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Picks of the Week: From West Coast Handmade Market,

March 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments

I want to share a great online market I recently discovered called The Portland, OR-based handmade market started in 1999 to help local PNW artists sell their wares online. This week’s picks are all from, which sells cards, prints, books, t-shirts, home and personal accessories and the occasional original piece of art. Enjoy!

Picks of the Week: Calendars for the New Year

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Wishing a very Happy New Year to all our readers!

This week’s picks were found on the following sites:



For me, for you (Lena Corwin)

Oh, Snap! Kick Ass Paper Goods

December 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

snap_pancakeandfranks_k_medThis post was inspired by Cursive in Grand Central, which I popped into on my way back from visiting family in CT. I think it’s fair to say that they have the BEST selection of independent cards and paper goods in NYC.

I pretty much wanted to buy everything in the store but was good and only picked up a few cards from pancake & franks and Hammerpress cards including SNAP! (see left). I am itching to go back at some point to pick up one of their notebooks which might just be too pretty to write in.

All of the AMAZING designs on paper inspired me to write about my favorite design studios, some of which (pancake & franks and Hammerpress) Cursive carries. I personally think that each and every one of the designs below is beautiful enough to merit being framed and hung as art, but for those looking for unique pieces, there are many artists and designers who sell handmade one-of-a-kind cards for less than $10 (e.g. Essimar Papel). Buying these kinds of paper goods is certainly a very economic way to enjoy art!

My short list of design studios:

Essimar Papel


Orange Beautiful

pancake & franks

Two Guitars

Hammerpress for the holdiays

October 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

clumsysantaartprint Hammerpress, run by Brady Vest out of Kansas City, MO, is one of my favorite design shops. For those in the New York area, McNally Jackson in SoHo always has at least of few of their cards in stock. I seriously can’t get enough of their quirky old-school stationary!

The good news is that Hammerpress has a great line of fun and modern holiday cards available for sale on their website!

See below for some of my favorites.