Cheery Observations

Celebrating the Unique, Sustainable, and Creative

Russell and Hazel Helps Keep My Life Sane March 14, 2009

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Life has become incredibly busy as of late, between my current job, scouting out for a new job (and possible new city), and wedding planning.  So, I always want to post new ‘cheery observations’, but I sadly often run out of time.

One designer/paper maker/wonder that I credit for helping keep me organized in all of my undertakings is:  Russell and Hazel.  Upon first seeing their products at The Container Store, I knew I was in for a productive treat.  Their crisp lines and products illustrate exactly what I need to stay organized.  The item that I use the most is their desk top calendar.  This calendar is wonderful–it allows me to write EVERYTHING:  Month, Date, Notes (and not be confined by a traditional calendar’s system.  For example if I want to make 2 blocks into 1 day, if it’s an especially busy day, I can.)   It’s a blank canvas, and I use it accordingly.  I’ve learned to mostly write things in pencil, as ‘to do’s’ seem to be in a constant state of flux.


Another item of theirs that I use on a daily basis at work is their Self-Adhesive Numbered Note Pads.  The fact that the numbers are built in helps to focus my wildly formulating ‘to dos’ into a bit more of a cohesive system.  It has 15 lines and a circle to check off when you complete an item.  The 15 line format is wonderful for someone like me–I’ve been known to make 30 plus to do lists, which can become the opposite of helpful!


Finally, I don’t own these, but I appreciate the concept:  12 months–a pad per month– of the daily adhesive notes I mentioned above.



Whale Inspired February 21, 2009

I like Vineyard Vines in my ‘own’ way.  Not in the ‘I have to have everything from there and the preppier the better way’.  More in the ‘their whale logo is adorable and their clothes fit well’ way.

I especially love their whale t-shirt and decided to do a little investigating to see what other fun(ky) whale items I might find.


Over on Englishmuffin’s Etsy shop, there is the ‘W is for Whale’ animal alphabet card.


Boatman Geller (home to seemingly all stationary preppy…wow…the colors!) has this whale stationary which I already own.


On Uncommon Goods I found this cheerful Whale Mat.


On Three Potato Four (a wonderful shop of vintage and new finds for the home and children–it’s like a truly amazing yard sale where everything you look at is something you want), I found several things:   a former whale ashtray (much MUCH better as decoration!)….


Japanese Whale Stamps


Chunky Whale Pottery


And this wonderful Whale Chalkboard, that I’d love to buy for my office 🙂


My fiancee also pointed me to Squared Eye’s (a web design/application firm) website, who uses a whale as their company’s symbol (the whale looks to be modeled after Jonah and the Whale).  The firm carries the whale theme throughout, with phrases such as ‘come swim with us’ and ‘see what swims beneath the surface’.


Studio Violet November 13, 2008

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I found Studio Violet from  Design Sponge’s glowing review.

From two Swedish designers comes:  Really unique, quirky, and ultimately sweet postcards and journals of leaves and funky (cute) heads on odd shaped bodies.

This certainly doesn’t sound like the best description ever, but I would love to have one of those precious cat posters hanging in my apartment!



Holiday Cards November 9, 2008

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The stores have been decorated for Christmas since late September…but I’m certainly not REALLY ready to think about that holiday before we have (and enjoy!) Thanksgiving.  However, it’s never too early to start figuring out and browsing through holiday cards.

I already have mine for this year, but here are a few that might make me reconsider my current choices 🙂

From Ink and Wit I found this ‘Birds and Cupcakes’ card of this precious baby bird receiving another cupcake from the momma bird.  CUTE!


From StorybyMia’s Etsy shop I found these simple ‘Holiday Stocking’ cards with a cheerful Happy Christmas.  Simple and refreshing.


From Little Paper Planes, I found the always popular combination ‘Egg Nog and Rum’ card.  Love it!



Happy Halloween! Etsy Finds November 1, 2008

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A selection of fun Fall finds from Etsy. From pinklilypress‘ Etsy shop:  pumpkin notecards! From photographer Rob Eastman, a stunning capture of fall leaves on a winding road (in Georgia): I thought this was an amusing, Halloween appropriate, t-shirt:  Ben Franklinstein, from Mis Nopales Art Happy Halloween, Happy Fall…onto  Thanksgiving!!


Etsy Find October 27, 2008

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I like the stationary and calling cards from Avie’s Etsy Shop, especially anything with the orange mums on it: bookplates, calling cards, and stationary. The lines are crisp and the colors are vibrant.


Paper N Stitch October 14, 2008

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I came across a new site (to me) tonight! 🙂

Paper N Stitch is a website that compiles/has a collection of talented designers.  There are links to each designers’ work, as well as as a blog and a ‘best of’ page of products.

The designs run the gamut from jewelry to wall art to scarves to note cards.  Incredibly unique and I’m already looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping courtesy of this website!

Here are a few of my minds, after just looking in a 5 minute period:

From Shira Sela, an artist and illustrator, I found these ‘Writing to you’ notecards, which are quite sweet.

From Modern Radar, I found these wonderful dancing cupcakes cards!  I love cupcakes!!!

I will post a few more finds tomorrow!