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Stationery Classics: Party Animal

My favorite birthday card I have created would hands down be these penguins. Adorned in their finest party attire, these penguins were originally sketched out for a New Years card. Yes, these dapper gentlemen were meant for the New Year, but I loved them so much I knew they need to send more cheer all year long. I'm so glad these guys turned into my most beloved card.

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Mothers Day Renegade Market

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Last month we had a great time at the annual Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago Pop-Up. We definitely lucked out with amazing weather both days, great crowds and a beautiful setting near their new offices in Pilsen. I loved getting to know new vendors, saying hi to clients I have seen before at the fair and debuting my new notepads. It was a fun weekend celebrating a great kick off to the summer and of course Mothers Day — with a surprise showing by my very own sweet mom!

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Beautiful art work on the side of one of the buildings. 

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Valentine's Day Around the Corner

2017 is here and the first month is already finished, what?!?! I can't believe how fast this month has flown by—which that means February is almost here—but that means Valentine's Day is almost here! I'm not a sucker for the holiday, but have always loved how the reds and pinks have warmed up the dead of the winter months here in the MidWest. Plus it is another great excuse to send out cards and tell those around you why you love and adore them! What could beat that?

Check out the love collection and new Valentine's in the shop! Click here to see more!

Holiday Craft Shows: Part One

 Image by Caroline Hutchison for Lina Lulu Paperie

Image by Caroline Hutchison for Lina Lulu Paperie

The winter selling season kicked off for me with the start of holiday craft shows starting a few weekends ago. Who else is excited for this Christmas season?

I first went up to Milwaukee, WI to be apart of the Re:Craft and Relic craft fair. With about 80+ vendors—there was was everything from book art, to jewelry, to great woodworking and home goods. I found myself on the outskirts of the typical item being sold (as the show had an emphasis on recycled art and antiques), but had a great turnout to my booth. Saturday morning for a few dollars more, you could buy a "buyers pass" that got you into the fair an hour earlier than the public and you received a cute tote bag and $10 credit to spend. What a fantastic idea! I couldn't help myself in looking around and snagged some beautiful Christmas stockings made from old sweaters. I can't wait to hang them up in hour home. 

My second weekend of shows took me and my husband up to Three Oaks, Michigan to the Journeyman Distillery Fall Artisan Market. The fair itself was held on the second floor of a massive old factory that has been repurposed to hold the Journeyman Distillery and Staymaker Restaurant. It was a beautiful space and I kept dreaming of what event I could possibly have there. With strung lights and beautiful wooden floors—the holiday mood was definitely set as the snow fell and shoppers came to browse. It was also a plus they had a fabulous cocktail bar open all day featuring the distilleries finest.

My last show of the season will in good ol' Chicago at the Renegade Holiday Market at the Bridgeport Arts Center. To find out more check out my events page ad I hope to see you there!

Shop: Custom Event Calligraphy

Now in the shop is a listing for personalized event calligraphy. Need  guest book art, seating chart, or just a sweet way to help your loved ones remember their special day? Click on the listing in the shop and let me know what you are looking for. I look forward to working with you!

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I had a great time this weekend showing at Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago. I debuted some new cards and prints for the fall which will be in the store soon. The weather was stunning, I met so many wonderful people, and thank you to the handful of friends who stopped by to say hi! Such a great way to close out the summer. 

 

Recap on Renegade

I took yesterday off as I'm still catching up from this past weekend at my first craft show down at the Renegade pop-up in Chicago. It was two days of meeting new people, anxiously waiting for people to thumb through my work, and being so excited with each sale. It's was amazing to have the opportunity to show my work and reach new audience. I loved having conversations with fellow makers and dipping my toes into the wide world of hand-made art shows. 

The booth set-up went smoothly and I have to thank both my dad for building shelves with me and my husband for being my second pair of hands and hanging out both days. The weekend was full of trial and error, which was to be expected, and I made a bunch of notes of what to add to the shop and for the next time around. People were kind with compliments and feedback, and it was great to meet so many new people.

Shout out to Justice of the Pies and Puffs of Doom for killer food supply, and to Jackie from Toast Ceramics for being a great neighbor - we may have snagged a few cups from her, they were too good to pass up! Hope to see you in September Chicago!


New Spring Prints in the Shop

Springtime is officially here in the Midwest and I couldn't be more happier with the sunshine! Plus my new Spring Print collection is now in the shop! Winter was long and cold, and I dreamt about the sunnier things to come. Inspired by a few favorite things, my 2015 print collection is full of simple color and whimsy.

Check the entire collection out now in my store: Linalulu Paperie and lookout for the spring stationery collection coming at the end of the month!

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Holiday Photo Cards from Lina Lulu Paperie!

 

It’s that time for decorating the tree, decking the halls, catching snowflakes on your tongue and eyelashes, and mailing out holiday cards! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of the holiday season, but there is a richness in sitting down with the right holiday tunes playing and a good cup of something hot near hand to write to loved ones, a holiday tradition that I look forward to every year. I know not everyone has time to write, so why not consider a fun, photo card to send holiday cheer to those you love?

New to the shop, I have created six different versions of the photo cards, all which are customized with your family's photo and say what you need to send your holiday cheer! All versions are available in my Etsy shop now. Order yours today!

Interesting Pinteresting: Ampersand

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I can't resist a beautiful ampersand. I have a small collection now that you can spot around both my work desk and apartment. You can also see a few in my shop. There are so many more out there, I wish I could share them all with you! 

Here are a few more of my favorite unexpected ampersands:

The ampersand can be tracked all the to the first century AD. It was originally a ligature of the letters E and T (“et” is Latin for and). You are still  able to see the E and T separately in some of the modern ampersand. Read more on the ampersand here and here.

Valentines Week!

Valentines Day is Friday and I thought it would be fun to pull some fun aspects of the holiday (like the fun decor, recipes, vibrant colors, and cool crafts) and celebrate them here on the blog.

No, I have never one to go nuts for the holiday, but I do appreciate the aspect of a day to remind those we love that they are special in our lives, and shower them with pink and red candies. Winter is long enough my friends, especially this year. Why not have a fun, festive, but goofy holiday to break up the winter chill?

 calligraphy by  Linalulu Paperie

calligraphy by Linalulu Paperie

Life Lately in Pictures

I haven't had my iPhone long, but it has become a necessary tool in my daily design work. It is fun to to go back through and see the small fragments of memories captured in everyday pictures

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With Christmas and the New Year approaching quickly, there has been a lot of gift wrapping, snow shoveling, and ever increasing more work on projects for my Etsy shop (coming 2014!) I'm thankful for these small blinks of life captured, and they make me excited to share with you what is to come