Best of 2013: My Favorites

As we get ready to say goodbye to another year (and welcome a new one!), I’m wrapping up my 2013 recaps with a few personal favorite posts. 2013 was a really hard year for me, for a variety of reasons, but each of the posts below fills me with happiness and gratitude. And I can’t think of a better way to close out this year. I wish all of you the happiest of new years – thank you so much for reading Oh So Beautiful Paper, and I’ll see you back here in 2014!

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Brick + Mortar (Illustration by Emily McDowell for Oh So Beautiful Paper)

Emily’s column is a new addition to OSBP, but I’m already having trouble understanding how we ever survived without her! Emily brings wonderful retail insights as the owner of Clementine in Vermont, along with a human connection to the real customers who visit her store. Emily’s post on Everyday Thanksgivings is already one of my all-time favorites.

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Paper Party 2013 + Invitations

This year’s Paper Party was the biggest yet! And so much fun from the invitations to the colorful party details. We’re already starting to plan for Paper Party 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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Visit to DC’s Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (and more favorite DC spots here)

I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my favorite DC spots on a more regular basis! Our visit to the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens was one of my favorite new discoveries in 2013, but I’m looking forward to sharing more of our favorite places to eat, explore, and shop in 2014.

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Sophie’s First Birthday!

Sophie turned one! We celebrated with a small, low key birthday party – and some amazing balloon-inspired letterpress invitations from the talented Catherine of Printerette Press and neon pink calligraphy by Michele of Meant to Be Calligraphy. We’re so lucky to be parents of this amazing little girl.

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A New Year’s Eve Cocktail Dinner Party and Summer Backyard BBQ Cocktail Party with St-Germain

Our year-long collaboration with St-Germain pushed us to develop in new and exciting creative ways. Coming up with new cocktail recipes. Dreaming up beautiful party ideas. We loved every minute of it (even though it was secretly a LOT of work behind the scenes), and we’re looking forward to continuing to push ourselves creatively in the new year! The New Year’s Eve party and backyard summer cocktail party are my two favorites so far – along with the gorgeous recipe illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova!

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Campaign-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations + Shower Details

Getting to co-host a baby shower for some of your closest friends? The best. Campaign-inspired invitations by August Blume? Icing on the cake. And then, a new baby! (Even better).

Book Preview: Yellow Owl’s Little Prints

I grew up in a creative household. We made t-shirts at birthday parties, decorated the light switch plates in our bedrooms, among other crafty projects. I’m looking forward to creative projects with Sophie as she gets older, and I was so excited when Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop released her newest book – Yellow Owl’s Little Prints – dedicated entirely to handmade projects to make for (and eventually with) kids!

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Yellow Owl’s Little Prints features more than 25 creative projects ranging from DIY birth announcements and birthday party invitations to keepsake boxes, book plates, growth charts, rubber stamped bed linens, and nursery decorations. I’ve been in awe of Christine’s amazing creativity for years now and the incredible products she produces for Yellow Owl Workshop. Christine employes some of her favorite materials and techniques in Little Prints, including rubber stamps, stenciling, and hand printing techniques. Most projects can be done during an afternoon nap, and Christine was careful to exclude any projects that might require special equipment. Christine even includes a wonderful introduction with tips for teaching art to children and activity recommendations based on age and skill level. And of course, no craft book would be complete without a list of resources and templates (there’s a whole section of both in the back).

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My two favorite projects? A folk art wall mural using contact paper decals and a custom canvas name banner. So good!

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You can grab your own copy of Yellow Owl’s Little Prints right here!

Photo Credits: Laure Joilet for Potter Craft

Christine and Evan of Yellow Owl Workshop kindly sent me a copy of this book for review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you all have fun plans for this beautiful fall weekend? We’re heading to upstate New York to visit my husband’s family for a few pre-Halloween festivities. It’s a long drive, but I know Sophie will be happy to see her grandparents and cousins! I’m heading out to make our final preparations for the trip, but in the meantime…

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Photo by me via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Finally, I made a little announcement on Instagram last week that I thought I’d share here as well. I’m looking to add some DIY contributors to the OSBP team! If you’re interested in contributing, click here for more details on how to apply!

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

Laura’s Floral Fabric 30th Birthday Party Invitations

Erin’s watercolor wedding invitations were among my favorites from 2012, so I was thrilled to hear from her again – this time with some invitations that she created for her sister Laura’s 30th birthday! These invitations reflect Erin’s love of sewing, with a beautiful fall-inspired corduroy fabric backing sewn to the kraft paper invitations using gold thread. Gorgeous!

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From ErinMy sister, Laura, is a wedding photographer and loves gorgeous, printed invitations. For her 30th birthday, I wanted to merge her love of printed work and calligraphy with my love of sewing to add a special, personal touch. My jumping off point in the design was some gorgeous fall-esque corduroy fabric that I found at Colorado Fabrics, which I sewed onto the back of each invitation using gold thread. The green envelopes (addressed in my sister’s hand lettering) completed the invitation.

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Thanks Erin!

Invitation Design: Erin | Sewbon

Invitation Calligraphy: Designsgirl

Envelope Calligraphy: Laura Murray

Printing: The Print Connection

Paper: Speckletone Kraft by French Paper

Fabric: Colorado Fabrics

Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We’re looking forward to a beautiful fall weekend here in DC, which is a welcome change after what felt like an eternity of rain last weekend. My dad and step-mom are coming to visit this weekend, so we’re looking forward to taking them to pick pumpkins at our favorite farm and checking out the fall foliage at the National Arboretum (now that the ridiculous shutdown is finally, thankfully, over). Yay! But in the meantime…

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Photo Credit: Doug McMillen

…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