Friday, December 24, 2010

christmas love

One minute I blinked and the next I realised it was Christmas! My goodness, how on earth did it manage to sneak up on us so quickly??

Our Christmas season will be spent with family and the loveliest of loved ones. Hopefully you too can enjoy a beautifully decorated table (bless my mother, she truly is the table decorating queen) surrounded by those most special to your heart, with far too much food, the cheeriest of laughter and the sweetest of joys, which can only really be found at Christmas.

I thank you you for all your support, encouragement and lovely blog messages you have left in this wonderful year that was 2010. We look forward to 2011 with lots of big plans, new ideas and more letterpress then we can possibly imagine. Until then, we will rest for a few days, catch our breaths, enjoy some summer air and count our blessings as to how truly blessed we all are.

Wishing you much love, joy and sweet merriment.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

featured wedding :: megan & kristian

Totally we have a very wonderful treat for you. The stunning Megan married her beau Kristian in a dashing 1950's era inspired South Australian wedding in November this year and we are tickled pink to get to share some of the images of their day.

(You might remember their stunning invitations that Megan designed and we printed in coral and a blind impression earlier this year.)

Megan's gorgeous gown was custom designed by POP bridal couture using bone silk and detailed beading. She wore her Grandmothers wedding necklace, worn by her grandmother in 1955, and complimented with a beaded and fine feather fascinator designed by Hats by Jayne.

The couple were married at Rostrevor Chapel, with reception followed at John Difede Reception Centre. The stunning post ceremony shots were taken at the BoHo Hotel, followed by a stroll along the River Torrens in Adelaide.

We adore that Megan's Mum, Auntie and Grandmother all chipped in to make the families traditional lemon and almond tart which has been passed down from one generation to the next, and as wedding favours the grooms father's gifted his 2005 Merlot produced in the Adelaide Hills.

Their photographer was Angie Doughty-Garside from Mink Studio and you can see more images from this amazing wedding here.

We wish Megan and Kristian a beautifully happy, lovely and joy filled marriage together. It was such a pleasure to work with you both and we thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

We thank Mink Studios for the use of their images on our blog and respectfully ask that if you wish to reblog this gorgeous wedding that you seek permission.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a birthday surprise

We love getting to work on fabulous ideas around here - especially when they are a secret squirrel surprise!! Kristina from Mala designed these coasters as a surprise 40th Birthday gift for her husband Tym. He is an avid collector of vintage bourbons and whiskeys which he houses in his retro Scorpion Bar. As Tym is a letterpress lover, Kristina combined all these loves into custom designed coasters which we printed and die cut on Herbie on Beer Coaster Board.

Happy Birthday Tym, We hope that you loved the surprise!

in the studio of late

We have been super busy in the studio lately. Right now we are printing stationery for March and April weddings 2011. Next year is looking like a super busy month with Feburary, March, April, May, June, July and half of August almost fully booked for deliveries already. Goodness me, Anyone want a job??

Monday, December 20, 2010

a sneak peak

We have a gorgeous wedding stationery suite to show you very soon - its worth the wait... I promise!

Friday, December 17, 2010

tools of the trade

Sweet tools, how I love you, you make me so deliriously happy (I really am sure its not entirely normal).

Have a beautiful weekend friends. We will be having a joyous time celebrating with this lovely couple. See you again next week!

Photo by the talented Studio Sixty

Thursday, December 16, 2010

susie & matt :: save the date cards

The gorgeous Susie & Matt are getting married in Spring 2011, and we had the pleasure of meeting with them and planning some gorgeous save the dates to suit their amazing wedding they have planned. The brief was for a design which was striking, beautiful and full of old world glamour.

Letterpress printed on our 100% cotton stocks, we worked with classic black on white, with delicate scalloped corners and printed envelopes.

It was such a joy to work with this gorgeous couple - we now cannot wait to start designing the invitations!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

laura & tim :: placesettings

To you remember the fabulous Laura & Tim? You might remember the save the date and invitation work for them here and here?

Well the time has come them to tie the knot this Saturday and we were super pleased to letterpress print our bespoke placesetting tags for their reception. These come supplied with satin ribbon so they are ready to make a beautiful table setting tied around napkins, gifts and the like.

We wish Laura & Tim a beautiful wedding day of love and laughter - thank you for letting us share the journey with you. It really has been such a joy!


robert & jennifer :: wedding stationery

Recently we had the pleasure of designing stationery for my cousin and his bride to be. The brief was for something classic, something elegant and something to reflect the historic sprawling country estate of Terrara House.

Featuring a divine vintage tree etching we combined classic and elegant typography with a beautifully textural quilted blind impressed pattern. The invitations were housed inside printed envelopes with a pinstripe lining and accompanied by a matching reply card and additional information card. The stationery suite also included order of service cards, menus and placesettings.

A gorgeous stationery suite for a gorgeous couple. Congratulations Rob & Jen, we cant wait to help celebrate with you this weekend!

fresh off the press

No words... Some things are just too beautiful to explain.

last chance to order for christmas!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to order letterpress goodies to arrive in time for Christmas! (With free shipping too).

All our letterpress Christmas stationery, limited edition prints and letterpress goodies can be found right here. Lots of our items have sold out, and we have very limited stock left so quickly, quickly - don't miss out!

Monday, December 13, 2010

dear hands

Conversations with a very dear and wise friend had me thinking about these - my hands. These hands with which together we design, we make, we are inspired. These hands which allow all of this to be - this beautiful, crazy, hectic life. All the stress, the worry, the anxiety, the sore muscles, the frustration, the pain. Together we work to design, to produce, to deliver - just me and my little hands.

Sometimes its easy to loose sight of just how precious this all really is... This craftsmanship and all the history which goes with it. Me and these hands, holding the past and shaping it into the future. Taking the art of masters, and working it, moulding it, plying it into a feasible contemporary thing. How precious it all really is, to be holding all of this in the palm of my hands.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

alphabet tags - full range now back in stock!

Our Alphabet tags have been such popular little things that we had sold out of quite a few letters in the Alphabet. Due to lots of requests, we have now printed and die cut our little hearts out and now have the complete alphabet A-Z back in stock.

We have had quite a few people tell us that they plan on using them as place settings for their Christmas tables - such a gorgeous idea (and one that we might just steal!). Grab yours while they last here. And if you do something fabulous with them please do take a photo and email us, we would love to see what you create!

Friday, December 10, 2010

sydney finders keepers - thankyou!

What a wonderful weekend we had last weekend at the Sydney Finders Keepers. It was truly lovely, wonderful, humbling and exhausting! We thank all those beautiful regulars who keep on coming back time and time again, to all the lovely new faces who come say hello and to the fabulous friends who surprise us with their visits. It truly is such an amazing community that supports The Finders Keepers. To Sarah & Brooke, you girls are magical.

Hope you enjoy a few snapshots of our weekend. We had the loveliest of lovely neighbours in Abby and Katherine from Golden Ink their work is just exceptional. You can see some snippets of their work above. Divine!

So a very big thank you - to all those who bought and went home with goodies we hope that you will love them as much as we loved making them!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

love adore magazine

Have you yet discovered Adore Home Magazine? If not, you will absolutely love it. I promise you.

It is australia's latest home and lifestyle magazine which is only available online. And the best thing? it is totally and absolutely free! Every little bit of me loves the magazine design - the layouts, the grids the typography. Its all just so lovely. Oh and the stories and photos - just divine!

Their second issue with a colourful summer theme is simply so delightful. I spent hours reading the magazine online - oh and don't get me started on how AMAZING it is to see a product in the mag, click the link and up it opens in a new browser window. Love, love, love, although it did result in shop, shop, shop! opps.

Make sure you keep an eye out on page 85 for our kraft christmas swing tags - these have almost all sold out, so quickly quickly if your wanting to buy some (we have free shipping too!)

You can view and read Adore Home Magazine here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

engagement invitation packs now instore!

Here in the studio we are often terribly sad that we are unable to help people out with their stationery requirements due to our long turn around time, and their urgently approaching event!

For this reason we are super pleased to let you know that the first of our new invitation packs are now available instore.

