Happy Friday! I’m neck-deep in last-minute birthday party decoration-making (read: mess-making) and dessert-making (read: mess-making and dessert-tasting) for my oldest daughter who turned four this past Wednesday. We’re celebrating her birthday tomorrow and the theme for her party is …
… stay tuned next week for the reveal!
In the interim, head over to one of my favorite eco-friendly letterpress shops Smock and do some shopping for a good cause. Now through Sunday, Smock is offering an additional 25% off of sale items when you purchase a box of cards from their line of Change the World cards. There are two styles of cards in the Change the World set and 100% of the profits from the sales go directly to these crucial environmental causes:
1. The fracking cards (pictured above) are also packaged with a temporary tattoo and “helps Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project change the gas and oil industry in order to protect the environment and our drinking water”.
2. The sunflower letterpress cards (pictured below) include a bee-friendly organic sunflower seeds and helps “the Pesticide Action Network North America to address Colony Collapse Disorder and helps save the honey bees“.
Other highlights from around the internets:
This week’s color crush is actually one that focuses on nature-inspired art, photos, and crafts that feature the absence of color: black and white.
If you’re planning an ocean/beach-themed wedding, Concertina Press has a wide variety of lovely nautical-inspired wedding invitations. Owned and operated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts by multi-talented Ruth Bleakley, all of the cards are gorgeously designed and are eco-friendly. They’re printed on cotton or linen card stock and coupled with recycled paper envelopes.
Here are a few that would complement any ocean-themed wedding beautifully:
Photo via le animalé
I was delighted to hear from Laura Johnston, creator of le animalé where she sells adorable animal totems. Handcrafted from clay and painted to charming perfection, the animals measure under two inches and are great gifts for wearing or decorating.
Earlier this year, Laura along with pattern designer Jessica Swift worked on a collaboration called Tribal Adventure Totems, and last week Laura and Jessica launched a limited edition series of ten colorful whale totems (six totems and four totem necklaces) that I — pardon the pun — whaley love!
Did I mention they’re a limited edition? In less than a week, a number of the whales have already been scooped up, so make haste and head over to Laura’s or Jessica’s shop to see which whales are still available for purchase.
If you’re feeling in a funk, pop over to Distle Funk 2. It’s a shop by Maggie Montgomery, a self-professed craft-aholic hailing from Auburn, California.
Honestly, how darling are her handcrafted polymer clay beauties? Maggie uses her creative skills to give each pendant and bead a unique, distressed look — aging it to vintage perfection, if you will.