Eco-friendly Business Cards

I finally finished redesigning my business cards! I cut some of my imperfect greeting cards into rectangles and designed a rubber stamp to print my info on the opposite side. Each card is a unique crop of an actual Wit & Whistle greeting card. Recycling at its finest!

rubber stamp business cards

rubber stamp business cards

rubber stamp business cards

If the urge strikes I can stamp my business cards on manilla tags, envelopes, bags, people’s foreheads… the possibilities are endless!

rubber stamp business cards

I don’t sell custom rubber stamps, but if you’re interested in a business card stamp like this I scouted around on Etsy and found a couple similar options for you in other folks’ shops—this one from stationeryboutique and this one from TwinSoulStudio. This cute one by papersushi is a totally different option. I also spotted these awesome business card stamps on MaeMae & Co a while back, but their shop appears to be down at the moment.

Completely unrelated question. I’m working on a selection of new art prints. Are there any of my greeting cards you’d like me to make available as larger prints for hanging?

Dragon Fruit

I discovered another new-to-me fruit that was too wild not to photograph. Are you familiar with the dragon fruit? How magical looking is this thing? The inside is the same texture as a kiwi, but it’s very bland with only the tiniest hint of sweetness. Now that my curiosity has been satisfied I don’t think I’ll feel the urge to eat another one, but it was great fun dissecting this magenta, spiky wonder.

dragon fruit

dragon fruit

dragon fruit

Sketchbook Flip Through

Another sketchbook filled. Although I cheated a bit on this one, since I used the back half of the book for journaling. There are some sketches for future cards mixed in here, mostly for the new holiday cards I’m still working to perfect. I’m so far behind on them this year. Usually I try to have them wrapped up by September, but somehow it’s already half over! How did that happen? Is this month flying by for you too?


Totally Awesome Music: “an inherited record collection” by Lullatone
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Dream Couch

For a while we’ve been coming to terms with the fact that our nearly 10-year-old, fairly dilapidated microfiber couches were going to need replacing—particularly the loveseat that often doubles as my home office. I really destroyed that thing over the years with my constant sitting, lounging, and spilling!

Seating has always been a touchy spot for Daniel and I, since he’s more interested in comfort than aesthetics (it’s similar to our ongoing salt and pepper shaker argument years ago). Well, we finally found a loveseat replacement we could agree on—The Hamilton Sofa from West Elm. It’s super comfy, has that classic mid-century vibe I love, the removable cushions can be unzipped and re-stuffed if necessary, and I think the leather will be easier to keep clean. Best of all, it was on sale! The plan is to keep it until I’m a super old lady. I’ve never had leather furniture before, so if you have any cleaning/conditioning tips for me, do tell.

west elm hamilton leather sofa tan

west elm hamilton leather sofa tan

west elm hamilton leather sofa tan

Norway

Daniel and I spent last week in Norway! Norway has been on our travel wish list for a long time, but it’s so huge we had to choose a small area to see since we only had a week. We decided to limit our visit to Lofoten, a chain of islands up north. We definitely have a “type” when it comes to vacations—remote, secluded, and beautiful. Lofoten delivered big time!

The area was not very “touristy”, but nearly all the locals we met spoke English. They were so friendly and welcoming, too. Every time we visit Europe I’m awed by everyone’s language skills! How do you guys do it? I feel like such a dummy for only knowing English and a tiny bit of Spanish.

If you love beautiful nature and hiking I’d definitely recommend visiting Lofoten. Maybe go a bit earlier in the summer than we did, because by late August a lot of businesses had already closed for the season. We had heard horror stories about Norway being expensive, but we found that in the Lofoten area we spent the same at restaurants and on groceries as we do at home. (Gas, on the other hand, was crazy expensive.)

Ok, picture time! This is Reine, an unbelievably gorgeous fishing village. It looks completely different depending on the weather, so we visited several times to experience its full range of loveliness. Sunny was our favorite.

Lofoten Norway

Anitas Sjomat in Reine served us the best fish burgers and fish soup we had in Norway, and the restaurant welcomed guests with a wagon of terrifying (and pungent) dried fish heads out front. “Stockfisk” (dried cod) is Lofoten’s big export, and boy is it stinky. The fishermen dry it on huge wooden racks by the water all over the islands.

Lofoten Norway

Haukland was my favorite beach, and the perfect picnic spot. The water was teal and clear. It was like being in the Caribbean (albeit a bit chillier—which I prefer anyway).

Lofoten Norway

This is just a roadside view. Almost all the roads in Lofoten wound through unreal mountain and coastline landscapes like this. Daniel patiently pulled over every time I got the urge to photograph, love him.

Lofoten Norway

One of the two stoplights we hit during our trip. The only traffic jams we came across were caused by sheep in the road.

Lofoten Norway

This is Yttersand Beach. Raise your hand if you want to live in a house with a grass roof on a Scandinavian beach.

Lofoten Norway

There were a few drizzly rainy days during our visit, which made the little village of Henningsvær look extra mystical.

Lofoten Norway

Here’s Utakleiv Beach in all it’s rocky glory. How is this place real?

Lofoten Norway

This is our Airbnb rental. We had never tried Airbnb before, and the whole experience went perfectly. We made sure to pick a rental that had lots of good reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. The house was on a small lake, and we couldn’t resist a sunset paddle one night.

Lofoten Norway

I posted a handful of other Norway photos over on Instagram while we were traveling.