Latest & Greatest #23: Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

Nubby Twiglet | Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

I’m a big fan of sending thank you cards — no matter how much times change, nothing can replace the handwritten note. So when my favorite stationery line, Rifle Paper Co. partnered up with illustrator / blogger Garance Doré for an exclusive line, I was in heaven.

First off, the quality is amazing. All of the printed materials are U.S. made and very weighty. I also love the custom black angled belly bands — the little details really make this line.

Nubby Twiglet | Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

I am a huge fan of Garancé’s art prints and had the idea to buy the Assorted Girls Set to frame as mini prints across our guest room wall. Her work is so chic and quintessentially French.

Nubby Twiglet | Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

Trying to be conservative, I ordered a box of cards and set of notebooks the first time around but once I saw how nicely everything was made, I picked up some more cards. It’s impossible to feel guilty splurging on thank you cards — it feels so good sending out something this beautiful to people I care about.

Nubby Twiglet | Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

I couldn’t buy everything (trust me though, I was tempted!) so here are a few more of my favorites pieces:

1. Cape Card, 2. Canary Thank You Card, 3. Oui Pocket Notebooks, 4. Thinking Of You Card, 5. Sunglasses iPhone Case, 6. Femme Card, 7. Friends Card, 8. On The Go Notepad, 9. Hello, Darling Card, 10. Graphic Notepad, 11. Le Glamour Card and 12. Bonjour Card.

Nubby Twiglet | Garance Doré For Rifle Paper Co.

I love it when two worlds collide and collaborations like this happen!

Are there any collaborations out there at the moment that you’re super excited about?


Photos: Shauna Haider
Product images: Rifle Paper Co.

The Week In Pictures: 4.25.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week has been very full but very fun. My friend and fellow “branch” Star came to visit from San Francisco so we’ve been digging into client projects, business goals and sharing lots of creative assets (Star is a human treasure trove of useful information and resources).

When not working, I’ve been showing Star around to some of the new places that weren’t open in my hood the last time she visited like Salt & Straw and Roman Candle and then stopping into some of her favorite Portland haunts including Naked City.

We have a busy morning ahead plotting out new services for Branch but I wanted to check in and share some highlights from this week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

About once a month, I get together with my friend, Girl Joey (have you checked out her daily photo project yet?!) to reminisce and talk shop at the Doug Fir. I love sitting out on the back patio, even when it’s raining and catch up while digging into some mac and cheese.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Oh, Star! I first met her on Live Journal in 2001 and the rest is history. At this point, we have a massive stack (this is just a sampling!) of photo booth strips commemorating our antics.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The highlight of my last weekend was babysitting Rocky’s friend Raleigh. This little black beast snorts, snores and loves to cuddle. I’d adopt him in a second.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I never thought I’d be obsessed with a pair of scissors but every time I’m at Roman Candle and order pizza, it is served with a golden pair of shears to cut right through it. Genius, really. Works so much better!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was going through my bookshelf and came across this Marilyn book I bought years ago at a library’s used book sale along the Oregon Coast. It’s tattered but beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite projects from this week was designing a media kit for Gala. You can see more of my in-progress work over on Dribbble. Okay, I’m off to be a good hostess and show Star a few more must-see Portland spots. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 4.24.14

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• Naming your product or service can be so incredibly difficult and frustrating. Alexandra Franzen is here to help!

• Are you deathly afraid of success? What’s holding you back?

• Photographer Luke Copping shares more about his newsprint project that my studio, Branch designed.

• 5 quick grammar tips to improve your writing.

• Your first idea is not always your best.

• Learn how to make your own hand-stamped necklace.

• How did famous creative people spend their days?

• A Tumblr dedicated entirely to vintage French photos? Yes, please.

• I want a copy of Holiday so bad. A travel magazine published from 1946-1977, it’s just been reintroduced!

• When it comes to your life choices, there are shoulds and musts.

• Starting a blog is not the right choice for everyone.

• Stop downsizing your joy.


