Tuesday, January 31, 2012

last day of January...

How appropriate that on the last day of this first month of 2012, it's snowing!! Just love those fluttery flakes up in the sky today :) Something about breathing that fresh, crisp air in on an early morning that just does it for me!

I'm packing up a little box of valentine surprises for my love bug this morning and wanted to share a bit of our greeting card love with you! I had the hardest time deciding, so I think I'm going to write him a card for every day between now and valentines! Extreme? Well, maybe... but I do work at a stationery shop, so probably not the CRAZIEST thing I will ever decide to do!

Eggpress is always one of my favorite lines this time of year. They're always so playful and quirky!

And I mean, when do I not rave about LOVING Rifle Paper Co.'s designs. They're SO FLIPPING GOOD!

I always really love the paper stock and ink colors from Yellow Owl Workshop too. Their cards are always simple and to the point, but printed in these really rich, vibrant colors. What's not to L.O.V.E.

And this is an old-timey favorite from Fine Day Press that we sold out of so quickly last year! Love that purple and red combo!!

Get yours now and get them in the mail :) Always better to be too early than extra late!
xo Lizzy

P.S. Walk and drive carefully out there too folks, it's a bit slippery!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

a little treat...

Good Morning Gals and Pals!

Liz here - blogging from the front desk of Gus and Ruby Letterpress today. Gazing out the windows of the shop today, things are looking pretty beautiful outside. The bright sunshine and tufted snow piled up along the edges of our sidewalks really gives the downtown square a little extra something, and the crisp air that is so refreshing this time of year in New England always breathes gets my cheeks rosy and makes me smile. I hope that many of you are feeling the same way, excited at the prospect of a weekend spent outdoors with kiddos and loved ones enjoying just what our state is about in January - WINTER!

For those of you who may be planning on staying inside this weekend, snuggled up by the fire (which also is sounding quite lovely to me right about now), I've got a little bit of product love for you today.

One of my favorite additions to shop last year was these super fun individual mugs that demonstrate the super-fine and ultra-vibrant designs of the papercutting artist, Rob Ryan.
But for valentines this year, we thought it might be nice to try this mug pair, which has me reeling. I want a set so bad - that rich peacock and tomato red combo - just fantastic!

Perfect mugs for a hot cup of cocoa for you and your sweetie pie, don't you think?!

Hopefully some of you will have a chance to grab a set to enjoy at home, but for those of you who might prefer to marvel at the incredible craftsman behind the designs (because you already have a collection of mugs that seems excessive :) check this link here:

I honestly could watch on repeat for HOURS! He's incredible and such an inspiration -

Happy weekend and lots of wintry love from all of us here at the shop!
ox Lizzy

photos courtesy of Wild & Wolf

Monday, January 16, 2012

Liz & Zach: A Paper Flower Wedding!

Hello friends! We're sorry it's been so long since we posted some pictures of our custom work. We took a break with the holidays, but promise to keep you updated biweekly with posts about our favorite 2011 projects as we settle in to 2012.

One of the most creative weddings we were a part of this past summer has to be Liz & Zach's paper flower-themed extravaganza! Not surprising that the genius behind this affair was none other than our dear friend/employee, Liz of Paper Posy Designs!!! She worked with Kate Parker Designs, who handled the real flowers, planning and coordination. 

When Liz & Zach first came to us they fell in love with my wedding invitations (big smile), but they decided they wanted a full pattern of dahlias to cover the invitation with the type printed over them. Their color palette was a beautiful combo of of ice blue, coral and charcoal gray! While the invitations were gorgeous I think my favorite piece was the Mad Libs - inspired guest book! Take a peek at the paper pieces below followed by my FAVORITE Paper Posy installation to date! 

The invitation suite including their 2-sided, duplexed program:

Kind of in love with the chartreuse green, cross-hatch fabric we shot this on: 

Love the pop of the coral striped liner!

We printed the invitation on 220# duplex and edge painted them in the coral ink - LOVE!

Can you believe how beautiful this arbor is that Liz made? All of the paper flowers were assembled by hand as well as the wire lettering that says "let love grow"

The Mad Libs I was referring to:

Ridiculously awesome lobster-themed cakes by Wild Orchid Bakery:

The happy couple!

See more of Liz & Zach's beautiful wedding here!

{Invitation photos by Brea McDonald, others by Hitched Studios}

Thursday, January 12, 2012

to go with your twine...

January is always a slower month for us retail-wise, so it's a wonderful surprise on a week like this to receive another bright and beautiful shipment from a company we haven't had in the shop in a while! Pikku wrap sheets are just beautiful - simple and bright and perfect for wrapping up goodies for men and women - the bold designs are great for the little detail of Divine Twine, too! I have it in me (I think) to copy the baubles pattern onto the interior of my linen closet (it's exposed to the bathroom) and hand-paint it in white and offwhite... I'll keep you posted on that project :)


For now, you'll just have to enjoy the wrap sheets and maybe grab one or two to use as drawer liners or framed artwork for your walls at home! We hope you enjoy the punch and pizzaz that Pikku delivers as much as we do - and here's to a superrrb weekend for all of you!


lots of love,

how divine...

It's a crumby rainy morning here in Portsmouth, but I just opened up a shipment of Divine Twine and had to had to had to share! How sweet is their new cotton candy pink and cherry red double weave twine? I love love love it and will be using it for our Valentines window display next week :)

We have handfuls of customers who come in and love these rolls of cotton twine, but many aren't quite sure what they would use it for. 500 yards is a lot of twine, let me tell ya! And sometimes you have to think a little further outside of the box when divine twine is concerned :)

If I had an extra hour in my day every day, I'd be workin' out these projects with our lovely spread of cotton twine for sure.

Line 'em up for giftwrapping and card-making projects. That bright and lovely rainbow against kraft paper or newsprint... so so fun and sure to bring a smile to anyone's face upon receipt!

For balloon strings?! Come on!!!!

Bind up a bundle of cards and your favorite little memories for your kiddos to have as they get older. Or collect all of your love notes to that special someone and make up a booklet for them with photos for Valentines or your anniversary!

Grab a few sweet pastel colors for the kiddos to make friendship bracelets with (awesome indoor activity or favor for them to give to their friends after a birthday party!)

For loaves of homemade bread or bundles of cookies - give these away to your neighbors or as favors at a bridal shower or wedding! Perfectly sweet with a little parchment wrap underneath!

Don't you just want a roll in every color? Green Apple! Oyster! Lemon and Aqua!

We'll have the pink and red combo for the valentines holiday, but otherwise you can grab up any of the awesome Divine Twine colors year round at the shop! Hope this leaves you feeling a little more inspired than before ;)

Happy Thursday pals, and let's talk soon!
Lots of love,