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  • Here Comes Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Inspired Items

    Somehow this month has flown by, and it's already mid-October! The store is already in full Halloween mode, with adorable invitations, decorating ideas, and party gear galore. One trend we've been into this year are the beautifully intricate skull designs, inspired by the sugar skulls associated with Day of the Dead celebrations. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos,  is a holiday observed October 31 - November 2 throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The traditional sugar skulls date back to 18th century Mexico, and have more recently made an appearance in popular design, popping up everywhere from notebooks to glassware and everywhere in between. Below are a few of our favorite Dia de los Muertos inspired items currently available at Rock Paper Scissors: Day of the Dead Masks Sugar Skulls The Day of the Dead Mask Kit includes all sorts of fun decorating options and makes up to 6 masks! Kit includes pre-cut shapes, pre-printed mouths, assorted papers (including glitter paper!), adhesive gems, wooden sticks, and templates. If you're feeling particularly crafty, add some twine and tissue paper to make a festive garland, like that shown below. Day of the Dead Skulls garland how to Searching for ideas to make treat bags extra special this season? Look no further than this Halloween Treat Kit, complete with black and orange twine and tags featuring a ghost, witch, and skull designs. Halloween Treat Kid Skull Twine Witch and Ghost Make your Halloween party invitations extra special with this set of skull invitations (party details are on the flip side). Halloween Skull Invitations Love the skull idea but not in the market for invitations? We've got you covered there too - this set of 10 folded notecards and envelopes is great for Halloween, but can carry over long past the holiday! We're swooning of the intricate gold foil details and the shimmery matching envelope. Day of the Dead Gold Skulls Stationery Set Can't get enough of these skull designs? Check out this recent post from Sweet Heather Anne - we're absolutely obsessed and these cookies look almost too good to eat! Key word: almost. She's hosting a Halloween cookie decorating workshop in Ann Arbor - learn more here! Dia de los Muertos Cookie Decorations Here's hoping you have a festive Dia de los Muertos and a happy Halloween! Stay tuned to the blog - we'll be sharing more Halloween fun in the next few days!
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  • Wedding Wednesday: A Lavender Love Affair with Lindsey and Peter

    We absolutely loved working with Lindsey and Peter on the day of signage for their July nuptials in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From the delicious treats from Sweet Heather Anne to the program, their wedding (at gorgeous Misty Farms) was filled to the brim with love and lavender! Below, we're sharing a few of our favorites that showcase the couple's custom signage and day-of details below. For more photos of this seriously swoon-worthy wedding, head over to the blogs of Nicole Haley Photography and Sweet Heather Anne, where you can see full albums with photos from throughout the day, including the floral design, event details, and much, much more! custom wedding signage michigan rustic wedding cropped Chalkboard signage adorned the grounds at Misty Farms for the event, including this favorite, which listed menu items "to start," "to feast," and "the sweets." Lavender Wedding Invitation Ann Arbor We absolutely loved the sweet lavender details in the ceremony program. Table Setting Lavender Wedding Ann Arbor Michigan The table numbers each listed an Ann Arbor location of importance to the bride and groom - how sweet! couple michigan rustic barn wedding Congratulations Lindsey & Peter! Thanks for choosing Rock Paper Scissors to help with your special day! Photos by: Nicole Haley Photo Venue: Misty Farms Event Planner: Anchor Events & Design Floral Design: Passionflower Wedding Dress: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor    

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Rock Paper Scissors on Style Me Pretty!

    We were thrilled to be a part of Laura and William's gorgeous Michigan wedding. We had an absolute blast working with the lovely couple and Alison at Viva la Diva to execute some truly unique day-of goodies, including hand lettered signage, custom coffee sleeves, and vinyl door menus. We LOVE how everything turned out, and have been absolutely swooning over the photos of the event from Chelsea Brown Photography currently featured on Style Me Pretty! We've included some shots of our favorite custom RPS collaboration items below - but make sure you check out the full feature to sneak a peek inside the gorgeous fête, held earlier this spring at Zingerman's Cornman Farms. Laura and Will's Rustic Michigan Farm Wedding Custom Day of Wedding Extras 1. Laura and William's wedding program. 2. The couple's initials and wedding date were designed, then made into adorable vinyl signage. 3. A cute table tent note encouraged guests to "Leave Laura and William a Note!" 4. The initials and wedding date design was also used to create custom napkins for the event. 5. Peonies, cute signage, and coffee sleeves made for an adorable beverage bar. 6. Each glass pane of the entrance doors featured hand lettered sayings and cocktail features. Our favorite? "It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty of half full. There is clearly room for more wine." Check out the feature on Style Me Pretty to see the rest! 7. The event's menu signage was displayed in this sweet frame and included hand drawn illustrations. 8. The bar and specialty cocktail menu had some adorable extras as well!

