Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday...

Hey All!

Long time no talk... a few things to share from the shop shelves this afternoon. Hope you enjoy!!

Pantone mugs are back in the shop - yes, we know, they are SOOO lovely :) Whitney was mentioning what a great little gift these would be with a bundle of candy inside for Valentines day... just the perfect special something for your special someone!

And our line up of the soft and sweet Divine Twine... plus two new colors: PURPLE PLUM and my new fave, AIR MAIL red and blue stripe!

The most loveliest of 100% hand poured soy candles are back too! Grab one for your bedroom, your bathroom, your mom's kitchen or your besties desktop at work. Pin Peony. Luxe Linen. Mandarin Tea. We are always so excited to get the full run of these candles back in the store - they are definitely a G&R favorite so if you haven't tried them yet, we recommend you do so....

And for those of you who made a new years resolution to keep in better touch with your buddies and pals, we just received bundles of blank notecards from Rifle Paper Company that are just too perfect to pass up!

photos courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

And in case you need a sweet little pick me up, check out this adorable duo. Original song by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zero... this version just makes me smile - broadly - ear to ear :)
Happy Tuesdayyyyyyy XO

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gus & Ruby Letterpress to be featured on NH Chronicle

For those of you who are fans of our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter, you already know that we wrapped up part 1 of a 2-part interview with Tiffany Eddy from WMUR TV's New Hampshire Chronicle series last night. Samantha and I are just giddy with excitement and can't believe how lucky we are that this literally fell right in our laps. Here's how:

WMUR sponsors an amazing organization called AbilityPlus, a group of volunteers that offer ski lessons to people with physical and/or mental disabilities, and each year they (AbilityPlus) host their annual fundraising event on the first Saturday in January at Waterville Valley. The WMUR news staff pulls out their ski gear and heads north for a day filled with skiing and an evening focused on raising money. The founder behind AbilityPlus is A.K.'s (my husband's) aunt, Kathy Chandler, and since 2004 A.K. and I have been attending the event every January (except for last year when Sam and I literally worked 7 days a week). It's so much fun to ski race with the WMUR staff and 2 years ago we were lucky enough to have sports anchor, Jamie Staton on our team. Not surprisingly, Jamie was super competitive and gave A.K. and I a huge pep talk at the top of the hill about giving it our "all" on the slopes. As if we would give anything less. This year we didn't have a WMUR "celebrity" on our team, but I had the pleasure of chatting with (and racing against) most of the staff.

We had a blast skiing, but only lasted until about 1 o'clock when our legs started to feel like jello and I had a hard time believing that I used to ski top-to-bottom runs all day long, all winter long. At 28 years of age am I allowed to complain about getting old?

Anyways, Saturday evening we changed into our fancy clothes and headed to the WV Conference Center for cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction. Sam and I were thrilled to be able to contribute this year by making a donation for personalized, letterpress stationery and I set up a small display showcasing some of our favorite designs. I was nervous nobody would bid on it, but luckily there were a few interested folks who hovered around our item. One of those folks was the lovely Tiffany Eddy, host of NH Chronicle! Apparently she is a huge stationery fan and began asking A.K. (who was thankfully replenishing our stack of business cards) all kinds of questions about our business. Of course A.K. launched into the whole story explaining how I am a third
-generation letterpress printer and that I still use my grandfather's press from the early 1900s, and on and on. From across the room I could see A.K. having a very detailed conversation with somebody (embarrassingly, I didn't recognize Tiffany) and I made my way over to save him from the conversation... not that he needed saving. A.K. loves to chat. I stepped in at the right time because Tiffany had just been telling him how she thought Gus & Ruby Letterpress would make a fabulous story for Chronicle. My jaw dropped. I was speechless. She kept on talking. They had a story fall through that they had been scheduled to film on Tuesday (1/11 - only 3 days away from our conversation) and wondered if we would be available to fill that spot. That was a no brainer, of course! I told her I'd be wherever she needed me to be at whatever time. Anything to be on Chronicle.

So the rest, as they say, is history.

We have one more segment to film at the store (yesterday was focused on the printing and history) and then they will begin editing. We are so very excited (in case you couldn't tell) and will be sure to blog, tweet and facebook as soon as we have the air date!

Thank you so much for all of your support; we are lucky girls. If you want to read more about AbilityPlus and how you can get involved, click here.

{Athlete Jen Rosenthal with her ski partner/guide, Chris Saloman. Pretty rad, right? Photo by Dean Haymes}

Happy snow day!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Snug Harbor Farm Inspiration Shoot: the paper details

This past spring, we had the privilege of working with a seriously talented group of wedding vendors on a chic, lush inspiration photo shoot. (You can check out photos of the whole shoot on The Classic Bride blog and on The Sweetest Occasion blog) Kate, from Beautiful Days, charged us with coming up with an inspired, magical stationery suite for her topiary, Asian-style infused vision.

We pulled out all the stops to come up with a chic, sophisticated suite that reflected the magical, verdant feel of the shoot. We paired flowing script with graphic, geometric patterns and sweet birdcage details on one side with flowing, repeating words of love and adoration on the the other side. We duplexed the two pieces together with a shimmering gold layer between them for a multi-faceted, ornate invitation. Deep, rich black, moss-y green and sparkling gold gave the suite a sophisticated edge. We then pulled it all together with the ever-perfect calligraphy of Ms. Jenna Hein of Love, Jenna Calligraphy. White calligraphy on dark envelopes totally makes us swoon!

Light-as-feather escort cards direct guests to their seats and a gold-backed menu sets the tone for this chic dinner party

We also created fabulous Wish Cards for guests to leave a message for the happy couple. Imagine having 100+ sweet notes from your friends and family to read throughout your new life together? Love!!

Be sure to view the entire shoot on The Classic Bride blog and on The Sweetest Occasion blog and list of AMAZING vendors below:

bridal gown - Madeleine's Daughter -
calligraphy - Love, Jenna -
cake - Wild Orchid Baking Co. -
candles & lanterns - Luna Bazaar -
chocolates - Byrne & Carlson -
floral & design - Beautiful Days -
food - Robyn Friedman
hair - Hair That Moves -
letterpress suite - Gus & Ruby Letterpress -
makeup - Joya Beauty -
photography - White Loft Studio -
rentals - Be Our Guest -
venue - Snug Harbor Farm -
video - Video Design Films -

(all photos by Brea McDonald Photography)