03/14/2017

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:

 

 

12/14/2016

One tree planted with each purchase

I am very enthused to share that we have become a reforestation partner with One Tree Planted. Giving back to the earth that provides, nourishes and inspires us is something I have wanted to invest my business in from the beginning and I am feeling very grateful to be finally putting a little more “worthwhile” in Worthwhile Paper.

What we’re doing: We will be donating to plant one tree for every sale we make, including wholesale orders. This will start at the end of the year when I do my final books, planting trees for every sale we made in 2016! I am SO excited to see how many trees we can plant.

Why we’re doing it: I love Earth. Earth gives us so many gifts, and I want it to be more of a balanced gift exchange. Did you know 4/10 trees get chopped down and are processed into pulp for making paper products? Since we are a paper goods business, it feels like a productive and conscious exchange to play any part I can in promoting the growth of more trees, and preservation of the beloved forests around the globe. There are plenty of reasons to invest in reforestation and among them the most meaningful to me are the fact that we are consuming trees at a rate larger than the rate of which trees can grow back, and the importance of trees in relation to our environment, climate, and habitats for a large amount of species of animals.  More facts can be found here.

Who is One Tree Planted: One Tree Planted is a 501c3 non-profit based in Shelburne, Vermont that gives you the ability to easily plant trees around the world.  They work with amazing NGOs worldwide that have collectively planted millions of trees.  With years of experience, these key partners work hand-in-hand with local communities to ensure that proper native tree species are planted in the most sustainable manner. Right now they have opportunities to plant trees in 6 different regions around the world.

After we donate, we get a certificate of how many trees we helped plant, updates with photos and reports on our trees and their survival rates and growth.

This is something that feels so good for me to do. I want to emphasize that it is important for my customers to know this is not a sales pitch. (I almost didn’t even want to make it public for this reason!) While I’d love to plant as many trees as I can, I don’t plan to use this as leverage or a “marketing strategy”. I see it as a little added bonus along with your purchase of some positive cards or a nature-inspired print, and more importantly, a good feeling that you are supporting someone who really truly cares in so many ways.

(I just want the world to keep looking like this):

Thank you so much for your support. I wouldn’t feel comfortable financially to do this without the amazing support we have gotten this past couple of years.  It means the world to me!

– Kristen

 

11/15/2016

Upcoming markets & events

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It’s Holiday craft fair season! One of the coziest and craziest times of years for makers. I am excited to share that we have the honor of participating at the following local events, listed in chronological order:

+ HLDYMRKT: Friday night, Nov. 25 // Hamtramck // 6-10pm

+ Detroit Urban Craft Fair: Dec. 2-4 // Detroit // see hours and more info on their website.

+ DIYpsi: Dec. 10-11 // Ypsilanti // see hours and more info on their website.

+ Thistle & Bess Holiday Happy Hour: Two James + Worthwhile Paper. I will be there with pre-made and make-your-own hand stamped gift wrap and gift tag stickers joining our friends Andy and Maura for  a sampling of spirits from Detroit-based distillery, Two James.

10/20/2016

Good changes to come

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Is it just me or does autumn bring feelings of new beginnings? I just love the crisp fresh feeling of fall after a humid summer, and the foliage is to die for in Michigan. Leaves aren’t the only thing getting prettier around here though – our little blog is also gearing up for some fun changes!

I have had the ultimate pleasure of hiring some helping hands around the studio (more on my team soon!) and one of the things I want to accomplish is a more active blog that really serves its purpose to not only bring some hopeful traffic to my shop (obviously) but to also be a creative outlet and a space to inspire others with ideas (and free fun things). I am excited to have this space for creative sharing, but also to offer readers the following new (and awesome) things. Stay tuned for:

+ More free downloads and printables. yay!

+ DIY projects that relate to not only my brand but the things I/we are super into over here. Crafts? Plants? Paper? Decor? Happiness? All of the above. I promise these will be great and not pinterest-fail recipes.

+ Handmade Gift Guides – exploring local artists and independent artists on platforms like Etsy, (including one product of ours as the theme inspiration!) this will be very fun.

+ Creative styled shoots showcasing our work, possibly in collaboration with other makers if I can get that to happen somehow.

+ Random hand lettering for fun. woo!

+ MOTHERHOOD. work/life balance. thoughts. experiences. unsolicited tips(?). haha.

+ As always, shop news and 35mm film adventures.

You will now see a ‘categories’ tab at the top of the blog, allowing you to filter through different types of posts, too. Check in on instagram or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about new posts!

