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9 Fun Gifts for Wine Lovers under $30

Whether it’s yourself, your best friend or your mom, everyone’s got a wine lover in their life. Obviously, we both love sipping (ahem, guzzling) wine all year, so we’ve got some fun gift ideas we’d like to share!

1. Marble Wine Cooler – $26

Using a wine cooler – and a modern marble one at that – is a super easy way to go from causal to fancy shmancy. Amelia has one of these and we love using it to keep our champagne cool during our business meetings 😉

2. Relax Greeting Card – $5

This relax card is perfect to pair with a gift any time of year, to tuck a gift card into, or simply to spread some wino love! This is a digital print of our original hand lettering.

3. Bottle Stopper – $5

Amelia got me one of these and it’s just the best. Even if you usually finish your open bottles of wine or champagne, these little stoppers comes in handy much more than you would think. It’s a perfect little stocking stuffer for the lover of bubbles in your life!

4. Wine Decanter – $28

Using a wine decanter is classy AF – but also super easy! We love the design of this one, especially since the shape allows for easy pouring and minimal red wine spilling.

5. Bring Me Wine Socks – $10

I got these for my mom last Christmas and she just adores them. She loves wearing them when my sister and I are home and drinking wine together. We get a good kick out of how funny they are!

6. Wine Tumbler – $14

Wine on the go! These insulated tumblers are great for wine and other beverages – keeping them hot or cold while preventing condensation from your hands. The lids are dishwasher safe and leak proof, yay! Plus look at all the fun colors to choose from.

7. Metallic Wine Glass Pens – $9

These are a super fun idea for hosts or housewarming gifts! They are easy to use, come in a bunch of colors, will stay on for the life of a party, and wash off with warm soapy water. Amelia and I each have a set of these and we love inspiring our guests to hand letter their names 🙂

 

8. Wine Is A Grocery Print – $6-$20

This quote makes us smile as wine is always on our grocery lists! It is a print of our original hand lettering with a gorgeous burgundy gradient. It’s perfect for framing in the kitchen or above a bar cart area!

9. Red Wine Stain Remover – Set of 3 for $23

Yup, spills happen. And if you’re like Amelia and I they happen too often! I bought the three pack to share with my mom, sister, and I and we use it more often than we’d care to admit. I swear it actually works – I’ve used it on carpets, white pants, and sweaters – to name a few!

Please note prices and availability are subject to change. 

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14 Fun Gifts for Travelers under $30

Why is it that holiday shopping creeps up on us every year? November quickly turns into December and we all end up frantically searching for perfect gifts for our loved ones. If you have a traveler on your list, we’ve got you covered! And as travel lovers ourselves, we can attest to these items being fun, unique, and well priced. Happy gifting!

1. Say Yes to New Adventures Tote Bag – $20

The perfect tote bag for adventure seekers! This bag features our original hand lettering, screen printed with coral ink on a 100% cotton tote bag.

2. Universal Travel Adaptor – $17

A universal adaptor is a must have for any international traveler. We love this one because it can work for 150 countries and has 2 USB ports, giving you the option to charge 3 devices at once. Plus it comes in fun neon colors!

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, Blindfold, Super Smooth Eye Mask (One Strap) - The Authentic Are ONLY"Sold by Alaska Bear"3. Sleep Mask – $8

Putting on a sleeping mask while *trying* to sleep on a plane is a must have for me. I love this one because it is silky and lightweight making it super comfortable to wear while blocking out those pesky bright lights.

4. Portable Speaker – $26

Gotta keep the tunes going while you’re on the go! With up to 12 hours of playing time, this super loud compact speaker is rain, shower, and sand proof making it perfect for all sorts of adventures.

5. What is Life But One Grand Adventure Print – $6-$20

We love a good gallery wall, and this print of our original hand lettering pairs perfectly with travel photos. Available in our Etsy shop in three sizes.

