drinking up the cards at seltzer goods

My sister turned 30 on Monday. This means in the past week I’ve looked at more terrible birthday cards than I care to remember. I’m pretty sure that for every great card there are 10 mind-numbingly stupid ones. That’s why I was psyched to stumble upon a rack of Seltzer Goods cards at a local stationary shop. The cards are great looking, witty, original and printed on recycled paper. What more could you ask for? Check out the site for a store near you. — Erica P.

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five things we learned last week

1) Green floor cleaners are also the way to go. Pencils says: “We got our hardwood floors done not long ago, and the floor guy was adamant that we should only use vinegar and water to clean them — and even that not all that often. I thought I’d try it before discounting his advice. I was surprised to find that the vinegar & water actually works really well when used with a microfiber mop. I haven’t put any fragrance in there yet, but it’s a good idea. Not lavender though, I hate the smell of lavender. Maybe citrus of some kind.” We’re adding that to our list of green cleaning recipes!

2) Not everyone wants at-home chickens. Being sustainable is good, but think about the neighbors before placing your chicken coop. Steve says: “Despite what people may think, hens are noisy, and in the mornings at first light, often create a lot of noise. The people behind us have 2, and after a year of being woken at first light — weekdays and weekends — and then having a continual squawking for 30 min. to an hour, I have had to tell my neighbor I’d had enough. It really isn’t fair — and if someone wants to have them, let me suggest they put the coop near to their house and experience the noise first hand before imposing it upon someone else.” Steve, we hear you. Do you keep chickens?

3) There’s a lot of love for the Nikon D60.
Several of you mentioned this camera in response to Erica’s request for camera-buying advice. Amanda says: “I have the Nikon D60, which has now been replaced by the Nikon D3000. It is the entry level of the Nikons but it really has taken my photography to the next level…. Just bear in mind the costs associated with additional lenses etc.”

4) Here’s another eco-friendly letterpress company.
Elissa Says: “I love Bespoke Letterpress, who are based in Brisbane, Australia. They are eco-friendly and their products are absolutely gorgeous to look at and touch — ‘printed on 100% tree free & chlorine free cotton heavyweight 300gsm paper. These papers are made from reclaimed cotton fibres from the textile industry and are beautifully thick, lush and perfect for letterpress.” See more eco-friendly paper products.

5) You always surprise us with what recipes you seem to like best.
The heck with fancy — bring on the brookies! T Bone says: “Add some coffee ice cream on that and you’ve got yerself a dessert.” MsAmanda says: “I have soooooooooo been looking for a recipe like this but I didn’t know what they were called. Yay!” Chrissy says: “OMG! This is fabulous and completely helps with my constant dessert crisis of which to choose! I love it and can’t wait to make some.” See the recipe they’re raving about right here.

In photo: Yoola wire pendant lamp

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blogwatch: where we were clicking this week


Over at Design*Sponge, learn how to sew your own adorable patchwork shower curtain. Anthropologie, eat your heart out!

Boing Boing points us toward artist Jason LaFerrera, who constructs beautiful wildlife collage out of old maps. Consider his Etsy page bookmarked!

The NSFW (kinda) Badder Homes & Gardens gets all thugged out and makes us want to buy a Tupac Shakur commemorative plate.

This homemade Han Solo in Carbonite Soap is sheer brilliance. At Craft.

At Apartment Therapy, we learn that Emeco’s Navy Chair got a makeover — or make-under — teaming up with Coca-Cola to produce 111 Navy chairs in 100% recycled plastic. (The red ones are kinda sexy.)

The New York Times is waxing poetic about smoked paprika, an ingredient we’ve just added to our pantry. Looks like the kale recipe at the end of the article will come in handy!

CasaSugar shares that fashion house Marchesa is expanding its empire from gowns to… dinnerware? As stylist Rachel Zoe would say, “That’s bananas.”

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help! i want to buy a camera

OK, folks — I think it’s time for me to upgrade from a simple point and shoot. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a pint-sized piece of equipment I can throw in my purse. But, that said, I’m looking to take my photography to the next level. I’ve started styling and shooting some of my own recipes, and I feel I’m ready to invest in a big-girl camera. So, all you artsy Shelterrific readers out there…what do you shoot with? — Erica P.

Photo by meral akbulut

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hello!lucky and ecojot paper products for earth day

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and we love cool products from companies that do their part all year. Hello!Lucky and ecojot follow green initiatives like making greeting cards from 100% recycled paper that also comes from a paper mill powered by green energy, using vegetable-based inks, re-using textile industry remnants for cotton paper, packaging products with corn-based protectors rather than plastic, and more — you can read all about it at their respective websites. With all that accountability, the fact that their products are colorful and fun is just an added bonus! Above, letterpress and Cookin’ Mom cards from Hello!Lucky; green journal from ecojot. — Mary T.

Got a favorite eco-friendly stationer? Share in comments!

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