The 2016 National Stationery Show: Sneak Peek!

Hi hi hi! I’m back in DC and back from the 2016 National Stationery Show. What a whirlwind! I just wanted to pop in to say that I’m still working on sorting and editing all of my photos from the show – we’ll be starting full show recaps and sharing photos from this year’s Paper Party this week! But in the meantime, I thought I’d share a little sneak peek of the show from my Instagram. You may have already seen these if you follow me over there, but there’s so much more still to come from this year’s show!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: AHeirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Obsessed with these new cocktail stir sticks from AHeirloom

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Anne and Kate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

An art print for all the boss ladies out there by Anne and Kate

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Antiquaria / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Beautiful gold foil on indigo by Antiquaria

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Brylo Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern California minimalist vibes from Brylo Studio

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Dear Hancock / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’m just so glad this Dear Hancock card exists

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Emily McDowell Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The perfect pregnancy card from Emily McDowell Studio

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Fox and Fallow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hologram foil and tropical vibes from Fox & Fallow

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Ink Meets Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this new tone-on-tone card series from Ink Meets Paper

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Ladyfingers Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Aaaaalllll the hashtags from Ladyfingers Letterpress

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Lionheart Prints / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ha! By Lionheart Prints

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Moglea / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hand painted (truly and actually) over a letterpress half tone pattern by Moglea

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Off Switch / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pretty hand painted floral patterns in gold foil by Off Switch Shop

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this weekly notepad from Power and Light Press!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Yes and yes, from Richie Designs

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Rifle Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Brand new 12-month weekly agendas from Rifle Paper Co.!

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Shannon Kirsten Illustration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Yes, let’s! By Shannon Kirsten Illustration

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: Tack and Ward / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this card from Tack and Ward‘s new sanity series

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: The Good Twin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The cutest new enamel pins from The Good Twin

National Stationery Show 2016 Sneak Peek: The Great Lakes Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pastel rainbows from The Great Lakes Goods!

More to come from NSS 2016 soon!

Friday Happy Hour: A Classic Mojito

Last week, we hinted at this month’s theme without coming right out and saying it: mint! Our garden is overgrown with mint. Mint is a hardy, vivacious plant; it can quickly overtake a garden if it’s not constantly pruned back. Pruned back to, say, make cocktails! And, especially this time of year, that means Mojitos. Let’s revisit the Classic Mojito, shall we?  Andrew

 Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

A Classic Mojito

2 oz Silver Rum
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
Mint
Soda Water

Add a sprig of mint and the simple syrup to a highball glass and muddle until the mint is shredded a bit but not ground to a pulp. (Don’t muddle so hard that the mint oxidizes quickly and turns brown!) Add the rum and lime juice, dropping in half a spent lime shell (a single, whole lime yields about an ounce of juice). Top with crushed ice and soda water. Give it a stir and enjoy!

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Mojito is a classic, a Cuban drink that’s basically a Daiquiri with a touch of effervescent soda water and cooling mint. So, while the Daiquiri can work as a year-round drink, the Mojito really belongs, spiritually, to the summer. A Mojito is, simply put, glorious on a hot day: sweet, cool, bright, fresh, and delicious.

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Since the Mojito is a Cuban drink, think Cuban rum here. Bacardi – which started in Cuba before it moved to Puerto Rico after the revolution – makes a silver rum that’s a good fit. Now that the U.S. has finally eased the embargo on Cuba, you can also find real Cuban rum in the States again, such as Havana Club 3 Años. But, really, the point here is fresh ingredients: fresh lime, fresh mint, raw sugar: this is what will give you the best Mojito

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

It’s FINALLY here! The National Stationery Show starts on Sunday! I leave for New York early tomorrow morning, and I’ll do my best to share a couple of recaps from New York early next week, but don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for real time updates! And who knows, I might even try to share a few glimpses on Snapchat and Periscope (I’m @beautifulpaper everywhere) – what?!? I have no idea what I’m doing on either of those platforms, but why not? In the meantime…

Paperfelt via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image by Paperfelt via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week from Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! Check back in just a bit for this week’s cocktail recipe! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press

Our final NSS 2016 Sneak Peek comes from the talented ladies of Missoula, Montana-based Noteworthy Paper & Press (booth #2141)! This year, Noteworthy Paper & Press is expanding on their collection of hand illustrated and hand lettered cards that speak to a love for nature and the beautiful world we live in. In addition to nature-inspired greeting cards, they’re also debuting flat-printed cards and art prints featuring painted sceneries with hand lettered inspirational quotes. They’re also adding screen printed tote bags, zip pouches, notepads, and (my personal favorite) colorful letterpress die cut state postcards!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More from Noteworthy Paper & Press right here!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona & Ruth

Our next NSS 2016 sneak peek comes from a familiar face, but a brand new company name! Kim of Paper Lovely recently renamed her business Ramona & Ruth after her two grandmothers. In addition to the new company name, Kim has been busy designing new greeting cards, gift tags, and notebooks – all making their debut at the National Stationery Show starting on Sunday! Kim’s focus this year has been on black and white designs with a pop of color and gold foil. So fun and refreshing!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More from Ramona & Ruth right here!