Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations

Well, these invitations are a lot of fun! Primary colors, pennants, buttons, and more in these quirky camp-theme wedding invitations from designer Misty Manley! Misty created these invitations for her own wedding last September – we love how all the sweet details, like tacos and camping, ties into her own love story!

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

From Misty: Johnny and I have spent the last 9 years laughing at each other’s stupid jokes, eating too much, and taking nothing seriously… so when we got engaged, we knew immediately we didn’t want a buttoned-up “wedding,” we just wanted to kick back and party with our best friends and eat good food.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Camp Wyman was the first venue we looked at, and we knew immediately it was the one. The camp vibes were just too good; log cabins, a beautiful ceremony site accessible only by a path leading into the woods, logs for seating, and they let us personalize our whole event how we saw fit! We’re taco obsessed (we got engaged at our favorite taco joint, Mission Taco) and had their food truck and one other taco truck serve at the wedding, we brought in our own booze and let people BYOB, it was a family tradition to take our son to a different donut shop in STL every weekend, so we had donuts for dessert from our favorite place and one of our favorite personal touches, we had a unity PB&J during our ceremony.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

As a graphic designer, I got so excited to take the camp theme and run with it! The details were so fun: a Wes Anderson inspired color palette, save the dates with button pins, and a two-sided foldout poster with a map for the invitation. The invitation included a timeline of our relationship that served as a border, silly badges and inside jokes. I used custom rubber stamps for the rsvp card and envelopes.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

I made the wedding programs pennants that everyone waved in the air as we passed! More flags were screen printed and stuck inside vintage thermoses or our centerpieces. I poured my heart into every detail! I hand painted signs, and used the 18 months of our engagement collecting vintage goblets, the thermoses, as well as used a lot of my own vintage collectibles as decor.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Thanks Misty!

Design: Misty Manley

Buttons: StickerMule

Online printing: Mingo Press

Rubber Stamps: Simon Stamp

Paper and envelopes: French Paper

Screen printing: Art Farm STL

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Misty Manley and Vein + Vessel

Thanksgiving Cards

I know I’m not alone when I say that Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday. There is no religion, no high-pressure gift giving (and receiving), just overeating a large, delicious meal that mostly consists of carbohydrates. What could be better? There’s also the sharing of this joyous meal with family and friends, and the recognition of all your many blessings. All that AND pumpkin pie?! While Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally thought of as a card-sending holiday, recognizing and sharing your thanks certainly does lend itself to the written word. I’ll start: I’m thankful for these clever and well-designed Thanksgiving cards in our round-up below. Cue up the football, don your sweats, and enjoy! – Shauna

Thanksgiving CardsFrom top right:

1. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be immediately verklempt with this Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post design.

2. Doesn’t this Dear Hancock cranberry sauce greeting remind you of one of the best Simpsons clips ever?

3. Check out this handsome fellow (complete with dapper pilgrim hat), courtesy of Golden Fox Goods.

4. It’s clear that Anne + Kate share my love of pumpkin pie (but not the ‘secret’ family recipe that we recently discovered originated from the side of the gingersnap box).

5. Yum! These cute critters from Quill & Fox are sharing quite the feast.

6. Give thanks for gourds – both delicious and aesthetically pleasing. From Pei Design.

7. Let’s be real – turkey is the worst part of the Thanksgiving meal. However, I’m choosing not to hold that against this Gingiber greeting.

8. If a bear, a fox, and a raccoon can put aside their differences to share a Thanksgiving meal, perhaps your family can break bread together despite differing opinions on current issues. From E. Frances Paper.

9. Happy Thanksgiving from this imbibing turkey. From Egg Press.

10. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I REALLY love pumpkin pie. From Hannah Berman for Paperless Post.

11. Check out this sassy turkey from Wit and Whistle.

12. It’s a cornucopia of thankfulness from Lucky Horse Press.

The Jägerita

Ok, so Jägermeister doesn’t exactly have the best reputation for most people. If you’ve encountered it in the U.S., there’s a reasonable chance it was at a dive bar, in shot form, served ice cold, a sort of dare to knock back its intensely, mysteriously herbal flavors. But Jägermeister has been enjoying something of a renaissance lately as bartenders started to realize that, hey, it’s actually good despite it’s reputation. So people are throwing it into all sorts of cocktails. Here’s a favorite Jägermeister cocktail recipe: the Jägerita. – Andrew

The Jagerita / Jagermeister Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

The Jägerita

2 oz Jägermeister
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Curaçao
1/4 oz Simple Syrup

Combine everything in a shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with fresh herbs – we used some flowering opal basil from our garden). Enjoy!

