CANAL WEST: Year One Winners

Thanks to all our fans and special congratulations to these three winners!
Keep on spreading the word…Here’s to Year Two!


16. July 2013 by susan
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Collection: Seaworthy

If you are drowning in the sea of nautical-inspired products of late, check out this curated collection of our seaworthy favorites.  They’re smart, chic and some even a little technical.  Mix up traditional navy with pops of primary colors, a more daring neon yellow or good old steely gray.  Anchors aweigh!

nautical-collection{1} Anchor tag from Sugar Paper ($20)
{2} Luxe anchor noteset from Sugar Paper ($64)
{3} Gulf Coast sea animals print from Banquet Atelier & Workshop ($60)
{4} Miansai anchor bracelet from J.Crew ($60)
{5} Letterpress ship coasters from Sesame Letterpress ($14)
{6} Anchor diaper bag and clutch from J.Crew ($26-$199)
{7} Nautical tattoos from Banquet Atelier & Workshop ($4)

{Don’t forget to enter our ONE YEAR GIVEAWAY before Friday!}

09. July 2013 by susan
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HOLIDAY: Celebrate the States

Remember our patriotic palette ideas from last Fourth of July?  If you’re looking for still more creative ways to celebrate this year why not put the states center stage?  Play up a theme with your own home state, the states represented by your guests or all fifty!  And of course a little nod to the american craft of letterpress never hurt.  Happy Fourth!
fourthofjuly2013from left to right: {1} State flower letterpress print from Thimblepress ($25) {2} Letterpress city notebooks from Blackbird Letterpress ($7.50) {3} State letterpress prints from 1canoe2 ($16)

04. July 2013 by susan
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CANAL WEST: Happy One Year!

It has been ONE YEAR since our launch and we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your support and kind words!  I hope you have found inspiration for great products, thoughtful gifts and killer packaging.

We’d love to know what you’ve loved…

So, for a chance to win a little treat: {1} leave a comment telling us something you have enjoyed about Canal West, then {2} share this post (pin it, like it, tweet it, etc.) to help us grow our readership for a second chance to win.
3 lucky fans will be selected on Friday, 7/12.



02. July 2013 by susan
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Bestowed: Miss Teacher

Still looking for the perfect end-of-the-year treat for a teacher?  Fill up a fun clutch with a notepad and pencils {1-3}; pair up cute coasters with a handy mug {4-5}; or dress up the desk with a bright vase {7}.  (For extra credit, fill it with fresh flowers or these paper ones from West Elm.)  And what better way to give an apple to the teacher than in letterpress gold foil??  A+.

teacher-bestowed{1} Yellow-dipped canvas pouch from Mara-Mi ($36)
{2} Lined paper notepad from Rifle Paper Co. ($8)
{3} Simple reminders natural wood pencils from Letter C Design ($5.90)
{4} Kraft polka dot coaster from Sugar Paper ($24)
{5} Math mug from Fish’s Eddy ($12.95)
{6} Apple print from Sugar Paper ($40)
{7} Carved bouquet vase from Anthropologie ($24)

15. June 2013 by susan
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Bestowed: Father’s Day

Normally I would offer you a series of Father’s Day posts in every category of Dad-interests, but since the big day is right around the corner here’s a smattering of well-crafted, nicely packaged, stand-alone gifts for the men in your life.  For more ideas, check out our post for the Scotch Gentleman.

dad-bestowed{1} Harbor collection letterpress note card from The Iron Curtain Press ($5)
{2} Beard & shave soap from Hudson Made ($25)
{3} Pallarès solsana navaja folding knife from Quitokeeto ($82)
{4} Hendricks gin (in stores)
{5} Beer making kit from Williams-Sonoma ($39.95)
{6} Weekender bag from Everlane ($95)

12. June 2013 by susan
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Fresh Picks: Peonies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for peonies, anyway.  They are in full bloom.  Some day I fully intend to make a road trip to this 8-acre peony garden near my hometown.  If you can’t make it there, share some peony love with this gorgeous wrap from Rifle Paper Co., surround yourself with wallpaper from our painterly post, or bestow some fresh blooms in adorable packaging.

peonies-freshleft to right: {1} image via Style Me Pretty {2} Emerald peonies wrapping sheets from Rifle Paper Co. ($8.50)

06. June 2013 by susan
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Mixed: Beachy Keen

Thank you, Anthropologie, for transporting me to the beach during this chilly Spring with your latest catalog.  Here at my fantasy destination I wear fun yellow dresses, flip through magazines, journal my thoughts and pull my salty hair back with cute metallic ties.  Oh, and then I take a nap on my fluffy bed.  Which is on the beach, of course.
mixed-beachtop: image from Anthropologie catalog April 2013
bottom, left to right: {1} Eyelet trail dress from Madewell (sale: $134.50) {2} Anthology magazine #11 via Urbanic Paper Boutique ($12) {3} Terrace workbook from smock ($11)

07. May 2013 by susan
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Collection: Spring Green

For me, the perfect shade of green is springy, preppy and yet just enough vintage.  And while not everything can be what I like to call “Kate Spade Green,” this collection is inspired by her and the delicious greens of the season…from things that bloom to manicured fairways.  Spring in!

collection-spring-green{1} Stacking mugs from Starbucks ($8.95)
{2} Cabana dress in himalayan spruce from Madewell ($178)
{3} Hunter packable wellies from Madewell ($135)
{4} Signature spade punched small coal from Kate Spade ($228)
{5} Dark chocolate M&Ms via Staples ($29.99/box)

30. April 2013 by susan
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Fresh Picks: Tulips

The only downsides to a Labor Day weekend wedding were a) hurricane season limited our honeymoon destinations and b) tulips were not in season.  I love tulips.  These dutch beauties are a perfect pop of color on the table or ultra-chic in all white, classy enough for a sleek glass container but hold their own in a rustic tin {2} or copper patina vessel.  And when their season is over, keep the love alive with this wrap from Snow & Graham ($6.50).

fresh-tulipsleft to right: {1} image via Pinterest {2} Ridged tin vases from bhldn ($4-12)

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23. April 2013 by susan
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