Aloha Letterpress Stationary

Just thought I would share a pic of my new personalized letterpress stationary from Aloha Letterpress. Linda, the store owner, did a wonderful job. I was able to choose my color and design, and I am so happy with how they turned out! The best part is that these were completely affordable–20 cards for $32. I can’t wait to start writing!

Gorgeous letterpress cards from Aloha Letterpress.

Had to add a pic of some Mark Twain stamps that I picked up last week as well!


Penguin Threads

Check out these beautiful embroidered book covers meticulously stitched by artist Jillian Tamaki for the Penguin Threads project. The books will be available October of this year, and I cannot wait! Just thinking about re-reading these classics after so many years is making me weak in the knees. To find out more about Jillian’s work on this project, visit her blog. Have a nice weekend!

The Secret Garden


Black Beauty

Images: Jillian Tamaki 

Etsy Find: Sophie Blackall

In the age of online dating and computer-based communication, some argue that spontaneous romance is a thing of the past. If you are one of these people, check out Brooklyn-based Sophie Blackall’s blog and Etsy store. Her art visually depicts “Missed Connections” posts on Craigslist in the NYC area.

Some are witty, some are charming, some are totally awkward. But all of her art reflects a level of old fashioned spontaneity and vulnerability. Don’t you wonder if these people found their missed connections? I hope they did!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Tree With Legs
-w4m (Prospect Park)

Nice pants. I’d like to see more of you…
BTW, your dog winked at me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
-m4w (L train to Manhattan)
You were reading Catch-22 on the subway this morning. I have never seen such a beautiful profile. I wanted to say hi, but then you’d turn towards me and I wouldn’t be able to look at your profile anymore. You were so into your book, I don’t think you noticed me falling in love with you. But I thought I’d ask, just in case.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
-m4w – 26 (Union Square)
Can I buy you a drink?
-Buffalo plaid jacket

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
-w4m – 28 (Chelsea)
You: tall, brown hair, incredibly voluminous moustache, blue/green checkered shirt
Me: tall, blonde, wearing all black and Burberry rain boots
I boarded the uptown C train at 14th Street at around 10:50 on Tuesday morning. You got off at 23rd. You were staring at me. Hard. You’re really really really ridiculously good-looking.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
You left your coat here last winter – w4w
… or rather, you let me wear it home.
I found fun dip in one pocket and your NYPL card in the other.
It’s going to keep me deliciously warm this winter as I rack up mountains of overdue fines.

Maira Kalman: And the Pursuit of Happiness

Maira Kalman is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Her whimsical, curious, tangent-driven thoughts depicted in her illustrations remind me of what goes on in my own head. Back in 2009, Maira wrote an illustrated blog in the New York Times called And The Pursuit of Happiness which chronicles her trip to Washington, DC for Obama’s inauguration and gives a visual crash course in the history of democracy. Here are a couple of excerpts from the blog, which is now also a book which I own and adore:

About Benjamin Franklin…

NYT's And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog

…the Library of Congress…

NYT's And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog

…and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

NYT's And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog

See what I mean?!

I received the book as a Christmas gift shortly after I took my first trip to DC for work, and I literally couldn’t put it down. I forced my mom to read it too, and she loved it as well…I think. Here are a couple of my other favorites books and pieces:

The Elements of Style illustrated by Maira Kalman

Maira illustrated the 2005 edition of the classic The Elements of Style, combining two of my faves–grammar and art. Win!

Cover of the December 10th, 2001 issue of the New Yorker

You might recognize Maira’s  “New Yorkistan” which she completed with Rick Meyerowitz for the The New Yorker in 2001. Fun fact: this was the best-selling New Yorker issue to date.

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

Last but not least, The Principles of Uncertainty–a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated book that is definitely coffee table-worthy. (Wish it came in a larger size though!)

Last week,  I volunteered at an event at the Seattle Art Museum, which is why I am in a bit of an artsy mood. The Seattle Art Museum, or SAM as it’s known in Seattle, hosts a big event a few times a year to get people involved in the arts–particularly the younger generation. These “ReMix” events are timed around exhibitions at the museum–the November event was focused on the the Picasso exhibit, and this time it was focused on the Nick Cave exhibit.

The ReMix events feature interactive gallery tours, live music, dancing, drinks, hands-on art projects and talks with exhibition artists (obvi not a possibility with Picasso though). I had never heard of these events until recently. I must be living  living under a rock, because it was packed, and boy there was some good people watching. It was definitely a legit place to be on a Friday night, and it made me really proud to live in Seattle.