Welcome Baby!

A couple of months ago I declared this to be the year of babies – I would need several sets of fingers and toes just to count all of the friends who recently had a baby or will welcome a baby over the next few months.  I’m guessing that many of you are experiencing something similar, so when my friend Janice asked for some recommendations on baby congratulations cards I thought I’d pull together a quick round-up that I could share with all of you!  Enjoy!

Baby Girl Pop up Card 500x406 Welcome Baby!

{Candyspotting, also available in a boy version}

Pearl Marmalade Baby 300x393 Welcome Baby! Fugu Fugu Welcome Baby 300x393 Welcome Baby!

{Pearl & Marmalade |  Fugu Fugu Press}

Flora Fauna Baby Boy 300x330 Welcome Baby! Flora Fauna Baby Girl 300x330 Welcome Baby!

{Flora and Fauna Press}

ByvikInk Stroller Baby 500x359 Welcome Baby!

{Byvik Ink}

Fine Day Press Baby Boy 300x367 Welcome Baby! Fine Day Press Baby Girl 300x367 Welcome Baby!

{Fine Day Press}

Lucky Bee Press Baby 500x375 Welcome Baby!

{Lucky Bee Press}

Dutch Door Press Welcome Baby 300x364 Welcome Baby! Dutch Door Press Rock a Bye Baby 300x364 Welcome Baby!

{Dutch Door Press}

Ink Iron Baby Card 300x355 Welcome Baby! hello lucky baby 300x355 Welcome Baby!

{Ink & Iron |  Hello! Lucky}

Flywheel Press Baby Feet 500x333 Welcome Baby!

{Flywheel Press, also available in pink}

{all images from their respective sources}

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Nicole + Steven’s Wedding Day Details

As promised, I’ve got a few more details that Nicole was kind enough to share from her wedding earlier this year.  If you couldn’t already tell from the invitations, Nicole and Steven are quite the crafty couple – and I’m completely in love with all of the details that they came up with for their wedding, including the incredible table number displays and guest book!

Creative Modern Wedding Escort Card 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

From Nicole: Escort cards for the reception were laid out on the bar for the guests to find their seats, and we provided dessert cards for the small buffet of sweets.

Creative Modern Wedding Favor Ideas 300x450 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details Creative Modern Wedding Table Numbers 300x450 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Creative Modern Wedding Table Numbers3 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Our table numbers were inspired by a J. Crew storefront design – they were super easy, but very time consuming, to make.  We kept the table centerpiece arrangements simple, but there were four different options depending on the table size.

Creative Modern Wedding Table Numbers2 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Creative Modern Wedding Table Decor 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Each centerpiece and table number involved the nail and string table number, a candle holder, and a floral or succulent piece.

Creative Modern Wedding Guest Book Ideas Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Creative Modern Wedding Guest Book 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

I’ve been a reader of Joanna Goddard’s blog, A Cup of Jo, for a while now.  When she got married, she had a series of people blog about their secret to a happy marriage.  Steven and I decided it would be the perfect for our guestbook.

Creative Modern Wedding Guest Book for Kids 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

Instead of having a list of names, we thought it would be so sweet for all of our loved ones to be able to offer us some advice.  For the kids attending the wedding, we created to something to keep them occupied for a little bit.

Creative Modern Wedding Confetti 500x333 Nicole + Stevens Wedding Day Details

We used confetti for our getaway, and sealed the confetti in small bags with some thread to match the table numbers.

Nicole has documented all of the elements on her own blog, Design Curiosities – so you can check out the dessert bar and confetti exit in action right here, the guestbook and centerpiece arrangements here and here, and the amazing table numbers (along with some DIY instructions) right here!  You can also read Nicole and Steven’s cute proposal story here. Thank you so much Nicole and Steven!

{image credits: nicole | design curiosities}

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Real Invitations – Nicole + Steven

Nicole and Steven had an incredibly cool concept for their save the dates (a personal scavenger hunt!), so when Nicole sent over the invitations for their wedding this past April, I knew they would be fantastic.  These invitations were  a collaborative DIY effort, as Nicole and Steven designed, printed, cut, folded, embossed, glued, and even sanded their entire invitation suite together – check out a photo below for some of the many tools involved with the project!

Modern Embossed Wedding InvitationsFull Suite Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

From Nicole:  The first step in deciding what our invitations were going to look like was deciding what we didn’t want them to look like.  For us, that meant throwing out a lot of those invitation standards that scream “wedding.”

