2007 Holiday Postage Stamps

U.S. Holiday 2007 Postage Stamps

Inspired by the recent resurgence of knitting, the U.S. Postal Service has commissioned illustrator Nancy Stahl to create four designs in the “Holiday Knits” stamp collection for the 2007 holiday season.

Stahl was inspired by traditional Norwegian sweaters and knitted Christmas stockings and used computer software to draw her original designs. She then converted them to stitches and rows and downloaded the information to an electronic knitting machine, which she used to actually knit the illustrations. How very crafty!

You can purchase the Holiday Knits stamps at your local post office or on the USPS website.

image from the U.S. Postal Service

Hable Construction Gift Wrap

Hable Construction Gift Wrap Garnet Hill

I’ve been a fan of Hable Construction’s textile design for quite a while, and I was so excited when I saw that they had branched out into gift wrap design. Hable has created five exclusive designs for Garnet Hill this year, featuring everything from whimsical holiday wreaths to peppermint candies to elf boots. Available online only from Garnet Hill. $10.00 per design, or buy all five for $40.00.

Be on the lookout for more gift wrap posts in November!

image from Garnet Hill

Jack Cards

Jack Cards

Spotted in yesterday’s Daily Candy Boston — a wonderful greeting card service called Jack Cards. The Boston based company allows you to browse cards from over 40 independent, hand-picked designers, including Amy Smyth Made It, Binth, Bumble Ink, Herman Yu, Night Owl Paper Goods, and Red Cap Cards.

Here’s the special part: after you’ve signed up (membership is free) for their service, Jack Cards allows you to add contacts and purchase cards for those contacts. You can have your chosen greetings sent to you by a specified date, optionally pre-stamped and/or pre-addressed, so all you have to do is add a personal message or greeting and pop the card in the mail. Very convenient!

Bonus: take advantage of Jack Cards’ free shipping offer (US addresses only) for all orders placed during the month of November.

images from Jack Cards

2007 Indie Collective Holiday Gift Guide

Indie Collective Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. No need to worry, though, as you can get started on your holiday shopping by checking out the independent crafters and artisans featured in the 2007 Indie Collective Holiday Gift Guide.

There are plenty of shops for all of you paper lovers, but that’s just the beginning. Other featured shop categories include accessories, apparel, artwork & crafts, babies & kids, bath & body, handbags, home accents, and jewelry.