11.20.2009

Blogger's Favorites -- Lynn of Satsuma Press + A Giveaway!

This week's list belongs to Lynn of the insanely lovely letterpress line, Satsuma Press. I had a chance to get to know Lynn a bit after I posted her calendar in my roundup, and I can safely say that she's not only incredibly talented, but also incredibly kind... She is a wonderful mother a gifted artist and is endlessly supportive of other independent artists (the proof is in her list below!)

Lynn has also kindly offered to give away one of her gorgeous 2010 calendars to one of my readers. Just leave a comment on this post by Tuesday at 6pm CST, and I'll announce a winner on Wednesday!

I can't wait for you to get to know Lynn a bit better through her favorites! So without further ado, herewith Lynn's list. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!



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I was really excited when Joslyn asked me to write a favorites list for her lovely blog. I am a list making fool and it also turns out I have an awful lot of favorites, so it was harder than I thought to narrow this list down to a manageable size. I tried to include some things that haven't already been listed – and I hope you see something you love too, particularly with the holidays around the corner. It probably goes without saying, but the true favorites aren't listed here – that is, my 5 year old son, Liam and my husband, Ben; my friends; my home; my studio and letterpress printing ... These are always at the top of the list, but here are some more tangible top 20 things (because I couldn't seem to make my list any shorter!)

So, in no particular order, with love for each and every:


  • House plants in white ceramic pots. I bought the filigree pattern one at the Portland grocery store, New Seasons, but it is also available here. The leaf pattern one is from IKEA.


  • Orla Kiely mugs. I bought these on eBay (make sure you check the worldwide option when you search.)


  • Kitchen linens. My favorites are from Elisabeth Bentz and Skinny laMinx. Elisabeth and I have done several trades – linens for letterpress – and we'll both be at the Sunday Best Holiday Sale in Portland the weekend after Thanksgiving. Heather of Skinny laMinx and I have recently collaborated on some lovely letterpress stationery and gift tags. Heads up – there is going to be a giveaway soon featuring an apron from her, a teapot from Heath Ceramics and some stationery that Heather designed and I printed for Heath. Check my journal for details.


  • Field books. I've recently converted from Moleskine Notebooks to these Field Books by Russell + Hazel. And I love a good mechanical pencil, too – plus these come in great colors and different lead thicknesses.

  • Tea. I drink a lot of tea. My daily one is PG Tips, but I also love a good green oolong. You can buy excellent loose leaf tea from Imperial Tea in San Francisco. The gaiwan (covered teacup) is also from Imperial Tea. The yellow (upside down) one is from White Forest Pottery and the dark orange one is from another all time favorite, Heath Ceramics. The origami placemat is from Modern Twist).


  • Necklaces. I love these necklaces, which seem to be really the only two I wear. They are from NY based Local Library. These are Lauren's little wings and silver fringe. I also have my eye on this one. I also love the combination of ochre and grey. The yellow hair clip is from Anthropologie and the grey one from J. Crew.


  • Food magazines. My favorite is Donna Hay, but I also enjoy Gourmet and Bon App├ętit. I also especially love The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater, most likely available at your local bookstore, but also right here.

  • Knitting. I like a project that I can come back to when I have a little free time (which isn't often). I most enjoy making sweaters for little kids. My favorite pattern is for an owl sweater by Penny Straker. This one is my son Liam's, knitted in Blue Sky Alpaca in copper

  • Bud Vases.I love these little bud vases with these little yellow flowers, which I only recently learned the name of – craspedia.


  • Pretty stamps. It makes all the difference for your packages – and I send a lot of them for my online shop orders. It's easy enough to find the good ones – just go to the USPS website. Also good for pretty packages – glassine envelopes and patterned Japanese masking tape (like I did for my 2010 calendar. Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a calendar for yourself!


  • Wooden spoons. The best ones found mostly at antique stores, but the middle one is from the oh-so-lovely Herriott Grace.

  • Japanese paper. So, so beautiful. I'm using it for a new project – the first ever Satsuma Press Perpetual Calendar. Check my journal for updates. You can buy your own sheets of chiyogami and katazome online at the The Paper Place.

Images clockwise: Modaspia, Max Wanger, Yu-I Chan, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, NPR, Powells

115 comments:

Allison said...

I love all your favorites, and I'd love to win a calendar! Thanks for the giveaway.

orange sparrow said...

what lovely things!! I may have a few new favorites from this!

Great giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

I love calendars, and hers are gorgeous!

Ana said...

I love all your favorites!

I saw this on ETSY and I thought the calendar was so beautiful ... I'd love to win.

Kelly said...

one of my favorites this year - a beautiful calendar!

xo
Kelly

Melissa said...

I don't know where to start agreeing because I love all your loves as well! This winter I've been drinking echinacea tea to keep colds at bay - with lemon and honey, of course!

sodapop said...

I'd love to win the calendar. So beautiful.

hannah said...

Great Favourites! Thanks for sharing and thanks for a great giveaway.

Jane Flanagan said...

I love these so much and share so many of these as my own personal favourites too!

tiffany said...

Such fun things and what a sweet giveaway! LOVE those bud vases, adorable!

Mildred said...

I like every single thing listed in this post. Love the giveaway.

Lena said...

I love this entire list. I think I am going to make those cookies this weekend too.

Tracy said...

wonderful list! oh and that calendar...

Inklore said...

I think I'll come back to this list later today with some tea and have some fun looking around! I love Lynn's work as well.

{kiss my spatula} said...

so many wonderful favorites, how is one to choose?! thank you!

mirell said...

I will be making those cookies - thank you! Beautiful calendar!

sam said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

carina said...

Love the list, looooove the calendar!

tammy said...

fantastic list! great giveaway. thanks for the pretty inspiration!

Emily said...

such a great list. I feel all cozy now! Oh, and I WANT that calendar.

Tilley love said...

I loved the Little Bear and Frog and Toad reference. Those are books that I truly cherish and can't wait to read to my little girl. I would love to win the beautiful 2010 calendar. Thanks for the giveaway!

Alison said...

What a lovely list (and a lovely calendar). I feel all glowy inside now!

Bethany said...

Such pretty things! I could use a nice calendar. ;)

Sareberry said...

Rarely do I see a list where each and every item makes me think Yeah! This one did it. Love her list, love her work.

Steph said...

Such pretty happy things in your list! Thanks for the giveaway - the calendar is beautiful.

modaspia said...

i'm floored by lynn's work. check out her blog too - totally inspirational. lynn is gorgeous by the way though camera-shy!

paula said...

great favorites. I hope to incorporate more plants in white ceramic pots too and I must check out Donna Hay.

Polly R said...

Love the calender! SO beautiful x

belle said...

Her calendars are always so lovely! I'd love to have one!

Chantel I. said...

I would love to win a calendar from Satsuma Press. I bought Lynn's 2009 calendar and absolutely adore it.

Sarah Palfreyman said...

I love the calendar and I loved reading about Lynn's favorite things!

Kelly and Kelly said...

what an amazing list!

Joe said...

Count me in - I love Satsuma's stuff!

Jane said...

amazing + inspiring list, lynn! (and of course i'd love to win a calendar)

jane
simple-pretty.com

lindsay michele said...

I love Lynn's stationery. It's so wonderful in fact, that I can't bring myself to write on one of the cards yet and actually mail it!

she said...

oh my! i've had my eye on this calendar for weeks now. and i just sent a letter to one of my friends on her Circle letterpress cards this morning! beautiful!

Nell said...
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Nell said...

I just love this post of Lynn's favorite things. My husband and I are avid readers of her blog and have quite a lot of Satsuma Press goodies around this house, I must say. Although I love Lynn's work, it is often her images and postings about her home/cooking that I utterly fall in love with. Such warmth, spaciousness and simplicity - beautiful!
xoxo,
nicole

Erin said...

I love, love, love letterpress everything! The calendar is beautiful.

