As a huge, HUGE fan of Anna “Rifle” Bond’s illustrations, I was very excited to see her illustrations on the cover of 4 Puffin in Bloom books. Little Women is one of my favourite classic stories (even though I have to admit it is very depressing), and I remember loving the story of Heidi when I was little, although I have forgotten what it’s about. I remember there was a lamb….
I should get all four books, as not only will I be able to rehash my memory about these classic stories, but they will also look pretty in my workspace, don’t you think?
For under $12 a book, they make great additions to your bookshelf. Get your copies here:
Below we’ll hear from Thania, owner of The Spot Bali, about her honeymoon adventure in Stockholm, Sweden.
1. Are you a local or a traveller? I’m a tourist. The moment I landed at the airport and boarded the train to the city, I bought the Stokcholm City Card (Stockholmkortet) that would allow me to board to any public transportation facilities and free entries to several places of interest for three days.
2. When were you in Stockholm, and on what purpose? People said that I should have visited Stockholm in the summer to witness their midnight sun that can’t be seen at anywhere else in the world other than Scandinavian countries. But I never regret the decision that I made to visit the country in the December winter. The wind might be a little too strong but the occasional snow shower is lovely. With all the Christmas decorations, lighting and the natural pine trees, it’s like a winter wonderland dream come true. A girl who lives in a tropical country surely will not want to miss this moment, especially for her honeymoon.
3. What do you like about Stockholm?
The People. Swedish are friendly, knowledgeable and they have a very root on being a Swedish.
Stockholm is beautiful. With islands interconnected by sea waters and bridges to create a city, people often rely on ferries to get to other parts of the island, which is interestingly different. The city is planned like a town, with each island has its own “downtown”. The roads are small and there are a lot of small alleys that bring you to a bridge where once you cross over, you will be at another island.
The Swedish truly take pride in their bilingual education system (English and Swedish) and thanks to that there were barely any language barrier.
4. One best experience/moment you had.
The moment I had in Photography Museum. My husband was asking for recommendations on which places to visit, and one of which he suggested us to go to Photography Museum. I thought “ah, this might be boring”. I’m not into photography, but my husband kept on insisting going there.
If you’re not into photography, like me you can skip the exhibitions and proceed to the cafetaria (of course I didn’t skip. We were on our honeymoon and we were practicing our “for better for worse” while he enjoyed the pictures of African Wildlife). The Cafetaria has a big window overlooking at the one of the many waters that connect the islands which make up the city of Stockholm. We were very lucky to get the seats by the window. We bought a cup of coffee and cakes in the afternoon and watched the sun set at 3pm in the winter afternoon. It was a “zen” moment to sit and watch all the movements across the island laid before your eyes through the big glass window.
5. Five places/activities/eats recommended by you.
Have a “Fika”
A Swedish term that basically implies having a cup of coffee accompanied by sweet pastries. The Swedish love the idea of chit-chatting in the afternoon or post-office hours over a cup of cafes and cinnamon buns, so why not be a Swedish and enjoy their yummies pastries and cakes? Café Art at Västerlånggatan 60 (Gamla Stan) serves the best rhubarb and blueberry pies. Their location under the basement can be easily missed. Urban Coffee (also at Gamla Stan) has some good tea lattes and home-made cookies.
Museum Hopping Stockholm is a city that hosts more than a hundred museums in its city, by far it is the city with the most number of museums in the world. The birthplace of Nobel Prize, Nobel Museum is then a must to visit. Otherwise, a walk around Djurgården island will bring you to a lot of fascinating museums from ABBA Museum (Thank you for the music!) , The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Muséet) and Vasa Warship Museum which showcase a very impressive warship that was shamefully sunken before dedicating its service. A lot of the museums are free with the Stockholm City Card.
Shop some Swedish Design
Sweden is known for its notable designs, it may be fashion, home or furniture. Independent artists open up their shops and galleries in busy shopping streets of Stockholm like the Östermalm area. Ikea might be something you want to skip, though I’m sure a visit to one of the biggest furniture chain won’t hurt to sate the curiosity of how an Ikea looks like in its hometown.
A college town located north of Stockholm will give you a glimpse of Swedish college life. If you ever read a book “The Girl with Dragon Tattoo” (and its sequels) by Stieg Larsson, the name may sound familiar. Traveling to Uppsala requires less than an hour train ride and a walk around the town is too lovely to be passed.
