Friday Happy Hour: The Gin Rickey (Revisited)

Nole’s headed off to New York this weekend for some big event or another (you might have heard about it), so we’ve been pretty busy with preparations and not a lot of time to enjoy cocktails. Which is a shame, because all of a sudden our weather went from spring-like to sweltering DC summer-like, and there’s a perfect drink for just this situation: the Gin Rickey. Gin, lime, and bitter tonic water. And ice. Lots and lots of ice. Just what we need these days. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

(p.s. You could also try one with Old Tom Gin or Genever, or mix it up even more and pour yourself a Whiskey Rickey with bourbon.)

You can check out the original post right here!

Don’t forget to let us know if you try any of our recipes. And if you do make one at home, you can use #osbphappyhour to share photos of these (or your own creations) on Instagram.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

It’s time! The National Stationery Show is here! Tomorrow I’ll hop on a train up to New York, but for now I’m busy packing and making final preparations for my annual Paper Party next week! With all the hustle and bustle of the show itself, the Paper Party is a fun way for exhibitors, retailers, and other stationery folks to relax and socialize outside of the Javits Center. I’ve been honored to host this party for the past few years, and this year I’m so excited to be working with an amazing team of sponsors to bring this party to life! I can’t wait to share everything with all of you soon, but I wanted to give a special advance thanks to Mohawk, Minted, Etsy Wholesale, Smock, Mailchimp, Postable, Snow & Graham, Legion Paper, Hester & Cook Design Group, Gilah Press + Design, and Ladies of Letterpress for being such awesome partners! But in the meantime…

OSBP Paper Party 2014 Sneak Peek Happy Weekend!

Paper Party invitation sneak peek! Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy / 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

NSS 2014 Sneak Peek: Moglea + Sugarcube Press

Happy Friday everyone! I have two quick NSS sneak peeks to share with you today, and a couple more to share over the weekend! First up for today, the uber-talented Meg of Moglea. Meg’s line features her unique hand lettering along with hand drawn illustrations and patterns, from letterpress greeting cards to edge painted notepads and dip dye gift tags to gift wrap. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for this year!

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Moglea

Next up, the ever-sweet ladies of Sugarcube Press with tons of fabulous letterpress goodies! This year’s collection includes a letterpress art print clipboard calendar, complete with a tear-off to do list!, and new DIY rubber stamp kits. The ladies also have a bit of a mixology theme this year, with a monthly letterpress cocktail coaster calendar featuring a different hand-illustrated drink and lettering with the month on back, and a DIY mixology gift box set with twelve illustrated drink coasters and a bar book of hand crafted cocktails. So fun!

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Thanks ladies!

NSS 2014 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

Our next National Stationery Show sneak peek comes to us from Rebekah of Wild Ink Press! I’m always excited to see what Rebekah has up her sleeve for the show, from her impeccable booth design to beautiful letterpress stationery. This year, the Wild Ink Press booth (2137) will include two of my favorite things: lots of bright color and shiny metallic foil. I can’t wait!

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Thanks Rebekah!

Photo Credits: Wild Ink Press

Toddler Essentials: Toys!

These days, Sophie really wants to play with toys that she can interact with or manipulate in some way. It’s the era of blocks and water tables! The great news is that most these toys are actually a lot of fun for us parents as well, so today I thought I’d share a few of Sophie’s current favorites in case any of you are hunting for gift ideas for your favorite toddler!

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1. Little Sapling Wood Blocks; 2. Marble Run; 3. Moulin Roty Pull Along Truck; 4. Duplo Block Set; 5. Water Table; 6. Crayon Pencils

1. We’ve had this set of wood alphabet blocks since Sophie was born, and we’re so excited that she’s finally interested in them! We’re still working on teaching her the ABCs, but in the meantime she loves stacking the blocks almost as much as she enjoys knocking over towering stacks built by her parents.

2. Have you ever heard of marble run sets? This was one of my own absolute favorite childhood toys, and we actually have the exact same set that I used as a kid in the 1980s! I set up a course on a whim one rainy afternoon, and to my delight Sophie absolutely LOVES it! This toy requires close supervision, but it keeps her occupied for an eternity in toddler time. She loves picking her favorite marbles out of a bag, watching them all go noisily down the track, and even enjoys putting the marbles away! You can find original marble run sets on ebay or modern versions on Amazon and local toy stores.

3. We’ve been fortunate to inherit lots of hand-me-down toys from Sophie’s cousins, and one of her favorites is a little pull toy that can hold some of her dolls and plush friends. This pull along garden truck is similar and would also appeal to toddler sorting instincts.

4. Duplo blocks. ‘Nuff said.

5. Like most (all??) toddlers, Sophie is fascinated with running water – we have a hard time keeping her hands out of our cats’ water fountain! Now that the warm weather is here to stay, we’re looking forward to playing with a water table while enjoying our backyard patio.

6. Sophie recently graduated from her Magna Doodle to crayons and colored pencils! These crayon pencils from How We Montessori are perfect for tiny toddler artists.