Jungle Party!

Summer the perfect time for a jungle / tropical-themed fling. We gathered some of our favorite inspiration for a wild party!

Invitation design by Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post (additional invitation inspiration here)

More design inspiration by Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post

We love the idea of bold paper leaf and flowers for doorways or a fun photo booth backdrop - big and bold decorations transform the room into a tropical paradise.  Clockwise left to right: Archiportale, A Subtle Revelry, Oh Happy Day, Rock 'n' Roll Bride

DIY tiger pinata from Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids via MerMag  A palette of black and white with pops of neon or bright color is a fresh, modern take on the jungle theme.

Adorable tropical party hat ideas: clockwise from top: Oh Happy Day, Shoes Off Please, Oh Happy Day

Fabluous balloons from Oh Happy Day Party Shop

The perfect breezy tropical party cups from Oh Happy Day Party Shop

Try loose hand painted  black and white animal prints on favor bags or other party details.  Animal figures color blocked in neon and metallics make for fantastic table décor!  Top to bottom:  Oh So Beautiful Paper, the Good Machinery via FellowFellow

Wild animal parade table centerpieces via house of jade

My Sister, My Sidekick

Being sisters and co-owners of Hello!Lucky is tons of fun and makes some of the stress of running a small business a little more manageable -- as sisters, we can be totally honest with each other and our shared genes and upbringing mean that we tend to share the same work ethic and goals (not to mention a similarly juvenile sense of humor!).

Head on over to Say Yes blog to get the skinny on how we're different, what used to drive us crazy as kids, and what we admire most about each other.  

Are you in business with your sister? We'd love to hear your stories and comments!

Photo by Ashley Batz.

Interview on The Company You Keep Podcast

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Julia Hohne of Mrs. Vintage blog to talk about our evolving business for her fabulous new podcast, The Company You Keep, which highlights the experiences of small creative business owners.

We discuss everything from what inspired us to start our business, how we got our first order, how we established our distribution, our entry and exit from the custom wedding invitation market, our decision to collaborate with Egg Press in 2013 and shut down our SF studio,  and lots more!  You can listen on iTunes, or tune in here!

Please feel free to leave comments, questions, or feedback -- we'd love to continue the conversation with you!

 

Hello!Lucky + Recycled Paper Greetings at Target!

Today's the day! We launched the collection of glittery, fabulous offset printed cards we created with Recycled Paper Greetings, exclusively for Target!

We had so much fun getting creative with color, glitter, foil, and more!

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Our cool collection of 64 cards will be at Target stores ALL SUMMER LONG!

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Festive fruity fabulousness!

A little something shiny to make your day!

Thanks to the fabulous gals at Recycled Paper Greetings for bringing our collection to life!




Brit + Co's Week of Making and 20% off

We love the concept behind fellow San Francisco business Brit + Co, our go-to source for creative workshops and community.  In April, Eunice teamed up with them to teach an online Letterpress at Home class. Even sweeter? Brit + Co is offering 20% off all classes and DIY kits (discount taken at checkout, ends tonight at 11:59 PST) for its Week of Making!

This Brit + Co video pretty much sums up our view on creativity - we love it!

We're all creative, so go ahead and make something today!  Go, go! Yay!

Toy Organization + Free Printable

School's out for summer! Hello, toy organization!

You’ve just gotten home from a busy day and all paths forward are littered with toys. Your kids are ticking time bombs at this hour, so you can’t slow down. You pick your way through the landmines, but a misstep lands your heel on a plastic lizard. You yelp in pain, and in synchronized call-and-response, your kids start to wail.

Toy organization, anyone?

One of our Summer goals is to keep our kids'  toys organized and our sanity in check! Between Eunice and Sabrina, we have five kids under five -- a surefire recipe for toy disaster!  (“Please can I just move out of my house and into a FEMA trailer? Because it really is that bad most days.”).

We needed inspiration, so we chatted with San Francisco organization guru (and former elementary school teacher) Pam Parker, to collect some sanity-saving tips for toy organization. Our goal? Get our kids' toys organized in a consistent, aesthetically-pleasing manner that invites them to play, create, and put away!

Toy storage starts with getting the right containers -- ideally ones that are beautiful and functional.  Here are some of our favorites:

Sources:

1. Land of Nod, 2. West Elm, 3. Serena and Lily, 4. Schoolhouse Electric, 5. Ikea, 6. Ikea

Once your toys are contained, you need useful and beautiful toy storage labels, ideally with images that make them legible to pre-readers. We put our creative caps on and whipped out these free downloads that you can print at home. We recommend printing the labels on 8.5” x 11”  glossy paper, trimming them, and inserting them into a plastic photo insert sleeve so you can easily swap them out as your storage needs change.

Tips for organizing your toys (kudos to Julia Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out, from which this is adapted):

1.  Sort:  Sort like with like (e.g. dolls with dolls, blocks with blocks, Legos with legos; novelty items with novelty items; it's okay to have a miscellaneous bin / category). Our labels give you some popular categories to get you going.

