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Inspired by: Pin cushions

Even if you don't sew it's sooo hard not to luv the petit, ultra cute-ness of a pin cushion!! Here are some faves...

Lovely Linen by Chet and Dot on Etsy

Teetotalling - totally adorable by Pin Cushion Crazy on Etsy

Erica Daley on Etsy - Retro fabric meets felt

Fab felt delicate details at Jen Segrest on Artfire

Ditsy florals and gingham combos By Jasna Janekovic on Flickr

Make your own... Pretty Little Pin Cushions book

Sewing patterns at Clotilde

And last, but not least... updated classics: Template and How To's from Marthastewart.com


What to Grow Now

Urban Gardening Poster via Starshaped Press

With March right around the corner, and much talk of organic eating and gardening from the White House, our minds are turning to planning this years edible (and decorative) garden. There is a wealth of new seed companies and information out there, but it can be incredibly daunting to crack the surface of planning an entire garden - especially one that is tailored to your specific climate region. Luckily, we came across an invaluable tool from Mother Earth News, aptly named, What To Plant Now.

Whether you are unsure what seeds you could be starting right now, or which transplants need to be set outside this season, Mother Earth News offers online regional planting guides to take the guesswork out of garden planning.

Once you have planned what you will be growing and eating this harvest, head on over to Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for the finest source for non GMO seeds. Add to that, they are independently owned and family operated - so you can feel good about buying, growing and eating these happy seeds!


Local Flavor

We were smitten when we came across Tartella's booth at last year's Renegade Craft Fair, and even more excited when we got to know the Chicago area designer behind these sweet goods at the recent Indie Wed event. The adorable Andrea, founder and owner of Tartella, began in the spring of '07 out of a passion for paper and food. She explains, 'The prevalence of gifting food and wine, often made in our own kitchens, created a need for products to ‘wrap' up those delectable goodies. here at tartella, we are committed to making the delivery as creative + delicious as what's inside!'

Tartella offers letterpressed recipe cards, silk screened wine bags, tea towels & napkins, limited edition prints (we couldn't help but pick one up!), greeting cards, custom invitations and much more all with eco friendly properties.

Images via Tartella


Nonpareil Magazine

There's a new kid on the Madison Avenue block and it's all about online reads- Nonpareil Magazine a recently launched online wedding publication focuses on indie style, inspired creativity and dollar wise DIY ideas.

The inaugural issue is page packed with one great idea after another- all with easy to follow how to's and instructions. So go grab your needle, thread, scissors and glue gun and get ready!

Here's what they say about their new endeavor: "Nonpareil Magazine is the result of a collaboration between Maddy Hague of the Inspired Bride and Kristen Magee of Paper Crave. Nonpareil is an online magazine that approaches weddings and other occasions with a focus on hip, stylish, do-it-yourself projects and inspiration, and our goal is to awaken your creative side and to help you plan a beautiful wedding in a more accessible way."

With an issue overflowing with great floral inspiration, paper centric creations and printable invitation downloads (that would look ever so lovely on our papers) - we're hooked!! Bonne Chance ladies!!

All photos via nonpareilmag.com


Spring Cleaning

Even though there's still snow on the ground, Spring cleaning season is just around the corner - and we are already getting the itch to organize. Luckily, in our quest to find the most eco friendly cleaning supplies, we stumbled upon a one stop line of products. 'Goodbye Detergent!' scrubbers are made with all recycled materials like corn cobs, peach pits and plastic bottles. What's more is that they don't require soap (as their name implies), because of the natural abrasives from the recycled components used. See the entire line of products at the manufacturers website, and pick up a pack at The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's fabulous online shop!


Written Word

We truly heart a holiday that celebrates love. And what better way to profess said love than through the written word. A simple sentiment, maybe a poem...nothing fancy, as long as it's heartfelt. Then again, it is Valentine's Day and we are paper people, so why not skip the box of chocolates and spring for calligraphy, because nothing says true love like seeing your sweet's name in script.

Mara Zepeda
of Neither Snow is a calligrapher that tugged at our heart strings the moment we saw their lovely flourishes and lingering serifs. Whimsical, organic and unfussy, Neither Snow believes that 'mail matters', and that receiving a note in the mail is exhilarating, a thoughtfully hand addressed one is especially meaningful. Cheers to that!

