Valentina + Rob’s Italian Wedding Save the Dates

The second set of save the dates today come to us from London-based Valentina, who is planning a wedding in her hometown of Pescara, Italy!  Valentina just got engaged back in October, congrats Valentina!  Save the dates aren’t really a wedding tradition in Italy, but since Valentina’s fiancé is American, they decided to send them out to the American members of the guest list.  After deciding on the wedding date and venue, Valentina only had two days (!!) to create her save the dates – didn’t she do such a fabulous job?




Valentina incorporated an ornate frame with two sweet font selections, printed on soft white paper.  But my favorite part is the way Valentina used individual alphabet stamps to stamp the names of the invited guests on a pale gray inner envelope.  Such a nice and personal touch.  Congrats Valentina!

{image credits: valentina asciutti

Vintage-Inspired Save the Dates

I’ve got lots of fun things planned for this week, but thought I would start off with some beautiful vintage-inspired save the dates from Jen at Starshaped Press.  Jen works only with antique letterpress type and ornaments, not custom magnesium plates or photopolymer plates, so each one of Jen’s invitations and save the dates has a true vintage vibe.  For Julie and Seth, Jen used art deco type for a 1920s and telegram-inspired save the date:





I’m always amazed by the beautiful antique fonts and details in Jen’s collection. For Lauren and Mark’s save the date, Jen incorporated a floral ornamental pattern along with antique type from the 1880s (!) and gold ink for a simple yet totally elegant save the date.





Awesome work Jen!  Thank you so much for sending these over!

{image credits: starshaped press}

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{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I don’t know about all of you, but I’m breathing a big sigh of relief in anticipation of the weekend.  No big plans, just looking forward to a bit of downtime.  Are you all up to anything exciting this weekend?  Our only big plan is to get and decorate our Christmas tree, which is pretty exciting for me since it’s the first time we’ve lived in an apartment big enough for a tree since I moved to DC almost ten years ago.  But in the meantime…


…a few links for your weekend!

…and in case you missed it, a quick round-up of this week’s posts:

Also, just another quick reminder to check the sidebar for upcoming holiday sales and craft markets – like this pop-up holiday shop at Nightwood in Brooklyn over the next two weekends and of course the Martha holiday craft fair tomorrow.  I wish I could be there!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

{image credits: samantha lamb}

Let Them Eat Cake

Jordan and her husband Paul just released giclee prints of the oil paintings from their Let Them Eat Cake collaboration, and I can’t wait to add one to my collection at home.  I’m trying to choose between the four below but can’t quite make up my mind:

Clockwise from the top left: yellow wedding, rosemary & dill, boxwood garland, and ganache.  Which one would you choose?

There are a ton more right over here.

{images via paul and jordan ferney}

2010 Holiday Card Round-Up, Part 7

While the last round-up was all about color, if you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, you know that I love a good blind (inkless) letterpress card.  Whether totally inkless or with a hint of transparent spot varnish, these winter white cards are perfect for the holidays.  So as I was pulling together these round-ups, I thought I’d save my final round-up just for these subtle and sophisticated designs.



{gracie finn}



ink-petals-snowflake-holiday-card ink-petals-holly-holiday-card

{ink petals}




{sweet letter press}

dolce-press-holiday-card dolce-press-peace-holiday-card

{dolce press}


{invited ink}





{campbell raw press}

a-favorite-white-christmas-card a-favorite-white-christmas-card



{pistachio press}


{brown parcel press}

Shed-Letterpress-Blessings-Card Shed-Letterpress-Peace-Card

{shed letterpress}


{primrose press}


{presse dufuor}


{paper schmaper}


{bon vivant press}


{atlas and campbell}

I’ll probably continue to share a few more holiday cards as I find them, but that’s it for major holiday card round-ups this year!  Hopefully you’ve found your favorite holiday card – and just as a reminder you can find all of the past round-ups right here.

{all images via their respective sources}