DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests

There are two things in the world that are irresistible t0 me: fancy toiletries and pretty packaging. There, I said it! In the early days of our marriage, my husband used to send me out to get handwash (read: basic supermarket brand), only to have me come back half an hour later with an Italian organic lavender and eucalyptus version wrapped in artisan paper, much to his horror. What can I say? Beautifully-packaged toiletries just make me happy! This impending holiday season, in my attempt to spread a little of this love of mine, I’ve decided to make my own version for our out-of-town guests, complete with a cute sleep mask card and a personalised message. Try it, and your guests will love you for it! – Erin from BerinMade Paper Goods

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Supplies

Sleep Mask Template

Pipe Cleaners

Black Marker

Ribbon

Scissors

PVA Glue & Super Glue

Paint Brush

Glitter

Hole-punch (not shown)

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

To make the sleep mask cards:

Step 1. Print the template onto colored paper and cut the shape out. You may need to back this with a strong backing card if your paper is light.

Step 2. Using a black marker, draw sleepy eyes (or whatever else you think would be fun, like sunglasses) and decorate with glitter. The template provides a blank version for your own drawing, or my own version for you to decorate.

Step 3. Write a personal message on the back for your guest!

Step 4. Hole-punch both ends and string through ribbon; then stick the pipe-cleaners around edge to finish.

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Sleep Mask Card for House Guests / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Now fill your goodie back with lovely toiletries and leave in your guest bedroom for your guests to find!

Photo Credit: Jeremy Tan

How to Use Vintage Stamps

I love, love, LOVE vintage postage stamps. And since I source my own vintage stamps from eBay, I couldn’t resist sharing a few tips for using vintage stamps in my latest eBay guide! Plus, I put a collection together with some of my favorite vintage stamps that you can use in your own projects! Find the full guide right here and my favorite stamps here!

How to Use Vintage Stamps / Oh So Beautiful Paper for eBay

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Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Designer Kate Holgate is an absolute master at blending modern and vintage-inspired details, and these wedding invitations are no exception! Kate designed these invitations for a recent wedding in Miami, combining custom patterns inspired by the architectural details of the wedding venue with modern type and color choices. How gorgeous are those blind impression patterns??

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From KateDane and Jenn are a lovely couple recently married in Miami. I really enjoyed getting to know them as we collaborated on their invitation suite. Not only were they incredibly gracious, they had impeccable taste and fantastic ideas. The location of the ceremony ​is a gorgeous historic Italian estate on Biscayne Bay called the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The villa is a National Historic Landmark bursting with visual inspiration — from beautiful, ornate architectural details to gorgeous flowers and fountains.

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dane and Jenn wanted a sophisticated design that incorporated elements from the past yet still looked modern. To accomplish this, I designed several custom patterns inspired by interior details of the villa (floors, stained-glass windows, tiles) paired with modern typography and hand-written accents. I used a clean color palette of bright white and grays with pops of blush and sea foam green to balance the heavily-textured design.

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Boxcar Press did an outstanding job with intricate letterpress work and Miami calligrapher Natalia Otalora added her special touch to the envelopes. I couldn’t be happier with the elegant results. Cheers to Dane and Jenn!

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Miami Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Kate!

Design: Kate Holgate

Save the Date Printing: HiTech Color

Wedding Invitation Letterpress Printing: Boxcar Press

Calligraphy: Natalia Otalora

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Kate Holgate

Friday Happy Hour: Kentucky Mule

This month, we thought we’d have some fun with bourbon cocktails. Bourbon, that most American of spirits, is rich and sweet and brown and ideal for fall cocktails. We had in mind lots of dark, brooding bourbon cocktails for fall, but suddenly we find ourselves with temperatures near the 80s in November, so we’re starting out the month a little differently, with a drink that fits this weird in-between weather we’re having, the Kentucky Mule.  Andrew

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Kentucky Mule

2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
3/4 oz Lime Juice
4-6 oz Ginger Beer

Combine the bourbon and lime juice in a copper mug or highball glass filled with crushed ice, then top with the ginger beer. Give the drink a stir, garnish with a mint bouquet, and enjoy!

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Kentucky Mule is a descendant of the Moscow Mule, a drink invented in the 1940s as gimmick to convince Americans to drink more vodka. At the time, American drinkers were apparently more discerning and had not yet fallen in love with the Russian spirit that is – by U.S. law – odorless and colorless and flavorless. (In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m not a fan of vodka, because I wouldn’t drink a tasteless spirit any more than I would eat a flavorless steak.)

The combination of tart lime and spicy, zippy ginger beer offers a smooth and easy template that you can apply to spirits with actual flavor. Like bourbon. The Kentucky Mule has those rich, oaky notes of the bourbon, but is a refreshing, effervescent drink with a lot of pep to it.

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bourbon is a whiskey made from at least 51% corn. That corn lends bourbon a sweeter profile than other whiskeys, that same sweetness you get when you bite into a roasted ear of sweat corn on the Fourth of July. Not all of it is made in Kentucky, but a lot of it is, and it gets its name from the eastern part of Kentucky that was once called Old Bourbon and contains, fittingly enough, Bourbon County. This is where American colonists found huge tracts of land perfect for growing corn, and bourbon eventually would come to outstrip rum and rye whiskey, the original American spirits.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve definitely entered cold and flu season here in DC – my entire family has been through the ringer over the last week! Today it’s poor little Alice’s turn to have a cold. So I’m off to snuggle my sweet almost toddler and hope that she feels better soon! But in the meantime…

June Letters / Maya Angelou Quote via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lettering by Jess Levitz via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

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That’s it for me this week! Check back a bit later for this week’s cocktail recipe – and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo