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Olivia’s Letterpress Party Invitations

Last month, we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday!  I absolutely cannot believe how quickly the year passed and how grown up my little baby has become!  I’m excited to share some pictures from her party soon but wanted to start out by sharing her party invitations.

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(please forgive the shadows on all of these pics, I took these outside under a tree on a sunny day, lol… I’ve never claimed to be a good photographer!)

If you’ve been following along with my blog over the years, you know that I have a passion for letterpress printing and graphic design.  Invitations (of any kind) are one of my favorite things to do, so I was extra excited to create something special for Olivia. And…. I figure that I only have a few years when I can have compete control over her party planning  :)

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After some serious Pinterest paroozing, I settled on the super girly color theme of pink and gold.  Somewhere along the way, I ran into the tagline “She leaves sparkles wherever she goes…” and I thought it was perfect for the invitations, so sweet for a little girl (who is young enough not to get a huge ego from this tagline!) She is our little princess and has definitely brightened up our life!

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I decided to go with the same layout that I used for these baby shower invitations… because seriously, who doesn’t love to open a tiny little envelope!  I included a gold envelope liner to tie in with the gold printed “sparkles”.

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The outer envelope was a blush pink, same at the mini.  And I designed custom address labels printed on sticker paper and finished things off with some gold chevron washi tape (ok, so I have a new obsession with washi tape… as first I didnt really get the whole craze and thought it was kind of silly, and maybe it is, but now I love it and cant get enough!)

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All of the specific party information was hidden inside the mini envelope and I made the pink and gold rosettes to use as party decorations.

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This was such a fun project for me and something that I hope Olivia will be able to enjoy down the road! I know it may seem slightly over the top for a one year old, but I truly loved every minute I poured into this suite.

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Olivia at her party

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(photo credit: Natalija Winston)

Please contact me at mondaymorningpress,mmp@gmail.com or on my facebook page if you are interested in purchasing these invitations or something similar for an upcoming event!  Remember, the invite makes the first impression!


Print Room Addition: Part I

I’ve been excited to share this project with all of you for some time.

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We (and by “we”, I mean Nick) started the process of converting our side porch into an office/print room in November 2013. While most of the construction wrapped up in early March  in time for Olivia’s arrival,  we just recently put the finishing touches on setting up shop and I could not be more excited!

 

 

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A little background…we picked up the press in December 2012 from Woodbridge, Va… an AWESOME Craigslist find!

And it has been sitting in our dining room up until just about 2 months ago.

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While it’s a beautiful object and a great dinner conversation piece, Nick and I weren’t crazy about having this 800-1000lb press on our hardwood floors.  I had done several projects in the dining room but was ready to have a more permanent home for the shop but there were no better options in our house.

One day while daydreaming, a lightbulb went off and I had the idea of enclosing the porch on the side of our house.  We live on a busy road, and rarely used the porch for much more than storage(hillbilly style). Plus the porch was on a poured concrete slab so there would be no problem holding the weight of the press.

Cha-ching!

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Here is a rendering I did of my preliminary vision for the room.

I carefully made the suggestion to Nick…I’m pretty sure he rolls his eyes and gets really nervous every time I tell him I have an idea and rightfully so. It usually means lots of work for him, and a lot of bossing around from me.  Poor guy, he’s such a good sport.

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So on a rainy day in November, he and our friend, Josh got started on framing the new room!

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He had never taken on a project of this size but he jumped in with both feet and did a fantastic job!  He did everything from drawing the plans (with my input of course), to building permits/inspections, to electrical work, to spray foam insulation…

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Here he is all suited up and ready to crawl under the porch to insulate the slab from below… what a stud(no pun intended).

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We were fortunate to have lots of good help from friends and both of our Dads.

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After lots of busy weekends away for the holidays, the exterior construction wrapped up in mid January!

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We kept the original columns from the porch and got a great deal on 4 Pella windows.

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Nick tackled all the interior projects as well.  Drywall, trim, painting etc.  I helped out with some of the finishing work like caulking and painting trim as much as I could at 8 months pregnant (which you can imagine was not very much).

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After Olivia was born, setting up the room and moving the press to its new home got postponed a few months.  Nick and I ended up moving the press from the dining room to the addition one saturday morning in June and this past weekend I FINALLY got to do my first print in the new room!

Can’t wait to show you the final results :)

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Here is a sneak peak to hold you over…

 


Mustard Makeover

I’ve been dying to share this latest piece with you!

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When I saw this dresser on Craigslist, I knew it could be something great.  I loved the modern/clean lines mixed with the detailing on the middle drawer and was anxious to dress this lovely lady up!  It is a very solid, heavy piece and for some reason it just screamed “PAINT ME YELLOW!”

I never talk back to furniture, so that is just what I did. (The same Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Arles I used for this little cutie)!

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I finished painting the dresser a few weeks ago but just recently found the perfect hardware to finish the job (thank you Hobby Lobby!)

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I was skeptical at first but as soon as I got them all in place, I was totally in love!

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I think the black and white contrast is just perfect against the yellow… what do you think?

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All the drawers are the same size, so I played around with the placement of the detailed drawer…

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…and I think this is my favorite configuration!

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Hope this project reminds you of spring… bring on the warm weather- I’m ready!

This piece is for sale!  Please check out my Facebook page for more details!

Linking to these parties!

Domestically Speaking (check out my feature from last week!)

Savvy Southern Style

The Trendy Treehouse

Southern Lovely

and of course… Miss Mustard Seed

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Family, friends, and fellow bloggers… I just wanted to say a quick thank you for your love/support/and encouragement over the last

3 months.  I never imagined how fun and exciting this blogging adventure would be.  Thanks to you, I am one step closer to opening the Print Shop!

I will be ordering some of the final pieces for my Old Style 8×12  Chandler and Price printing press this week (ink rollers!)

I am so excited to be able to share with you more about my passion for letterpress very, very soon!

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(vision of the Print Shop… in design)