Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gettin' Present (& Correct) With It

Today on my daily stroll through Pinterest, I discovered an eclectic website that has been around for a few years but until now has escaped my radar. Present & Correct is an online business based in the UK that houses "a place for our own designs, things we love by other designers from around the world & vintage items which we discover around Europe, and sometimes further afield." Their inventory seems to lean heavily toward the office supply environment, but in a very unique & diverse way. Original posters from the 60s mix with new calendar designs, all in a site categorized by words like "mail," "organise" and "ephemera."

I love these Christmas stamps that could be used for all sorts of crafty feats - they're made new, but the 10 different designs have a distinct retro feel about them. And then of course the Roll Calendar from the 70s, with German text and a choice of green or white.

These old tickets are begging to be used creatively and I'm loving the numbered pins, which do indeed cater to my OCD side, as the description describes.

Vintage post cards featuring iconic London vehicles would be fun to send someone and can you imagine having 220 meters (over 700 feet!) of pure cotton airmail string to use at your disposal? I could see myself wrapping all of my gifts this year in nothing more than brown craft paper and this twine-esque embellishment.

What catches your eye on Present & Correct?

Monday, November 7, 2011


Just when I thought I was getting way ahead of myself by wishing that the upcoming holidays would come just a bit sooner, I got my December issue of Real Simple magazine in the mail. Oh the glory. The gift ideas, the decor suggestions and 30 different kinds of holiday cookies, which to a pregnant lady sounds pretty flippin' awesome.

The thing that really caught my eye, however, was on the very first page of their gift suggestions for women. Maybe I'm a little late to the game, but I had never seen these before and I think they're precious. Enter: Mugtails.


I think my favorite is a tie between the the dainty fawn tail and the over-sized rabbit tail. I wouldn't complain having the full set though, and at only $16 a pop, it's not completely out of the question (I was expecting $30+ each). I would see myself using them more in a decor setting than a practical, "use for my morning cup of coffee tea milk" situation, but either way they'd make an appreciated addition to our world.

One thing the magazine didn't mention was that they not only serve as drink-of-your-choice receptacle, but also as a tea light holder. Since the animal shapes are thinner than the rest of the cup, they serve well as the focal point when the light shines behind, like so.

These might just be going on my Christmas wish list. What do you think?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Freshly Sharpened Pencils

Via Amazon
"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."  
                       - Joe Fox

I've always loved You've Got Mail, though I'm a sucker for any of Tom Hanks' older movies. I've also always had a thing for school supplies...I know better than to head down that aisle during August (or any time, really). So a few months ago when Fall should have been setting in, here in Texas we were still experiencing 100 degree days and I started pining away for cooler weather. When school started up and all I could see walking through the grocery store were pens and pencils and folders and highlighters, it made me think of that quote from the movie.

So I went out and bought a pack of pencils. For like a dollar.

Then I stole the mason jar that I had turned into a pin cushion jar awhile back and after tediously sharpening all 40-ish pencils (funnily enough, doing it by hand ended up being faster than using the old-n-busted electric sharpener), I shoved artfully arranged them in the jar!

Simple, cute, and now that we're actually starting to experience fall weather here in Central Texas, appropriate.

Has the changing seasons made you do anything crazy? Did anyone else watch You've Got Mail many times as a teenage girl?