2.  Purge:  Purge any toy that hasn't been played with in the last 6 months, as well as any with broken or missing pieces. A great place to donate toys: http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org/

3.  Assess:  Assess which toys you / your children actually want to keep, and which could be put away for a rainy day or donated to someone who really needs it. Involve them in the process by asking them to set aside one toy that they want to give away to a child who is needs more toys to play with. Keep it in a garage or storage area for 1 week just in case; if they don't ask for it, then get rid of it!

4.  Contain:  Contain each type of toy in a "just right"-sized bin -- it should neither be too large or too small. Use the size of the bin as a natural limit to what is contained in it -- if the bin starts becoming to small to contain its contents, it might be a signal that it's time to purge...or upgrade to a larger bin if necessary. Use our lovely labels to make it easy for pre-literate kids to help themselves to what they want and put away their toys when they're done.

5.  Maintain:  Once your system in set-up, keep it up, and enlist your kids to do the same.

Get your free printables here!

And now, go put a Sponge Bob bandaid on that heel wound!

Happy organizing!


Free Father's Day DIY Templates Updated for 2015

We've been getting requests for a version of our father's day diy templates updated for 2015. We aim to please, so here they are!  Download the links below and print these puppies up for your favorite father figure! 

  Father's Day is right around the corner and this year we've got your one-of-a-kind gifts covered. You can jazz up a simple pair of socks, a bottle of wine, or a bottle of beer with these manly labels we've designed. Do you have a handsome and debonaire Dad? Print out our matching labels for a black pair of socks and a nice bottle of wine. We even created a slick card to match!

 

Father's Day is right around the corner and this year we've got your one-of-a-kind gifts covered. You can jazz up a simple pair of socks, a bottle of wine, or a bottle of beer with these manly labels we've designed. Do you have a handsome and debonaire Dad? Print out our matching labels for a black pair of socks and a nice bottle of wine. We even created a slick card to match!

  Is your Dad more on the rugged side? Why not make some beer and a pair of white socks a little more special with our free matching labels?

 

Is your Dad more on the rugged side? Why not make some beer and a pair of white socks a little more special with our free matching labels?

  We printed ours on label paper which made sticking them to the bottles and socks a little easier, but these would look just as nice printed on regular white paper or card stock. Simply click on the links below to print your free Father's Day cards and labels. Enjoy! Sock Bands Father's Day Card in White Father's Day Card in Black Wine & Beer Labels   And as always we love seeing our printables in action - so send us pics or post them directly to our Facebook page. And tell Dad we said Happy Father's Day too.    

 

We printed ours on label paper which made sticking them to the bottles and socks a little easier, but these would look just as nice printed on regular white paper or card stock.

Simply click on the links below to print your free Father's Day cards and labels. Enjoy!

Sock Bands

Father's Day Card in White

Father's Day Card in Black

Wine & Beer Labels

 

And as always we love seeing our printables in action - so send us pics or post them directly to our Facebook page. And tell Dad we said Happy Father's Day too.

 

 

NSS Round-Up

The National Stationery Show is one of our favorite times of the year. Like summer camp, our industry pals travel from all of the country and across the pond to showcase their latest and greatest. It's always so inspiring to see the works of other stationers. We love the diversity amongst style and relish in the creative energy flowing through The Javits. Getting to attend all the fabulous events that coincide with NSS week and meeting some of our most admired tastemakers is A DREAM. This year we were super honored to be a judge at the LOUIE Awards and a speaker at the blogging seminar. 

We've gathered up some shots of our booth and a few favorites from around the show to share with you! Enjoy.

We were lucky enough to have Bramble Workshop help with our booth decor. She created custom handmade cacti out of paper mache to sit on our table and hang from our walls. The honeycombs are from the newly launched Oh Happy Day Party Shop and the confetti we printed with our Silhouette Cameo machine out of vinyl.

The Banquet Workshop booth.

Egg Press booth

Claudia Pearson illustration booth

The Print Arms booth and their epic double sided pillow case!

Tootles!

Sabrina goes to the White House!

Sabrina had the incredible experience of being a guest at the state dinner honoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 28th, where she was seated at the head table right across from Michelle Obama!  It was amazing to be recognized as a small business owner and advocate for both locally crafted products and global trade via her Share Trade campaign.   The following week, our partner Tess Darrow, founder of Egg Press, was featured on the White House blog and got a shout-out from President Obama, who called their stationery "real nice!"  

Writing a hand-written thank you note, of course!

The menu and calligraphed escort card.

Read more about the state dinner here.

Write_On 2015!

Last April our friend Tess Darrow, founder of Egg Press, challenged us, our fans, and anyone who wanted in to write 30 letters in 30 days. Her motive was pure with its intention to reconnect people with the act of letter-writing. The campaign took on a life of its own with social media abuzz and thousands of letters flying out the door. We received more than double what we expected in sign-ups, an amazing response, and gave away 8,000 cards free of charge, all in hopes of promoting joy, creativity, expression and connection!

