I have a super amazing nanny, Beny, who is literally the French Mary Poppins (as seen here with a couple of fairy charges) and recently whipped up a fun business card for her French immersion camp. The art was pulled from our spiffy new Kids Love Candy valentines card that will be released next year - here's a little sneak peek! One of many exciting new valentines we have up our sleeve. Can't wait to reveal them all!
We were thrilled when Laura of Form & Future reached out to us about being a part of her ongoing series at Makeshift Society where she talks to designers and entrepreneurs. Laura will be interviewing us at Makeshift on Monday, July 15th. We'd love to see you there! For more information and to purchase tickets to this event here.
SKILL EXCHANGE MIXER: SKILLS, COCKTAILS AND MORE FRIDAY MAY 17TH 7-9PM
UPHOLSTERY BASICS: FOCUS ON CHAIRS TAUGHT BY LARA REMPEL | UPHOLSTERER & DESIGNER THURSDAY, MAY 23RD 6:30-8:30PM
CHEESE LOVE: A LESSON IN ITALIAN CHEESE TAUGHT BY SOPHIE MOSGROVE | CHEESE MONGER THURSDAY, MAY 30TH 6:30-8:30PM
COCKTAILS AND BITTERS: HOW TO BUILD A BETTER DRINK TAUGHT BY GENEVIEVE BRAZELTON | CHIEF MUDDLER AND JILL FITZGERALD | BAR OWNER THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH 6:30-8:30PM
We're big fans of the San Francisco Center for the Book so we were excited to hear that they recently moved into a new and bigger space. This Friday, April 26th, from 6 - 9pm they will be celebrating in their new home on 375 Rhode Island Street. Head to their blog to see the great list of events they have planned for the evening which include printing and binding demos. The event is free and open to the public, just be sure to RSVP here . You can also view the event on Facebook.
Photos by creativebug
We had a great time this past Sunday at the Locally Grown Love event here in San Francisco. It was one of the most fun and unique wedding events we've attended and it really felt more like a great party with lots of useful information for brides to be or anyone who likes organizing events and throwing parties. And did we mention it was held at Studio Trilogy, a recording studio that boasts Lady Gaga as one of its clients? An impressive lineup of classes and panel discussions were scheduled throughout the day and we kicked things off with a wine and cheese pairing tutorial led by Domaine Somm.
The owners of Succulence were on hand to teach people how to care for air plants and succulents and we loved the inventive terrariums they brought. We were also surprised to learn that most blooms used in bouquets and boutonnieres can be replanted and enjoyed for years. What a great way for guests to remember your big day!
With high ceilings, amazing acoustics and a beautiful private patio, the venue would be a great place for a a special event (maybe a musical wedding?). We were lucky enough to be there on one of San Francisco's rare sunny days and Lillian soaked up as many rays as possible!
Its always a party with our friends from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. and we simply can't resist their silly props and instant mementos. This is surely one for our collection!
Congratulations on a great event Locally Grown Weddings! We had a blast.
Our friends over at Locally Grown Weddings are throwing a fun event in the bay area this weekend. It's a party all about parties! While the event will be great for recently engaged couples it's certainly not just for brides. Anyone who loves throwing a good party, foodies, wine lovers, and folks interested in local & sustainable products should check it out! Tickets are $20 each but they've offered us a pair of tickets for one of our lucky readers. To enter to win leave a comment on this post and read more about the event below.
Be inspired locally with Bay Area-grown artisans
Join Locally Grown Weddings & Events at their first ever pop up event, Locally Grown Love, a unique wedding & celebration pop-up. The event is a fun alternative to the traditional wedding fair, with a hand-picked selection of local artisans in the marketplace, delicious food & wine pairings in a fun tasting room, informative workshops and demos in their salon, and a lounge where you can sit back and relax. Stop by for an afternoon filled with food, drink, great music, and all the trimmings to make your wedding or celebration a knock-out! If you love to celebrate or are starting out on the wedding planning journey, Locally Grown Love is the perfect place to find unique ideas and inspiration.