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  • Celebrate Everything: National Coffee Day!

    Happy Monday everyone! Today is a particularly special Monday - it's National Coffee Day! We at RPS are quite fond of coffee - as evidenced by our morning rituals, as well as the variety of coffee-inspired gifts and goodies that make their way into the store. Below is a roundup of our current favorites lining the shelves and walls of RPS. From mugs and travel thermos options, to wall art prints and wrap, we hope you find the perfect item to celebrate national coffee day, either to treat yourself, or your favorite coffee aficionado. Bottoms up! National Coffee Day Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor Michigan 1. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Art Print - We love this bold, type heavy print. It's perfect for a kitchen prep area, dining nook, office, or any other home of life space where you enjoy a cup of joe. 2. Good Morning Asshole Mug - We LOVE this mug, and our customers do too! They've been absolutely flying off the shelves, and not a day goes by that a RPS visitor doesn't get a good chuckle over the fun, sassy sentiment. 3. Show your Michigan pride with a Love Michigan Mug (also available in white). 4. This black and white chevron mug (with an adorable lime green polka dot handle) is just the thing to add a fun, bold pattern to your kitchen. Mix and match with other Coton Colors dish and serveware, also available at Rock Paper Scissors. 5. In need of a easy method to bring your coffee to go? How about a travel thermos with your favorite, custom pattern? Add extra personalization with your name or monogram - with our customizable thermos options, the sky truly is the limit. 6. Take cream with your coffee? Add some whimsy to your kitchen or table with this cow cream dispenser. 7. The Coffee Deck is a set of playing cards, complete with information, facts, and fun trivia tidbits about everyone's favorite caffeinated drink. 8. We're loving this illustrated art print, which reads "With Enough Coffee, Anything is Possible." 9. More of a mug than a thermos person? Our endless options for custom patterns and designs are also available for mugs and other drinkware. 10. Perfect for lovers of both coffee and tea, this illustrated sheet wrap is the perfect way to dress up any gift for your favorite beverage lover. Find all these and more at Rock Paper Scissors, located on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Happy National Coffee Day!

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  • Happy Birthday Detroit!

