April Showers Bring May Flowers

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It’s finally starting to warm up around here and we’ve been getting a lot of rain. I love the rain, especially when I know it’s going to bring us beautiful spring flowers. I put together a few of my favorite Etsy items to celebrate the season. Aren’t they pretty?

1. Flower Wall Calendar – DURIDO

2. Succulent Mason Jars – Bearfruit Succulents

3. Wild Flower Embroidery Hoop Art – Kawaii Sakura Handmade

4. Flower Notebook – Posy Paper

5. Peony Postcard – Oana Befort

5. Floral Folk Art Pillow Case – Giardino

6. Rose Pouch – Studio Liscious

7. Flower No. 004 Print – Oda Photography

8. Whimsical Bouquet – Fairyfold Weddings

9. Spring No. 2 Print – Amber Alexander

10. Poppy Jar Print – Satchl & Sage

11. Patterned Note Cards – Evermore Paper Co.

12. Letterpress Notebook – Cerulean Press

14. Silver Tumbler – My Frenchy Cottage

15. Love Rose Print – Retro Menageries

16. Flower Block Print Art – Katharine Watson

Right This Way

A little Etsy window shopping for the day. I think it’s so much fun to see how each artist can put a different spin on arrows. Links to each item are below. Happy shopping!

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Grey Skies

This winter is starting to feel like it may last forever. We’ve been watching the snow fall for months now and I don’t remember a time that I have ever seen more snow on the ground. The air is crisp, the skies are grey and I’m not quite sure of the last time the sun peeked through the clouds. You know what that means, online window shopping while snuggled up under a blanket with some hot cocoa, of course. These are some of my recent Etsy favorites.

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Into the Woods

I don’t know about anyone else, but with the changing seasons I’ve been infatuated lately with the idea of buying a little cabin in the woods and cozying up there for a while. If we did I would fill it with all of these warming Etsy finds. Do you love Etsy as much as I do? I think my favorite thing about it is that you never know what you are going to find. It really makes you feel like you are finding a new treasure every time you visit.
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1. Herringbone Tea Towels
2. Hand Carved Antlers
3. Wood Grain Ring
4. Reclaimed Chevron Wood Wall Panel
5. Wood Slice Coasters
6. Pinecone Letterpress Card
7. Organic Cotton Printed Bucket Tote
8. Mixed Metals Minimalist Necklace
9. Quilted Ceramic Mugs
10. Vintage Wood Crate
11. No Vacancy Sign
12. Painted Branch Tealight Holders
13. Reclaimed Industrial Coffee Table
14. Rustic Wooden Wreath
15. Hanging Bird Calendar
16. Free Spirit Wall Art

Craft Show Favorites

Well our first craft show has come and gone and I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite things that I used for the show. I spent a lot of time planning and prepping to make sure everything was just right from the displays to the packaging. We got a lot of compliments on how lovely our table was and how “super incredibly cute” the pieces were packaged. Makes me happy to think that my efforts were noticed by our amazing supporters. These details might seem small, but they make a huge impact and should not be overlooked. Craft shows are not for the faint of heart. If you are going to do it, you gotta do it right! Every piece you show is part of your brand, whether its what forms of payment you accept or the sticker you use to close your product bags. Here are some of my favorite things to help make an incredible customer experience.

  1. Washi Tape
  2. Baker’s Twine
  3. Burlap
  4. Square Reader
  5. Kraft Paper Tags
  6. Table Card Holders
  7. Muslin Bags
  8. Wicker Baskets
  9. Jewelry Tree
  10. Cute Paper Bags

Originally posted at Hennel Paper Co.

Literature & Letterpress

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I’ve been making a few changes round the ol’ blog lately in response to the fact that I have been reading like mad and prepping my Sigwalt No. 9 to finally be up and running. So to share my wisdom if you will, I’ve decided to create resource lists for my literature and letterpress loving friends. Up in the top navigation on the blog you will now see “Books” and “Letterpress”. Though pretty self explanatory I will break it down. Books: a list of books I’m currently reading, have recently read and what’s next on my reading list. If the book I just read stinks, it’s not going to make the cut. Letterpress: a list of resources I’ve complied in my quest to start printing on the Sigwalt. This is not a comprehensive list, it might not even be a good list, but it’s my list and I like it.

If anyone has any reading recommendations or letterpress resources please feel free to send them to me!

Pinterest

Have you guys heard of Pinterest yet?

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site where you can save or “pin” images that you find online and create collections called “boards” of things that you love. You can also follow other Pinterest users and find inspiration that way too. I am slightly addicted. There are just so many amazing things out there to be discovered, it’s easy to get lost in it all. Hey iPhone users, they have an app out for this now. You are going to love it.

Already a member? Follow me here.

Garden of Love

The USPS is releasing their new stamp collection, Garden of Love, May 19, 2011. These beautiful designs were created by José Ortega and are going to be a wonderful addition to wedding invitations and rsvp cards. I can’t wait for their spring debut. More information about the collection here.

GMUND Love

Want to try something new? Going for a rustic or nature inspired look? We’ll I’ve got just the thing for you. In my quest to create the most amazing wedding invitations ever, I came across the GMUND Savanna paper collection. It has an exotic wood grain embossed finish in eight different earth shades (depending on where you buy it). It is the first wood embossing in the paper industry that really has the character of wood. Savanna paper is made with chlorine free cellulose, is pH neutral, fade resistant and FSC® certified.

I purchased the Limba (white) 111# cover stock at LCI Paper. My favorite little paper supplier, Blue Dot Paper Shop, now also has it available in smaller quantities (= smaller price) if you don’t need as much of it.

Printing on a laser printer is not recommended, inkjet works best in this case. Do a test print, preferably on a sample sheet before you purchase a whole pack. I can’t say that loud enough. My original plan was to print my design out on this paper at a print shop, but I learned otherwise and this happy accident turned into using my Limba paper to create the envelopment folders for my wedding invitations, rather than them being the invitations themselves. With its sturdy weight, it worked perfectly for that and turned out better than what I was originally planning to do, and single-handedly formed the entire theme for my upcoming wedding. Who knew paper could be that influential? More on this to come later.

If I haven’t been as influential to you as GMUND was to me and you aren’t ready to commit just yet, the good people over at GMUND will gladly send you up to 5 A4 samples free of charge. Did you read that? FREE OF CHARGE. Go! Get some GMUND!