Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Meet Hip-Hop

Sometimes you notice a need in the market; the market needs more punny hip-hop cards - and so do your parents. :) You can find these in the shop!

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PaperMichelle on Insta

Just a quick update: PaperMichelle (holapapermichelle) has finally joined the world of Instagram! Keep up to date with our newest designs, shop news and specials over there. Cheers!

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We’re Back!

So you're into old school hip hop and rap? Perfect.

So you're into old school hip hop and rap? Perfect.

It has been a while, internet. I missed you guys like the desert missed the rain, but I had to take some time away to grow a couple mini-humans.

To your relief and mine - we are back at it! Check back in the next few weeks for some new Christmas and Holiday designs that should meet your punny quota.

Giving Puns a Hip-Hop Edge

I went to a local art/craft show a few weeks ago. There were several stationery designers showing there, and I noticed that they all had a similar theme of being “cute” and “punny.” I am certainly not criticizing - because the majority of my designs are both cute and punny; however, it did make me think it was time to rethink my designs. I think “cute’s” days are numbered, but funny will never go out of style. My solution (for now) is to add some edge by finding influence in the world of hip-hop. I’m happy with it so far - like the whole process has been reinvigorated. Plus - I absolutely love rap and hip-hop. This is just an excuse to break out some old cds.

I’ll be showing at Hover Craft on December 8th here in Milwaukee. If you’re in the area, come say hello!

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Inspirational Designs - Giveaway

Today is the day when Lace & Race (my running blog) meets PaperMichelle officially. A lot of the interactions I have through Lace & Race involve ambitious athletes - high achievers with lofty personal and professional goals. That is not unlike the friends I have made through PaperMichelle.

One thing both groups need: motivation and inspiration! I’m adding a couple new designs to the shop, but I thought I could do a fun little giveaway first. To win two of each design below (because you never know when you need to inspire someone else or simply say Hello!) just enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom.

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Lace & Race - My Running Blog

As some of you know, I am not only a stationery designer - but also a pretty serious runner. I spend a lot of time blogging over at Lace & Race, my other moniker.

Today - the handmade world met my competitive world of racing in a post entitled “Running Gear - The Handmade Wishlist.” Please visit Lace & Race to check out some of the wonderful running related lovelies I found on Etsy today!

Valentine’s Day is for Lovers

Love it or hate it - Valentine’s Day is coming quickly, folks. Don’t forget to tell your sweetheart you love them like crazy. Here’s a little gift guide to help you out.

Love Fox Je T'aime from heartandfox

Love Fox Je T'aime from heartandfox

You Are So Loved from Katie Daisy - thewheatfield

You Are So Loved from Katie Daisy - thewheatfield

You Complete Me Card from PaperMichelle

You Complete Me Card from PaperMichelle

Love Card from JerseysFreshest

Love Card from JerseysFreshest

Valentine's Day Card from SnoogsandWilde

Valentine's Day Card from SnoogsandWilde

Bunnies Paper Cut from PaperMichelle

Bunnies Paper Cut from PaperMichelle

YOU & ME Card from rafftruckdesigns

YOU & ME Card from rafftruckdesigns

Valentine's Day Card from PaperMichelle

Valentine's Day Card from PaperMichelle

Etsy Wedsday: Gold and Lace

I love the romantic feel of gold and lace at a wedding. They’re so feminine and soft. The Victorian touches make everything feel special - as all weddings should feel. These Etsy Wedsday finds are perfect examples.

Elandra Two-Piece Wedding Dress from Leanimal

Elandra Two-Piece Wedding Dress from Leanimal

Vintage Calla Lilly Earrings from jollytimeone

Vintage Calla Lilly Earrings from jollytimeone

Vintage Style Printable Invitations from VintageLovesRoses

Vintage Style Printable Invitations from VintageLovesRoses

Lace Romper from BelleBlakeCouture

Lace Romper from BelleBlakeCouture

Art Deco Engagement Ring from luxedeluxe

Art Deco Engagement Ring from luxedeluxe

Vintage Gold and Floral Brocade Heels from SmallEarthVintage

Vintage Gold and Floral Brocade Heels from SmallEarthVintage

Jessie Baylin - Hurry, Hurry

I spent a lot of this fleeting summer in the woods of Wisconsin - on a rocking chair on the porch of the cabin my daddy built. It was perfectly serene and this was a highlight of my summer soundtrack. Maybe if I close my eyes really tight and play this a little too loud, I’ll go right back…

Summer Favorites: Free Play

I am a school teacher, so I know how much students (and teachers!) look forward to the freedom of summer days. I am also painfully aware of how much time many kids spend watching t.v., playing on their cell phone, updating their statuses and fitting in as many video games as the days allow. It scares me to think about how much time they spend staring at a screen. I am afraid we will fully realize the implications of all that stationary, mindlessly entertained time in the near future. (*I apologize to my future children, because you might not see a t.v. until you are 12.)

Make More Forts - Graphic Art Print by YellowHeartArt

Make More Forts - Graphic Art Print by YellowHeartArt

I am a huge supporter of the notion of free play - the kind of creative, self-guided entertainment and exploration that can only come from unrestricted imagination. My parents raised me and my brother that way. We lived next to a field and a small patch of woods, so the fort building opportunities were endless. I spent my entire summer in those forts, reading books, playing hide and seek, making “cookies” from mud, catching and cataloging bugs, putting on spontaneous talent shows, selling painted rocks to my neighbors (entrepreneur!) Etc. Etc. Etc. My parents never had to entertain us - they simply said, “Go outside.” We listened and did not come back until we were filthy and tired, ushered indoors by the street lights (unless we had a killer game of night hide and seek going on.) It was a beautiful childhood, because we designed it to be exactly the way we pictured it in our imaginations. I approach my adult life in the same way - what an incredible gift my parents gave me.

Keep that in mind for yourself and your children - unplug and let yourself be free. Dig in the dirt. Have a race. Climb a tree. Sit quietly and listen to all that nature has to say. It is a right for children to experience the world through their imaginations. We shouldn’t insult them by assuming screens and flashing lights offer them more than their chosen adventures and explorations. (**Suggested Reading: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv**)

Little Lion Costume Headband from ikahhandmade

Little Lion Costume Headband from ikahhandmade

Vintage Tiny Colored Wooden Blocks from CaityAshBadashery

Vintage Tiny Colored Wooden Blocks from CaityAshBadashery

Lemonade Stand Apron Skirt from SweetThreadsClothing

Lemonade Stand Apron Skirt from SweetThreadsClothing

Vintage Children's Book - The Tree House Mystery by Carol Beach York from theoldchest

Vintage Children's Book - The Tree House Mystery by Carol Beach York from theoldchest

Children's Playroom Art Print - Let's Catch Fireflies by pumpkinandbutterfly

Children's Playroom Art Print - Let's Catch Fireflies by pumpkinandbutterfly

Custom Playhouse Canopy Fort from lillipopsdesigns

Custom Playhouse Canopy Fort from lillipopsdesigns

Imagination Celebration Poster by Maurice Sendak (1989) from SurrenderDorothy

Imagination Celebration Poster by Maurice Sendak (1989) from SurrenderDorothy

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