kowgirlkitsch

Vintage French Black Wiggle Dress from dandeliondaydreamer

Vintage French Black Wiggle Dress from dandeliondaydreamer

Vintage Hula Skirt Costume from BingoBox

Vintage Hula Skirt Costume from BingoBox

Vintage Decanter and Glasses from birchandbird

Vintage Decanter and Glasses from birchandbird

Special Project Designs

So - I got a really amazing, super-exciting, awesome request yesterday (more details later) and I immediately got to work on a few design ideas. Thoughts??

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New Card - Finders Keepers

I’ve got a new card in shop - well, a mostly new card - a new take on an old design. Perfect for your sweeties. XOXO.

Finders Keepers from PaperMichelle (and little Gertie in the background.)

Finders Keepers from PaperMichelle (and little Gertie in the background.)

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WhatParty on Etsy

Stephanie Tillman’s WhatParty has had me cracking up for the last few days. I love the contradiction of embroidery and snarky humor. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought one of these lovelies for my living room. I read Stephanie’s bio and decided, yes - I think we could be friends.

“My name is Stephanie Tillman and I embroider from New York, London and Jacksonville. I love embroidering things that make me laugh, and I probably drink too much. I’m trying to figure out how to work my brand new embroidery machine so I can spend more time outside.”

Here are some of my faves from WhatParty…LOLs.

Manatees Keeping It Real from WhatParty

Manatees Keeping It Real from WhatParty


Weary Elephant by WhatParty

Weary Elephant by WhatParty


Deer Strategy from WhatParty

Deer Strategy from WhatParty

PaperMichelle on Twitter

Finally - I have made the leap to Twitter and I am so excited! Follow along, kids!

@papermichelle

@papermichelle

PaperMichelle on OnMilwaukee!

Yay! Super-sweet Sara Conrad of OnMilwaukee sent me a convo yesterday requesting an interview for the site. She whipped up a great article featuring artists from Milwaukee that showcase their wares on Etsy. Check it out!

PaperMichelle Stationery via OnMilwaukee

PaperMichelle Stationery via OnMilwaukee

Do You Live in a Happy City?

Loving these cut paper pieces from Hort Illustration for enRoute Magazine (via e-sushi.) They certainly imply a happy, happy city - wish I was riding my bike through Central Park right now!

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Hort - Illustration for enRoute Magazine, "Do You Live in a Happy City?"

Twin Shadow - Castles in the Snow

Love. The more I listen to Twin Shadow’s music, the more I am in lust. The whole album, Forget, is fantastic.

via Twin Shadow

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