Thursday, November 13, 2008

Handmade paper goods

Here are some more of our wares...
Fleur de lis letter kit 72Write me a Letter single letter kit

Birds & Bees card bundle 72
Birds & Bees card bundle we will be selling at Unique Boutique. It is filled with beautiful blank cards, notes and gift enclosures with birds, flowers and bees on them.

Christmas stamp gift bag 72Christmas stamp gift bags. These are lovely. Perfect for a small gift or gift card.

Map Albums 72Map Albums

Map Album detail 72The vintage brads are so pretty.

Topographical Map Album 72Topographical Map Albums. My dad was a cave explorer in the fifties. These are the maps he used. They are simply gorgeous.

Topographical Map Albums 72

Be sure to enlarge to see the detail.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Old Things from Secret Leaves

Our good friend Elizabeth took some nice product shots for us recently and I thought I would share them here. There are a few new products and some items that are holiday-related, so here goes:

Bee gift enclosure 72
Bee gift enclosures. These are sweet and petite and come with their own tiny ochre vellum envelope. They are blank inside to be used as a gift enclosure, but can also be ordered for Valentine's Day with an inside message that says, of course, "Bee Mine."

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French Postcard gift enclosures. These are reproduced from a postcard in our private collection. They come in their own little glassine envelope. Perfect for that French or vintage-inspired gift wrapping project.

We also have these Paint Chip prints, which are GORGEOUS in person. There are assorted images and frame finishes. They are professionally framed by the way:

Bird's Nest paint chip print 72

Bird's Nest detail 72

Turban Shell paint chip print 72

Quill paint chip print 72

Blue Smoke vignette 72

One drink makes you smaller 72

Go Ask Alice 72

The next few shots weren't taken by Elizabeth, but I wanted to share them nonetheless. This is one of our new products and it is super-cool, if we do say so ourselves:

Write Me a Letter single letter kit

Write Me a Letter kits

Write Me a Letter single letter kits contain everything you need for artful correspondence. Two or three sheets of interesting paper, a cool envelope and a postage stamp or two for embellishment.

We are also offering these very cool recycled gift tags made from vintage railroad company index cards. They come six assorted sizes to a set and look awesome tied to a package with a bit of ribbon or hemp twine.

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For those of you who own stores, they come packaged and ready to hang.

We also have these kraft gift boxes. They are 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 with gorgeous old government-issued postcards on the lids. They are filled with cotton batting and perfect for small gifts like a journal, jewelry, stationery, etc.

Kraft gift box 72

We only have 12 of these left!

We also have these Book Spine Treasure Boxes:

Book Spine Treasure Boxes 72

These are being introduced here for the first time. Again, great to wrap a necklace, bracelet, earrings, pen, pencils, book mark...Get 'em while they're hot!


Friday, November 7, 2008

In just under the wire...

I have just a few minutes to get a blog post in and still have it count for today (NaBloPoMo). Here is a shot of our business card taken by our good friend Elizabeth, who is getting married tomorrow!

Secret Leaves business card

Congratulations Elizabeth and Randy!


PS. Our cards were designed by our other talented friend, Tyler. Thanks Tyler, for making us look so good.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

In the studio...

Here are some blank greeting cards under production in the studio right now. We are selling these individually and also bundled to create a "greeting card emergency kit." Each ribbon-tied bundle contains 3 blank cards, 2 blank notes and 3 gift enclosures. Nice to have on hand when you need a quick thank you, get well, congratulations, sympathy or just a hello, how are you.
Hummingbird greeting card

blank note card
blank greeting card with thistle

Secret Leaves-designed stamp sheet
Secret Leaves-designed stamp sheets

Stamp Note

bird greeting card

The bundles are pretty and make nice hostess gifts as well.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's nice to be appreciated

Periwiklebloom logo

Our good friend Tyler at Periwinklebloom did a wonderful blog post on us recently. Tyler designs a line of toddler clothing using domestically grown organic cotton and bits of vintage fabric and notions, encouraging the idea of "lovely little hand-me-downs." And soon she will be launching a line of letterpressed greetings. Her wares are absolutely lovely and I will be posting about her here soon.

Visit her blog--she has a highly refined aesthetic, is a gifted writer and finds the most interesting and beautiful things to share.

Thanks for the props's nice to be appreciated!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

NaBloPoMo - Bats and Swallows

November is National Blog Posting Month and we are participating this year as we did in 2007. The idea is to post every day for a month. Since I have already missed two days, I'd better get started.

I thought I would use the opportunity to share some inspiration.

Bats and Swallows is a mesmerizing blog serving up evocative and ethereal images unencumbered by words:

BatsandSwallows ghost

Man and mirror

Le Champ Aux Mes

Be sure to scroll down to view the videos The Outside House, The Lodger and Noir Comme L'Age. Astonishing, unsettling and dream-like.

Noir Comme L'Age

I love this blog.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Maija Lepore Marie Antoinette giveaway day

Look what I received in the mail yesterday!

Maija Lepore giveaway day
Look at the creative gift wrapping! (By the way, I will be putting the beautiful tissue paper, glittered star and pink seam binding to good use.)

Maija Lepore altered artwork

Maija Lepore altered crafts
Maija at Maigirlz Madness made three different pieces to commemorate Maria Antoinette's birthday and I was the lucky recipient of this one. The altered canvas has all kinds of beautiful details and tiny surprises. More can be seen here...

Thanks so much, Maija. It was such a treat receiving this.


PS. Here is a link to a Wikipedia entry on Marie Antoinette. Although the article is flawed, click on the Discussion tab at the top of the page. There are some interesting clarifications here, especially about her alleged "Let Them Eat Cake" quote. Fascinating!