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Typewriter Charm

I love the instant old world charm a typewriter brings to any room. The subtle gesture toward days gone by creates a an at once romantic and wistful vibe, an ideal quality for any room.  I dream of having the perfect home office–a heavy dark wooden desk, a couple of simple mason jars filled with pens and pencils, a stack of books, a small vase filled with zinnias, and, of course, a vintage typewriter.  However, I can’t ever seem to find the right one, and instead have amassed a variety of typewriter-related items–a typewriter frame, typewriter jewelry, typewriter stationery, the list goes on. . . I doubt I will quench my thirst for typewriter paraphernalia until I find that perfect one!

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Cardstore.com You’re Just My Type Card by Sam Posnick

Typewriter Decor Photos from Apartment Therapy Chicago

Pink Vintage Typewriter Illustration here

Typewriter Initial Pendant from Urban Outfitters

Take 2 Tuesday: Good Enough to Eat

It’s summertime, and the first thing that comes to mind for many of us is watermelons! With such a delicious taste and bright color, there is nothing more representative of these warm months. If you’re planning on having a summertime party, there’s no better invitation than this Watermelon BBQ card from Motormouthpress. Pair it with some fantastically juicy watermelon at your party, like the one seen in the photograph from Fashion 1 Psychology, for a perfect match.

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Frame Mania

I love the look of masses of mismatched frames all crammed together on one wall.  It works best, I think, when the interiors of the frames vaguely match one another, like the collection of framed embroidery below.  After visiting the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin–which has the most beautiful maroon room stuffed from top to bottom with a huge array of portraits–I was inspired to create a similar wall, jam-packed with amateur portraits. I’m building my collection now, hunting in antique stores, flea markets and street fairs, and will be sure to eventually post the final result!

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Cardstore.com Thank You Card by Natalie Eden

Wallpaper by Lisa Bengtsson available here

Cork Board Frame from Confessions of  a Chronic Crafter

Framed Embroidering via ffffound at daydreamlily

Delphine Does it Again

Cardstore.com is always proud of our talented and creative artists, but today we’d like to give a special shoutout to the incredible designer delphine. Have you seen her new line of personalized party favors? She has created napkins, coasters, matches, stickers, stir sticks, and party bags that you can customize with one of her gorgeous and chic designs, along with your own text, color palette, and whatever other details you see fit. I can just think of a million ways these could make any event stand out. Pair these with one of her fabulous invitations for a party that won’t be forgotten! Below are some of our favorite invitations that can be found at Cardstore.com.

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So Very “Tweet”

For some reason, this summer seems to be a particularly huge season of weddings for me. The few I’ve been to so far have all been magnificent, and I know the rest will be just as moving. But with all these weddings, I can’t help but think about the next step: the babies to come! I found myself browsing through our baby shower invitations, and I was suddenly inspired by our Little White Bird invitation. I love the subtle colors and details, and realized a bird-themed baby shower could quite possibly be the cutest party ever. So, without further ado, here is the inspiration board I have come up with!

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Invitation from Cardstore.com

Dress (which I can totally see the expecting Mama rocking) from Anthropologie

Birdcage images from Thoughtfully Simple

Table/floral image from Style Me Pretty

Mini chocolate bundt cake from Hostess With the Mostess

Take 2 Tuesday: A Night In

Picturing a perfect night of wine and cheese is easy to do with the help of such a gorgeous photograph from talented Flickr photographer Wolfgang Bartelme. It may even inspire you to host your own wine tasting party! Setting the mood for a night of wine tasting is essential, and there’s no better way to achieve this than with this Wine Splash card. Guests won’t be able to wait to attend this gathering when they see an invitation so full of class and fun.

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‘Real Housewives’ Star Sends Thanks

‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ is definitely one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Imagine my surprise when we received this adorable Delphine personalized stationery with a nice note from Bethenny Frankel in the mail the other day! Aren’t Bethenny and her daughter Bryn just too cute?

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Now that summer is here in full force, I want lemon everything: lemon cake, lemonade, lemon bars, lemon soda, lemon drops. The list goes on and on! My lemon cravings are even starting to manifest themselves in my wardrobe choices. Nothing seems more June-appropriate than a healthy dose of bright yellow!

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Card: Cardstore Thank You Card from Simple Te Designs

Shoes: Cecilia Espadrilles by Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Lemon photo: Flickr

Couple juggling lemons: Via StyleMePretty; styling Dandelion and Grey, Oliver Juice Photography

Napkin Rings: Lemon Napkin Rings by Pottery Barn

Cupcakes: Image from flickr, photo and recipe credit (yum!) here

Preppy Summer Fun

Though I enjoy watching the occasional football game, I’m not really a contact sports person. However, I’m always up for a carefree Sunday afternoon of badminton or croquet. Mix up a batch of Arnold Palmers, don your summer white, and invite a couple families over for a proper lawn party.

Nothing says preppy like an invitation on personalized stationery!
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Top Left Stationery: Cardstore Mens Stationery by Tori Higa

Bottom Right Stationery: Cardstore Wedding Congratulations by Natalie Eden

Croquet Manual: Image courtesy of Maui Croquet Club

Vintage Badminton Raquets: Elizabethwrenvintage at Etsy

Mallet: Flikr

Croquet balls: VandM Antique Design

Take 2 Tuesday: Bear-y Sweet

Is there anything sweeter than a baby bear with his papa? These two images perfectly show how adorable these creatures truly are. Taken from a talented Flickr photographer, this image of a bear and his cubs is full of love. Use a Beanie Hat Bear card for Father’s Day to show Dad how he’ll always be the fun and fantastic papa bear in your life.

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