I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m a big fan of Christmas and the holidays. The music, the Christmas movies, the sugar cookies and surprises are just the best in my book. So it wasn’t long after Thanksgiving – like, maybe a few hours into the next day – before I was ready to start trimming the tree.


Since we have our house this year too, it added a whole other level of fun. Getting to decorate outside and have it be more than just an apartment porch created all sorts of new opportunities. And there’s just something about having a house that feels more “official” I guess.


There is something kind of intimidating about decorating the mantel though. Especially when it’s a mantel I like as much as this one. I still haven’t found the perfect piece to hang above it, so that would probably have helped, but at any rate I kept it simple for the holidays as is kind of my MO. Every year I add a few new pieces to my holiday decor collection, but somehow it always seems like I’m still missing something I need. Or is that just me?

I had kind of wanted to go all neutral on the mantel, but I didn’t have anything strong enough to anchor it, especially without a piece above. So I went with my little red tree picked up years ago at an after Christmas sale in the center, flanked by two new little “mercury glass trees,” and capped off with gold tree stocking hangers given to me by my mom a few years ago.

I bucked the symmetry with the pieces on the end (the two new candlesticks I bought ended up on the dining room table – they didn’t work here) and went with simple clear glass pieces that I use in our decor all year round. Since our stockings are red, I do kind of like the brightness and cheeriness they brought in paired with the red tree in the center. I plan to go after Christmas shopping for some prettier ornaments to tuck into the greenery next year. These are just some plain ole ones I had left over.


I do have lights tucked into the greenery too. They are battery operated and actually came with a timer, so I love that they are on when I get home.


I tried to get a decent shot of the Christmas tree – you know, one of those beautiful perfectly lit ones that don’t seem like they should be that hard. But alas, I’m not a photographer, and those lovely shots elude me still.


Our tree is all about the sentimental and definitely not tricked out Southern Living style or anything. But that’s exactly how I like it – pretty and thoughtful and very unique to us. What kind of holiday decorating do you do?

Wishing you a happy holiday this week! We will be closed from Christmas Eve until January 5th, so we’ll see you back here after the New year.

I keep a roll of kraft paper around pretty much at all times. There’s just nothing more versatile, and even though you see it everywhere, I’m never tired of a “brown paper package all tied up in string.” Of course, I love all the fun and beautiful wrapping papers the holidays bring out, but it’s also fun to get a bit crafty with dressing up some kraft paper packages.


I admit that I do have the distinct advantage of an office full of stationery supplies. However, I really did try to make these super simple ideas from materials that anyone might have around.


1. Simple stickers – this concept works great for any time of year, but of course red and green make the most sense for Christmas time. Post-it makes such cute shapes and stickers nowadays, little round price stickers in fun colors, or even some of the round Avery labels could be fun if you printed them with words or images. You can also embellish with a little doodling of your own.

2. Modern Christmas trees – it doesn’t get much easier than a triangle! You could cut a few out of construction paper, magazines, newspaper, or just draw a few if you’d like.

3. Incorporate a card – using your card almost like a display piece on the wrapping can be really cute, and then you’re not losing the card while you’re trying to carry it too.

4. Get crafty – it was super simple to just cut out a little bow shape out of a folded piece of paper. I just cut two and stuck them to the package with a round sticker, or another piece of paper would have worked. A little bending and folding made it more dimensional. In red and green it feels a bit like holly, but it would be cute in any color. Other ideas to try would be to make a paper snowflake like we did way back in grade school and attach to the package. I’ll probably try that one next :-)


How is your holiday shopping and wrapping progressing? Only a week to Christmas Eve!

A whole year of Paper Junkies, already! I remember coming up with the idea last year and being so excited about it, and it really has proven to be such a fun little project for us.

With all the goodies we have around our office at any given time, the possibilities are almost endless for color, type, and setup each month. We really tried hard to make sure that we did something unique and ran the gamut of style from sweet to mod to classic and everywhere in between. That said, like everything, I feel like we get a little better each month too, which is always a good thing!



One big change we’ve made is that signup is open all year round now. Originally when we started the program I wanted to do periods of signups to keep things simpler for us, but we’ve gotten into a groove and we’re going to make it work for year round signups now. It makes a great gift idea for a friend to spread the holiday cheer out past the holidays!

If you want to join and be part of the fun, visit PaperJunkiesUnite.com.

There are so many amazing options for unique, handmade gifts nowadays, especially here in Charleston. I love that it’s such a supportive community of makers and the arts. So to continue in the holiday spirit, I rounded up another assortment of lovely little gift ideas from some of my favorite small businesses and makers around town.


1 | monogrammed tote from Stitch-Able Designs $40  2 | element ceramics bowl sold at Surface Craft Gallery $295 3 | No Charleston gift guide is complete without a Rewined candle $28 4 | 8″ Pearl and Aventurine Jade Multi Strand Bracelet from the Pearl Girl of Charleston $75 5 | The Fresh Stitch makes the cutest things for the little ones in your life, organic bib & burp cloth set $19.5 6 | green leaf and botanical illustration by Kristen Solecki, one of my favorites $24 7 | bonjour notecard set by yours truly $15.5

Happy shopping!

