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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010!

2009 has left with great memories and proud accomplishments. We loved the chance to work with so many wonderful couples, and make new friends! Being a part of It's Better Together gave the opportunity to meet so many kind and talented people! It gave of us a sense of connection to Orlando that we had been looking for! Having everyone's support throughout the past year provided opportunities to grow as designers, and expand our business into something really exciting! And last but not least, training for our very first half marathon (which is only 9 days away!!) Go Team Orange!

We're so excited to see what 2010 will bring, and we have gone ahead and made a couple New Years Resolutions of our own:

• Launching our website
• Launching a new product line
• Trying new things.
• Dreaming and planning our future storefront
• Finishing our first half marathon!

Here is a look back on our year in photos. Happy 2010!

xo, Sarah & Lisa

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Simply Sweet Prints

Maybe it's because my mind is on the new year, or because I am in the process of packing and dreaming of decorating my new apartment, but I thought these prints from Farouche were adorable! I love the simple positive messages, and the brightly colored clean prints. They would be great subtle reminders to have around to stay happy and positive!



Images courtesy of Farouche

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Photo from the It's Better Together Party Booth
set up by Becka and Nate of Studio222 Photography



We wish you a Merry Christmas!

from, Orange Blossom Ink

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We Love it Wednesday: Christmas Cards

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year – time spent with family, fabulous food, and especially Christmas cards! I love going to check the mail and seeing brightly colored envelopes with fun postage, mixed in with all the bills and direct mailers. What a surprise when I saw a poster tube sent from Billy Davis and opened it to find this:

Along with a certificate that read:

Item No. 12640
SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS DAY CONCERT
1966
unattributed (believed to be Gilbert Grzcki)
11 x 17 in. (27.94 x 43.18 cm)

Condition B– Tape stains on all corners; water stain on right upper corner; minor foxing throughout

This exceedingly rare poster for the 1966 Christmas Day concert given by Santa Claus at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, is in fair to good condition. There are only thirteen others known in public
collections.

This item is prized for its scarcity and the quality of its design and illustration. Even though the poster is not signed, style and execution suggest this is a work by the late Gilbert (Griz) Grzcki of San Mateo CA.

This example is from a lot of sixty-five posters formerly of the Nicolas Cage collection.

Bids start at $1,265 USD

What a fabulous idea for a Christmas card! I love the fact that not only was this a non-traditional holiday greeting, but there was a story to go along with it! So thanks Billy, for making my day merrier!

Be sure to check out Billy's website, One Swell Illustrator.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Spring into Save the Dates

The holidays have been keeping us busy, but we wanted to take a quick second to show some of our latest work. This Save the Date may not have made the final cut, but we were excited with how these Springtime postcards came out. This design could be made to match any bride's color scheme, and the backs would be customized to coordinate!








Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Wintery Finds

We may live in sunny Florida, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the coziness, and warmth of the Christmas season! In the midst of browsing for my last few holiday gifts this week, I found some wonderful holiday treasures to get me inspired and excited for my travels back home to the Wintery Midwest.



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We Love it Wednesday: Christmas Traditions {Trees}

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love the lights, the music, the festive store aisles–but the best part about the season is decorating the tree. When I was younger, my parents always took my sisters and me to cut down a tree in early December. Mom and Dad piled us all in a sled, Dad threw the saw over his shoulder, and we trekked away to find the perfect tree.

Yes, that's me in the Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket. (Red and black plaid pajama pants, too!)

Fast forward to 2009. My husband and I have had three years of fake trees. While they're always perfect (in that bendable branches sort of way), I still missed the festiveness that a real tree brought to the house. In fact, last year during the after-Christmas sales, I had purchased a tree stand and tree bag with all intentions of getting a real tree the following year.


So, off to Lowe's we went to chose our 9-foot beauty of a tree.

A few days (and 1100 white lights) later, our gorgeous Christmas tradition was decorated head to toe. I love sitting on the couch with nothing but the glow of the tree. Sigh. Christmas makes me happy.

(Just because there's no snow, doesn't mean my sisters and I can't find something to take the place of a sled!)

So, spill the beans! Are you a real or fake tree household? Have any Christmas traditions to share?

One Month and Counting

Today marks exactly one month until the Disney Half Marathon! We'll be honest we lost a little momentum over the Thanksgiving Holiday although, we did get up early to run the Orlando Turkey Trot downtown (that should count for something!) We can proudly say though, we are back at training and can't wait for the big day.

Here is a rundown of our stats since September 6th:

Completed: 79 miles
Calories Burned: 7056
Average Pace: 10:41 mile

Thursday, November 26, 2009

And the winner is...

