In the spirit of giving and cheer this holiday season, we're happy to offer Petite Alma fans $30 off $100 of Petite Alma products for Tiny Prints. We have a big selection of holiday cards and party invitations for all the festivities coming up, even New Year's cards for the advance planners out there! And to make things super simple, Tiny Prints can stamp, address and mail the cards for you. The discount applies to our other products, too, including some fun holiday gifts that can all be personalized: notebooks, notepads, iPhone cases, and adult, children's and baby stationery. To receive the discount, enter promotion code PETITEALMA13 at checkout. Use the discount as many times as you like until December 31, and combine it with code HOLFS13 for free shipping. Enjoy, and best wishes for this happy holiday month!
Looking for a delicious holiday treat for someone special this holiday season? Get inspired by this cute stop-motion animation featuring Bellocq tea. Founded by three creatives exploring the enchanting art of tea-making, Bellocq merges tradition and innovation at its nearby Greenpoint atelier. We recommend a visit, and will be keeping Bellocq's lovely blends (and gorgeous containers) on our wish lists!
A Shinola retail store opened recently in Tribeca, and it's a beautiful store selling covetable handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals. As a physical manifestation of the brand, the store well portrays the real beauty of Shinola's purpose: to reinvigorate American manufacturing, invest in craft and skill and, in the company's words, "reclaim the making of things that are made well." In that homegrown spirit, Shinola launched a campaign for Makers Monday, asking us to buy an American-made product on December 2. These short video clips about Shinola makers should get you inspired. And for more incentive: Shinola reports that if every American of voting age spends just $10 on Makers Monday, we'll generate $2.4 billion for American-made products and the people who make them. Pretty impressive, right? Let's support America's craftsmen and women and mark our calendars for next Monday! Happy Thanksgiving to all.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon and our minds in entertaining mode, we've been noticing these lovely bottle openers all around town and at our favorite Tortoise General Store. They're little gems from Futagami, a Japanese brass foundry handcrafting home accessories since 1897. Though they hardly look like bottle openers, they're durable, functional, and would dress up any bar. The mikazuki and nisshoku, "crescent moon" and "eclipse," even rest easily around a bottle neck for easy use. And for extra interest, they won't look the same twice; as the metal oxidizes, they'll develop a patina that grows richer over time.
Photo credits: Tortoise General Store
Our fearless leader, Kirby, just returned from London with a host of fabulous finds! We particularly love the special stores and eateries known for their independence and commitment to quality. The manifesto of Couverture & The Garbstore, a fashion boutique led by husband-and-wife designers Emily Dyson and Ian Paley, says it all: "We do not carry any clothing that has been bought up and sold out. All of our suppliers are like us. Fighting hard the monsters of the corporation, standing up for quality and better days." Then there's Daylesford Organic farmshop and café, sourcing its food from Daylesford Farm in the English Cotswolds (we're dying to visit!), which has been growing organic for more than 30 years. We're big fans of the sustainable food system Daylesford's supports -- and its delicious organic soup menu: pea and mint; butternut, honey and sage; mushroom and coriander. Wishing we had a Daylesford's near us this winter!
Photo credits: Couverture & The Garbstore, Daylesford Organic, The Londoner
Today TOMS (of shoe fame) launched The Marketplace, a one-stop shopping destination for all sorts of stylish goods -- from jewelry to tech gadgets -- that benefit people around the globe. What could be better than a Christmas stocking made by artisans in northern India, with proceeds providing more people with jobs? Or a new baby kit with natural bath products and non-toxic patterned diapers (yes, diapers with style!), bringing baby gear to families in need? By joining social enterprises together under The Marketplace umbrella, TOMS shows how easy it is to effect change through our everyday purchases. Think holiday gift-giving, coming up soon! And what if wedding registries pulled from The Marketplace, furnishing new couples' homes while improving education, health, nutrition, water access, and job opportunities? We're excited to buy our next gifts through The Marketplace platform: gifts that keep giving long after they've been received.
Wandering through Williamsburg, Brooklyn, earlier this week, we stepped into the Brooklyn Art Library and found ourselves in the most inspiring setting: a room filled with sketchbooks! Part of the Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced art collection featuring almost 30,000 books from 130 countries, the books can be searched by artist name, location, and theme at the Art Library or Mobile Library (now in Australia), or through the digital database. What a great idea from Brooklyn-based Art House, fostering global, collaborative creativity. Now go on, get a sketchbook and add your voice!
Chocolate that nourishes? We'll take it! That's the idea behind Gnosis raw chocolate, made with ethically sourced raw cacao, low-glycemic sweeteners, nutrient-dense superfoods, and medicinal herbs. And let's remember what these products do NOT contain: no refined sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, cholesterol, or GMOs. It's all good stuff in the bars, and surrounding their production, too. Gnosis works directly with its producers, uses recycled, biodegradable packaging printed with veggie inks, and gives 10 percent of its profits to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. This sustainable cycle comes from Gnosis founder, Vanessa Barg, a certified holistic health counselor who started making her clients chocolate to replace unhealthy sweets and discovered a brilliant new business. Thank you, Vanessa, for taking the guilt out of our cravings!
We’ve got exciting news: Petite Alma has a new logo, a new website – a whole new look! What inspired us? Ten years ago, when Petite Alma began, we focused our designs on the baby and children’s market and had a sweet and delicate brand identity to match. Over the years, we expanded into adult invitations, wedding stationery and personalized paper products, and now we’re thrilled to work on a variety of projects including our latest logo designs and Tattly tattoos. Time for a style update to reflect the breadth of our work, we got to work redesigning and are so happy to finally announce our new brand debut. Thank you for perusing our site and following Petite Alma’s design inspiration through our blog! We’re excited for the future and thank all of you, our readers and fans, for accompanying us along the way.