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WARM WISHES
2015-12-18

I know I don't update this blog as much as I used to, but in the spirit of celebrating the holidays, here are some shots of the house. I thought we had more decorations than we did, but I sort of like the gathered wintery elements around the house. Our 9ft tree is definitely the main attraction, though, and it's on all day because...why not. 

We have a few projects in the pipeline, including a 2016 calendar that we just finished and will put up on our Etsy site shortly. Wishing you all a joyous season and thank you all for your continued support and purchases.

Love, PPP

 

 

 

 

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SCANDINAVIAN BABY SHOWER
2015-08-31

Need ideas for a baby shower? We're big fans of the Scandinavian look--black, white, and natural wood...and a bit of gold thrown in always seems like a good idea. Here are some of our latest looks/invites that we did for a baby shower this summer. 

 

 

 

 

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The napkins, train set, water bottles and coasters are all from IKEA, the flowers are from Trader Joe's, the tissue paper and favor containers are from Target, the white tablecloths, plates, utenils, and 36" white ballons are from Party City, and the black & white striped runners, blue & white streamers, and gold dot banners were purchased from Etsy. PPP made the invites and the table signs. 

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MOODBOARD
2015-04-20

I feel like I've put together a lot of moodboards in the past few years, usually for whatever room we seem to be redoing (and even for rooms that we weren't). I've made boards for friends wanting custom / personalized invitations, products, and so on. But lately, I've been inspired by all the cool nursery / kids rooms that I've come across and it totally made me want to put together a hip moodboard for a small person. If I was a baby and these were my digs, I'd be one happy kiddo. No shock that I went with the Scandinavian look of white, black, and natural wood. Sources at the bottom. 

 

Rug | Bouncer | Sleep Sack | Basket | Crib Sheet | Wall Color | Crib | Light | Glider | Pillow | Gold Dot Decals | Onsies | Light | Diaper | Blocks | Ikea Pax | Stroller | Blanket | Clipboard | Changing Pad | Boppy

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CALENDAR
2015-01-27

It's 2015. And while I'm a tad behind getting this up on the site, it's calendar time! Luckily you can still enjoy 11 other months before 2015 comes to an end. Similiar to the one we made last year, this one uses the same wooden clipboard hanger which makes it super easy to hang just about anywhere. Office? Yep. Bathroom? Sure. Kitchen? Of course! The calendar has been for sale on our Etsy site which is embarassingly bare lately, but you know, there's only so many hours in the day and a lot of my time lately has been focused on coins and Netflix, so sorry-not-sorry.

I've also been creatively starved lately. Everything is boring, amirite? And it's not for lack of trying...oh, I'm definitely trying to find some quick and fun DIY project to help get me out of this winter funk. Even the tulips I bought from Trader Joe's this week look bland and colorless. It must be the end of January, aka, my least favorite time of the year. But you know what, that's ok. It could be worse. I could be on the east coast right now looking at my ability to leave the house vanish under the weight of 3 feet of snow.

Ahh, the bright side of things.

Anyway, while there is absolutely zero surviving vegetation in this house, I can still look at the pretty flowers on my calendar... Get yours here!
 

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
2014-12-23

Hello, Holidays! It's my favorite time of year--the Christmas trees, the music, the food, the people, the snow flurries. We've had another great year at PPP creating your special cards and invitations, and we are looking forward to even more next year! We've created a new calendar for 2015 which will be for sale shortly on our Etsy page, but for now, here's a look at our family Christmas card and decorations.

I loved our 2013 Christmas card so much that I ended up sticking with a similiar floral scheme. Of all the cards I've made this year, this is probably one of my favorites. It's so cheerful and bright and I love the randomness of the snow, the flowers and the text. Hopefully you received one of our cards this year, if not, make sure to send us your address so that you get one next year!

Our Christmas tree is a little different this year! We loved our old tree so much, but due to electrical issues we had to stop using it. I started looking around for taller trees (since our last tree was only 6 ft and we have 12 ft ceilings) because I wanted to go big. But going big meant paying big, so that was discouraging. At exactly the same time, my wonderful aunt was looking to sell her 9 ft tree, so we jumped at the chance and brought this baby back from Michigan during the summer. You'd never know that this tree is something like 9 years old...because it's perfect. It illuminates the whole loft when it's on (which is practically all day since I can't stop myself from turning it on as soon as I get up). The tree is pre-lit with roughly 1 million white lights and there are pine cones nestled within the branches. Everything is perfect! Except! That remember this post about finding the perfect tree collar that I wrote last year? Yeah, well the base on this 9 ft tree is about 6" wider all around, which meant that I was starting over on that project. I ended up scouring every place I could think of, trying to create my own DIY basket, and in the end virutally giving up...until I saw that Ballard Designs carried a white-washed tree collar in a 30" diameter. It barely fits, and by barely I mean it sits up a little bit in the back, but since no one can see that part I'm going to put the perfectionist in me aside on this one. So, here she is in all her beauty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday and a safe and healthy New Year! Thank you again for your continued support of PaperPlanePress!

