Friday Happy Hour: Hot Rum Punch

It’s getting cold outside, fast. Which means it’s time to talk about hot drinks. We’ve featured some great cold punches before, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured a hot punch, and that seems like a big oversight. Many of the best classic punches are piping hot – mixed with boiling water, or sometimes even tea. Sounds pretty good right now. So we’ll sign off for the week with a hot rum punch that should keep the cold at bay. Unless you’re in Buffalo. It’s too late for you. – Andrew

Hot Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe OSBP 31 Friday Happy Hour: Hot Rum Punch

Hot Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe Card Shauna Lynn Illustration OSBP Friday Happy Hour: Hot Rum Punch

Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hot Rum Punch

1 oz Aged Rum
1 oz Cachaça or Unaged Rhum Agricole
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 tbsp Raw or Demerara Sugar

Combine your ingredients in a heat-proof mug and top with 6 oz of boiling water. Give the drink a stir to dissolve the sugar. Garnish with some freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick or some whole allspice. Enjoy!

Hot Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe OSBP 20 Friday Happy Hour: Hot Rum Punch

Smooth, rich aged rum and funky, tangy cachaça match to give this drink a complex flavor. Citrusy sweet, it will warm your bones. Consider replacing that hot water with some herbal or black tea for an even more complex punch, but just remember that tea is astringent, so increase your sugar accordingly. Oh, and that black tea has caffeine. Adding black tea basically turns this into a hot, old-fashioned energy drink.

Hot Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe OSBP 13 Friday Happy Hour: Hot Rum Punch

Ok, so this is something of a cheat: punch is supposed to made in big batches, be served in a big bowl, and all that jazz. There’s no oleo sacrum here, either. But it’s really good. So let’s just pretend it’s a single-serve punch for now and we’ll come back to a recipe for a true hot rum punch later.

PS – Don’t forget to look for more recipes, techniques, and vintage glassware finds on my Instagram account, @liquorary. This week, we’ve been playing around with rinses.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you all so much for the toddler sleep tips last week – we’re making incremental progress with Sophie’s bedtime routine, but these days I still feel like I spend about half my day putting either a toddler or a newborn down to sleep. Gah! This weekend I’m looking forward to celebrating a very special first birthday and working on a brand new project that I’m excited to share here in a couple of weeks! But in the meantime…

redravenstudios ceramic crystals Happy Weekend!

Beautiful ceramic crystals by Redraven Studios

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Hand Lettered Wedding Invitations by AllieRuth Design

I’m a longtime fan of the custom invitation work by AllieRuth Design – it has been so fun to watch Allie’s style and beautiful hand lettering evolve over the years! Naturally, I’m a huge fan of the ready-to-order wedding invitation collection that Allie released late last month. The collection includes five designs with a range of customization options, including dip dye, patterned backings, custom-sourced vintage postcards, and of course Allie’s whimsical lettering hand written for each order. So pretty!

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Allie Ruth Wedding Invitations OSBP7 Hand Lettered Wedding Invitations by AllieRuth Design

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Allie Ruth Wedding Invitations OSBP Hand Lettered Wedding Invitations by AllieRuth Design

Thanks Allie!

AllieRuth Design is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Allie’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: AllieRuth Design

DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

As you might be able to guess, we send quite a lot of snail mail in our line of work. Whether it’s thank you notes, catalogs, color samples, or a letter to our loved ones, we try to make all of our outgoing mail a treat for the recipient to receive. Since we have holiday cards on the brain, we decided to come up with some fun and easy addressing options suited to the season. They incorporate fun lettering styles as well as stamping and we just love them all! Want more DIY addressing styles? Check out our first envelope addressing post here. Have fun with the designs and happy addressing! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Addressing Final DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Option One: Do Not Bend Pennant Stamp + White DIY Pointed Pen Calligraphy Addressing. White stamping and white calligraphy ink really pop off of this gorgeous fig colored envelope. While it takes time to perfect using a pointed calligraphy pen, feel free to experiment also with white or silver gel pens for a similar (and easier) effect.

