Craft Your Storefront: Throw a Cute Picnic

Looking for a summery fun decor for your stationery store? We have got a collection that is sure to tickle your fancy. Not only will these make your shop look adorable, they make for great gifts too. So basically, you get to make something that you can give away after the season. Genius!

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1. Picnic blanket  - Obviously, you won’t have to make this if you already have a gingham blanket somewhere. But if you don’t, take out a roll of painter’s tape and make your own beautiful blanket. Tutorial HERE.

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2. Paper baskets – The baskets below were made of butcher paper. But since you’ll only be displaying your baskets by your store window (and not actually going to use them to carry things), using thinner paper will do. Check out the tutorial HERE.

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3. Felt Food Bag – Seriously, how cute is this set? This is one of the things that you can definitely give away after putting them up for display. HERE is the guide to make your own.

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4. Paper Lantern Caterpillar - What’s a picnic-inspired window display without a caterpillar? Not a cute one, I tell you. Make one using paper lanterns in green and red. For the antenna, you can use pipe cleaner.

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5. Felt Cherry Pie – A good picnic will always have pie. And if you want your window display picnic to look extra summer-perfect, this tutorial by Martha Stewart will not let you down.

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6. Felt Pizza – Sometimes, going for take-out is the best way to enjoy a laid-back picnic. For your window display, this felt creation is sure going to look perfect. Tutorial HERE.

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7. Fruit Coasters – How cute! You can make these for your picnic display or hang them like a garland. The possibilities are endless. Tutorial HERE.

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8. Cold Dessert Tags – This is another picnic-themed garland idea. Punch holes near the top and hanging from a baker’s twine. This will look oh-so-pretty! Check them out HERE.

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9 Funny But Sweet Cards to Give to Your Love on your Anniversary

Celebrating an anniversary with your love? Whether your union is turning 1, 10, or 20, a funny card will always be a great gift. Together with an unforgettable candle-lit dinner, of course. Here are 9 anniversary greeting cards that you can giggle over. Do not forget to post a photo of your greeting card on Facebook or Instagram. It will be your proof to the naysayers who said that you two will not last a week. What do they know, right?

 

1. Post Love Designs

 

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2. Lady Pilot Letterpress

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3. A Smyth Co.

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4. Happy Cactus Designs

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5. Row House 14

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6. Tattoos & Love Letters

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7. Ladyfingers Letterpress

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8. Emily McDowell

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9. Hello!Lucky

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Art Prints Showcasing the Wisdom of Ron Swanson

You know what would make the world a better place? Making Ron Swanson the president of the planet. And of the known universe. Think about it: if we had a leader like him, we would all be better-acquainted with our common sense. Thus, the world will be a better place! Not for animals where we get meat products, sure, but everything else would surely be running smoothly.

As a reminder of Ron Swanson’s wisdom, here are art prints to decorate your walls with:

 

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1. Fancy Prints for Home

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2. Brittany H Designs
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3. Paper Chat

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4. Cody Bond

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5. Creative Sobriety

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6. Fancy Prints for Home

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7. Pop Art Press

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8. Roaring Softly

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Creative Studio Inspiration: Real-Life Pinterest Boards

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Pinterest seems to be the current go-to social media platform for inspiration online. But what of the real world? How exactly does one organize the bits of inspiration we chance upon? The answer is simple: the inspiration board. And in a creative studio, the inspiration board not only helps shape the work of the artist, it becomes a work of art itself.

Great examples below:

 

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Dear World IV: A Cheeky Greeting Card for Everyone

A showcase of Ecka & Pecka and A. Smyth Co. cards with messages to possible recipients. To whom would you send the following cards and what note would you write? 

1. To a friend celebrating a birthday:

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Message: I’d investigate this phenomenon further but who am I to question you, right? I mean, I keep turning 28 every year as well. 

 

2. To somebody wronged:

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Message: I looked for a greeting card with more intensifiers. This won because it had six but trust me, I wanted a card to have more. Because I really am sorry.

3. To friends with a new house:

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Message: This card should probably say “over two dozen walls and three floors” since your new house is obviously a palace. 

