Welcome Baby!

A couple of months ago I declared this to be the year of babies – I would need several sets of fingers and toes just to count all of the friends who recently had a baby or will welcome a baby over the next few months.  I’m guessing that many of you are experiencing something similar, so when my friend Janice asked for some recommendations on baby congratulations cards I thought I’d pull together a quick round-up that I could share with all of you!  Enjoy!


{Candyspotting, also available in a boy version}

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{Pearl & Marmalade |  Fugu Fugu Press}

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{Flora and Fauna Press}

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{Byvik Ink}

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{Fine Day Press}

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{Lucky Bee Press}

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{Dutch Door Press}

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{Ink & Iron |  Hello! Lucky}

baby feet welcome card

{Flywheel Press, also available in pink}

{all images from their respective sources}

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Nicole + Steven’s Wedding Day Details

As promised, I’ve got a few more details that Nicole was kind enough to share from her wedding earlier this year.  If you couldn’t already tell from the invitations, Nicole and Steven are quite the crafty couple – and I’m completely in love with all of the details that they came up with for their wedding, including the incredible table number displays and guest book!


From Nicole: Escort cards for the reception were laid out on the bar for the guests to find their seats, and we provided dessert cards for the small buffet of sweets.

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Our table numbers were inspired by a J. Crew storefront design – they were super easy, but very time consuming, to make.  We kept the table centerpiece arrangements simple, but there were four different options depending on the table size.



Each centerpiece and table number involved the nail and string table number, a candle holder, and a floral or succulent piece.



I’ve been a reader of Joanna Goddard’s blog, A Cup of Jo, for a while now.  When she got married, she had a series of people blog about their secret to a happy marriage.  Steven and I decided it would be the perfect for our guestbook.


Instead of having a list of names, we thought it would be so sweet for all of our loved ones to be able to offer us some advice.  For the kids attending the wedding, we created to something to keep them occupied for a little bit.


We used confetti for our getaway, and sealed the confetti in small bags with some thread to match the table numbers.

Nicole has documented all of the elements on her own blog, Design Curiosities – so you can check out the dessert bar and confetti exit in action right here, the guestbook and centerpiece arrangements here and here, and the amazing table numbers (along with some DIY instructions) right here!  You can also read Nicole and Steven’s cute proposal story here. Thank you so much Nicole and Steven!

{image credits: nicole | design curiosities}

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Real Invitations – Nicole + Steven

Nicole and Steven had an incredibly cool concept for their save the dates (a personal scavenger hunt!), so when Nicole sent over the invitations for their wedding this past April, I knew they would be fantastic.  These invitations were  a collaborative DIY effort, as Nicole and Steven designed, printed, cut, folded, embossed, glued, and even sanded their entire invitation suite together – check out a photo below for some of the many tools involved with the project!


From Nicole:  The first step in deciding what our invitations were going to look like was deciding what we didn’t want them to look like.  For us, that meant throwing out a lot of those invitation standards that scream “wedding.”



The invitations were a definite blending of two very different design styles.  Steven usually has a very sterile and rigid way of designing, while I am drawn to strong patterns and bolder colors.

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Each piece had a unique texture and feeling.  The invitation itself was very understated, composed of only typographic elements and printed on the same light gray stock as our save the dates.



The RSVP card was the polar opposite.  We chose a bright yellow color and complementary patterns on the front and back.



We mimicked the ribbon from the RSVP on the map card by wrapping a sheet of paper around wood veneer and notching the end. The flourishes that we used on the map enclosures were a more current take on the classic book ornament.

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I’ve got more paper details from Nicole and Steven’s wedding coming up, so check back soon!

{image credits: nicole | design curiosities}

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Also at Crafty Bastards, I came across the most lovely handmade cotton baby quilts from local artisan Namoo.  I love the modern patterns, and the cotton fabric is so incredibly soft in person!  And while kids aren’t in my immediate future, I’ll definitely be keeping these quilts on my list for when the time comes:

organic cotton baby bedding

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organic cotton baby bedding

Check out the full selection right here!

{image credits: namoo}

Crafty Bastards 2010

The annual Crafty Bastards fair took place over the weekend here in DC, and I had such a fun time walking around seeing all the booths and new exhibitors.  The fair was completely packed, which was great – but it was a bit too crowded to take photos, so I thought I’d share a few cool things from some of my favorite booths at the fair.  First up, the stationers and paper artists, of course – there were so many at Crafty Bastards this year, yay!

Briana and Jason from Brainstorm came down from Philadelphia with a bunch of new prints and posters:

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Fun screen printed and letterpress cards from the Brooklyn-based McBittersons:


It was wonderful to meet the husband and wife team of Nate Duval and Jen Skelley and see more of their work in person – if you aren’t already familiar with their respective prints and posters, you’ll definitely want to check them out!

{nate duval}

{jen skelley}

Kyle from Power and Light Press brought her fabulous letterpress cards all the way out from Portland, Oregon!

{power and light press}

Pretty notebooks, journals (including some chalkboard cover journals!), and albums from Moonlight Bindery:

{moonlight bindery}

Lovely illustrated whale prints from Arcane Arts:

{arcane arts}

Baltimore-based Alyssa and Michael from Small Talk Studio also came out, with prints, cards, and some beautiful pillows made from custom designed screen printed fabrics:

{small talk studio}

On the jewelry side, I fell in love with the delicate necklaces and earrings from Sarah Cecelia:

silver cloud necklace

{sarah cecelia}

Rhonda and Elijah from Figs and Ginger were at Crafty Bastards for a second time with their beautiful jewelry (as well as some really cool wood jewelry coming out soon!)

stainless steel jewelry

{figs and ginger}

Did any of you attend Crafty Bastards this year?  If you did, I’d love to hear about your favorites from the fair!

{all images from their respective sources}