Berlin Reified said...

Lynn's calendar has kept me company through 2009 and I love the images she's put together for next year.

Melissa said...

I bought your calendar last year so I could frame October - the month I got married this year! I would love to win this year's just-as-lovely version.

Elsa May said...

Ooh my goodness what a trove of treasures you've listed - love them all. And I am so going to check out Little Red Bike - it looks fab. Have a happy weekend!

Through the Looking Glass said...

Perfect giveaway!

Carolyn said...

ohmygosh i LOVE that calendar! stunning

Beth said...

Lynn's list speaks volumes about the beauty to be found in simplicity - what a lovely collection of cherished things. I've been a fan of Satsuma Press for a while... love her work!

had & el said...

I have been a fan of Lynn's work for a while, and I WANT that calendar.

Jessie B. said...

All so pretty!

grass1167 said...

All divine choices and so is her work, I would love the calender. Findgers crossed.
Cheers
Engracia

You Are My Fave said...

I love these lists because they often remind me of the little things I love. And the calendar, I would be happy to hang it in my home. It would probably end up being the prettiest thing I own.

h. said...

Lynn makes lovely, lovely things, and of course I'd love one of this year's calendars.

shoppingsmycardio said...

i came over to comment before i even saw there was a contest, but i so love lynn's calendars each year, winning one would be an amazing treat!

joslyn, these lists are wonderful every time, but this one...well, i think it's the best yet!

pebbledash said...

Oh, great list and links, and great giveaway, count me in please!

stewart and james said...

what a fun list!! and love the calendars..me me!! :)
kristen

suzanjill said...

a great list! and what a great calendar too! I'd love to win it :-)

Anna said...

I'm in agreement with everyone else ... so much loveliness!

shirleybabysittingbusiness said...

I'd love to win a calendar. I just can't afford it right now and it pains me. Your list is very beautiful. I like that all the things you've named evoke a sense of peace and calm. How spa-like. :)

Natalie said...

Greats favorites list, and I love the packaging for the calendars!

jora said...

I would LOVE one of those calendars!

thear said...

Yeah! I have been following Lynn's blog for a couple years and can say first hand how lovely it is to own one of her prints. I loved this post showcasing her beautiful aesthetic.

Fingers crossed for the calendar!

curiouscovetous said...

I love Satsuma! Pick me!

janay said...

good....................................................................................................

Paisley Petunia said...

thanks for sharing your favorites and for the giveaway!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Mel said...

Haha, what amazing favorites! And I wonder what buckwheat butter cookies taste like... hmm... :)

Relyn said...

Oh, I love all this linky goodness. And that calendar. Hint hint.

Marissa said...

this list of favorites has helped me build a holiday list for friends. thanks for some great ideas!

Red Boots said...

Your favourites are so yummy!

Kirsty said...

Hmm...I like that Fiji dress. Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway. Kirsty

Kelly said...

Delightful as always!

Vanessa said...

What a gorgeous calender!

megs said...

Ohh. I love the satsuma press calendar! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Liz said...

I'm with her on the tea. And the restaurants. And This American Life. And just about all of it..plus the calendar is gorgeous!

Raru said...

Beautiful selection.Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday.

Raru
79ideas.org

keely steger said...

I love the calendar!

melanie said...

This is probably the best list of 'stuff' I've seen on a blog- every link is amazing. :) I would so love to win a calendar from you. I'm fascinated by letterpressing and would love to learn one day. Thank you!

molly said...

her calendars are dreamy! love this feature by the way. so fun to find out others favorites :)

uglygirl said...

Satsuma Press is gorgeous. Thanks for posting this!

Lilapuppy said...

Gorgeous! Pick me...

abby try again said...

Lynn is an amazing artist and such a kind soul!
I loved this feature on her. Thanks for sharing.

Simply Angie said...

i love Simple Lovely primarily for the "favorites list" that seem to be featured often. i love knowing what inspires other people, which in turn, inspires me. great list of favorites!! def appreciate the mention of this american life and mechanical pencils!

