Book Preview: Make & Give

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a review copy of the amazing new book Make & Give by Erin Jang and Steph Hung – I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time! I’m a longtime fan of Erin’s design work and Steph is an amazingly talented stylist, so you know a collaboration between these two talented ladies was just bound to be good. I also admire Erin’s ability to come up with (and execute!) the most amazing party themes, from birthday parties to baby showers. Erin and Steph designed the book themselves with an emphasis on bright colors and a modern layout – and the results couldn’t be prettier!


Make & Give features 35 modern and meaningful craft projects for a variety of everyday occasions – not just birthdays and holidays. I love that the projects can be completed by crafters of all skill levels with commonly used materials! It was hard to pick favorites from the 35 projects, but I really love the Custom Growlers and Progressive Date projects – such fun ideas!





Make & Give is available now – grab your copy right here!

From Make & Give by Steph Hung and Erin Jang,  © 2014 by Steph Hung and Erin Jang.  © 2014 Photographs by Erin Jang. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA.

Roost Books sent me a copy of this book for review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Abby + Frewin’s Modern Rustic Wood Veneer Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations from Anelise Salvo Design Co. mix simple details with natural materials for a rustic wedding in the woods. Inspired by the Orcas Island wedding location, the invitation was printed on sassafras wood veneer and included natural elements like pressed ferns and twine!


From Anelise: It was Abby and Frewin’s dream to be married in the woods and I was beyond excited I could help create their dream invitation suite! I took Abby’s love for simple typography and mixed it with some natural elements. The invitation was printed on sassafras wood and incorporates pressed leaves and natural twine to hold the suite together along with a tea-stained, rustic manila tag with their wedding logo.



We chose a natural kraft paper envelope and carried their wedding typography onto the envelopes. The suite evokes the rustic Orcas Island terrain Abby was hoping would come across and get her guests excited for a weekend in the woods!




 Thanks Anelise!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Anelise Salvo Design Co.

Holly + Blake’s Antique Book-Inspired Wedding Invitations

As an avid reader, I can definitely appreciate these wedding invitations from Emily at Flyaway Paperworks inspired by the title page of a well-loved book. Emily used a dark inky blue for the invitation details and even incorporated a faux leather envelope liner and belly band reminiscent of an antique book cover!


From Emily: I’ve always adored the look of vintage books, and the elegant simplicity of all of the typefaces and characters (especially those gorgeous ampersands and borders!). So I was thrilled to design this autumnal suite, inspired by the title page of a well-loved, favorite book.



The invitation and RSVP card were printed onto hand-dyed Crane Lettra 110 Pearl White Paper with inky blue letterpress ink. One of my favorite parts of this suite is the faux-leather envelope liner and belly band, reminiscent of an old book cover, to add texture and earthy color. To top it all off, we used vintage postage stamps in the colors of Holly and Blake’s fall palette.







 Thanks Emily!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Flyaway Paperworks

Friday Happy Hour: Apple Cider Granita

I’m so happy that it’s finally fall, DC’s finest hour, when the heat and humidity break and the city is livable again. So seize the day and drink down as many fall drinks as you can! That’s what we’re doing this week: apple cider, mulling spices, brown sugar, dark rum – perfect for this weather, hot or cold – and the perfect cocktail for a Halloween party! – Andrew



llustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Apple Cider Granita

4 Cups Apple Cider
8 oz Aged Rum
1 1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Allspice Dram
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
10-20 Whole Cloves
2-3 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Crushed Nutmeg

Combine apple cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for one hour. Add the rum, triple sec, and allspice dram.

Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into 8-inch metal baking pan. Freeze until the edges begin to set, then use a fork to scrape, breaking up the frozen sections into light flakes. Freeze, scraping and breaking up mixture every 20–30 minutes until it resembles fluffy shaved ice, about 3 hours. Cover and freeze until ready to serve.



The result is a sweet and spicy granita with a kick that’s perfect for a fall desert. Granitas are, I think, an underutilized desert – they’re light and crunchy and full of fruit flavor. But you don’t just have to enjoy this recipe cold. We tasted the mix while it was simmering and it was delicious. Pretty much a classic, hot mulled cider with rum has kept many a New Englander warm in the fall. So have it hot, or have it cold… or double the recipe and have it both ways. Can’t go wrong.

P.S.–These gorgeous silver-rimmed coupes are available for sale at our new Etsy shop, Liquorary.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m going to be honest – we’ve had a rough week over here. Sophie is going through some typical two year old tantrums (we’ve started referring to her as our “twonager” since it’s a nice little preview of what she’ll be like as a teenager), and when you combine that with a needy newborn you get two very tired parents. I know this is just a phase, but I feel like I could sleep for about a week straight if given the opportunity! For now I’ll just settle for (hopefully) a few extra minutes this weekend, but in the meantime…


Photo by the incredibly talented Thuss & Farrell

…a few links for your weekend:

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Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo