Category Archives: invitations

Mad Men Wedding Invitation – Season 3, Episode 2

When Roger Sterling’s daughter, Margaret, needed wedding invitations in 1963, they called me – in 2009. I know it seems crazy but…..MadMen-screenshot

OK. I will admit that the prop master, Gay Parello (who by the way is totally cool and very on top of the look, as you would have to be to work on a demanding period show like Mad Men) came to Tiny Pine Press because she needed to have a type of printing that was authentic to the period (letterpress) in a type that was of the period (Nuptial Script). AND they needed it FAST. I think I turned this project around in 3 days.  I was more than pleased to help out one of my very favorite television shows!

In the episode they talk about bells, and silver, and maybe blue – I can’t remember – but at the end of the day they didn’t show anything but the type. You will have to take my word for it that the invitations actually did have bells and silver and there were three different versions of them.

But I will take the airtime, with or without those silly bells!

Variations Launch Party – The Full Report

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I have been so busy catching up with my day job at tiny pine that I neglected my blog responsibilities (for silly tea parties and episodes of Madmen) to post images from the super fun party at Urbanic Paper Boutique last week… (Fortunately Audrey at Parcel Post and Gia Canali were more diligent with their blogging)IMG_8780

In preparation for the party and because it was at a store, I created a bunch of stationery to sell there that night. It kind of makes me feel like I should open an etsy shop.. that’s next on the to do list!!

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It really isn’t my normal style to solicit attention, but when I delivered the album to Urbanic and Audrey thought to combine the Abbott Kinney First Fridays event with the Launch of the Variations collection, then I had to agree… I mean, I couldn’t resist a chance to have some amazing music,IMG_8934 yummy snacks AND a really cool Project Social (as they like to call it there at Urbanic when they make crafties on the back patio)

The Tiny Pine sponsored the project social – mix CD sleeves for someone you love or like…. I had a bunch of leftover sheets die cut and pre-glued… I brought a bunch of myleftover materials (leaves, flowers, rhinestones, rubberstamps) to combine with Urbanic’s pile for all the visitors to create their little works of art.

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Anyways, that night was really fun. Lots of friends came out to support me and I am very grateful for to them –

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Particularly Cheryl & Angelo Catering for creating the yummiest snacks and to DJ’s John & Jeremy- for spinning the music that everyone used as inspiration for the cd sleeves…. also they stayed til the very end, which led to me getting my groove on after everyone had left…

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Ok. There’s the report… Any questions?

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THANKS EVERYONE!!

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xoxojennifer

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Photos by Paul Esposito
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Tiny Pine Press – Variations

This past Friday night I had a launch party for the new album collection of invitations which are available now to view and purchase at Urbanic Paper Boutique in Venice, CA. (it’s the first store I have offered any invitations – custom & pre-designed)

Photos of that party are forthcoming but I thought I would post the designs. They are also viewable as scans on the Tiny Pine Press site but these photos are a bit nicer and bigger….

On a side note, these are all variations on invitation designs I have done in the past as custom options. I think this shows 9 of the all time favorites which have been redesigned for the brides all over who can’t meet to create custom invitations.

They are digitally printed (but can be done letterpress, obviously) and use recycled papers and some tree free papers… to be as green as I can!

Take a look!

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waves

horizon

horizon

california

california

garden

garden

flora

flora

sky

sky

sugargrove

canopy

canopy

Blogged on the Brooklyn Bride!

We were blogged on Brooklyn Bride last week. or the week before. It’s so nice to get recognized… Thanks Audrey of Parcel Post!!!

A save the date for Stephanie and Sam… the song was actually one they sang together… so sweet!

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check it out here

and waves, a member of my newest collection was shown here

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Little Letterpress Pillows

An art book publisher has requested some photography of my work! yay!

I think the photography turned out great. They make the letterpress look the most cozy. like a daybed on a Sunday afternoon.

