Monday Giveaway with Moontree Letterpress!

Happy Mon­day every­one!  I’m so happy to be back after a wonderful week of rest and relaxation – and I’m incredibly grateful to Mag­gie and Melanie for holding down the fort while I was away!  First things first, we’re start­ing the week off with our Monday sum­mer con­test series with Moon­tree Let­ter­press!  In case you missed it the first time, here’s a bit of back­ground on the con­test and how to enter.  The win­ner with the best six word story will receive 50 per­son­al­ized let­ter­press note­cards!  This week’s theme is “Prom Night” – feel free to leave mul­ti­ple comments/entries, and don’t be afraid to get creative!

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You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tues­day to leave your entry in the com­ments below, then Rebecca will announce the win­ner on her blog on Wednes­day!  And just in case you need some inspi­ra­tion, you can check out these six word auto­bi­ogra­phies.  Bonne chance!

Photo Credit: Moon­tree Letterpress

Gallery Walls I’ve Met and Liked

My husband and I are close to buying our first home.  While he goes into a showing thinking of all the logistical aspects, I go in picturing where I’ll put built-in bookshelves, a nice gallery wall and my party supplies.  I’ve already told him that he doesn’t need to worry about the decorating one bit.  That’s the way it should be, right?

Here are some recent gallery walls I’ve come across and bookmarked for that fateful day we’re handed the keys.

-Melanie

Photo Credits: Angie Hranowsky, Design Sponge: Jo Metson, Lonny Magazine, Bolaget, Vogue: Minnie Mortimer

Gardening Paper Love

Yesterday I featured some great local food art, so for my final guest post I thought I’d bring my thematic paper journey home… to our own backyards!  My husband and I just bought our house this spring and were too overwhelmed to do much gardening this summer, but you can bet that I’m gearing up for next summer in a big way.  There’s something so wonderful about growing things… it just feeds the soul, I think.

I can’t even count all the ways I love this letterpress poster from Starshaped Press.  Pure perfection on paper!

Every gardener needs a stash of adorable garden tool letterpress stationery (these are from Paper Lovely Press), don’t you think?

This Old School Stationers letterpress print gorgeously captures the spirit of fresh-cut flowers on the table.

…whereas this charming rooftop tomatoes illustrated notecard from Tella Press captures the charm of picking dinner right outside.

I adore the simplicity of this watering can print from Miss Pettigrew’s Prints.  Perfect for hanging inside a gardening shed or back porch (that I don’t have).

Speaking of things I don’t have… this beautiful “Zen Garden” painting from Once Upon A Paper is major inspiration for the lush garden I’d love to have one day.  A girl can dream!

Thanks for indulging me all week long, everyone!  It’s been a blast hanging out at Nole’s perch.  If you’ve decided that geeky geography/transit/food topics are right up your alley, come find me at my usual hangout The Freckled Citizen for more.  Have a wonderful weekend, folks! Maggie

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Beaded Necklaces From Not Tuesday

Do you ever look at something lovely and handmade and think that it looks simple enough to make yourself but then you give yourself a reality check and just fork over the cash instead?  Yeah, me too.

I want every single one of the colorful clay beaded necklaces from Etsy shop Not Tuesday.  Cleaning out my Paypal balance right now…

-Melanie

Photo Credits: Not Tuesday

Local Food Paper Love

One of my very favorite things about the neighborhood that Nole and I share is Eastern Market, a large fresh food market just a short stroll away from my house.  The market attracts neighborhood folks like us all week long and a throng of tourists and other DC shoppers on the weekends.  I love that I can pop in and choose from the best meat and seasonal produce this region has to offer, sold by folks I feel great about supporting.  Three cheers for local food!

I’ve almost purchased this gorgeous letterpress poster from Starshaped Press dozens of times.  It’s one of those “don’t have a wall for it, but really want it anyway” pieces for me, perfectly capturing why I love where I live.

Here’s a food-related print that I wasn’t able to  resist.  My North Carolina pork-loving self had to have this Hatch Show print from California-based 4505 Meats.  Oink oink!

I adore everything about this Seattle Eats print from Drywell Art, so much so that I wish they made prints for other cities!

Speaking of other cities, if I lived in Knoxville, TN, I’d snap up these Yee Haw Industries Farmers Market prints in a heartbeat.  How gorgeous would a selection of the printed vegetables be lining a kitchen wall?

For those of us without connections to Knoxville, Yee Haw Industries produce notecards are the perfect dose of fruit and vegetable letterpress.  They perfectly capture the notion of food as art, don’t you think?

Maggie

{images via their respective sources}