Friday, October 7, 2011


I've been feeling kind of reflective over the last few days. We have been very busy - Doug and I are both working on really big (separate) projects and we are putting in long hours in the studio. But this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving so I'm going to take a few days off, go and see my folks and relax. I'd just like to say thank you for all your comments in the last couple of weeks - the feedback on the new product has been very generous and kind and I am very grateful for your feedback.

I'd also like to share a little something with you that made me very proud this week. Cartolina was chosen as one of the top 10 small businesses in BC in 2011 by the government's Small Business Round Table - who report to the Federal government on the state of small business in BC every year. An annual report is produced and 10 businesses are picked. I still can hardly believe that, out of the thousands of businesses that they considered for the top 10, Cartolina was chosen. We work hard and we stay focused and we love what we do - I feel very lucky.

Fall in the Kootenays!

Random loveliness.

This wonderful, one of a kind piece of painted ephemera comes from here - where you will find as little information about it as I did. But we can still enjoy it.

Prints Charming at Purl Soho

These 2 stitched beauties come to you via Purl Soho! These pieces are part of a workshop next week held by Cath and Kristen from Prints Charming - sound like fun?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Post Office posters

Three great PO posters by Tom Eckersley - around 1940. Fantastically eye catching and effective - luv em.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cartolina Holiday 2011

Christmas has been in full swing here at Cartolina for at least the last month. We start shipping holiday cards in August usually and, in some cases, earlier - Selfridges in the UK opens their Christmas shop in mid July! Believe it or not, these cards were designed and in the catalogue in January! But I've kept them pretty much under wraps - until today. So here is our holiday 2011 collection - for your eyes only ;-)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Do you need a little colour inspiration this morning? How about these fab packages of trim from Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods? I love how they coordinate their collections of trim with buttons and stamps - gorgeous!

I thought you might like this lovely little crocheted blanket. The fancy edging makes it very stylish doesn't it? From Lebens Craft flickr stream

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