Winter Cocktail Workshop!

For those of you in the DC area, join our resident cocktail expert Andrew for a winter cocktail workshop this Sunday from 3-5 pm! You’ll sample three fantastic recipes with a focus on holiday entertaining, learn Andy’s tried and true techniques for making delicious drinks at home, and go home with the recipes for each cocktail. It’s going to be so much fun – sign up right here! We’ll also have a selection of our vintage glassware and barware available for sale before and after the class, so feel free to stop by if you’re on the hunt for some unique holiday gifts – or beautiful vintage glassware to decorate your own bar cart.

Spiced Winter Punch

We had so much fun at our first cocktail workshop at Red Barn Mercantile in October, we couldn’t wait to do another one! This workshop will be focused on holiday recipes – a punch for holiday entertaining, a perfect cocktail for New Year’s Eve (hint: it involves Champagne), and a recipe for cozy winter nights at home. Plus we’ll share some of our favorite spirits and mixers for stocking your home bar and send you home with all the recipes! 

Charles Dickens’ Punch

Sign up for the winter cocktail class right here!

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations

Anyone else majorly feeling bold and deep blue tones right now? It’s just such a fantastically moody hue, and it pairs so well with all of my other favorite colors, from mustard yellow to our color of the moment coral. These deep blue modern ocean wedding invitations from Lustre Theory make quite the bold statement with imperial blue envelopes, a hand painted watercolor jellyfish envelope liner, and watercolor hand lettering! Gorgeous calligraphy by Seniman Calligraphy is the perfect finishing touch.

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

From Kristin: I live and breathe the details whenever I design an invitation suite, and this one is no different. For me, it’s a chance to put a piece of detailed art directly into someone’s hands and make them feel special, even if just for a moment. It’s so personal! This wedding invitation embodies a modern ocean design theme. We chose a strong, deep blue for the design, which was printed on Moab Entrada Rag Bright 300 paper stock and paired with a dark Imperial Blue square with euro flap from Cards & Pockets for the envelopes.

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

We chose white calligraphy ink with a modern flair by Seniman Calligraphy for the main envelope, main envelope back flap, and RSVP envelope. A perfect white wax seal completes the main envelope. We chose stamps with modern ocean designs and a connection to the downtown Norfolk, Virginia waterfront location. You will see a shell, a tug boat, and an Oscar de la Renta fashion stamp that looked too much like deep blue water to not include.

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

The watercolor jellyfish on the envelope liner was hand painted and digitally reproduced by me to match both the color and sea theme. You’ll see black, shades of gray, blue, and purple within the watercolor. The lettering on the invitation and RSVP card mirrors the watercolor texture on the liner. I wanted the invitations to be simple and clean but also bold and well designed.

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

Deep Blue Modern Ocean Wedding Invitations by Lustre Theory

Thanks Kristin!

Design: Lustre Theory
Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy
Envelopes: Cards & Pockets
Stamps: Vintage Postage Shop
Paper: Moab Paper

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration? Visit our wedding invitations archive for more custom wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Angela Elise Photography

2018 Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts

For today’s final gift guide installment, we’re focusing on handmade gifts from small business makers. Supporting small businesses has been important to me since day one of this blog, and while I might turn to big box stores for things like vacuum cleaners and kid toys I always feel like the most special gifts come from artists producing beautiful handmade products. We’ve got plenty of ceramics, some hand painted leather goods, woven art, and some of my favorite jewelry. So many great options!

2018 Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts

1. I let out an audible gasp when I first saw these necklaces from Rare Bird Designs. So beautiful!

2. I could easily spend all of my money in Lillian Faraj’s gorgeous shop. I have one of these hand painted leather clutches (and it has already become one of my favorite possessions), but I desperately want one of the marbled circle purses. Aaaah!

3. I stumbled upon a pair of gorgeous Alchemilla Jewelry earrings at a cool store here in DC, and now I’m obsessed! Each earring is individually beaded completely by hand. It’s honestly wearable art and I love it. 

p.s. I’m definitely feeling jewelry vibes this year. Check out more of my favorites from Four Eyes ceramics and Tidy Clutterings. I want all of them!

4. Did you know that each and every product at Moglea is individually hand painted? Yep. From notebook covers to greeting cards, they’re all painted by hand – making this jotter notebook a truly special holiday gift. I’m loving the colors on this one!

5. I’m absolutely smitten with the fiber artwork from Mandi Smethells. The rainbows are just so cute and clever! I can’t wait to save up and purchase my own piece some day!

6. Completely obsessed with these tassel earrings from Wkndla

7. These ceramic desert bells by West Perro are just so cool – like sculptural, interactive art. 

8. If you know someone who drinks coffee every day, I can guarantee they’d love to receive a handmade pour-over coffee set. I’m completely obsessed with this coffee set from Jars of Dust, and this speckled set from The Lulu Bird is also lots of fun! 