This year, Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will donate 5,000 kits to the cause (that's 20k cards)! We've also partnered with Sakura of America who has graciously donated 5k Gelly Roll pens, Paper Source who will be selling our Write_On exclusive super kit and dozens of boutiques nation-wide to distribute kits. You may also order a kit here on our newly launched Write_On website

We encourage you to take on the challenge and share your adventure through social media by tagging #write_on.

If you run out of steam, check out our Reasons to Write section for ideas! 

Write_On!

Share Trade

A campaign for small business makers & conscious consumers.

Here at Hello!Lucky, we believe that, given a choice, people consume products that represent their ideals and values and reflect who they wish to be in the world: from being creative and resourceful to supporting local communities.

This is why our co-founder, Sabrina Moyle, created Share Trade, a campaign aimed at removing barriers to selling overseas for small makers, and improving the quality of life of people worldwide through embracing global trade, local manufacturing, and conscious consumption.

We believe in expanding the global availability of products and services that embody universal human ideals -- joy, creativity, beauty, functionality, quality, affordability...just to name a few.  These products and services, and their ideals, should be able to be exported freely and easily.  Also, we believe that people worldwide deserve to have a hand in making what they consume: locally designed and manufactured products are a way to preserve our authenticity and maintain diversity, transparency, and creativity worldwide.

Through sharing trade, local manufacturing, and conscious consumption, we believe everyone's quality of life -- material, intellectual, social, spiritual -- can improve, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or economic circumstances

Find out more about Share Trade here and help us spread awareness by getting involved!

Sign the petition to support TPA & TPP, and remove barriers to export for small and medium sized businesses.

 

 

William's Second Birthday- Superhero Style

Sabrina's youngest, William, just turned 2 and they celebrated in style. The party was well stocked with snacks, crafts, and a photo backdrop all themed to his favorite playtime activity. Perched high above San Francisco, the Randall Museum was the perfect venue for a superhero soiree. Special thanks to Kara Brodgesell for capturing the day!

Photographs by Kara Brodgesell

Holiday Wrap Ideas

One of our favorite parts about the holidays is decorations, the tree, the baked goods, and the presents. When it comes to gifts we like to make sure it's about the whole package. We have always found joy in the little things and believe a pretty package never fails to delight its recipient. Here's a few of our favorite Etsy sources for craft supplies. 

Plumule- for feathers

Midget Gems- Tassels and trims

Absolut Supplies- Tassels and beads

Yakutum- Jewelry findings

Harvard5f- Fabric

Ukrainian Woods- wood beads

Supply & Co- paper goods and party supplies

Check out our Wraptastic Pinterest board for more inspiration!

DIY: Peppermint Bark & Free Printable

Running out of ideas for holiday gifts? We have just the thing- Easy home recipe for delicious peppermint bark with printable packaging to top it off! 

SUPPLIES:

- 12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch piece

- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

- 1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

- 3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

- Jars (we used Weck’s)

- Ribbon & bakers twine (optional: for packaging)


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DIRECTIONS:

courtesy of food network

Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.

Put all but 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of steaming water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and stir until one-third of the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl from the saucepan; keep the steaming water over low heat. Gradually stir the reserved 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate into the bowl, a few pieces at a time, until all of the chocolate is melted. Return the bowl to the saucepan, 5 to 10 seconds at a time, to help melt the chocolate, if needed. Do not rush this step: It may take up to 10 minutes to melt the chocolate.

Wipe off any moisture from the bottom of the bowl. Stir 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate, then quickly pour into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. Firmly tap the dish against the counter to remove any air bubbles. Set aside at room temperature until almost set, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, put all but 1 cup of the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and repeat the melting process over the steaming water; dry off the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract; pour over the semisweet chocolate and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle immediately with the crushed candy canes, gently pressing them into the white chocolate. Set aside at room temperature until firm, about 1 hour. Lift the bark out of the pan using the foil and break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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New Holiday Cards

We are really excited about this round of holiday cards. We focused pretty heavily on hand-drawn designs finished in foil. Can't go wrong with that combination!

See the full collection here. Orders placed between 11/24/14- 11/28/14 will get free shipping with code HOLIDAY!

Permanent Press Editions

We are thrilled to announce this exciting project founded by Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill.

Permanent Press Editions is a print shop offering archival-quality prints at an affordable price. The prints featuring inanimate objects can be purchased inside or outside the frame in singles or groupings.

They have managed to make each subject thoughtful when it could otherwise be interpreted as mundane. It's a blend of simplicity and nostalgia, and as perfectly described by them- “Each image is a portrait, a memory, a sensation—the smell of salt air, the magic of a glitter-infused comb, the endless possibilities housed in a box of colored pencils. “.

We love this concept, and the execution is flawless. We are putting Permanent Press Editions on our Christmas list, that's for sure!

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