-Kristen

09/29/2016

Positive Reminders

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These are things I think everyone needs to way hear more of. It is amazing to realize how big of an impact a small mantra or positive affirmation can have. Some sentiments need to be heard more often (or in this case, in an everlasting form of a card!). I was inspired to make these cards with epic amounts of love put into them and their designs as an effort to promote positivity, encouragement and extra meaningful connections with others (or even ourselves).

For a lot of us, card-giving is reserved for Birthdays and Holidays, but my goal is to put more things in the world that are intended for something more unexpected. An act of kindness toward another can be an encouraging card in the mail they didn’t expect. An act of kindness toward ourselves can be a mantra hanging on our wall to remind us something we want to be continually reminded of.

My goal has always been to make cards that people want to keep, not throw away. My hope with this little collection is that these designs have a dual purpose, and can be experienced as meaningful enough to keep around after they are sent + received.

These are on our shop now in our “new” section available individually for $5 or as a bundle for $15.

08/22/2016

2017 Lunar Calendar Presale

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Our 2017 Lunar Calendars are ready to print, and this year we wanted to do something a little special. For the remainder of August, you can pre order the 2017 calendar poster with your choice of three paper color options (black, gray or kraft) and enjoy free U.S. shipping! Calendars will ship the second week of October. Click here to order.

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The inspiration for the arc layout of the moon calendars are from the way the moon’s path arcs in the sky, and how time lapse lunar eclipse photographs of the moon look. I am so fascinated by the cycle of the moon and the role that the moon and cycles (both together and separately) play in our lives. It is both a fun and curious activity to observe the moon’s phases and how they might correspond with our own personal cycle as well.

These Calendars make perfect gifts for the holidays and new year! We have one hanging in our bedroom and I plan on replacing it every year in the frame.

 

08/04/2016

Madewell Popup!

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I had some fun today making hand stamped samples for my popup mini workshop at Madewell in a couple of weeks!

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Madewell @ Somerset Mall | Troy, MI | Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 6-8pm


During the event you will be able to shop our pop-up and enjoy sips & snacks. You can receive a 20% discount with every Madewell purchase of $125+ (and students with a valid school ID will be eligible for a 20% discount no matter what the purchase amount!)

AND last but not least, with each Madewell purchase, customers will have the opportunity to create their own pocket notebook with our DIY make-your-own pocket journal mini workshop. Oooh fun! We will have all of our decorative rubber stamps and also some basic black markers to make your very own pocket journal with recycled kraft and gray kraft cover options. This will be the debut of four new stamp designs, too! Our circular palm leaf, peace sign, big squiggle and winky eye will be joining our family of simple + cute hand-drawn rubber stamps and will be online soon as well.

Hope to see you there! Bring a friend or 2!

07/28/2016

Summer show schedule

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Festival tents, music, sunny vibes, adult beverages of choice, local makers. What do these things have in common? Some of the greatness that is summer craft fair season! We are honored + excited to be participating in 3 summer craft fairs around the area. Our schedule is below listing where you can find us in the wild this summer. The first one is this weekend!

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Maker Faire Detroit: July 30-31 | 9:30am – 6:30pm | Dearborn MI | The Henry Ford

Curated by Handmade Toledo, the craft section of the Maker Faire will host local makers of hand made goods. Our first time at this one!

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DIYpsi Indie Art Fair: August 27-28  | ABC Microbrewery, Ypsilanti MI

Sat August 27: 11am-8pm (bands til 11), Sun August 28: 12pm-6pm

Our hometown show! An outdoor and indoor fest with local bands, some of the most amazing and friendly local makers I’ve ever met. This show is my all-time favorite! I may be a bit biased though. #ypsireal

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DIY Street Fair: September 16-18 | Ferndale, MI | on the East Side of Woodward Avenue between East 9 Mile Rd and East Troy Street.  Behind Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Emory.  

Fri Sept 16: 6pm – Midnight,   Sat Sept 17: 11am – Midnight,   Sun Sept 18: 11am – 11pm

This show rules! I have never exhibited at it, so this is our first time as well, but I have walked around and bought things from artists in the past. I am really excited for this one!

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Did you know we have special prices on some items for craft fairs? That’s right! Notebooks are $15 instead of $16, Sketchbooks are $20 instead of $22, Pocket Journal Sets are $10 instead of $12 and cards are $5 each, or 4 for $15 (which is the same deal you would get with a custom bundle on our online shop!)