Where: Studio Trilogy, 1160 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA (A super cool recording studio that has an event space attached)
When: March 10, 2013 from 1 pm – 6 pm (don’t forget to set your clocks for daylight savings!)
Who should attend: Couples recently engaged, individuals who love to throw parties, foodies, wine lovers, and those interested in local, sustainable products.
How to attend: This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased on line @ http://locallygrownlove-
Price: $20/single $35/double $25/door
Leave a comment on this post to win a pair of tickets to this fabulous event! We'll announce a winner Thursday at 5pm.
When our dear friends at Alison Events asked us to design their most recent wedding planner book All the Essentials we couldn't have said yes any quicker. This talented group of women knows all there is about planning a perfect wedding, and their eye for design is off the charts. Some of our lovely ladies attended the book party and it was a ball, as expected.
The book, filled with prime planner advice, offers check lists, templates, and gift trackers - all to make your wedding day a dream.
We asked Alison herself a few questions about the process and here is what she had to say!
What's the first step for any bride planning a wedding who wants to stay organized?
Getting organized and staying organized is always such a daunting task. We designed this book with that in mind. We modeled it after a binder because that's exactly what we use with our own clients. We make a client blinder that stays with us in the office and we send one to our couples. Month by month we make a "to-do" list with things we are working on and things our couple should be completing in that month. Taking it one step at a time is the only way to go at it and not get completely overwhelmed. It's also super helpful to have one place where you keep everything and can reference that so easy.
What inspired you to create this wedding planner and to share all this helpful info?
We've been lucky enough to be doing what we love for over 12 years now and have learned so much along the way. Trends change, design shifts but the core of planning more or less stays the same. This planner is set up to guide couples through the process and keep them on track. Everyone will need a place to keep those important contracts, hotel information, menus, registry, and seating charts etc. With this wedding planner, you'll be able to hole punch and put them right in the binder with the added bonus of some advice on how to go about these monumental decisions.
In all your wedding planning experience, what's the most important tip you've learned along the way?
Surround yourself with a solid team. This is true in my business as well as couple's hiring on help. Couple's should be reaching out to vendors that have great reputations and speak to their personal style but they should also be someone you click with and trust. You have to follow your instincts and this will make the process all the easier.
What's your best advice for a bride who is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out while planning?
Hire a planner! The amount of money & stress you will save will be worth it in the end if planning just isn't your thing! Some couples really enjoy the process of finding unique ways to incorporate their story or things they enjoy into their special day, while others might need a little help getting there. Don't let it get to a place where it just isn't fun anymore and you're dreaming of eloping. You can always turn things around by either getting a professional on board or just getting some advice on how to attack intimidating tasks.
The day of the wedding can often be hectic. Do you have advice for a bride and groom for when the big day arrives?
When the big day arrives…it's time to party and celebrate major milestone accomplishments! By that time, the two of you have already made executive decisions together and come out on top. Stay focused on what that day will represent for years, decades to come and enjoy being surrounded by your closest friends, family, and most of all, the person you're meant to spend your life with.
To get your copy of All the Essentials, published by Chronicle Books leave a comment below telling us your best wedding tip or your dream wedding location. We'll pick three winners on Friday, February 22nd.
This fall we had the pleasure of working with a team at the Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel for a special photo shoot. As such an iconic hotel with deep San Francisco history, we were thrilled to create a custom skyline invitation for the event. Our San Francisco Skyline is packed with significant imagery, but one thing was missing for this Nob Hill destination. We created a new icon for the mix and included the Top of the Mark peaking above our lovely city by the bay.
If you haven't been to the Top of the Mark, it's a must for visitors and city dwellers. Their views are some of the best in the city, and the bar makes a delicious cocktail.
Can you see the difference? We love having the Mark Hopkins in our Skyline!
These photos by Rien van Rijthoven of Architecture Photography capture the magic of the Mark Hopkins so well. With elegant tablescapes and jaw-dropping views, this venue makes any event a dream.
