{happy weekend!}

Okay folks.  It’s been a busy busy week, so I’m heading out and jumping on the train back home to DC.  I’m looking forward to a calm weekend at home before I start to gear up for next week.  But in the meantime…

9SpotMonk Letterpress Valentines Day Card1 500x350 {happy weekend!}

{zombie valentines from 9spotmonk}

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

{photo by me, taken at NYIGF earlier this week}

January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  It’s been a busy (and tiring) week for me, so I’m definitely ready to wind down and relax over the weekend.  But first, I have a few more photos from this week’s International Gift Fair to share with you!   The Gift Fair is a big show, and the stationery component is on the small side, so I usually spend quite a bit of time gazing at pretty textiles – bedding, pillows, rugs, and other fun interior design pieces.  This year, I fell head over heels for the gorgeous fabric headboards at the John Robshaw booth:

John Robshaw Red White Blue Global Inspired Bedding 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

John Robshaw Red Fabric Bed Headboard 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Isn’t it pretty??  These headboards aren’t available commercially – yet – but I’m hoping they will be soon!

John Robshaw Blue Global Fabric Pillows 500x367 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

John Robshaw Fabric Photo Frames 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

John Robshaw Stationery 500x325 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{john robshaw}

I also love these grosgrain ribbon Positano pillows from the Jonathan Adler booth (more photos from the August show here):

Jonathan Adler Blue Orange Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Jonathan Adler Blue Grosgrain Ribbon Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Jonathan Adler Pink Orange Grosgrain Ribbon Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{jonathan adler}

Blissliving Home had a cute collection of London-inspired bedding and textiles, including these rainy day pillows, a London cityscape duvet cover, and cute felt pillows:

Bliss Living London Raining Bed Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Bliss Living London Duvet Cover 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Bliss Living Pink Heart Pillow 300x409 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 Bliss Living London Fun Pillows 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Bliss Living Gray London Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{blissliving home}

Speaking of felt, Shine Labs makes the most gorgeous floral felt wall panels, which I think would be gorgeous as wedding ceremony backdrops!

Shine Felt Floral Panel Wedding Backdrop Black2 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Shine Felt Floral Panel Wedding Backdrop Black White 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 Shine Felt Floral Panel Wedding Backdrop White 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Shine Felt Pocket Boxes 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Shine Labs also makes beautiful and intricate felt lamps:

Shine Applique Lights 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 Shine Felt Applique Lights 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Shine White Porcelain Vases2 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{shine labs}

I also stopped by the K Studio booth to check out the latest embroidered wall art and pillows:

KStudio Embroidered Canvas Art 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

KStudio Embroidered Canvas Artwork Detail 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 KStudio Embroidered Canvas Art Medium 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

KStudio Embroidered Canvas Pillows3 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

KStudio Embroidered Canvas Pillows 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{k studio}

The Gift Fair is also a wonderful place to spot pretty jewelry and metalwork.  These oxidized pieces are from London-based jeweler and silversmith Maya Selway:

Maya Selway Oxidized Jewelry2 500x338 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Maya Selway Oxidized Jewelry Earrings 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Maya Selway Oxidized Jewelry Cufflinks 500x361 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Maya Selway Oxidized Jewelry Vase 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Maya Selway Oxidized Jewelry Salt Cellar 500x342 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{maya selway}

Also from the UK, cute knit animals, tea towels, and cards from The Black Rabbit:

Black Rabbit UK Sock Puppets 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Black Rabbit UK Tea Towels 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 Black Rabbit UK Folk Stationery 300x444 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Black Rabbit UK Sock Finger Puppets 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{the black rabbit}

And last up, the Wild & Wolf booth had a whole table full of Rob Ryan goodies!  In addition to the mugs and plates that are already on my wish list, they had some vases, tote bags, notebooks, and even bunting that I’d never seen before but are available for purchase at Bodie and Fou:

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Plates 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Gift Wrap 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Notebook 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Tote Bag 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2 Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Ceramic Vase 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Mugs 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

Wild Wolf Rob Ryan Lasercut Goods Bunting 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 2

{rob ryan}

{all photos by me}

January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

I’m up in New York this week helping to judge this year’s LOUIE Awards, and on Tuesday I ran through most of the New York International Gift Fair in an all-day marathon session.  The NYIGF is held twice a year, in August and January, and you can see my coverage of the August show (and other past shows) right here.  The NYIGF is a huuuge show, so I only managed to photograph a tiny portion of the show this time around, but of course I made a special effort to visit my stationery friends exhibiting at the show!

First up, 9SpotMonk had some really cool new letterpress coloring books and letterpress color-in clocks – both perfect for kids!

