Archive for April, 2012

This week we’re continuing with our vendor feature series and highlighting the lovely indie shop ink & peat. ink & peat is both a retail store and a floral design shop based in Portland, Oregon. It opened in 2009 by Pamela Zsori, who spent 15 years as a designer in the fashion industry before deciding to open up shop. As you can see from these photos her thoughtful displays and bright beautiful products make for a stylish and welcoming space. We asked Pamela some questions about how this unique shop got its start and what makes it so special…

How long have you been in business? 

We have been open for 3 1/2 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about the neighborhood where ink & peat is located? 
ink &  peat is in an up-an-coming section of the Boise-Eliot neighborhood in North Portland. Many of the shops and restaurants were built in old warehouses.

What inspired you to open ink & peat?

I was a textile designer for many years. My boyfriend and I wanted to move to Portland from San Francisco and I started thinking of ways to re-invent myself. I had an “a-ha moment” at 5 in the morning while I was shopping on the east coast for antiques. I started thinking about what I would be willing to get up early for – I loved antiques, home decor, and flowers. I soon started taking night classes in floral design and thinking of ways to incorporate all the things I love into one career. It ended up being this lifestyle store called ink & peat!

How long have you been carrying H!L cards? 

We have been carrying Hello Lucky! cards for 1 1/2 years. I love the sense of whimsy and seeing people smile when they pick them up.

Do you have a favorite or best selling card from us?  

The Spring Chicken card sells well – Portland is definitely a chicken town – so many folks raise them in their yard. I always love Julia Rothman’s unicorn card – maybe because I grew up in the 70′s!

From what’s selling in your store right now what do you think is the next big trend?

I’m not sure about the NEXT big paper trend – but right now people can’t get enough whales!
In home decor, there is definitely inspiration from Native American handcrafts and there is a lot of color coming on strong. I think people are ready to climb out of this tough economy and need some bright inspiration and a return to handmade goods.

Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the 62nd edition of our Lucky Friday Giveaway.  Each Friday we feature one of our letterpress greeting cards. We’ll choose THREE LUCKY WINNERS to get a free card.  Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce the winners on the following Friday!

The three winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Danyun, Nicky and Shannon! We’ll contact you next week to arrange sending your Champ card.

Design: Going Places
Artist: Julia Rothman
Inspiration: Julia’s a REAL jet-setter—what more inspiration could she need?
Who to send it to: A friend who’s movin’ on up, movin’ on out and taking the high road.
Ideas we scrapped: The original text went, “If you have a lot of baggage make sure, at least, that it’s old and beautiful.”
Favorite detail: Adore the color combination— perfect for spring travel and new beginnings!
Why letterpress? Old suitcases and typecases have much in common—they hold a lot more than you think, and both can easily become heavy as lead.

Don’t forget to post your comment and tune in next week, same time, different stationery, to see if you’ve won!

 

 

Our brand new birth announcements are now available! For all you happy parents to be, you won’t want to miss out on these fresh new designs. The best part is that they are completely customizable, so if pink or blue isn’t your style, try a sage green or sunshine yellow to change things up. Toy Train (pictured above) is modern but still playful with it’s youthful illustrations. The possibilities are endless with this card – just customize the wording to make a fantastic toy train kids party invitation!

You’ll be welcoming your bundle of joy in fashion with this Bundle of Joy announcement. And with all those lively rooftops, this card is perfect for city-dwelling parents.

Our Butterflies announcement also looks fabulous customized in any color, and the retro butterflies suit both genders.

To view all of our photo birth announcements, click here!

Photos by Edyta Szyszlo Photography

We always feel honored whenever our name is featured throughout the growing realm of wedding magazines, blogs, and resource websites. We also love to cater to our community by offering one-on-one consultations with brides when making the big decision to buy wedding stationery. It truly is a joy to be listed in Brides Magazine as one of the “people and places you need to know to plan a wedding in San Francisco!”

The issue highlights all of the places throughout the city that offer helpful advice and inspiration for your wedding. Our beloved Faye even made her way into the spotlight!

The current issue of Brides Magazine is available now!

This week Max is working hard and printing all of the upcoming trade releases for 2012. Along with Eunice’s and Anna’s fun and beautiful new designs,  we have an armful of great new cards from our friends and favorite designers: Esther Aarts Lab Partners, and Julia Rothman.

Technically, Max isn’t at a desk all day, and that’s the way he likes it! He’s one of our pressmen here at Hello!Lucky. He keeps our vintage presses humming along and masterfully cranks out our letterpress greeting cards. He knows all there is to know about letterpress and we love him for his easy going attitude and sense of humor.

My role at Hello!Lucky is…

Print-Wallah.

I can’t get through the day without…

apple and peanut-butter.

My ideal weekend activities include…

sleeping, walking, separately.

My favorite Hello!Lucky design to print is…

Wiser, and anything by Julia Rothman.

If I wasn’t a pressman I’d be…

a fishmonger.

Secret insider info you might not know about Hello!Lucky…

it used to be a billiards supply.

When we pictured the workspace of the talented illustrator and our guest designer Anne Smith, we imagined a the kind of place that makes you feel inspired to create something beautiful. These pictures from Uppercase reveal exactly what we imagined, only better. From the colorful arrangements of fresh flowers to the towering collections of books, we’re feeling quite at home in the studio of our dear friend Anne.

The launch of our Anne Smith wedding designs earlier this year brought a fresh new face to our collection, especially with her delicate watercolor illustrations and bright color palettes. We’ve received an outpour of enthusiasm for her designs such as Southern Belle and Wildflowers, and still gush over the nautical details in Cape Cod.

To view more photos check out the entire spread featured in Uppercase!

This week On Press we show the final steps in the process of creating Hello!Lucky’s birthday card, “Dinosaurs.” This sweet card was designed by Julia Rothman for Hello!Lucky. Max trims them down on the guillotine and folds a few to make sure each cut is perfect. Then each card is folded by hand, packaged, and bundled in packs of six.

Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the 61st edition of our Lucky Friday Giveaway.  Each Friday we feature one of our letterpress greeting cards. We’ll choose THREE LUCKY WINNERS to get a free card.  Post a comment by 12 p.m. PST the following Thursday, and we’ll announce the winners on the following Friday!

The three winners from last week are (drum roll, please): Morgan, Ellie and Sarah! We’ll contact you next week to arrange sending your Dad, You Rock card.

Design: Champ
Artist: Eunice Moyle
Inspiration: We’re continually inspired by the feats of style and deeds of design-derring-do we see here at Hello!Lucky every day.
Who to send it to: A grad with mad skills, a daring doctoral darling with a fully fledged dissertation, or anyone harder, better, faster, stronger.
Ideas we scrapped in favor of this one: The Daft Punk draft didn’t quite come across on paper, sans laser show and strobes.
Favorite detail: We’re feelin’ the satisfied expression on the strongman.
Why letterpress? Such typographical strength demands a bold and beautiful printing method.

Don’t forget to post your comment and tune in next week, same time, different stationery, to see if you’ve won!

Treat Mom to something special this year. Just in time for Mother’s Day we’re rolling out a special on our personal stationery. Order before 5/30 and receive $25 off orders of $100 or more. You may as well treat yourself while you’re at it!

Enter code: Treatyourself at checkout and remember to order by 4/30 to receive orders in time for Mother’s Day.

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