These "fill in your own" invitations are the perfect way to be able to have letterpress invitations, available immediately and for a fraction of the cost of custom designed stationery.

The first pack we have available are our engagement invitations which have been printed in 2 colour - ivory and black ink, on our 100% cotton 300gsm ivory stock, and a lovely 130x180mm in size. Each pack contains ten invitations and matching recycled kraft envelopes and are available for just $40 per pack here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

new friendship print instore

We have had so many requests asking for a new reprint of our friendship quote print - so today we are super pleased to let you know that this super lovely quote is now available again in our online store.

Featuring a whole new lovely typographic design these prints make a beautiful gift for your nearest and dearest favourite friends. These prints measure 8" x 10" in size and are 45 each. You can find them here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

christmas has arrived (with free shipping too!)

Hello friends!

We have been busy (and sick) bees of late, but we are very excited to let you know that Christmas in the letterpress studio has arrived! We have been working on some gorgeously sweet Christmas gift tags, very fancy large tags (which make great ornaments too) as well as a few other sweet Christmasy treats. Please see below to view our new ranges!

To celebrate the festive season we are offereing FREE SHIPPING on all orders (big and small) placed before the 15th of December in our online store. All orders placed before this time will have immediate shipping to arrive before Christmas. Their are no discount codes to enter, or silly little catch phrases to remember - simply head on over and enjoy some letterpress cheer this silly season! Last day to order for a christmas delivery is the 15th of December.
*Free shipping available to Australian customers only.

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12 pack letterpress gift tags - $20
Our first lot of Christmas letterpress goodies this year are our ever popular gift tags. Featuring four different designs this packs are available printed on white 100% cotton stocks, or for the first time onrecycled kraft board. Each pack contains 12 gift tags.

Our white packs are available printed in Rasberry Red, Apple, Turquoise and Lemon, whilst our kraft tags are available in red only. At just $20 for a pack of 12, these lovely letterpress tags are less then $1.70 each.

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6 pack premium large gift tags with bakers twine - $15
To really knock the socks off the receiver of your gifts this year - we have designed a premium range of gift tags. These extra large tags are printed in two colours and have been printed on kraft board or super heavy weight 600gsm stocks.

They come with matching bakers twine and will really add some "oh-la-la" under the Christmas tree this year. At $2.50 per tag they also make very afforable and gorgeous decorations for your Christmas tree. You can find them here and here.

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6 pack large christmas cards - $35
Our gorgeous 6 pack of Christmas cards have been so popular of late that we only have three packs left instore! Grab yours while they last!

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bakers twine now instore - $18
We have recently started to stock 100% cotton bakers twine. Available in a beautiful collection of colours including Raspberry Red, Turquoise, Chocolate, Lemon and Pink - each roll has 220 meters of goodness for all your wrapping and crafty needs. These have been flying out of our shelves so grab yours while they last here.

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new letterpress print - friendship quote - $45
Fresh off the press is a brand new version of our popular friendship print. We have had SO many requests asking for a reprint that we decided to design a brand new typographic design fitting for such a beautiful quote. Printed in a light cool grey, combined with a beautifully deep coral ink we are in awe of its loveliness. The perfect gift for your nearest and dearest of friends. Available as a limited edition run of 150 here.

back in the studio

Hello friends! Just a quick little message to say that I have missed you! Thankyou for your lovely emails and messages. It certainly hasn't been a fun coupled of weeks being unwell, but I was very well cared for and got a lot of rest. Plenty of vegetmite sandwiches are the trick!

Today I am back in the studio catching up on two weeks worth of emails (eek!), getting back in touch with our gorgeous wedding couples and also planning some treats instore for this week. Above is a little sneak peak - stay tuned for lots of christmas goodies coming this way!

x Alischa

Thursday, December 2, 2010

sydney finders keepers this weekend

Thankyou all for your messages for Alischa. She is starting to feel better and each day is getting stronger. She will be back in the studio next week.

In the meantime she asked me to let you know that we will be attending this weekends Finders Keepers in Sydney. I will be there, and Alischa will attend for a while. Her little sister will also be helping us out so make sure you pop by and say hello. We have lots of christmas letterpress items and a few new treats instore.

