**update, congratulations to sarah–you’re walking away with a new set of personal stationery! be sure to check out your inbox today for more details.
it’s officially spring! it’s great to see people walking around outside, the leaves starting to bud, and flowers starting to pop up in the yard.
i don’t know about you, but finally being able to emerge from winter hibernation has totally put me into spring cleaning mode. we’ve already cleared out our closet (mainly because we’re doing some major bedroom renovation), we’re in process of purging our bookshelves, and i vacuumed and polished the flooring in our entire house this morning. and with all this household cleaning, don’t you deserve a fresh start to your stationery as well?
who doesn’t love getting real mail these days…and not just another bill. in honor of spring, all 1 color letterpress printed stationery is ON SALE (until the end of april)! that means you get 50 letterpress printed cards + printed envelopes for $100! that’s only $2 per set, made just for you.
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AND what’s even better, i’m giving away a FREE set of 50 to 1 very lucky person…just leave a comment on this post telling me anything about spring. Make sure you comment before March 28th, and I’ll email the random winner to discuss details.
we are continuously drawn the timeless aesthetic found in classic designs. the clean lines and ‘simplicity’ create a seemingly effortless beauty…think about all those mid century modern pieces of furniture. but the simplest things are often the hardest to create because your eyes are not distracted by a bunch of fluff and the details really matter. last fall, i had the opportunity to work with siobhan and raleigh (2 of more nearest and dearest friends) to create a complete suite that tied into their virginia vineyard wedding.
siobhan and raleigh wanted to create a feeling of elegance with a touch of fun. they wanted to be able to look back at the paper suite on their 50th anniversary and still love every part of it. imagine our parents’ generation looking through wedding photos today laughing at permed hair, baby blue tuxes, and billowing/poufy (long) sleeves…one of a wedding couples biggest fears. and yes, my parents had all of the above in their wedding album.
the invitations were simple without too much ornament or fuss. i worked with bon and raleigh to choose complimentary fonts that would embody their elegant yet fun personalities. we included their wreath/seal ‘monogram’ on the reply card (and also many day of materials) and added the spunk on the illustrated map.
photo credit: kate mcgee photography
i was so thrilled to be a part of their big day and am just sorry it’s taken me so long to finally create this blog post!
is it just me, or is there a new baby or expectant family everywhere you turn…strolling downtown, seated at dinner next to you, on facebook/instagram…the list goes on. well we’ve had several friends have new additions to the family, and we’ve doubled our niece/nephew count with 3 new little ones this year! and i know it’s not the same, but we even brought home a new 4 legged baby to our home this summer…
okay, but enough about our dog(s)…back to juliana’s announcements.
my sister asked me to create a birth announcement for juliana that was just as special and fun as maddie’s were (remember these, way way way back when?) since juliana is named after her paternal grandfather, julius, it was fitting to incorporate a family tree. i loved the idea of also tying together the forest animals that i’ve been so fond of for my sister…maddie’s announcements had an owl and her birthday party invites sported the party animals. so i went to my sketchbook and drew a woodland scene focused around a ‘family tree’ where juliana is cradled on one branch and big sister maddie is swinging from another. doesn’t this remind you of the scene from sleeping beauty where aurora is singing to all her forest friends?
it’s no secret that i love everything about the ocean, lakes, rivers, even pools. i personally love splashing around in the water, but it’s the multitude of creatures and life in the water that is really intriguing…i know, i’m a nerd.
you’ve already seen me explore my love for marine animals in these drawings here and here. and below is the most recent product of my love for all things ‘under the sea.’
an old friend of mine, dory from the doyle dispatch, is having twins (she’s due any time now) and she has a nautical themed nursery. these cards are perfect, right? and with all of the love these babies are going to get from family, friends, and neighbors, the doyles can send these out as thank yous, notes ‘from the babies,’ or whatever else they’re in the mood for.
A big congrats to Nicole and Jake on their wedding this past Saturday! This one was especially near and dear to me because Nicole and I grew up right down the street from each other…remember, she’ll always be Baby Brackett to me? AND, a mid october wedding (ahem, Oct 15, TEN15…you know the story) is really special to me. Fall in Virginia is so beautiful and it really is the perfect time to get married. I may be a little biased, but I can’t help it.
Nicole and Jake chose to continue the willow tree theme from their save the dates into their wedding invitations. They also got married with a willow tree as a backdrop to their altar, so everything tied together really nicely. I’m so happy for Nicole and Jake and am proud to share an anniversary weekend with them!
I was so honored to participate in Charlottesville’s flea-VILLE this weekend, as part of Tom Tom’s Tomtoberfest…yes, that was a lot of word-play.
My friends from Kindred Paper, asked me to join their booth and also contribute some artwork for a few of their cards. This was not only Kindred’s debut but also my first time selling studio goodies at a market-like setting. We were also joined by Emily and Adam who make knitted goods and art prints respectively. The four of us has so much fun spending the afternoon together and meeting all the other vendors–there was a little of everything from paper to vintage antiques to food trucks…yes, I said food trucks.
It was also wonderful because it was located 5 blocks from our house, so my husband walked the dogs over to say hi. They seriously were the best advertisement we could ask for…I mean, who can resist those puppy faces? And no, they are not related by blood…nor are they the same breed. In fact, they are both mutts that we love so much and were just destined to be brothers.
I had a blast and hope everyone who came out to the market had fun and enjoyed looking at (and even buying) some cards.
check out what I brought home yesterday! This new-to-me printing press is a 1934 Chandler and Price platen press that I bought from Maggie and Phil in Alexandria.
Phil’s father was a hobby printer and had a garage full of printing treasures. Phil described him as a man who took his hobbies very seriously and gave 200% into everything he did. I and several other printers & collectors were lucky enough to take home some of these hidden beauties.
I still have quite a ways to get this guy in printing order (it hadn’t been printed with in over 20 years). Next on the to-do? Get new rollers & trucks, a boxcar base, tympan paper, and clean all the layers of dirt and grease off this thing!