Not much time to say what is necessary about my wedding stationery suite, as I have to prepare full card decks for 6 new sales reps around the US, but here are some pretty pictures! I'll post a thorough chat about them later. Hope you enjoy!
"It's our first charity crafting event of the year! This April, we'll be Craft(ernoon)ing for a Cause. Each participant will make a hand-sewn softie that will be donated to a foster child via Sew Mama Sew and the National Foster Parent Association.
The ever-so-talented Niki Baker of Foreignspell will lead you through the process of stitching up your labor of love. We'll be using beginner-level patterns purchased from Little Hibou Shop, but please arrive as on time as possible to give yourself plenty of time to complete the project.
Your $10 entry fee grants you full access to our Sunday Crafternoon workshop, including guided instruction, supplies, snacks and sips on SUNDAY, 4/12 12 PM.
Niki Baker is a printmaker, SF native, music zealot, animal lover, Francophile, proud former Seattleite, expert whistler, food & libation enthusiast and competent juggler. She loves hand-carving elaborate stamps and printing them on a myriad of surfaces!
Tools / supplies: felt, embroidery thread, embroidery needles, scissors, stuffing
Soft Toy Drive info via:
RSVP HERE! Please join us and do something nice for the children!
Hey! Last week I made a video with a little sneak peek of the carving process behind block printing. My cat, Gracie, makes a cameo and I used the song This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan - so it's definitely worth watching.
More importantly, the design being carved features song lyrics from one of my favorite musicians in the entire universe : The Mountain Goats. John Darnielle is an incredibly prolific and amazing storyteller. The design in the video is inspired by 02-75, which John Darnielle introduces so sweetly saying, "It is a love song I wrote for my wife before she was my wife." I chose the lyrics, "You are my best friend and I have always known you." It works perfectly for a romantic relationship, as he intended, but also for a BFF kinda thang.
Please, please listen to his entire catalog. If you aren't able to invest in the 500 + songs right now, here are some of my favorites >>
I have to stop now or I could go on forever and ever. Another favorite off The Sunset Tree is This Year. You can see the image at the top of this post. This design is always a show stopper at craft fairs. People love it and it cracks 'em up, even when they don't recognize that it's a song. It's one of the first designs I ever made!
There's just not enough time in the day to express my love for The Mountain Goats, so go take a listen and tell me what you think!!
Good morning! That's a wrap for this week!
See you Monday. Enjoy breakfast.
Yo! I am so excited and want to share with you some great news that you may have noticed swirling around on my Insta : Foreignspell's got itself a sales rep in Oregon. Her name is Nina, she's been in the biz for a long time and is just super awesome. What does this mean for us Oregonians, you ask? You will start seeing Foreignspell stuffs pop up in some of your favorite shops! Check out some new designs I've made just for the occasion. Any song or Oregony requests, just send me a comment and I will make it happen!
Check back later to see them in all their colorful glory!
I feel the link of nature draw me
Flesh of flesh,
Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.
- John Milton -
All of my friends are getting married! We're at that age, we found our person and we love parties - so naturally what're ya gonna do? I feel super lucky to be called upon during this special time. I'm honored that my friends trust me with their love party stationery and design details.
My number one, hands down, extra favorite is the stationery my BFF, owner of caballito sweets & violette + amarilla co-owner and I created for her wedding. Brynne is a brand all in herself. She has such a specific aesthetic and amazingly unique personality. It's incredibly fun to make stuff for her.
She wanted something creative, yellow, coral and teal adorned with seahorses, a Dr. Seuss quote and a redwood tree for her boo. So we ventured out and got ourselves a membership to TechShop SF. VISIT THIS PLACE! It is freakin' awesome. To use the laser cutter you have to take a class. It had been a while since I'd been in any sort of classroom setting, but the teacher was great and the instruction guide makes things simple. PLUS, the TechShopies are crazy helpful and talented. It was inspirational to see the creations getting churned out!
After many, many hours at the Epilog Helix 60-Watt Laser Cutters we basked in the glory of our beautifully finished product. Such a feeling of accomplishment! It's a great reminder to enjoy yourself when working out of your comfort zone. Try new things! Here's the Oliver-Ziontz wedding stationery set + stay tuned for some other details we DIY'ed for her big day >>
Invites made possible by >>
Design : Foreignspell + caballito sweets | Paper, seahorse stamp & envelopes : Paper Source | Washi tape & seahorse confetti : Etsy | Laser cutting : TechShop SF | Photography : Piece of Heart Photography | Font : Frontage
Currently hearing : The Fleet Foxes covering The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be, I'm into covers right now apparently.
Happy Monday! Because lots of my work is super inspired by music, I thought it would be fun to share my current auditory obsessions. This week I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson is on repeat. It's the perfect album for the maiden voyage of this Music Monday thang because Wes Anderson is quite an inspiration to me as well. His vision is unparalleled and the songs chosen to complement his imagery further the infallibility of his films.
Usually you don't want to mess with perfection, but the artists featured on this album have done an awesome job! They make each track their own while paying homage to both Wes Anderson and the original musician. Here are some of my favorite tracks >>
Here's some work I've been told has a Wes Anderson-y feel. When someone said that to me I nearly died. Couldn't imagine a bigger compliment!!