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Summer Birthday

6.27.2019

Drowsy days by the pool, hot dogs and lemonade at the ballpark, sunburn and sandy feet at the beach: Summer is officially here! Over the next three months these lazy, hazy days will be filled with the birthdays of people we care about and love. Cancer, Leo and Virgo: you are the signs of Summer. Born on dew-drenched mornings, white hot afternoons and sultry nights, Summer babies we heart you! You are water, fire and earth. Your special day is approaching and we’ve got your friends and loved ones covered with our Summer Birthday Card Guide. Let’s take a look at your stars and match them with a few of our own!

CANCER
June 21 – July 22

Ruled by the moon, drawn to water, creative, tenacious and deeply loving, Cancers are the nurturers of the zodiac. Family and home is everything. You are loyal and giving and sometimes generous to a fault. If you’re hurt you withdraw into that world famous shell. Summer will find you at the beach, with warm sand beneath your feet and waves tickling your toes. Your horoscope promises a summer of special events, travel and personal growth. An old friend will come back into your life, finally giving you the chance to meet your squad goals. Famous Cancers include Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Chris Pratt.

If you’re sending a card to the Cancer in your life, it’s good to remember their ruling color: white. Cancers are healers, gentle-souls and givers. Touch their hearts by sending a simple but beautiful card with a handwritten message inside.

LEO
July 23 – Aug 22

Leos are the best kind of trouble this summer. Passionate, charismatic and playful, you will be first in line to sing karaoke, belly-flop into the pool, and hit the dance floor doing the Triangle. You are the life of the party and the queen (or king) of hearts. Hogging the limelight can be your downfall, and occasionally you need to remind yourself to share it. June and July will find you following your passions: traveling, eating out, and hitting the movies. Your horoscope predicts family love! And if you’re considering shaking up your workout routine, August is a good month to get started. Famous Leos include Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez and Barak Obama.

The Leos in our lives crave laughter and fun. Their ruling planet is the sun and their element is fire. You bet we have them covered on their birthdays!

VIRGO
August 23 – September 22nd

With their feet on the ground and their head in the clouds, Virgos are the perfect storm of dreamers and doers. Helpful, kind, thoughtful and modest, you make the kind of friends who want to keep you around for life. You’re stylin’. You organize the most magical parties and love getting lost in a good book. Summer will find you combing flea markets for vintage treasures, hiking nature trails and walking your dog in the park. You’re a perfectionist, which is both your strength and your weakness. Sometimes you work yourself too hard. This summer will bring you closer to your family and present chances for you to heal old wounds. Famous Virgos include Beyonce, Zendaya and Keanu Reeves.

Virgos are drawn to beauty and whimsy, and with Mercury as their ruling planet they’re always looking at the stars. Make their day with a unique birthday card with vintage charm.

Happy Birthday, summer signs! We wish you the most amazing and special day this summer. #zodiaclove We don’t want to forget our fall, winter and spring babies so here’s our quick take on what’s in store for you this summer.

LIBRA. Hang on to your hats, this summer is set to be lit! Expect the unexpected and be prepared to use all of your amazing social skills to get by.

SCORPIO. You sexy Scorpios are on target to have some serious adult fun this summer! Keep an eye on your financials and be sure to invest in some racy lacy lingerie.

SAGITTARIUS. This is your summer of love. Connect more deeply with your partner by planning a special getaway. And if you’re a single Sagittarius, there’s never been a better time to mingle!

CAPRICORN. Smart and sassy Capricorns can expect to go on a journey this summer. Taking time to meet new people along the way will bring surprising delights and some insta-worthy moments.

AQUARIUS. A dynamic new person entering your life will make this summer unforgettable. If you can meet the challenges of the summer and roll with its changes, you’ll emerge stronger than ever in fall.

PISCES. This is a life-changing year for you. Your hard work and dedication is finally paying off. Take time to kick back, hang with your entourage and smell the roses!

ARIES. This is an important summer for someone you care about deeply and you’ll need to support them. You and your bank account can expect some extra love in July.

TAURUS. Exciting changes are coming this summer. Embrace them, but keep the details off social media until you’ve given everyone in your circle the heads up.

GEMINI. This is the summer to chill. Relax and take some well-deserved me time. Recharge your creativity with summer must-reads and day trips with family and friends. A party invite in August is not to be missed!

Whatever your sign have a fire summer! Enjoy the heat, stay cool, and don’t forget to keep those memories alive with our Zodiac Daily Journal (available exclusively at Anthropolgie). #elumzodiac We have all the stars in our eyes!

