{happy weekend!}

Happy Halloween weekend everyone!  This is shaping up to be a bit of a crazy weekend, and not just because of Halloween… you may have heard of this tiny little rally happening in my neighborhood?  Should be interesting!  Aside from all the commotion, I’m looking forward to some Halloween fun with good friends and hopefully a few trick-or-treaters, but in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend:

…and in case you missed it, a round-up of this week’s posts:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!

{image credits: bekah campbell via mary ruffle}

English Muffin Shop – Design for Kids

I featured the 2011 calendar design from English Muffin Shop in yesterday’s calendar round-up, but I’m also totally smitten with these custom name prints for kids!

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And how cute is this alphabet print and map?

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Love them!  All available right here.

{image credits: english muffin shop}

New Giveaway! Personalized Holiday Cards from Two Brunettes!

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got a fun surprise for you!  Today we’re kicking off the first of two giveaways that we’ll be doing over the holiday season – a custom illustration and holiday cards from Two Brunettes!

custom illustration portrait christmas cards

I’ve been fortunate to meet so many wonderful, talented, and overall amazing people through this little ol’ blog, but Carolynn from Two Brunettes definitely lands at the top of my list as one of the nicest!  Carolynn creates beautiful stationery (including wedding invitations) through Two Brunettes, but she also does amazing custom illustrations and custom blog designs.  Today she’s offering one lucky reader the chance to win a custom illustration of up to three family members (including pets), along with a set of 15 personalized holiday cards.  Yay!

custom illustration portrait christmas cards

So here’s how to enter:  Head on over to Two Brunettes and browse through Carolynn’s collection of wedding invitations and stationery.  Then come back here and leave a com­ment with your favorite item from the Two Brunettes shop and what family members you would choose for the custom holiday portrait.

You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 2 to enter – bonne chance!

{image credits: two brunettes}

2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 5

As promised, I’ve got a few more calendars to share with you today!  First up, I’m loving the gorgeous botanical illustrations in Amy Marcella‘s 2011 calendar:

{amy marcella}

Flora Douville‘s calendar was one of my favorites from 2010, and she has another beautiful version for 2011, as well as a pretty new photo calendar:



{flora douville}


If you like geometric prints, you’ll love the 2011 desk and wall calendars from Pawling Studio:


{pawling print studio}


Or, for something more nature-inspired, check out the 2011 calendar from Modern Printed Matter:

{modern printed matter}

This screen printed wall calendar from yellowlion is quite lovely – the pattern details are so interesting!

screen printed illustrated calendar


This “funny bird” 2011 calendar from Modern Pop is totally cracking me up:


{modern pop}


Eleanor from EM Papers is offering printable calendars in five (!) different formats and sizes this year:



{em papers}


The illustrations on Leah Duncan‘s 2011 calendar are beyond gorgeous – Leah is offering both a monthly calendar and a poster-style wall calendar:

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{leah duncan}

Food and produce are popular themes in the 2011 calendar designs, and are the primary inspiration for both Pie Bird Press and Claudia Pearson‘s 2011 calendars:

{pie bird press}


{claudia pearson}

For those of you who prefer something more on the minimalist side, you might consider one of the calendars from Adrienne Wong.  She’s offering two options this year – a maritime theme and a mountain-inspired design:

letterpress maritime calendar

letterpress mountain theme calendar

{adrienne wong}

Or this super cute and modern hanging calendar from Silhouette Blue:


{silhouette blue}

That’s probably enough calendar fabulousness for today – but don’t forget to check back a bit later for a fun giveaway!

{images from their respective sources}

2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 4

There have been a ton of amazing calendars released in the couple of weeks since my last calendar round-up, so it’s time for the next installment!  Like the other round-ups, this is going to be a long-ish post, so let’s get right to it.

Tara from Ink + Wit just released her 2011 letterpress calendar, and of course it’s absolutely beautiful!  The designs are inspired by animals at play:



{ink + wit}

You saw the poster-style calendar from Pistachio Press in my last round-up, but Rachael also just released a monthly calendar inspired by midcentury modern design!



{pistachio press}

The 2011 letterpress calendar from These Are Things totally brings out my inner wanderlust:



{these are things}

A cool typography-inspired calendar on wood veneer from Heather Lins:


{heather lins}

A super-cute illustrated write-on calendar from sadlyharmless:



This calendar from English Muffin was inspired by weekend farmer’s markets and features an original illustration for each month of the year.  And it’s available in both English and French!


{english muffin}

Illustrator Julianna Bright has created a beautiful screen printed calendar in both a tea towel and wall version:

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{julianna bright}

Caitlin Keegan‘s 2011 illustrated calendar features a small writing space below each month, and you can rotate the entire design through each season!


{caitlin keegan}

The design geek in me totally loves these color-inspired poster-size calendars (there are four available design options) from Melissa Design

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{melissa design}

…this awesome typography calendar from Studio Hinrichs (via Design Crush)…

{studio hinrichs}

…and this simple (yet hilarious) calendar from Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar (one of my faves from 2010):


{cats let nothing darken their roar}

I’ve got even more calendars to share, so check back a bit later for Part 5!  And if you missed parts 1, 2, or 3, you can find them right here.  Oh, and I have a fun little surprise for all of you this afternoon, too – but more details on that later!

{all images from their respective sources}