Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I started the week out in New York for the winter NYNOW show – I shared what it was like to walk the show on Instagram, but will also be sharing some favorites from the show here next week! But in the meantime…

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Swans by The Painted Arrow (aka Hillary Henslee) via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Watercolor Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations

Aaaah! How cute are these calligraphy and watercolor popsicle birthday party invitations?? Created by calligrapher Holly Everett of Maison Everett in collaboration with her client, each invitation is watercolored by hand – so each one is totally unique! Plus the bright color palette and popsicle motif is totally perfect for a first birthday in the middle of summer. Love!

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From HollyI wanted to share a recent birthday invitation I created alongside my client, Britney Smith, for her daughter’s first birthday. She wanted something colorful and fun for an outdoor summer party. After sketching out a few ideas, we decided on a popsicle template with a white background. I did the custom calligraphy and lettering on both sides, and she then printed and watercolored them by hand to make each one a little different for each of their guests. She carried the colors from the invitation into the party decor making for a bright, joyful summer celebration!

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Thanks Holly!

Calligraphy and Hand Lettering: Maison Everett 

Watercolor: Brittany Smith

Photo Credits: Maison Everett

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a lovely weekend! But in the meantime…

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Photo via Happy Cactus Designs (so pretty!)

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Maurine’s Black and Silver 40th Birthday Party Invitations

When I turn 40 I hope I’m lucky enough to have a designer friend like Kate Holgate create beautiful invitations to help celebrate that milestone! Kate created these elegant black, white, and silver invitations for a dinner party celebrating her friend Maurine’s 40th birthday earlier this month. I’m loving all the playful details that Kate included in the design!

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From KateMy good friend, Maurine, is having a formal dinner party at a well-known Boise restaurant for her 40th birthday. Maurine is sophisticated and classy with impeccable taste. She also has a great sense of humor and I wanted to design an invitation that portrayed her personality. The invitation suite featured three cards that were enclosed in a sliver envelopment and wrapped with sparkly ribbon. I incorporated the evening’s black, white, and silver theme, while having some fun with the year in which Maurine was born. I am looking forward to celebrating her big day!

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Thanks so much Kate!

Photo Credits: Kate Holgate

Best of 2014: My Favorites!

I love doing these “best of” round up posts because they help me see just how much we really packed into a single year. When you’re publishing new content on a daily basis (10-15 times per week!) and you’re constantly focusing on what’s next, it can be easy to lose sight of the posts that made an impact in the previous months or weeks. So here are a few of my personal favorite posts – from guest posts to Emily’s Brick + Mortar column and a few others along the way.

Envelope Address and Hand Lettering Tutorial by Ladyfingers Letterpress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Envelope Address and Hand Lettering Tutorial from Ladyfingers Letterpress

A Peek Into the Process of Swiss Cottage Designs

Caroline’s Strawberry First Birthday Party

A Day in the Life with Erin Austen Abbott of Amelia

Brick & Mortar: Raising Your Baby and Your Business

10 Tips on Opening a Retail Shop from Urbanic

Where to Find Vintage Stamps for Wedding Invitations

Paper Party 2014!

DC Guide: The National Postal Museum