Monday, November 28, 2011

presse-papiers gift guide...

Well, with 27 days to go now until Christmas, we thought it was probably time to start sharing a few of our favourite gift ideas with you!

For the little ones this year, we have to recommend a couple of the new prints from Sweet William.  We simply love Camille and her big imagination!

We also remain obsessed with Mae's unique and child-friendly mini decals - they can be scrunched up by little hands and still maintain their gorgeous quality!

For our friends, sisters and mothers this year, we are wishing for them - relaxation, sunshine and hopefully some inspiring reading time!

Our own hopes for 2012 include more time for creativity, and also to help our children write (or draw!) more handwritten letters to their grandparents - a important family legacy that we want to continue.

 hope your Christmas list is coming together nicely x

Thursday, November 24, 2011

christmas card pack sale...

We're having a little sale on our Christmas card packs this weekend.  All part of our focus on connection this Christmas, where we are trying to encourage as many people as possible to write handwritten Christmas cards to loved ones!

It's a lovely time to reflect on the year that has been, summarise our ups and downs, and to wish peace and happiness to our friends and family.  Especially if contact hasn't been as often as you would have liked.

So until midnight Sunday (27.11.11 NZ time), simply enter the code 'jinglebells' and receive 15% off all Christmas card packs. 

happy writing...x


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012 calendars...

We love the hope and excitement of opening a new calendar at the beginning of the year - the entire year ahead of you...

Here are a few of our favourites popping up at the moment.  Not only practical, but these beauties are all very pretty pieces of art for your wall or desk.

Susannah Tucker - Whimsical Daydreams

Rifle Paper Co - Garden Calendar Print

Smock - Pollen art print calendars

Sweet William - polka dots
Kikki-K - Desk Calendar
Paper Boat Press - 2012 Calendar

hope you find your favourite to kickstart 2012 x

Monday, November 14, 2011

a tribute...

This is a difficult post to write, and yet we have been determined to some how find the right words and time to share this tribute.

As some of you are aware, our beloved Nana passed away at the beginning of August.  A very difficult time for our family, and a grief that we continue to grapple with on a daily basis.  Although such a private experience, we feel a need to share our loss - out of our love for Nana and the influence she had on our lives, but also because it feels almost wrong for life to be continuing as normal without trying to somehow acknowledge, tribute or respect her and the life she led.

Nana (aged 5, second from the right) with her siblings

For the first time in our lives, stories about our Nana do not come easily.  They're too painful.  But we can share a few qualites that we adored.

Nana was incredibly strong and independent.  Born in 1917, as like many from her generation, she witnessed great tragedy, revolution and change over her lifetime.  She saw the world during and after the war, had saved the newspaper article about the first man to land on the moon, and sadly lived through the recent devastating earthquakes in Christchurch.  Through it all, she remained an optimist and lover of life.  She kept up with new trends, and had recently lamented that she hadn't learnt how to send a text message.

She was generous in spirit, and yet so sensible with her finances.  She loved cups of teas and being a host for her visitors.  She adored her little home, and literally had thousands of photos around her documenting her life.  She had a wicked sense of humour, and a quiet bravery and pride that never left her.  She cherished and kept old letters and cards from loved ones.  She was the absolute best at crosswords, yet was frustrated by the new challenges of Suduko!

She taught us the loyalty of everlasting love.  Having lost our grandfather after only 12 years of marriage, she remained loyal to him for the remainder of her life.  We will never forget the twinkle in her eye when she spoke about what a wonderful husband and father he was, and how much she looked forward to their reunion one day.

Nana and Grandad on their wedding day

Our joy of handwritten letters can be tributed to Nana, as it was as little girls that we learnt to write to her and then excitedly await her letter in reply.  We learnt the manners and gratitude in writing a thank you note after birthdays, and are so grateful to pass this on to our own children.  We continued this tradition of writing to each other in adulthood, and in recent years would read Nana's letters aloud to our husbands and children over dinner.  We have saved most of these letters...precious memories of our relationship.

Nana was always supportive of our personal and professional adventures, including presse-papiers.  She had recently asked us for a 'price list' so that she could buy some paper goodies for herself, but we know really she was just trying to support us!  She was forever encouraging, and we feel so fortunate that she shared so much of our lives as adults.  She was always bragging about her grand children and four little great grandchildren to neighbours, friends and anyone else who would listen.  Her family was her life's proudest achievement.

Nana and her sister Myrtle at the races

She loved chatting, and shared stories about her life non-stop. We wish now that we had bottled up these memories and conversations as a way of holding onto her voice, her kindness and her contagious laugh.  Even now, it still doesn't feel real that we won't hear her voice again.

Nana on her 90th birthday

Today would have been our Nana's 94th birthday.  This date has been etched into our calendars and thoughts our entire lives and it feels wrong to have not sent a gift or called for a little chat.  And so we write this post as a birthday gift for her, and perhaps for us as a first step towards once again being able to share her story without tears. 

We miss you every day Nana, all our love xx

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

xmas products out and about...

We are starting to get into the festive spirit now that there are really only about 6 or so weeks until Christmas (don't panic yet, there is still plenty of time to get organised!).  And the magazine stands are brimming with lots of Christmas editions, which we actually think are often the best issues of the year - filled with lovely stories about Christmas traditions, beautiful homes in all their decorated glory, and of course, endless eye candy of gifts and wish lists!

Here are a few magazines from the past week that we are loving!



And lots of products from our Christmas 2011 range are included in these magazines - such as the Polli Eco Deco kits, the divine range of Love Mae gift wrap, Poppies for Grace treat bags, and mt masking tape so we are feeling happy and on trend :-)

happy reading xx

Thursday, November 3, 2011

lovely sweet william...

Every now and then, we come across designers or brands that really do induce heart palpitations and fluttering of the eyelids! It might be attributable to their products that are just so lovely, or it's the people behind the brand that project waves of creative inspiration and friendliness.  And if it happens that they fulfil both these factors, it is a true celebration!

Sweet William is one such celebration!  A creative collaboration between two sisters, Paula Mills (Australia) and Shelley Gardner (NZ), Sweet William produces an eclectic mix of archival art prints, sweet dolls, and other paper goods.  We felt an instant connection to Sweet William with presse-papiers being a sister collaboration also, and it was not difficult to fall in love with their products either.  We love following their news and latest creations on their blog, and are always hoping to see them at a local market! 

Sweet William prints have made their way into our homes already, and we're super excited to be stocking a lovely range of prints at presse-papiers.  It's perfect timing for Christmas :-)

We hope that you will fall in love with them too x