Yesterday I did some browsing in Anthropologie, specifically focusing on cute paper goods. Anthro collaborates with some really great artists so you can find beautiful work for a much more reasonable price. For example, I love the work of artist Anna Bond, the mastermind behind Rifle Paper Company. I have been admiring her work for ages now and would love to one day get invitations or calling cards personally illustrated by her. A girl can dream! But for now, I am able to enjoy Anna's work through Anthropologie. She has a handful of different cards and card sets available in stores and online and like all of her work, they are just lovely. I think I may buy a set for my holiday cards this year! But yesterday I finally bought these illustrated recipe cards which I have been eyeing for ages.
So, so pretty! And her packaging is spot on with the simple details. This would make a great gift for the cook in your family.
I also found these great illustrated cards by artist Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design. There is this playful and fun quality to her illustrations that really draws me to them. There is also humor to her work and I love the juxtaposition of all the different animals. She mostly draws birds but there are cards with polar bears, deer, and even a llama (considered buying that for Elysse). Anthropologie only had a few of her cards but definitely check out her website for all her other designs. My trick with little cards like this is to actually use them as mini artwork. Cards are usually cheaper than prints so you can collect a whole bunch of little cards to compile for an art wall. I'm saving up art like this for my own little collection.
This next item combines two of my favorite things: letterpress and notebooks! One can never have too many notebooks (my philosophy) and I have a bunch of Moleskines, wire-bound notebooks, and sketch pads lying all around my room and studio. You never know when a great idea will pop into your head so I like to be ready. Albertine Press created these simple little notebooks that have letterpress designs stamped into the front. Letterpress is such an amazing art form and something that has been letterpressed feels so special to me. I love the colors of these notebooks and the designs on them (especially the vintage typewriter!!). I will cherish these babies and fill them with lovely ideas!
Finally, I have two Paris themed finds! The first is a notepad by Parisian artist Nathalie Lete. Her illustrations are really fun and have such a joyful quality to them. The notepad I bought is an Eiffel Tower collage with photography, painting, and sewn details. She actually has done a lot of work for Anthropologie, including plates, artwork, and rugs (just search her name on Anthro's website to see more of her amazing stuff).
The second Paris item is this set of 80 decorated labels sold by Galison New York. The illustrations were done by artist Jillian Phillips and they are the epitome of cute and sweet! I think it's the little dogs and cat wearing French berets that won me over. I cannot wait to use these for gift packaging this year. They will look great on my presents in combination with red and white bakers twine.
All of these items are bordering in the zone of being "too cute to use!" I commonly buy things like this and then just want to stare at them and marvel in their beauty instead of actually using them. But I must use them...it would be a waste not to!
Do you love paper goods as much as me? Seriously, I'm addicted and have a problem. I would buy everything in my path if I could.