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new york: national stationery show.

Ok. So the Stationery Show was amazing. And overwhelming. And huge. And so much fun. And did I mention that it was HUGE? I don't think that anyone could ever prepare you for how large the show actually is. I imagined it to be about half of the size that it actually was. I only went for 2 days and I was exhausted after every day. I went as a buyer for PH Design Shop and walked around with my friend, and former coworker, and boss. It was so tempting to buy something from every booth! But we managed to just walk the show and collect cards, catalogs and other little mementos to go back and do the buying later. I left before my boss did all of the actual purchasing, so I'm excited to see what she picked out! I really wish that I could have taken photographs during the show. And most vendors seemed more than happy to let you take a photo, but I thought I would leave the photography up to the pros. If you want to see more photos of the show and the booths, Oh So Beautiful Paper and Paper Crave already have some up! Since I couldn't take photos, these were a few of my favorite designers that I got to see. One Canoe Two I have seen One Canoe Two on a slew of design blogs and on Etsy and was ecstatic to see their work in person! Beth and Carrie were absolutely delightful and were more than happy to discuss their work. You can visit their etsy shop here! Greenwich Letterpress How adorable are these pencils? All of the products from Greenwich Letterpress were pretty great, but I about fell over when I read these. I'm pretty sure that we'll be getting some for the shop! The Great Lakes I have been familiar with The Great Lakes for quite some time, but seeing all of her product in person was great. The cards were all very clever and well illustrated and she had lots of objects for sale as well. A couple of them are available on line. And then there was a recipe card scavenger hunt! 15 different letter press booths all designed and printed their own recipe cards. Attendees of the show could go around from booth to booth and pick up a card. Every card was unique and very well designed. I'm still trying to pick out my favorite! Once you picked up every design (or whenever you got to that particular booth) you could pick up a nifty little box to house all of your cards. It was such a great idea! A list of participating booths can be found over on Oh So Beautiful Paper.

new york: recap.

Hoo wee! What a trip! I was only there for 3 days, but I managed to fill up those days with fun excursions from morning to night. I slept fine, but I usually woke up with the sun. Which later I realized that I had less than 20 hours of sleep my whole trip. Needless to say, I'm still recovering. I stayed with a friend who lives in Brooklyn. This is a view from her street. Isn't it adorable? Her neighborhood was so picturesque. This is the view from her balcony. Most of the Brownstones in that neighborhood have the cutest little patios and gardens. We, I mean I, might have taken too many photos at FAO Schwarz, but what can I say, I was a little trigger happy. I wanted to do something fun and somewhat touristy when I arrived, and FAO seemed to be the perfect idea. My friend and I made a beeline for the candy in the back, loaded up on sugar and acted like little kids on a mission to have fun! Who doesn't love full sized lego dudes and giant stuffed puppies! I thought this was quite a strange place for this, but right outside of the store were about 25 plus people holding these signs. I thought it couldn't have been a good trip to New York without a little crazy coming out of people. Since there was time and I was in New York, we made an appointment to go try on glasses at Warby Parker. I've been eying them for months and months and keep meaning to do the at home try ons, but never remember to actually place the order. So, it was nice to go in and just try on all them them. I literally tried on every style. Unfortunately I wasn't thrilled with any of them once they were on. So disappointing. I'm really not that into J. Crew, although I do like some of their clothes. We went in and I fell in love with this display of gloves covering the wall. New York birds are CRAZY. They do not move to get out of your way. And then it was time for the Stationery Show! I couldn't really take photos, and have way to much to say about it, so that post will be coming at a later date! I did ask to take a photograph at Wiley Valentine's booth. Most booths had candy, but who couldn't resist a candy BAR? Stay tuned for more about my trip!

New York City Bound!