Interested in learning about letterpress? Want to try your hand at printing on a vintage Vandercook press? The San Francisco Center for the Book is the best place to start. Their talented team has come up with a great lineup of 2013 workshops and they are available for registry now! As owners of a Vandercook and letterpress lovers, we know how fun it is to crank your own prints.
Visit the SFCB online for a list of workshops, or stop by their NEW location at 375 Rhode Island Street (between 16th and 17th Streets) in San Francisco.
Photobooth SF is a Tintype Polaroid-style studio located on Valencia Street here in San Francisco, offering beautiful vintage-looking photography. It's obvious we're big fans of anything vintage, so we fell in love with the idea immediately. It's nice to see something new and different pop up on the photography scene!
Aren't these moody photobooth images of our staff fabulous? They were taken by Photobooth SF at the Contemporary Jewish Museum last month for the Rit Lab event. For the event we brought stacks of letterpress prints and accessories to make one-of-a-kind photo frames and these images were the perfect addition.
You can book your sessions with Photobooth SF here or pop in their studio located in San Francisco's Mission district.
Photobooth SF 1193 Valencia Street @ 23rd. San Francisco, CA 94110 Open: Wed- Th 1-8, Fri – Sun 1-9 www.photoboothsf.com
Last week Sabrina took her three boys to go visit Santa in Union Square. The city is so festive and cheery this time of year, so it's always a must to go see all the new decorations. Of course with Santa in the agenda, the twins were definitely on board. They stopped inside the Westin Saint Francis to get a view of the square. That tree was enormous! And with a birds eye view of the festivities below, Alex and James were starry eyed with excitement.
Inside the Westin was a beautiful tree so they stopped to scope out the ornaments and pick a favorite. But the real favorite was their visit with Santa. We think William will definitely grow to be a calm, cool, and collected little dude, since he's the only one posing for the photo! No matter the photo, it's always the memories we keep forever. Thanks to Macy's Santaland!
Mark your calendars! This Thursday, December 13th Eunice and Sabrina are hosting a festive and crafty workshop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The CJM is known for their fabulous events and spectacular space, so we can't wait to get involved. We'll be offering one-of-a-kind letterpress goodies to design and decorate your very own paper frames. Along with our craft activity, you can tour their new exhibition The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League and get tickets to hear the soothing sounds of the Conspiracy of Beards. Tickets for the event are free for members, or $5 for visitors. The event is from 6-8pm at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street in San Francisco. For more information, follow this link. Hope to see you there!
(Photo by Leslie Beteta)
It was great to see our friend Stacy of Pancake & Franks at the show last night.
Some cute kids clothes from Vivi Kids.
We forgot who made these wood necklaces but we loved them!
Some really neat lego jewelry from emiko-o.
Stewey & Heather looking adorable in our booth last night. Visit us this weekend for great deals on wrapping paper, holiday cards, and more! We have a sale bin and we want to empty it! Details for Bazaar Bizarre here.
As a boutique and very hands-on wedding vendor, we're always happy to reach out to our brides and grooms around the globe. But when an event takes place right here in the heart of San Francisco, we feel proud to be a part. Darcy and Kevin's glamorous San Francisco wedding covered a lot of ground, from the beautiful Presidio Chapel to the funky Bimbo's 365 Club. The lively couple had a lot of fun with their decor, and they seem to have had a blast on their big day. It was all captured by the talented Andrew Weeks Photography with lovely details by Dream a Little Dream Events.
Of course with a reception venue like Bimbo's, vintage glamour is a must. We created custom stationery of the San Francisco skyline for their paper programs and table numbers.
Michele Papineau's beautiful calligraphy led guests to their tables in style.
The sensational ombre pink wedding cake by Sage Catering was a focal point of the event. We love how it basically glows among the dark and romantic decor.
All photos by Andrew Weeks Photography
Join us this weekend December 1st and 2nd for the annual Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show! We'll be hanging out at our booth selling cards, gifts, and our new prints! If you haven't been to the Bazaar Bizarre before, prepare for total craftness. Vendors and retailers all gather to showcase their original gifts, just in time for your holiday shopping. There's also a huge list of delicious food vendors for your mid-day snacking pleasure. You can get your hands on awesome products like these printed totes by Shapes & Colors, and munch on some tasty cake pops by Sweet Lauren Cakes.
