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be the gift.

I’m so excited to announce the launch of a project/new shop I’ve been working on for a few months now in cahoots with the lovely ladies at Typecase Industries – letterpressed IOUs!

I started IOU to have a pretty way to gift favors for loved ones (and buy cards no one will want to toss). They’re a tactile way to graciously give bits of our time.

The inaugural line, IOUs for New Moms, was born out of my gratefulness to friends and family who, in those first few weeks of new parent delirium, gave me the most caring and considerate gifts I didn’t even know I needed. The onesies and bottles were of course much needed too, but calls saying “We’re coming over to wash your dishes” or “We’re coming over to hold the baby so you can sleep” left me speechless. “How can I help” inquiries were equally selfless, but in my sleep-deprived and overwhelmed state, I never knew how to respond. Where would I even begin? There were a million things to do.

Cue IOUs for New Moms. For all the generous friends and family out there who may or may not need hints for what a new mom needs most – hand-lettered, letterpressed cards she knows she can cash in when everything piles up at once.

I’d love it if you guys checked out the shop and took a look around. These would be perfect for that next baby shower you have on your calendar!

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simple beauty shoot | published in weddings unveiled

My little paper creations somehow managed to get published in print! In Weddings Unveiled, alongside DC’s most amazing wedding industry talent. Eeeeeee! So thrilled and honored.

Go check out the fabulous spread (pages 98-101) in the winter issue and give a round of applause to these ladies who made all this dreamy beautifulness happen:

Photography: Anne Robert

Design: Anne Robert, Holly Chapple, Something Vintage Rentals

Florals and Props: Holly Chapple

Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty

Hair: Julie Jackson

Vintage Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals

Bridal Gowns: Hannelores of Olde Town

Cake: Sticky Fingers Bakery

Tablecloth: Vanessa Grant Events

Venue: The Gardens at Chapple Flowers

Bridal Veils and Caps: Bespoke by Anne Robert

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the union square collection

I’m branching out into new lettering styles! This is the first of a few more to come, and in keeping with the naming convention [of favorite streets and neighborhoods from past travels], I’ve dubbed this one Union Square. It’s where I stayed in San Francisco with my childhood girlfriends back in 2007 [#hasitbeenthatlong]. Yes, I sometimes think in hashtags. And that’s my cue to get off the computer.

please email for pricing inquiries

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project grandma + grandpa

There are some people out there without Facebook. And worse yet, without computers. Which means they can’t read this blog, which is kind of a small tragedy. And they don’t spend time on Pinterest, which is a bit of a bigger tragedy. I suppose they do more meaningful things that don’t require a bright, addictive, eye-damaging screen.

Our grandparents are these people, and I’m taking a semi-break from all these sites to bring Facebook to them. So even without a computer, they can feel like a part of our everyday lives. No Instagram needed. Status updates and photos will be handwritten, printed, and sent through the mail weekly, the old-fashioned way. Because after all, that’s usually the best way anyway.

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style + terms sheet

New style + terms sheet! [Thanks, Keri! :]

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pops of ink

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mexican lettering inspiration

I’m working on invitations this weekend for a Cinco de Mayo party and found inspiration in these photos of Mexican lettering. So vibrant and fun!

1 + 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

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birds of a feather photoshoot | featured on style me pretty florida

One of my goals this year was to have an invitation suite or calligraphy project published on a wedding or paper blog. Just 3 days into the new year I found out that this amazing inspiration shoot you’re about to see was scheduled to appear on Style Me Pretty Florida this morning. Needless to say, lots of happy dancing ensued and even the little guy did some flips in my belly.

So grateful that I was a part of such a talented and creative team of people. The gorgeous images are all by my good friend Diana Lupu and all of the incredible details were styled by the fabulous Kasey Davenport of Kasey D Weddings. And aren’t the models ridiculously good looking? A list of the other talented vendors that made this shoot possible is available here.

When Kasey told me her vision for the shoot, I was immediately on board and got to work on this feather and antler suite. The originals are designed with charcoal and pastels to exude the warmth and texture of crackling logs in a fireplace. The lettering on the envelope was painted with a custom-mixed turquoise gouache. It was sooo difficult choosing only a few photos to post, but you can see the full gallery here.

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magnolias + the old south | bridal luncheon invitations

I’m pretty excited to show you guys a project I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. My friend Jessica is throwing a bridal luncheon for her cousin Marie and when she asked me to design the invitations, I was beyond thrilled. The theme is magnolias/Old South with a modern twist and a color palette of green, brown, and cream. I know. Fabulous, right?

After the letterpress plates arrived in the mail last week, we had a printing/pizza party with our friend Blake, printer extraordinaire. Then this week, I whipped up some fancy addressing on the envelopes and fixed on these beautiful vintage stamps.

Marie, I would say I hope your luncheon, wedding, and all the other festivities are fabulous. But I have no doubt they will be. You Southern folk always know how to have a good time! ;] Congratulations!

photos by Christine Lucaciu for Ink Lemonade

[update] Super honored to be featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. :]

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scenes from a valentine’s day soiree

A few scenes and tidbits from a little shindig we hosted yesterday [love Monday night parties], celebrating all things love…


Gruyere Cheese Fondue
served with Russian Black Bread, Ciabatta, and Roasted Cauliflower
[recipe coming soon]

Pomegranate Cosmos

Red Velvet Cake
Austrian Raspberry Shortbread
Coconut Cupcakes


1234 | Feist
You and I | Ingrid Michaelson
When You Love Somebody | Fruit Bats
Us | Regina Spektor
The Sweetest Thing | U2
Silver Lining | Rilo Kiley
Strawberry Swing | Coldplay
Just Like Heaven | The Cure
Modern Nature | Sondre Lerche
dandelion | Antje Duvekot
Eyes | Rogue Wave
World Spins Madly On | The Weepies

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