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Despite my lack of posts; in real life, I do often think of posting. In fact, on my desktop, I’ve got a folder of a cache of photos that I’ve snapped in hopes that one day I’ll actually create time to sit down & tap away at my keyboard to post a post but alas; busy days indeed. On top of my somewhat-more-than-full-time job of running a bakeshop; wedding planning/projects are being undertaken.. What was once ‘seven months till my wedding’ has quickly become ‘less than two months!!’

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So in light of some wedding talk; my latest wedding project that’s been completed is sending off our gorgeous letter-pressed wedding invitations to our guests.. I’m sort of a repressed stamp aficionada (although perhaps at the very least, I have a profound appreciation of postage stamps)though I suppose that I’ve never really indulged in this interest of mine till now. Here are photos of some of the neat Forever stamps that USPS has issued recently. They are reprints of vintage (1910-1920) American floral garden seed packet stamps! What I love about this collection is that it invokes summer blooms & it also coincides with my wedding colour palette perfectly (as well as look stunning on the curry envelope). I’ve always thought that getting literal wedding stamps (i.e. the ones with a silly ruffled tiered white wedding cake, wedding bells, doves, hearts, etc) was a bit cheesy; therefore these are perfect. Elegant, feminine yet not too overstated. As for the postcard stamp (for the R.S.V.P. enclosure), I decided on these precious apple 33¢ stamps. Apples? Washington state of course! I mean, even though technically apples originate from Kazakhstan & were bred along the Silk Road & other trade routes before their genetic diaspora in Europe & colonial America.. across this country to the Northwest frontier & of course the modern day mainstream gene of these commercial varieties illustrated on these stamps – what? You haven’t read The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan!? Brilliant read, but I digress!

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I love the mixed media work of these seemingly simple stamps (it’s a combination of pen, ink, watercolours & a bit of computer manipulation) by John Burgoyne, a reknowned illustrator. It’s his first piece for the USPS. If you’ve ever picked up hardcopies of Cook’s Illustrated, these apple stamps may remind you of the backcovers….Simply because Mr. Burgoyne has done issues-upon-issues of gorgeous illustrations of plant/herb/fruit/vegetable varietals as well! I’m sure you all find it absolutely shocking that I adore food as subjects of art (; .

ImageA conservative peek at some of my hand-addressed envelopes. A labour of love!

My next major wedding planning project(s) is to finalise the cocktail hour & dining menus, beer & wine list…. (not to mention wedding favours?!) This means a lot of tastings!

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