Handmade Gift Guide 08: Dad’s Day

Father’s Day is June 18th! Father’s Day for me has become not only celebrating my dad, but my husband too! This gift guide is inspired by a modern selection of classsic dad-likes that dudes of all ages can appreciate. Get those good guys in your life something handmade and unique this year! Our gift guides are meant to celebrate independent makers like us and inspire others to shop handmade. Each guide has an inspired theme by one of our products and is comprised of hand picked items from makers who we adore. See the bottom of the post for links to each item.


1. Worthwhile Paper Father’s Day Pocket Knife Card

2. Slate Coffe Mug // Grayling Ceramics (Kalamazoo, MI)

3.  Father & Child Matching Pizza Shirts // Xenotees (Philadelphia, PA

4. Haute Sauce Gift Pack // Marshall’s Haute Sauce (Portland, OR

5. Facets Geometric Wood Catchall Desk Organizer // Tramake (Chicago, IL)

6.  Coffee Toffee  // Dave’s Sweet Tooth (Detroit, MI)

7.  Flavored Toothpicks – 6 Pack Every Blend // Daneson (Canada)

8. THG Dopp Kit + Beard Care Essentials // The Hairy Gentleman (Smyrna, GA )


DIY: Envelopes! With free printable templates

This easy and fun DIY is for the true paper lover! Making your own envelopes is loads of fun – especially when you use fun and interesting paper. I used to collect vintage nature books for collage when I was in art school. For the samples we’ve made here I dug around in my boxes from moving to find some true gems to use. You can use any kind of paper you’d like! From magazines, to old books, to different colored paper you may have around – the list is endless! Let’s get started.

Materials needed:

+ Printable envelope templates I’ve made! (see below)

+ A good pair of Scissors

+ Glue stick

+ Fun paper

Step 1Download your free printable envelope templates here!

This is a dropbox link to a zip folder which contains three separate PDF files for different size and shaped envelopes (and also a multi-page PDF if you prefer to print them all at once). One is a tiny one, perfect for little notes, gift cards, giving money to someone, keeping postage stamps, coins, tiny treasures. So cute! The other two are both standard A2 size (the size of our greeting cards) one is a fun rounded-flap design I made myself, and the other is modeled off of a vellum envelope I had laying around.

Step 2: Print off the templates on your home computer on 8.5 x 11 standard printer paper. Note: when printing, keep it at scale – do not alter the scale at all if you want the envelopes to be the correct size! Some of the template may not print – mine did fine, but every printer is different! If it cuts off, it’s not the biggest deal – you can connect the lines – it’s pretty intuitive.

Step 3: Cut out your templates along the outside solid black line. The dotted lines are visual guides to show you where to fold! Trace on the back side of the paper (the side you want to be on the inside of the envelope) with pencil. No need to erase really, unless you want to. Then, simply cut along the lines and fold into envelopes! Secure all flaps besides the top one together with glue. Take care not to glue the flaps to the inside!

Wahoo! You made your first one. It’s so cute! It’s so fun! You’re jumping with joy! These little mini ones are my favorite. They happen to be the same size as our mini note sets, and also business cards. I love having them around to put tiny things in because it makes my tiny heart feel a tiny bit more happy.

Check out some more examples we made below:


Spring Events

Hooray Spring! The weather is getting warmer and the mood is getting lighter. There are a couple of fun local events going on this May for us that I’m excited to share. See below and I hope to see you at one!

Snail Mail Social // Thistle & Bess // Ann Arbor, MI // May 11, 6-8pm

Real mail is always better than a text! Join me at Thistle & Bess on Thursday, May 11 (the Thursday before Mother’s Day) to sit together and write + send some fun snail mail! Snacks and drinks (tea, wine, goodies) from Tea Haus will be provided.
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Each guest will receive 6 Worthwhile Paper cards of their choosing with matching envelopes. Postage stamps for each card will be provided (!!!) and at the end of the night I will walk your fun mail over to the nearest post box to send it out into the world! Additional fun supplies will be provided and guests are welcome to bring their own too for extra snail mailing. It’s going to be an evening of paper and fun!

Register for the snail mail social here!

Handmade Toledo Maker’s Mart // Toledo, OH // May 13, 10am – 8pm

So excited to be back to Handmade Toledo this year! I accidentally forgot to apply for the Holiday one last winter and almost cried when I thought I didn’t get in but then laughed when I saw that I didn’t even apply. Ahh! This will be fun because it will be a whole year since I’ve been, so lots of new stuff people there may not have seen there yet! If you haven’t been to this one, GO. It’s so amazing and fun, and the vendors are all top notch. Not one to be missed. Yay, spring!

