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February 5, 2010

you can afford it friday: aprons

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Along with my vintage table linens obsession, I also love aprons. I don’t think I’ve ever worn one in my life, but I have a few from my grandmothers and really, what could be cuter. So in case you do rock aprons, or just like to admire them from afar, here are some favorites under $40.

[1] block printed linen apron, $38 [3] reversible apron, $36 [2] 60′s apron, $23 [4] black & white, $38 [5] plaid apron, $8 [6] grey canvas, $40 [7] vintage mustard apron, $8 [8] green tomato apron/dishtowel, $18 [9] floral, $4.95

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January 29, 2010

you can afford it friday: office supplies

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Remember how much fun it was to go shopping for new school supplies every August? Office supply shopping is just as fun!

[1] braid notebook, $16 [2] vintage labels, $2.65 CAD [3] japanese masking tape, $27 [4] cube magnets, $8 [5] agate notebook, $13.50 [6] card case, $34 [7] 60′s staplers, £22 [8] address card file, $49 [9] ruler box, $3.50 CAD

Til next week! I love hearing your round-up ideas and favorite products. You Can Afford It Friday submissions can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 15, 2010

you can afford it friday: calendars

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The best thing about buying calendars in January is that a bunch of them are on sale! Luck you! Here are some of the best for 2010, not sold out yet.

[1] linen calendar from linea carta, $26 [2] illustrated calendar by flora douville, $16 [3] silkscreened calendar by never sleeping, $12 [4] letterpress calendar by studio on fire, $30 [5] illustrated red prairie press calendar, $15 [6] poster calendars by michael faber, $35 [7] illustrated canvas calendar by two brunettes, $16 [8] letterpress calendar by seesaw, $28 [9] 4 color screenprint poster calendar by delicous design league, $30

Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Friday submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 8, 2010

you can afford it friday

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If you’re like me, you’re starting to feel a little guilty about the thank you cards you haven’t yet written for Christmas  gifts. Here are some cards from a few of my favorite stationery shops to get you going!

[1] curiosity shoppe, 8 for $13.50 [2] bloom by smock, 6 for $14, [3] bigwig & silver, 6 for $12 [4] hammerpress, 6 for $12 [5] jessicagm, 4 for $8 [6] linda & harriett, 6 for $14 [7] bailey doesn’t bark, 8 for $18 [8] night owl, 6 for $7, [9] set editions, $3

‘Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 1, 2010

you can afford it friday

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Happy New Year!

As promised, I’m back with part 2 of the affordable book round-up. (check out part 1 here).

[1] Lotta Jansdotter Stencils (available for preorder), $25.95 [2] Twentieth-Century Pattern Design, $35 [3] Very Small Shops, $40 [4] The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from Around the Globe, $35 [5] I Will Never Forget You: Frida Kahlo and Nickolas Muray, $24.95 [6] The Book of Stamps (photo by Julia Rothman), $23 [7] Playful Type, $39.95 [8] Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Woolly Embroidery, $14.95 [9] Naïve: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design, $50

‘Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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December 18, 2009

You Can Afford It Friday

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One thing I always ask for for Christmas is books. I love to read, and although I stick to a good novel for my daily dose, I also like having some beautiful design & DIY books around for when the feeling strikes. In researching this post, I found a million books I’d love to add to my collection, so this will be Part 1 of the You Can Afford It Friday book round-up, and Part 2 will be up on January 1. (I’ll be taking next Friday off cause that’s Christmas… can you believe it?).

[1] The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Typography, $45 [2] The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Printing Materials and Techniques, $50 [3] Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives, $30 [4] Stencil 101 Decor: Customize Walls, Floors, and Furniture with Oversized Stencil Art, $24.95 [5] The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design, $35 [6] Postcard, $29.95 [7] Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora and Reprodepot Pattern Book: Folk (225 Vintage Inspired Textile Designs), $24.95 each [8] 1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface, $29.95 [9] Appliqué Your Way, $19.95

See you on the 1st! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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December 11, 2009

you can afford it friday

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I have a love affair with table linens. When I walk into an antique store, they’re the first thing I gravitate toward, and when Brendan and I got married we registered for about ten times more cloth napkins than necessary. The latest addition to my collection includes antique linens passed down to me from my grandparents, and I’m already looking forward to hosting some fancy dinner party for the sole purpose of putting those pretty things to use. Here are some more modern linens (well, one Vera I just had to throw in) that I’d love to have, all under $40.

[1] colander napkin set, $28 [2] linen tea towels, $28 each [3] banjo love placemats $28 [4] leaves tea towel, $19 [5] Defyra tea towel, $25 [6] acorn towel, $18 [7] tea towel and pot holder, $32 [8] you’ve come along way baby tea towel, $38 [9] vera napkins and placemats, $38

See you next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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December 4, 2009

you can afford it friday

holidays

This week’s You Can Afford it Friday round-up is all about decorating for the holidays. Cause if you haven’t started decorating yet, I know you want to, and there’s plenty of affordable goodness to be had. Everything here is under $50 (starting at $2.50, yeah!) so even us broke folks can get seasonal.

[1] Mini ornaments from Kate’s Paperie, $19 [2] Gift wrap from French Paper, $6.50 [3] Vintage Santa Garland from Brandywine, $2.50 [4] Gold Leaf Wooden Candle Holders from Jean Pelle, $40 [5] Party Piñata from UO, $48 [6] Wooden Gift Tags from the Curiosity Shoppe, $12 [7] Lighted branch from UO, $24 [8] Kitten Card by Yellow Owl Workshop from Velocity, $4.50 [9] Pinecone Garland from Terrain, $12

See you next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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November 20, 2009

you can afford it friday

pillow round-up

Hey OK Great! I’m back with the newest You Can Afford it Friday round-up. This time, I’ve got 9 great pillows/pillow covers under $50. Changing out pillows is a great way to spruce up your living room/bedroom/etc, without doing a whole lot or spending a whole lot. And pillow covers are easy to stash in a closet, so you’ve not no storage excuse.

[1] Thermos pillow cover by coucousalut, $25 [2] Bird on linen pillow by Roddy and Ginger, $35 [3] Animal plushies by Tiny Whales, $25 each [4] Wild and Wooly pillow by Anthropologie, $29.95 [5] Duikers in red pillow cover by Skinny Laminx, $35 [6] Genine owl pillow by Urban Outfitters, $28 [7] Miki pillow cover by Maramiki, $34-48 [8] Tatami handprinted pillow cover by Kalla, $30 [9] Geo Pleated pillow by Urban Outfitters, $36

See you next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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