Tuesday, December 29, 2009

back in the studio

We are back in the studio printing away after our Christmas break. We will be popping in here and there between now and the 5th of January when the studio will be closing down for our annual summer break.

Dont you love the green above? Its for a gorgeous chrysanthemum inspired wedding invitation. So lovely.

Monday, December 28, 2009

a glimpse into christmas...

Images from a beautiful christmas lunch prepared by my ever clever mum.

Hope your christmas day was just as beautiful too.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

the sweetest of joys...

One of the sweetest of joys for me at Christmas time is the beautiful wrapping of gifts, immaculate ribbons and sweet little tags to match.

The other sweetest joy is long hot lazy Christmas days where we all nod off on the couch and then wake ourselves back up in the pool, where we eat wonderful food followed by Mums famous sticky date pudding. Where we make the biggest mess in the living room with wrappings and ribbons and all sorts of Christmas odds and ends, Where we bake all sorts of sweet treats and eat left over ham for a week.

But my all time favourite Christmas joy is spending time with family, the sharing of laughter and counting our blessings to be surrounded by so many special people. So goodbye sweet friends, this blog will be on a little holiday for a few days while we celebrate and enjoy the company of those we love.

May you have the most magical Christmas - may it be filled with laughter and cheer, beautiful wrappings and the sweetest of families.


Monday, December 21, 2009

a christmas tradition

Every year my christmas wouldnt be complete without a visit or two to Sweet Paul's Christmas countdown. The most beautiful styling, the sweetest treats and photography to swoon over. Make sure you pop in and visit here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

yannick & steve wedding stationery

Todays wedding set is a gorgeously feminine invitation set we recently designed and printed for Yannick & Steve. Their brief was for a romantically elegant floral invitation, with the wedding theme inspired by the gorgeous floral colours and styling of the Elizabeth Ardens floral adverting for their perfume “Pretty”.

Our design featured our favourite Peonies flowers printed in soft tones of blush pink for an elegant vintage feel. The traditional style serif text was printed in plum for a pink on plum effect.

As an extra special feature, we designed the envelopes to feature the peonie flower which wraps across the rear flap of the envelope and over across the envelope to sneak its way also onto the front. A gorgeous effect and so very perfectly suited to this sweet romantic couple!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

nicola & john wedding stationery

Todays featured wedding set is a gorgeous one colour invitation + lined envelope set completed for Nicola & John who are getting married at the incredible Doltone House at Jones Bay Warm in Pyrmont Sydney.

Their brief was for a very simple, clean invitation with gorgeous typography to reflect their stunning wedding venue which was an historical industrial area which has undergone an amazing contemporary restoration. The loft design incorporates existing timber beams and a blend of heritage and contemporary features which we reflected through the use of vintage typefaces, contemporary layout and the use of vintage flourish elements. Printed in caramel ink on ivory stock, each invitation was individually personalised and inserted into a gorgeous hand lined and letterrpress printed envelope.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

30% off christmas sale ends tomorrow!

We've been exceptionally busy the last few days sending off our letterpress limited edition prints to new homes for Christmas! And if you wanting to spread some letterpress cheer as well, you had better hurry as our 30% off sale in our online shop ends tomorrow! All our limited edition letterpress prints were $65 each and are now only $45 each.

Let us know when you check out that its a gift and we will gorgeously gift wrap it for free for you, with beautiful papers, magnificent ribbons and a letterpress gift tag ready to head straight under the tree!

Monday, December 14, 2009

emily & josh wedding stationery

Hello sweet friends! Our crazy busy schedule has seen us a bit absent in the blog world of late.

We have built up quite a big backlog of wedding stationery sets to share with you, so to start the week of we thought we would share with you Emily & Josh's stationery.

