Archive for April, 2012

The San Francisco ferry building is one of our favorite historical destinations in this city. During the week and weekends the ferry building is bustling with locals and tourists alike, all gallivanting throughout the markets and shops. But when the crowds clear out and an intimate wedding is arranged, it transforms into one of the most beautiful indoor venues we know. Christine and Eugene said their “I do’s” last October underneath the shimmering arches of lights, and their photos reveal the quintessential San Francisco we call home.

The couple chose to use our San Francisco Skyline invitation in a beautiful charcoal and curry combination. Plus, the customizable address labels gave guests a sneak peek at the venue.

 For their day-of stationery, bright curry colored escort cards guided guests to the most elegant table arrangements…

…and the bright yellow tulips and yellow linens brightened up the dimly-lit room.

Oh, how we adore a classic San Francisco wedding. To view more photos of the event, visit Elizabeth Anne Designs. Congratulations Christine and Eugene!

Photography by Julie Mikos

The San Francisco Center for the Book is hosting an awesome Earth Day Extravaganza in celebration of this year’s Earth Day! On Saturday April 21st you can try your own hand at printmaking, bookbinding, and lots of other fun activities. The best part is that it’s totally FREE! Bring your friends, families and kids and be a part of something great.

The SFCB is located at 300 De Haro Street Suite 334, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (The entrance is on the 16th Street side of the building, under the red awning in the bright blue building).

Spring has sprung and so has the busy gift-giving season. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, birthdays, weddings, first anniversaries, you name it! There are endless reasons to give the gift of fine quality paper. Our brand new collection of personal stationery has a little something for everyone – including moms, dads, and grads. You can even customize the colors and fonts for free, to add a personal touch.  View the entire collection here!

(clockwise from top: Figs, Vines, Flora and Fauna, Feathers)

These colorful designs are inspired by some of our newest wedding suites, along with a few modern trends.

(Daisy, Tropic, Secret Garden, English Rose)

(Bohemian, Ikat, Cross Stitch, Float)


(Sailboat, French Bicycle, Plaid, Whimsy)

(Darling Buds)

Photos by Edyta Szyszlo

We’re lucky to live in one of the most food-focused cities in the US and it’s safe to say that all of us here at Hello!Lucky appreciate checking out the many culinary treats San Francisco has to offer. This past Friday we closed the studio a little early and headed to The Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley.

The sweet ice cream and artisanal soda shop opened just a few months ago and we fell in love with the old time aesthetic of the place as soon as we walked through the doors.

The fixtures, furniture, and signs transported us right back to the 1930s and we can vouch for their delicious sundaes and soda drinks.

If you’re in the Bay Area or planning a visit anytime soon we highly recommend a visit to The Ice Cream Bar. Psst! We hear it gets pretty packed on the weekends so it might be best to make the trip on a weekday afternoon.

The Ice Cream Bar - 815 Cole Street @ Carl

Do you have extra yarn laying around from unfinished craft projects? Take a tip from Stewey who turns his yarn scraps into colorful coasters for the cast of Hello!Lucky. Knitting is a bit daunting for Stewey, so to get practice and keep things manageable he whips out these small practice squares. It’s a great way to use up extra yarn while preventing coffee and other drinks from making a mess on any pretty H!L stationery. And we love all the pops of color these sweet coasters bring to our desks!

Hello all you lucky folks out there! This is the 60th 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): Ann, Kate Purdy and Kayla King! We’ll contact you next week to arrange sending your Love You Bunches card.

Design: Dad, You Rock
Artist: Esther Aarts
Inspiration: Many of our dear dads have gone on a tunes binge in recent years, and are surprising us with their alternately hip or horrible tastes.
Who to send it to: Fathers who’ve got the Funk, and DJ dads who dig it.
Favorite detail: We like how Esther spans the generations, and includes the old-style analog audiophile and the MP3 file technophile digital dads.
Ideas we scrapped in favor of this one: The Hippie version, with an 8-track and cassette saying to an LP “Dad, You’re Groovy.”
Why letterpress? Letterpress is classic. It transcends genres and generations.

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

Saturdays at the historic York Hall in London’s East End may usually be associated with boxing matches and Turkish baths but last weekend it was the venue for the first Most Curious Wedding Fair in London. Rather than the 3-day events this was just a single afternoon but after the doors opened the hall very swiftly filled-up.

It was lovely to see so many small independent traders there nearly all with something unique and charming on display all with a distinctly vintage theme. For our own booth we created a fold-out screen in calico and then hand-drew picture frames onto them and mounted the invitations onto acetate sheets which we attached using upholstery tacks secured by a small cork at the back. Larger suites of invitations we just laid-out on the table in the front for the guests to handle to feel the quality of the cardstock.

Among the many stands that took our eye were this fantastic paper artist called Suzi McLaughlin who creates the most exquisite works from folded paper and laser-cutting. We just adored the simplicity of the bouquet made from printed paper.

For an equally beautiful keep-sake Suzi also makes 3d books where the pages are folded over and have a cloud of butterflies (or anything else you may want) flocking out of them. Or this beautifully simple open book with a simple corsage. Just stunning!

