Craft Your Storefront: Fun Book-Themed DIYs

School is about to open once again and we urge you to do a store redesign soon. We have several themes to present; we start with DIYs that are book-related. This idea can either make those who hate school happy (because you’re destroying books!) or make those who love books quite annoyed. Try at your own risk.

1. Book Planter – I’m not a plant expert but I think this type of planter will also be great for succulents. Imagine planters like this lining your front window. Cute right?

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2. Paper-covered Books – If you’re in the mood for some recycling crafts, this paper-wrapping idea is perfect. This is also a great solution if you want your storefront to follow a certain color scheme.

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3. Crate Bookscase – You might already have crates in  your store. Display them like a bookcase, add books, add greeting cards, and you’ve got yourself a nice store decor.

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4. Book Spine Box – A book-themed DIY that is both functional and decorative? Perfect! You don’t even have to display this by your front window. You can use this box to store doodads and whatnots by the cashier.

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5. Book Clock – How gorgeous! This is another DIY idea that you may end up using all year (or for several years, for that matter).

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6. Book Monograms – How about spelling your store name using books? An easier version would be to paint the letters on the covers. If you have time and are simply courageous, carving is also an option.

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7. Book Page Flowers – Imagine several dozens of these attached to the wall of your display window. Won’t it be pretty?

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8. Book Mobile – This darling book-themed craft idea  is sure to make your storefront look enticing. For an even more magical effect, I suggest making several of these to hang.

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The Instagram Series: Hand Letterers III

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:

1. Mateusz Witczak Designs (@ateuszwitczakdesigns) – Oh-so-young and oh-so-skilled. His Instagram feed is a part of the world wide web that will never bore you.

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2. Stanley Shane (@stanleyshane) – His work on wood is insanely good. On other surfaces? Even better.

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3. Valerie McKeehan (@valeriemckeehan) – A ridiculously talented chalk-letterer. If you like her work, you can check out her Etsy store.

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Dear World VI: A Cheeky Greeting Card for Everyone

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

1. To a friend:

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Send this to a dear friend who, like you, might find something inexplicably funny about the placement of HAs on the card design. Or maybe the circles will remind her of something that only you two will find strangely hilarious.

2. To somebody who is not feeling well:

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Message: I don’t like it because I’m the one who ends up cooking the chicken soup. And we both know that scientists have deemed my cooking unhealthy for humanity. Get well soon. 

3. To your love:

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Message: This will sound mighty possessive, but there is no way I am letting you go. I will not swap you for all the pots of gold in the world. 

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The Instagram Series: Illustrators III

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:

1. Grace Lee (@midnightgracie) – Grace Lee’s Instagram feed is whimsical, cute, and always fun. Her use of all-white background is delightful.

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2. Lorra Elena Angbue-Te (@lorraelena) – Lorra is a whiz with watercolors and is an all-around nice lady. Her feed is full of dainty painted food, cutesy things, and fun DIYs as well.

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3.Steph Fizer Coleman (@stephfizercoleman) – If you love storybook style illustration, you will absolutely go nuts over Steph’s Instagram feed. Her animal drawings are simply fantastic.

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Art Prints to Hang In Your Bathroom

Looking to improve the look of your bathroom but not really interested in spending half of your savings? Okay, that seems quite an impossible thing to ask for and we don’t really have the best advice. But we give you here the next best thing: a new art print for your bathroom walls!

Here are 9 to choose from. These cover a range of moods and insight that you may or may not experience while in the bathroom. Some of these are too big on the command aspect but they’d be useful if you have roommates (or kids) who need constant reminders about washing hands, etc. Hang and enjoy.

1. Kasia Creations

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2. Sweet Melody Designs

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3. Wunder Kammer Editions

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4. Kata

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5. Maria Jose Da Luz

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6. Butterfly Press

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7. HFDee

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8. Pint Sized Bee

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9. Daily Dishonesty

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Studio Inspiration: Bricked in Creativity

Brick is one of those building materials that I like seeing in other houses but will likely not use in my own. Kind of like having kids, you know? I admit that they look nice but they’re too nice to the point that putting art on them is a sacrilege. I am talking about brick walls, not kids. And I love me some random art on walls.

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After I gathered the gorgeous studios below, I might just be changing my mind about having a brick wall in my house. I’ll start with one small wall, perhaps.

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Throw an Adorable Baby Shower or New Baby Party for a Friend

This greeting card from The Smyth Shop is all sorts of adorable, isn’t it? The great thing about it is that it’s not your usual pink and blue baby card. You know what they say, if pink or blue isn’t your color, orange is the way to go. Yes, they do say that.

Aside from being oh-so-very cute, it’s also a great inspiration for a baby shower or new baby party. Check out the following items and DIYs for party-prep inspiration.

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1. Popsicle cookies

2. Safety pin confetti – you can choose your own color!

3. Safety pin cupcake toppers

4. DIY pom pom centerpieces

5. Handmade circle garland

6. Cake pops

7. Safety pin cookies

8. Mini cakes

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10 Funny Art Prints that Will Not Motivate You to Diet

There are many posters out there whose sole purpose is to motivate you to lose weight. But in a world where food can be the only good thing, why surround yourself with posters who don’t want you to touch a cupcake? For those who love food too much or those who turn into “monsters” when hungry, the following art prints will speak to your soul.

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1. Daily Dishonesty

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2. Happy Brat

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3. Simply Cute by Karin

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4. Inspirational Quote

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5. Anisha Creations

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6. 716 Designs

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7. prePOSTERous Art

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8. Paper Circus Boutique

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9. Snowdon Prints

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10. Love Victoria

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How to Throw a Whale-Themed Birthday Party

How utterly darling is this Anni Betts card for A Smyth Co.? If you got one for your friend, this card will also save you from thinking of a great party theme for said friend. Okay, you will probably think that a whale-themed party is too childish. But has childish reasons ever stopped you and your friend from doing certain things? Yep, I thought so.

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1. Whale notebook set gift

2. Whale cupcake cake

3. Whale confetti

4. Whale cake topper DIY

5. Handmade whale garland

6. Whale bunting cake topper DIY

7. Whale home decor gift idea

8. Handmade whale cupcake topper or party picks

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