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations2 Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Suite Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

The invitations were a definite blending of two very different design styles.  Steven usually has a very sterile and rigid way of designing, while I am drawn to strong patterns and bolder colors.

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Envelopes2 300x450 Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Detail 300x450 Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Each piece had a unique texture and feeling.  The invitation itself was very understated, composed of only typographic elements and printed on the same light gray stock as our save the dates.

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Belly Band Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

The RSVP card was the polar opposite.  We chose a bright yellow color and complementary patterns on the front and back.

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations DIY Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Envelopes Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

We mimicked the ribbon from the RSVP on the map card by wrapping a sheet of paper around wood veneer and notching the end. The flourishes that we used on the map enclosures were a more current take on the classic book ornament.

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Map 300x450 Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Directions 300x450 Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Wood Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

Modern Embossed Wedding Invitations Thank You Real Invitations   Nicole + Steven

I’ve got more paper details from Nicole and Steven’s wedding coming up, so check back soon!

{image credits: nicole | design curiosities}

{today I love…}

Also at Crafty Bastards, I came across the most lovely handmade cotton baby quilts from local artisan Namoo.  I love the modern patterns, and the cotton fabric is so incredibly soft in person!  And while kids aren’t in my immediate future, I’ll definitely be keeping these quilts on my list for when the time comes:

organic cotton baby bedding 500x334 {today I love...}

circles handmade organic cotton quilt2 300x449 {today I love...} circles handmade organic cotton quilt 300x449 {today I love...}

organic cotton baby quilt 500x464 {today I love...}

Check out the full selection right here!

{image credits: namoo}

Crafty Bastards 2010

The annual Crafty Bastards fair took place over the weekend here in DC, and I had such a fun time walking around seeing all the booths and new exhibitors.  The fair was completely packed, which was great – but it was a bit too crowded to take photos, so I thought I’d share a few cool things from some of my favorite booths at the fair.  First up, the stationers and paper artists, of course – there were so many at Crafty Bastards this year, yay!

Briana and Jason from Brainstorm came down from Philadelphia with a bunch of new prints and posters:

Brainstorm Earth Poster 300x347 Crafty Bastards 2010 Brainstorm Atmosphere Poster 300x347 Crafty Bastards 2010

{Brainstorm}

Fun screen printed and letterpress cards from the Brooklyn-based McBittersons:

McBittersons Squirrel Card 300x400 Crafty Bastards 2010 McBittersons Cake Candles 300x400 Crafty Bastards 2010

{McBittersons}

It was wonderful to meet the husband and wife team of Nate Duval and Jen Skelley and see more of their work in person – if you aren’t already familiar with their respective prints and posters, you’ll definitely want to check them out!

nate duval alphabet 300x400 Crafty Bastards 2010 nate duval nighttime 300x400 Crafty Bastards 2010

{nate duval}

Jen Skelley Mugs 300x402 Crafty Bastards 2010 Jen Skelley Hot Air Balloon 300x402 Crafty Bastards 2010

{jen skelley}

Kyle from Power and Light Press brought her fabulous letterpress cards all the way out from Portland, Oregon!

power light press beard love 300x330 Crafty Bastards 2010 power and light press 300x330 Crafty Bastards 2010

{power and light press}

Pretty notebooks, journals (including some chalkboard cover journals!), and albums from Moonlight Bindery:

Moonlight Bindery 500x503 Crafty Bastards 2010

{moonlight bindery}

Lovely illustrated whale prints from Arcane Arts:

Arcane Arts Whale2 300x359 Crafty Bastards 2010 Arcane Arts Whale 300x359 Crafty Bastards 2010

{arcane arts}

Baltimore-based Alyssa and Michael from Small Talk Studio also came out, with prints, cards, and some beautiful pillows made from custom designed screen printed fabrics:

Small Talk Studio Fox Print 300x387 Crafty Bastards 2010 Small Talk Studio Gray Pillow 300x387 Crafty Bastards 2010

{small talk studio}

On the jewelry side, I fell in love with the delicate necklaces and earrings from Sarah Cecelia:

Sarah Cecelia Necklace 500x333 Crafty Bastards 2010

{sarah cecelia}

Rhonda and Elijah from Figs and Ginger were at Crafty Bastards for a second time with their beautiful jewelry (as well as some really cool wood jewelry coming out soon!)

Figs Ginger1 Crafty Bastards 2010 Figs Ginger2 Crafty Bastards 2010

{figs and ginger}

Did any of you attend Crafty Bastards this year?  If you did, I’d love to hear about your favorites from the fair!

{all images from their respective sources}