Cabin 7

Lots of exciting things happening today!  Jen from The Haystack Needle (you might remember her fabulous guest posts about her wedding from back in January) recently partnered with her friend Chris to open a shop called Cabin 7, which features the most gorgeous gilded wood objects, like these wood card holders and block letters:

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The card holders are made from beautiful white birch and would be absolutely perfect as menu or table number holders – or even as place card holders!  And I'm loving the block letters – both as a possible present for new parents or just as a bit of added room decor.  Check out the full shop collection over at Cabin 7 – congrats Jen and Chris!

{image credits: cabin 7}

NSS Bound – Sycamore Street Press

Although it's hard for me to pinpoint just one favorite part of the Stationery Show, getting a sneak peek at all of next year's calendars definitely ranks pretty high on my list!  So I was pretty excited when Eva from Sycamore Street Press sent over a quick peek at their 2011 calendar and new card collection – featuring foxes and other wildlife inspired by the area around her home in Utah:

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In addition to making their official debut at the Stationery Show, Eva tells me that the new wildlife cards will be available in the Sycamore Street Press shop next week.  Thanks Eva!

{image credits: sycamore street press}

NSS Bound – Pie Bird Press

Less than a week before the Stationery Show!  I've been having so much fun following all the twitter updates as stationers prepare for this year's show.  Another studio heading back to this year's show is Pie Bird Press (Booth #2049 for those of you going to the show), which sent over a few photos of some new cards making their official debut next week:

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I'm compiling a list of booths to visit – so if you're a stationer or designer exhibiting at this year's show, please e-mail me with your booth number!

{image credits: pie bird press}

Megan + Daniel’s Quirky Black and White Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  I thought I’d start the week off with a fun, quirky wedding invitation suite that Kathleen recently designed for her friend Daniel’s upcoming wedding.  Kathleen kept the overall invitation relatively simple, incorporating a sweet illustration from the bride as the main design element.  Check it out:

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From Kathleen:  Daniel has been a longtime co-worker and friend of mine so I was not only thrilled that he found an amazing girl to marry but that he asked me to design their wedding invitations.

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Megan drew up these quirky illustrations for me to use and from there I decided to keep it simple and let the illustrations do their thing.

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I love utilizing only one or two colors when designing custom invitations — especially black (I
only used black on
my invitations as well).

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Using only one or two colors presents a unique challenge and produces even more unique invitations
every single time.  Printing in a single color is also budget friendly.

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We decided on an off-white touchy-feely matte textured stock to complement the hand-drawn silhouettes. The cream paper also takes some of the edge off a stark black and white invite.

I absolutely adore the sweet little ampersand throughout the invitation suite, and I love the way Megan’s illustration peeks out from the bottom of the RSVP card — too cute!  Thanks so much Kathleen!

{image credits: jeremy and kathleen}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone – and a very happy Mother's Day weekend!  I'm just about counting down the remaining seconds of the day, since my husband comes back from his trip tomorrow!  I can't wait to go pick him up from the airport.  I made lots of progress and changes to our apartment during my mom's visit last weekend (I promise, I will share photos as soon as I'm finished!), but I'm leaving it all as a big surprise for my husband – and I'm so curious to see the expression on his face when he walks through the door.  I wonder if he'll notice everything right away?  Probably not.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend:

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

{image credits: simply hue via lovely clusters}