tag: books

litographs kickstarter project

November 20, 2012

Posted by in handmade

calling all book lovers! when i first discovered litographs (remember?) i knew their brilliant idea would take them somewhere great. best known for their beautiful prints that are are literally created from the text of classic books, litographs has just debuted a kickstart project for something really exciting: screen printed t-shirts made from entire book texts. with litographs t-shirts, you can literally wear your favorite book on your sleeve!

litographs kickstarter project

if you’d like to see these t-shirt in production, litographs needs our help! through this kickstarter project, litographs gives us the opportunity to pledge anywhere from $5 to $500, each gaining us something in return ranging from a litographs poster to the complete set of first edition screen prints. just visit the project page to get started!

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lettering love

September 11, 2012

lettering love

i’m just about as obsessed with hand lettering as a person can be, so i’m particularly excited about besotted brand’s upcoming week of lettering love. all week, miss b. will be posting about the pens she’s been using, books, resources, lettering artists, favorite calligraphy/hand lettering fonts and even some downloads!  you can check it out right here and be sure to follow along this week!

speaking of lettering love, here are some of my favorite sites and sources for hand lettering:

tutorials & e-courses:

chalkboard tutorial
learn modern calligraphy
modern calligraphy photoshop brushes
create fake calligraphy


lisa congdon
i still love you
mary kate mcdevitt
365 days of hand lettering

pinterest boards:

hand lettering calligraphy
my hand lettering board
hand lettering by laurel goodroe

do you have something to add? share it with us in the comments section and i’ll keep this resource list updated!

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handmade journals

anastasia makes handmade notebooks, journals and jewelry over at buntmal, all of which i think are super sweet. as she puts it, buntmal is a word you’ll never find in any dictionary, it means diversity of colors and shapes. books are her inspiration and passion, and i’m so happy she is sharing it with us! visit her shop and blog to see more!

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allison colpoys

after recently reading this interview over on the design files, i immediately fell in love with allison colpoys, a fabulous book designer for penguin. her fresh and artful style makes me long to flip through the pages of any one of these books. in her interview, she discusses her daily routine, the process of designing a book for penguin, some of her inspirations and much, much more. i especially love the handrawn and woodsy feel to alaska, what’s your favorite?

all images: the design files

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modern quilts

July 9, 2012

you’ve probably noticed that quilting isn’t just for your grandmother any more, but have you noticed all the new modern designs that are becoming available? they are full of modern motifs, geometric elements and of course, bright colors! if these quilts get your creative juices flowing, below you’ll find several resources that will simply put you over the top.


1: quilts from the house of tula pink
2: quilting modern
3: denyse schmidt modern quilts traditional inspiration
4: sunday morning quilts
5: the practical guide to patchwork
6: quilts made modern

modern quilts

above quilts:

1: electric slide quilt by thomas knauer
2: herringbone by elizabeth ancel
3: quilt by cluck cluck sew
4: patchwork prism quilt by in color order
5: TNT quilt by melissa richie
6: songs quilt by the joy cottage
7: spiderweb quilt sis boom by 100 billion stars

more modern quilt links:

the modern quilt gild
quilt con
modern quilts unlimited

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litographs giveaway

as a total book lover myself, i was so excited when danny introduced me to litographs and offered to host a giveaway for you! litographs are prints that are are literally created from the text of classic books, like alice and wonderfland, moby dick and the secret garden!

litographs giveaway

for most titles, litographs is able to print the entire book on their 24×36″ paper and the text is always sharp and fully legible. pretty amazing, right? see below for the giveaway details!

litographs giveaway


what: enter to win any litograph print in any size, either in color or black and white.

deadline: giveaway ends monday, may 14th at midnight, pst.  the winner will be drawn at random and announced here on tuesday, may 15th.

giveaway open to: everyone! however, residents outside of the united states will be asked to pay for shipping.

ways to enter:

1) head on over to litographs, then come back here and tell us which book creation is your favorite!

2) tweet the following, and leave another comment here letting us know you did so:

Calling all book lovers! Enter to win a print made from the text of classic favorites by @litographs on @gohometoroost! http://bit.ly/K4IYKQ

3) like both going home to roost and litographs on facebook, then leave a 3rd comment letting us know you did so.

good luck!

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2011 gift guide: books on crafts gifting someone of the crafster variety this year? how about a book on their craft? or maybe one on how to sell it or taking pictures of it? i personally own eight out of ten of these books (a bit of an obsession?) and can vouch on how truly wonderful they are. chock-full of useful information, you or your recipient will surley leave full of inspiration and better equipped to take on the world of craftiness!

p.s. do you have any favorite crafty books?

row 1: how to make money using etsy | the handmade marketplace | creative, inc

row 2: craft, inc. | how to sell your crafts online | print & pattern

row 3: a field guide to fabric design | a crafter’s guide to taking great photos | martha stewart’s encyclopedia of crafts

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a year of food life

September 22, 2011

Posted by in books

animal vegetable miracle

speaking of my odd liken to corn lately, have you all read animal, vegetable, miracle by barbara kindsolver? i couldn’t help but think of it yesterday as i wrote about my seasonal cravings. this book has been one of my favorites for a long time, and it is one of the reasons why i fell in love with eating locally and seasonally.

it is the (true) story of a year in which the kingsolver family deliberately fed themselves on food grown within their community, and what they learned from the experience. it’s inspiring, entertaining and encouraging- and it is even jam packed full of seasonal recipes and weekly dinner planning ideas! if you haven’t read it, i (obviously) recommend it. if you’re not much of a reader, maybe you would enjoy visiting their website where you can still find recipes, resources and tips on finding local food.

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