Entertainment was provided on the stage throughout the afternoon with ballerina models giving a fashion show of vintage dresses, music from The Old Time String Band and from a couple of very saucy burlesque dancers! It was good to be at a show where there was most certainly something for grooms!

There were a couple of bakers and caterers that caught our eye. Christina at Feast Food certainly did both with her wonderful dress, fantastic display of delicious-looking goodies and the lovely old kitchen dresser . They cater any event and can provide the crockery and service to if needs be!

Pom Poms of a different sort from BeauButtons who create these fantastic bouquets from vintage buttons and notions; a truly inspired way to put Granny’s old button box to good use and to serve as a lasting memento to all those much-loved dresses and coats.

A couple of wonderful characters couldn’t fail but to catch our eye! For those of you wanting a totally unique service provided at your wedding, look no further than Reginald Spleen and his travelling snuff bar. Like a living cameo from a 19th Century state fair Mr. Spleen brings a wide selection of this delicacy from tobacco-free lemon snuff to deep, rich ‘knock your socks off’ Cafe Noir…the taste of which stays with the taker for several hours…trust me!

Lastly we couldn’t help but mention Pearls and Swine and its particularly colourful designer Bink. From all the wonderful fascinators and headpieces on her stall she chose this spectacular fruity model – and we are all very glad she did as it kept a smile on our faces all afternoon!

Congratulations to Gemma and Becky from Most Curious for putting-on such a pleasurable and successful event – here’s to the next one!

Photography Credit: Alex Dimopoulos of My Love Story

The next lovely lady on deck for our employee spotlight series is Heather! With her calm-cool-and-collected presence, Heather manages our wholesale department with constant grace. Not only does she have an impressive wardrobe of vintage clothing, she keeps a record player at her desk! We admire her patience and consider ourselves lucky to have her on our team.

My role at Hello!Lucky is…

Wholesale Manager/Card Wrangler

I can’t get through the day without…

A trip to Sight Glass Coffee.

My ideal weekend activities include…

Going for a long bike ride, browsing record bins at Amoeba, or picnicking in the park.

My favorite Hello!Lucky design is…

The Big Ideas journal but stay tuned for our next release in May! There are some hilarious new designs in the works reminiscent of another favorite of mine, the BBQ Parade Father’s Day card.

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

There are a handful of home brewers among us.

This beautiful New York City wedding was featured in Martha Stewart’s brand new Real Weddings special issue! Cari and Jason‘s crisp black and white theme demonstrated all the classic and traditional elements of weddings we love, along with a few personal touches. The couple chose to use our New York City Skyline  invitation suite and incorporated the icons throughout their decor. Martha Stewart’s Bride’s Guide gives an inside look into the event, with exclusive photos of the setup and all the delicious treats. The Statue of Liberty chocolates by Edward Marc Chocolatier really topped it off!

Two-toned black and white cookies were given to guests, sealed with custom skyline labels.

We also printed a large scale New York Skyline poster to act as a guestbook for the wedding. It’s such a fun and memorable keepsake!

Congratulations to Cari and Jason! For more photos of this classic New York City celebration, click here!

Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

For today’s Handmade Weddings DIY project we’re bringing you detailed instructions for our popular silk screened place mats! Whimsical and totally customizable, these kraft paper place mats work for both buffet-style or plated service. Place a charger and napkin on the mat (as shown) or have it double as a place card by writing guests’ names in the middle of the plate. If silk-screening feels out of your league, consider just photocopying them in black/white or on bright colored paper. The pattern is easy to make for a big wedding reception or even for a small dinner party.


• Custom screens
• One hundred fifty 12-×-18-inch sheets kraft paper, such as Borden & Riley #840 Kraft Pad

Place Mat template
• Newsprint
• Set of 2 hinge clamps
• A wood board at least 1/2-inch thick and several inches wider and longer than the silk-screen frame
• Four 1/2-inch long screw
• Screwdriver
• A small prop, such as an art eraser
• 2-inch wide masking tape
• Water-based screen-printing ink in white
• Squeegee
• Chipboard or cardboard scraps

How to
1. Make your screens.
Send the Place Mat template files to a screen printer to have screens made, or make them with a home screen-making kit, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Prepare your silk-screening station (figure 1), but do not outline your screen frame with a Sharpie.
Position your test paper; use a spare sheet from your kraft pad.

3. Make a test print. With the frame in the down position, squeeze or spoon a line of the printing ink
(approximately 1 tablespoon) along the top edge of the screen (figure 2). Take your squeegee and drag
the ink from the top edge toward you, across the design area, applying pressure as you pull (figure 3).
Carefully raise the frame to the up position and view the print. Make any adjustments to the placement
of the paper (moving your registration tape accordingly) and amount of ink. Using your spoon, scrape
excess ink from the squeegee back onto the top area of the screen, adding ink if necessary. Make
additional test prints until you are happy with the quality and placement of the print. Build up the
masking-tape marks with chipboard or cardboard scraps so that the paper won’t shift when you are
printing (figure 4).

4. Print the rest of your place mats. Lay them out to dry completely.

Happy crafting!

For more DIY ideas, visit our website here!

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