    On Thursday, July 24 (tomorrow!) the City of Detroit will celebrate its 313th birthday. At Rock Paper Scissors, we love the 313.* From Belle Isle to Eastern Market, Campus Martius to Ponyride Detroit, we always relish the opportunity to visit our longtime favorite locations, while also discovering exciting new restaurants, watering holes, and much MUCH more in the D. The Detroit Historical Society is hosting a birthday party for the Motor City on Thursday, July 24th with food trucks, brews from Atwater Brewery, and entertainment from the Motor City Soul Club. In honor of Detroit’s big birthday, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite Detroit themed gifts and goodies, perfect for celebrating 313 years in the 313. product-roundup   We've got a lot of love for the Motor City! From pencils to postcards, notebooks to guide books, there's a whole lot of awesome lining the shelves at RPS, imported from the D. Detroit-Jewel-Oven - Rock Paper Scissors blog - www.blog.rockpaperscissorsshop.com   While decidedly not a gift or product, we're still so very obsessed with our Detroit Jewel stove, on proud display in the kitchen section of Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor. A product of the Detroit Stove Works company, the Jewel had it's heyday of popularity in the 1920s, and we're so very happy this beautiful oven calls RPS home. Wanna know more? The Detroit Historical Society has more information on the history of the company (plus cool vintage advertisements!) available here. Michigan Illustated Apron - Rock Paper Scissors blog - www.blog.rockpaperscissorsshop.com   The illustrated aprons currently stocking the shelves in our Michigan section pay special homage to the city of Detroit, with vintage style lettering, plus illustrations of Joe Louis Arena, Motown, Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Palace of Auburn Hills, and automotive giants Ford and GM. Belle-Isle-to-8-Mile---Insider's-Guide-to-Detroit---Rock-Paper-Scissors-Blog Looking to explore Detroit, but don't know where to start? Have no fear - the Detroit Insider's Guide is here! This handy book is chock full of information - in fact, more than 1,000 attractions, sites, institutions, events, restaurants, bars, shops, and curiosities are covered within its pages, from 8 Mile to Belle Isle, and from the essential to the obscure.  Grab your copy - adventure awaits! Michigan Illustrated Letterpress Regional Map - Rock Paper Scissors + Belle & Union Co. - www.blog.rockpaperscissorsshop.com Perhaps two of our all time favorite things are included in this illustrated map: the state of Michigan and letterpress printing. A collaboration between Rock Paper Scissors and Belle & Union, this 11" x 14" art print is an RPS exclusive, with navy hand lettering and original illustrations of some of Michigan's most well known regions, including the City of Detroit in a flag icon. we're down with Detroit - Rock Paper Scissors - www.rockpaperscissorsshop.com At RPS, we are most certainly down with all things Detroit. Show your love for the D with these black and gold pencils, and more importantly, get down with your bad self at the birthday celebration for the 313 tomorrow, July 24!  Happy Birthday Detroit! Love, Team RPS.   *For any readers not from the Mitten, 313 is the area code for most of the city. 313 used to cover the whole Southeast Michigan region, until 810 was introduced in 1993.

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  • Festive Finds: Favorite Kitchen & Party Items for 4th of July

    Looking for a little something extra in red, white, or blue to liven up your kitchen or table settings? Look no further that our favorite picks for entertaining and decorating, with a decidedly festive (yet subtle) feel. With classic designs and  hues, these items are perfect for the 4th of July, and all year round! with text 1. Blue solo cup, fill 'er right up! This set of four melamine cups are designed to look like the solo cups of beer pong glory days. Dishwasher safe. Party and picnic friendly. 2. This adorable Fishs Eddy white mason jar is perfect for cold drinks on a hot summer night, or as a vase for cut flowers on an outdoor patio table. 3. Looking to up your cocktail game?  Look no further. The Bar10der (get it, barTENder?) is a handy-dandy 10-in-one bartending tool that includes a muddler, standard and channel knives, a jigger, a reamer, a zester, a foldout stirrer, a corkscrew, a strainer, and a requisite bottle opener. Libations await! 4. We love the hue of this pale blue dinner plate. It's the perfect pop of color to compliment almost any tablescape. Just one of our many favorites from New York icon Fishs Eddy! Looking for more color options? Round out your 4th of July set with red and white as well. 5. As American as apple pie, this red milk bottle is a great addition to any kitchen. Use it for milk at Sunday brunch, to hold cream for coffee, or for placing a sunflower on the windowsill. Whichever use you choose, the piece is sure to make you wax nostalgic for simpler times (and is great to balance out all the high tech kitchen appliances of today!). 6. This classic navy mug is perfect for a nautical lake house, a classic kitchen, or a cup of coffee to jumpstart your 4th of July holiday morning! 7. This white milk bottle has a classic shape and goes with everything! Holds one pint (16 oz.). 8. Celebrate the 4th with red, white, and blue custom plates from Boatman Geller. Choose your custom message, font, and font color. 9. This gardenia and tuberose mason jar candle smells absolutely amazing. Hand poured in the USA! Available in assorted scents and colors - but might we recommend the red (pomegranate and spruce), white (sweet cream), and blue (gardenia and tuberose)? Perfect lighting for your deck or patio once the sun sets on your party! Check out all scents and sizes here. 10. A colorful magnetic timer is an easy way to spruce up your kitchen, stat! 11. We're obsessed with Fishs Eddy - can you tell? Everything they do is classic, American awesome, and their bowls (shown here in navy) are no exception. 12.  Perhaps the more revered solo cup color, this set of four red melamine cups are a great find for the holiday. More sturdy than the original solo version, without sacrificing the classic aesthetic.
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