Cover to Cover: Good Stock

I am dangerous in a bookstore. Really, really dangerous. I just LOVE books: the smell of leather, the heft of a properly bound book, and the joy of discovering something lovely in the stacks of an old bookstore.

Growing up, I loved to read biographies, and one of my favorite parts were the photographs and their attendant captions. Oh, the captions. It’s fascinating to me to see what the author or photographer chose to say about that image in just a few words. It’s like Twitter for books!

So traditional wedding albums, while lovely, always make me want to know more. I want to hear the story behind the images! Imagine my delight, then, to discover Good Stock. This lovely little company takes your story and turns it into a custom, handcrafted, keepsake book. Wedding story, family story, baby story…whatever your story is.

I’m especially smitten with their wedding and engagement story books. From the traditional…

(Aren’t you just in love with those sepia tones and hand-deckled edges?)

(Ah, captions. In this case, they included their wedding vows. How lovely is that?)

…to the unique…

(Moleskine-style binding to give the book a more journal-like feel. I love rounded edges!)

(dark blue trimmed leather = gorgeousness)

…to just pure fun!…

…Good Stock seems to be able to do it all. I think I might have just found an anniversary project!!

Which style is your favorite? What special words, memories, and keepsakes would you include?

Paper Love: Lion in the Sun

Happy Friday, everyone! As I’ve mentioned before, I love paper. All things paper. So what better way to head into the weekend than with a look at some paper loveliness? Today, I wanted to share one of my favorites: Lion in the Sun.

At their Park Slope store, they produce such gorgeousness as these invitations:

I am totally in love with these white-on-black invitations. In. Love.

Vintage newspaper style. Be still my beating heart. Seriously? So great.

Since not all of us can make a trip to Brooklyn for our wedding invitations, the brilliant people at Lion in the Sun Park Slope decided to share the love with the rest of the world, digital style. They launched their online wedding invitation shop, PostScript Brooklyn, in October 2010. 

Aren’t they gorgeous? Check out more of their work on the PostScript Brooklyn and Lion in the Sun Park Slope websites.

Papercuts by Joe

I love paper. Adore it. I might have been known to buy gorgeous paper just because it’s pretty, even if I don’t have a specific project in mind (I find a project for it! Usually.). So as you can imagine, I love amazing paper art, and one Etsy store that has been on my radar for a while now is Papercuts by Joe. Joe makes intricate, lovely, and sometimes cheeky papercuts, and I love his work! In chronological wedding order…

Joe does custom wedding and event place cards. These cows would be fun for a fun country wedding, but if cows aren’t your thing, he’ll work with you to create papercut place cards that are totally you!!

As you probably know, your first anniversary present is supposed to be paper (my husband and I gave each other tickets to a show). This couple kissing on a bicycle would be such a cute 1st anniversary gift!!

{All images from Papercuts by Joe}

Some of my absolute favorites are Joe’s building papercuts. The one pictured above is a silhouette of the Chrysler Building, but check out Joe’s website for more stunning architectural papercuts. Seriously, wow!! Wouldn’t a custom papercut of a couple’s first home make an absolutely AMAZING housewarming gift??

All papercuts are make from archival black paper and come mounted on acid-free white mat board, so it will last! Custom framing is also available, or you can hang your new artwork in your favorite frames — everything I saw was a standard size, so finding a frame shouldn’t be a problem.

Which of Joe’s papercuts is your favorite?

Lovely Things: Villa Figura

I am not, as a rule, a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Or hearts. In fact, I became notorious during the planning for my wedding by declaring (loudly and to anyone who would stand still, and a few who wouldn’t) that there would be no hearts or frills anywhere in sight. Luckily, I married a man who is as underwhelmed by February 14th as I am. Please don’t misunderstand me: I love love, and am very happy to be blessed by it in all its forms. But I love subtlety just as much, and am far more likely to be moved by powerful words, written in beautiful script and captured in quiet colors, than by all the hearts in the world.

Therefore, the “Beautiful Things" print by Anne Beestje makes my own heart go all aflutter, enough so that I can forgive it for combining hearts with the color red.

Isn’t the script just lovely? I really do quite adore this print.

And for those who, like my own dear sister, cannot be swayed from their dislike of hearts (and also for those who dislike shoes as much as the aforementioned sister) even by such gorgeousness as the print above, the Villa Figura shop also offers lovelies such as this:

I must admit, I love shoes, even in the house, but like knowing that I could take them off at home, if I wanted to do so.

Wouldn’t one of these prints make a lovely gift for a soon-to-be or newlywed couple?

{All photos by Villa Figura Prints