This little print (“House Tree,” hand printed by Tugboat Printshop) is one of my personal favorites. In fact, it’s hanging in our living room right now! I bought this print as a gift for my boyfriend last year, as a little consolation prize after we decided to move into a real apartment instead of a treehouse. He would have preferred the latter.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I usually spend some time each Saturday catching up on my snail mail correspondence. This week, I was inspired by summer brights, and put together a little roundup of some of my favorite brightly colored snail mail supplies.
I have only been living in Los Angeles for a little less than two years, so I still feel like a newbie in a lot of ways. Back in Portland (where I grew up, and lived before I moved to LA), I had a handful of favorite fabric stores that I’d frequent on a regular basis. After moving to LA, it has taken me quite a while to find my favorite spots, and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what LA has to offer.
A couple weeks ago, Keiko of Small Adventure invited me to go explore the fabric district in downtown LA, and I gladly said yes! Michael Levine, one of my favorite fabric shops is located down there, but Keiko showed me around to a couple other of her favorite spots as well. I have to say, though, that Michael Levine is still my favorite in the fabric district. I’ll always stop in just to gawk at the beautiful Liberty of London printed fabrics they keep in a display case… so beautiful, but so expensive.
(Photos above from Danni of Oh Hello Friend)
I grabbed a few swatches while I was shopping – I’m trying to develop an idea of my color palette for my newer designs, excited to branch out into some bright colors (maybe even a neon!) If you’re an Los Angeles local, let me know your fabric store recommendations over on Twitter, I’m @cottonandflax!
Currently enamored of the simple floral linocut prints of Hugo Guinness. More here.
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I usually spend some time each Saturday catching up on my snail mail correspondence. My own collection of cards and snail mail supplies is currently a bit out of control, and I’m hoping to get organized soon so I can give you readers a glimpse into my collection. This week, I put together a little roundup of some of my favorite snail mail supplies.
1. Blackwing 602 Writing Pencils from Kaufmann Mercantile. 2. Yellow Pattern Postcard from Quill and Arrow Press. 3. Airmail Envelopes from Kiosk. 4. Thank You card from DEADWEIGHT. 5. Gregory Peck postage stamps from USPS.
I usually spend some time each Saturday catching up on my correspondence. No, I don’t mean returning emails… I’m talking about good old fashioned snail mail.
In the weeks to come I’d love to share snippets from my personal collection of cards (as well as my personal correspondence stationary, which I designed for myself this year). This week, I found a couple snail mail themed illustrations that seemed to fit together perfectly. The mailbox illustration (left) is by Winnie Ma, and the envelopes and stamps illustration (right) is by Virginia Kraljevic.