How to woo the new kid on the block? Dazzle em’ with a fresh new custom invite, that’s how! We have brand spankin’ new designs, one to flatter any theme. Be it your boy’s bash or your little lady’s day to remember, we’ve got it! But that’s not all… Tomorrow we are offering 25% off to one lucky contest winner! Stay tuned for the details that will be posted here, and on our facebook page. In the meantime, pick out your favorite kids party invites here!
We met many talented vendors at the FLAX DIY wedding fair last weekend, and were especially taken with the work of Lover Bee Botany. Owner Brie styles floral and botanical displays for weddings, parties, photo shoots, restaurants and more.
Just before Imogen was born, we were lucky enough to squeeze in a family photo shoot with the AMAZING Leah McCormick…
We just got the photos back this week, and I couldn’t resist sharing them – Leah did such a fabulous job capturing our family (and all accompanying silliness)…
The shoot was so relaxed and fun that even my husband Daniel, who is usually a bit grumbly about being made to participate in such shenanigans, had a great time – and was super pleased with the results…
Love her sense of composition and the way she captures light and color!
You would never guess that I was incredibly exhausted and quite whale-ish at the time!
Leah does beautiful wedding photography as well – check out her work at www.byleah.com!
As summer comes to a close, we can’t help but reflect on all the adventures that have filled our days for the past few months. In that spirit of adventure, we decided to put some old maps to good use and make envelope liners. Liners are a great way to utilize old magazine pages, scraps of gift wrap or calendars that have served their time.
DIY Envelope Liners
(Check out our handy how-to video!)
A little over a year ago we did a blog post on some of the most beautiful calligraphy we’ve seen in a while, which was created by Molly of Plurabelle Calligraphy. You can imagine how thrilled we were when we found out Molly was coming out with a book, now available and called Modern Calligraphy.
Molly’s publisher sent us a copy of her book, which is just as lovely as her calligraphy. The book is the perfect primer on how to master this fresh modern lettering style. It includes 20 DIY projects where you can apply your new talent.
We love how Molly’s book breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and more. She starts with an overview of the supplies—from paper to ink to pens—you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following Molly’s clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates.
You can purchase a copy of Modern Calligraphy here. Congratulations on your beautiful new book Molly!
In May, we partnered with our friends at Egg Press and moved our printing operations to their studio in Portland, Oregon. Since we now have a Hello!Lucky team up north in addition to our design studio in San Francisco, we thought it was only logical to extend our Local Love series and showcase some of the fantastic shops in Portland! We’re starting with Tender Loving Empire, which was founded in 2006 by Portland-based artists and musicians Jared and Brianne Mees. It began as a record label and print shop and a year later expanded to include a consignment retail shop focused on locally produced items. The walls of the shop are covered in illustrations, and a mural above the front door reads “You are part of this place”, which captures the spirit of the store and its dedication to community.
Its current location on Southwest 10th and Stark houses a full screen print shop and the Tender Loving Empire offices as well as the retail store front. The store sells exclusively handmade items and strives to represent Pacific Northwest artists. We’re proud to see a few of our own on the shelf alongside cards made by so many talented local artists!
The screen printing studio produces T-shirts and prints, album packaging for the TLE label’s artists as well as commissions for local businesses.
Tender Loving Empire
412 SW 10th Ave, Portland Oregon
Chronicle Books is celebrating Sewing Month in September with special prices on some of their crafty e-books, including our book Handmade Weddings. See all the deals at Chronicle Eye Candy or head directly over to amazon and pick up a digital copy for only $2.99! Happy crafting!
To say we were blown away by the entries for our pen pal giveaway with Egg Press is an understatement! We absolutely loved reading your comments and seeing the #LetterPressMailLove photos you tagged us in. Here’s a sampling of some of the great photos you shared on instagram.
The three winners for our giveaway were….
Grand Prize Winner Jaclyn:
My dream pen pal would be my Great-Great-Grandmother Angelina who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Never adopting the English language, I’d love to translate her italian handwriting to read her firsthand account of growing up in Italy in the late 1800s, moving her life to America, and raising 8 children in Delaware. I’ve heard only stories of the strong woman that she was, and her letters would be something I could pass on to keep those stories alive.
2nd Prize Winner Angela:
Oh I love this! My dear friend and I have been consistent pen pals since 1997-ish. We even wrote letters when we lived in the same city (we haven’t shared a zip code since 1999). The last two Decembers we have tried to make and mail a postcard a day to each other (Daily December). This year we are working on a postcard a week (52 for You).
3rd Prize Winner Samantha from Instagram:
Sharing a photo of her correspondence-covered fridge said “Because I live far from friends and family sending letters is an important way for me to keep in touch. I post correspondence with pride.”
Thank you all for participating and making this such a fun giveaway. We will definitely be doing more of this in the future so stay tuned! And in the mean time happy letter writing.
Photos above from @apoth, @ImagineJoy, @sammade and @8mmideas.
Lately we’ve been obsessing over the beautiful bedding and pretty home goods from Crane & Canopy. Besides coveting their lovely products we’re also big fans of their story. Like so many great founders Karin Sheih created Crane & Canopy when she was looking for something she couldn’t find. Shortly after purchasing her first house she was so excited to start decorating but quickly got frustrated when she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for without breaking the bank. So she did what most sensible people do when they can’t find what they need, she started a company that produces exactly what she was looking for — high quality, innovative bedding and home goods, all available at a great price.
How pretty are these designs? We also love that many of their collections are named after San Francisco neighborhoods. Below is the Ashbury Pink, great name and great color palette.
We’re smitten with their new collection called Floral Belles, which allows you to mix and match with detachable flowers– perfect for people who get bored quickly with their bedding, and a really fun way to freshen up bedroom decor.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out their collections head to their site now!
They’re also extending a discount to all Hello!Lucky friends, enter the code CRANEANDCANOPY+HELLOLUCKY for 10% off all orders over $150.
To celebrate the end of Summer and welcome in Fall we’re having a little sale on the Hello!Lucky site. We’re taking 20% off all orders for invitations, kids stationery and invites and personal stationery — basically anything on the site with the exception of our greeting cards. Just enter the code HelloFall at checkout. Offer expires 9/6.
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