bunnies + crafty time

April 1, 2013  /  diy, holiday, instagram

Easter eggs 2013
We’re a bit bunny obsessed in my casa. Did you know that we adopted a sweet Holland Lop rabbit back in November? Yep, Sherman is our new buddy and our pug/beagle mix, Ula thinks she is the bee’s knees (yup, you read ‘she’ correctly, her gender was misidentified twice – c’est la vie!). My Instagram feed is littered with photos of our two sweet fuzzy buddies, if you’re interested in getting a glimpse, or two.
Last year, the mister and I experimented with coloring eggs, we had a ton of fun, but the results were a bit… blah. This year, we were delighted with the results, though I have no clue how to really explain the process! We bought a super cheap gold paint kit and mostly just made up our own rules. We also experimented with marbling with food dye and shaving cream, which you probably saw on Pinterest, just like I did. We layered the two techniques and came up with some mighty fine egg art, if I do say so myself. Brian grew up crafting with his mom, she’s an expert quilter amongst other talents and I love that B knows his way around a hot glue gun. He always comes up with clever costumes, gifts and is game for whatever hare-brained DIY I have in mind for us. I feel perpetually lucky to have such a fun partner.

{2012 national stationery show} sneak peek: yellow owl workshop

May 17, 2012  /  gifty goodness, holiday, national stationery show

So I know we’re a bit far away from the holidays yet, but all the great new products for Christmas and Hanukkah start premiering this time of year so that all your favorite shops can place orders in advance. I absolutely couldn’t resist sharing Yellow Owl Workshop’s new stamp sets. Do you see what I see? Newsprint + rainbow stamp pads + YOW stamp sets = the best custom gift wrap on the block.

Check out Yellow Owl Workshop’s wares in the Aesthetic Movement booth – Booth No. 1540 

{all images by yellow owl workshop}


{12 days of holiday cheer}: two trick pony giveaway {no. 12}

December 20, 2011  /  calendars, giveaway, holiday, two trick pony

Today is the last post in our “Holiday Cheer” series and I’m excited to say that it comes along with a generous giveaway from two of my favorite ladies at Two Trick Pony. If you didn’t get your Hanukkah or Christmas cards in the mail, there’s still time to send a cute card welcoming the new year!

To enter the giveaway:
First, like Two Trick Pony on Facebook and while you’re there, head over to the Crow & Canary page and like or comment on the giveaway post at the top of the page. Really, that’s all. We’ll randomly choose one winner on Friday afternoon and announce it on the C&C Facebook page.

The winner will receive their choice of a Happy New Year boxed set AND Two Trick Pony’s much lauded 2012 Year of Type calendar. Just a reminder: Comments on this blog will not be considered an entry.

{all images via two trick pony}


12 days of holiday cheer: diy with smock {no. 11}

December 19, 2011  /  diy, gift wrap, holiday

{diy gift bows}

{diy holiday garland}

Smock has really pulled out all of the stops with these latest DIY tutorials showcasing their luxe bamboo gift wrap. How amazing are those bows? I seriously can’t wait to try both of these projects!

{images via smock, links via monograham}


12 days of holiday cheer: hey look {no. 10}

December 17, 2011  /  holiday, printables

Hey Look is a talented design duo based in Helsinki. They have so very kindly offered several gorgeous free printables on their blog, just in time for trimming your Hanukkah and Christmas packages! Check out all of Hey Look’s stylish printables here.

{all images via hey look}


12 days of holiday cheer: knot & bow {no. 9}

December 16, 2011  /  gifty goodness, holiday

I’m all about the details of gift wrapping, you can so easily elevate a small gift with dazzling presentation – Knot & Bow is clearly of the same mind. Their shop offers a lovely assortment of supplies and embellishments. Knot & Bow was a featured Etsy seller this summer. I highly recommend reading the interview here, quite an inspiring evolution.

{all images via knot & bow}


12 days of holiday cheer: kate’s papergoods {no. 8}

December 15, 2011  /  gift wrap, holiday

How clever are these chalkboard gift tags from Kate’s Papergoods? I would love to embellish my holiday gifts with the large gold arrow tags! Also, digging Kate’s two illustrated calendars, both feature color themed objects and would look great framed.

{all images via kate’s papergoods}


12 days of holiday cheer: blackbird letterpress {no. 7}

December 14, 2011  /  calendars, gifty goodness, holiday, letterpress

{letterpress octopus perpetual calendar}

{letterpress collection: fox goes to the sea}

{one of a kind datebooks from the datebook project}

{letterpress collection: trip to the fair}

Blackbird Letterpress has the perfect gift offerings for the letterpress lover or bibliophile on your list. I love the idea of themed collections as a gift, such a great idea! The upcycled vintage book cover datebooks are a super awesome collaboration with Gutwrench Press. The pages inside are printed with both handset type and photopolymer plates – quite an undertaking, with stunning results.

{all images via blackbird letterpress}


12 days of holiday cheer: banquet workshop {no. 6}

December 13, 2011  /  cards, holiday

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberley in Chicago this weekend for some planning for our New York International Gift Fair debut next month. More on that soon! Kimberley mentioned seeing Banquet Atelier & Workshop’s stunning holiday collection at McNally Jackson recently and I simply had to share them here on the blog. If you haven’t found the perfect holiday card yet, these may be your solution. See the entire collection here.

{images via banquet workshop}


12 days of holiday cheer: jill k in la {no. 5}

December 10, 2011  /  holiday

{scratch and sniff gingerbread card}

{scratch and sniff egg nog card}

{snow globe card}

{christmas sweater card}

Jill K in LA totally had me at SCRATCH and SNIFF. Perhaps it’s a childhood nostalgia thing, but I can’t resist it – combined with her block prints it’s pure magic. And if you’re a fan of A Christmas Story, (fess up) check out her “Sexy Lady Leg” stocking.

{all images via jill k in la}