We’re so excited to introduce a new line of kids’ birthday party invitations designed by the lovely and talented Esther Aarts. These invites were inspired by our popular series of birthday cards designed by Esther. And like all invitations on our website these designs can be personalized with the message you want and with your kids favorite color palette.
Archive for July, 2013
Today we’re bringing you a wedding inspiration board for one of our most popular and dare we say favorite wedding invitations, Nouveau Peonies. If you’re planning a celebration around this invitation you can go all out feminine or emphasis the 1920′s vibe this design showcases. Pretty pink petal cupcakes above from All Things Cupcake.
If you love your wedding suite and really want to bring the design to the table there’s no reason not to print up menus, they’ll add to the place settings and reinforce your theme of the day. Big paper poofs in whatever color you chose for your invite are always a lovely addition to the decor. And how’s this for a classic wedding getaway car?
There are so many different directions you can go for a wedding dress to match the charm and sophistication of Nouveau Peonies. Go all out 1920′s with this flapper wedding dress or chose a more soft and subtle style like this pretty cream colored gown.
To see more curated inspiration for our Nouveau Peonies wedding suite check out our Pinterest board. Is there a wedding suite you’ve got your eye on that you’d like us to create a mood board for? Tell us in the comments and we’ll get to work on it for you!
You have no idea how much we enjoyed reading your comments and suggestions for this card. You all are a witty, clever group of people. Thank you SO much for your feedback, it really helps us in this process when we are stuck on a design. In the end we settled on Are You For Real? And the final version is above. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t mock up a bunch of versions with your genius ideas before we settled on the final. Below are versions of the card with your words. They are all great, but we liked the silliness of Are You For Real? And thought the message could be interpreted more broadly.
We promised one lucky commenter a years worth of cards (totaling 12 letterpress cards). The winner of our caption contest is….. Tracy! Thanks for so many great suggestions Tracy, look out for an email from us so we can get your address and ship those cards to you.
Thanks to everyone else as well — that was fun!
We need your help! We’re in the process of designing some new cards and we can’t settle on a caption for this one. We’re planning to release it for Valentine’s Day so we’re looking for something with a sweet sentiment.
Ideas we had include: Are You for Real?, You Amaze Me, You Dazzle Me. Would you vote for one of those or do you have a brilliant suggestion that would pair perfectly with this design?
If we chose your words for the card we’ll send you a years worth of cards (12 total). If we don’t chose any new suggestions we’ll pick one winner at random who will win 12 letterpress cards from us.
So have at it and tell us what you think! We’ll pick a winner this Friday 7/19.
This real wedding featured on Wedding Chicks is just gorgeous. We adore the vintage vibe that this bride and her team pulled off and nature never fails to be the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony. We’re big fans of Rifle Paper Co. so we loved seeing the save the date postcard we designed for Brianne and Brandon paired with their lovely wedding invitations.
The couple carried the invitation design to the drink table with this table cloth from Rifle. They did a great job of setting up an easy do-it-yourself drink table as well.
How stunning is this ombre cake made by Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma?
Dawn Ranch is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding, and with just a few simple touches the space can really be transformed. We love the look of these streamers in the apple trees.
The flowers were done by Spiral Hand, just adding small vintage jars to the table with some colorful pops of flowers is all you really need for an outdoor wedding where nature takes center stage.
To see more of this wedding head over to Wedding Chicks. Congratulations Brianne and Brandon! Here’s to many years of happiness!
We’re just back from a super amazing vacation in France – one week at this gorgeous little beach house in the town of Montalivet on the Atlantic coast, where Jude and his friend Hugo spent the week playing in the sand and sun and generally getting up to tons of hilarious 3 year old shenanigans. There is nothing more relaxing on a family vacation than kids that are happily occupied!
At Plage du Pin Sec – endless miles of beach, shells to poke, surfers to watch…
Much time was spent doing absolutely nothing…
Or doing really important stuff like coaxing snails out of their shells…
We took the ferry to Royan to visit the Zoo de la Palmyre (completely amazing – the animals are close enough to touch in many cases – quite a different experience from the average American zoo), reading books before long afternoon naps, our bedroom window at the beach house (above which were roosting a family of doves – there’s nothing quite like a late afternoon nap with the breeze in the curtains and the sounds cooing doves in the background)…
A brief pause in Bordeaux on our way to catch the train the Paris…the fountain at Place des Quinconces…
Oh how I LOVE Paris – every time we go, it just blows me away all over again.
