Friday Favorites

Lettering by Rachel Jacobson

We made it to Friday! Yay! This is the first Friday round up post in gosh, about three months now? Things always seem to get crazy right around Friday, but I’ve also found myself needing more space to get away from all the awful things in the news. I’ve been feeling just really stressed out a lot lately, and to cope with the stress I’ve been slowly cleaning out my house (clearing out and donating unused clothing, craft supplies, toys, and other random bits), simplifying our home décor, and lightening and brightening our home color palette. With all the chaos in the world these days, I want my home to be as calm and peaceful as possible. I’m sentimental with pack rat tendencies, so I tend to keep things around for a long time, but it feels so good to clear things out that used to make me happy, but no longer do so. I also have a ton of art prints that I’m no longer using, so let me know if you guys would be interested in an art print tag sale!

Anyway, it’s Friday – which means the Nordstrom anniversary sale is officially open to the public! If you missed it on Monday, you can find my style picks here. I also took a look through the home items in the sale, and there are lots of great options there! I’ve got my eye on this portable wine and cheese table (um, perfect for summer picnics!), this iridescent carafe and glass set, this blush and white pom pom blanket and sham set, and this cute little fringe pillow!

Oh, and speaking of pillows – every pillow in this Etsy shop is absolutely gorgeous, and a ton of them are on sale for 40% off right now! Go check it out!

If you haven’t already, be sure to download our printable summer bucket list from Bright Room Studio!

I need this wrap dress in like every single color.

Putting this book on my reading list ASAP.

Also, have any of you read any good fiction books lately? We’re planning a few days at the beach next week and I need recommendations!

xoxo

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Hey everyone! I’m honored to share the work here of a new favorite calligrapher, Kim Shrack of Manayunk Calligraphy. I love that Kim’s work has dabbled in using calligraphy for the everyday, calligraphy for special moments, calligraphy for super fun projects (hello, a Bachelorette nursery!), and calligraphy to give voice to a cause she feels passionate about. Let’s dive in! Jen

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Photo Credit: Molly Carr Photography

Bachelorette fans, take note…

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Here’s a peek at one of Kim’s favorite projects to work on! She created a calligraphy mural for none other than the former Bachelorette Desiree Siegfried (née Hartsock) and her husband Chris. Monica Mangin from The Weekender was tasked with designing a Pacific Northwest-style nursery for the couple, and Kim was pulled in to create an accent wall. Kim shares, “I pulled quotes from some of my favorite children’s books for the design. What I loved about this project is the idea that as their baby grows and learns to read, he’ll be surrounded by those words everyday – words that encourage him to be strong, kind and brave. It’s such a huge honor to be a small part of that.”

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Photo Credits for nursery: Kyle Powers for Us Weekly Magazine.

“I absolutely love doing murals!” says Kim.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Stacy Able

On creating lettering work beyond paper, Kim shares: I love working on non-paper surfaces. I’ve done lots of non-traditional place cards, so calligraphy on materials like marble, slate, etc. But by far my favorite non-paper place cards have also been the sweetest – macarons! It’s a very delicate process involving teeny tiny brushes, luster dust and a steady head – but the results are oh so lovely.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Gabrielle Cheikh

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

In addition to all the lettering work Kim produces, she also teaches calligraphy courses on Skillshare. Her courses have been named Staff Picks (a designation for the top 1% of all classes) and she’s been named a Teacher to Watch (go Kim!). The two available classes are Modern Brush Calligraphy for Beginners and Develop Your Own Calligraphy Style.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Inspiring Calligraphers: Manayunk Calligraphy

Finally, Kim created this print (and there are tote bags) benefitting RAICES. Here’s what she had to say about this fundraising project and using her voice in this way as a creative artist who’s also a business owner.

Kim shares: Like an overwhelming number of people, I was very affected by the news that families who were entering the US seeking asylum were separated at the border. As an American, it disturbed me. As a new mother, it ripped out my heart. I researched organizations that were working to reunite families, and that’s how I found the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES. I learned that those parents who were detained were unable to be reunited with their children until they could pay their full bond — which is a minimum of $1,500. So I created a special collection of designs to benefit RAICES. 100% of the profits from the sale of these items when to RAICES, and I am thrilled to say that through the sale of these items on my website and in-person fundraisers by the Glenside Women for Progress, and a direct fundraiser on Facebook, we were able to raise $1,537 — enough to bail one person from detention and reunite a family.

