Durham Rock and Shop Market

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year: Durham Rock and Shop Day! I’ve only been once but it left a lasting impression. Think about walking into a room filled with all your favorite stuff and the artists/designers who made it. That’s what Rock and Shop is! It’s an Etsy-lover’s dream come true. Not that I needed another reason to fall in love with Durham, but Rock and Shop seals the deal. 

First up, Jordan Grace Owens. I’ve regretted not buying this poster for the past year.  I can’t wait to pick one up tomorrow. She handprints each one to give a personalized look. Beyond posters, she also sells the cutest paper dolls and illustrations that are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. 



Screenprinted Poster: Yes, Ma’am, $25 from Jordan Grace Owens’ Etsy shop |


Next, This Paper Ship. This Paper Ship is composed of a talented couple in Saxapahaw, NC who specialize in lettering and design. They’re the geniuses behind the design of Yellow Dog Bread Co. in Raleigh. (If you haven’t been there, btw, go. NOW!) I’m looking forward to checking out prints and letterpress items from this shop! 


| Put The Kettle On Print, $10 from This Paper Shop |


And up last, Near Modern Disaster. Last year, the designer, Samantha, behind Near Modern Disaster and I had a detailed conversation about lilac jeans. The verdict: we’re both fans. I’m also a fan of hilarity of this shop! I bought a friend this card for a friend and I still can’t stop raving about it. I also bought this print for myself. I think the cards below will be my next purchase. Because I can’t resist deer or bowties, especially when they’re put together. Check out this shop for cards, illustrations, and general radness. 


| Season Deer folded cards- set of 8, $18 from Near Modern Disaster |

If you’d like to know more about who will be at the Rock and Shop Market,  check out their website or Facebook page. I’ll be the one drooling over everything tomorrow, so keep an eye out for me. 


Clinton Kelly + Papyrus Collaboration


Off the Market Card | Clinton Kelly for Papyrus


It’s Your Birthday! Card | Clinton Kelly for Papyrus

Clinton Kelly, from What Not to Wear and more recently The Chew, teamed up with Papyrus to create an adorable and hilarious line of stationery and cards. The two cards above are my favorite. The funniest parts are the messages inside. That birthday card reads “Ain’t Gravity A Bitch!” when opened. I can just hear Clinton saying that to someone trying on an unflattering outfit!

You can find the entire line here.

DIY: “I Pine For You, Valentine” Printable


|Image via southernatlas on Instagram|

I grew up in a place called “The Pines,” which earned it’s name from (you guessed it) having copious amounts of pine trees. When I bought this Conifer Stamp Set from Yellow Owl Workshop, I knew it’d come in handy for Valentine’s Day.

Below you’ll find a how to for creating your own valentines like the one shown above. Don’t worry if every card isn’t perfect- that’s the fun in creating homemade products.



Pine needles stamp

Gold ink pad

Notecards or cardstock


1. Print out the attached PDF. Once it’s printed, hold it up to a lightsource and trace the outline of your notecards, making sure the text is centered.

2. Trace around the notecard while it’s centered so that you’ll know where to tape your notecard for printing. Repeat this for both the top and the bottom.

3. Using that sheet of paper, tape your two notecards in the outline using washi tape or painter’s tape.

4. Put the paper into your printer’s paper tray in the correct way so that the printer will print onto your cards. Repeat this for the amount of cards you need. It’s tedious but goes by quickly.

5. Once all your cards are printed, dip your pine needles stamp into a gold ink pad and stamp directly onto your cards. I did several designs, which you can see below. If you don’t feel like buying the whole set, you can totally use this method to create your own stamp.


6. Pass out all your valentines and watch people fawn over them.


-If you’re not into figuring out the whole printing on cards thing, you can always print directly onto card stock and cut them to the desired size after printing. 

– I printed mine on white notecards but I also think printing on cream or gray would look dreamy. 

Rifle Paper + Garance Doré


Image via Anna Bond | Instagram

Could there be anything better than this collaboration in stores this spring? Garance is a pro at photographing people with style, not just people who wear fashion. Anna Bond makes the loveliest products out of the most simple designs.  A friend’s husband described her style as “grandmotherly but more refined.” I couldn’t agree more.