View vendors & details here and check out their Facebook event to RSVP.


Handmade Gift Guide 07: Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day is May 14th! Treat the mom(s) in your life to something extra special and consciously hand made this year like these picks below! This theme is generally neutral and includes gifts for the home, for wearing and also for eating (That chocolate is my favorite! Vegan and fair trade). Our gift guides are meant to celebrate independent makers like us and inspire others to shop handmade. Each guide has an inspired theme by one of our products and is comprised of hand picked items from makers who we adore. See the bottom of the post for links to each item.

1. Our very own “I’d still pick you” Mother’s Day Card

2.  Reclaimed Wood Serving Trays – Set of 2 // Infinite Abyss (Evanston, WY)

3.  Tuck Sew Bag // Douglas & Co. (Detroit, MI)

4. Welcome Sign  // All Things Grow (Ypsilanti, MI)

5.  Salted Milk Chocolate Almond Bar // Lagustas Luscious (New Paltz, NY)

6.  Color Play Necklace // Sarah Safavi Jewelry (Salt Lake City, UT)

7.  Little House Terrarium // Lead Head Glass (Detroit, MI)

8.   Macrame Plant Hanger // Botanica Detroit (Detroit, MI)


35mm: From Fall to Spring

I got two rolls of film back from The Darkroom the other day and was so pleased with how they came out! One roll is primarily fall, and one was taken all through the start of Spring. Lots of magical foliage, and some cute Henry shots as well. Shot on my Pentax k1000 with Fuji Color film at 400 ISO. Below are some highlights from the Fall roll:

OMG! That little orange vest! With all of the leaves and the pumpkin! It was KILLING me! Ahh! It better fit him next fall…

If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE going to the conservatory, especially when it gets cold out. I’m always equipped with my camera, I think those few above were from winter. These film shots are so so nice compared to the phone camera pictures I usually take mass quantities of.. Also, up next, I can’t even contain my emotions about the squished face cuteness in the photo below. It’s OK, Henry.

Highlights from the Spring roll:

Lots of nature-magic happening above with some first blooms of spring. So refreshing. Some play-magic happening below – we made a little “Dinosaur Village” instead of a fairy garden, for the dinosaurs to play, keep lookout, eat moss out of acorn tops, and sleep in their stick tee pee on beds made out of pieces of bark, waiting for a baby dinosaur to hatch out of a walnut (I mean, dinosaur egg, obviously).

Henry begs me to go outside. He loves it, and I’m so happy about that. I’m also happy about this adorable mini Kanken backpack! He crams it full of “friends” (stuffed animals and action figures) and pretend food. I love that these last long, so he can use it for fun and for school until he grows out of it. This photo makes me smile.

Newest tat! My brother and I got matching herb tattoos (sage + lavender) before he left to go to Chicago and he came to visit and we snapped a picture of them all healed up! The last three tattoos I’ve gotten (the only ones since having Henry) have been meaningful and tied to another person.



Handmade Gift Guide 06: Mindfulness + Self Care

I’m on a seasonal cleanse all this week so I am entirely in self care mode, trying to rest a bit more than usual and not over schedule myself. This gift guide was put together because of how important it is to care for and nurture ourselves. We thought our ‘mindfulness’ print would be a good fit in this theme and the rest of the items are by some love-conscious makers we admire and hopefully you will too! I hope you find something here that inspires self-care and self-love. Our gift guides are meant to celebrate independent makers like us and inspire others to shop handmade. Each guide has an inspired theme by one of our products and is comprised of hand picked items from makers who we adore. See the bottom of the post for links to each item.

1. Our very own Mindfulness 8 x 10 Screen Print!

2. Large Crystal Necklace  // Hawk House (Gay Head, MA)

3. Copal Palo Santo Incense Kit  // Urb Apothecary  (Santa Cruz, CA)

4.  Blossom Facial Steam // Marble & Milkweed  (New York, NY)

5. Stress Ease Powder // Wooden Spoon Herbs (Chattanooga, TN) 

6. Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe //  Yumi Sakugawa (Los Angeles, CA)

7. Masala Loving Oil // Alchemy Henna (Ferndale, MI)

8. Spring Ritual Self Care Kit // Apoterra Skincare (New York, NY)


5 Easy Modern Ways to Decorate Terra Cotta Pots

It’s almost plant potting & repotting season! Did you know it’s best to re-pot in the spring? In the spirit of potting, and also our new Spring and Summer collection (which is undoubtedly botanically inspired), I wanted to do a post on some fun ways to fancy up some plain terra cotta pots. A painted pot with a plant inside makes a great gift with a personal handmade touch! I’m going to be repotting quite a few pots this spring as some of my plants have gotten much bigger, so these ideas are easy and perfect to add a little variation and pops of contrast. My small team and I had such a fun time doing this! I love doing DIY projects together, it felt so fun to just sit around and paint things.