Elūm’s Holiday Traditions

12.19.2018

We love the Holidays here at Elum. We’re senders of cards and gift givers, candy cane connoisseurs and mistletoe mamas. If someone shouts, “Party!” we’re there. If gift wrapping were a martial art everyone in our office would be ninjas. Black-belted, ninth dan merry-making ninjas! We love sparkles and sprinkles, goofy dancing, questionable holiday sweaters, hats with antlers, Bing Crosby, sugar cookies and hot toddies! More than anything else we love sharing and creating special moments with our friends and families. We’re filled with so much festive spirit right now we gathered the gang together, supplied everyone with rum-soaked eggnog and figgy pudding, and asked about their holiday traditions.

What’s your favorite part of the Holidays?

“Christmas morning is my favorite part of the holidays,” says Kristi C, our creative director. “Seeing my kids’ faces in the morning, so excited that Santa came to visit them. They can’t wait to open up their stockings and gifts.” Jael P, one of our production artists, looks forward to, “Staying in a cabin and heading to a cold place where it snows! Plus it’s the only time of the year when my brother and my dad help in the kitchen!” Tim P, our production designer, says his favorite part is, “Snuggling under warm blankets and watching terrible holiday movies on the Hallmark channel.” Judging from the way everyone is nodding, watching bad movies just might be Elum’s guilty holiday secret! Haley F, our senior designer, sums up the most important thing about the Holidays. “I know it’s cliché but getting to be together with family is by far the best part of the Holidays. I haven’t lived in the same timezone as my family for almost a decade, so when we can manage to all get together—even for just a day—it’s pretty special.”

Do you have any family holiday traditions?

“PJs all day!” declares production artist Mikaela L. Senior designer, Shannon L, keeps the laughter going by telling us, “General consensus in my family is that I’m a terrible cook. I bring the cheese board.” Our warehouse manager, Ryan M, chips in with, “Christmas nights at dive bars!” And Tim shares that universal holiday tradition of, “Getting awkward phone calls to out-of-town family over with by dinner.” Lindsey C in logistics tells us about her grandma. “Every Christmas Eve my grandma will make French onion soup. Christmas Day we will drink a bunch of wine while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This will be our first year without Grandma and I’m hoping I can pull off the soup as well as she did.” We all agree that simple family traditions, sharing food with loved ones, presents under the tree, are the things that create holiday magic.

What will you be cooking this Christmas?

“Our menu is always a mismatch of childhood favorites and new recipes we want to try,” says Haley. “Nothing says Christmas like pizza rolls and bourbon.” Lindsey tells us about her mom’s, “Roast Beast, which is a giant peppercorn-encrusted prime rib with all the trimmings.” We spend a moment in awe of Lindsey’s mom, then Nancy Z from logistics tells us, “My family loves hot pot during Christmas” and we all decide we’d like that too. And when Jael pitches in with “Honey glazed ham, a poppy seed cake and cheesecake!” and our co-founder Melissa F adds, “Noni’s cracked crab” we burst into spontaneous applause. Can you tell we’re all food crazy here at Elum?

What’s Elum’s holiday party like? Give us the lowdown!

“Sparkly & Boozy!“ declares Haley. “Super fun!” agrees Kristi. “We do a white elephant exchange, have a yummy dinner and we usually go dancing late night!” This year will be production artist, Scott H’s, first ever Elum holiday party and he tells us he, “Can’t wait!” When he asks Tim about the last Elum holiday party, Tim replies, “It was so good that I have a hard time remembering.” Lindsey helps him out, “That party was a HOOT! Tim was VERY festively dressed in a Christmas sweater. Everyone in the company is fun-loving and thoughtful. It’s wonderful to be able to unwind with such a great group of people.”

What Elum goodies will you be giving as gifts this year?

“I will be gifting Big Stack notepads to friends and family,” creative project lead, Shelby H, tells us. “They are very useful and a wonderful locally made product.” Lindsey agrees. “My family is addicted to Big Stacks. They’re the PERFECT notepad and the only way I’m guaranteed to not lose my shopping list. I’ve put one of them in everyone’s stocking as well as some Weekly Eats list pads.” Shannon will be gifting our “Letterpress journals. They’re a great practical but fun gift.” While Tim will be sending folk, “The Feliz Navidog card…’cause my son likes dogs.”

What are you wishing for in 2019?

