May kicks off a series of public holidays, most of which land on a Thursday, Friday or Monday. It’s not really a deliberate routine, but we usually end up taking a short trip some where when one of these long weekends arrives.
One of the things I love about living in Europe, and specifically Munich, is that you can drive 4 to 5 hours in any direction and be in another country; The Czech Republic, Austria, Italy(!), France. Over the last couple of years though, we’ve taken a particular shine to making a beeline directly south to Slovenia and Croatia.
Last year we spent time on the gorgeous Istrian peninsula in Croatia. We stayed in the charming town of Rovinj, which is a straight shot across the Adriatic from Venice. This is actually where we trying to go last year, but couldn’t because I didn’t think to bring my Passport, but that happy accident led us to discover the delightful town of Piran, Slovenia.
Rovinj is a small fishing town, which at times it feels like Italy. Indeed, both Italian and Croatian are spoken, and many Italians commute in from Trieste. We heartily glugged down both delicious wine (the region is known for it's white wine, Malvasia) and olive oil - we even went olive oil tasting!
One day we took a day trip to the town of Pula. Pulas’ claim to fame is an almost fully intact Roman coliseum. Not as large or spectacular as the one in Rome, but still an impressive sight.
A bizarre and wacky highlight was a ferry trip out to Brijuni island. The island was a holiday refuge for Tito, the former Yugoslavian dictator (and avid nudist). He would host diplomats and dignitaries on it’s spacious grounds, also full of Roman ruins.
Dozens of petrified dinosaur (Velociraptor?) prints can be found on the stone beaches of the archipelego of islands of with Brijuni is a part of. As a result, the island has earned the name ‘Jurassic Park’ (for effect they've placed giant plaster dinosaurs by the actual footprints).
To our utter delight you could rent golf carts to tour the island and we had a blast zipping around the place. I'd never been on a golf cart before in my life, who knew they were so much fun?!?
This year we’re heading to the Julian Alps in Slovenia, stay tuned for another Ausflug update!
04/30/2015 07:38:15 in Wedding
Uncork the champagne and celebrate! Our Classic Black and White 1920s-inspired printable place cards are just the thing for a Great Gatsby/Art-Deco wedding.
Here are some fitting wedding table inspiration images that don't hold back!
The 1920s 'Great Gatsby' ornamental trend is still with us, and I created this Save the Date from the 'Deco' series as part of that trend. I kept the colors subtle; earth tones and black so that the design wouldn't become overwhelming.
if you're not planning a 1920s style wedding, but just want some pizzaz in your ceremony, this is the Save the Date printable for you!
04/17/2015 09:53:28 in Fonty Friday
After years of promises, I finally made my dad a website for his letterpress printing business. We had a lot of fun putting it together, photographing his work and projects.
Something I've always admired about my dad is his sense of whimsy. He's very clever and playful when it comes to both creating and naming his products. Case in point 'Pats @s'. This is the name he gave to a set of metal type @ signs, which he sells on ebay.
The cool thing about the metal type he sells is that he owns some of the only/last remaining matrices (molds) for these typefaces. So if you're a letterpress printer or enthusiast who wants this specific character, in this specific font in hot metal, he's the guy you gotta go to!
Hey everybody, It’s time for a wedding invite giveaway!
This is a ‘Pin it to Win it’ affair. Just pin your favorite printable e.m.papers wedding invitation design on Pinterest and enter the pin in the comments. You can pin up to five designs, just leave a separte comment for each pin.
The winner will receive a printable wedding invitation in the design of her choice with customization options including color changes, font and minor layout changes if desired.
The contest starts today, April 15th and runs for a week until midnight, April 22. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on this post on April 23rd.
[UPDATE] We have a winner! Random.org generated the number 9, so comment #9 from Abby Nix with this pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/275141858461668711/ won!
Congrats Abby, and thanks everyone for participating!