Meet the Artist: April & Tim Norris

One of the best parts of this little shop of ours, is getting to meet and know local artists and helping spread the joy of their work around town and across the interwebs. In the past month or two, we’ve met a couple of new local artists from Tacoma and fell in love with their work! The first is Tim Norris and his wife, April.

April and Tim Norris

Tim’s background is in architecture and design, which is clearly evident in his city map prints. He has a passion for people, places, and “making stuff,” he says. So, together with his talented wife, April, they make these amazing art prints that we carry, along with furniture and other design work that encompasses music, art, technology, and lifestyle.

While we’re obviously partial to the Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Seattle area, Tim also makes his “Heart for a City” prints for many other major cities. (If you’d like one for a city not on our site, just shoot us an email and we can let you know if it’s available!)

Tacoma Heart Map Print

Seattle Heart Map Print

Gig Harbor Heart Map Print

Our most popular print in the shop is definitely this new one that just arrived of all the neighborhoods of the Greater Tacoma area, including our neck of the woods, University Place:


And here are a few other pieces by Tim and April that we love as well, all available as 12″ x 12″ prints and as greeting cards (cards are not available on our site but can be ordered and delivered or shipped! Tacoma Heart for a City print cards are available in the shop.)

2 Mt Rainier


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To see all of the work by TMN Creative, click here.

All images on this post provided by or created from the copyrighted material from TMN Creative, Tim Norris, and Paper Luxe and are not to be used, printed, or sold in any way without permission.

1Canoe2 Extra Large Wall Calendar

I’ve been in love with this extra large wall calendar since the second I laid eyes on it! From one of our favorite vendors, 1Canoe2, this is more than just another pretty calendar. It’s gorgeous. It’s gigantic. It’s a statement piece.

The best part about this calendar is that there is a beautiful extra page (see below) that can be hung after the year is over that says “There is Joy in Every Season.” And the calendar comes with a unique wood and wire hanging feature.

XL Wall Calendar 1Canoe2

XL Wall Calendar 1Canoe2

XL Wall Calendar 1Canoe2

XL Wall Calendar 1Canoe2

XL Wall Calendar 1Canoe2

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

We just got a big shipment in from our newest vendor, Seedling! So much creative and cool stuff for the kiddos including “Design Your Own Superhero Cape” and “Make Your Own Snow Globe” kits.

We’ve also included our popular Tickle Monster Laughter Kit that comes with a fun pair of tickle monster gloves that no kid can resist! And our “And Then…” story starters which are excellent for any age group and are fun for parents as well.

Our holiday gift guide for kids is rounded out by some of our favorite art prints that are both cool and educational! Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

1. Design Your Own Superhero Cape | 2. Creative Cardmaking Kit | 3. And Then Story Starters | 4. Tickle Monster Laughter Kit | 5. Lunch Mail | 6. The Fashion Designer’s Kit | 7. Letterpress Solar System Print | 8. Campfires Art Print | 9. Catalog of Tree Leaves Art Print

Paper Luxe Black Friday Sale!

It’s that time of year! The annual Paper Luxe Black Friday Sale starts Friday and lasts through Cyber Monday. The entire shop will be 20% off (including items already on sale!) with the coupon code SHOPSMALL*.

Paper Luxe Black Friday Sale

* Karen Adams Calendars and refills are excluded from this sale.

Come join us in the shop on Saturday for some extra fun for Small Business Saturday! We’ll be having a raffle for lots of great giveaways. And we’ll have some sweet treats and hot drinks!

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