{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  This has been an incredibly full week for me; if you follow me on twitter you may know that I spent most of the weekend and the earlier part of this week up in New Jersey and New York, working on a project with my Dad and seeing some of my fellow bloggers in town for Bridal Market.  On Tuesday, I attended a taping of the Martha Show – and if you’ll allow me to geek out for a quick second, the bloggers in attendance got to take a photo with Martha and Darcy Miller at the end of the show (that’s me in the red sweater on the right)!

So much fun!  Now that I’m back at home and the weekend is almost here, I’m looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the cooler weather here in DC.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

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

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

{image courtesy of martha stewart living omnimedia}

Piper’s Modern Nursery

As promised earlier, Rachelle from Wiley Valentine sent over some photos of the beautiful nursery for her new baby girl – and not only is Piper’s nursery totally adorable, but it’s full of paper goodies!  From the framed art prints to a whimsical pomander mobile, I love it all!

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How fabulous is the pomander mobile?!

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These might officially be the cutest crib sheets I’ve ever seen…

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Love the vintage wood blocks!

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So sweet!  If you’re looking for cute nursery decorations for either boys or girls, Rachelle was kind enough to share the sources for Piper’s nursery artwork.  Thanks Rachelle!

Letterpress Prints – Wiley Valentine
Baby Giraffe Print – Sharon Montrose
Owl Painting –  Molly Jay Designs
Alphabet Poster – vintage, sourced via Etsy
Custom Pomander Mobile – Pom Love

{all images by Rachelle Schwartz | Wiley Valentine}

*Wiley Valentine is one of my fabulous sponsors; for more on my editorial policy please click here.

Pink + Yellow Baby Announcements from Wiley Valentine

Rachelle from Wiley Valentine and Michael from Czar Press recently welcomed an adorable baby girl named Piper.  Of course, as a stationery designer and printer, respectively, the birth announcements that Rachelle and Michael created for Piper are truly something special.  I’m loving the balance of playful femininity with bright pops of color and vintage-inspired design elements.

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Rachelle created the design with beautiful flourishes and floral elements in bright tones of yellow and hot pink.

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Michael printed the announcements on a heavy 100% cotton stock, with edge painting also in bright pink and double-sided with custom printed envelope liners.

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Rachelle also sent over a few photos of Piper’s beautiful nursery, so check back soon for more photos!

{all images by Wiley Valentine}

*Wiley Valentine and Czar Press are two of my fabulous sponsors; for more on my editorial policies please click here.

Classic Black + White Calligraphy

It’s a good day when I get to combine two of my favorite things – calligraphy and letterpress – in one post.  Nicole from The Left Handed Calligrapher sent over some beautiful wedding invitation envelopes and day-of stationery that she calligraphed for a recent bride, all created in a lovely and elegant black and white palette.

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From Nicole:  This bride was wonderful to work with and super great about her paper products – she wanted everything!  I calligraphed the addresses for her wedding invitation envelopes (the invitations are the Cartoccio design from Bella Figura).

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When it came time for the ceremony and reception stationery, I created a tall ceremony program, a menu with calligraphy seating assignments, and tented escort cards in the same calligraphy.  All letterpress printed on Crane 110lb 100% cotton Lettra paper in chic and sophisticated black and white.

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Nicole also calligraphed the guest book, which was actually a coffee table art book from the wedding venue, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas.  Finally, Nicole created custom calligraphy thank you notes with the bride and groom’s married names and new address.

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So pretty Nicole!  If you’re looking for more pretty calligraphy eye candy, Nicole also has a gorgeous new website full of her beautiful calligraphy styles and portfolio – check it out right here!

{all images by Nicole Black}

*Bella Figura is one of my fantastic sponsors; for more on my editorial policies please click here.

Beach-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Today’s second set of real wedding invitations come to us from Jocelyn Dunn, a freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles with a company called Petit Bureau that specializes in custom wedding & event invitations.  Jocelyn sent over her own wedding invitations, inspired by the beach and sun of her wedding venue in Malibu, California.  The invitations feature some of Jocelyn’s own illustrations along modern font selections for a modern and unique beach-inspired design.

From Jocelyn: This invitation was for my own wedding, set at a beach club in Malibu.  The beach, sun, and sand are each a vital part of both of our lives, so we wanted to reflect those elements in the design without using cliché beach themed motifs.  I drew the illustrated elements to add a personal touch.

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The invitation set included a two-sided invitation with a Z-fold, along with a double-sided RSVP and a thank you card.  The main invitation folded out like a small poster and was intended to be something guests would tack up somewhere like on a bulletin board.

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Jocelyn mixed hand drawn elements (including the sun, flowers, fish, borders, and a map) with different font selections.

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The invitations were printed on Neenah Classic Laid Brushed Khaki 80# cover weight paper in orange, blue, and brown inks, with French Paper Pop Tone envelopes in Hot Fudge.

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So gorgeous!  For more from Jocelyn, you can check out her website and blog – thanks Jocelyn!

Don’t for­get to check out the real invi­ta­tions gallery for even more wed­ding invi­ta­tion inspiration!

{image credits: Christina Domingues}