Southwest Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Danae Calligraphy Southwest Wedding Invitations

I always love seeing wedding invitations that have been styled specifically for the geographical area in which they’re taking place, especially if the imagery is powerful enough to make me feel as though I’m there. These beautiful letterpress invites, designed by eDanae for a Santa Fe, New Mexico wedding, do just that. The suite features calligraphy by Danae, who also created the custom, hand painted wedding map. Is this map gorgeous, or what?

Danae Calligraphy Southwest Custom Wedding Map

Return address and RSVP envelopes were stamped with a custom calligraphy stamp, also created by Danae, and envelope liners were made from Paper Source’s Mexican Tiles Wrapping Paper, the perfect compliment to the suite.

Danae Calligraphy Southwest Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Danae Calligraphy Southwest Letterpress Wedding Invitations

images from Danae / I Dream of Letters

New Paper Goodies from Benign Objects

Lots of great new paper goods to be found at Benign Objects, including these greeting cards featuring Rachel Wiles’ collage work. I love the bold, bright colors, and the cards featuring birds have really caught my eye.

Benign Objects Collage Cards

Rachel also recently added some really cool gift tags to her shop. Get your vintage on with a set of 24 gift tags made from vintage postcards, printed on linen-finish paper that gives the tags even more of an old school feel.

Benign Objects Vintage Postcard Tags

And if foliage is more your thing, you can add a touch of nature to your packages with these lovely foliage silhouette gift tags. Use them as place cards at a summer dinner party, too!

Benign Objects Foliage Silhouette Tags

images from Benign Objects

The “Paper Crave” Collection at Felt & Wire

Paper Crave Collection Felt & Wire

A couple of months back, my friends over at Felt & Wire asked me to curate a collection of my favorite paper goodies from their shop. Can you say Kristen in a paper candy store? My collection, entitled “Red, White, and Blue”, just went live in the Felt & Wire shop! As you can tell by the collection’s name, it features items that incorporate red, white, and/or blue. I’m serious about possibly stalking you if you create a beautiful white on white piece. And navy, well if you’ve read this site for any amount of time then you know how I feel about navy.

image source: Felt & Wire Shop

Peacock Inspired Wedding Invitations from Dossie-a

Jessica Goldschmidt, the designer behind Dossie-a (website has subtle music, so heads up), a special event stationery company, is passionate about creating one-of-a-kind invitations that reflect the personal story behind the invites. These two wedding invitation suites not only show that passion, but they also give us a peek at Jessica’s creative process and show how she used a peacock feather as inspiration for designs that are, stylistically, as different as apples and oranges.

Melanie + Jordan’s Enchanted Invitations

The only requests that Jessica received from Melanie, the bride, were to incorporate the wedding’s enchanted forest theme and to use a peacock feather’s jeweled tones in the color palette. Jordan, the groom, wanted the invitations to look like a 1960’s vintage concert poster and pulled inspiration from the Grateful Dead, a favorite band. The couple also wanted to pay homage to their dog, who had just passed away.

The resulting invitations are a wonderful combination of vibrant color and a 60’s vibe, with an enchanted tree illustration that features their dog peeking out from the side. Pretty groovy, huh?

Grateful Dead + Enchanted Forest Wedding Invitations

Grateful Dead + Enchanted Forest Wedding Invitations

Instead of using table numbers, the bride and groom opted to continue the Grateful Dead theme and name the tables after their 15 favorite songs, and in lieu of traditional favors, they asked guests to make a donation to a charitable organization of the couple’s choice. Jessica created a favor sign that sat beside a basket of charity bracelets and gave information about the organization to which the guests were donating, as well as contact info for the organization.

Grateful Dead + Enchanted Forest Wedding Invitations

Grateful Dead + Enchanted Forest Wedding Invitations

Nicole + Joseph’s Flapper Chic Invitations

Nicole, the bride, also wanted to use a peacock feather as inspiration, but this time in a more straightforward way than Melanie and Jordan had in their Grateful Dead groovy invitations. Nicole wanted a vintage look, and Jessica was inspired by theater playbills from the 1800’s and roaring 20’s flapper style to create this wedding invitation suite, which features actual feathers in a way that brings to mind the hairpieces and headbands that flapper women wore. I especially love how Jessica used the feather on the invitation, incorporating it in the area where the printed flourishes come together to look exactly like an ornate headband.

Flapper Peacock Wedding Invitations

Flapper Peacock Wedding Invitations

Flapper Peacock Wedding Invitations

Flapper Peacock Wedding Invitations

images from Dossie-A / Jessica Goldschmidt

Canning Party Printables

Canning Party Printables

I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you these free canning party printables that I’ve been working on for Cottage Industrialist! I’ve been canning for a couple of years now, and I can’t believe that I didn’t start sooner. Homemade strawberry jam all year long? Yes, please!

In addition to the mason jar-themed printables, which include canning party invitations, envelope liners, recipe cards, jar labels and tags, you can find plenty of resources for getting set up to have your own canning party in my guest post over at Cottage Industrialist. Check it out!

images by Kristen Magee