We were indeed lucky to be there during the holiday season and we did not pass the chance to visit one of the many Christmas Markets in the city. The Christmas Market at Gamla Stan sold home-made traditional lingonberry juice, Christmas home garlands, and chocolate fondues while a group of teen schoolers sing the Swedish Christmas folk songs and Christmas popular songs. Oh, what a lovely moment!
All images are taken by Thania. Thanks Thania for the beautiful story about your journey! Love travelling? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at email@example.com with a little story about the best trip you’ve had in your life.
Now that I’m confident enough to call myself a Blogger, I have decided that I should have a blog business card. I have thought about it since last year, but being a paper and printing nerd, I thought a lot about where/how I should get them printed. I really wanted letterpress business cards with thick cotton paper. However, I can totally imagine myself not wanting to share my business cards with anyone because they are too nice (and expensive!). I might go letterpress in the future, but now is not the time yet.
So I heard that Moo, an online printing company based in the UK, now offers luxe business cards. The luxe business card uses 600 GSM Mohawk Superfine paper stock with a coloured layer seam of your choice. I was intrigued. This won’t cost me an arm and a leg like letterpress does, but my business cards will certainly have a distinctive quality.
Moo Luxe Business Cards come in this luxe packaging. The packaging is absolutely beautiful. It was textured and white, around it wrapped a purple ribbon and a seal that says “Designed by Moo and You”. I had to take off the ribbon really carefully so that it won’t tear. I know I wouldn’t want to do that every time I need to take out the cards, but I need to keep the ribbon and seal in one piece so that I could admire the packaging again and again.
Bravo Moo, for paying such detailed attention on the packaging. It’s such a designer thing to say, but I judge a product (stationery, books, movies, snacks) by its cover (or packaging). If there are two items with similar quality and price, one with better packaging that the other, I will definitely pick the one with better packaging. I always think that packaging your things nicely is an online shop equivalent to providing a great customer service. Customers will not always be able to see or hear how nice or polite you are to them. But by giving them something to be excited about when receiving your products in the mail, is a great online customer service.
Unfortunately, the only negative thing with Moo’s Luxe Business Cards that I ordered is even though they put a card that says “Your freshly printed luxe business cards were lovingly hand checked by a member of the Moo crew in London”, but some cards are dirty (from the ink), fading and printed in the wrong position. Also, 4 cards are missing. So, a message for card checker dude/chick, you should be more attentive :)
Added on September3rd 3.30 p.m : I have emailed the Moo team and addressed the issue. I thought they should know about these flaws as it might not be good for their business. They’ve since replied and said that they are going to re-process and send me the order free of charge. Even though I wasn’t expecting them to go to that length for a few dirty/wrong printed cards, but that is highly appreciated. Well done, Moo!
Otherwise, this is probably the most beautiful digitally printed cards I have ever seen. I will definitely still go letterpress with 100% cotton paper if and when I can afford it, but till then, I’m with moo.
This post in not sponsored by Moo. I purchased the luxe business cards myself, and I like it (despite of some flaws), so I decided to write about it. All opinions and words are my own. All images are taken by Wita Puspita for Design is Yay!
This month’s wallpaper features one of the design I’m using on Design is yay merchandise. Yes, you heard that right, you can now purchase goodies featuring my beloved character, the Design is Yay guy (name pending).
The Up, Up and Away design is one of my favourite because it’s so cute and colourful, and represents what I love the most: travelling and having adventures.
2. For the stationary nuts out there – take your plumeria with you to your next meeting – the ultimate tropical note book from Kith & Kin
3. Country Road add a blast of colour to their typically pared back aesthetic. We are loving this new range of leaf print sweats. Bring on summer.
4. Bonnie and Neil can do no wrong with their Holiday 2014 release. Yes, let’s holiday.
5. Snuggling down on a winter’s night just got better. Deny Design does it again.
6. Instant pineapple gratification, in the form of this delightfully tropical ceramic jar from Kmart.
Keep warm out there!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tina Stephen is an interior designer based in New Zealand. After over a decade both teaching and working in commercial settings, Tina started ROOMIE, a smart, client-led service which brings all the elements of interior decorating together. Website
As a designer, I know how difficult it is to keep my workspace neat and tidy all the time. I do have a nice workspace. However, when work lines up, I find my things are all over the place, and I don’t even have the time to clean it up! When I was approached to do a workspace makeover sponsored by Officeworks, I jumped at the opportunity right away. What better way to start the new Financial Year than having a workspace refresh? The great news is, you can enter to win $100 gift voucher giveaway from Officeworks (GIVEAWAY CLOSED, THANK YOU)! Details are at the end of this post.
