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I loved making these invitations. They were such a fun, challenging, and worthwhile project. I think they came out beautifully!

The invitations, reply cards, info cards, rehearsal dinner invites, and both envelopes were custom designed and lovingly hand-printed on my C + P tabletop press. They are printed in four colors on Crane’s Lettra paper in ecru, with watercolor detail on the main invitation. The program was digitally printed on kraft colored cardstock. Floral illustrations were custom drawn by Erin Lalley Bauer.

The envelopes were finished with calligraphy and vintage stamps, but I forgot to get a snapshot of those. Next time!

If you are interested in ordering some custom letterpress goodness from Erin & I, get in touch! Invitations, business cards, personal stationery, whatever you need- I promise we’re very reasonable! Email us at olivewoodstudios(at)gmail(dot)com

I took a 2-day hiatus from packing this week in order to catch up on some printing. On the job list: stationery for Khristeena, business cards for LuAnn, and a complete invitation suite for my dear friend including 2 invitations, a reply card, and a dual-sided info card. Looking forward to printing some more business cards next week before I pack up the press.

Day one, freshly-cut paper and organization:

Day 2, progress, sunshine, and a productive mess:

I haven’t written Henry’s birth story yet (see the last post, life just keeps happening!) but one thing I reflect on all the time is how thankful I am to have had the most knowledgeable, compassionate, and loving support during my labor and delivery of Henry. I chose a home birth, and with that I chose to labor for as long as it took (in my case, about 25 hours) without any interventions or medications. My midwife and doula were absolutely essential to allowing me to have the labor and birth that I wanted, and I am grateful every day for my relatively uncomplicated, non-traumatic birth experience. To thank them, I wanted to make them each something personal and useful. I chose to use the same paper, colors, and typeface for both of their pieces because, well, it just seemed right.

For my midwife Khristeena, I made a set of letterpress stationery with her name impressed in a pretty lavender ink.

For my doula LuAnn, a set of business cards printed on front and back in lavender and charcoal grey.

I hope they each love them!

(Photo styling with florals today was inspired by Erin at Olivewood)

Getting started on this year’s valentines…

Baby has decided not to greet us just yet, so I’ve had a chance to get lots more sewing projects done these past couple of days.

First, I made a hanging hamper that can be used for baby’s little clothes, or for now we’re going to use it as a holder for baby wipes and diapers above the changing table.

The pattern for the hamper came from the Baby On the Way e-course by Rachel on A Beautiful Mess. The e-course is a lot of fun, and has a bunch of super useful patterns for making baby things. I’ve found that baby things tend to be either highly mass-produced (and kind of eh) or way more high-end than I can afford (or could justify if I could). So, I’ve taken to making or upgrading my own things. In addition to the e-course, I also invested in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby, which includes patterns and instructions for lots of great baby projects. I’m especially excited to make a crib bumper and lots of little bloomers.

For now, I’m still working on my sewing skills so I’ve been sticking to simpler projects. Besides the hamper, I made a bunch of cute burp cloths using small remnants of cotton fabrics I had from past projects, and a few throw pillows to coordinate with our new (vintage) sofa.

If this baby decides to stay in my belly much longer, I’ll need to make an emergency trip to the fabric store. Not that that would be so bad…

Last Saturday I learned to crochet! Thanks to Sarah, I am now a proficient crochet-er of granny squares. I started this for practice, but it was coming along pretty well so I decided to go with it and make a little blanket for baby. The first color, off-white, is finished, and I’ll be doing an outer stripe of pale yellow. The yarn is a super soft 100% cotton baby yarn.

I started lots of fun projects this weekend – a wreath, two new embroideries, a book, and a blanket.