Fort Worth: It’s Valentine’s Day! (Soon, at least)


Hey Fort Worth! I’m teaming up with Cakewalk Bake Shop to help bring you some fun, unique Valentine’s Day gifts this year. With V Day just a little over a week away, get your order in now so we can deliver to you on February 14! It’s that easy! For all of the details, full menu, pricing, and more visit Cakewalk’s website.

Image by the always fantastic Anna Routh Photography

Sparks Cards at an Anthro Near You!


I’m very excited that you can now find another Blue Eye Brown Eye card in an Anthropologie store near you! These are letterpress printed and made with lots of love and care! They’re up online, too. (Check them out here). I’m not sure if seeing my business name on the Anthropologie website will ever get old. I am very thankful!

Crafting from the Collection – This Thursday

This Thursday, November 1, I will be conducting a free letterpress class/demonstration at the Amon Carter Museum of Art’s Crafting from the Collection series. It’s completely free, you’ll learn all about letterpress printing on a Kelsey 5 x 8 press, and you’ll get to print your own museum-inspired cards! I’d love to see y’all there. 6-8:00 pm.

Monogram Sale

I’m moving out of my studio, re-organizing my home office, and basically re-aligning my life. As a result, I need to make room for things! I’ve got lots of these monogram sets left over from last year, so I’m putting them on super sale for a limited time – only $12 for 10 letterpress cards. I don’t have all letters left, but those that I do you can find over at my etsy shop. With the holidays coming up, they could be great gifts!

Win free stuff!

Y’all know ma bestie, Anna. Well, she’s doing a little giveaway on her blog this week! In fact, it’s some letterpress stationery from your truly. Enter to win a set of 20 letterpress vintage camera cards. Perfect for professional photographers or hobbyists. To find out how to win ’em, visit Anna’s blog.

Brand New and Updated :: Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy and Letterpress Classes!

After several inquiries, I’ve decided to start up a beginner calligraphy class – and I’m very excited about it! If you’re interested, read a little bit more about them below, or click here for dates and booking information. I’m also starting up my letterpress classes in full swing again – so if you’re interested, check out more information below and here.

Letterpress Classes – Summer/Fall 2012

What you’ll get:

  • 30 4Bar notecards and corresponding kraft envelopes printed on 100% cotton paper
  • 1 Blue Eye Brown Eye printer’s guide
  • 1 small journal to take notes on

What we’ll do:

From start to finish, you will create your own set of letterpress notecards and learn the basics of printing on a 5 x 8 vintage Kelsey Excelsior press. You’ll learn how to mix ink, set type, lock up a chase, ink up the press, register your cards, and print! (Don’t know what any of that means? That’s okay! These classes are meant for beginners). You’ll pick your own type from the collection I have in my studio, and choose your own color to print your cards on. Classes will consist of 1 – 3 people, depending upon availability. I keep classes small to maximize time on the press!

Beginner Calligraphy Classes – Summer/Fall 2012

What you’ll get:

  • 1 pen
  • 3 pen nibs
  • Ink
  • Tracing paper
  • Practice alphabet and grid

What we’ll do:

If you’re interested in learning calligraphy, thinking of starting your own business, or just like to try something new – this class is for you. This class is truly meant for beginners – if you’ve never picked up a calligraphy pen before, you’ll want to take this class! We’ll go over the basics, including dipping your pin in ink, understanding ink flow and pressure, and basic script letter forms. I’ll be available to answer any questions about calligraphy and starting a calligraphy business. Classes will be either one or two students in order to maximize quality learning.

The Swoon

Just a couple of weeks ago Anna and I participated in an excellent first-time-ever event, The Swoon. The Swoon is a bridal market and party focusing on creative brides, unique events, and fun ideas. Anna and I had the pleasure of being sponsors and shared a booth together. The Cheese, Anna’s new photobooth venture, made it’s big debut, and I had a tablescape on display among other things. This was truly Blue Eye Brown Eye’s first appearance as not only a stationer, letterpress printer, and calligrapher – but also as an event and floral designer.

The whole theme came from the idea of getting a cotton candy machine and handing it out at the booth – I mean, who doesn’t love cotton candy? From there, it grew into a grand, pink party! Pink isn’t normally my first choice in color, but I must admit – mixing it with metallics turned out to be a lot of fun.

Below are some images from our booth, taken by Anna Routh Photography:

A big thanks to Stir Crazy Baked Goods for making these amazingly perfect cakes and cupcakes for the display!

All cakes and cupcakes you see here are from Stir Crazy Baked Goods in Fort Worth. I made this little bunting to go on top of the pink two-tiered cake.

A big thanks to Period Charm Rentals for letting us use this chair. Y’all, it is so fantastic. Be sure to check out all of her stuff!
I wish this sign would have been a little easier to read in images. It read: “Ladies and Gents, grab a flower and stick it in your hair or your lapel. Get creative and have fun!” It was fun seeing ladies walk around with pink flowers behind their ears.

Anna and I collaborated on the backdrop for The Cheese background!

We rented a cotton candy machine to tie it all together – a huge hit!

And a few iPhone photos and Instagrams:

My sweet friend, Lo, was such a help! Couldn’t have done The Swoon without her!

These balloons were absolutely enormous. And pretty awesome.

Large centerpiece arrangement

The entire tablescape – complete with a runner I hand painted.

The Swoon Ticket Giveaway

It’s an exciting week here for Blue Eye Brown Eye because The Swoon event is finally here! This Saturday, March 24th from 4 – 9 pm, come out and enjoy an array of unique wedding vendors, ideas, treats, and most of all, the party! If you’re a bride or groom-to-be, a lover of wedding blogs, or just a creative person that likes to be inspired, this will be the event for you! Anna and I will have a booth together, and we have lots of surprises up our sleeve!

Because I’m so pumped for this event, I’m giving away two tickets (one for the winner and a guest) – that’s right, save your money for the bar – your entry will be on me! Here’s how you can enter (doing one of the below is an entry, enter as many times as you’d like):

  1. Tweet about the giveaway and be sure to include my twitter handle, @blueeyebrowneye
  2. ‘Like’ the Blue Eye Brown Eye Facebook page and leave a little note on the wall so I know you’re a new Facebook friend!
  3. Leave a comment here on the blog – be sure to include your name and a way to get in contact with you.

I’ll announce the winner (which will be selected at random) on Friday, so get to entering! After you win, you’ll need to let me know the name of your guest, as well.

For a little more info on the event:

Just a little note to say…

Just a little note to say letterpress sets are now available in the etsy shop! Thanks to Anna Routh Photography for the lovely images. Oh, and that fantastic glitter twine? It’s Knot & Bow and you should go get ya some!