Category: guest posts

giveaway :: Pretty Paper Please

Oh hi! Mélanie Kimmett here. I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to introduce you to my new stationery line Pretty Paper Please. I’ve lovingly created this line over the course of a year. Its evolution has been such a joy, as I’ve explored my life-long love for animals (if I had been good at science and slightly less emotional, I’d be a vet today). Along with animals I’m a sucker for simple shapes and design dressed in vibrant colour, often influenced by the seasons. You’ll notice these recurrent themes throughout most of my work.

I’d like to think letter and card writing is making a bit of a comeback lately. The ease and speed of email, e-cards, Facebook and Twitter are appreciated but there’s no denying the magic of receiving a handwritten note in the mail, right? Who wants it to be about bills and junk mail all the time!? Not me! Which is why Pretty Paper Please came to be!

Allowing yourself a bit of quiet time just before the holidays to sit back and write the heart-felt words you’ve wanted to share with family and friends can be such an incredible treat! Now imagine being on the receiving end and experiencing the joy of opening and reading that personal note… Regardless of writing or receiving the love notes this year, I’m eager to get started!

Thanks to lotus events, I’d like to gift you this same experience and offer a Pretty Paper Please holiday card giveaway! If chosen at random, you will win 12 cards (total) in 2 styles (your choice) from the holiday collection – that’s a lot of love to send around this holiday season!

There are four chances to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us who you’re excited to write this holiday! = one entry
  2. Follow @melaniekimmett on twitter and retweet “RT to enter to win holiday cards by @melaniekimmett to handwrite some joy courtesy of @lotusevents #prettypaperplease = one entry
  3. Become a fan of the Melanie Kimmett | Designer & Illustrator Faceboook page = 1 entry
  4. Blog about the giveaway + post a link in the comment form = 1 entry


o Each person has the opportunity to have a maximum of 4 entries.
o Contest is open to North America only.
o Contest closes Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. (PST)

Good luck!

Sirayana, Trump, and Juliette

I am so happy to have my friend Lisa guest post over here today! She had contacted me wishing to share her new project, Orphan Animal Pics, and being a {crazy} cat lady, I really couldn’t say no. Plus, our cat Cleo (pictured above) was rescued from the BC SPCA just over ten years ago and I can’t imagine my life without her!


Let’s get honest for a minute here. What’s the real reason the internet exists? Is it for craft tutorials? Online shopping?  No. These things are awesome, but the internet exists for cute cat photos. We all know it, so let’s get down to business.

Sometime last year I was checking out my friend Ben’s flickr account to see his latest photos of his cats – he’s a great photographer and his cats are hilarious so it was always something interesting – and it occurred to me, if we could get photos this good of animals in shelters, people would adopt them right away. 

Fortunately, my photographer friend was up for the idea and thus was born the Orphan Animal Pics project. Now I’ve got two fantastic volunteer photographers on board and we connect with animal rescue groups in the Lower Mainland to get fantastic photos of some of their lovely animals. Since a lot of the animals rely on the internet to be noticed, we figured a smoking hot profile photo would help, just like in on-line dating – do you have space in your home for one of them?  If not – please consider being a foster home for your local rescue (always a need), or making a donation to financially support a worthy local rescue group.

BROKEN-HEARTED JULIETTE DESPERATELY SEEKS ROMEO… actually, seeks anyone willing to provide a loving home, but now that you’re reading about her….Juliette is a loving, trusting cat who was left behind by her family – how rude! Juliette, being a quiet, healthy, medium-haired black cat, doesn’t attract much attention at the shelter. She has settled among her roommates, and she’ll greet a visitor with enthusiasm if she can get them on their own without being crowded by the other cats. She is a gentle, affectionate little girl who deserves a caring forever home. She is such a nice little cat and so pretty with her fine, soft fur and smokey highlights – a real treasure for a new family… continue reading here

Trump is one of a kind – a giant Himalayan manx (no tail) cat! Gorgeous Trump is such a handsome boy it’s hard not to fall for his good looks and wonderful charm. Despite his good looks, he’s been through the shelter system twice, the first time when his owners were moving and could not take him and this time Trump was brought back because he was being too dominant with the resident cat… continue reading here.

Sirayana is a gorgeous friendly girl, who flew down from Terrace with her babies to go up for adoption! Her kittens all have homes but she’s still waiting! She’s very loving with people.  She is polydactyl (extra toes) – which was considered “lucky” by sailors. Sailors also believed polydactyl cats to be superior mousers and ratters.

Sunbury Antiques Market

Find me over at Poppytalk today with a London shop tour of Sunbury Antiques Market! Although it isn’t technically a brick and mortar shop, Sunbury has to be one of the most amazing markets for antiques and vintage goods that I have ever visited. We will definitely have a schedule a visit when we return this summer! See the full tour here.

photo by Ana Maria

guest post :: where I create

I am super excited to share a Q&A and a peek inside the places where I create over on Rain Coast Cottage, a blog about living a creative life. I was a bit hesitant when Sandra first contacted me as we had just moved back to Vancouver and was currently living out of four suitcases with my family. Her vision for this new weekly column had me thinking that even in transition, all I really need are my notebooks, some pretty pens, and a good coffee to help me create. You can see the full post here – Thanks Sandra!

image taken at Matchstick Coffee