Find these events on Facebook and RSVP! Hope to see you there!

Photos above of some lovely Ypsi attendees browsing our booth courtesy of DIYpsi.

06/16/2016

This Saturday in Lansing: River City Mrkt

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We are excited to be a vendor at this year’s River City Mrkt Summer Popup! Ran by Debbie Carlos and Amalia Boukos, River City MRKT is a series of design-focused pop-up retail events in Mid-Michigan, celebrating art, DIY culture and beautifully designed objects. We were in their pop up shop last summer and were excited to hear that they were having a market with the vendors set up this year.

It’s our first market in the Lansing area and I am looking forward to meeting some new friends and sharing our creations with a new crowd!


The vendor lineup is looking hot – filled with makers and artists that produce modern, hand made and conscious goods. They are all so lovely and I would list them all but… that’s not my job – just head over the the vendor page to check it out if you’re interested!  BUT I couldn’t resist posting about a few things that caught my eye below:

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Debbie Carlos makes gorgeous and giant black and white photographic posters like this stunning floral print.


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I’m loving Darci Towns’ new tropical block printed work. I had Darci make a custom duvet cover for my son’s toddler bed after I bought one of her pillows and love it dearly. This palm pillow is on my favorites list. It must be tough to print a block print that large! I’m impressed.


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This modern and minimal bag by Sarah Wert with 100% cotton fabric hand spun in India. I am SO into natural linen, copper and wood. This could be my bag version of a spirit animal..


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Hand made stacking rings by my friend Libby of Goldeluxe! I wear 4 of these on my middle finger every day. They are so magical and perfect and I can’t stop stacking.


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THIS BERNIE BEANIE by A Wool Story. Meghan makes hand knit goods with 100% recycled wool from reclaimed sweaters.


I often feel like since my business deals with selling material items that I live through and/or broadcast a materialistic attitude, but really what sharing these things is about is the loving energy, dedication and spirit that makers like myself have in their craft and finding purpose in the world. Seeing the ways people are using their creative energy to create meaningful and consciously made objects makes me feel like there is an appropriate space for material things.

If you’re in Lansing or near by, I hope to see you at the market! You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

06/08/2016

Tea fun facts: inspiration behind the print

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I am a tea lover. Tea has become an ever-growing love of mine as a warm cozy beverage I enjoy routinely. I was inspired to make our botanical tea plant print when I was learning about tea brewing and trying different kinds. A lot of ideas for my art prints come from my enjoyment in learning more about the things I love and think provide happiness. The tea plant in particular has provided joy and comfort for history knows how long and I wanted to share some fun facts that I didn’t know before that I learned while making the print:

+ All tea is made from the same plant! That means black tea, green tea, oolong, white, and pu-erh, and darjeeling all come from the same leaves of Camellia sinensis plant. This was the main inspiration behind the art print – to glorify the one plant that every tea variety comes from!

+ The difference is in their harvesting and post-harvesting procedures, mainly the oxidation. Black tea undergoes the longest process of oxidation. White tea undergoes the shortest.

+ All tea from the tea plant has some caffeine. Here are the breakdowns for 1 serving in an 8oz cup:

White tea: 30-55 mg // Green tea: 35-70 mg // Oolong Tea: 50-75 mg // Black Tea: 60-90 (Coffee contains 150-200 mg)

+ Herbal teas are sometimes referred to as “tisanes” to distinguish them apart from tea, as they are made from other herbs and plants beyond the actual tea plant. Examples include chamomile, rooibos and mint tea – a few of my favorites.

+ However, there is an herbal tea that does contain caffeine – Yerba Mate.

+ Attention houseplant lovers! This one I just learned. If you add green tea to your plant watering water, the antioxidants are known to boost the health of the plants. (!!!)

+ Next to water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the whole world. Coffee is still more popular in the U.S. (which is not surprising). This is where our coffee plant print comes in!

+ It is best to brew your tea leaves loose. I have one of these simple brew glass brewers and I love it. Sometimes I even cut open tea bags so I can brew it loose in this. It looks like a french press but the filter stays on top, allowing the tea to brew int he open water and it strains when you pour.

+ For those of us who have gotten used to just leaving the tea bag in the water forever – different teas have different steep times and ideal temperatures! Oversteeping is what makes your tea bitter. Example, green tea calls for only about 2 minutes with a temperature around 175-180 degrees so it’s best to let your boiling water cool off a little before popping that tea bag in, and don’t leave it in for long.