I think mantras are a positive thing. It takes a while to not feel silly repeating the same thing to yourself over and over, but it’s hard to dispute the “take on the world” feeling you get afterwards.

Some beautiful design-inspired mantras of mine are below.

As you probably already know, these posters were fly-posted all over Britain during World War II and are now being reproduced. Their design, font and detail are all beautiful and it’s a great thing to take a second and remind yourself during your more hectic days.

You can find these all over the internet, but Victoria of sfgirlbybay prints them monthly and will ship them to you for a fair price.

My second pick is less of a mantra and more of a reminder. I ordered this Nantaka Joy card before her site was live from a lovely site called Figments.

I have this framed on my desk at work and every time I look at it I am reminded of all I have to be happy about. The color is rich and vibrant and the details are beautiful.

Do you have a favorite mantra?

photos from Nantaka Joy and keep calm posters.


Melanie from platinum blonde life posted a great guide to 2008 calendars. There are so many vibrant, beautiful choices out there and a lot of indie artists to support.

On the other side of that coin, Blueprint magazine has a cute desk calendar with their signature font that you can print and use immediately! Or in January!
LinkThat Martha, always thinking!

Oh, and decor8 has a thorough spread as well. Enjoy!

photos from platinum blonde life, blueprint and decor8

Buy Handmade

I may be a bit of a liar, but this is something I am going to try to get behind.

It may be obvious to you, but I am new to this whole scene.

There is no better way to enjoy the seasonal festivities than to support aspiring, local or struggling artists fulfill their dreams.

That said, I pledge to do my very best to buy MOSTLY handmade this holiday season. Better than nothing, right?

You should too at