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DIY YARN TAPESTRY
2014-11-23

When I say there aren't enough hours in the day, what I really mean is that I have way too many interests and I can never quite fit everything in during a normal 16 hr day (this is assuming I get 8 hrs of sleep, but let's be real, it's more like 6 after I watch two episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix...ok after I watch one episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and fall asleep halfway through the second one).

But, here's a pretty easy DIY craft that takes literally an hour to make. I saw it a few months ago on this blog and I loved it so much that I wanted to make one for our front door.

It's pretty easy and there are a million ways to style your yarn tapestry since basically any type of yarn will work, but I tried to go for several textures and one or two thicker yarns to give it that bulkier look. Supplies: Scissors, Yarn, wooden dowl, leather cord (found in jewely section at Joann's), plastic canvas and a little bit of creativity.

To make the lengths, I just wrapped the yarn around my elbow (for the longer sections) and around my hand (for the shorter sections). I tied them with a string at both ends and then cut them on either side to make two sections.

Eventually ou'll have a bunch of sections, short and long and you'll need to attach them to the plastic. Here's a horrible visual of mine showing where I tied them. It's not really an exact science...but 'm not gonna lie, I made several counting errors the first time I tried to attach them to the plastic. But, the end product is just as weird as I'd like it to be and it looks pretty awesome hanging on the front door.

 

  

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BREAK TIME
2014-10-16

A few weeks ago we went to New Buffalo to celebrate our 5 year anniversary...and mostly to get some fresh air. It seems like fall is really here now, but at the end of Septmber we were blessed with one last beach-weather weekend. It's so nice to be able to hop in the car and within 2 hours be in the most beautiful place ever. I'm one of those big-water people. I don't have to be in it to enjoy it, but the bigger the body of water, the better. And, for all the traveling we've done in the past few years, (and all the seas, oceans, and lakes we've vacationed near), there is nothing like Lake Michigan.

       

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FALL
2014-09-24

Oh fall. You're so great with your swirly clouds, cool breezes, & your pretty flowers. We're taking a few days off from the internets to work on other projects and enjoy being outdoors, picking apples, eating a lot of good food, and celebrating our anniversary--5 years, y'all. We'll be back next week with a sweet DIY yarn tapestry and a new way to decorate your front door for fall.

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LAMPLIGHT
2014-09-19

Finally, some light. I got this super heavy-duty lamp back in February from the Brown Elephant and while I knew it needed some love, I was pretty unprepared for how much time it would take to just replace the cord...and then the threaded light socket...and then the switch..and then the bulb.

Here's the lamp in its totally attractive before state. The shade is clearly an afterthought and while the lamp actually worked, the cord and plug were definitely janky and the last thing we need is a house fire. I thought this would be an easy fix. New cord, remove the shade altogether, and just toss on an edison bulb. And while that's exactly what we did, it took way (way, way) too long.

 

I thought I'd go all out and pick up a sweet cloth-covered cord, but the hole in the lamp arm was so tiny that I was nervous it wouldn't fit. Luckily that part at least worked out. I also picked up an edison bulb at the local Menards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, as with retrofitting anything, we had to pick up a few extra washers and tweak a few things along the way. I kinda love the way it turned out, though. A little old, a little new, and a lot of new that looks like it's old. Win-win.

Here's one last before-and-after shot to appreciate how far a few bucks can go into turning something meh into something awesome.

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FALL FOLIAGE
2014-09-10

I'm anxiously awaiting fall here, or at least some kind of weather void of humidity. I have several spray-painting projects that I want to accomplish but I'm worried that I won't have the perfect weather/time/patience trifecta. In the meantime, several of our deck flowers reached their overgrown state / expiration, so I spent some time on the deck earlier this week cleaning things up and cutting back the vines that had grown so long they were wrapping themselves around the deck boards. Whoopsch. Nothing says fall like the Bears losing their first game and mums, so after a short trip to Cali for business, I picked up some fall foliage to get in the mood. 

 

 

I'm also working on a new wreath for the front door because the last one fell and cracked (yes, the styrofoam actually separated) and made a super sorry yarn mess in the hallway. My plan is to create something similiar but slightly modified. 

We're also working on a lamp project that was supposed to be a super simple quick fix but has turned into a project where I sit online searching for threaded light sockets and double-gauged wire. Hopefully the parts show up soon so we can check that guy off the list. 

Other than that, it's almost time to start designing holiday cards to get up on Etsy. Hopefully we Chicagoans actually have a nice fall before the arctic tundra sets in and we are housebound for 5 months. Hopefully...

 

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