Lovelies, it has been a long time since I last posted. Too long! These past three months have been an incredible whirlwind of some of most amazing brides I’ve had to pleasure of working with, creative collaborations that have sparked new designs & friendships, and humongous life changes. Like, Rocky Mountain humongous. Himalayan humongous! This calls for a bullet list.

♥ I quit my day job. Yessiree – as of February 28th I became the full time creative director + press woman + marketing manager + shipping department + bacon flipper that is Magpie Paper Works. Okay, so I’ve actually been doing all of these things in my “spare time” for the last 2 years, but it somehow feels more official to be running this lovely studio without a paycheck from The Man to back things up. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel scary. That’s probably the vodka talking. (Kidding!)

In all seriousness, I have huge plans for the future of Magpie and of course, a big to-do list that fits neatly alongside… One of my goals this year is to track my progress via blog posts on a semi-regular basis – sort of a Month-in-the-Life series from a freshly-minted biz owner. Hopefully there will be some interesting tidbits for all of you out there who are thinking about pursuing your passions full-time. (My totally unbiased advice: do it!)

♥ When you follow your heart, happiness and inspiration follow. I am insanely grateful to the universe for allowing me the opportunity to swim in this sea. I can’t help but think that some of those thoughts have rippled out into the world because the past four weeks have been filled to the brim with wonderful & creative human beings. Just a few of the things I can’t wait to share with you:

  • a new crop of invitation designs that range from bohemian to gilt
  • fresh tutorials
  • the results of an amazing wedding inspiration shoot with the beyond-talented Nouveau Romantics
  • the reveal of some custom orders I’ve been working on – one of which is the source of the teaser image at the top of this post!

♥ Something old, something new, something borrowed… Magpie Paper Works has been selected as one of Ruffled’s Blue Label Vendors for 2011! Each year the delightful folks at Ruffled handpick an extremely limited number of vendors to join the Blue Label – because of its exclusivity, brides can feel confident that they’re choosing a vetted professional who shares their vision and most importantly, that they can trust. I’m ridiculously excited & honored to be a part of this amazing group of vendors. If you’re a vintage/DIY/boho bride,  head on over & check it out!

♥ Brownie batter is the shizzle. I have discovered a new vice treat. Much to the detriment of my waist line, every day at 2 PM I find myself craving (and making) a single-serving of brownie batter. It’s the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up & I swear it makes me more creative. Basically, I mix about 1 tsp of water with 4 Tbls of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Boxed Brownie Mix. YUM. Go try it – you can sue thank me later.

So that’s the round up from these parts... More to come soon!

P.S. Check back tomorrow for the debut post in my new series, Font Friday, where I’ll be featuring my latest & greatest typeface obsessions. Because a girl can never have too many new fonts.