The event takes place at the Concourse Exhibition Center EAST HALL 620 Seventh St. (at Brannan) from 11am - 6pm and is completely free. And the first 200 visitors each day will receive a free limited edition tote bag with loads of goodies including letterpress cards from yours truly! Hope to see you there!
This past weekend we opened our doors on a sunny Sunday for our Open Studio Event and Holiday Sale! We had a terrific turnout and want to say thank you to everyone who came by. Our guests experienced hands-on letterpress tutorials by our temporary printer, Lillian! She graciously showed visitors simple letterpress techniques and those who gave it a go went home with their own hand-cranked holiday cards (pictured below). The spectacular Lisa Congdon paid us a visit, and also got to experience the letterpress magic. She just designed a brand new collection of cards exclusive for Hello!Lucky - soon to be released in early 2013!
These are the limited edition prints we created just for the occasion. We'll be putting them on our site and on Etsy soon! Below Eunice and Sabrina are busy mingling with all the visitors. You can see pressman Jon back there running the windmill press. It was quite the production but with all the helping hands it was a great success!
Just a snapshot of some of the holiday cards we had on sale. What a deal! We still have some left over so be sure to visit our studio from Monday-Friday, 9:00 - 5:00 for excellent deals on holiday cards.
Thanks again for everyone who visited the studio! We are definitely planning more events in the future so stay tuned, and be sure to order your holiday cards today!
Eunice and Sabrina's recent feature on Sosh's series Tastemakers is definitely one of our favorites. Sosh, the new online activity guide, is the ultimate resource for travelers and city dwellers in San Francisco. Whether you're looking for the best coffee in town or want to get your heart pumping with a new exercise, Sosh has the best of the best all lined up. When the team asked Eunice and Sabrina to share their favorite things about San Francisco the answer was undoubtedly yes. Their fellow Tastemakers are some of the most inventive people in the city, including Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water (one of their favorites) and Mike Krieger of Instagram. The sisters gave a few tips on great places to find inspiration, where they go to unwind, and their favorite places in the city to take visitors. Check out the entire feature here.
Just a reminder that this Sunday is our big open house and holiday sale! We have so many fun things going on including letterpress demos - where people can crank their own holiday card, a huge sale on holiday cards and gifts, and three limited edition letterpress prints we designed just for the occasion! We're just showing you these two - you'll need to come see us to check out the third print!
We're so excited about these prints, hand drawn by Eunice and masterfully letterpressed with split fountain by James. We only printed 50 of each so be sure to come early and buy one!
Visit us at 977 Howard Street (btw 5th & 6th) in San Francisco. Our doors will be open from 11:30am - 2pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Calling all brides! This year's Dream a Little Dream Bridal Tour is taking place next Sunday, November 4th, and the talented team at DALD has come up with incredible itinerary. One ticket gets you not only a champagne brunch, but also a guided tour of the cities finest wedding vendors. You get to experience the wonders of planning a wedding - plus exceptional gift bags provided by The Knot with specialty products and discounts.
Among the many fabulous destinations on the full-day tour is our Studio Open House! We'll be giving hands on letterpress lessons along with discounts on our holiday card collection. If you are planning a wedding or know someone who is, it's a great way to spend the day out with your girls and gather some inspiration for your big day. Book now and you'll receive $15 off your tickets! Use the code 7x7 at checkout here. Hope to see you there!
Images by Weeks Photography
Mark your calendars! We're opening up our studio and pressroom to the public once again. Sunday, November 4th our doors will be open from 11:30am - 2pm. Our presses will be running, and just like last time you can try your hand at letterpress and crank one of your very own holiday cards. We'll also have some great deals on cards, gifts, prints and wrapping paper. So if you're in the Bay Area come visit us and see the inner workings of our studio!
This is a free event and all are welcome! Bring your friends! And help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event page here.
Address: 977 Howard street between 5th & 6th, San Francisco. Our doors will be open from 11:30am - 2pm on Sunday, November 4th.