Paperfinger Holiday Products

I'm astounded at the creative ideas continually flowing from the brain of Paperfinger (aka my fab employer, Bryn). We have been working nonstop for the holidays and I want to share some of our products with you today. They're really fun and unique and feature the gorgeous calligraphy she's known for. Enjoy the eye candy, be inspired, and pop over to the Paperfinger shop!


1 & 2) Signature Gift Wrap Stamp Set

3 & 4) Presenting the Pinecone Greeting Card

5 & 6) Custom Calligraphy Ribbon

7) Gift Wrapping with Hand-Calligraphed Watercolor Tag


Martha Stewart Weddings: Bridal Market 2011

My employer Bryn brought me along to an event at the Martha Stewart headquarters on Monday! It was so much fun! Of course, my favorite part was the food. We ate the smallest food you could ever imagine (prepared by Peter Callahan. have you seen his awesome book of mini food wonders, bite by bite?). I'm talking burgers the size of a quarter.


And mini fish tacos with mini margaritas in mini Patron bottles.


And Guinness in mini beer steins, mini sushi, mini spring rolls, mini cupcakes, and shrimp lollipops. Wow, Martha really goes all out. Rumor has it she showed up, but we missed her (darn it!). The space at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is pretty stellar though...really cool to see.

We did run into a few other people I was excited to meet: Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper (one of my long-time favorite blogs), NYC photographer Jen Huang, and one of the sweetest -- Jillian from 100 Layer Cake, who jumped in on our photobooth photos! So from left to right is Bryn, myself, and Jillian.

My favorite part of this was when Bryn got the shutter button and prompted us by saying "We love EVERYTHING!" I was cracking up.

What's that you ask? Why, yes, I was embarrassingly underdressed for this event (see venue photo above - is that a person in an actual wedding dress in the lower left?). Maybe it's a good thing we didn't run into Martha after all. You know, in case she doesn't think fondly of people who wear jeans to her parties.

Tried not to let it take away from the fun, but it was also 150 degrees in there and that sweater is wool. Yikes! Perhaps there will be a next time. Perhaps then I'll arrive prepared. And by that I mean I'll be carrying a large tote bag to fill sneakily with bitty foodstuffs. Ain't no party like a Martha party!

seen | Stunning calligraphy

When I was working at Sassafras Flowers and Gifts in Rochester last year, we received a piece of mail that immediately stood out from the rest. Tucked inside a hand-addressed kraft mailer was a delicately wrapped package. After I carefully peeled away what seemed like layers and layers of beautiful tissue, wonderful textiles, and bits of colorful washi tape, a tiny envelope was revealed. This envelope contained expertly calligraphed name cards by Primele which we used to label some of our token products. I was enamored.

I was also reminded of two key points for a craftsperson. One, presentation is everything. I felt like it was Christmas morning as I held the Primele package--full of anticipation and curiosity as I unwrapped. If I'm presenting my product, that's how I would love for someone to feel when they receive it. Two, details matter. Calligraphed labels for flowers and gifts might seem overly extravagant, but it shows that personal care and attention have gone into the tiniest details. That is why I'm a huge fan of calligraphy. Here are some snippets from one of my other favorite calligraphers, paperfinger

Love that last image from a collaboration she did with my absolute favorite food blog (so many pretty pictures), Sunday Suppers.

So, you probably saw this coming, but I've been entertaining the thought of learning calligraphy myself. What do you think?


photo credits: Mary Dougherty Photography (1), paperfinger (2, 3) Sunday Suppers (4)