“New experiences that will lead to new happy lasting memories for years to come,” says Melissa. Kristi adds, “Healthy Elum babies—we have two new babies at Elum that will be born in 2019! Some relief from the natural disasters happening around the world, and to spend more quality time with friends and family.” Cheers to all that! Haley and Lindsey dream of traveling. “Somewhere tropical,” Lindsey tells us, while Haley says, “Every year I try to make a bucket list of hikes, road trips and vacations— plotted at the beginning of the year to look forward to!” Our inside sales manager, Sara C, is looking forward to, “Spending more time in my garden and a full edible garden in the spring!” Tim is also thinking about gardening. He’s wondering if he can plant a tree “that yields cash and ribeye steaks!” We all laugh, and leave it to Nancy to sum everything up. “I wish good health and happiness for all the people I know.”

We raise our glasses and wish you health and happiness. We wish you time spent with loved ones and time doing what you love. We wish you all the joy and magic of the Holidays and all the wonderful possibilities of the New Year! From Elum’s family to yours.

6 Must-Haves For Your Summer Stationery Travel Kit

7.18.2017

Here at Elum we know summer is all about being on the go. You’ve got to make the most of the few fleeting months of good weather, right? Whether you’re at a BBQ, sipping a poolside drink or jet setting around the world, the fast pace of summer can be a lot to keep up with. That’s why we’ve curated a stationery travel kit—to make sure you never miss a beat all summer long. Stay organized, capture your brilliant thoughts and never forget a birthday, wedding or thank you along the way.

Here’s what we’ll have packed in our stationery travel kit this summer.

1.) JOURNAL

Elum Monstera Leaves Spiral Journal | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

There’s a better way to capture your memories than with a selfie stick (seriously, put it down). Take a little time each day to recap your summer adventures in a journal. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of a fun-filled day or pass the time while you’re catching some poolside sun. If you’re having trouble choosing just one method of keeping memories, a travel journal can also double as a sketch book, a scrapbook, a place to house a collection like pressed flowers or to write down the recipes for all your favorite summer cocktails.

 

2.) WASHI TAPE

Elum Flamenco Flamingo Washi Tape Set | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

Washi tape is the perfect complement to your travel journal. It can attach maps, ticket stubs or Polaroids to accompany your brilliant thoughts. It’s also great for gifting. Use it to attach gift tag, dress up plain wrapping paper or as a colorful replacement to ribbon on gift wrap. It’s the perfect way to dress up a card’s envelope. You can even use it to make an easy DIY book mark, personalize your phone cord (so none of your friends or family accidentally walk away with it) or use it for party decorations.

 

3.) LIST PADS

Elum Lightbulb Magnetic List Pad | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

Summer always seems to fly by so it’s easy to see how things fall through the cracks. Stay uber organized all summer long with a handy list pad. Make a grocery list for your upcoming party and create a checklist for your suitcase so you don’t leave your toothbrush behind (again). It’s also really convenient if you need to leave instructions for your dog sitter, a friendly note to someone parked poorly at a festival (I mean, come on! Finding parking is hard enough and now you’re going to take up TWO spaces?) or maybe even to leave your number for that cute bartender, hey you never know!

 

4.) MINI NOTES

Elum Je T'aime Letterpress Mini Notes

Be ready for whatever occasions summer has in store with a set of assorted mini notes. They may be small but they’ll leave a big impression. Say thanks to the host of a BBQ, leave one for a friend who needs some motivation and have a back up plan for forgetting your Aunt Lisa’s birthday. These little letterpress dreamboats are pint-sized and perfectly portable.

 

5.) BOXED NOTES

Elum 'Ello Letterpress Box Notes

Rediscover the art of the hand-written note. A more meaningful way of staying in touch than sending a Facebook message. The recipient is sure to get the warm-and-fuzzies when they realize you took the time to pen a hand-written letter. You can start correspondence with a new pen pal and look forward to getting something other than bills in your mailbox. They’re also a luxe alternative to a post card on your travels.

 

6.) PEN OR PENCIL

Elum Summer of Stationery Jet Setter Collection

Maybe the most important part of our stationery travel kit is a dependable writing apparatus. Without a pen or pencil you won’t be able to write down your brilliant thoughts, sign your name on a greeting cards or compose a hand-written message.

Want to win one of our Summer of Stationery Travel Kits? Head to Elum’s Instagram and keep an eye out for details.

Is there anything else you think would be super useful in a stationery travel kit? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

22 Great Travel Gift Ideas for Every Type of Adventurer

4.10.2017

The key to the perfect travel gift is finding something that reflects the recipients unique travel style. Luckily, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide of travel gift ideas for the adventurous spirit in your life. Whether they’re jetting off to foreign lands in search of a new adventure or simply pitching a tent and gazing at the stars, we’ve found something for every type of traveler.

