If you follow me on twitter you may have seen my tweet last week hinting about a big upcoming event I am planning. Today I’m excited to officially spread the word about the Boxcar Press Open Studio taking place on Saturday, December 11. Everyone is welcome! Friends, clients, fellow designers, letterpress printers, general public and the curious at heart are invited to come check out our newly renovated letterpress print shop and studio. We’ve been hard at work the last several months packing up, building new walls, moving presses, expanding our print shop and moving our operations from one end of an old warehouse in Syracuse to the other.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a letterpress print shop? Want to catch a glimpse of pretty Bella Figura letterpress wedding invitations up close and in person? Want to experience a day in the life at Smock? Come pay us a visit! I’ll have many more details to share in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I do hope you’ll save the date. More to come!
Despite an unseasonably warm weekend, I find myself starting to grow more excited about winter and the upcoming holiday season. Living in the Northeast means long, brutal winters, but it also brings the thrill of watching each season meld into the next and that never gets boring for me. I’ve been craving cold winter nights and big mugs of steamy hot chocolate lately and love the idea of serving cocoa at a winter wedding. Add homemade marshmallows, chocolate shavings or peppermint sticks for an extra yummy touch.
I’m excited today to finally share Sweet Occasions Studio with you! For the last few years I’ve been designing, planning and coordinating events and weddings on the side in addition to my day job and writing a blog. At long last, it felt like time for a dedicated portfolio site with a little more information about who I am and what I do. I am still working on getting the gallery fully updated so I’ll continue to add past events throughout the coming weeks. While I am based in Upstate New York and primarily work in the Finger Lakes and Thousand Island regions, I can be available for events throughout the Northeast with reasonable travel fees. I have also been receiving a lot more inquiries about providing design consulting for remote clients so that is something I am now officially going to be offering. Need help creating a vision for an upcoming event? We can chat via email, phone or Skype to get you started, with reasonable hourly rates.
A huge thank you calligrapher Kelle McCarter of designsgirl for working with me on my vision for the new logo. A fellow dog lover and momma to two rescued golden retrievers, Kelle and I have developed a delightful rapport through our work together for Bella Figura. It was such a pleasure working with her and I just love how the final look has come together. For those of you in the market for a website, I actually designed and coded the site from the ground up in a weekend (albeit a very looong weekend) using Squarespace. (This blog is run on WordPress and will continue to do so, but I found Squarespace to be a great solution for getting the new site up quickly and inexpensively.) Granted, I had spent months thinking about layout and design so that made the design end of things much easier, but definitely check out Squarespace if you need a simple website on the fly. And with that, I hope you’ll pop over and take a look and let me know what you think!
Hello hello and happy Friday, friends! I am so excited for the weekend, how about you? This week has flown by but I’m feeling a little low on energy so I am going to sneak out of the office a bit early today. I am really looking forward to kicking back and relaxing this weekend. Before I bid you adieu though, I have to share this incredible video from Ambient Sky Couture Imagery shot on location at the shoot for the first Inspired Creations newsletter, which officially launched earlier this week. The shoot was art directed and photographed by the incredible Sara Gray who was the grand prize winner of our first Inspired Creations contest. (Remember this?) Sara blew us away with her vision for our special newsletter and the reader response has been tremendous so be sure to sign up in the sidebar if you haven’t already! In the meantime, here’s a look behind the scenes at this incredible editorial shoot…
Kate Martin of Beautiful Days (and the florist behind Whitney’s bridal shower) sent over this adorable Halloween party she planned for her family and friends. Sure, we’re running headlong into the holiday season right now, but I couldn’t resist one last Halloween post. I love Kate’s ideas for simple, easy to recreate Halloween decor and the spread of caramel apples and cupcakes is not only seasonal but delicious. Kids came in costume to play games in the yard and were even treated to a puppet show. How fun is that? Tuck this one away in your inspiration folders for Halloween next year!