6. Smartphone Tripod – $23

We love this compact tripod for when we’re traveling! The flexible legs make it easy to set up your phone on uneven surfaces so you can use your camera timer to take group photos anywhere. We also have fun using this to capture time-lapses of those gorgeous vacation sunrises and sunsets.

7. Packing Cubes – $20

These are a game changer. Like I don’t know how I packed before using these awesome cubes. You can organize by clothing type or outfits to make unpacking super easy when you get to your destination. They are also a life saver for separating dirty laundry. They come in at least 15 colors so there’s a set for anyone on your list!

8. Scratch off World Adventures Map – $26

How fun is this map?! It has a gold scratch off surface to reveal a colorful world map to keep track of states and countries that have been visited. We love that this is designed and printed in the US!

9. Where Chefs Eat – $24

Looking for the best midnight snack or secret local gem? This book has it all, from 5 star restaurants to hole in the wall diners, there’s something delicious for everyone to explore while traveling. Yum!

10. Luggage Scale – $13

This is one of those “I didn’t realize I needed this until I had it” gadgets. If you (or your loved ones) are like us, and tend to overpack only to then try standing on your scale holding a suitcase to see how overweight your bag is then this will make your life much easier. It is very accurate and super easy to use!

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11. Google Photos – FREE!

Amelia has been using Google Photos for years and holy shit are they are life saver. Super easy to set up and gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. Never worry about deleting photos on your phone to free up storage again!


12. Turkish Towel – $24

These 100% cotton towels are highly absorbent and dry very quickly, light in weight and take up little space, making them the perfect travel companion. Loads of colors to choose from you should probably get one for yourself too!

13. Portable Charger – $26

Running out of phone charge when trying to take photos or use map navigation while traveling is THE WORST. This compact charger stores enough juice to charge your phone at least twice and comes with an 18-month warranty. Whoop!

14. Not All Who Wander Are Lost Print – $6-$20

Another one of our fun travel prints for a gallery wall! We love the message behind this quote, and it’s available in our Etsy shop in three sizes.

Please note prices and availability are subject to change. 

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Lauren & Andrew’s Wedding

Lauren and Andrew became husband and wife on a gorgeous day in historic Danvers, Massachusetts. The love between these two radiated throughout their whole day as they celebrated with their closest friends and family. We were honored to work with them to bring their wedding stationery dreams to life!

Photography by Sarah Jayne Photography

Invitation Suite

Since Lauren and Andrew were getting married on an early summer day in coastal New England, hydrangeas and pale blues were perfect design details to showcase. With the multiple cards the couple planned to include in their invitation suite, we enjoyed playing with the florals and modern calligraphy to create a cohesive and simply beautiful look. And of course the wedding party bouquets coordinated perfectly!

We chose cool grey envelopes to pair with the blues of the suite which included the invitation, RSVP card, and details card. We also created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for the couple’s family and wedding party to attend. All these were held in place with a simple piece of tied twine before being tucked into their envelope.

We always love the special touch of hand lettered envelopes and the pop of white lettering on these was just perfect. To make these envelopes even more unique we added a matching hydrangea liner, setting the tone of Lauren and Andrew’s wedding from the first moment their guests opened their invitations.

Day of Details

We carried through the hydrangea and modern calligraphy look to Lauren and Andrew’s wedding day details. The couple gifted their guests with a welcome bag complete with a coordinating sticker. We also had fun chalk lettering a welcome sign for their ceremony. To complete their ceremony, we designed a cohesive program for their guests to enjoy.

Lauren and Andrew’s coastal New England summer wedding was just picture perfect and we so enjoyed being a part of it. Scroll on to see photos from their special day!

Vendors

Photography – Sarah Jayne Photography
Cake – Cakes for Occasions
Florist – Petals Inc.
Hair & Makeup – Casey McGoff
Cookie favors – Kitchen Millie
Venue – Danversport
Stationery – We’re Into It

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Pen Review: Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (now with available colors, yay!)

