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.)

Porcelain, Purses and Poppin!

Products I Love – May 2015

1) Daisy Place Desktop Business Card Holder – $30 – Kate Spade

56996343880065pThis was my first Kate Spade purchase ever, as I’m not one of those people obsessed with certain brands. I do, however, appreciate bright, fun products, so I can see the appeal of their stores.

I bought this business card holder to match a black-and-white polkadot mug I decided to use as a pencil holder at my new office. My previous business card holder was a plastic monstrosity from a construction company I’d never heard of — and it didn’t even fit normal size business cards. I had to stand them vertically, which would have been fine if my cards were designed vertically. They aren’t. My previous pencil holder was, well… the top of my desk. Let’s just say I was “roughing it” when it comes to normal office supplies.

This little porcelain beauty is exactly what I wanted. Lightweight, but well-made. The gold stripe along the edge is eye-catching and the whimsical type conveys exactly the sort of message I want to get across: let’s talk shop. Let’s figure out a way to work together so everyone involved profits and the event is a huge success.

Shop this item here. And, if you feel like splurging, shop the matching “pencil” cup.

2) Women’s Mini Satchel Handbag – $29.99 – Merona/Target

2bccf659228ae463efdf658bebb8dfdeBeing a Minnesota girl at heart, one of the hardest parts of living on the Oregon Coast is being so dang far away from a Target! I miss their wide, welcoming aisles overflowing with perfect items you didn’t know you needed. (Seriously — has anyone ever escaped Target with their wallet intact?)

This is a great bag for spring and summer. Small, but still large enough to hold the essentials, with a magnetic outside pocket that’s great for those items you need to grab quickly (keys, phone, pens). I bought it in mint, but the lime and blue are beautiful as well. Adds a punch of color to any outfit!

Shop the purse in numerous hues here.

3) various products – $$ – Poppin

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I stumbled across Poppin at Staples during a work supply shopping trip, and I was immediately smitten. Oh my goodness, the COLORS. Pool blue, yellow, lime green, cobalt, coral, purple, aqua… any color you could possibly imagine.

And as striking as a store display of Poppin products is, their website is even more amazing. You can shop by item type OR color, with products from desk chairs and filing cabinets to pens and notebooks. Everything is designed to mix and match and stack. The brand really lives up to its mantra, #workhappy. You can’t help but smile when your desk is decked out in bright colors!

Personally, I went with the sunny yellow for my purchases, as I hoped it would mesh with the few office supplies I already had. But the gorgeous aqua was a close second. You can’t go wrong with whatever color you choose!

Shop the bright collections here.