Maddox + Klaus

So many lovely prints and cards from Maddox and Klaus:




The watercolor prints have such a lovely and dreamy quality, and of course I love the hand lettering.  More right here!

{image credits: maddox + klaus}

Save the Date Giveaway Winner!

It was so great to host last week’s Save the Date giveaway from 42 pressed – and I’m thrilled to finally announce the winner!  And the lucky reader is…

Yay!   Kate chose the Love Birds collection for her June 2011 wedding in Pittsburgh, PA.  A big con­grat­u­la­tions to Kate — and a huge thank you to both every­one who entered the con­test and to 42 Pressed for spon­sor­ing the giveaway!

Valentina + Marco’s Ireland-Inspired Italian Wedding Invitations

Today’s wedding invitations come to us all the way from Italy, but were actually inspired by Ireland!  The bride, Valentina, is a graphic designer and found herself a bit stumped when it came time to design her own wedding invitations.  So she turned to a sentimental favorite and created a modern wedding invitation suite full of beautiful green and brown hues.


From Valentina: Since I’m a graphic designer, I always imagined that I would create something that clearly represents ourselves for our wedding invitations.  In this case, my job did not help me out since every new idea appeared to me too common for a couple of graphic designers.


We chose to create a modern invitation with graphic lines and colours. Ireland was our primary inspiration, our nest away over the Channel, background of many vacations but most important for our wedding vows.  Our love of nature inspired the rest of the design.

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The wedding invitations were the beginning of the entire project. I choose a modern white paper combined with green and brown design elements.  Ceremony invitations were sent with a wrapper showing an Ireland Gaelic wish.  All of this, with small hand-punched four-leaf clovers, was sealed in an envelope with a round sticker with our initials.


Later, with the same graphic design, after lots of patience and with miles of ribbon, we created restaurant menus, wedding booklet, maps for the guests with green ribbons, tags of the reserved seat in plexiglass, tableau and thanksgiving cards for favors.





For the ceremony rice bags and the guestbook I took Martha Stewart as inspiration.  We used green note cards, transparent envelopes, and 50 pencils hand covered with green paper purchased in Dublin.  Glassine paper bags were filled with rice and four-leaf clovers and handsewn with green wire from the groom’s Grandmother.


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For more from Valentina and Marco’s wedding, you can check out her blog (head’s up, it’s in Italian), right here – or see more photos on a friend’s blog here and here.  Grazie Mille Valentina!

{image credits: Valentina Oliana}

The Penpal Project

I am so excited by Marta’s latest idea – The Penpal Project!  In a collaboration with photographer Summer Harms, Marta is offering a series of photographic postcard prints inspired by baking and simple living – each photograph is absolutely stunning.   Such a great way to send a hand written note and let a friend know that you’re thinking of them!





This is just a small glimpse into the gorgeous collection – you can read more about the project here and check out the full collection right here!

Also, just one last reminder about our Save the Date giveaway from 42 Pressed!  The contest ends at midnight tonight, so enter to win right here!

{image credits: summer harms via marta writes}


It feels so good to be back home!  I’m slowly catching up from being away last week, so first today I thought I’d start off with some photos from our stop at Brimfield on Friday.  Since this was my first time at the show, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.  The show was a bit of a bust in terms of my personal wishlist (sadly the good deals were few and far between), but I did end up coming home with my top priority – an antique shoe rack, yay!  Although I didn’t come home with much this year, there were still plenty of gorgeous antiques to be seen:

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show Brimfield Antique Show

So many beautiful cabinets, and in all sorts of sizes and shapes!  If I ever open my own brick and mortar stationery store, I’ll definitely be coming to Brimfield for a few of these gorgeous pieces.

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

And of course, there was plenty of antique wood and metal type.

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

So many glass jars and bottles!  From brown and blue mason jars to milk bottles to antique apothecary bottles, Brimfield is a total gold mine for anyone planning a wedding.

Brimfield Antique Show

So many beautiful antique quilts.  I’m still a little bit sad that this one didn’t end up coming home with me…

Brimfield Antique Show

My husband particularly enjoyed the antique military ephemera – these are just like my grandfather’s pilot’s wings from the U.S. Army Air Corps!

Have any of you been to Brimfield?  I’d be curious to know if you found the selection to be different in May vs. September – or if you have a favorite find from the show!

{all photos by me}