A big thanks to those participated in our giveaway! We sure got a nice warm fuzzy feeling hearing about all of the things you're thankful for!

The winners have been chosen! The random number generator came up with a number 8 to determine that the winner of this handmade stationery set is the ever so talented Em of Kitchen M!

Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Advent Calendars

Okay, so Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we might be jumping the gun - but the countdown to Christmas starts in just days! I can still remember the excitement of opening up the little doors on my cardboard advent calendars every night before bed. I feel like an advent countdown is a must, and I enjoyed finding all of these cute different ways to do so!

Before you go off enjoying these finds don't forget that today is the last day of our Giveaway! Leave a comment on our "Thanks-giveaway" post and you'll have a chance to win one of two stationery sets with handmade boxes! Be sure to check back tomorrow evening for the winners!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of Paper Source.

Paper Source just posted this gingerbread advent calendar up on their blog. So cute, and fun to customize!

Photo courtesy of Thymbyl Designs.

I love the idea of little bags with treasures hidden within to open each day. This adorable idea comes from Etsy seller Thymbyl Designs.

Photo courtesy of Nice Package.

This last idea comes from the always inspiring Nice Package Blog. What a fun way to make a DIY advent calendar with their cute yellow envelopes and color dot stickers!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Vintage Finds: Printer Trays

I spent the day walking the grounds of Renninger's Antique Extravaganza in Mt. Dora, Florida. With 117 acres of vintage treasures, it was a lot of walking and plenty of searching various booths for the perfect find.

Four hours later, I left with two beautiful printer's trays, once used to hold metal type years ago.

This drawer was completely intact with the typeface name on the drawer handle.

Two beauties for only $19 total. Now I have to decide how to put them to use. Any ideas?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Felted Accessories

I have realized today that I may officially have an Etsy addiction, and the simple task looking for a new headband has now cost me hours of browsing from shop to shop. I thought I would share some of my favorite finds from the day, which all happen to be adorable felted accessories. Now I just have to make up my mind which one to buy for me, and which ones to get for the beginnings of my holiday gift shopping!

These first images come from Etsy seller, Giant Dwarf. Her headbands all come in custom colors, and let me also mention how much I love the pinwheels!




All Images courtesy of Giant Dwarf

This next seller, A Alicia Handmade Accessories, I have been admiring for quite some time. I love her color choices and felt flower brooches.




All Images courtesy of A Alicia Handmade Accessories



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's a Thanksgive-away!



Orange Blossom Ink is teaming up with Boom Box Bindery to give a big thanks to all of our friendly readers. It sure means a whole lot to us when you stop by!

As our way of thanking you for your bloggy friendship and support, we’d like to give you the chance to enter to win one of our collaborative projects. You may remember the stationery boxes we made a number of months ago in preparation for a craft market. We happen to have two of those left and would just love to send them out to a pair of our you! Each handmade box features a set of eight cards with four sweet patterns that compliment the boxes.

To embrace the spirit of the season, all you have to do is leave a comment on one of our Thanksgive-away posts and tell us about something you’re thankful for! Feel free to comment on both blogs to double your chances. While you're at it, click on over to follow Orange Blossom Ink on Twitter, Facebook, or Blogger!

We’ll use a random number generator to select a winning comment from each of our blogs and those winners will be announced on Thanksgiving Day! The winners will receive the stationery set pictured on the blog of their winning entries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We Love it Wednesdays: Custom Maps

There is not much more to say about this week's find than that the Couture Maps designed by Stephannie Barba are absolute perfection! We love it when an invitation can tell a story, and these maps make for a great personal touch. Her beautiful illustrations, paired with one of kind hand lettering make each and every map unique and worth taking a look at!





Monday, November 9, 2009

Is it too early for Holiday Cards?

Although it's merely days past Halloween, it's tempting to get excited about the holidays (even if a little premature). Plus, it's never too early to plan out gift shopping and sending annual holiday greeting cards to avoid the last minute panic (that we are personally faced with each year!). Last fall we were honored to have two of our holiday greeting card designs selected to be sold over at the ever-so-wonderful Minted.com. Their site has seen exciting growth and changes in the past year, and this season you can find our cards for sale on their site, along with many other talented designers.


Modern Bird in green



Not sure that either design fits your style? Well, of course we'd be happy to design a custom holiday greeting for you and your family this season! As an added bonus, if you order before Thanksgiving, you'll receive free shipping! For more information and a custom quote, please email designers@orangeblossomink.com.