Emily & Josh are to be married at the gorgeous Rippon Lea Estate with a reception to follow at The Prince Deck, St Kilda. We designed their one colour invitations and wedding set to be a fusion bet week contemporary design and classic typography. Each personalised invitation featured a stunning simple floral design which created an amazing impression into the cotton stocks. As well as their invitation we also printed reply cards, registry cards, thankyou cards and lined envelopes to suit.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

goma twillight market this friday evening!

A must on the Brisbane christmas shopping scene is the Gallery of Modern Art twilight christmas evening. And the new good news? Its on tomorrow night and we will be there with our letterpress goodies and special Christmas treats included our new and muchly loved letterpress christmas gift tags. Our sale will also continue at the markets with all our letterpress prints only $45 and our christmas cards on sale!

From 4 - 8pm with beautiful christmas lights and spot of chrismas merriment with cash bar.
On the lawn outside the store. In the event of poor weather we can still be found indoors.
Stanley Place, Southbank Brisbane.

thankyou sydney!

Gorgeous girls in gorgeous dresses!
Our beautiful Peony & Dahlia flowers which decorated our tables!
Our display which looked remarkably emptier by the end of the weekend!
Our new Letterpress swing tags living in a letterpress typecase.

The stunning Carriageworks venue. We could have spent all day admiring those beautiful windows, the random sections of gelato green painted walls, beautifully old rusted metalwork and the beautiful surprise of Craft Schmaft's bright yellow balloons amongst it all.

Oh my, what an amazing weekend we had in Sydney last week at the Finders Keepers. The most amazing venue, plenty of hugely inspiring talent and gorgeously happy shoppers. We couldn't have had a better time if we tried... Well okay, maybe we could have had a few drinks from the bar, but apparently that's not very professional... Although, our neighbours across the way did try and convince us otherwise!!

I hope you enjoy our photos of the amazing Carriageworks venue and oh my, how we love the Finders Keepers - thankyou Brooke & Sarah, you are the sweetest design event ladies ever. xox

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas sale! 30% off and free gift wrapping!

In the spirit of all things jolly and festive, we wanted to celebrate with an enormous letterpress sale in our online shop! For one week only, all our limited edition prints are a whopping 30% off! They were $65 each and are now only $45 each.

Order in time for Christmas and let us know when you check out that its a gift and we will gorgeously gift wrap it for free for you, with beautiful papers, magnificent ribbons and a letterpress gift tag ready to head straight under the tree!

Sale ends Wednesday 16th of December, and all domestic orders placed before this date will be shipped in time for christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sydney Finders Keepers this weekend!

It is with much excitement that tomorrow we head back down to Sydney for the Spring/Summer Finders Keepers! We will be having a big christmas sale with lots of letterpress goodies up for grabs. Make sure you stop by and say hello - We love meeting our lovely blog readers!!

All the information including directions can be found here.

Friday 4th December from 6pm – 10pm

Saturday 5th December from 10am – 8pm
The inside foyer at CarriageWorks - 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015.
FREE Entry with free live music, cafe and bar..

david & kimberlee wedding stationery

Last week we gave you a little sneak preview of a gorgeously simple wedding set we have recently printed. Designed for David & Kimberlee, this Brisbane couple are having an elegant and understated dinner reception at the famed Giannis Restaurant. We were quite excited to work with this couple as they had a fabulous understanding of typography which allowed us to design something truly spectacular.

Inspired by calling cards of yesteryear, we designed their invitation with beautiful typography which we typeset in lowercase to compliment the vintage art deco red motif. By using large areas of negative space around the card it creates an sense of sophistication and an air of elegance, and allows for the most amazing impression into the paper. The classic colour palette of black and deep red printed on ivory stock is one of our favourite combinations.

Such a beautifully simple, yet incredibly tactile invitation set. We hope that David & Kimberlee have fun sending these little beauties out into the world!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Young Blood Markets this weekend in Sydney

Find us this weekend at the Young Blood markets at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Just in time for Christmas you can pick up original product, fashion, furniture, jewellery, graphic, landscape and lighting design from around the country at the two day market in lower outdoor courtyard at the Powerhouse Museum. Not to mention we will have our gorgeous letterpress prints, christmas cards and letterpressed christmas goodies!

