pretty things and random musings

Rifle Paper Co Heart Print January 18, 2011

Filed under: Art,Home,Interiors,Prints,Stationery — Alison @ 12:24 pm
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While on the subject of Valentine’s Day gifts, how about this beautiful heart print by Rifle Paper Co, available from Papermash in the UK? It’s also available as a card which you could also frame, I guess. Perfect to show your special someone just how much you love them.


Ilee 2011 Letterpress and Silkscreen Calendar September 28, 2010

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 3:57 pm

Oh, how much do I want this calendar? This slice of letterpress and silkscreen loveliness comes from the marvellous Ilee in Seattle, U-S-of-A. I may have to buy this *and* the Linda and Harriett one to satisfy the calendar pixies this year…


Linda and Harriett 2011 Calendar September 11, 2010

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 3:05 pm

I’m in love. Head over heels. Surprise, surprise it’s with a paper item (predictable, moi?). Specifically, the 2011 Linda and Harriett calendar. Isn’t it beautiful? I have the 2010 version on my bureau and it brings me such pleasure so I think I’m going to have to splash out $30 plus shipping to bring this piece of gorgeousness into my life. Hey. I’ll be looking at it for 365 days so that works out quite cheap on a cost-per-view basis. Kind of…


The Literary Gift Company

Filed under: bags,Books,Gift wrapping,Shopping — Alison @ 2:55 pm
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Came across the fabulous Literary Gift Company on Home Shopping Spy and India Knight’s fabulous blog. Just how much do I want the I Capture the Castle bag (top left)? It’s my favourite book of all time and I urge you to read it if you haven’t already. I also want to buy the “Go away, I’m writing” mug for my friend Graeme and the Virginia Woolf tape and Louisa M Alcott notebook for myself. My brain has definitely been turned because I am too fond of books. For the better, I hope!


Paris Labels September 7, 2010

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 2:22 pm

Regular readers (okay, I know there’s only one of you!) will know that I have something of a problem with stationery. I adore the stuff and keep drawers and boxes of notebooks and labels in my bedroom, all waiting for me to find the perfect use for them. It’s not as if I need any more, oh no. But these Paris Labels from the fabulous¬†Papernation are calling my name. Just how sweet are those illustrations? I’m such a Francophile anyway that these would be the perfect addition to my stationery portfolio. Must resist. Must resist…


Yippee! November 19, 2009

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 2:01 pm


I’ve won a competition! I’m getting some Cartolina gift and note cards from the lovely Huma at Her Little Place which has pleased and excited me greatly, especially as I was feeling grim with a cold and sore head. You should read Huma’s blog and her pieces in The Guardian as she’s a fount of knowledge about all things stylish and writes beautifully. And she runs great giveaways too! It’s actually the second time I’ve won a blog giveaway in the past three months so I feel very privileged. The last time I won a fab invite and thank you card set from Duet Letterpress from Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper which I’m saving for a special celebration:


I’m (or rather, Jim, is) waiting to hear about some possibly good news which might necessitate a party but I don’t want to tempt fate by mentioning it and then it not happen so watch this space!


erinzam tag books November 16, 2009

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 3:54 pm


Just how sweet are these teensy tag books by etsy seller erinzam? I like her idea of using one to record car expenses like petrol as I seem to spend a fortune at the petrol station and never seem to get many miles from it. I’ll be driving a lot more now as Jim has started a new job in Coventry so he needs a lift to the station every day (and on his way home) hence more expense. But it’s good to finally have money coming in and I may use some of it to buy these little books to keep track of the ins and outs.