Image found via NYC Wed Planner. This Saturday, I'll be waking up in the middle of the night (literally) to get ready to hop on a plane to New York for the National Stationery Show. I. Am. So. Excited. Ever since my Broadway Paper days, I have dreamed of attending the Stationery Show. Partially just as a viewer to see all of the wonderful design and partially as an attendee. The dream to exhibit there is still just a dream, but attending the show will give me a great idea of what it could be like to show off emilee rose in New York. This year I am going as a buyer for PH Design Shop. It will be exciting to help with lots of shopping for the store and to drool over all the great stationery with the boss lady. She keeps reminding me that this is WORK, but I can't help but geek out over the chance to see so much GREAT design in one (very large) place. Oh- and I'm staying with a good friend, which always makes "business trips" a little more exciting. Don't worry...I'll try to take lots of pictures! Make sure you follow me on Twitter to see random Instagram pics. Then right after that trip, I'm turning right around for Renegade Austin! And then I think I can breathe for a second.

the countdown to renegade

There are only 22 more days until Reneagde Austin and I'm as excited as a kid going to Disney World. Everything is coming together really nicely and I'm not as stressed as I could be (or as some other vendors, I hear!). I still have a decent amount of projects to check off my to do list, but I think there is plenty of time to get it done. Even though I will be in New York at the National Stationery Show the week prior (equally as excited!!!) I know I can do it. This weekend will be CRUNCH time! One thing to check off my list: Make and print cute labels for new boxed thank you notes and recipe cards. I was searching through the list of artists that will be showing this year in Austin and I was so surprised to see how many people are from outside of Texas! There are artists from Chicago, North Carolina, California, Oregon and the list goes on. There are also a handful of folk from good ol' Tejas and there are even some other members of Etsy Houston that will be attending. If you attend Reneagade Austin this year, make sure to check out these lovely ladies of Houston: b. bags. grr feisty reigruchestudio

goodbye, mr. typewriter

Vintage Underwood Typewriter from The Two Sparrows My twitter feed has been a buzzin' about the last factory producing typewriters, Godrej and Boyce, is closing. I do not personally use a typewriter, but I admire them for many reasons. From a purely visual standpoint, they look cool and produce a really great printing style. And could you imagine what life would have been like without the invention of the typewriter? For years, designers have been "fudging" the typewriter look on the computer. You definitely won't get the same results, but these are a few of my favorite typewriter-esque typefaces. Splendid 66 is by far my favorite typewriter-styled font. It is already perfectly spaces out and is destressed just enough to look authentic. Oh, and it's completely FREE, so what's not to love? American Typewriter is a fun option with a more playful look. It even looks great really large. Some typewriter fonts get all funky when blown up so that they look "stamped" when they are small. Traveling Typewriter is another great option. The variations between letters really make it look stamped! It's another great, free font.

pintrest lovin’

Have you been pinning lately? I've recently joined the pinning movement and LOVE it! I stumble upon so many great ideas, images, recipes and inspiration that I hate the fact that I can't remember it once the window is closed. Thank goodness for Pintrest. My favorite things to pin: design, typography, illustration and recipes! Here are some of my favorite things: Love this illustration by Laura Amiss. The houses are adorable and the colors make it so happy and cheerful. (Found via Hooray) I'm always searching for a fabulous ampersand in my designs. This style is not particularly my absolute fave, but I do love any ol' ampersand and I love the blind deboss even more! This perfect little print is by Bespoke Press. Follow all of my pins here!

a reminder to breathe

Confession: I am an extremely anxious person and find myself in a constant state of stress. Granted, most of this stress is brought on by myself and I really am trying to learn how to just be. It's been a while since I've been to a yoga class and the mantra of "just breathe" is becoming less and less familiar. I don't have any in my house, yet, but I love the idea of having affirmations as art all throughout the house. Just when life seems to be too much to handle, you look up and read something beautiful. I think I need this in my life... Here are a few pieces of "affirmation art" that I stumbled upon on etsy. 1. Inhale, Exhale, Repeat by Hop Skip Jump. 2. Keep Calm by Oh Dier. 3. Be Filled with Joy by The Wheatfield. 4. Just Breathe by The Waterloo Prints. 5. It's Going to be a Great Day by Megan Rene. All images from artist's shops.

a busy bee

There is now less than two months until Renegade in Austin! That means, it's getting to crunch time (for me--I hate waiting until the last minute!) I'm trying to get all of my mini paintings done as they seem to be the most time consuming. It's really difficult to know how many to make and how many of each illustration. I have a feeling that the Texas plaques could do really well, so I'm making a few extra of them. While I feel as though I could paint over 50 of these and still wonder if I have enough, I'm only going to do about 30 or so. I really have NO idea what to expect at this show, but it would be totally awesome to put all of these little paintings in someone's home. I'm probably not going to list all of these in the shop, but I will make sure to share photos of the finished product!
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