Travel Gift Ideas for Jet Setters

If you need to find the perfect gift for someone who always has their luggage packed just in case they need to jet off on an impromptu adventure, these are just what you’ve been scouring the globe for. Great for anyone who prefers to keep their head in the clouds but never their feet on the ground.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) Cork Globe from CB2 pinpoints all their past travels and gives them something to look forward to coming home to.

B.) Kate Spade His and Hers Luggage Tags from Papyrus are the perfect wedding or engagement gift for your favorite traveling dynamic duo.

C.) Travel Candles from World Market allows them to take the scent of home on the road with them.

D.) World Map Necklace from Modcloth perfectly embodies the spirit of an aspiring world traveler.

E.) Minute Message Box Notes by Elum are small enough to keep in their carry-on bag so they can send you a quick update from wherever in the world they may be.

F.) Astonishing Erasers by Elum can’t erase travel woes but can keep all their travel correspondence mistake free.

G.) Carpe Diem Passport Holder from Anthropologie keeps their passport protected so they can always seize the day.

H.) Airplane Bloody Mary Kit from Urban Outfitters makes any hour happy hour.

Travel Gift Ideas for Campers

For anyone who’s favorite pair of shoes are hiking boots and who’s more comfortable in a sleeping bag than in a hotel room. Great gifts for someone who loves the smell of campfire in their hair and is happiest as a camper.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) Adventure Together Letterpress Card by Elum, for your favorite camp-mate.

B.) Campfire Candle from ShopSpring.com allows them to bring the scent of a campfire home.

C.)  Stay Sharp 10 oz. Flask by Best Made Co., because no camping trip is complete without story telling around a campfire with good people and a flask of your favorite spirits.

D.)  Camp Vibes Enamel Mug by Poler, for maximum coffee enjoyment outside a tent or at an office desk.

E.) Observer’s Field Guide by Elum is covered in real cork with alternating lined and sketch pages for all of their natural observations (or to help bring that outdoor feeling to their desk all week long)

F.) Happy Camper Pennant from Strawberry Moth, so they can let their camp-flag fly.

G.) Soapsquatch by Leeloo Soap, so they can finally know what it would be like to be held in the sweet embrace of Sasquatch.

Travel Gift Ideas for Star Gazers

Know someone who always has their eyes to the stars? Keep them there with any of these stellar gift ideas, perfect for the amateur astronomer in your life.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) 3-Pack Constellation Notebooks by Elum, for documenting all of their astrological findings.

B.)  Planisphere Watch from Uncommon Goods, for stargazing in style.

C.) Constellation Mug from Amazon, to house the coffee that will keep them awake late enough to find constellations.

D.)  Zodiac Embroidery Hoop from howcouldyouclothing, for those who are looking for more meaning in the stars.

E.) Star Map Book Bound Journal by Elum, for mapping the stars and their thoughts.

F.) Space Case by Realm, for anyone who’s ever wanted a pocket full of stars, this is probably the next best thing.

G.) Space Map Art Print by Capricorn Press, for star-gazing on a cloudy night.

G.) I Need Some Space Bar Soap by Leeloo Soap because it’s out of this world.

 

Have any other great gift ideas for travelers? As an adventurer, what’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Tell us about it in the comments below!

#WeeklyWrapUp: DIY Birthday Beer Koozies

4.07.2017

We’re wrapping up our favorite birthday beverages in celebratory DIY  birthday beer koozies. They are a ridiculously easy way to personalize the gift of beer and make sure the birthday boy or girl is raising their can in style all night long.

Confetti Coated Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make the guest of honor feel like they’re being showed in confetti all night long with this super festive confetti coated koozie.

You Need:

Coat the koozie in white glue, roll in confetti and make sure it’s thoroughly covered. Let dry, shake off any loose pieces and fill in empty spots if necessary.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

The Dapper Gent Birthday Beer Koozies:

For the discerning beer drinker, the dapper gent beer koozie is a reflection of the most sophisticated beer tasting palettes.

You Need:

Select your dapper costume stickers of choice and adhere to the koozie, add googly eyes (use extra adhesive, such hot glue if needed) and don’t forget to have them sip their beer with their pinky out.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Totally Lit Up Birthday Beer Koozies:

Get lit, literally and figuratively with this candle covered creation. Instead of making a wish after blowing out the candles they can make a wish after every beer they finish.