The night before we got on the train to France, I told Jude (grooming him to be on my side for future campaigns for more French vacations) that we were going to spend a whole week eating gateaux, glace, fromage and croissants – he couldn’t sleep he was so excited – and we did. Macarons galore, chocolate every day! Vacation rules dictate that is is perfectly okay to have éclairs for lunch – who can resist a display like this after all?
Visited the Dynamo exhibit at Le Grand Palais – a pretty fabulous exhibit of notions of space, vision and light run through the abstract art of the 20th century which involved a lot fun of kinetic, op and light-based art which was a big hit with the toddler set. Here Jude enjoys a pretty remarkable installation piece that blurs the line between two and three dimensions.
Other highlights included the Galerie d’evolution in le Jardin des Plantes – literally like stepping into a cabinet of curiosities, hitting le Marais for the annual sales (held twice a year in January and July), le Musée de la chasse et de la nature (one of my all time favorite museums in the world), the carousel at Jardin du Luxembourg, and taking the Batobus down the Seine to get home one afternoon (touristy stigma aside, it was turned out to be a great way to get home after slogging all over Paris in the sun and Jude loved the boat ride.)
This adorable map from Herb Lester – Paris en Famille – a little guide to kid friendly places to check out in Paris, came in handy and had some great suggestions.
We’re big fans of Jacqui Lee‘s work here at Hello!Lucky, as you may have noticed from the many collaborations we’ve done with her in the past. Today we’re excited to talk to her about her latest release with us, birth announcements and kids stationery. We thought Jacqui’s beautiful watercolor paintings and sweet designs would be perfect for such an important life announcement and we are thrilled with how they turned out. We talked to Jacqui about her latest release with us and her process.
These new designs are adorable! What was your process for making them and how did you decide on which animals to pair with each letter?
Thank you! I had a lot of fun making them. Animals are always a favourite subject of mine to work on, so this was a dream project for me. In the beginning there was a lot of brainstorming to match up animals with each letter, and sometimes it was super tough to choose just one. For the letter A, an aardvark lost out because I felt I could create a more visually interesting image with an alligator. Many of the final decisions were made based on which animal and letter combinations had the most character.
Do you have a personal favorite?
It’s tough for me to pick favourites with this series, but I admit I have a soft spot for the letter L. I remember the lion was giving me a bit of trouble and I ended up doing a lot of revisions on him. I really like the way he turned out in the end.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
For this project, I had a clear idea that all of the animals and letters in the alphabet had to be simple. I ended up taking a lot of inspiration from one of my favourite illustrators, Charley Harper. He was a master of creating distinctive animals using mainly shape and colour.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
There is so much great work out there that I have many, many favourites. I feel like there are too many to list, but I will say that I have always admired Louise Fili’s work and her distinctive design aesthetic. As for illustrators, again, there are so many! Some of my favourites will always be mid-century illustrators such as Alice and Martin Provensen, Art Seiden, and Roger Duvoisin.
I’m currently working on a children’s book! It’s actually the third in a series that I started on back in 2011 with Simply Read Books – the first is titled Murilla Gorilla: Jungle Detective. It has been an amazing experience so far. Jennifer Lloyd (the author) and I have been getting some fantastic reviews, and I feel really lucky to be paired up with such a great writer and publisher. Right now I’m still in the sketching and planning stage, which is probably my favourite part.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us Jacqui, and thanks again for another awesome collaboration. We can’t wait to work with you again!
We can not wait to get our hands on Rebecca Thus’s new book, Paper to Petal. Rebecca’s book features 75 projects to create with paper flowers. There are craft recipes for everything you can imagine from party decorations, bouquets, to floral centerpieces. Even if you’ve made paper flowers before — as we have many times, this books looks like it has some sweet new takes on turning ordinary paper into gorgeous flowers.
Buy Paper to Petal here.
Head to Rebecca’s blog for constant inspiration.
We were thrilled when Laura of Form & Future reached out to us about being a part of her ongoing series at Makeshift Society where she talks to designers and entrepreneurs. Laura will be interviewing us at Makeshift on Monday, July 15th. We’d love to see you there! For more information and to purchase tickets to this event here.
Sabrina had a great time making this cake with her kids to get ready for the holiday. We love that it uses fresh summer berries instead of colored frosting as decoration. And the best part — it’s chocolate cake inside! For the complete recipe head over to Epicurious.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend! We’ll be taking off on Friday as well just to squeeze a little more sunshine out of summer.
Happy fourth of July!