Thursday, January 27, 2011

Arty cookies

How cute are these artist palette cookies from Sweetapolita?  There are even instructions are on how to make them on Rosie's blog here.


 Spotted on via my new blog-crush Somewhere Spendid.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Secret squirrel & sneak peak...

Ok. So I've been keeping things secret too long, so here goes....

I'm soon to be launching an online personalised stationery store,
Peppermint Press. My main focus will be wedding invites which I will offer as "Print it yourself" digital files, all individually typeset with guests names, or a "We print it" service for digital and letterpress printing (no individual guest names for the letterpress of course).

There will also be lots of other fun things in the store if you're not a bride to be: personalised notecards, calling cards, stickers and stamps and well as gift cards and illustrated prints. There's still so much to do in the next month, phew! It's been exhausting getting everything ready while working in a full time, super-busy day job... but there's a little light apprearing at the end of the tunnel
(still, the light is very small).

Here's a sneak peak at how things are going at Peppermint Press...

Two weeks ago I did a little photoshoot of some of my first invitations with Angie
from Angelica Peady Photography. We "borrowed" a friend's field and here's how it turned out:

Some contemporary brights:




Some softer, vintage-sinspired styles:

This one, above, was printed on a nude-coloured shimmer paper. So beautiful in real-life, hard to capture the shimmer nicely on camera. The idea with the invites is that you can dress them up yourself if you want to. I added tiny crystals in the lacey pattern above, can you see?


It was REALLY hot, about 39 degrees (celsuis) on the day, we were literally dripping all over with sweat (ew, gross). It was so uncomfortable. Phew...

Katrina from Petals & Leaves sourced the most beautiful antique coloured roses for me:


I bought my little school desk from a charity store for $10, it was in terrible condition but it scrubbed-up a treat:
Hey Angie, you could have given me some warning so I wouldn't look goofy in my 'behind the scenes' snap... ;-)

I'm pretty happy with how the shoot turned out. I had originally planned to take my own photos. I spent nearly two whole days taking pictures at home... but nearly cried (well, actually, I did cry) when I loaded the images onto my computer. I don't think I'm ever destined to be a professional photographer. They were so dull and flat. I did take the shots inside though. Next time I try to take my own photos, it will be outside for sure!

Here's my logo:
I designed it so the "Stamp" can be seperated from the words 'Peppermint Press' and moved to different positions on my business stationery, etc. I'm having it made into a rubber stamp (on order, should arrive in a week!)

Laura at Trial by Cupcakes did the beautiful calligraphy work for me...



I'll let you know when it's all up and running...! Hooray!
That was quite a sneak-peak, wasn't it?  Ha! So you may think...!
 I didn't even touch the surface. I have about 30 wedding designs tucked away ready for launch day... plus the other personalised stationery items. 
But... ugh... still so much work to do...

So, what do you think??
xx

Neutrals & Neon

While I'm on the subject of celebrations... I was stopped in my tracks when I saw these party decorations. How interesting to combine neon pink and neutral kraft-paper brown. Who would have thought? I love when people think up surprising and interesting things like is this colour combo:





I stumbled across this inspiration on Somewhere Splendid via You are my Fave.

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to my Aussie friends! What did you do today? Anything fun? It's was so nice to have a day-off mid week, right?! It was really hot out my way, nearly 40 degrees (that's celsius, for US readers). I have to admit I stayed inside in the air-conditioning for most of the day. Though we did venture out briefly this evening to cook a BBQ with family. It was very simple and relaxed.

One year I'd love to host a bit of a themed Australia Day party with friends. I've been inspired by these photos from What Katie Ate, published in Real Living magazine. I particularly love the hanging ribbons & little tags featuring snippets of Aussie vernacular...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In my dreams...

... I would be away in a peaceful place camping. This looks just perfect...

The Sydney Picnic Co.

In my dreams... I would make more time for stylish picnics. 

Have you seen the charming baskets from The Sydney Picnic Co.? Such a brilliant idea from husband and wife team Simon and Natalie. We have such a beautiful harbour here in Sydney, with lots of parks and bushland around- it's amazing nobody thought of this earlier. Simon and Natalie will prepare a hamper for you and your love one/s filled with delicious treats in a very sweetly-packed basket created my Natalie.
 

Thank you Rachel for the link! xx

Bespoke letterpress

In my dreams... I would be able to make stationery items as stunning and stylish as those from Bespoke Press. This beautiful announcement stationery was letterpressed for an employee & her baby Violet. The violet envelope liners in kraft brown envelopes left me completely smitten...

Whimsy Whimsical

In my dreams... I would be able to draw amazingly cute illustrations like these ones from Whimsy Whimsical...





Monique Lhuillier

In my dreams...  I would have an occasion to wear a stunning gown like one of Monique Lhuillier's...

Nest Rest

In my dreams... I would have a rural property with a big old tree and a hanging nest rest to while away the hours in...
 


Inspiration via Handmade Charlotte

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dreamy

I think we need something dreamy & uplifting for today...

Stunning photography by Sheye Rosemeyer via Secrets of a Butterfly

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