Cheers, Hayden

Monday, November 29, 2010

Under the Weather

Hi Beloved Readers,

I'm sorry to tell you that, Alischa is really quite unwell. Until she gets better, we apologise for not being able to respond as quickly as we would like.

Thanks for your patience


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

shalon & stuart :: wedding invitations

Today we have a sweet invitation set to show you which we recently completes for Shalon & Stuart. Inspired by a design we created for another couple, we personalised this invitation with black and ivory ink on ivory stock, with printed and lined envelopes and a sweet little gift card. Just lovely!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

finding beauty

The smallest things around here give me such joy - such as the way Herbie stacks our envelopes. His printing arms whoosh in their circular motion to drop the printed finish piece into a not so perfect pile. It seems so fitting that the pile isn't perfect - its a bit like letterpress itself, each one an individual, a hand crafted piece of love, each with their own stamp of personality. I love these wonky piles of paper - they bring me so much joy.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

laura & tim :: wedding stationery

Another gorgeous invitation suite we have been waiting to show you is that which we created for Laura & Tim. You may remember their save the date cards we created for them earlier this year? For their wedding stationery we further expanding upon their illustrative graphics and created a very striking and contemporary, yet still vintage inspired design. Featuring lined envelopes, one colour invitations and reply cards with envelopes we love the fabulous combination of black ink printed on our 100% cotton white stocks. Just divine.

kathleen & marko :: wedding stationery

We have had this delightful invitation we have been wanting to show you for some time! Kathleen and Marko are getting married next March at a Winery with a gorgeous and rustic chapel on site. Their brief was for something classic yet chic, to be formal and yet still contain vintage elements. With a black and white theme we chose for a blind impressed vintage flourish background, combined with classic, yet striking black typography printed on our 100% cotton stocks.

By keeping their stationery suite quite simple with non printed envelopes and the inclusion of reply details on the invitation (saving the need for additional printing), this invitation shows that you are able to keep to budget, yet still achieve a beautiful letterpress result.

Thanks Kathleen & Marko - it was a joy to work with you both!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

calm amongst the storm

The last week in the studio certainly has not been our best! A massive technological failure saw all our systems and communication down for an entire week. Finally we are back up and running today - phew. If you are waiting on an email or artwork from us we will be sorting through these as quickly as we possibly can.

Amongst the storm of the past horrible week we did have two beautiful moments which kept us smiling. The first we took Miss Ruby Tuesday off to the dog park to escape the stress and manic nature of the studio. Our dog park is quite a blessing - it is about 5 acres of wooded parkland's and is really quite divine. We were quite excited as its not often we get a chance to visit. Mind you, our excitement didn't compare to Ruby's who did 19 wee's in 40 minutes, now that's excitement.

The second lovely thing to happen was a surprise visit from my parents. When they are in Sydney and we are in Brisbane, it certainly was a lovely and very happy surprise indeed!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

GoMA Twighlight Markets

Amongst all the craziness that has been this week (sickness, coupled with major technological dramas, coupled with far too much stress) one thing which has kept us going is our excitement about is selling our letterpress wares at the Gallery Store Twilight Market at the Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane.

We attended last year and really loved this gorgeous twilight event with a cash bar, amazing gallery surrounds and lots of handmade wonder to admire. The markets will be held just outside the gallery store and runs from 4pm to 8pm this Friday night (12 November).

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

missing in action

A pretty major technological malfunction has happened here in the studio. If you are a client awaiting artwork, a new client after information or one of our dear friends dropping us a line, we hope to be back up and running again next week.

If you have a scheduled appointment to discuss wedding stationery with us this weekend, we ask that you contact us urgently, as we are unable to access your details at this time.

Monday, November 8, 2010

photos from a very lovely weekend

What a fabulous weekend we had at the Brisbane Finders Keepers Market. There is so many gushing wonderful things we want to say about our weekend, but to save the big ramble let me keep it simple and say that it was simply delightful, sweet, lovely and humbling all at the same time. A very big thankyou for all of those who stopped by and said hello, we are so touched by your love.

thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. xox

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