HILARY & ANDREW | SAVE THE DATES

Changing leaves, apple cider & fall weddings, yes please!

Hilary & Andrew (the sweetest!) contacted me last year to design a wedding invitation suite around their autumnal nuptials. The ceremony was taking place in Vermont and it so fun helping them create a Save-the-Date that celebrated the setting, as well as the warmth & connection they shared with family and friends.

Because the bride and groom travel a bit, we thought a souvenir postcard would be the perfect way to surprise their guests. Landmarks that were important to the couple were integrated into the front of the card, and then I mixed digital & hand-applied aging techniques until the design felt truly vintage. We selected a rough-textured chipboard stock that felt almost like canvas. (It’s nearly impossible to find authentic 1930s state postcards that haven’t been mailed, but we wanted it to look convincing anyway!)

The backs of each postcard are made from 100% recycled kraft board and have the same rough texture. All of the lettering in the design was based on pre-war samples — in fact, the letters that look like they were written by an old typewriter actually were! The typed alphabet was scanned into the computer and transformed into a font.

We partnered with a fantastic printer (shout out to Pinball Publishing!) who did an amazing job. Seriously amazing. It was the first time I had worked with the Pinball team but when the package arrived on my doorstep, it felt like we were old friends. Yay!

More to come!

HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

Lovelies! It has been ages since I’ve last updated this blog, and so much has been going on behind the scenes.

As some of you knew, we set out to rehab our bungalow & studio late last year – while construction is almost complete, it’s looking like we’ll actually be moving in the next couple of months… I know! Mr. Magpie and I have been dreaming of buying a farmette forever, and after two long years of searching (and a little bit of heartbreak over a few that got away) we may have finally found “the” place. I don’t want to jinx anything because it’s not set in stone just yet, but hopefully in the coming weeks I will have happy news to share. (Happy backyard-chicken & amazing-about-time-dedicated-studio-space news!)

In the meantime,there have been so many crazy-huge-fun projects we’ve been working on behind the scenes, and I can’t wait to share them with you. *Lots* of calligraphy, custom branding and of course, studio renovations. ($100 ebony plank countertops, y’all! Cork floors!) The fun begins tomorrow.

Also, we’re opening up our printed production schedule again. Previously, we had been only taking on calligraphy/digital orders while the studio was under plastic. If you have a wedding taking place this winter, drop us a note & we’d love to chat with you about your plans.

SPRINGTIME WEDDING INSPIRATION

You know the best way to beat the summer heat? Imagine cool spring breezes! My recent springtime-inspired collaboration with Samantha Nichols and a fantastic group of wedding professionals is up on Style Me Pretty today. It’s chock full of bright greens, natural decor and cool calligraphy — plus a great DIY-garland tutorial! Take a peek for more breezy loveliness…

p.s. The invitation set & menu we created will be available for customization in our shop later this year. Yay!

CUSTOM WEDDING INVITATIONS

Emily Ayer, one of our lovely custom-order brides, has been sharing the story of her Southern-inspired wedding invitations on her blog this week. How fun is that?! Emily is such a sweetheart, and we had a delightful time collaborating together. I was so doggone excited about this project, y’all! Be sure to take a looksie at Parts I and II for all of the behind-the-scenes details. (You know you want to see more!)

As creative director for Southern Weddings Magazine, Emily is no stranger to beautiful events so it’s fascinating to read about her own wedding planning process and all of the adventures that she’s having. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the beautiful & meaningful day she’s creating.

Hugs, Em!

BRENTON & LAURA’S QUEENSLAND WEDDING

Brenton & Laura (such a sweet couple!) recently asked us to create a special version of our DIY seed packets just for them. We were happy to help. They printed & assembled the envelopes together at home in Australia, and then each guest left the reception with a lavender-seed-stuffed-envelope to plant in their own garden — isn’t that such a lovely way to remember a wedding?

For more ideas & gorgeous photos from their rustic farm wedding, head on over to Feather & Stone. Many thanks to Brenton & Laura for inviting us to collaborate with them, and special hugs for Seth & Tenielle (photographers extraordinaire) who shared this sneak peek!

AN UPDATE ON MR. WINSTON

Winston says hello.  :)

I know a lot of you are animal lovers, so I’m super excited to share good news! Our newest project studio assistant Winston went back to the vet yesterday for his first post-heartworm treatment of Interceptor, and all went well. Winnie’s completely recovered from last month’s icky arsenic shots and is now only coughing once in a blue moon. Our best guess is that the treatment was successful, though of course we won’t get confirmation of that for a few months. Apparently it takes that long for the last traces of the heartworms to leave his system. (Boo-hiss heartworms!) Winston’s ready and raring to get back in action, though — only two more weeks until ball-chasing and woodland-romping can resume! (I will try to take some videos so you guys can see how redonkulously adorable this little fella is. When he gets excited, his ears flop around like Dumbo, lol.)

Thank you all so very much for your prayers, love, encouragement and patience. I can’t tell you how touched we felt knowing y’all were in Winston’s corner and I am 100% positive that your loving energy made all the difference in his recovery. Truly, he is a dog transformed.

And because everything has gone so well, I have more happy news to share: our studio hours are back to normal!!! Double yay!!!

I’ll have lots more posts very soon – there’s so much new work to share with you, I can hardly stand it!

FRIDAY ROUND UP

Today’s round up is all about S-P-R-I-N-G! She’s definitely here, as my peonies know.

– A pretty watercolor moth print by Mikrofaza
– A breezy and modern crinkle-cotton dress in the perfect shade of leaf
– Recipes for my springtime favorites: ramps, rhubarb, sorrel and morels
Bridesmaids in Wellies, swoon!
Wendy Waldman gets her dulcimer on
– A beautiful tissue paper vine tutorial from Martha
– Sullivan Owen puts my favorite striped tree peony blooms to work

Happy Friday, Lovelies! What are you up to this weekend?