Photo: Suvi Kesäläinen.

Adventures In Budget Decorating: The Side Table Of My Dreams

Nubby Twiglet | Plum & Bow Side Table

I’d been on the hunt for a basic side table for our living room for ages when I came across this version by Plum & Bow. Up until this point, the tables I’d found lacked style or were just overpriced for such a small, basic piece.

This table only had one review on the Urban Outfitters site but it was good enough to convince me to add it to my cart. It arrived today and though it’s not quite as bright of a yellow as the photo on the site suggests, it was easy to put together, fairly sturdy and let’s be real — the dipped legs add that extra dash of charm I was after.

Nubby Twiglet | Plum & Bow Side Table

I think it would be great as a bedside table, too. It’s the right size to hold a stack of books and an alarm clock. And if pale pink is more up your alley, they have you covered there, too.


Featured: Plum & Bow side table in yellow.

The Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

When I recently stayed in Venice, I spent my first five days engaging in the usual touristy stuff: visiting the boardwalk, window shopping along Abbot Kinney and dining at Gjelina Takeaway. But sadly, I was clueless about the true gem of Venice until my final day there: the canals.

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

I had been to Venice a handful of times before but nobody had ever mentioned this beautiful area, tucked away from all the hustle and bustle. Why?! Everyone had assumed I already knew about it. The second I laid eyes on the tiny bridges, colorful houses and narrow pathways surrounding the canals, I was in heaven.

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

The Venice Canal Historic District originally had manmade canals built by the developer Abbot Kinney to recreate the look of Venice, Italy in Southern California. The area featuring the canals was once about four times larger than it is now but many of the canals were filled in the 1920s to create roads. The rest were mostly abandoned until the early 1990s when renovations started. I am so glad the city finally realized what a treasure this place is!

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

If you ever find yourself in Venice, skip as much of the tourist traps as possible and head over to this magical pocket for an afternoon walk.


All photos: Shauna Haider

New Media Kit and Offerings: Advertising and Sponsored Posts Are Now Available!

Nubby Twiglet | Shauna Haider Media Kit

I’m pretty excited to have a brand new media kit available for Nubby Twiglet. It’s only been about…five years?! I’ve been preaching about the benefits of media kits for ages but personally, I always felt like I was in a state of flux, somehow unable to commit what I was all about to (digital) paper.

But then I realized it was just an excuse — I was being commitment-phobic because writing about yourself and what you do is difficult! It’s easy to procrastinate because there’s always something else you can do instead, like penning a new blog post. ;) This weekend, I finally powered through, putting together an 18 page media kit about myself and this blog. It feels great to finally have it done and ready to go!

Nubby Twiglet | Shauna Haider Media Kit

Nubby Twiglet | Shauna Haider Media Kit

Nubby Twiglet | Shauna Haider Media Kit

Advertising

The big news is that I’m offering advertising packages again. I’ve had various forms of advertising on Nubby Twiglet since the very beginning but last year, leading up to the launch of Branch I cut it all to put my focus 100% over there. In the meantime, I’d been filing away dozens of requests, many from creative, independent companies I had immense respect for and finally felt it was time to reintroduce sponsorship options. If I can help you get the word out about your offerings, that’s fantastic.

Packages now include banner ads, sponsored posts and giveaways. Preference for ad slots is given to small businesses and creatives.

Let’s Work Together

If you’re interested in partnering up on a campaign, please email me at studio @ nubbytwiglet.com and I’ll forward you my media kit which includes rates and packages.

Thank you for your continued support of this blog and for adding your voice to the conversation both here and on social media. Here’s to another seven years! -Shauna

Project Spotlight: David McNeil Website

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Photographer David McNeil was the first-ever wedding industry client I had the opportunity to work with many years ago and we bonded immediately over the fact that he didn’t want a traditional, cookie-cutter website and branding. No pastels or frilly type in sight! Branch just revamped his website with a more modern, inviting format and I’m sharing more about the outcome over there. Click through to view the project!