Common sense says that it’s not smart to mix business and politics. I get that. Posting on this issue led directly to a loss of followers and subscribers. But here’s the thing: human rights are not political. Period. As human beings, we have an obligation to one another. When you see something that isn’t right, you can’t just “stay out of it.” Speak up. Donate your time or your money or both. Someday, my daughter, who is 9 months old, will learn about this period of American history in school. When she comes home and asks my husband and I what we did, I’m not going to say that we stayed out of it. That is was impolite to talk about such things. That is was bad for business. Instead, I’m going to tell her that I used the skills I had to try and do something. And more than that, I’m going to tell her that thanks to a group of people whose only commonality is that they like calligraphy, we were able to reunite a family. That’s worth more than any follower.

A big thank you to Kim for sharing her work!

Photo Credits, except where noted: Manayunk Calligraphy

Printable Summer Bucket List

Can you believe it’s already mid-July?? This summer is flying by! We’ve been filling our summer with early evening swims at the neighborhood splash pad, walks around the monuments on the National Mall, and we’ve even stumbled upon a couple of free live concerts – including a performance by the U.S. Army Band on the steps of the Capitol building! But since my girls are now three and five, I really want to start creating some summer memories that we can all love and cherish as a family. I teamed up with Kim from Bright Room Studio to create an illustrated summer bucket list that I could fill with our plans for summer fun – and I’m sharing the printable summer bucket list so you can create your own summer memories!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

So yes, we’re pretty much halfway through summer here – but it’s never too late to create family traditions and memories that you’ll cherish forever. So go ahead and print out the bucket list, then add some of the things you’ve already done on the list just so you can cross them right off. It’s the best feeling! Use the rest of the spots to list all the other things you want to do this summer, whether it’s as simple as painting your nails in rainbow colors (a very specific request from my five year-old) or collecting seashells at the beach.

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

So far we’ve gone for a couple of evening swims, eaten pizza on the boardwalk, had a picnic on the 4th of July, visited the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to see the beautiful lotus blossoms, and fed the ducks at least half a dozen times. We’ve got plans for spending a weekend at the beach very soon and I think we’ll be heading to the movies this weekend since it’s supposed to rain. We’ve been wanting to see the Incredibles 2!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

And how cute are all of Kim‘s illustrations featuring all the little emblems of summer?? I absolutely adore them! A bucket with seashells, summer fruit, books, a suitcase, and a swimsuit – even a tiny ferris wheel! Can’t even handle the cuteness.

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

All you have to do is download the printable file below and print it at home or at your local copy & print shop. I recommend printing on a bright white card stock, ideally 80 lb weight or higher so it’s nice and sturdy for hanging up on your wall!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Now tell me, what are you going to put on your summer bucket list?? You can see my bucket list items above, but I’d love more ideas and suggestions for fun summer traditions!

Download the printable summer bucket list right here!

p.s. Printable ice cream cone wrappers and printable tropical envelope liners

 

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here!

All artwork © 2018 Bright Room Studio created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the patterns you agree to the terms of use.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Seedlings

Seedlings was one of the many new exhibitors at this year’s National Stationery Show, and I absolutely fell in love with their beautiful collection of illustrated greeting cards, notebooks, and notepads! True to their name, Seedlings incorporated plantable seed paper throughout the collection – from envelopes to packaging. Here are a few faves!

Quick Pick: Seedlings

I’ll Always Pick You

Sending You So Much Love

You Get Me

May All Your Wishes Come True

I Love Doing Life With You

Shapes Notepad

Thank You Note Card Set

Seek Peace Notebook Set

So cute, right? Lots more available right here!

My Faves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So I’m curious. How many of you are Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shoppers? I have a couple of friends that literally buy their entire wardrobe during the Anniversary Sale each year, but I’m a fairly recent convert. I scooped up a gorgeous pair of shoes for nearly half off the regular retail price a couple of years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. This year’s sale kicked off late last week with the early access preview for cardholders and goes fully public this coming Friday. I spent quite a bit of time combing through the sale over the weekend to pick out my faves, so I thought I’d share them here today so you don’t miss out!

My Faves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

You can just click the images above to go straight to the product page, but I thought I’d highlight a few very favorites below!

Boiled Wool Drape Coat – I think this coat is so chic and dreamy. I ordered it in blush pink (it also comes in black and gray) and can’t wait to see it in person! I’ve heard it runs large though, so size down!

Astoria Rain Jacket – quite possibly the most perfect rain jacket ever made, with the classic Pendleton stripes in the liner! That sunny yellow is so cheerful on gray and rainy days.

Striped Blouson Midi Dress – I love the earth tone rainbow stripes on this dress!

Exposed Seam Sweater – I practically live in slouchy sweaters in the late fall and winter, and I love the lilac and golden olive colorways!

Lafayette Bucket Bag – I love the shape, the color, just everything about this bag.

Shearwater Water Resistant Boot – Ballet pink snow boots! Yes, please.

Casper Bootie – These black leather booties remind me of my beloved Rachel Comey booties that I wore in this post, but like a third of the price. A classic!

Happy shopping everyone!