Do pop by and say hello!

Young Blood: Designers Market at Christmas
28 and 29 November 2009, 10am – 5pm
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
$5 (includes Museum entry)

Tickets can be prebooked here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

behind the scene sneak peak

Today I wanted to show you a few images from an amazing wedding set we printed last week, I love it so much so I might almost declare it my favourite wedding invitation of the year... more to come soon!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

lillian & jose wedding stationery

Yesterday we finished this sweet little invitation package for Lillian & Jose who are to be married in Palm Cove in January next year. Featuring a lovely champagne ink printed on white stocks, these typographic invitations also feature a blind impressed scattering of stars. Simple and classic with beautiful typography - very much our style, we love it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

frances and mitch placesettings

Last week we made a delivery of eighty odd gorgeous orchid soap placesettings. Chosen from our Bespoke Collection of wedding bon bon gifts, these gorgeous little handmade soaps smelt absolutely divine and filled our studio with the most amazing fragrance.

To produce these gorgeous little gifts we have have wrapped the soap in a metallic ivory stock printed with a black pinstripe. Then the package is bound with a gorgeous black and pewter ribbon, and then wrapped in an ivory cotton bellyband. Each band has been individually letterpress printed and personalised with each guests name and printed with a rear thankyou message from the sweet couple. Such lovely little packages which double as both a bon bon gift and a placesetting all in one.

We wish Frances & Mitch the most amazing wedding this coming Saturday - we will be thinking of you and sending you beautiful weather, wonderful company and plenty of love for your perfect day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

a very special day

This day 5 years ago, my dear sweet beautiful love of my life became my husband. Situated amongst the most beautiful gardens of my parents Sydney acreage, we stood beneath an especially built white timber arbour in the rose garden and had Haydens uncle marry us in a very personal ceremony. We had the most perfect day, everything was immaculate, beautifully presented and I would live it over and over and over again if I could.

What an gorgeous, beautiful and happy five years we have had. We have moved interstate numerous times, travelled the world, bought and built our home, started our businesses and settled into life with Ruby our sweet little dog. Married life has been wonderful, how blessed we are to have found each other and to be sharing this journey together.

So to my love, thankyou for everything you do. Everyday that you are home is such a joy and everyday your away I miss you more and more. Thankyou for all your love and support, your beautiful smile and gorgeous happy nature. Thankyou for the endless printing, cleaning of presses and assemblage of wedding packages - it means the world to me. Thankyou for all our happy days, the sweetest of memories and the most beautiful life we share.

You are my everything. I love you the longest of times. xox

Thursday, November 19, 2009

paper boat press christmas show

This sunday sees the return of the gorgeous Kylie from Paper Boat Press annual christmas show. We are headed out for a day trip to her amazing studio located in a beautiful patch of city tranquility, for some christmas shopping and a cup of tea. A beautiful show not to be missed - might see you there! More info available here.

rachel and bryan save the dates

We recently completed this gorgeous job for Rachel and Bryan. With their Autumn wedding planned at the gorgeous Bailey's Winery we wanted their save the date cards to reflect a little of this vintage winery, beautiful establish gardens and rustic elegance found at their venue.

Printed on ivory stocks in a classic mustard brown, these save the date cards feature our signature scalloped corners and a beautiful combination of upper case, lower case and italics to create a classic yet understated elegant card. Oh and the tree - a little hint at bigger and better things to come in the rest of their wedding stationery!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

beautiful typography

We recently had the joy of printing invitations designed by Matthew James at OK Creative here in Brisbane. We adored his gorgeous use of typography, and the beautiful way in which Matt had joined Amy & Gareth's names together through the descender of the y which tucks perfectly into the ascender of the t - Just beautiful and such a joy to print!

More pics available via OK Creative.

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