{today I love… strawberry picking!}

Before I jump into today’s regular content – including some amazingly gorgeous wedding invitations – I just had to share a few photos from our trip to a u-pick strawberry farm this past weekend. Over the holiday weekend, the husband and I went out to the same farm where we picked out our pumpkins last fall, this time with the goal of bringing home as many strawberries as we could pick! We eventually met our goal (and perhaps even surpassed our expectations), but first we were distracted by some very cute kid goats and piglets:

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And a few roosting hens:

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But then it was on to the strawberries!

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We came home with – no joke – TEN pounds of strawberries!

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We’ve already eaten about a quarter of that and used another quarter to make ice cream. I’m busy exploring yummy strawberry recipes for the rest now!

{all photos by me}

New Giveaway! Letterpress Business Cards from Gwyneth Paige

For those of you looking for new business cards or calling cards, you’re in luck! Now that the ladies of Gwyneth Paige have tackled the National Stationery Show, they’re offering all of you the chance to win your own letterpress business cards or calling cards!

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One lucky reader will win 100 one-color letterpress business or calling cards – choosing any design from either the wedding or social stationery collections!

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So here are the rules: Head on over to the Gwyneth Paige website and browse through the wedding and stationery design collections. Then come back here and leave a comment with the name of your favorite design from one of the collections and a quick explanation of why you chose that design. You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 4 to enter — then we’ll announce the winner on Monday! Bonne chance!

{image credits: gwyneth paige letterpress}

Welcome!

Hi there everyone! If you’re reading this, hopefully that means that you’ve found me on the new url. I hope you like the updated look – it’s been in the works for quite a long time and I’m very happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. So as an introduction to the updated look, I thought I’d share my new business cards with you!

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As you may have noticed, I have a new logo that was created for me by the immensely talented Bryn from Paperfinger. In addition to being featured in the new blog navigation bar, I made sure to incorporate the logo into a new set of business cards before heading up to the National Stationery Show a couple weeks ago:

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The cards were printed for me by my newest sponsor, Studio on Fire – we went with a double-sided card with a horizontal orientation on one side and vertical on the other:

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Of course, my signature light pink as the main ink color and a diagonal stripe blind impression on the side with the new logo:

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I love my new cards! And speaking of business cards, I have an awesome giveaway coming up a bit later today – so check back soon!

{image credits: all photographs by Oh So Beautiful Paper}

{happy weekend – and a big announcement!}

I know, I know, it's only Wednesday but I'm taking a very short blogging break for a very good reason, I'm moving to a new site on my very own url!  Over the next couple of days we'll be moving all of the content over to the new site and getting it ready to share with all of you!  I hope you'll come check out the new digs starting Tuesday, June 1 (after the holiday weekend), where I'll have a Father's Day card round-up, a couple giveaways, and some truly spectacular wedding invitations that I've been saving for you!  But in the meantime… 

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…a few links for the rest of your week and weekend!

That's it for me this week come visit me over at the new location next week!

{image credits: Karen Mordechai for Martha Stewart Living via A Cup of Jo, floral arrangement by Saipua}

Erin + Jeremy’s Literary Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I love the concept behind this week’s real invitations a collection of individual pieces resembling vintage paper ephemera from the 1800s through the 1950s!  Hello!Lucky, the design team behind this custom wedding invitation suite, combined letterpress and digital printing to create a sense of romance and nostalgia:

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From the Hello!Lucky team: We designed these invitations for our dear friend Erin and her fiance Jeremy for their upcoming destination wedding in Calistoga, California.  The bride and groom are both academics Erin teaches law and Jeremy is an astrophysicist so they wanted their invitation to have a book-ish feel.

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We decided to use the concept of a collection of found paper memorabilia including a book-page invitation, a snapshot of the bride and groom, map and shuttle bus enclosures, brunch ticket, and RSVP telegram giving the invitation suite a vintage, romantic and nostalgic feel.

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The wedding invitation is inspired by the opening chapter of a classic novel (think Jane Austen) and was letterpress printed on deckle-edged paper to emulate a page torn from an authentic book.  Wedding details are printed on a vintage-style postcard from Calistoga, the wedding’s location.


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The RSVP card is a letterpress printed Western Union telegram and includes witty, mad-lib style blanks that guests can fill out.  We also designed a 1950′s-style “advertisement” for the free wedding shuttle, including a information card enclosed in a small coin envelope, as well as a vintage bus-ticket invitation to the farewell brunch.

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A old-fashioned map of downtown Calistoga guides guests to their hotels and local attractions.  We also designed a state fair-inspired rehearsal dinner invitation for a Kansas City style BBQ (the groom hails from Kansas City), featuring a picnic napkin checker pattern and a blue-ribbon pig.  Finally, we included a small black and white snapshot of the bride and groom posing in a bookish manner.

Sigh… I love the romanticism of the novel page invitation, while the accompanying enclosures bring an overall balance to the full suite.  So lovely!

{image credits: Hello!Lucky}

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