Jenny Packham

The countdown to my forthcoming nuptuals on October 6th is officially on its way!  I am so excited to marry the man of my dreams, however the planning process has been extremely draining.  As we hit the homestrech, I would like to take a moment to *gush* about my dress.  No… I’m not going to show you guys what it looks like, but it was designed by British sweetheart, Jenny Packham.  While hunting for my dress, I knew that I wasen’t a traditional bride and was worried that I woulden’t find something to suit my taste. A friend recommended Jenny Packham to me and upon seeing her collections, I knew it was what I was looking for.  Vintage inspired with gorgeous materials and beading, her dresses scream classic divinity.  Here is a glimpse some of my favorite looks:

To view her bridal lookbooks, visit her website here

images via Jenny Packham

 

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Nomad Gift Cards

If your a guy, and you live in Toronto, then you are probably very familiar with NOMAD, the guys-go-to shop with a carefully curated range of mens clothing and accessories.  I’ve had the privilage of working on a couple of unique projects for them, including these gift cards.

The card was printed on a luxurious 600gms Crane’s Lettra cardstock, with a custom deep midnight navy ink.

You can now purchase online through their web shop, or in store.

{image via NOMAD}

Summertime Bike Rides

It’s hard to believe that we are half way through summer.  As with every other year, it feels like it is flying by!  I am lucky to live in a city with a strong biking community. I decided this year to bite the bullet and purchase a new bike for myself, and it was well worth it!  I am now able to bike to and from work, and as I live near the lakeshore, I am able to enjoy some great bike paths.  A friend of mine came up with the great idea to form a bike crew, we meet up each Tuesday, and hit the streets of the city.  It’s been great as we have grown in size, and have been able to explore parts of the city that are rarely visited.

I’ve also been scoping out what etsy has to offer for bikers, and I currently have my eye on this neat basket from Bates Crates

I hope that all of you are enjoying your summer as well, whether its just hanging out in the city with friends, or being lucky enough to be spending some time in a cottage.

National Stationary Show

One of my goals for 2012 was to make it to the National Stationary Show. This proved to be a bit tricky as I have been deep into the planning of my upcoming wedding, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull it off. With a bit of perseverance and a great friend to come along, I booked my trip, and I was definitely not disappointed.

For the past couple of years, I like so many others, have followed the highlights of the NSS online, with so many great bloggers out there, it’s easy to get an understanding of the calibre of work exhibited at the show. I had never been to the Javits centre, and the enormity of the show was a bit daunting at first.

It took us about six hours to make our way through the exhibitors, we didn’t want to miss a thing! and even though not everything applied to what I am trying to establish with my own business, it was amazing to see what others are creating. Needless to say, we both left extremely inspired, and bursting with ideas. I have been jotting ideas down in my nifty little notebook, and am eager to start putting things together.

It was also really nice to chat and meet face to face so many of the designers that I follow online. Everyone was extremely friendly, and offered some great tips.

I would love to one day be able to exhibit at the show, but am very realistic about the amount of work and preparation it takes to get there. Perhaps another visit next year is in order!

I’m Still Here!

Well…. it has been months since I have posted onto the blog! The past little while has been quite hectic for me, in a good way though. I have been busy planning my upcoming wedding! Settling on a date was much more difficult than expected, however we finally booked everything for October 6 of this year. It will be quite a busy time for me, but I’m looking forward to it.

I have also been keeping busy with some fun letterpress projects, which I cannot wait to share with you! It has been great to have my small printing business start to grow, and I have become more and more familiar with my press’s quirks – we are really starting to like each other 🙂

I did get a chance to fly away for some beach time with my lovely fiancee. I didn’t realize how much I needed it until I was laying in the sun, it gave me some time to recharge, and get re-inspired.

As well, I am very excited to report back on my trip to New York for the National Stationary Show!!!! I wasn’t sure if I would be able to swing this trip, but I made it happen, and am so glad that I did.

Thanks for all of the continued visits to the blog, and I’m looking forward to sharing more fun letterpress love with you!