The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens have long been our go-to pens for many lettering projects. We struggled to correctly pronounce these pens for years, lovingly naming them “fa-dush-key’s” since neither of us know Japanese. Although, maybe we should learn since we can all agree many of the best pens are Japanese! We finally did some research and are getting in the habit of pronouncing them as correctly as we can, “foo-deh-NO-skeh”, or just Fude, “foo-deh”, for short. These beginner-friendly pens come in both hard and soft tips, and we’re excited to share why we’re so into these pens!

So, why do we love Tombow Fudenosuke pens so much? The clean and precise lettering capabilities of these fine tip pens make our work easy to scan and digitize. The ink is permanent and bleed proof, making them wonderful for lettering envelopes, place cards, and other small scale lettering projects. Of course, we always have at least two in our purses at all times, ready to letter at a moments notice.

For some, the small brush tip can be much easier to learn brush lettering with than larger, broad tip brush pens like the Tombow Dual Brush. Since these are great entry level pens, our Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshops always feature the black hard tip Fude. An added bonus? The barrels are made of recycled plastic – yay for the environment!

Up until October 2018, these pens were only available in black. You can imagine our excitement when we found out they were releasing a whole set of colors! We each immediately ordered ourselves the set. The pack comes with 9 colors plus black, you can get order yours here!

So what makes these colored pens so special? Fine tip colored brush pens can be hard to come by, and these ones are so vibrant, yet won’t bleed through most papers. Their sturdy, yet flexible brush tip is perfect for using pressure to create the thin and thick strokes for brush lettering. Can we say must haves?!

Size and Stroke

If you’ve never used these pens before, we recommend buying the Hard and Soft Tip 2-Pack so you can see which feels more comfortable to you. You may end up leaning towards one or the other when you’re first learning. Only catch – the colored versions are currently only available in hard tip. We especially like the precision and control of the hard tip, but also enjoy the smoothness of the soft tip. 

You may notice a slightly streaky or distressed look to the Tombow Fudenosuke ink. This is typical, since they are not as “juicy” as some other brush pens, actually making them easier to learn with. As the names suggest, the hard tip pen is firmer than the soft, allowing for sharper thin strokes. The soft tip is a little more inky, allowing for a slightly broader downstroke than the hard tip.

As we’ve mentioned, both of these are fine tip brush pens, so they are great for small scale lettering. The thick stroke tends to be about 1/16″ wide, while a practiced thin stroke is about the same thickness as a pencil line.

Durability

We’ve found that the tips for both the hard and soft pens last a bit longer than other brush pens. The tips are made of elastomer, so they are a flexible plastic. They will last longer if they are used on high quality, smooth paper, you can learn more about our paper recommendations here. We’ve also noticed that the ink tends be used up before the tip gets frayed, especially for the hard tip. Unfortunately, the pens are not refillable, but they are affordable and still last quite a long time for disposable pens.

In Action

Keep in mind every pen has its own unique feel and flow and each person is going to have their own preferences. We always recommend trying out as many brush pens as you can get your hands on to see what your favorites are. We’ve only just started playing with the color Fudes, but we’re instantly obsessed. Follow our Instagram to see our new colored pens in use and below are some examples of us lettering with these go-to fine tip pens. We look forward to hearing what you think about the Tombow Fudenosukes! 

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Choosing the Best Paper & Notebooks for your Brush Pens

Yay, you have new fun pens to play with! Congratulations, and welcome to the pen hoarding club. But with great pen ownership comes great paper responsibility, as paper choice is just as important as selecting your fab pens. When you’re first starting to use your new pens, it can be tempting to use regular printer paper to practice. This is going to result in a shorter life span for your pens that you are so excited to start using. Fortunately, we’re (very) into paper and are here to share some tips on what will help your pens stay in good condition and last longer.

Let’s start by breaking down paper. Sheets of paper are made from pressed paper fibers that have been blended together. When these fibers are long or coarse, the paper has more “tooth”, which is the amount of roughness the paper has. Smooth paper has shorter fibers, resulting in a gentler surface for your pens. Although the tooth might not be noticeable to your touch, pens will definitely feel the difference! The images below show how brush pens react to smooth versus textured paper. You can see on the textured paper that the ink is uneven and rough around the edges – and writing on it tears up the felt pen tip!

