Garden Inspiration

As I mentioned on twitter earlier today, I'm thinking about trying to do a bit of gardening this spring and summer in the tiny yard in front of our house.  It's a small area, with just some grass and a couple of trees at the moment, but I think it could be really pretty with a few flowers and shrubs.  This is the first time since living in DC that I've had a front yard, so I'm very much a novice gardener.  If you have any gardening resources (blogs, books, websites) that you can recommend, I'd very much appreciate it!

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I'm thinking I'll start off with something relatively low-maintenance, and I'd love to add in a few evergreen elements so that the yard isn't completely bare next winter.  Any ideas?

{image credits: design is mine and shelter}

A Modern Sugar Paper Baby Shower

Sugar Paper is a gorgeous luxury stationery studio in southern California helmed by co-founders Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker.  Chelsea is getting ready to welcome a baby in a week or so (congrats Chelsea!), so Jamie threw an incredibly sweet baby shower — and somehow managed to keep the whole thing a secret from Chelsea!  

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Check out the gorgeous letterpress die-cut baby shower invitations — the calligraphy was all done by LA-based calligrapher Lisa Holtzman:

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Love these baby carriage coasters!  So perfect with the shower's yellow, black, and white color palette.

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As party favors, each guest took home a set of personalized letterpress stationery — lucky ducks!

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Gorgeous — down to every last detail!  For more from Sugar Paper, you can explore their extensive design portfolio right here.  Congratulations again Chelsea!

{images are from the mom-to-be's personal collection, used with permission}

A Postcard Garden

Now this is pretty cool!  Inspired by papercuts and pop-up cards, Aimée from A Studio for Design has created the Postcarden — a pop-up post card that becomes a mini-garden for your desk or windowsill!  Postcarden currently comes in three models: botanical, city, and allotment:

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Each Postcarden comes with a packet of cress seeds — just add water and watch the seeds grow!  Each mini-garden lasts about two weeks and the cress is fully edible.  Aimée is currently only distributing the Postcarden within the EU, but she has plans to expand to the U.S. and other areas soon!

{image credits: a studio for design}

Paper Artwork – Susan Schwake for The Working Proof

As I wait for the sunshine to hopefully reemerge from behind all these clouds this afternoon, I think I'll keep gazing at this gorgeous print from Susan Schwake for The Working Proof called On the Rocks

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The print was inspired by family trips to the ocean in New Hampshire, and now have me totally dreaming of a summer beachside vacation…

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The tiny birds are hand-painted, and I love the mix of soft color tones and white texture… 

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You can read more about Susan's creative process and this print in particular right here.

{image credits: the working proof}

Vintage Stamps + Envelopes

So if you're like me and love vintage stamps but either don't have the time to hunt around for them or just don't really know where to start, I'm guessing you'll love this shop from Whitney Rae:

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Whitney collects vintage postage, then artfully arranges the stamps on colorful envelopes in ready-to-mail postage denominations.  Aren't her collections beautiful?

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Looove that Voice of America stamp — one of my all time favorites!  Check out more of Whitney's vintage stamp arrangements right here.

{image credits: whitney fruin}