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Sillapere Events Holiday card – Handmade card by Dirty Byrd Papers

Julia & Eli Wedding Invitation

3714637737_38a5425e29_bAshley and Jeffrey Save the Date – hand calligraphy for letterpress

3714649031_bd32397974_bGone West Moving Announcement- handmade card by Dirty Byrd Papers

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Lily the Dancing Bear Birthday Party

Ready for My Close Up

Dirty Byrd paper CU

Dirty Byrd paper CU

Not too long ago I got a request from an art book writer to potentially have some of my work published. That was pretty exciting to me because… well, you know… My main concern was the photos that I would show. I had to take the initial photos on my own with awful lighting to give Charlotte Rivers an idea of some printed pieces…

I wanted to post these ultra almost scary close ups because I think it makes the letterpress look scientific and kind of alive. The paper is cotton on all of these. The Dirty Byrd paper on the grey one looks crazy hairy and is probably my favorite of these ultra crisp…. they are kind of scary. I hope it doesn’t frighten people away from elegant letterpress!2009_07_11_20_53_540_1

Lavender scented wedding invitations…..!!!

Jeri & ChristopheI have been slammed. I will be honest. It was as if everyone was getting married on the same day this summer thus sending out their invitations on the same day! Now, that isn’t at all true, but that’s how it felt over at the Tiny Pine Press studio.

In the hub-ub of the past month, I had many notable moments which I hope to share in the next couple of weeks. One notable experience was with this Lavender invitation. It was inspired by an invitation I did a couple of years back for Jeri Ryan & Christophe Émé’s wedding in the French countryside. (Though starred on Star Trek : Voyager, these are the most opposite of outer space invitations ever! Cotton, hand-made and old world as it gets with the hand letterpress!)

(Though actually, they were completely 100% tree free… and THAT is sort of like outer space, but I digress….)

This new client was very detail oriented and wanted two lavenders attached to this beautiful cotton handmade paper. I searched for the perfect lavender plants and found a really wonderful local farm who supplied a bounty of lavender stems to choose from. They smelled great. and when we glued them on, and stacked all the invitations, the lavender scent emanated from the papers to fill the room…. yum!

Sharon gluing Hidecote Lavender

(I hope the guests got a whiff of the lavender when it came in the mail. I have worked with dried lavender many times and this was the most fragrant batch. OH, the variety is called Hidecote.)

It was a fun afternoon of gluing. I had my good friend Sharon Lowe (who is a floral designer – smart right?) help me glue the lavenders. Sharon understands how the plants want to go… and even which ones. We chatted with the lavender stems all afternoon. And then a week later chatted them into the envelopes and off to the guests.. You know that plants have feelings too! I think these lavenders were happy in their more permanent home, glued on these elegant invitations. I hope!!

I think I am a pretty good communicator but if the lavenders aren’t happy, I fear they will get revenge on me by getting lost in the mail! or revolting and busting out of their envelopes or something. It happens (More on that subject later)!

See… I AM delirious! Personification of Plants. Not a good sign……..

Letterpress Name Stars

What does that title even mean??  

Today I printed a birthday part invitation – it was in two runs with clean justified type for Henry’s 40th birthday. 

The client asked for Red ink. Now, what you may or may not know is that RED ink is the most difficult ink to pin down in the pantone book. As I was printing this last bit of the invitation today, I told my office-mate that Red is my Achilles Heel. I had to pick the red, which I put off til the last minute. Why is that? why do I have such a hard time with red… Well, let’s look deeper for an answer……

Anne of Card Tricks Designs, my office-mate, was talking about color combinations one day. She had a client who wanted to use Orange and Blue. An oceany blue or kind of turquoise one. She instantly complained that she didn’t really like that combo, and wanted to shift the blue to navy or something. I actually like the original combo though it does remind me of the Miami Dolphins…. 

But then she revealed that Orange and that same kind of blue were her junior high colors. and that she always hated that color combo for that reason. 

henrys40thtestIt was at that moment when I figured it out. RED and white were the colors of the Marion Senior High School Hurricanes…. it is very clear. I don’t like straight red for the same reason Anne doesn’t. 

Incidentally, I also don’t particularly care for Kelly Green and white, the colors of Sugar Grove Combined School. Though I don’t really have a problem with Purple and white, the colors of Northwestern University. HMMMM???

I only can wonder if every graphic designer has the same feeling about their school colors. Maybe those formative years are just very color sensitive?

In any case, here is a little starburst of sillyness I printed today…. testing out the red and white for Henry’s invitations….