hand-thrown ceramics : mazama

Posted: April 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Clean designs and appealing colors from the Portland, Oregon ceramics company, Mazama — made by a team of designers and makers. Pieces pictured range from $30 – $65. Browse their online shop.




(*via A Continuous Lean)

on the desk this week : calligraphy transcription

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, wedding gifts, weddings | Tags: | No Comments »


This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this — it’s the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

-Maya Angelou

Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.

elephant landing : linens & silks

Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, doing good, handmade, places, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


These beautiful textiles for the home are made by Elephant Landing, an inspiring social enterprise. The products are each made by hand in India as a part of a training program for women, who receive a sewing machine upon graduation to continue their trade back in their home village. 100% of profits are used to educate and employ more women in neighboring villages of India.




(*via The City Sage)

pebble vases : sugahara glassworks

Posted: September 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | 1 Comment »


I fell for these unique and handblown pebble vases by renowned Japanese glassworks crafters, Sugahara, at Canoe Portland this weekend. Elegant on their own or in a cluster together. $24 each.

Sugahara has an inspiring company statement. Here’s an excerpt:

There is a moment when glass, as a liquid under extreme heat, attains its supreme beauty.
That moment is captured, and a form is given to it.
Drawing out the infinite potential of glass to the fullest
Creating a unique shine and flowing forms
To do this,
Craftsmen stand face-to-face with glass each day and listen to its voices.

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new ! at the paperfinger shop

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, things, wedding gifts | 1 Comment »


We’ve added two new custom address stamps to the shop this week. Very exciting!

First, the self-inking address stamp, which may not look as dang cute as the wooden one, but it’s SO handy and really easy to use. We’re hooked on it here at the studio. Makes for a clean impression every time and so helpful when we’ve got lots of mail to send. Only $78 and it will make life super easy and super lovely.

Second, an illustrated address stamp if you’re looking for a darling wedding or housewarming gift. This would stamp great on packages, envelopes, anything and we’ll even fit the zip code into the pretty banner at the bottom. At $74, it’s a bit larger (2″x3″) and fun for those more decorative parcels or a unique gift idea.

To celebrate the launch of these new goodies, we’re having a short and very special sale with our friends at One Kings Lane. Get ’em for a rare and mighty discount now through Saturday morning! (If you’re new to One Kings Lane, use this link and you’ll get $15 off.)



Check out all of our custom stamps at shop.paperfinger.com.

hopewell : handmade quilts

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, things, wedding gifts | No Comments »


Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt are the designers and makers behind Hopewell, a Los Angeles-based quilt shop that launched online in June. Great color studies, 100% cotton and even some machine washable options. Prices range from $150-$395.





(*via Honeyed Figs)

camping accessories : stainless steel wine glasses

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: things, wedding gifts | No Comments »


Paperfinger is spending much of the summer in Portland, Oregon, experiencing (and enjoying) all that this area has to offer.

Go figure, now I find myself dreaming of swanky camping accessories. Needless to say, these are things I don’t yearn for on an average day in Brooklyn.

Snow Peak, the dreamiest camping store in history, sells one for about 70 bucks. I am not the kind of camper or shopper to justify such a purchase, so I found these awesome substitutes on Amazon, for only $10 each. Excited to have these for my next night by the campfire!


grain : handwoven textiles

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, home, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Grain is now offering these beautiful handwoven pillows and bath towels, made in collaboration with artists in Guatemala. The colors are produced through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants of the Guatemalan Highlands. Prices range from $18-145.






new ketubah : in the stars

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, paper, wedding gifts, weddings | No Comments »



New Ketubah just launched with a fresh site and some beautiful and cool new offerings.

I love Tsilli’s work–she brings a modern aesthetic to her ketubah designs but with some classy handmade elements, like stitching, polaroids or unique personalization. This design, In the Stars, is my favorite from the Classic Collection, but you should definitely explore the others. Not to mention, Tsilli is an awesome lady all around and runs Portland, Oregon’s Creative Mornings chapter.



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crystal bulbs : by lee broom

Posted: October 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, things, wedding gifts | No Comments »

Very special hand-cut crystal lightbulbs. Wow!

$175 apiece (wow!) by Lee Broom from A+R.

(*via Design Sponge)