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Throw a Bike-Themed Party for a Friend

Got a bike-enthusiast friend turning a year older soon? This cute and quirky Shenanigans Murphy card is perfect for him/her. And you know what else your friend would appreciate? Yep, a party. To help you organize one, we have gathered here fantastic bike-themed party essentials:

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1. DIY bicycle wall clock – Okay, this is not exactly party decor but you have to admit that it’s a great gift. Your bike-enthusiast friend would go crazy over this giant wall clock.

2. Bike cake – How darling! This is a tutorial that will show you how to make the gum paste bike. Show it to your baker if you don’t plan on making the cake yourself.

3. Bicycle stamp – Perfect for DIYing the invitations or other decor you plan on making for the party.

4. Bicycle napkins – If you don’t have time to handstamp every napkin, this 50-pc set from an Etsy seller is a fantastic option.

5. Bike cupcake toppers – Adorable! These can also be useful for decorating a huge cake. Perhaps a cake that looks like a race track?

6. Bicycle pint glasses – Can work as party glasses or as gifts.

7. Bike bunting – There is no tutorial for this cute bunting but if you’re handy with an X-Acto knife, it should be easy to recreate.

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8 Quirky and Sweet Greeting Cards for Your Mom’s Birthday

The best woman in your life is about to celebrate her birthday. We are talking about your mom here, not Kate Upton. You can’t just give her any greeting card, of course. Something funny, but still incredibly sweet, is what you need. To help you in your search for funny greeting cards for your mom’s birthday, we rounded up our favorites:

1. Quirky Paper Co.

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2. Alternate Histories

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3. laLa Grace 

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4. Shenanigans Murphy

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5. Seven Miles Per Second

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6. Curly Girl Design

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7. Row House 14

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8. Waterknot

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The Instagram Series: Illustrators II

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

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1. Kelsey Garrity Riley (@kelseygarrityriley) – Kelsey actually designs cards for Red Cap Cards. Looking at her Instagram account will fill your day with all sorts of happy feels, as the kids say these days.

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2. Laura Amiss (@lauraamiss) – Laura is a successful seller on Etsy. Her Instagram feed is full of happy colors and lovely doodles.

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3. Simone Downey (@nomuu_) - Simone showcases darling illustrations and artwork on her Instagram account. Need a pick-me-up? Checking out her feed will make you feel better. Her puppy is a bonus. 

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Craft Your Storefront: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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Looking for new ways to make your stationery store look 10x cuter this summer? Let’s find inspiration from one activity that kids (and kids at heart) enjoy this season: flying kites. Take a look at the DIY ideas below:

1. Stuffed – Will look cute in your display window and will also work as a great gift. This is also wonderful for making a dent on your scrap fabric pile. Check out the tutorial HERE.

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2. Cake topper – A cake in your display window with this adorable cake topper? Yes, please! We don’t suggest displaying a cake for more than a day, of course. Use a fake one if you plan to stick with this decor for weeks. Check out the instructions HERE.

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3. Garland – This one is not a tutorial but it looks easy enough to recreate. You will need string, felt, and fiberfill for this fun project. This will look absolutely cute hanging from your store door. Inspiration.

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4. Stained window – How nice will these stained glass window kites look up on your storefront? The great thing about these is that they are incredibly easy to make. If you have kids in your family, they’d love to help you create these kite goodness. Tutorial HERE.

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5. Fabric with pockets – Another fabulous idea that also happens to be a fabric scrap buster. This particular design has pockets so it’s possible to use the kite for displaying notecards you sell in your store.

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6. Fabric II – This is a simple wall decor made of patchwork fabric. To have a nicely curved tail, using wire is imperative. Check out the DIY HERE.

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7. Paper – This simple Martha Stewart DIY idea will give you lightweight paper kites. These are great for hanging from the ceiling or turning into whimsical garland or banner. Instructions.

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Creative Studio Inspiration: Drawers to Die For

Ask any artist what would make his or her studio more livable and the answer would likely be drawers. A million and one of them. Because how else can an artist possibly give the studio a semblance of organization? Yep, drawers are not only for keeping stuff in but also for fooling random visitors into thinking that the studio has a working system. In reality, it doesn’t. The artist likely does not know which things are in which drawer.

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But back to the drawers and our need to have them in our studios:

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