DIY Tutorial: Candy-Colored Wooden Trivets

My favorite kind of DIY project is one that brings a little life to an otherwise purely practical item. In this simple project, I turn trivets into pure playfulness for your table or bar using wooden baubles and candy-colored paints. – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 1 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 2 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Materials

Fourteen (14) 1.5″ wooden half-spheres per trivet
Craft paint
Painters tape
Paint brushes
Paper
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Felt
Heavy duty glue

DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 3 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Step One: Give the half spheres a paint job. I left a few bare and gave a few some quick and dirty brushstroke dots. For the remainder, I taped off half with painters tape and gave them a couple of coats of candy-colored paints.

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DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 4 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Step Two: Lay out the spheres in the arrangement shown on a sheet of scrap paper, and outline it using a ruler and pen/pencil to create a template.

DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 5 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Step Three: Cut out the template about 1/2″ smaller all the way around than your outline from the previous step, and use it to cut the same shape from a piece of felt.

DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 6 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Step Four: Glue the spheres into place atop the felt. Enjoy!

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DIY Candy Colored Wooden Trivets OSBP 9 DIY Tutorial: Candy Colored Wooden Trivets

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Abbi + John’s Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! This is my favorite way to start the week: beautiful wedding invitations! These beautiful rustic summer wedding invitations come to us from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress. The invitations combine bright summer colors like yellow and aqua with animal silhouettes to represent the New Hampshire farm wedding venue. So pretty!

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP3 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

From Samantha and WhitneyThis custom suite was designed for an active fun-loving couple who were married at a farm in New Hampshire. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect the bright colors of summer and the casual and rustic feel of the farm.

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP5 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Each invitation was mounted onto a bright yellow backing paper and featured a pairing of whimsical, casual and classic font. A color palette of aqua, sunny yellowand charcoal gray set the summertime tone for their outdoor event.

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

All pieces were wrapped in a belly band featuring a variety of animal silhouettes letterpress printed in two colors and tied with twine and a hang tag directing guests to Abbi and John’s wedding website.

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP4 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP7 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

A graphic yellow envelope liner completed the invitation suite and z-fold ceremony programs tied the day-of paper goods all together. As always, the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP6 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP8 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Rustic Letterpress Summer Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress OSBP11 Abbi + Johns Rustic Summer Wedding Invitations

Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

It’s hard to go wrong with Sangria. Sangria is an agreeable drink, soaking up mixers and fruit without prejudice and turning whatever you throw at it into a perfectly mellow drink that you can serve (or drink) by the pitcherful. The name hints at its origins in a jazzed up red wine, but we’ve had fun playing around with white wine sangria and now a rosé. We’re already a week into August, so September and fall are just around the corner. There’s still some time to squeeze in a pitcher or two. – Andrew

Rose Sangria Cocktail Recipe OSBP 25 Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

Rose Sangria Cocktail Recipe Card Shauna Lynn Illustration OSBP Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rosé Sangria

1 Bottle (750 ml) Dry Rosé Wine
1 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
3 oz Bourbon
3 oz Triple Sec (like Cointreau)
Half a Cantaloupe, Diced
Half a Honeydew, Diced

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. (This step – letting the flavors merge overnight – is the difference between a mediocre Sangria and an amazing Sangria.) Pour over ice, fruit and all, and enjoy!

Rose Sangria Cocktail Recipe OSBP 8 Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

Rose Sangria Cocktail Recipe OSBP 43 Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

We used a dry, oaky rosé so we could sweeten it with fruit and fruit juice without turning the whole thing into a sugary mess. The bourbon was an unusual choice, since most sangrias are fortified by a smooth, mellow brandy, but I wanted to see how it would work paired with the oaky wine. The first taste test left me fearing I had a dud on my hands – it was harsh and muddy, full of clashing flavors. But, I took my own advice and let it sit overnight. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. The flavors married up over night, and the sweet melon mellowed out all the rough edges. The result is light and sweet and summery, with undertones of rich oakiness, and a big silky mouthfeel thanks to the melon. I’m a fan.

Rose Sangria Cocktail Recipe OSBP 48 Friday Happy Hour: Rosé SangriaRose Sangria Cocktail Recipe OSBP 23 Friday Happy Hour: Rosé Sangria

I don’t have a grand unified theory of sangrias yet, and I believe that many of the best sangrias are improvised, but there’s a definite rhythm to the best: a big, dry wine, mellowed by seasonal fruit and a dash of citrus, fortified by a dash more of a smooth liquor and a smoother liqueur. I’m wondering now what I could do to a red wine with some lime juice, rum, and falernum… Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve had a busy week behind the scenes both personally and professionally. My dad came to visit and helped us check a lot of things off our pre-baby to do list (yay!), and spent a lot of quality time with Sophie. She’s finally at the stage where she can remember and recognize relatives that she doesn’t see too often, and my heart pretty much burst every time she greeted my dad by exclaiming “Grandpa!” in her tiny little voice. We’ve also been busy preparing for the next installment in our summer cocktail series – coming next week! But in the meantime…

OSBP Clematis Flower Instagram Happy Weekend!

Photo by me via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Pretty Paper in the Office: Stationery Sets

I was given a stationery set recently that I decided to keep on my desk to encourage more writing. I didn’t think much of it, but realized how quickly a note here and a little letter there could burn through my stash. It became a little ritual; a break in between work to relax and unwind my brain. That’s just one of the many reasons why letter writing is so special and soul-satisfying. Nole rounded up some favorite writing sheets for longer letters a few weeks ago, and I put together a round up of some great stationery sets in hopes that maybe they’ll encourage you to take a little time to write it down. – Julie

Pretty Paper in the Office Stationery Sets OSBP Pretty Paper in the Office: Stationery Sets
No. 1 Mode de Paris cards & envelopes from Paper Bistro; No. 2 HAIBARA Colour Rimmed Letter Sets from UGUiSU; No. 3 Check embossed mail set from Present&Correct; No. 4 Boxed stationery set from Mr. Boddington’s Studio; No. 5 Ecru Florentine Writing Set from Paper Source; No. 6 PostalCo letter pad & envelope set from Need Supply Co.

 

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