Paper Finishes

As a pen owner, you should think of paper like a carpenter thinks about wood. Different woods are better suited for different purposes, just as certain papers are better for certain uses. So what are the different types of paper? Generally speaking, there are two basic categories of paper finishes: smooth or textured. Although wove, bond, and vellum are all considered smooth finishes, we recommend sticking to the actual smooth finish for best results. This will prevent your pens from fraying quickly, because no one likes a frayed tip! Stay away from the textured finishes such as laid, felt, or linen for your pens.

Practice Paper

When choosing your paper for lettering, think about what the purpose will be. Are you practicing or are you looking to letter a project for a gift or framing? Luckily there are great options for both that are easily available on Amazon, Michaels, or other craft supply stores. Here are our favorite practice papers to use.

Strathmore 370-9 300 Series Tracing Pad, 9"x12" Tape Bound, 50 Sheets

Strathmore Tracing Paper is great because you can easily copy over example letters to get a feel for how to form the strokes. You can also place guidelines or a pencil sketch underneath to then trace over with a brush pen.

HP Premium Paper is perfect to have on hand for practicing your lettering. It is affordable and super smooth.

Rhodia Classic Black Notepad 8.25x12.5 Blank (80 Sheets)

Rhodia Notepads come in various sizes and with different types of sheets. You can opt for blank, lined, dotted or graph paper. The guides are helpful for keeping your lettering a uniform size as well as keeping your lines straight.

The Canson Marker Paper works well if you’re looking to practice on a bound pad. The paper is great for any brush pens. It is semi transparent, so you can also put some guidelines underneath. The sheets are thin but ink does not bleed through.

Project Paper

When you are creating a lettering project that you’ll want to keep, use acid-free, archival paper as it won’t yellow over time. After spending time perfecting your masterpiece, the last thing you’ll want is for your paper to start curling or fading! Below are a few recommendations for quality project paper.

Canson Bristol Paper is great for finished pieces because it is heavy weight and has a smooth finish. It also comes in 11x14 if you’re looking for larger paper.

Similar to the Canon Bristol, we also recommend using the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper for a heavy weight smooth paper that won’t hurt your brush pens.

If you’re looking for smooth card stock for a final piece that won’t fade over time, this White Heavy Weight Stock Paper is perfect! You can trim down to your desired size, or even fold to create greeting cards.

Astrobrights Colored Card Stock variety pack is great if you’re looking for fun color options. It is acid-free quality paper so works well for finished projects.

Notebooks

Of course, it isn’t always possible to carry around a large pad of paper to practice your lettering. We usually carry pens and a few notebooks in our bags so we can easily letter on the go – you never know when you’ll be inspired! 🙂 Although some of these aren’t extra smooth paper, you can still use them with your brush pens, we just don’t recommend them for repeated, long-term practicing. We’ve noted which ones are smooth!

The Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Notebook is one of our favorite notebooks. With a dot grid and silky smooth pages that are great for your brush pens, we love this for sketching and practice. And it comes in a variety of colors!

We also love the Compendium Motto Journals for lettering on the go. They are pocket-sized notebooks with dot grid smooth paper pages and come in fun colors and quote options.

There are a variety of notebooks available at Muji, including both glue and ring bound in many sizes with blank, lined, dotted, or grid sheets. Since glue bound notebooks don’t always lay flat, the ring bound are especially useful for taking pictures of your lettering. Not all of these are smooth paper, but are great to have as options!

Of course, we love the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. pocket sized notebooks. These have blank sheets and are always fun to carry around for inspirational lettering while you’re out and about. 

Happy lettering!

We can talk about pens and paper all day, but the main takeaway here is to not use regular printer paper for brush lettering. Since felt brush pens aren’t refillable, they won’t last forever, but if you take care of them using quality paper they will last longer. We’d love to hear about your favorite paper and notebooks for brush lettering!

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