8 Most Colorful Cities on Earth

Manarola-italyManarola, Italy

We're loving this roundup of colorful cities that we spotted on Curbly. There is something magical about a city that embraces color into its architecture, and these cities have us begging for a visit. Who wouldn't want to scope out the spectrum of such vibrant skylines, especially when they are in places like Italy and Argentina.

Colorful-Guanajuato-CityGuanajuato, Mexico

willemstad-antilles-2Willemstad, Curaco

la-boca-buenos-airesLa Boca, Buenos Aires

st-johns-newfoundland1St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Of course, we couldn't imagine a list of colorful cities without thinking of San Francisco. It didn't make the cut this time, but with images like these, we're certain it will top the charts next time.

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Check out the whole list on enpundit!

A Beautiful Mess on Style Me Pretty

If you haven't seen this amazing urban chic wedding on Style me Pretty, you simply must.  We just love it and had to share!



The author of A Beautiful Mess shared her wedding— so naturally it's amazing! Photographs by Apple and Arrow. Follow the links on Style Me Pretty for more breathtaking details.

Kate Spade at Bed Bath and Beyond!

As you may have gathered by now, we are big fans of Kate Spade. So we were super thrilled to hear that Bed Bath and Beyond is featuring a new line of bedding by Kate Spade.  Picked up on it first on Family Style and we had to share.


Just love the tangy colors! Images courtesy Bed Bath and Beyond— be sure to have a look on their site as the colors are actually a little more vivid than you see here.


Or if you're more into graphic minimal, these stripes might suit splendidly.


Ooh, and these cheerful heirloom roses would surely keep a bedroom sunny! Love!

Enjoy perusing, here.

And again, a little plug, since we wouldn't want to miss you if you should happen to be in NYC:

Visit Hello!Lucky at the National Stationery Show, booth # 1536.

May 15th – 18th from 9-6

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City

New Julia Rothman fabrics on Design Sponge

Design Sponge just featured one of our all time fave designers, Julia Rothman, and her fab new fabrics!



Cloud9 is producing these rich, ornate and fun designs—all printed on organic cotton.


Be sure to check Design Sponge for more pics and for a link to more of Julia's work .

Did you know Hello!Lucky carries a line of Julia Rothman cards and gift-wrap as well as many gorgeous and whimsical wedding invitations?

James L. Tucker's Prints on Hall Ready

One of our esteemed printers, James, has been busy making prints on off hours at Hello!Lucky.  He recently had a solo show in Aspen and Hall Ready featured his work yesterday.



Love the historic Americana. Who doesn't love Babe the big blue ox? (titled Lumber)

If you're in San Francisco, check out his work at The Perish Trust at 728 Divisadero.

Rock on, James, and keep that cylinder rollin'!

Check out his statement and bio, and see more of his work here.

Real Wedding: Heidi & Todd

Last week, Green Wedding Shoes featured the beautiful southern wedding of Heidi and Todd.  Gorgeous, dreamy photos by Our Labor of Love.


We were so pleased they chose Woodland Damask for their stationery— it suits the occasion to a tee!


Peruse Green Wedding Shoes for much more beautiful inspiration!


We are ooing and ahhing over this eye-feast, a new mag—Styled— on A Subtle Reverie. Gorgeous! Here's a pinkie-taste of the deliciousness:


Find fab inspiration on all styles of entertaining, from Easter egg embellishment to lemonade stands. Decadent photography and Delectable DIYs. Love it! Again, the link.


Lucky Friday Week Two!

If you missed last week's exciting edition, we'd like to announce a new weekly feature: Lucky Fridays! Each Friday, we’ll feature one of our letterpress cards. Then 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):

KT Rachel  Katie Kaiser

Heather will contact you shortly to arrange sending your Esther Aarts Oompah Band Card!

This week's feature:


Design: Stinky Skunk

Artist: Eunice Moyle

Inspiration: Pepé Le Pew, but of course, mon amour, with a whiff of swinging sixties baroque

Send it to: Who knows? The Shadow knows!

