Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day, Part 4

Yay February! I’ll honestly take almost anything over January, even if it is a rather odd short month with an occasional extra day. The days are getting longer and there’s a promise of spring – even if we still have plenty of snow on the ground. And whether you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day (or both!), there’s definitely love in the air these days! Luckily we’ve got just enough time to squeeze in one final Valentine’s Day card round up. And in case you missed them, you can find my previous round ups right here – and even more in the Market List right here!

Valentine's Day Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Quill & Fox

2. Evermore Paper Co.

3. Richie Design

4. Wild Ink Press

5. Fat Bunny Press

6. Thimblepress

7. Little Low

8. Tack and Ward

9. Belle & Union

10. Meeschmosh

p.s. More Valentine’s Day card round ups right here!

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 3

Happy Monday everyone! We’re still VERY much snowed in after getting almost two feet of snow over the weekend, and I’m already starting to get a bit stir crazy after so many days inside (and the kiddos out of school!). So today I thought I’d start the week off with a big dose of happy in the form of Valentine’s Day cards! This round up is full of some gorgeous copper and gold foil, hand lettering and hand painted elements, and food and gems – even enameled pins! And in case you missed them, you can find my previous round ups right here!

Valentine's Day Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. A gorgeous card from In The Daylight with coper foil on black paper

2. This card from Near Modern Disaster is perfect for the occasion

3. Send this XO pin and post card from The Good Twin to your bestie – the enameled pins make a sweet gift!

4. I love the subtle desert vibes and matte gold foil in this card from Antiquaria

5. Obsessed with this gold foil gem card from BerinMade London

6. Truth from The Paper Cub

7. For all the donut lovers out there from Hello Small World

8. Sweet and beautiful simplicity in this card from E.Frances Paper with hand painted watercolor details and copper foil text

9. This card from Farewell Paperie tells it like it is!

10. Such a sweet card from People I’ve Loved

p.s. More Valentine’s Day card round ups right here!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And welcome to my first Friday round up of the New Year! It feels nice to be back in a regular schedule and sharing some favorite links of the week with all of you. In fact, the last time I did one of these posts we had just embarked on the renovation of our home’s only full bathroom. And I’m happy to report that, a month later, our bathroom is finally done! It took sooooo much longer than I had originally anticipated and we still have a few finishing touches to take care of, but I can’t wait to share it with you! It’s seriously the most amazing transformation. But in the meantime…

Send More Love / In The Daylight via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image via In The Daylight

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! Stay tuned for another mocktail recipe this afternoon – we’ll be doing one each week for the rest of the month! If you missed it, last week’s Mock Mai Tai recipe was SO good! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 1

I tend to view Valentine’s Day as less of a romantic occasion and more as a general celebration of love all around. Besties, family members, kids, and even work colleagues are all just as deserving of a Valentine’s Day card as spouses, partners, boyfriends, and girlfriends. Because we can always use a little bit more love, right? I have a few friends that actually send annual Valentine’s Day cards instead of holiday cards and I love that idea SO much! It’s a wonderful bright spot in post-holidays winter dreariness to find a cheerful Valentine’s Day card in my mailbox. Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day Cards this year!

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine's Day Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Odd Daughter

2. Sycamore Street Press

3. Idlewild Co.

4. Our Heiday

5. Hennel Paper Co.

6. Hello!Lucky

7. Cardtorial

8. Moglea

9. Dahlia Press

10. Bespoke Letterpress

11. Sugar Paper

12. Ladyfingers Letterpress

Friday Happy Hour: A Mock Tai

So, last month’s exploration of classic cocktails was cut a little short. We decided, with very little notice, to undertake a major house renovation project, the complete redo of our only full bathroom. Over the holidays. Yeah, we’re smart people. Anyway, we’re back this month to do something we’ve never done before: spend some time trying out mocktail recipes. Yup. This January is now Dry-uary. Let’s start with a mocktail version of one of our favorite Tiki drinks: A Mock Tai  Andrew

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: The Mock Tai / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

A Mock Tai

1 oz Pineapple Shrub
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 Rose Cordial
Ginger Beer

Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and add the shrub, orgeat, juices, and cordial. Top with ginger beer. Gently slide a barspoon into the glass, then twirl it between your hands while moving the spoon up and down to swizzle the drink. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: The Mock Tai / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dryuary is a real thing, sort of, a semi-serious annual tradition of taking a month off from drinking in order to reset your relationship with alcohol. Or something along those lines. I decided to give it a try this year, to start the year refreshed and to have some time to thing about which cocktails I’d like to write about for the rest of the year and to finally give myself some time to seriously try out some mocktail recipes.

I’ve given mocktails short shrift, and I wish I hadn’t. Some people don’t drink, and sometimes people who drink don’t want to drink or can’t drink, and they still deserve well-crafted mocktails with the same depth of flavor and texture as a cocktail, just without the booze. So: Dryuary.

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: The Mock Tai / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This Mock Tai is inspired, of course, by the tropical flavors of a Mai Tai. It doesn’t seek to mimic or emulate a Mai Tai; there’s no way you can really do that without rum. It combines a brightly tart, fruity shrub (a vinegar-based syrup) with creamy, rich orgeat – the quintessential Mai Tai ingredient (after that rum). Throw in some sweet and tart citrus, a bit of floral sweetness, and ginger beer’s peppy zip, and you have something that has a Tiki drink’s depth of layered flavors without parodying them

And it’s pretty tasty, too.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper