Handmade Advent Calendars

When I was little, I got an “Adventskalender” from my super-German, super-old grandparents (ahem - Oma & Opa) every December. I always loved the surprise of opening the little doors to find out what kind of candy was hidden inside. I still buy advent calendars for myself every year and it is still pretty fun counting down the days until Christmas. Here are some grown-up, handmade advent banners and calendars found on Etsy.

Advent Calendar Pennants from PeppermintPinwheels

Advent Calendar Pennants from PeppermintPinwheels

Filled Advent Calendar Banner from graysparrow

Filled Advent Calendar Banner from graysparrow

Advent Calendar from YouAreMyCupOfTea

Advent Calendar from YouAreMyCupOfTea

Advent Calendar Pouches from nuvonova

Advent Calendar Pouches from nuvonova

Advent Calendar Pockets Banner from CaraMagic

Advent Calendar Pockets Banner from CaraMagic

The Best Gifts in Life Are Free

With the economy being as bogus as it has been lately, we need to be resourceful this holiday season. I say - go with the gifts that cost zero dollars! These come as singles or sets (with a convo) in my Etsy shop.

Gocco printed Christmas card for those deserving of a snarky greeting.

Gocco printed Christmas card for those deserving of a snarky greeting.

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2010 Holiday Stationery Favorites

I have been working hard on some new designs for the 2010 Holiday season, so I thought I would check out what other paper people have been up to! Here are some of my witty favorites from Etsy.

Jingle Bells Batman Smells by PortHopePress

Jingle Bells Batman Smells by PortHopePress

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards from papercitydesign

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards from papercitydesign

Merry Christmustache Card from mylittlebuffalo

Merry Christmustache Card from mylittlebuffalo

Love To Print Winter Box Set of Prints from memohelen

Love To Print Winter Box Set of Prints from memohelen

Oh Tannenbaum Card from JillKinLA

Oh Tannenbaum Card from JillKinLA

Letterpress Holiday Cards from SweetLetterPress

Letterpress Holiday Cards from SweetLetterPress

NeoCon 2010 - Chicago

Good morning guys! I’ve been up for a while now, packing my things and getting ready to head to Chicago for NeoCon 2010! I will try to get some great photos of the exhibitions and some top secret design 411 for you all!

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**UPDATE: Here are a few photos from my visit! Lots to see…I would recommend a visit!**

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Seabear - I’ll Build You A Fire

Seabear is one of my favorite bands, definitely my favorite band out of Iceland. I’ll Build You A Fire is their first official video from their latest release, We Built A Fire (2010, Morr Music.)


Directed by Mani Sigfusson

Weekend Vintage: Concert Ready

Going to “rock shows” is my personal vice. I spend way too much money on them, but it is money well spent because they make me endlessly happy. Tonight I will be attending the elusive, solo Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) show at the Vic in Chicago. YAY!!!

One bonus of going to concerts is that it is a bit like a costume party. You can pull out your most outrageous ensemble and be completely appropriate. In my day to day life, my wardrobe is pretty much nerd-chic (I love cardigans. LOVE them.) My concert persona is much cooler. She rocks scandalous boots, skinny jeans that cut off circulation and a smug attitude that will not be rivaled (which is key if you want to blend in with the unhappy, but uber-cool, hipsters.) In actuality, I’m not very cool at all, but I do like to play dress up. :)

Here are some vintage lovelies with a little boho flair - totally appropriate for tonight’s show.

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Vintage Beige Mini Dress from PrettyRaccoon

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Vintage Turquoise Bohemian Earrings from misovintage

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Vintage Brown Leather Clutch from smellyshoesvintage

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Opera Length Locket from HeavenAwaits

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Vintage Oxfords from MereTrifles

Spring Inspiration

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Anthropologie, 2010 Spring Collection

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via Strawberry Koi

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ModCloth, Spring 2010

Swooning…

Springtime is almost here (nevermind the mega snowstorm thats on its way.) Be inspired, people. Gosh, a bump in my allowance would be most helpful.

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Chris Benz Spring/Summer 2010 Collection (photo via Oh Joy!)

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Adhesif Clothing Spring Collection (photo via The Shiny Squirrel)

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Les Queues De Sardines (photo via all the mountains)

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Eleanor Rot Spring Collection, Mint Mini