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Pop-up Floral Shop at Gus & Ruby!

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we are making it easy to shop for your sweetheart (or bestie:)! Stop by the store next Saturday, February 13th (the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day) and pick up a gorgeous bouquet by Sweet Annie Floral + Design, at our pop-up floral shop. Not only will Katie have beautiful arrangements, she will also be selling some single blooms which you can pair with our best-selling ceramic bud vases. And while you’re here, plan on grabbing a few cards for the loves in your life! See? We told you we were making it easy:)



Erica & Steve’s floral wedding invitations

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a full year since Erica & Steve’s August nuptials! This Gus & Ruby custom invitation suite was so much fun to work on because it combined fun elements from two of my favorite suites:  the floral inspiration came from my own wedding invitations and the unique gatefold assembly from Elizabeth and David’s suite. We had custom flower illustrations all done by hand specifically for this suite so we that we could highlight the succulents, dahlias and garden roses that wedding planner extraordinaire, Kate Parker, was using throughout their wedding day decor. We love the mix of floral and geometric patterns along with their suite monogram. And who doesn’t love a great program fan for those hot Summer weddings?

As always, it was an absolute joy to work with Kate Parker Designs on this gorgeous wedding along with many other talented folks including Wild Orchid Baking Company and Sperry Tents Seacoast!

Design & Letterpress Printing by Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Envelope Calligraphy by Kelle McCarter
Photos by Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Paper & Petal: A Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Flower Shop

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting Petal Floral Design in the shop on Thursday, February 14th from 10am-7:30pm for a Valentine’s Day flower pop-up shop!

 All day, the lovely and crazy-talented Becca of Petal Floral Design will be in-store creating her signature romantic bouquets for purchase. And, of course, we’re stocked to the gils with the best of the best Valentine’s cards for your beloved.

So, stop by the shop next Thursday and pick-up all you need to woo your one and only (or your best friend, mama, sweet Aunt Cathy….or anyone you want to send some love to this Valentine’s Day, really!). A love note + one of Becca’s stunning creations will be just the sweetest combo for your Valentine this year!

All the love,
Gus & Ruby Letterpress and Petal Floral Design

Photos by the uber-amazing Hello Love Photography.  Thank you, Casey! 

Stationery Show Recap

Hello lovelies!  I hope you had a relaxing and BBQ-filled holiday weekend. Whit and I are home and back in the swing of things here at the shop/press after a whirlwind and wonderful trip to NYC for the National Stationery Show last week.  It’s hard to believe that this was our 4th year attending the show; the old adage holds true for us: time flies when you’re having fun.

We had a blast strolling the aisles of the Javits Center and feasting our eyes on all the incredible paper goodies that vendors new and old brought out to display.  Our tried and true favorites like Smock, Bella Figura, Chewing the Cud, Rifle Paper, Blue Barnhouse, Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Divine Twine (to name just a very few) all had gorgeous new goodies, but a few brand-newby lines really stood out for us this year:

Seed House
Perhaps the freshest and most charming new line we picked up is is Seed House Stationers.  This darling 2-man (err…man and woman!) shop is run by a super duper talented hubby and wifey team (the brainiacs behind Forage Bow Ties, too!)  And, while this new line may be little, but dang is it full of BIG ideas.  A few of our favorite goodies:

 Flower press to save your favorite flora finds from the seasons!
(above photo courtesy of Design*Sponge)

 Extra-thick and super luxurious “specimen cards” to use in the hand-press.

 A fabulous alternative to the traditional guest book, these “The Key to a Brilliant/Marvelous Marriage” cards can be left for guests to fill out for the happy newlyweds. 

And, perhaps my favorite new item, Stationery Scent!  We scooped up 4 delicious varieties of scent so you can spritz your love letters before sending them off to your one and only.  Pretty amazing, right?

Belle & Union
Started by a sweet Southern belle, Meg, as a creative outlet for all her big ideas, this new foodie-focused line had us melting.  We adored the bold graphics, fun colors and, well, deliciousness of just about everything this Georgia-based line had to offer.

Hi, Meg!! Such a cute booth! 

 Oh, you know, just butter and pickle wrapping paper.  No big deal. 

Adorbs tea-towels in the cutest little berry-baskets. 

Simplesong Design
We’ve been longtime fans of the custom work done by this incredible letterpress shop – run by the ridiculously talented designer and printer Suann and based out of Alexandria, Virginia.  So, when Simplesong debuted a new wholesale line at the show this year, we just couldn’t wait to see what they had dreamed up.  And they didn’t disappoint!  The clean, classic design and gorgeous typesetting makes us just giddy.  And, guess what, we found some amazing stick-on wax seals for all you letter-writing-loves who’ve been asking for them.  Hooray!

(Photo above courtesy of Simplesong)
Wild Ink Press
Whit and I have been following designer Rebekah’s progress for some time now and were jazzed to see what she’d produced for this year’s show (and to see her rad booth – as Whit noted in this previous post). We just loved her cheeky “3 Things” line of cards, her foodie sense and the adorable kiddo birthday party invites & thank you notes.  

 Pretty funny “3 Things” cards. 

Any card with the phrase “Heritage Turkey” is a winner in my book.

I see some pretty happy princesses and tractor-drivers in our future! 🙂
(several images above courtesy of Wild Ink Press)

So, there you have it – a tiny snippet of our time at the show. We found SO many amazing new goodies, picked up 2 new invitation lines (full blog posts on those coming soon) and got to catch up with some of the best in the biz.  Products will be arriving throughout the next few months, so stop by to see what’s new!

Hand-sewn booklet invitations

We created this invitation booklet last year for a June wedding and can’t believe we haven’t shared it with you before now. The save the dates (read about them here) were a blast to design and print and we knew we wanted to continue the theme of the blind printing and sewn details into the invitation suite.

During our initial meeting with Lauren and Matt we realized we were going to need a unique delivery method because of all of the additional information they wanted to include. Samantha and I are not huge fans of an envelope full of 6 or 7 different loose pieces and always try to dream up a more creative way of including the necessary information without overwhelming the guests. For this suite we decided to create a booklet with a perforated reply postcard and we held it closed with a lavender cotton ribbon.

My favorite detail in this suite are the not-so-blind printed ranunculus which were created by using transparent white ink after running the dark purple ink – I wash up the press, but not entirely so there are some remnants of purple on there – and when the transparent white inks up it has just a slight shade of light purple in it. Take a peek!

{the booklet was tied shut with cotton ribbon (moved down here to show the banner)}

{after removing the ribbon, the banner and blind printed ranunculus are revealed}

{a look at the many pages}

{the invitation featured hand-drawn ranunculus and borders}

{another look at the invitation}

{my favorite part of the suite: a perforated reply postcard with dark purple ink overprinting the soft purple flowers}

{the mailable side of the postcard shown on the left and an invitation to a welcome party the night before the wedding}

{the parents of the bride insisted we provide directions and lodging information}

{the last page in the book: a note from the bride and groom-to-be!}

{thank you notes – an absolute must and not something to skimp on}

{the entire suite including the save the date and calligraphy by Write 4 You}