take my card

This month marks the first time I've ever had real business cards, the kind that come in a large box with a sample card on top. I really loved the sweet letterpressed business cards that Alyson & Levi made for us, but the more I thought about it, the more special it seemed to have had those only for Little Winter. I managed to keep one in my possession; it will always be a little treasure.

Yesterday Geoff picked up our new business cards, pictured above. I really loved this photograph of the flowers from Becka & Richard, and incorporated it into the design for our shop. Geoff reminded me that the photo was reminiscent of the album cover for New Order's Power, Corruption, & Lies, designed by Peter Saville. I took it as a compliment (even though it was not deliberate). I think this card represents us very nicely.

This leather business card holder by Erin Templeton is one of my favourite things at the moment. When I first saw it at Robber ($20), I thought it was hilarious & amazing and I had to have it; I've really never felt any emotion towards business card holders before. It has such a nice texture and it can be worn as a necklace! How amazing! Perfect for schmoozing, of course (oh I am such a pro at that. Just kidding). Sometimes I wish I had picked up the one in tan-coloured leather, but this one is nice too.

I wore it at Little Winter and it attracted many questions and compliments. I loved flipping it over to show people the gold-stamped "Erin Templeton" on the back.


becka: Yes! I think Chicago has way more of them, and Toronto has painted them all over. Sad.

caroline: So yummy!

chelsea: Aw, Chelsea, that is so sweet of you to say! I think it is a very photogenic city, especially when the light is just right. Hey, nothing wrong with that! It just means that that one dish was so good you could have it over and over.

lavelle: Such a great little camera! I definitely have gotten my money's worth out of it.

Siubhan: I'm glad you enjoyed those little details!

Ayalah: Har har, right?!

Jennette: Hello, Jennette! It was nice to meet you too! Thanks so much for saying hello! Oh, I think I had heard of Olympic Provisions. We didn't have the opportunity to visit many restaurants -- eating at food carts at lunch time was always enough to keep us full past dinnertime!

Kate: Oh no, it's yummy? We never got to try it! I'm glad you like that photo of Alice! Also, I hope you can get some use out of your LC-A! I totally forgot that it took a battery so if mine starts acting funny I'll know what it could be. It can be magical, when it works... I love the sort of fogginess it gives the pictures! And when you hit the sweet spot right, watch out! So good!

annie: Thank you! Oh I'm getting hungry now.

melly: Thanks, Melly! It was so beautiful! And oh those mitts -- make me wish I could knit!

Jen: Thank you, and once again, thanks for the correction. Yikesssss. So glad you can comment!

sunshine by sara: Thank you! And yes, film is so great! Oh, we saw Le Pigeon but I think they were closed at the time and we didn't make it back. Next time!

golden dove design: Yeah!

kater: Um, cutest comment ever! You win!

ladylyles: Haha, I should work for the tourism board! It's a lovely city!

etre-soi: Thank you, I'm glad you liked them!

Jane Flanagan: Thanks, Janey!

Neon Relish: Thanks, Casey! I hope you make it, and I can't wait to see your film results (do it!).

Barbara: Thank you, that's sweet of you to say.

cori: Thanks, Cori! It was so nice to meet you too! You will always be "girl in the beautiful grey dress" to me!

mara: Thank you! Oh yes, everything we had there was delicious. Yum.

susan: Amazing! That's what happened to me -- I haven't worn my contacts more than 2 or 3 times since getting my glasses from WP. And thank you!


  1. I have three in my possession, they are gorgeous! I will pass them out judiciously.

  2. they're super pretty. and geoff's right! that's probably my favorite new order cover (and they're probably my favorite band).

  3. Anabela, I wanted to ask you about your Canon A-1 SLR. I'm looking for a new vintage film SLR and the A-1 is on my shortlist. I've noticed you use it quite a lot. What are your overall impressions of this camera? Would you recommend it?

    Thanks so much!

    Elle x

  4. hi anabela. i just added you back on twitter. i think my account dumped a pile of people ages ago but didn't realize you were amongst them until i saw an rt coming through verhext! anyway, i'm gathering you liked the cat carrier. so amazing.

  5. did you wear it as a necklace then?
    those business cards are beautiful.
    after all the lovely posts of your market stall & such, i'm completely bummed, theres no way i could ever have such a nice table & such...

  6. Beautiful! That photo is perfect. And I love the typeface. Can I ask where you had them printed? I need to design some for myself one of these days.

  7. This is just perfect. All around.

  8. your cards are so pretty. sigh. i've never had real business cards before. i've always either printed and cut mine or used my custom stamp, but one day i'll finally stop being so cheap and order some glossy cards!

  9. Anabela, these are gorgeous. I'm actually in the process of designing my own business cards. I'm sort of torn between illustration and a photograph. But yours are completely inspiring!

  10. Power, Corruption and Lies was the first thing I thought of too, but only because of the similarities in flower design. I still think yours are pretty original though and spectacular. Music references are always a good idea.

    By the by, have you seen this yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIfNn4pgw8&feature=player_embedded

    I thought of dream cats when I saw this :)

  11. I love your cards! They are perfect!!

  12. they're gorgeous :)

  13. i love your new business cards, they are so you! fresh, simple, and pretty.

  14. the business cards are some of the nicest i've seen! they are so lovely