My oh my, shopping season is upon us! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe it’s over already and we’re on to the gift-giving holidays!

Since time starts to run so short at this time of year and gift ideas are always helpful, we put together a few bright and colorful gift ideas for the girls in your life – mother, daughter, hostess, girlfriend, etc. – that you can find right here in Charleston. We do love to support the #shopsmall movement, of course!


1 – Turquoise Stud Earrings by Birdsong Designs, $50 | 2 – Moroccan Woven Basket by Proud Mary, $78 | 3 – Lemon Chevron Cardholder by Myla’s Bags, $7 | 4 – Yours truly, letterpress recipe cards by dodeline, $14 | 5 – Sand Blooms Print by artist Teil Duncan, $50 | 6 – Signature Candles by Southern Protocol (shop in store or call to purchase)

Stay tuned, we’ll be posting a few more roundups of gift ideas from some of our favorite small and local businesses over the next few weeks. How are your holiday preparations going? Do you like to shop more in person or online? Do tell!

As promised, we’re running a little sale today through Cyber Monday! Save 15% in our Etsy shop with coupon code, “BLACKFR1DAY.” As you’re kicking off your holiday shopping, make sure you remember to #shopsmall!  Lots of fun holiday cards, gift items, and great stocking stuffers available in our Etsy store and in our main online store.


Some of our friends and local businesses are running great sales too – here are just a few:

  • Surface Craft Gallery – 30% off select items! A great destination for really beautiful, artisan made goods.
  • Southern Protocol – a little bird tells me you might want to check out their Instagram for some special savings…

Know of any others? Do tell! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hi friends! What a busy time of year we find ourselves in. I just love it. Cozying up to the fire, wearing boots, seeing the leaves change. It’s a most welcome change after the heat of summer.


I can’t wait to host a Thanksgiving gathering for family at my house. Now to figure out how to make a turkey…hmm…maybe these recipe cards will get some use then :-)


These recipe cards showed up in Lowcountry Parent magazine. Very exciting!

Some of our holiday cards also cropped up in Charleston Magazine’s gift guide…


I really love how those turned out, and such an honor to see them published so quickly! Along with all the other normal stuff, we are also busily preparing for the Buy Local Block Party coming up on the 22nd. Hope we’ll see some familiar faces there and some new ones too!

Otherwise, life is continuing on as normal around here. We will be closing next week – the 26th thru the 30th – so I’ll see you back here the first week of December. Pay attention to your email and social media though…we just might be running some fun promo’s (I know, along with everyone else in the world) after Thanksgiving!

What are you up to lately? Anything new and exciting?

We’re active members of Lowcountry Local First, and I am so excited that the organization is hosting a “Buy Local Block Party” on November 22nd. We haven’t vended at a fair or anything in awhile, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to get back out in the community with some of our cards, meet new people, and shop a little too.


An awesome part of this event is going to be the “Maker Tours.” One tour will be of downtown and another will go up to Park Circle, taking you to the workspaces of some of Charleston’s makers (think Rewined, Landrum Tables, etc.) and, of course, a brewery too. I might have to find someone to mind our table so I can catch one of the tours! If you are interested, you can buy tickets here. They’ll be available the day of the event if they don’t sell out, but don’t count on it! :-)

Hope to see you there – we’ll have lots of goodies and holiday cards just in time for the holiday shopping season!

I stumbled on Zio & Sons on Design*Sponge one afternoon while eating my lunch. I absolutely fell in love with their awesome product styling and, on a whim, reached out. Luckily, Anthony, the owner, has a thing for paper, so it was a great match. We have some really lovely collateral we’re working on for Zio (can’t wait to see the photos of those), and in the meantime they took some fun photos of some of our stationery.



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I love the more lifestyle feel of these photos. Product photography is something we small business people always seem to be struggling with – white backgrounds, colorful backgrounds, in use or just the product itself, etc. I don’t think I’ll ever settle for good on one way or the other. I spent a fair amount of time over the summer re-shooting almost every card we have on a nice white background in order to get our wholesale catalog looking consistent and clean. But, I really love these beautiful lifestyle shots to compliment all the straightforward white background ones. That’s where I am right now with it – but who knows what I’ll decide later on :-)

Don’t they just make you want to sit down, eat a yummy pastry, and write a letter?

Happy Fall, y’all!


Inspiration struck one afternoon to get clever with some of our cards. The experimentation continues with product photography :-) What are your Halloween plans? Mine usually just involves junk food, a movie, and being amused by trick or treaters, and this year isn’t much different. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

We got into the spirit of the changing season with October’s Paper Junkies mailing.


Kraft or “Paper Bag” folded notecard with ecru envelopes lined in a deep aubergine purple. Classic but oh-so-autumnal.

Happy Wednesday! xoxo