I have stopped going inside of card stores. I rarely find a card that says exactly what I am feeling or trying to convey. Often I find the “humour” is very generic (really?? a ladies birthday card that cracks a joke about chocolate? or shopping?? how creative!), and I end up leaving disappointed. So instead I have started making my own cards, or finding handmade cards that fit my style and sense of humour. When searching for a card the other day I came across Navy Blue Notes, and honestly started laughing out loud. The inside of the cards are blank, (no horribly corny and painfully forced rhymes here!) so you can compose your own message, and the fronts have a little bit of fun attitude to bring some levity to almost any situation. The Navy Blue Notes tag line says it all: “Simple, social notes to amuse the lighthearted & antagonize the humourless”.
I originally found Navy Blue Notes on Cosa Verde, then discovered that they also have an Etsy shop, Cargoh shop and a blog. Made from eco-friendly 100% post consumer recycled paper, these cards will make both the recipient and the earth feel good! Especially in this digital age, a handwritten note is something special and heartwarming. Taking the time to write a personal note really shows someone you care, and if you can share a laugh while you are at it, what could be better than that?
Wishing you a day filled with smiles,
I have weird hair. It’s true – it’s kind of curly, but not really. Often, my solution is a really cute hat. Which is why I quickly bookmarked this shop!
Sparky Jones is more than just cute hats, though. The force (and I mean force!) behind the shop is Jemima (aka JJ), and she’s got some pretty solid ideas about what she wants from her life and her business. Her philosophy is
Reuse resources + Recycled what you have + Reduce Impact + Refuse to be disposable
All the Sparky Jones products are made using upcycled fabrics, the hangtags are printed on recycled cardstock by a local Vancouver printer and every little scrap is turned into something new and wonderful. On her Etsy site, JJ shares that she only has one small bag of waste from her workshop each month. Fantastic! You can read more about her environmentally conscious practices here, including the name of her green bicycle that she rides to the post office!
I really love the different textures and colours that are featured in the Sparky Jones collection – bright, beautiful and unique pieces. I definitely love the cute hats, but the bags are a conversation starter. Check out the Mama Jones diaper bag below – no other Mom in your playgroup is going to have a bag quite this cool!
I’m also loving her Waste Wonderful pocket wallets, using up the scraps from her days creations she ends up with a lovely little card wallet. The larger Bujetta Jones wallet is chock full of features, with zippered pockets and card slots to keep us all organized.
You can find the BC-based Sparky Jones on Etsy, but also over at Cosa Verde (a new marketplace for me, I must admit!) where the shops all have a focus on handmade + environmentally friendly products, on her personal site at SparkyJones.ca, or on her blog. If you visit her blog, you’ll see that she’s super-creative, with gorgeous flower headbands and new hats & wallets posted that don’t seem to make it to her shop before they’re snapped up!