9SpotMonk Letterpress Coloring Books2 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

9SpotMonk Letterpress Coloring Books 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

9SpotMonk Letterpress Color In Clocks 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

9SpotMonk Letterpress Color In Clocks3 500x355 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

9SpotMonk Letterpress Notebooks 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{9spotmonk}

Shelley from Albertine Press has been busy adding new designs and patterns to her letterpress library collection – I’m particularly fond of the hand drawn fabric patterns and city sets:

Albertine Press Letterpress Library 500x381 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Albertine Press Letterpress Library Patterns 500x358 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Albertine Press Letterpress Library Cities 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Albertine Press Letterpress Library Cities Detail 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{albertine press}

Lots of cool letterpress zigzag guest books, gift wrap sheets, and prints from May Day Studio:

Mayday Studio Letterpress Guest Book 500x355 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Mayday Studio Letterpress Zig Zag Guest Book 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Mayday Studio Letterpress Prints 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{may day studio}

Over in the handmade section of NYIGF, I stopped by the Figs and Ginger booth for a preview of their gorgeous line of custom silhouette wood veneer cake toppers and wedding banners, all coming very soon!

Figs Ginger Custom Wood Silhouette Cake Toppers 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Figs Ginger Wood Silhouette Cake Toppers2 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1 Figs Ginger Small Wood Silhouette Cake Toppers 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Figs Ginger Custom Wood Just Married Garland 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{figs + ginger}

And my girl Laurel from Laurel Denise had some beautiful new jewelry in her booth.  These necklaces are so delicate and lovely in person:

Laurel Denise Handmade Necklaces 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Laurel Denise Handmade Jewelry2 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Laurel Denise Handmade Jewelry 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{laurel denise}

I also stopped by the DaisyD and Friends booth to check out some of the new goodies from Night Owl Paper Goods, including some super-cute Valentine’s Day cards:

DaisyD Stationery Booth NYIGF3 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

DaisyD Stationery Booth NYIGF 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1 DaisyD Stationery Booth NYIGF2 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{night owl paper goods}

After making their NYIGF debut back in August, Pistachio Press was back at the January show with a super-cute booth:

Pistachio Press NYIGF Booth Display2 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Pistachio Press NYIGF Booth Display Quilt 500x361 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Pistachio Press NYIGF Booth Display Kraft Paper Garland 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1 Pistachio Press NYIGF Booth Display Kraft Paper 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Pistachio Press NYIGF Booth Display Masks 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{pistachio press}

I also stopped by the Maptote booth to check out their newest tote bags.  They also have some new screen printed alphabet prints, with each letter illustrated by a different country (so awesome!):

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bags6 500x350 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Country Alphabet Prints2 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1 Maptote Country Alphabet Prints 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bags5 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bags4 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bags3 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Wine Tote Bags 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1 Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Double Wine Tote Bags 300x399 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

Maptote Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bags 500x375 January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

{maptote}

I’ve got more from the January 2011 NYIGF to share with all of you, so check back soon!

{all photos by me}

Ashley + Matt’s Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

Ashley and Matt were married last July in a super-stylish wedding in Baltimore, Maryland.  When it came time for her own wedding invitations, Ashley knew exactly what she wanted, so she set about designing elegant black and white wedding invitations, with pops of green to fit the wedding’s overall rustic theme.

Modern Apple Green Letterpress Wedding Invitations3 500x333 Ashley + Matts Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

From AshleyApple green, black and white were the prominent colors for our wedding.  I wanted our invitations to be classic and elegant, with just a hint of artistic flair.  I designed the invitations myself and had them letterpress printed in black.

Modern Apple Green Letterpress Wedding Invitations Black Text 500x333 Ashley + Matts Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

Simple fonts and bold flourishes drove the design, and we tied everything together with baker’s twine in keeping with our rustic wedding theme.  To add a bit of the green, I cut envelope liners from apple green paper and glued them into the envelopes when they returned from the printer.

Modern Apple Green Letterpress Wedding Invitations2 500x333 Ashley + Matts Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

I created a wedding logo and had it made into a custom rubber stamp.  I then used the stamp to imprint the design onto small muslin bags, into which I inserted the reply cards.  I loved the texture and interest that the muslin bag added to the invitations.

Modern Apple Green Letterpress Wedding Invitations 500x333 Ashley + Matts Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

Modern Apple Green Letterpress Wedding Invitations RSVP 500x333 Ashley + Matts Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

Thanks Ashley!  You can check out more from Ashley’s lovely wedding here and here!

{image credits: ashley sullivan}

Rob Ryan Valentines

Every year, papercut artist (and my personal favorite) Rob Ryan creates a gorgeous lasercut valentine art piece.  You can see last year’s lasercut valentine right here.  I actually have last year’s lasercut, and the photos just don’t do these beauties justice!  Here is this year’s edition:

Rob Ryan Lasercut Valentine Artwork Rob Ryan Valentines

I’m soooo tempted.  Available in Rob’s etsy shop right here!

{image credits: rob ryan}