Sideshow Press

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Designer-owners Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson are creating amazing things for desktop, tabletop, and travel. Within the past year or so I’ve become a massive fan of these ladies and what they’re doing over at Sideshow Press. Amy and Courtney believe in great design and craftsmanship for everyday products and are dedicated to working with remarkable materials and like-minded American manufacturers. All things I stand behind wholeheartedly. It doesn’t hurt that they know their way around a letterpress machine like a couple of bosses either.

 

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Leatherette Postcard // Cocktail Tray // Note Pad // 5-Inch Drink Stirrer //
Lapel Pin // Napkin Coaster

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Print Edition: January

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Antique Bird Illustration by The Black Vinyl // Banana Bread Recipe by Drunk Girl Designs // Create Something Today by Words Brand // Hanging Pink Moon by Fybur // I Don’t Believe in Magic by Jolie Marche

 

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Make It With Your Hands by Half Hazard Press // Moonrise by Beth Hoeckel Collage & Design // Neighborhood Patterns City Maps by 42 Pressed // Torched by Kaydi Bishop // Virginia Woolf Dreams by Laurel Canyon Dreaming

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things in 2015

I always struggle when explaining just what I do for a living to others. You’d think after 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I’d have nailed down an elevator pitch, but nope. Usually I resort to saying something about the site being a reflection of my aesthetic yadda yadda yadda. That is until a few months ago when I came across this quote by Maira Kalman and it resonated like no other. I feel like this is the absolute perfect way to describe my day to day and if I could use it as the entirety of my bio I would.

 

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I share things I love daily with you, but of course I don’t own all of them. Not even a fraction. One of my favorite posts each year is this one, where I get to share the things I use day in and day out that have stood the test of life. So in my best Oprah voice, herewith are my faaaavorite thiiiiiings for 2015!

 

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1/Artifact Uprising’s Wood Cleat – This sleek reclaimed wood cleat has a magnetic closure system, making it super easy to swap out whatever art/photo/etc you want to display at any given moment.

2/Casper – You’ve surely heard about this startup that’s changing the mattress industry. I got mine back in March and haven’t woken up with a sore back or hips since. I really cannot recommend it enough! (Hit me up if you want a coupon!)

3/Cold Gold – This line of hand-crafted geometric and leather jewelry has become my go-to for daily wear and gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is super sweet either!

4/Neoflam – Cast aluminum cookware that’s non-stick and seamless is perfect for making dinner every night. Because when something is this easy to clean up it’s way less likely to end up sitting in my sink for a week.

5/Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless – I’ve worn this line for years, but they recently released the first Bluetooth headphones in their lineup and I’m completely hooked.

6/Parabo Press Risograph Prints – Really all of their personalized print goods, but especially the pink risographs are amazing. The app is also super easy to use which says a lot in this day and age.

7/Treat Collection – Since trying out this non-toxic line of nail polishes and remover I haven’t used anything else. Great coverage, no odor – what else could be better?

8/Nest – I first plugged my new learning thermostat in this past spring. Not only is it interesting to see it learn your habits, it’s also fantastic seeing the difference in your bills.

9/Canary – Quite simply the easiest all-in-one home security system that’s ever been. You control it all from your phone and there’s zero setup.

10/Frederick’s & Mae Playing Cards – Some of the most eye-catching I’ve ever come across, they even make solitaire that much better!

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Print Edition: December

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Bayleaves Watercolor Canvas by The Savvy Heart // Bowl of Ferns by Stellaire Studio // F + V by Young American Creatives // Frame Two Flat by ALSO // Good Day by Moon Rabbit Press

 

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Good Vibes by Cat Coquillette // Indigo Lines by Sycamore Street Press // Inspirational Quote by Easy, Tiger // New York Rooftop by Idlewild Co. // Orange Sun by Honey & Bloom

 

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Rose Poster by Fine Little Day // Subtle Horizon by Georgia Paraschiv // This Print Wished You Would… by Laure Prouvost // Vintage Beer Photo by The Beer Book // We Are All Made of Stardust by Ban.do

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My Holiday Cards (+ an Artifact Uprising Giveaway)

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Every year I think I’m going to skip out on doing a photo card to send out for the holidays, but then I see a design that I just can’t stop thinking about and order them. This year was no different, thanks to Artifact Uprising‘s modern looks and beautiful sayings.

 

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After 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I figured now was a good time to do a card to send out to sponsors and PR folk who I work with on the regular. I really liked the idea of sharing a peek at my home and aesthetic for the photo, so you might recognize the shot on it from this month’s holiday mantle post.

 

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For my family and personal friends it was none other than my pup, Bebe, front and center! I snapped this photo of her last year before decorating, and paired with the sentiment it was a perfect match. (This is also the first year I’ve included my pets names on a card – the decision to makes me laugh!)

 

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I also toyed with the idea of New Year cards as I rushed to get the house decorated, gifts bought, and cards written out and in the mail. They’re such a great option for those of us who note December as the busiest month of the year both personally and work-wise. In fact, I’m already half planning on it for holiday season!

