NYIGF, Part 2

On Day 2 of the NYIGF I was lucky enough to have my Dad (a professional photographer) join me at the show.  My Dad and I had a great time walking the floor, and I had a blast introducing him to some of my favorite companies exhibiting at the show!  First up for this afternoon, the Jonathan Adler booth – which was, as always, full of color and gorgeous textiles:



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I’m loving the new Jonathan Adler kids collection – the giraffe growth chart and rug are both just too cute!

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We also loved these embroidered pillows, wall hangings, tote bags, and other textiles from Cat Studio – each hand embroidered with emblems from a particular state or region.  Don’t they remind you of vintage post cards?


Cat Studio Vintage State Pillows

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Cat Studio Vintage California Pillow


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Two’s Company had one of the most impressive overall booth designs at the show.  The entire exhibition stretched over several interconnected booths, each with its own custom exterior and decorated with its own theme.  My favorite was the Curiosity Shop with its book page wallpaper and the most beautiful antique cabinet I think I’ve ever seen!


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Seriously, is this not the most beautiful cabinet ever?  I want one!

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My Dad also really loved these wood cases from Monacca – a Japan-based company that makes briefcases and purses from several layers of cedar wood veneer.  I’m hoping they’ll start making iPhone and iPad cases soon!



Any favorites so far?  I’ve got lots more to share, so I’ll be back with more from NYIGF soon!

{all photos by stephen michael garey and nole garey for oh so beautiful paper}

NYIGF, Part 1

This past weekend I went to check out the New York International Gift Fair, a huge trade show held twice a year at the Javits Center (the same convention center where the National Stationery Show takes place in May).  It was wonderful to see some of my favorite stationers also exhibit at NYIGF – like Albertine Press, Carta Inc., May Day Studio, and Pistachio Press (you can check out their booths from the Stationery Show right here) – and to catch up with other friends.  Smock made their first appearance at the NYIGF, with a super cute booth full of paper pinwheels and bunting made from their gift wrap sheets:


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I absolutely loved the Laurel Denise booth design this year!  The book page wallpaper and manzanita branches were the perfect way to showcase Laurel’s lovely jewelry:

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I am completely in love with these new wooden silhouettes and necklaces from Figs and Ginger – not only are the necklaces gorgeous, but the wood veneer silhouettes can be customized as a beautiful keepsake!


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Cute new holiday cards and boxed note card sets from 9 Spot Monk:

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9 Spot Monk Holiday Cards

9 Spot Monk Holiday Cards
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I also came across this amazing booth from Mex Events (warning – the website plays music) full of gorgeous papel picado banners, everything from little skeletons to mini-banners to full-size banners for parties and holidays.  I was in complete heaven!

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Mexican papel picado banners

Mexican papel picado banners

Mexican papel picado banners

Mex Events will also work with brides and grooms on custom designs for wedding invitations and save the dates, as well as custom banners for wedding receptions.  So cool!

Stay tuned for more from the Gift Fair coming up soon!

{smock photos by stephen michael garey for oh so beautiful paper, all other photos by me}

K Studio

I’m back from New York and working through the photos from the show, which I can’t wait to show you!  But first, I thought I’d share these embroidered linen pieces from NYIGF exhibitor K Studio.  They’re also coming out with some really cute embroidered iPhone and iPad cases, but in the meantime you can browse their collection of tote bags, pillows, and wall art:



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They even do customizable versions!  Wouldn’t a custom wall hanging be such a lovely wedding gift?

{image credits: k studio}

Emerald + Aqua Wedding Invitations

It’s always a happy day for me when one of Kathleen’s gorgeous wedding invitations shows up in my inbox.  This time, Kathleen took the bride and groom’s chosen color palette and played around with scale to create a unique wedding invitation based on the couple’s shared last initial (the letter H)!


From Kathleen: Stephanie and Max liked my overall aesthetic and gave me free reign to do what I pleased with only two pieces of direction – they definitely wanted to use letterpress printing and they love aqua and emerald.


Stephanie and Max both have a last name that begins with an “H” so I used the opportunity to use a vintage ornamental “H” woodcut decorated with birds.  Fortunately, Stephanie absolutely loves birds and quickly became smitten with the design!


I wanted to play with scale so I flooded the oversized H to the edge of the paper – you can see where the whole image matches up if you line up the bottom of the invitation to the top of the RSVP.

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For the typography I complemented the birds with an ornate script and paired that with a classic italic serif typeface.  I wanted to keep the type refined and small to contrast the bold imagery used in the suite.


But what really brings the design to life is the letterpress printing.  These were letterpress printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra cover stock in Ecru.  It’s easy to fall in love when holding freshly pressed invitations – I know I did, as did Stephanie and Max, and hopefully every single one of their wedding guests!


Beautiful as always Kathleen!  For more wedding invitations and other cool projects from Kathleen, check out her blog right here!

{image credits: kathleen shannon}

Garlands + Mobiles

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I’m up in New York at the NYIGF – and I’m looking forward to sharing some photos from the show a bit later in the week.  While I’m browsing the aisles, I thought I’d share these cool 3d ornaments, garland decorations, and mobiles from Polli:

Silver 3d Ornaments

Multicolor Garland Ornaments

Holiday Ornaments

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Multicolor Plastic Mobile

The mobile above features leaves with little cut-outs that can hold photos, little notes, or even post cards – like a hanging inspiration board!  So cool.  Polli is offering 20% off  the online store (excluding Tivi products) through the end of August – just enter the code OHSOPAPER20 at checkout!

{image credits: polli}