Watercolor letterpress calendar

30 November 2011

There are so many boutique calendar options for 2012, but I think this one might be the prettiest I’ve seen. The dip-dyed colors are so soft and beautiful, and of course I love the calligraphy!

If you love this one, too, quick — everything is 15% off in the Parrott Design Studio shop until Friday! Use code CHEERS15 when you check out.

P.S. Looking for more calendars? Nole has tons of beautiful options right here!

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Vintage state towels

29 November 2011

Hi, friends! Are Christmas preparations in full swing at your houses? They are at mine. Our three Christmas trees are up (don’t worry, they’re all little!), as is our nativity, and we’re excited to begin our Advent calendar on Thursday. I’m also turning a more serious eye to the remainder of my Christmas list. I’m about half done… how about y’all?

If your answer was “haven’t started,” I’ve got a suggestion: vintage state kitchen towels. I happened upon one the other day, and was reminded how fun they are. I think they’d make the best gift for a pal with a colorful home, a softness for vintage style, or some fierce state pride, and would look so cute framed or sewn into a pillow. A quick search yielded a few vintage and reproduction sources:

Antique Kitchen has 12 states represented, and each is $14.

Nanalulu’s has several states, though their website is pretty hard to navigate. I like this Florida one ($9).

Here’s a Minnesota kitchen towel for $6.30.

This pretty celebrating all of New England is $15.

I like this bold pattern for California ($7). This California one is pretty, too.

Finally, if you don’t want to spend time searching, you can go straight to Cat Studio, though you’ll pay more for the convenience. They stock just about every type of location, from states to cities, from regions and resorts to national parks and countries. Their kitchen towels are $20.

Happy hunting!

Peppermint drink stirrers in the shop!

28 November 2011

I hope you all had the most wonderful weekends imaginable! Now that we’re on to all things Christmas, I wanted to give you a quick heads up that I stocked the shop with some very festive drink stirrers! I think these guys would be so cute at a holiday party, or as a little Christmas gift for a friend who likes to entertain.

Happy Thanksgiving!

24 November 2011

Photo by Braedon Flynn via Design*Sponge

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! The things I am grateful for include, but are not limited to, my family (some of which is here with us, celebrating today!), my dear friends, Kraft macaroni and cheese, my kitties, John, the marvelous country we live in, STUFFING, and all of you! (In no particular order.)

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with delicious food!

The perfect cardigan

23 November 2011

I wear a lot of cardigans. They’re perfect for North Carolina, because it’s too warm in the winter to wear a heavy sweater, but too cold to wear just a short-sleeve shirt. I also love cardigans because they help me get extra mileage out of my wardrobe — pair the same cardigan with three different shirts, and you have three different outfits! I actually just peeked in my closet and counted, and I currently own ten cardigans. I swear I am not a grandma (though I do love grandmas).

All this to say, I am something of a cardigan conneisseur, and I wanted to share my favorite cover up source with you today. I used to be a fan of J.Crew’s “Jackie” cardigan, but as they’ve inched the price upwards over the years, I’ve grown less and less fond of it. ($62 for a simple, solid cardigan?? No thank you.)

My new go-to source is the Nordstrom juniors department, specifically the Nordstrom house brand, BP. They almost always have a cardigan very similar to the Jackie, but with a tiny bit more stretch, and a much lower price tag. In the winter they offer a long-sleeve version, and in the spring and summer, a 3/4 sleeve one. The quality on both has been quite good in my experience. Online, the long-sleeve version is going for $34 right now, but they’re often on sale in store (I bought most of mine for about $24). You’ve seen this picture before, but here I am in the light pink, 3/4 sleeve version:

I hope this tip helps my fellow cardigan-wearers! If you are going to pick up one for yourself, I would suggest going up a size, since BP is a juniors line, after all. In my experience, they also shrink a tiny bit in the wash.