National Stationery Show 2011 (Part IV)

One of the true highlights of the show for me this year was meeting Elijah and Rhonda of Figs & Ginger and falling madly in love with their work. Inspired by forests and woodland creatures, they debuted a truly beautiful new collection of wooden wedding and party wares. Think lovely silhouette cake toppers, wedding signage, jewelry and pretty hangers for brides and bridesmaids. (I may or may not have left the show wearing the ‘C’ necklace pictured below.)

Another awesome letterpress line, I loved checking out the fun cards of Cleanwash Letterpress. Where there are unicorns involved, I’m a happy camper. Throw in a little letterpress bunting and you really can’t go wrong in my book.

My good friend Tara, the brilliant designer behind Ink + Wit, debuted more of her lovely rubber stamps this year and expanded her offerings of great letterpress colors and quirky, cool gift wrap. She also introduced new pillows and the prettiest mobile, which will be available soon.

Heartfish Press had really great interactive letterpress cards, like these fun crayon-loving love notes. Decorate your own Christmas tree cards? Also a win with me.

Last but not least, Kelly at May Day Studio featured the prettiest notebooks, art prints, coasters and cards. Soft, whisper-like colors, great pattern and hand set type sets May Day’s work apart from a sea of awe-inspiring letterpress.

Well, that’s it for me for NSS this year! For much more extensive show coverage, I defer to the mighty Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper where you’re sure not to miss anything worth seeing at the show. To everyone I didn’t have a chance to come visit, I hope to catch up next year! xoxo

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

The National Stationery Show is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. I am an employee of Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock. This is not a sponsored post. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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National Stationery Show 2011 (Part III)

Are you guys enjoying the paper madness yet? I can’t tell you how much I love walking the show. There is so much creativity and such a great energy on the show floor. It’s hands down one of my favorite weeks of the year. Of course, no trip around the show would be complete without a visit with my good friends Rachael and Jake of Pistachio Press. This year their collection boasted gorgeous new letterpress invitations and a to-die-for cross stitch inspired letterpress calendar.

This year’s show also gave me the chance to finally meet another couple of friends in person for the first time, Patricia and Rachel Mumau of Primele debuting their new line Fawnsberg. Two lovely sisters (and their awesome dad), these ladies are an endless well of talent. Their booth was beautifully designed and built by their own hands (including the incredible carved wooden sign). I could have moved right in!

By the time I got to 1Canoe2, I was literally running around just minutes before the show closed. I fell in love with their new letterpress calendar (yes, it’s in a holder cut from a chunk of wood) and can’t wait to get my hands on one come 2012!

Another huge favorite of mine at the show this year was Wildhorse Press. Think rich, saturated jewel tones, fun hand drawn type, child-like whimsy and a cool vintage vibe. Tooth fairy kits? Genius!

I always say that the show feels like one big reunion to me because I get to see so many friends that I chat with via email and on twitter all year long. As with so many people at the show, this was true with my buddy Amber of Flywheel Press. In addition to really gorgeous letterpress invitations and a whole host of awesome cards, I just fell in love with Amber’s fun letterpress paper dolls and lunch box notes. Aren’t these just the sweetest?

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

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National Stationery Show 2011 (Part II)

Enough of the small talk – let’s get this party started, shall we? One of my first stops and biggest loves at the show this year was Fig. 2 Design Studio. Claudia’s work is playful and celebratory, with bright neon colors, fabulous calligraphy from Meant To Be Calligraphy and a joyful spirit.

Sugarcube Press is a long time favorite of mine. Their designs are a bit quirky, a lot tongue in cheek and the perfect balance of great color and awesome type. Decked out in letterpress bunting and a spray of paper flowers, I also loved their booth design this year.

Next up, I loved getting to finally meet Rebekah of Wild Ink Press in person at the show this year. Such a lovely lovely lady! Inspired by beautiful textiles and world travels, her debut show collection was pitch perfect.

Love that little tractor card! Remind you of this birthday party a little bit? I also love the goodies Rebekah was giving away – too cute!

Another booth, another friend! This time I was off to see Carrie of Anemone Letterpress. Neon was definitely a recurring theme this year and Carrie was rockin’ it in style. I love her cute, light-hearted illustrations and witty greeting cards. A little wit goes a long way in my world.

Perfect for hostess gifts and parties, I was digging the letterpress wine bottle tags and gift tags that Jodi from Paisley Tree Press was showing this year. Seriously. Show up at a party with a bottle of something nice and one of these fun little tags and you’ll be the star of the show.

Stay tuned – there is much more to come!

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

The National Stationery Show is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. This is not a sponsored post. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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National Stationery Show 2011 (Part I)

At long last I’ve recovered from my trek to this year’s National Stationery Show, the photos have been edited and I can’t wait to share with you a few highlights from the show. First up, it has to be noted that I spend about 98% of the show holding down the fort in the Smock booth, so it’s only right to start there. Conceptualizing, designing and pulling together the details for this year’s booth consumed most of my brain power for the better part of the spring. The booth aesthetic was all about clean, edited design and neutral, natural materials that allow the colors and pattern of the product to pop. I love how it all came together!

For a behind the scenes look at how the booth came together, visit the Smock blog. I’ll be sharing a lot more details about Smock’s beautiful new letterpress wedding invitation collection and expanded stationery line soon. In the meantime, stay tuned for more show coverage all day long.

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

The National Stationery Show is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. I am an employee of Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock. This is not a sponsored post. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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Welcome Summer with a Water Party!

I love the girls over at One Charming Party. They come up with the best ideas for fabulous kids parties and they’re super awesome ladies in real life, too. Love that! Brittany and Sara recently shared this festive water party they designed to inspire colorful summer celebrations. Here in the Northeast, Memorial Day weekend officially ushers in summer so the timing is perfect for a little fun in the sun. You can catch all of the details from this amazing party at One Charming Party and get the party plan in their shop. (And, trust me, you’ll love it!) This party is perfect for birthdays, celebrating the end of the school year or just marking summer in style. Happy swimming!

{Concept, design, styling + photography by One Charming Party.}

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