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Quotes & Notes

I just discovered the exquisitely lovely Quotes & Notes via Craftgawker. The mix of printed basswood, creamy fabrics, and unique quotations (some even in French, HELLO?!?) make me kind of swoon. And get me excited for Christmas. (Yes, I know it’s not Halloween yet, but just look at the images below! You’ll see what I mean, I swear.)

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Every item in the Quotes & Notes Etsy shop is available for customizing! Visit this lovely little shop HERE.

Exclusively for Gram…

My grandmother (aka, Gram) is my favorite person on earth. This is not news. My mom, dad, and sisters have accepted this information and have learned to deal with taking a collective backseat. They understand. I mean, hell, Gram is pretty much their favorite person on earth, too. (E.T. is our favorite person NOT on earth. Duh.)

So, sometimes I send Gram little prizes just to remind her I love her and miss her and think of her constantly. See, Gram lives in South Carolina. And I… do not. Not even close. So… it’s hard. Did I mention she’s 91? Yeah. She’s fabulous. She still mows her own lawn. In her navy blue pumps.

I’m completely serious.

Anyway… so, she doesn’t get to see us very often, and “us” includes my baby niece and nephew (her GREAT-grandchildren) who live up here in Mass. with me. So, that’s sad. Really sad. So I periodically get pictures printed off and send them to her. And I try to find creative ways to do so, rather than just sliding them into a stiff photo mailer accompanied by a rather lame “hello” note. That’s so sterile and blah.

Gram deserves more excitement, don’t you agree?

So, this time, I decided to compile some cool papers, clip them together, and write her little notes throughout. It’s similar to the journal I made for my friend a while ago (pictured HERE), except it’s not a journal. It’s just a fun collection of cool images for Gram to enjoy. Mostly images that bear some significance to us and our family.

So I just thought I’d share them with you…

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Index cards, kraft envelope, recycled Paper Source paper from my calendar, vintage misc. papers…

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Pics!

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French is a family thing. This page is from a vintage “Learn French” book that I got at a used bookstore a few years ago, for a dollar. People are crazy.

IMG_8170.JPGGram has always had fresh fruit in a bowl on her table. Nous préférons les pêches!

IMG_8163-1.JPGGram’s a big Obama fan! Nothing like a 91-year-old liberal! This is a sticker I got from MoveOn.org after the election

Multi-Colored Baker’s Twine

I have tons of crafty ephemera-related projects flitting happily (and impatiently) around my head, awaiting the completion of my d@mn dissertation so that I can finally focus on my artsy side without feeling guilty. Or at least, without feeling more than 90% guilty.

Anyway, a lot of those imminent projects involve packaging that involves baker’s twine. I went to one of my favorite local stationer/pen shops today but, much to my dismay, no twine. Not sure what the deal is there. But it prompted an Etsy search. Which prompted a cornucopia of delicious eye feasting…

So, here you go…

From Paper Treats:

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From Karen Elizabeth:

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From Peach & Pearl:

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From My Friend Amy:

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From Me and My Scraps:

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From CutiePie Company:

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Great finds at Rare Device

Behold the Rare Device brilliance…

Initial Pillows from MyPerennial:

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An unbelievably intricate and lovely travel journal from Poketo (complete with pouches! who doesn’t love a good pouch?!):

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Nikki McClure‘s adorable Things To Make and Do, a Journal:

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Test your weaving skills with Les Assortements de Cartes Ficelles from Xcidia:

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And gawk at your box of 100 stellarly illustrated McSweeney’s postcards from Chronicle Books:

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All products above for sale at RareDevice.net, or from the individual sellers listed.

All photos from RareDevice.net.

Oops, I forgot some pics

I was looking back through my photos a little bit ago, and I realized that I’m a total loser (well, ok, technically I already knew this) because I had intended to post a bunch of other images from Un fil sur la toile for my French Friday post on 12/5, and then I got sidetracked and forgot. So… I feel compelled to include them here, as a sort of amended French Friday post (on Sunday). Sorry for the confusion. But, let’s face it, as long as cool images are posted, does it really matter the reason?!

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So, once again, allow me to tout Un fil sur la toile for its awesomeness… as represented by the images below:

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