Let’s take a look at some before pictures…
This is how my workspace looks on a typical busy day. Sketchbook and notebooks everywhere, stacks of invoices and bills, drawing tools, and I don’t even own proper storage for my things. I normally re-use paper boxes from my paper supplier. Sometimes it’s hard for me to do things on my computer with all of those things around me.
Beside my main computer desk, there’s a smaller desk where I put my wireless printer and store my art and craft supplies. Underneath that desk was where I stored my stacks of printing paper, packaging supplies and some books and magazines. With all those things on the desk, I had no more space to comfortably do my work. They also look very messy and uninspiring. So I figured, what I need are some proper storage units to tidy them up.
My main computer desk is looking much better now for sure, where did all the mess disappear to?
I’m so pleased that now I have my main computer desk, AND a work station on the side to do my printing, cutting and packaging orders for shipment. How neat are those Monday to Friday A4 Folders? I also picked up some clear hooks to hang those folders using paper clips. The idea is to put the documents that need to be looked at on each day of the week in them. I also got my packaging supplies some proper storage boxes: A Large Stackable Drawer that’s big enough for my bigger-than-A4 tough mailing bags and brown wrapper roll, and an A4 box for the smaller things, such as twines, scissors and stickers. I also found this cute expanding file with a lot of compartments to store mails, bills, invoices, product warranties… you know how difficult they are to find when you really need them. It comes in 4 beautiful colour to match your workspace interior.
One of Officeworks’ services that I use quite frequently is their Print & Copy service. They can print your documents/artwork instantly (unless they are really really busy) without a minimum order. I also find that their printing quality is great and they have a wide range of paper to choose from. That custom portrait illustration of me and my husband was printed by Officeworks Print & Copy, and I also didn’t forget to pick up a white frame for it. Also, if you’re not in a rush to get your printing done, you can order your prints online and have them delivered to your house.
Now, if you’re still wondering where all those messy things disappeared to, here’s my favourite purchase from Officeworks – Spencer 10 Drawer Cabinet with wheels in Aqua. The drawers might look small to you, but they are actually very spacious and able to contain a lot of things. I always love having things around my workspace with wheels, as I tend to move things around when I work. The Spencer 10 Drawer Cabinet also comes in other colours. Now, who says that a workspace needs to be colourless and boring? Officeworks has a range of colourful furnitures and stationery to match the theme of your workspace.
In this drawer cabinet, I finally get to neatly store my stacks of printing paper, my greeting cards collection, some art supplies, my writing tools, and I organised my stationery using a clear drawer tidy, which fits perfectly inside the drawer cabinet.
As I was strolling down the aisles in Officeworks, I couldn’t help but notice there are a lot of things that I need (or want!). From HP Pavilion Notebook in Red to this beautiful Hampton Trestle Desk, Officeworks have everything we need to create an organised yet attractive and inspiring workspace.
And even when you don’t feel like going out to your nearest Officeworks to pick up things that you need, you can browse the widest range of office supplies tech and furniture at the lowest prices 24/7 in the comfort of your own home at officeworks.com.au. They will also deliver your goods for free on orders over $55.
Here are my favourite picks from Officeworks for your workspace:
GIVEAWAY – WIN A $100 GIFT CARD FROM OFFICEWORKS (GIVEAWAY CLOSED, THANK YOU)
After seeing my workspace makeover, don’t you feel like doing the same with yours? Well, you might be able to! I have a $100 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply comment below, answering the question:
How will you master your workspace with Officeworks?
Giveaway ends on Tuesday 26th of August. Read Terms and Conditions here. The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page (so don’t forget to like!). For more ideas on how to master your workspace, check out this video by Officeworks on How to organise your workspace. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mastermyworkspace when sharing your workspace or workspace inspiration online.
This sponsored post is brought to you by Officeworks. All images are by me, Wita Puspita for Design is Yay. All words and opinions are my own.