The pots used here are simple and super cheap, and can be found here from IKEA –  I love that they are flat and smooth – and all supplies are simple and were found at Michaels. Before we started going to town on all of these, I came up with some super quick concept sketches shown below. Aww.

All pots: Step 1 – Spray the outside AND inside with a clear acrylic matte spray (found mine at Michaels, any craft store is a good bet).

Pro Tip: You may want to do a few coats, as terra cotta is pretty porous. *Note, by sealing the clay you lose its porosity a bit, so water your plant as if it were in a plastic or glazed pot and don’t depend as much on terra cotta’s “breathability” if you are used to it!

Well let’s get started! Below are 5 fun and easy ways to decorate a terra cotta pot at home with simple materials.

1 /// Rubber Stamped Terra Cotta Pot

Materials: Decorative rubber stamps*, Black archival ink pad.

*The rubber stamps were used here are all from our shop! We have a lot of fun and decorative stamps. Leaves, moons, eyes, hearts, shapes. Check out this link to our our modern decorative rubber stamp collection.

Directions: Simply stamp the pot in a roll-on fashion. (Does this give you anxiety? Me too! But, no worries! Test it out by taping some paper around the pot to test and perfect your stamp-rolling skills. Note: My assistant declared that she had no formal stamping experience and she made the pot below beautifully!)  Pro Tip: Dip your stamp in ink evenly and multiple times to make sure it’s fully coated. I think a repeating pattern makes for a nice look.

2 /// Chalkboard Painted Terra Cotta Pot

Materials: Painters tape & Black chalk paint (we used Martha Stewart chalk paint, found at our local craft store and online for 2.29 here).

Directions: Focus on only one edge of the tape, as shown below. Due to the tapering of the pot, the tape won’t go around all flat, so focus on the edge you want to make with one edge of the tape, and let the other edge get crinkly. We wanted ours to look like it was dipped in paint. One side is straight diagonal, and the other side is wavy. Paint two coats waiting in-between coats to dry for an hour, and remove the tape once it dries. Wait 48 hours before attempting to use chalk or chalk marker on it (or just leave it black!)

3 /// Geometric taped-off shapes

Materials: Masking tape, Acrylic paint (we used white).

Directions: Simply start putting tape on your pot in strips at different angles, creating shapes in the negative space. Remember, the negative space shapes is what is going to be painted. Get wacky and have fun with it! Paint two coats, waiting an hour between each, and remove the tape once it dries.

4 /// Hand painted easy strokes

Materials: Flat paint brush, Acrylic paint.

Directions: The simpler the better. Come up with a simple stroke/mark and create a pattern out of it. I did short thick lines but would also recommend dots, lines in different directions, wiggly lines, stripes, whatever you want! It doesn’t have to be perfect, but trying to be consistent in your mark making will make the decoration look cohesive. It helps to turn the pot upside down, as shown below. I didn’t add a second coat on this because I liked the way the brush strokes looked textured. This finished pot paired with a Pothos plant shown above was gifted at a Galentine’s Day gift swap! Eek!

5 /// Nail Polish  Marbling

Materials: Tooth picks, a large bucket/pan, plastic storage bin or bowl that you don’t mind ruining, and ha, yep, you heard me correctly – nail polish. What the what? There are lots of videos online of nail polish marbling (watch this video to see it in action) and it seemed like the easiest way to marble on a pot, so we gave it a go (and by a go I mean like ten go’s) Tips and tricks below.

Directions: Prepare your bucket with cold water. Make sure your bucket is deep enough to both fit part of the pot in and also not spill over. Pour some nail polish in slowly, as to not make a whole clump come out and sink to the bottom. Warning! Nail polish will start to harden a bit quite quickly (I learned this the hard way) so once you pour the nail polish, IMMEDIATELY start swirling it with the tooth pick(s). More swirling will happen if you have multiple colors, we just used white because I like to keep things simple. Once it looks all wonderful and marbly, “roll” your pot along the surface of the water as if you were rolling it on hard surface. The nail polish will magically cling to the pot. It’s craaazy!