Our favorite detail: The concentric smoke rings of skunk funk, and the innocent expression on the striped perpetrator.

Ideas we scrapped for this one: We rejected a couple of Skunk drafts that were a little too ripe.

Why letterpress? A tactile letterpress card can make even the coldest heart a little scent-imental.

Remember to post your comment and check next Friday to see if you've won!


Love this blog, designworklife.  We found they had posted about our Jude Turns 1 party invitation, and in the process turned up all sorts of beautiful things!  Foremost in our minds today were these amazing wee artist books by Elsa Mora (click on her name and be awed at her cut paper creations!)




Be sure not to get completely derailed by Elsa's amazing stuff, though, as there are all other sorts of goodies to see on designworklife.


Marzipan, anyone?

We were just thinking about how much we love marzipan. So tasty, so gastronomically superior to fondant.

But marzipan is one of those things that can be done really well, or can just as easily fall off the wagon into the territory of hyper-kitsch. We would like to see some cake makers bring back the art of marzipan sculpture. See how charming marzipan can be?



How 'bout them apples!?

Aren't they just edible?! (Why yes, yes they are.)

Perhaps they could be made in the style of our new Heirloom Harvest, or Lavender Harvest wedding invitation suites?


Marzipan photos found via Room Candy.

DIY Hello!Lucky Valentines on Gifts.com!

Gifts.com featured a super fun Hello!Lucky DIY project on their Gift Rap blog!  Along with fun instructional videos (complete with bluegrass music!), they include a printable PDF version of several of our Valentines cards so that you can print and personalize them to your heart's content!

Our Guess Who owl is one of six Valentine card designs to choose from.


Happy crafting!

Beautiful Berkshires Wedding: Peyton and Liz

This charming variation of our rustic Heartland design was featured on Berkshire Wedding Style! berkshires1

Adore the colors and the eclectic décor! And we bet the beautiful Berkshires made for the perfect backdrop. (Some of us here at Hello!Lucky can claim those pretty mountains in western Mass. as old stomping ground.)


We love doing custom designs with Heartland/Apple Farm! Keep'm comin'!

Party Inspiration!


We came across this super brill on Somewhere Splendid - so cool and inspiring!


Love the loose, modern, fun approach and the quirky little animal details...


We have a seriously thing for neon pink and love the way it pops when combined with cool neutrals...


And, well, seriously, ANYTHING with a meerkat...!  See more here.

Lovely DIY Cake Stands!


Check out these lovely cake stands that you (yes, you!) can make with just a teeny bit of effort!


We love how sweet, yet modern, they look...


They're from table legs, plywood, and dollhouse trim!


We found these on You Are My Fave and the tutorial can be found in Bee in Our Bonnet...

Dana Tanamachi for Weddings!


We posted on the amazing Dana Tanamachi a little while ago, but we had to bring her up again, because (drum roll please!) she is available to do custom lettering on  anything covered in chalkboard paint - i.e. a totally amazing something something for your wedding!  How amazing would having something like the above be?  Amazing! Cover a sheet of plywood with chalkboard paint and voila! a genius thing for your décor and a fab keepsake!  We could also imagine seriously cool backdrop for the ceremony or a photo booth...We are giddy; oh the possibilities...

This rant a continuation of a rant on 100 Layer Cake...



Ok, totally obsessing over Essimar Papel - the work of artist Esther Ramirez.



She creates all kinds of seriously cool wraps from scrap, confetti, masking tape and the like...



We happen to be working on a really cool custom invitation that is all about found paper and handmade details (gold leaf! neon pink! so exciting! - more on that later), so needless to say when we came across Esther's work we were super duper inspired!



Amazing, right?


Check out more of her projects on her blog and her etsy shop...

Via MyLittleDay

25 Year Anniversary: Tina & Rudy


We are always so pleased to be a part of our client's celebrations - especially a celebration like this one.  Tina & Rudy renewed their vows after 25 years of marriage! The happy couple then...


and now!


A few pieces of stationery we did for their gorgeous event...



See all the details here!