Now it’s your turn to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising! They have amazing cards and lots of other good stuff to personalize, so think outside the box. Good luck!
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Mega 2016 Planner + Calendar Roundup

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1/Geometry Planner  2/Gold Foil Any-Year Daily Planner  3/Color Pop Planner  4/Life Planner  5/Planner for Creative Passion Makers  6/2016 Planner  7/Weekly/Monthly Planner  8/Arches Weekly Planner  9/DAYZ 2016  10/Kalenderheft 2016

I hope you haven’t chosen your 2016 planner or calendar just yet, because today we’re sharing the best of the best! Twenty planners and sixty calendars right here, right now. The only problem? I want them all!

 

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11/Monthly Planner  12/Aurora Planner  13/Moment Planner (Large)  14/Marble Planner  15/24/7 Planner  16/Day Designer  17/B6 Weekly Planner  18/Wise Words 17-Month Planner  19/Purple Floral Year-Less Planner  20/Weekly Diary (Large)

 

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1/Brush Script Calendar  2/Great Musicians Calendar  3/A Moon a Month for 2016  4/2016 Coffee & Tea  5/2016 XL Wall Calendar  6/2016 Calendar  7/Stendig Calendar  8/2016 Letterpress Stump Calendar  9/2016 Typography Calendar  10/2016 Calendar Linen Tea Towel

 

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11/2016 Desk Calendar  12/2016 Calendar  13/Flora & Fauna 2016 Wall Calendar  14/2016 Moon Calendar  15/2016 Monthly Constellations Calendar  16/CMYK Color Swatch Calendar  17/2016 Fruit of the Month Calendar Kit  18/2016 Cocktails Calendar  19/2016 Calendar Tea Towel  20/2016 Seasonal Beer Pairings Calendar

 

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21/2016 Calendar  22/2016 Classic Cocktails Calendar  23/2016 Birthstone Letterpress Calendar  24/2016 Famous Poets Wall Calendar  25/2016 Desk Calendar  26/2016 MMXVI Letterpress Wall Calendar  27/2016 Marble Desktop Calendar  28/Perpetual Calendar  29/2016 Floral Calendar  30/Wall Calendar

 

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31/2016 Calendar Printable  32/2016 Stitch the Star Calendar Kit  33/2016 Interactions Wall Calendar  34/2016 Gem & Mineral Calendar  35/2016 Seasonal Moon Calendar  36/Frankie 2016 Wall Calendar  37/Amy Rice Art 2016 Calendar  38/Constellations Perpetual Calendar  39/Constellation Wall Calendar  40/Planet Coaster Calendar

 

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41/Flora Calendar 2016  42/Pattern & Post Card 2016 Calendar  43/2016 Wall Calendar  44/Metamorphosis 2016 Calendar  45/2016 Polygons Calendar  46/Botanical Calendar 2016  47/2016 Calendar Download  48/Gold Foil 2016 Calendar  49/2016 Watercolor Calendar  50/2016 Calendar

 

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51/Blush Wall Calendar  52/Edition #2 National Park 2016 Calendar  53/2016 Desk Calendar  54/2016 Mid-Century Modern Calendar  55/Whales 2016 Calendar  56/2016 Moon Calendar  57/2016 Calendar  58/2016 Constellation Calendar  59/2016 Calendar  60/2016 Wall Calendar

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup

 

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This year, instead of breaking up our usual December roundups into parts, we’re going big. A mega holiday card collection, a mega 2016 calendar post, mega holiday DIYs, and our usual imaginary Christmas celebration. This way you’ll be less likely to miss out on any favorites and all the more likely to get into a festive spirit! To start off here are 50 holiday cards I’d love to show up in my mailbox.

 

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21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30

 

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31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40

 

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41 / 42 / 43 /44 / 45 / 46 /47 / 48 / 49 / 50

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Fast Company Innovation Festival + Post-it Brand

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A few weeks ago I hightailed it to New York for Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. The event featured industry leaders, CEOs, and some of the brightest minds in business all speaking about what’s next in terms of innovation, creativity, and design. Through open and honest talks and behind the scenes workshops at some of the most dynamic companies and startups in New York, we got a firsthand look at the business and culture behind it all. After three days I left highly impressed and inspired.

 

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I was there at FCIF as a guest of Post-it Brand– I don’t need to introduce them, do I? I’ve been an office supply junkie since childhood so it was a natural fit. My Mom used to bring me home the supply catalogues from work and I’d go through and mark them as though they were toy catalogues! Post-it Notes were always one of the most coveted items with their variety of colors and shapes.

 

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If you think about a few projects you’ve been a part of – both work and home – I’m willing to bet Post-it Brand has been present in some fashion. Their products just lend themselves so well to brainstorming, planning, and processing that it’s almost too easy.

Now they offer one of my favorite office products ever –  three sizes of Post-it Big Pads that stick right to the wall. I’ve been using the medium-sized ones to plan out editorial content, then plastering the area around them with smaller Post-it Notes. They’ve definitely changed the way I process some of my thoughts and go about my business with Design Crush. This kind of collaborative thinking is what Post-it Brand is all about, and one of the many reasons they’re a staple in desks and homes around the world.

 

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Mouni Feddag

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I fell hard – immediately – for the editorial style illustrations of Mouni Feddag. The UK-born artist is just out of university and already boasts an impressive list of clientele such as Vogue, Slate, and The Skinny. Now to choose which piece I’d like for my own from Mouni’s shop!

 

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