Letterpress save the dates: Spring flowers

sweetolivepresswedding I’ll put Katherine and Jeff’s save-the-dates here as a pretty diversion, until I can be a good blogger again…


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Deep breath – here they are: the last magnesium dies I’m printing before Sweet Olive Press wraps up operations in America (at least for now…!)

So I’ll have a few more lovely things to show you, before I leave.

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Letterpress Wedding: Lovebirds

Not long until the lovely Nicole and Emir tie the knot – and now I can show you their fabulous wedding invitations!

For the invitation suite, we continued with the lovebird theme from their save-the-dates, this time focusing in their wedding colors – turquoise ink, sage outer envelopes, and moss-green response envelopes for a little added contrast…



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Coming to Europe

GREAT BIG ADVENTURES: This summer, Sweet Olive Press will be moving to Germany. (Germany!! It’s still sinking in.)

We’ve dreamed of living and working in Europe for years, and we’re so thrilled it’s finally happening! Um… and also nervous, yes.

Needless to say, a round-the-world move means Sweet Olive Press will be taking some “down time”, closing at least for the summer while we pack up our American lives (for now) and settle into our new country.

We’re leaving America in early June, but the press will be running and our doors will be open *until the middle of April*.

If you’ve been considering a custom letterpress project (wedding invitations! baby announcements! special notecards!) I’d love to work with you before we go. Please let me know about your idea as soon as possible so I can reserve you a place in the printing schedule!

If you’d like to get your letterpress fix from the ready-made collection, you’ll find gorgeous songbirds notecards, sweet birds-and-trees note sets and lots of other fabulous sets in the Sweet Olive Press online store!

While we make our move, I’ll be giving updates on all the adventures (and misadventures, no doubt) both here and at The Letterpress & the Hedgehog Room.

So, so much packing ahead…. wish me luck!  Tschuss!


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Espresso and letterpress

My beloved C&P is still #1 Fabulous Machine in my heart, but lately I’ve been spending a lot of time with Miss Silvia.

The very lovely, very shiny Rancilio Silvia V3 was recommended first by Gerrod and Kristy, and then by Jules, and then by CoffeeGeek, and after two months of being spoiled by fiiiine coffee in Australia I knew we had to have our own.

Silvia presents an intimidating learning curve, but I’m a sucker for anything involving a complicated process, a lot of finessing and some serious risk of frustration (I’m looking at you, letterpress!).  I’ve gone from scared to smitten in the space of two weeks, and now basically any stranger who wanders near my kitchen is going to have an espresso forced upon them.

Or a latte – although my foaming technique is still a bit hit and miss. The latte pictured above I deemed a success, but the very next morning I made one so bad I poured it down the sink. I’m not quite reliable.

Nonetheless, my friends think they’ve hit the jackpot (“never paying for coffee againnnn!”) and I feel like I’m verging on another serious addiction.

Rancilio Silvia: recommend.

{Oh. Letterpress – I’ve been printing and printing and printing. In fact, Silvia has espresso-fuelled more than a couple of late nights at the letterpress. But since none of the invitations have gone out I can’t show them to you yet! Soon, soon…}

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Letterpress save the dates: Songbirds

A save-the-date with a springtime feel for Laura and Michael’s April wedding… these songbirds are just right for the occasion!


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Letterpress birth announcement: Little Fox

Gerrod and Kristy moved from London to Australia not too long before baby Oscar made his debut, but being super-organised stationery lovers (well, Kristy is!) they hit the ground running with his birth announcement even in the midst of the chaos.

Kristy wanted a modern design in a sunny palette of blue, orange and yellow – and she was taken with the idea of a little fox (yes, the fabulousness of The Fantastic Mr Fox had a lot to do with it!)

Light and fun, all of it!  (I kind of want to hang it on my wall, for moments when I need a cheeriness boost.)

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