The pot above on the left was made by dipping it right-side-up into the water, giving it a streaky marble effect. The one on the right was made by rolling it. We weren’t 100% thrilled with the result, but I think it gets better with practice. This one honestly is mostly about having fun and not about achieving a perfectly dreamy pinterest-worthy marble. I am sure this is totally different each time!

I got a little water inside the pot, so I think next time I’ll try to roll it on the surface a little better and try to not let it dip in too much. I kind of can’t wait to try it again.

That’s all, folks!

These were all super fun and easy, and I hope you’re inspired to try one sometime! This activity makes for a perfect ladies night, or solo project for little plant gifts (um, can you say mini decorated terra cotta shower or wedding plant gifts?! I know I can!)

As if this post couldn’t get any longer, I can’t leave out the fact that this idea was brought to you by our ever-growing collection of potted-plant themed designs. I love drawing plants and drawing in general, so it’s no surprise that the two come together in my work. In the potted plant print & card designs below you can see how much fun I have thinking of patterns and designs for pots. Can somebody please make me a real life version of the eye one?! All of these items and more from our brand new spring and summer collection can be found on the Worthwhile Paper Shop.


Handmade Gift Guide 05: Cat Lovers

The theme of this gift guide was inspired by our love of cats! Oh, and also our new print entitled “Cat in plant pyramid”. The cat in this print says she is safe in her triangle of tropical plants and will not be emerging until further notice. I like her attitude. Our gift guides are meant to celebrate independent makers like us and inspire others to shop handmade. Each guide has an inspired theme by one of our products and is comprised of hand picked items from makers who we adore. See the bottom of the post for links to each item.

1. Our own Cat in a Plant Pyramid 8 x 10 Screen Print (Framing optional)

2.  Siamese Cat Tea Towel   // Gingiber (Springdale, AR)

3. The Future is Feline Lapel Pin // Yellow Owl Workshop (San Francisco, CA)

4.  No. 1 Cat Babe Card // Party of One Paper  (Ann Arbor, MI)

5. 16″ Cat Hammock Shelf   // Catastrophic Creations (Grand Rapids, MI)

6. Crazy Cat Lady Sticker Set //  Paper Pony Co. (Oakland, CA)

7. White Persian Cat Embroidery  // Stitching Sabbatical (Cincinnati, OH)

8. Black Acro Cats Tank //  The Feline Boutique (Jacksonville, FL)


Our Spring + Summer 2017 Collection

I’m so excited to share my newest collection of designs! Our new spring + summer collection is my favorite of all so far, partially because I had an excuse to play with bright colors and draw plants all winter (a highly recommended winter therapy). The process of this collection was a little more intentional and themed than usual, and so fun to create. Read on for a little bit about it!

A COLOR LOVE STORY: The peachy pearl pink and a deep orange combination used throughout the collection is a color love story inspired by sunrises and pink skies, floral tones, and comforting warnth. To compliment, a cucumber mint with a dark leafy green is a refreshingly calm contrast. Together these inspired colors bring summer dreams into full swing. Colors are used in unexpected ways to reflect the dreamlike feelings even more.

BOTANICAL & MODERN Almost every new item is botanically inspired. A freshly sliced strawberry, green and golden succulents, lively new card designs, energetic patterns mixed in with some minimal and geometric neutral designs.

Below is a little mood shot of the inspiration behind the new collection. I can’t get enough of the blush & orange colors – they are so comforting. And, as always, these new items definitely showcase my love of plants.

Take a look at the entire collection here! I’ll be doing more posts periodically featuring new items. We have 3 new notebook designs, new flat note sets, lots of new birthday & thank you cards and some new art prints that I am really excited about!

Sneak peak: this Succulents & Cacti print:




Tour De Plants: Matthaei Desert Room Edition

I took a couple of my lovely studio ladies on a Super Official Worthwhile Paper Field Trip to one of my favorite paces – the Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory. We had a work-related mission though, and it was to take some product shots of my new Succulents & Cacti screen print, which will be out so soon (& I’ll share more about it and the “money shot” I was able to get on here soon in a follow-up post!). When we walked into the desert biome room, there were no other people, just us and lots of cacti and soo much magic light. It was just before golden hour and the most vibrant and quiet sunlight was pouring in. I couldn’t help but take some photos to capture the stoic vibe (with my new Canon 6D!):

Plants make me so happy! I love learning about them, caring for them, looking at them and having them around to breathe their oxygen. My first Tour De Plants post was on a whim as a tour around my sunroom because I got excited about a new plant friend, but I think I want to continue to post some photo-based entries on here to further spread my love of plants, so you will now see a new “Tour De Plants” category on the top menu. Yay for that!