Rosie said...

I love Lynn's taste and style - to me it's perfec.. I went to buy one of her calendars the other day but they were out of stock at the time - so would love to win one here!

Kiki said...

great collection Lynn, and what a wonderful blogspot. thanks for sharing! and of course I'd love to make a chance to win one of the most beautiful printed calendars!

Amy said...

i love the fiji dress! thanks for the great giveaway - i'd love to win!

Lady B said...

So beautiful, and such lovely things that you find! I'd love a 2010 calendar

Kendra said...

What a lovely way to mark the new year!

skoeze said...

wow, pretty! i'd love to win that! skoeze@gmail.com

tina said...

Oh i love calendars and i love to give em as gifts - and receive em of course!

MKT said...

Thank you for sharing.

Liz said...

Oh I would love a calendar to add to my stash of Christmas gifts. I am trying to give handmade this year and support inspiring artists.

-Maria- said...

Those calendar rock!

DOMM said...

I would LOVE to win the calendar. Thanks for the opportunity!

jack, lucy and finn said...

oh, i love these calendars so!

Maureen said...

very lovely indeed. thank you for the giveaway.

the darling house said...

pretty stamps and happy tape, both favorites of mine as well.

so happy to have found your blog!

mylene said...

What a pretty calendar, and what fabulous favorites! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Amy said...

What a beautiful list, Lynn! I love how it shows your attention to detail, perhaps suggesting life is about the little things...fun stamps, bud vases, the perfect cup of tea. Then there's the art, of course. Your work is beautiful and I've been telling everyone about it since I found you a couple years ago. Thank you.

Linda said...

I would love to win a calendar. They are absolutely lovely.

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh wow.... a favorite list after my own heart. So lovely and so special. I can't wait to check them all out...thank you for sharing!
xo
Melis

nikole said...

Such a lovely list, am so honored to be a part. xox, n.

Lucia said...

Lovely list, lovely calendar.

Hilary said...

Ah, I need help! I would love to order Penny's owl pattern but I can't figure out how.

My grandmother made matching sweaters for me and my brother, and now my mother wants to do the same for my children.

Can you help? Many, many thanks.

Ritu Harrison said...

letterpress... yum.

m said...

Those owl sweaters are cute.

Melanie said...

I am obsessed with calendars & would love to win one :) Thanks for sharing!

MelindaClaire said...

Lynn is so creative and makes so many beautiful things I am very happy to have such a wonderful artist in the same town! I would love to get my hands on one of the calendars! Thanks for the giveaway:) ~Melinda

Leisa Zoeller said...

I would love to win a calender, thank you for the opportunity. I love Lynns work and have been following her blog for a month or so now. Im slowly going back through all the posts and keep falling in love with her work over and over. Such beauty. And now she has introduced me to Simple Lovely. Simply Wonderful!

BookGirl said...

I've long admired Satsuma Press's work: exquisite design and craftsmanship. I would be so pleased to win one of Lynn's calendars. Thanks for the giveaway!

Clara

Amy Farrier said...
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Amy Farrier said...

I've been admiring Lynn's gorgeous blog and spare nature-inspired designs for the past year, and I'd love to receive one of her calendars!!

Jen said...

I've admired Lynn's designs during my wedding invitation research. Lovely.

Kristihern said...

Oh my these calendars are sooo pretty.

Amy said...

What a gorgeous list of favourites! I have been following Lynn's blog for quite some time now...and simply adore Satsuma Press!! Beautiful, beautiful.

inkala images said...

Such a gorgeous way to welcome each month. Isn't Lynn so wonderfully talented?

Happy Thanksgiving
Ingrid x

Mrs.French said...

i love lynn and it seems as if i love everything she loves as well...xo t

Torie Jayne said...

Such beautiful images! Happy Thanksgiving, Best wishes

Jodie said...

What a lovely post! Satsuma Press always creates love beautiful pieces. I would be so lucky to win this amazing giveaway!

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