You Need:

  • Foam Beer Koozie
  • Colorful Birthday Candles
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Beer of Choice (we like Modern Times Fruitlands)
  • Strong Adhesive, such as super glue (don’t use hot glue, it will just melt the candle wax)
  • Optional: Small Clear or Yellow Plastic Rhinestones

Glue the colored candles around the base of the koozie. Adhere foam letters above the candles, glue rhinestones sporadically around the top line of the candles as their “flames.” Then make sure the birthday boy or girl follows the instructions on the koozie. **Disclaimer: Don’t actually light the candles (duh) because A.) it will probably melt the foam koozie and B.)  a flaming koozie will be really difficult for the recipient to hold.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Hoppy Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make it their hoppiest birthday yet with this blinged out koozie.

You Need:

Adhere the foam letters to the koozie, use hot glue to cover the rest of the koozie in plastic rhinestones. We used gold and yellow rhinestone to match the sparkling gold color of our favorite hoppy beers.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

What’s the best way someone has raised a birthday beer to you? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Ocean-inspired Bangles: Salty Blue Jewelry

10.18.2016

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryShe is the sea. As fierce as the waves crashing against the sand, as brilliant as the sun glistening off the still water, as mysterious as the unseen world beneath the calm surface.

Salty Blue Jewelry is designed for those who desire to hold onto a piece of the ocean and always keep it close. Tropically inspired with a chic urban elegance that can be worn on any occasion; these are the perfect accessories for a day at the beach or a night on the town.  

Each hand-crafted piece is made from natural raw materials, so no two are ever alike. Embodying the spirit of the ever-changing ocean and the uniqueness of the one who wears it, Salty Blue is a stylish reflection of nature’s beauty and a collective love of exotic beaches and foreign places. 

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryInspired by Hawaii, the bangle collection is an eclectic and sophisticated mixture of raw materials like semi-precious stones, shells, sea glass and pearls. They’re hand crafted with high quality, hammered wire that captures the same shimmer as the sun glistening off of the calm, infinite ocean. 

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryBecause Salty Blue Jewelry embodies the same high-quality, classic fashionability that has come to be expected from Elum,  we are excited to be the exclusive distributor.

The founder and creator of Salty Blue Jewelry, Zoe Berg-Pitt, recently sat down with us to explain how her ocean-inspired jewelry line came to life.

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryElum: What was the inspiration for Salty Blue Jewelry?

Zoe: An extensive shell collection and many visits to tropical beach destinations like Hawaii, Bali, Thailand and Australia. The shells I’d collected had special meaning from my trips so rather than tucking them away somewhere I’d never seen them, I decided to give them a second life as jewelry that can be part of my every day wardrobe. 

Over the years, I sold my jewelry to friends or through word of mouth, but as demand grew I saw its potential to be something bigger. After a trip to Bali last year, something clicked and I was inspired to turn my hobby into a business. My friend and I began bouncing names off of each other while sitting on Bingin Beach in Bali…that’s where Salty Blue was born.

My trip to Bali and desire to start my own business gave me a push to pack up my life in San Francisco (where I was living at the time) and land my feet in the warmer climate of San Diego. Here, the stars aligned and without even seeking it, the first house I looked at had an empty workbench already set up in the garage – some things are just meant to be

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryElum: How did you get started making jewelry? 

Zoe: I’ve been making jewelry since high school. In college my friend’s mom had a set up for soldering wire (drill press, blow torch, oxygen & propane tanks with regulators, etc.) and she offered to teach me how. When friends of mine asked me to make them jewelry, she was kind enough to let me use her workspace.

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryElum: Were there any surprises when you started making jewelry full time? 

Zoe: What I’ve found interesting over this process is that the jewelry appeals to all types of women. Initially, I thought it would only appeal to those who live in coastal towns but I’ve come to find that most women have a little bit of tropical flare inside them. The shells can be playful and feel youthful but are balanced out when paired with high quality metals which is what makes them such an eclectic product.

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryElum: What’s the most important thing about Salty Blue Jewelry to you?

Zoe: I am designing for women like me: the beach-loving, with a little bit of city attitude. Salty Blue is meant to have dual purpose in that it can be can be worn casually on a hot summer day or as the perfect vibrant accessory for a night out on the town. I find that most accessories are either one or the other and not all encompassing. I never take my bangles off and friends of mine who also have bangles say the same!

All the jewelry is also handmade from quality materials that are made to last but won’t break the bank. There is so much overpriced jewelry that doesn’t last so it’s important to me that  Salty Blue offers high quality products that women love and don’t feel they’ve overpaid for.

Ocean Inspired Bangles: Salty Blue JewelryElum: What are the future plans for Salty Blue Jewelry?

Zoe: We’re working on designing additional accessory lines and expanding our current line of bangles with additional semi-precious stones, charms and more exotic piece types like Tahitian pearls.

Eventually we would like to contribute to organizations that conserve the ocean and earth.