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.

Friday, November 13, 2009

the week that was...

Crazy, hectic and insanely busy!! Herbies been churning away, Charlie has been clunking away and we have madly been doing linings and envelope inserts, packaging prints, printing business cards and fulfilling wholesale orders from our store!! What a busy week!

Our Christmas cards are also flying out the door - make sure you grab yours before they are all sold out.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Letterpress christmas cards now in store!

Spread some letterpress cheer this Christmas!!

Our 2009 limited edition christmas cards combine our three favourite things - beautiful typography, gorgeous papers and beautiful letterpress impressions.

Printed in turquoise and raspberry our two typographic cards read “The loveliest of moments are shared at Christmas” and “The sweetest of joys are those found at Christmas”.

Designed with our all time favourite classic typeface these typepackages have been beautifully impressed into the paper the old fashioned way.

Each card is a limited edition numbered run of 200. Printed on a natural coloured environmentally responsible wind powered paper sourced from well managed, sustainable forests. These folded notecards are left blank on the inside.

Coupled with a kraft envelope, our christmas cards are available as a 6 pack featuring 3 copies of each of our two cards. Bound with a kraft belly band, old fashioned string and a letterpress swing tag each six pack is available for $30 each .

Be quick though, as they are a limited edition run we only have a small number of packs available!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

featured wedding: kristie & ken

Today we have a really lovely treat for you! We have been promising to feature Kristie & Kens Sunshine coast wedding on our blog for some time now, so without much further ado, here are gorgeous photographs and the story behind Kristie & Kens amazing wedding.

Date: September 12, 2009
Location: Ebb Waterfront Maroochydore. We fell in love with this venue as soon as we saw it. The fact that we could have our accommodation, ceremony and reception in the same place made the whole day feel connected and intimate and also gave our guests a better chance to mingle and to get to know each other. The view from the restaurant and terrace was breathtaking as well which is always a plus and the food and wine was to die for!!
Photographer: Brad Peate from Focus Films, absolutely incredible!!
Stationery: Bespoke Letterpress Boutique, featured here, here and here.
Florist: Monique from Tigerlillies
Wedding Gown: Hilde Heim
Bridesmaids Gowns: Ultra Suite
Grooms suits: Bought from The General Store (it actually ended up cheaper than hiring!!)
My favourite moment of the day: Seeing Ken waiting for me before our ceremony with the ocean and Maroochydore river in the background.
Little things you did to make your wedding day truly unique? I bought most of our decorations online, it’s amazing how much you cam save by doing some research and also, I can now resell the decorations to other DIY brides! We also invited guests to come to the venue half an hour early for champagne just to give them a chance to mingle and be comfortable before the ceremony.
Styling tips & ideas: The view from our venue was the shining star so we didn’t need to over complicate our styling. I guess I tried to incorporate simple elegant touches (such as candlelight reflected off plate mirrors) which complemented the venues unique characteristics rather than competed with them. I also took a lot of inspiration from blogs such as and incredible bridal magazines such as Style Guide and Bride to Be.
Other little things you would like to share? I think the most important lesson I learnt through the whole planning process and the outcome of the day is that no matter how much time and effort you spend organising every last detail, you can’t control everything. On the day things will happen that aren’t to plan and when they do, it’s so important to remind yourself why you are there in the first place.

Thankyou Kristie & Ken! It has been such a joy to work with you both throughout the planning for your gorgeous day. We wish you all the very best for a beautiful lifetime of love, joy and happiness.

All photos courtesy and copyright of Focus Films.

Monday, November 9, 2009

going home

I have spoken before here, here and here about how I love "going home" to my parents gardens. Home is down in Sydney, out about an hour from the city itself in a gorgeously secluded pocket of bush and acreage. Going home at spring is simply the best. Mum & Dads beautiful gardens and lawns are alive and driving towards their acreage you can spot their gardens in the distance. Its simply too beautiful, and nothing else makes me feel quite so at home.

Mum not only grows my most favourite David Austen roses, but also has a lovely collection of crystal vases to suit. I see it as my pleasure to bring the two together and fill my parents home with little pockets of flowers when I am in town. Mum never seems to find the time to bring her garden indoors, so I really hope she doesn't mind that the first thing I do when I get home is steal her best scissors and head outdoors.

This little collection of David Austen's found a new home upon the mantelpiece. With the afternoon sun reflecting through the crystal, and the most amazing fragrance to suit, they were simply too beautiful for words.

Friday, November 6, 2009

happy weekend!!