Neither Snow is making calligraphy accessible for everyday occasions (not just for weddings anymore) by offering services through Etsy in the form of vintage stamp packages. Visit their Etsy site as well as a complete portfolio at their own website.

Images via Neither Snow


The Green Bride Guide

If you are not already familiar with The Green Bride Guide, let us introduce you to this simple, informative eco wedding site. It provides lots of thrifty tips and tricks for the eco savvy bride. It's also great for eco minded wedding vendors. Register your business for a free listing. A simple application process puts your company in front of your ideal, to-be-wed audience. Apply here.

With other wedding sites such as Style Me Pretty who provide dreamy inspiration boards and high end sourcing, The Green Bride Guide is a down to earth source on how to green a wedding - call it the yellow pages of eco event planning. The focus is on saving some green as well- perfect for a more budget conscious crowd. Be sure to check out "Tips on How to Save $11,000 by Greening Your Wedding"... in this economy, we're all inspired to plant a little more green in our pockets!


Sharin' the luv

Wanted to share this beautiful card designed by Erika Firm at Delphine... lovingly letterpressed on our very own Magnolia card stock and paired with a Beech A2 envelope. Thnx Erika!

Send us your love this Valentine's week - if you've used our papers/envelopes in a recent design, e-mail them to us and we'll post your design to our blog... email to info@greenpapercompany.com


Thinking Spring

With a fresh batch of snow giving us a one-two punch today, we are feeling the need for some Spring inspiration...

Kick those winter doldrums and view our entire collection of fresh and vibrant patterned cards, imprintables and wrap. Printed with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, made with FSC-certified pulp.
They might even get you inspired to start planning this year's victory garden!


Eco Confections

Our discovery of Fine & Raw chocolates at Indie Wed last weekend couldn't have come at a better time. With Valentine's day next week, and an insatiable chocolate craving (well, all the time), we were SO excited when we tasted the raw, coconut and agave sweetened morsels that Fine & Raw offers up.

The founders of Fine & Raw are committed to sustainability, and describe it as " a company that believes the future is beautiful. To help bring this thought to life we strive to be green and sustainable where ever possible. Our cacao is fair trade and comes from a small cacao farmers co-op that practices sustainable farming. Cacao is a shade grown plant requiring a foliage canopy to grow. Our cacao farmers maintain the rain forests which provide natural symbiotic canopies for the plant. The farmers also grow an heirloom variety of cacao, which promotes bio-diversity of plant species within the rain forest ecosystem. All our ingredients are organic, which means no unnecessary toxins, chemicals or pollutants are pumped into the environment. Our packaging is recycled and the inks we use are non-toxic and vegetable based. We want the planet to be strong so it can grow more chocolate. Yum yum!"

Most batches of Fine & Raw are made to order in their Brooklyn, NY kitchens, so if you think your sweetheart (or you!) will fall for these sweet treats this love-ly season, be sure to place your order soon.

Images via Fine & Raw


In the mood for...

With Valentine's Day and wedding season upon us, we are in a wedded mood, and loving Style Me Pretty's Style Circle. Can't help but notice some of our papers and color palettes cropping up as well.

Pretty in Pink
Golden Oak, Magnolia, White Birch, Sugar Maple, Chestnut & Beech.

Paper/Fabric Projects
Ash, Spearmint, Cottonwood, Yellow Birch, Jackpine.

Just for you, my dearest Sarah Blue
Cloud, Ash, Silver Maple, White Birch.

If you are loving these color inspirations as much as we are, be sure to check out SMP's Style Circle, and contact us for a swatchbook to create your own!


A Must See!

This is truly a must see for any designer, design advocate, typophile or paper person! Type Face documents the success and challenges that Hamilton Wood Type in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is faced with in today's world. Directed by Justine Nagan and produced by Kartemquin Films (of Hoop Dream fame), she describes the film as a navigation between the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. Screenings have just begun this past weekend, and will continue nationally this spring. See the film's website here to attend a viewing and to find out more.
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