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               Lizard Press Basil notecard

                    Lizard Press Peppermint

I love love love these “Notes to Grow On” letterpress cards/seed packets from Lizard Press.  Lizard Press only has limited edition press runs, so you know you’re getting one-of-a-kind piece.  Not only do you get a frameable illustration, you can choose your favorite herb and plant some for your home.  Plus, the paper is 100% post-consumer recycled.  A great housewarming gift accompaniment, or buy them for your favorite gardener!  One of the most original notecards I’ve seen!


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Have trouble sending out cards? Hate going to the local paperie to find the perfect sentiment?  (ok, maybe not this group, but you know someone who does).  You may want to pick up Cardstock by Set Editions.   Cardstock contains 40 of the most useful cards for the year – birthday, mother’s day, father’s day, valentine’s day, etc.  And, Set Editions uses only post-consumer and recycled cardstock, so feel good knowing you’re stocked up with eco-friendly greetings for a calendar year…

Found at Rare Device (Coleridge, anyone?)

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Get Crafty

                      subu rose notebooks

A really awesome blogger and bookmaker, subu, recently linked me to her site, and I couldn’t be more honored.  More than making these beautiful custom recycled notebooks, which you can find on Etsy, she’s part of a very unique and clever group located in cities all across the country – the not-so-elusive-but-very-intimidating-sounding “Craft Mafia”.  Specifically, subu is part of the Pittsburgh Craft Mafia

What are these crazy groups?  Craft Mafias are groups of crafty people who get together, craft together, and show off their craftiness at shows in their areas.  My first Craft Mafia encounter was on Etsy almost three years ago…but I digress.  I think this week I’ll devote my posts to Craft Mafias, what they stand for, and how they defend their turf (aside from with sewing needles and letterpress equipment!)

Anyway, today you can check out subu’s recycled, handmade notebooks.  The colorful books can be made completely customized -choose your color, with embellishments or text on them.  But the inside of the books are the coolest.  subu uses discarded printer paper as stock, so some pages have the print they came out of the printer with.  Now, I used to work in publishing, and I remember with horror how much paper we wasted from printer mishaps.  Makes me feel better to know some of it is being put to good use…

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               Blossom Creations Lovebirds 

               Blossom Creations Animals

In keeping with my recycled paper theme this week, my search through Etsy led me to Blossom Creations, a Brisbane, Australia-based woman who quit her job to study graphic design and start her own stylish sustainable products company.  Along with placemats, napkins, and other accessories, Blossom Creations also has these adorable hand-screened notecards, sold in sets or individually. I love her “Lovebirds” and “Animals” prints.  They’re made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled card stock, and come with brown kraft envelopes.  Check out her website, too.  A welcome addition to the world of sustainable products!

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The worldwide Live Earth concerts are tomorrow – 7.7.07 – so I’d like to show off some awesome letterpress that are also environmentally friendly.  The most fun one I’ve found is Seltzer Goods, an Astoria, Queens-based company who use custom made paper that’s “thick, luxurious and best of all, 100% post-consumer recycled. We print using vegetable-based ink, use recyled paper shipping materials and avoid petroleum products wherever possible.”  The cards are totally witty, bright and unique…you’ve never seen cards like this before.  One of their newest products are “patternpads,” a tablet of awesome sheets of recycled writing paper with bright patterns on the back.  Use it for scrapbooking, collage, or to tell all your friends you saw Al Gore rocking out at a Live Earth concert (that’s the rumor)!

                        Seltzer Goods patterpad

You can’t buy Seltzer’s cards on their site, but they have a store locator to find them nationwide!  Run out and buy one NOW!

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              Letterary Press Get Well       

We’ve had some sickies in the house this past week, so I thought my Sunday Etsy stroll would focus on the all important get well card. This card comes from Letterary Press, out of Portland (Oregon or Maine, I’m not sure). What I love about these cards are the uniqueness of bringing ordinary sentiments totally out of the box. They do a line of Shakespeare quotation cards, birth announcements, and custom design. And, everything is printed with soy ink and 100% recycled paper. Definitely worth checking out!

And who can resist the ‘Mom’s chicken soup’ card…again from Two Piglets Press

               Two Piglets Soup

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I’ve been an Etsy fan for a long time…if you’ve never been on the site, beware, it’s a time sucker.  Etsy is an online community/store for artists, crafters, designers and generally incredibly creative people selling their visions.  I’ve bought jewelry on it, vintage fabric bags, hair clips for my daughters…it’s terribly addicting.  Anyway, lately I’ve set my sights on, you guessed it – paper.

This week I decided to look for notebooks and journals.  I have notebooks everywhere – by my bed, in my car, in my bag, the kitchen – anywhere I may need to jot something down.  I have journals as far back as junior high, pages and pages of copied music lyrics to express my feelings (I’m not much of a poet and hated my writing voice when I was a kid).  Now, I fill them with writing ideas, recipes, playdate info, my own spanish dictionary, love notes I stick in my girl’s backpacks…

Anyway, this week on my Sunday Etsy stroll, I found a lovely designer from Portland, Oregon called ‘Littleput Books’.  What first caught my eye were her recycled Scrabble board journals and tiles.  She can customize the front of the journal – eight letters across, five down, with one intersecting letter – I bought the “Love Life” one. 

Littleput Scrabble journal

Then, this beautiful journal caught my eye.  The koi fish has a vibrant cover, and this line of journals are for sketching as well.  The paper is a heavy linen stock, perfect for heavy pens or kohl.

 Littleput koi journal

And then I found these – Littleput’s custom accordion books, for weddings, party favors, birth announcements – she has a limitless array of papers to make these stunning little books. 

 Littleput wedding books

You can also check out Littleput’s blog.  And, she has jewelry, too!  Bonus!

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