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Today I am doing load after load after load of laundry (where is the laundry fairy when you need her?). Packing. Thinking about packing. Packing some more. Organizing cupboards.

I’ve suddenly realized that Neo does not fit into half of the things in his cupboard. How did that happen? Where did this year go? Well, wherever it went, it sure took off at a run. Last time I looked I had a new baby, now I have a standing monkey son.

I thought this poster by Mara Girling was a good reminder today! It’s so pretty. I really do love pretty typography.

All this talk of pretty reminds me of a visit I took in August to this beautiful place Mara-Mi in Stillwater, MN. A place devoted entirely to all things printed (Sidenote: Apparently, if you are a creative print designer, your name should be Mara. Everybody, name your girls Mara if you want them to be fabulous.). Their website is under construction, but what’s so great about this company is, from what I can google, it’s made up of a team of highly creative uber awesome print worthy women. The shop is beautiful, well done ladies… I am pretty sure you are going to take over the world one day soon!

How DIY amazing are the lights. I am ga ga over them! Like, as in, I want them as badly as I want Lady GaGa to come over to supper. Badly! Although, if she did come, I’d have no idea what to feed her. What do pop icons eat? I’d have to google that.

Check out this kid’s shades. Too funny!

People were going gang busters for the ice-cream. They also sold coloured fondant. And you could order cupcakes and cakes from them.
I was convinced these cushions were made for me. One look at the price, and Coffee Guy was certain they were not.

Even Coffee Guy enjoyed himself… although he didn’t try the coffee. We opted for ice-cream instead.If you are near Stillwater, you really should give this place a try.




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I just discovered Pinterest and I am in love.

I can’t wait to start pining!

I found these globes over there, aren’t they pretty?

Global Swarming, originally uploaded by rauter25.

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My one weakness

I LOVE getting mail. I really really do. So much so that when we got back to South Africa after three months in America, I sent myself mail to cheer myself up. Most of the time I don’t even let myself wander onto Etsy because there will be ten thousand things I want and shouldn’t buy. That said, I had been wanting to get a very small necklace with my boys initials on it for some time. I wanted something I could wear every day that would be so small I would almost forget that it was there. Something that wouldn’t get pulled at and tugged off. Lauri at The Hummingbird Nest had my answer!

This makes the tags look like a “normalish” size, which is why, just for you, because I love yah, I took a picture of myself. I hate pictures of myself, as a general rule. I am not being a melodramatic girl either, I just don’t like ’em. Of course, I had to apply the “Prettyizer” action, and several others, from Totally Rad Actions in Photoshop first. Normally don’t like to use a bucket load of actions. Nuf said.

I am in love with the necklace. The hand stamped pouch it came in, the note Lauri wrote me. Mail is my one weakness.



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Tape is Swell!

decorativepackingtapeI was wandering around the web today and I came across Tapeswell. I love the idea of pretty tape! Now the wheels are turning, can I somehow create my own? We’ll see! All this printed goodness made me think about these printable calling cards I saw on How About Orange. Who ever said the printing industry was dying! I can’t wait to print out my cute calling cards, and create some printable tape somehow too! Why not dream big!

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Typographic inspiration

wordleNeed some new fonts in your life? I enjoyed spending time in the fontgarden. My desktop looked like a mass of files once I was done downloading all the free fonts that I had my eye on. Has it been bugging you that you don’t know what font Nike uses in their ad campaigns? Identifont can help you find the name of any font you see in print and fancy. Running out of words to type those fancy new fonts into? Wordspy is a fun tool to help you increase your vocab. Wordle will place those great new words of yours into a fun word cloud. Enjoy!

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Great photoshop site!

If you ever need to brush up on your photoshop skills and learn some new things in the process, Photoshop Lady can help you out with over 100 tutorials! Here’s one I did that walks you through antiquing a photo. Thanks Brett for the tip-off.


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Greening up

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of green. Even more than being a fan of green, I love bringing the outdoors in. I drool over spaces that move seamlessly from outdoor to indoor. But, if you don’t have that kind of space, why not bring the outdoors in with this ultra cool planter?
If you are in America, you can buy it here. If you are in other parts of the world, go “creativor” and figure out how to build your own!

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