Have a most gorgeous weekend my friends. Later today we are headed down to Sydney to attend the lovely Bec & Tims wedding. We have had an enormously busy week here printing in the studio, with very sore muscles and a sore foot from foot treadling Charlie so much, we bid you farewell and hope to arrive back in the studio refreshed and a little less sore!

Oh and the images above? Found via the sweet girls at Lella and Zee we adore this gorgeous calendar by the talented Catherine Campbell and declare it our favourite calendar of the new year! Available for just US$18 via her etsy store.

See you next week!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

letterpress swing tags

We are crazy hectic here in the studio today. So many wedding packages in production - they are keeping us super busy indeed!!

So for a quick little sweet blog post today I wanted to show you some very cute personalised swing tags we recently produced for Annie & Julian. You may remember their letterpress save the dates and letterpress wedding invitations we produced earlier this year. These gorgeous little tags featured a letterpress outer casing, with personalised insert, bound together with a silver eyelet and ivory ribbon. So very sweet!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

andrew & kathy wedding stationery

We recently completed letterpress wedding invitations for the delightful Andrew & Kathy who are a local Brisbane couple who are getting married in February next year. Their wedding theme is based upon pale duck egg blue and coupled with small touched of sunflowers for their happy and joyful feel. Through out their wedding styling they will be evoking an air of elegance and classic timelessness.

We designed their letterpress wedding invitations with a gorgeous elegant script typeface coupled with a vintage serif for contrast. They chose to have their invitations personalised, so that each and every invitation is letterpress printed with the guests names.

A delicate vintage sunflower illustration was printed in a very light lemon so that it is only subtly visible and doesn't distract away from the gorgeous typography. Coupled with reply cards, thankyou cards and pinstripe lined envelopes these are a beautifully delicate and such a lovely fresh colour combination to work with!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

the sweetest of friends

It was such a lovely joy to see many new and old friends at the Finders Keepers on the weekend. It is such a blessing to have the support of so many beautifully creative and sweet people. To online friends, ex students, clients and beautiful creative friends thankyou for stopping by. Your love and support makes what we do here at Bespoke just that little bit more special!

The gorgeous Louise from Floralovely stopped by with these divine David Austen roses for us. They took my breathe away! She is the sweetest, loveliest thing who creates the most amazing wedding floral designs - you can see her gorgeous work on her wedding we featured earlier this year. We were blown away by her gorgeous gift - David Austens are my most favourite flower, and her arrangement was simply divine - thankyou Louise, you are too beautiful. xox

You might also notice in our photo above some new brooches we bought from Edward & Lily while at the markets, too cute!

the most fabulous weekend...

oh my, what an amazing weekend we had at the Finders Keepers market. My goodness Brisbane, you have got style!!!

A huge thankyou to all the gorgeous shoppers who stopped by and said hello. To our super sweet blog readers - it was so lovely to meet you and hear how much you love reading this wee little blog. To all the stallholders - thankyou for making my job as coordinator for the markets such a fun and enjoyable experience. You are such a beautiful bunch of talented designers, you made the weekend the fabulous experience that it was.

To all the new friends we made, we are so pleased to have shared some time with you, and to old friends who dropped by, thankyou for your support, love and little gifts you bought us.

And a final very big thankyou to Brooke, Sarah & Luke for having the vision to bring the Finders Keepers to Brisbane. It was the loveliest of lovely joys to work with you.

We really had the most amazing weekend. It was so fabulous to see that Brisbane embraced the Finders Keepers experience, and we hope to be able to share many more gorgeous markets with you.

The incredible Old Museum building. It simply takes your breath away.

Ah you sweet husband, thankyou thankyou thankyou for everything xox.

Our new range of Christmas cards made their debut!

The Bespoke Letterpress Illustrators Project out for display in Brisbane for the very first time! The gorgeous boxes were made by my fore mentioned sweet husband and right hand press man.

Thankyou sweet shoppers, we hope you find lovely little homes for your new prints!

The ever gorgeous Kylie from Paper Boat Press - thankyou for all the sweet visits and sneaked moments we stole.

Gorgeous signage by the talented crew at Lola & Bailey.

The adorably cute Courtney Brims who partook in our Illustrators Project. It was such a lovely pleasure to meet you!

The ever sweet Tanya & Tim from We Are Messengers, love you guys.

Gorgeous handcut signage and reclaimed books from Rebound Books.

The incredible crowds, what an amazing vibe!

The sweet girls from Red Seed Studio.

The most gorgeous of soft gifts for little ones and big ones from the lovely Florence from Flying Star Toys.

All images courtesy of Mark Lobo. More images are available via his gallery here.

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