9. I love these hand painted ceramic rainbows – wouldn’t it be so perfect in a nursery? Comes in a range of colors, each with adorable tassels at the bottom!

10. These color-blocked macramé plant hangers are so cool for any friends or family with a green thumb.

p.s. Love macramé but not plant inclined? Check out the gorgeous macramé wall hangings from Noma Macramé!

11. This inspirational quote card set from In the Daylight is the perfect gift for someone working hard to make their side hustle into a full-time gig. The set includes twelve inspirational hand lettered quotes to help brighten any day.

2018 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Kids

If you’re on the hunt for creative gift ideas for kids, this guide is for you! We try to focus on having a smaller number of toys that the kids truly love and play with all the time, instead of a tons of toys that the kids ignore or only play with for a few minutes before moving on. Today I’m excited to share a few of our tried-and-true favorites in a range of prices! Since I have two girls, this guide is a bit more geared towards girls – although boys also love building toys, play kitchens, and STEM activities, so there is plenty in here for all kids. I hope you find something helpful below!

2018 Gift Guide for Kids

1. Magnatiles will always have a spot on my gift guide for kids. It’s the only toy that my kids consistently play with for hours – and play with together! – and it’s fun to add to our collection each year.

2. These adorable t-shirts from Jean & June are more of a gift for the parents, but as a mom of daughters I just couldn’t resist! I picked up a set of matching shirts for me and my girls and love them so much!

3. These notebooks from Wee Gallery are absolutely GENIUS – and the perfect stocking stuffer for kids that love to draw!

4. As much as we love our Magnatiles, I’ve always wanted to invest in a beautiful set of classic wood blocks. This castle wood block set is surprisingly affordable, and my girls will love that it looks like a castle!

5. This photo printer would be a great gift for teens or tweens. Our 13 year-old niece has started doing little styled photo sessions with her friends and taking really artsy photos with her phone, and it would be fun for her to be able to print out her favorites!

6. For any STEM-inclined kids, this crystal growing kit looks very cool. And you can even use it as a night light once all the crystals are fully grown!

7. Gathre makes the most beautiful modern leather goods for kids, from changing pads to floor cushions. These modern playmats are perfect for smaller kids, and you can even take them out to the park or the beach!

8. Wood transformers! This toy folds into a variety of different configurations, from robot to vehicle. So cool!

9. Love these sun printing kits! So great for artistically-inclined kids.  

10. I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for Caboodles to come back, but here they are! Perfect for holding a variety of little treasures for girls of all ages.

11. You can’t go wrong with a cute purse! I love this glittery heart-shaped bag and this iridescent gold bucket bag

12. One of our local indoor play spaces has this amazing architecture play set and Sophie absolutely LOVES playing with it, so I’m thinking about getting one to have at home. Great for kids over 5!

13. Dolls are the perfect gift for babies and younger toddlers. These dolls from Cuddle & Kind are ridiculously adorable, and each doll provides 10 meals to children in North America and around the world.

14. The dreamiest play kitchen I’ve EVER SEEN – all completely non toxic and made from sustainable wood. It’s really quite the showstopper.

 

Holiday Workshops at Common Room Studio!

DC friends – are you ready to make some handmade holiday gifts and wrap your presents in style? Join us for a couple of holiday workshops at Common Room Studio! We’re joining forces with our friends at Penny Post to host a holiday gift wrap party on Saturday, December 8, then Kelly Laughlin of Odette Press will host paper marbling and bookbinding workshops on Sunday, December 9. Details below!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

First up, gift wrap! Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 4 – 7 pm for a holiday gathering that is part workshop, part holiday party. Penny Post will teach you how to wrap and ribbon like a pro, and provide plenty of gift wrap and ribbon to get you started, then I’ll share a few DIY ideas for embellishing your gifts! Bring your unwrapped presents,we’ll provide all the supplies! Oh, and we’ll even have snacks from Buttercream Bakeshop and our Spiced Winter Punch to enjoy! If all of that isn’t enough, everyone in attendance will receive a $10 Penny Post gift card to spend on additional wrap, cards, ribbons, gift tags, or whatever else strikes your fancy. It’s going to be so fun – sign up right here!

Kelly Laughlin Paper Marbling

On Sunday, December 9 join us for a day of making handmade gifts with Kelly Laughlin of Odette Press. Join us for a paper marbling workshop from 10 am – noon, where you’ll make your own collection of marbled paper to turn into notecards, gift tags, and more! Then join us for a bookbinding workshop and learn how  to make hand stitched journals from 1 – 3 pm! Bookbinding workshop participants will also receive a tool kit that you can use to make additional journals at home. Both workshops are great for beginners and all supplies will be provided. Come have fun and make some one of a kind holiday gifts while you’re at it!

Bookbinding Workshop at Common Room Studio with Odette Press

Hope to see you there!