Fig Addressing 1 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Stamp your Please Do Not Bend Pennant Stamp on the lefthand side of your envelope, just a hair above the center. With your pen, draw a line to the bottom with white ink.
Fig Addressing 2 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Next, address the envelope to your loved one using a pointed calligraphy pen and white ink. Start your addressing right below the pennant stamp, as shown above.

Fig Addressing 3 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Let the addressing dry completely (with white calligraphy ink this can take a few hours). Once it’s dry, add your postage and then stamp our Long Live Snail Mail Stamp to the left. Feel free to play with the lettering style of addressing on this design! A simple hand-written block print with white or silver gel ink also looks lovely (see below)!
Fig Addressing 4 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Option Two: Zig-Zag Stamp + Bold Brush Block Lettering. Adding a line of pattern along the bottom of the envelope instantly adds an air of “fun” to the design. When paired with an easy brushed address, the effect is bold and will stand out instantly among the bills and junk mail!

Mint Addressing DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Print your zig-zag stamp in black ink along the bottom edge of the mint colored envelope. You’ll want to make sure that each printing is close together but not overlapping.
Mint Addressing 2 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

With a black brush pen, write out your loved one’s name. We decided to make big block letters for their name (with the mint color showing in the center) and a simple italic print for the address. Once the address is done, add your postage and our Long Live Snail Mail Stamp to complete the look!
Mint Addressing 3 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Option Three: Deliver To Banner Stamp + Hand-lettered Script. Bailey actually designed this adorable “Please Deliver To” stamp to use on her save the date a while back and we think that it makes the perfect snail mail statement on this coral envelope when combined with red addressing. The fun part of this design is that you get the look of calligraphy but with simpler tools! A common felt tipped pen made this gorgeous script. Incredible, right?

Coral Addressing 1 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Start by stamping your Deliver To Banner Stamp on the left hand side of the envelope, a little above center. Angle it so that you can nestle the lettering in underneath it. To make the hand lettered script, use your prettiest cursive and write the name across your envelope. Then, draw a second line along each letter, creating the thick and thin look (as shown above). Refer to a favorite script font for letter shape and style, if needed.

Coral Addressing 2 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Once you’ve done that for the entire name, color in the letters so that they are solid red. Finish out the addressing with a simple italic print for the address. We also added a fun flourish underneath the last address line to gussy the envelope up even more! Draw it in pencil first or practice on a scrap piece of paper if you need to before executing it on your envelope.

Coral Addressing 3 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

While we think all of these styles would be perfectly suited to holiday greetings, we also think that they could be adapted and used on save the dates and Invitations as well! Play around with the techniques and find out what you like best with the cards that you’re sending. We hope that you have just as much fun addressing your cards as you do selecting them!

Materials and Resources

Special Delivery Stamp Kit: Deliver To Banner, Long Live Snail Mail and Do Not Bend Pennant

Feathers & Arrows Stamp Kit: contains the zig-zag stamp

Calligraphy Starter Kit

White Calligraphy Ink

Calligraphy ResourcesSetting up your Tools,  Lower Case Alphabet by Bailey Rivera, Calligraphy Supplies

Brush and Felt Tipped Pens

For envelopes, we discuss many different envelope resources and options in a previous post, found here.

Current USPS Postage

Vintage Postage

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pretty Paper in the Office: Pencil Sharpeners

Whether you use it everyday as a tool, or just have a few around in case you need them, pencils always find their way into the workplace. Which means you also need to have a pencil sharpener around. Even though it’s an afterthought to most, these tiny tools not only serve to sharpen, they can be a cute addition to your workspace. From vintage toy treasures to shiny new sharpeners, you’re bound to find one just right for you. – Julie
PrettyPaperSharpeners Pretty Paper in the Office: Pencil Sharpeners

No. 1 Solid aluminum pencil sharpener

No. 2 Suck UK Clockwork pencil sharpener

No. 3 Dux Outer Ring brass sharpener

No. 4 Vintage Boston pencil sharpener

No.5 Vintage globe sharpener

No. 6 Bakelite double pencil sharpener