The Jagerita / Jagermeister Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

Jägermeister is what the Germans call a Kräuterlikör, basically a German Amaro akin to Averna, Cynar, or Lucano. It’s made from cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, star anise, and over fifty other botanicals, giving it a mildly bitters, slightly sweet, intensely herbal profile. It’s been marketed in the U.S. as a party shot since the 1970s, but the Germans have been enjoying it since 1934.

The Jagerita / Jagermeister Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

Germans traditionally enjoy their Jägermeister as an after-dinner digestif, but it’s also a versatile cocktail ingredient. In the Jägerita – a play on the Margarita that’s been around since at least 2008 – it works as the base spirit. It’s paired with lime and curaçao for a spicy, complex Sour that’s perfect for a gloomy and brooding November.

The Jagerita / Jagermeister Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug

This post is sponsored by eBay.

I’ve been working really hard to get everything all finished up over at Common Room Studio – I can’t wait to share the full reveal with you soon! Vintage rugs are one of my favorite ways to add color and texture to a room, and I always planned to bring a bunch of them into the studio. Of course, I went straight to eBay to find the perfect vintage Persian lilihan rug. So today I thought I’d share my tips for how to find the perfect vintage rug so you can bring your own gorgeous rug into your space!

How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug from eBay

You guys, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore this rug. It has hot pink details (!!!), and the intricate pattern isn’t too busy and will only grow more beautiful with age. If you aren’t familiar with the Persian lilihan rug style, it’s 100% wool and is seriously the perfect low pile, but still soft underfoot, accent rug. I’m completely obsessed with this 1930s beauty, and everyone who visits the studio falls in love with it. I can guarantee there will be many more Persian lilihan rugs in my future!

How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug from eBay

How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug from eBay

If you’re looking for a gorgeous accent rug, you’re bound to find the perfect fit on eBay. There are approximately 1.1 billion listings on eBay at any given time, which means plenty of gorgeous rugs to go around. Vintage rug sizes are often quite different from our standard modern sizes, but you can usually find everything from small-ish accent rugs to long runners to larger rugs that would look amazing in a bedroom or living room. Just look at this 16 foot stunner!

How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug from eBay

This little plant-filled corner of the studio makes me so happy! Many rugs can be purchased instantly with the “Buy it Now” feature – so you don’t even have to worry about getting into a bidding war! I have absolutely no patience once I’ve found my perfect rug, so I absolutely love the no hassle instant purchasing option and super fast shipping. I’m currently loving this navy and red 15 foot runner, this gorgeous 3×5 accent rug, and this unique rug with teal blue and peach accents. I may just have to scoop that last rug up for the studio!

How to Find the Perfect Vintage Rug from eBay

When searching for vintage rugs, I like to look for unexpected details like non-traditional color palettes (hello hot pink!), unique patterns, or even visible wear on the rug like worn spots and fading. Each of these little elements will help a vintage rug work in a modern home, along with helping add interest and character to a room. There are new vintage rugs added to eBay every day, so start shopping now to find the perfect rug for your space!

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Happy Weekend!

Happy Thursday everyone! DC schools and the federal government are observing Veterans Day tomorrow, so I’m taking the opportunity to head out a bit early this week. Plus, I’ve been busy over at Common Room Studio getting ready for three big workshops this weekend! Jenna of Mon Voir is coming out to DC to celebrate her new book, Everyday Watercolor, and teach three of her floral watercolor workshops. If you’re local, we still have a couple spots in the class on Sunday morning – you can sign up right here! We’re also getting ready to announce some exciting workshops and events in December, so jump on our mailing list if you haven’t already! But in the meantime…

Hanwriting Watercolor Leaf Placecards

Photo by hanwriting via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

Make handmade holiday cards for retired soldiers at the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement home here in DC. I know I’ll be making some with my girls this weekend!

Have you seen all the amazing shoes in the Nordstrom fall sale??? These knee high leather boots are the perfect winter boot (and they’re 50% off!) and I love the side cut outs on these black leather booties (30% off!)

A Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade centerpiece! This would be so cute for a kids table design! (p.s. I’m also loving Brittany’s version)

How cute is this pink parka??

MAKE: Fettuccine with Avocado-Garlic Sauce (yum!)

I desperately want this pink chaise lounge for Common Room Studio!

Card of the week!

This is fascinating and horrifying: A toxic city on the edge of the world


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Blush and gray desert-inspired wedding invitations

We went all the way to Brisbane, Australia to go Behind the Stationery with Fox & Fallow!

Add color to your wardrobe with vintage accessories!

One of my favorites from the DIY archives: DIY hand lettered dinner plates (perfect for holiday dinners!)


That’s it for me this week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo