Flora and Fauna Art

Products I Love – August 2015

Before I begin this post, let me first say that I am an avid letter-writer. Chalk it up to my inherent fascination with the written word or blame Grandma, my most faithful penpal during my younger years, but either way, I’m hooked. In my desk, I keep a wooden recipe box filled with cute, colorful and unique cards I’ve found over the years. Some of the cards came in packs, and others are solo; some are gifts from friends and family who know of my obsession and many are the result of my own splurges. They’re all waiting for the perfect moment and the right recipient.

In that vein, here are some of my favorite art finds of late, with an emphasis on those you can send in the mail.

1) “Trees” letterpress cards (set of 8) – $18 – Taiga Press

Taiga PressI found these beauties in a tiny shop in downtown Astoria, Oregon. I didn’t mean to spend any money that day, but I absolutely couldn’t resist the whimsical, wispy trees on these cards. And, frankly, I’m lucky I didn’t walk out the door with more of Taiga Press’ designs. They’re all lovely!

To me, a recent Oregon transplant, these cards captured the breathless, wild quality of my new home — which makes sense, since Taiga Press is based in Tillamook County, just south of here. Even the paper has a rough, raw quality about it.

You can purchase this design here, or check out the Taiga Press website for more amazing products.

2) “Fox in Socks” art print – $20 – Milk and Glue

Milk and GlueI’m cheating a little with this one. First, it’s not a card. Second, I don’t actually own this print from Milk and Glue — yet. Why? Because I haven’t figured out where I’d put it in my house.

This art was another discovery in the same downtown Astoria shop where I found Taiga Press.  I love foxes, and seeing them in cute illustrations just about made my day. If you’re currently redecorating a kid’s room or nursery, I highly recommend adding some fox artwork to the theme. These watercolors are incredibly detailed and absolutely adorable.

Buy the print here, and learn more about Milk and Glue here (including how the shop got its original name).

3) “Hello” card – $3.50 – Golden Pines Paper Shop

Golden Pines PaperI went to college with Erin and Alex, the creative minds behind Golden Pines Paper Shop. I didn’t know Alex, but bumped elbows with Erin a few times due to the fact that I had an art major roommate. After college, Alex and Erin decided to launch a collaborative card shop — and the results are amazing!

I’ve bought cards from Golden Pines a few times, and I’m always wowed by the quality of the work, not to mention the packaging. Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to win a GP giveaway that allowed me to select five free cards. This “Hello” card was one of my choices, and it’s easily the most fabulous “just because” card in my stash.

Purchase the card here, and be sure to browse through the rest of the designs! (This mini thank you card is one of my other favorites.)

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