Olivia’s Letterpress Party Invitations

Last month, we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday!  I absolutely cannot believe how quickly the year passed and how grown up my little baby has become!  I’m excited to share some pictures from her party soon but wanted to start out by sharing her party invitations.


(please forgive the shadows on all of these pics, I took these outside under a tree on a sunny day, lol… I’ve never claimed to be a good photographer!)

If you’ve been following along with my blog over the years, you know that I have a passion for letterpress printing and graphic design.  Invitations (of any kind) are one of my favorite things to do, so I was extra excited to create something special for Olivia. And…. I figure that I only have a few years when I can have compete control over her party planning  :)


After some serious Pinterest paroozing, I settled on the super girly color theme of pink and gold.  Somewhere along the way, I ran into the tagline “She leaves sparkles wherever she goes…” and I thought it was perfect for the invitations, so sweet for a little girl (who is young enough not to get a huge ego from this tagline!) She is our little princess and has definitely brightened up our life!


I decided to go with the same layout that I used for these baby shower invitations… because seriously, who doesn’t love to open a tiny little envelope!  I included a gold envelope liner to tie in with the gold printed “sparkles”.


The outer envelope was a blush pink, same at the mini.  And I designed custom address labels printed on sticker paper and finished things off with some gold chevron washi tape (ok, so I have a new obsession with washi tape… as first I didnt really get the whole craze and thought it was kind of silly, and maybe it is, but now I love it and cant get enough!)


All of the specific party information was hidden inside the mini envelope and I made the pink and gold rosettes to use as party decorations.


This was such a fun project for me and something that I hope Olivia will be able to enjoy down the road! I know it may seem slightly over the top for a one year old, but I truly loved every minute I poured into this suite.


Olivia at her party


(photo credit: Natalija Winston)

Please contact me at mondaymorningpress,mmp@gmail.com or on my facebook page if you are interested in purchasing these invitations or something similar for an upcoming event!  Remember, the invite makes the first impression!


Beautiful Buffet Makeover

When my friend Katie sent me an email asking if I was interested in buying her buffet, it was love at first sight!

isn’t it gorgeous?

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It was in perfect condition and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Looking back at my recent projects, I realized almost everything I had painted this year was either cream or blue/mint.  So, I decided to switch it up and go bold!

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I chose mustard yellow (maybe I was subconsciously inspired by my most recent letterpress project!)

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I was a little concerned that the bright color might be too much for such a large piece so I decided to try something new and added a few hand painted white accents to help break up the color.

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I just love the lines and curves of this piece!

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It made it so easy to know where to paint the highlights…

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This is a completely new technique for me but it was actually really fun to paint with a tiny little brush

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I also decided to add patterned drawer liner to the the inside surfaces and just love the way the grey looks with the mustardy yellow paint

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This beauty is available for sale at Orange! Would be perfect in your dining room for your Christmas dinner spread. Go check it out!

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Got an old piece of furniture that needs an updated look?  Shoot me an email at mondaymorningpress.mmp@gmail.com for info on refinishing services!

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Ok guys… I’m so excited to share this latest project with you! I finally got to do my first big letterpress job (since Olivia was born) in my new print room!  I was honored with the privilege of throwing a baby shower for a wonderful friend of mine, Niki, and it was the perfect project to get back into the swing of things as fas as printing goes.

Niki was one of the first people I met at Virginia Tech.  We became great friends and roommates. I’m so thrilled that she and her husband are welcoming a sweet baby boy in February! She told me that she was planning the nursery colors to be grey, mustard yellow, and blue.  I love using colors for party planning inspiration and so I ran with the grey/mustard idea for the invitations.



I’ve had the idea to use a tiny little envelope for an invitation for awhile now and I thought a baby shower would be the perfect opportunity.



The invitation itself is 5×7 and the mini yellow envelope is 3×3.





isn’t it so cute?  I’m kind of a sucker for anything miniature…


I designed and pressed the outer generic invitation


and then used the computer printer to print the information that I designed inside the mini envelope specific to Niki’s shower




This project was so fun for me!  The shower was over the weekend and we had a great time gathering to celebrate Niki’s little bundle of joy!




I’m hoping to get my etsy shop up and running soon and will be making these invitations available for purchase!


Got a special event coming up?

Shoot me an email at mondaymorningpress.mmp@gmail.com for info on custom design and letterpress services!

Custom Work

Olivia and I are finally (sorta kinda) falling into a regular daily routine and I’m excited to announce I will be available to start taking on custom furniture (and letterpress- more on this soon) jobs again.


Here is a quick run down:

– Furniture delivery and pick up will be the responsibility of the customer. You must be able to drop off and pick up your piece from my Forest Hill home.

– Furniture should be in paint-ready condition. Of course I will take care of any necessary sanding, minor veneer patching, and cosmetic issues but am not able to rebuild drawers or complete any extensive structural repairs at this time.

– Customer shall provide pictures, paint/stain colors ideas, fabric swatches to help communicate desired finished product.

– Pricing will be project based and determined by condition and size of piece, number of paint colors, amount of staining.

– Scheduling will be first come, first served!

If you have an old piece that you would like to give an new look, please contact me with dimensions and a picture at mondaymorningpress.mmp@gmail.com and I will send you a quote!

You can also contact me through my Facebook page!  Check it out to see more pictures of past furniture flips!

Here is a piece I recently refinished for my sister’s college bedroom.

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Above is a progress shot- the original dresser was dark wood. And below is a picture she sent me of the finished product in her room.

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Print Room Addition: Part II- The Big Reveal!

As promised, here are some shots of the beautiful addition that Nick built (for me)!

***As I’ve mentioned before, my photography skills are pretty poor so these pics don’t do the room justice, but hopefully you can get a good idea of space nonetheless***

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We kept the original terra-cotta colored tile because it was in great shape and durable.

With an 1000lb press and lots of ink and oil spills, the tile was the perfect (and free!) option.

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The press in it’s final resting place!  Hope we don’t have to move this thing again for a VERY long time…

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I refinished several pieces of furniture for the room including the cart, the mint cabinet, 2 filing cabinets, 2 chairs, and the small secretary.

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Here is a before shot of some of the furniture.

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We bought a butcher block countertop from Ikea and stained it Dark Walnut for the back work surface.

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The room really is so cozy and I had so much fun working in it over the weekend!

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I’ve got a  few ideas in mind for this big blank brick wall (back of the chimney)

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I bought a huge antique frame that I am going to turn into a project display board of some sort, with either chicken wire, cork, or peg board…

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I need to get a few shelves on the walls still, but otherwise the room is complete!

A HUGE shout out to my awesome husband for completing the project without divorcing me :)

Nick has also been using the room often when working from home and studying for his licensing exams.

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I hope you have enjoyed this transformation and I look forward to keeping you up to date with all the letterpress goodness that will come out of this room!

Linking up to these parties!

Live, Laugh, Rowe

Print Room Addition: Part I

I’ve been excited to share this project with all of you for some time.

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We (and by “we”, I mean Nick) started the process of converting our side porch into an office/print room in November 2013. While most of the construction wrapped up in early March  in time for Olivia’s arrival,  we just recently put the finishing touches on setting up shop and I could not be more excited!



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A little background…we picked up the press in December 2012 from Woodbridge, Va… an AWESOME Craigslist find!

And it has been sitting in our dining room up until just about 2 months ago.


While it’s a beautiful object and a great dinner conversation piece, Nick and I weren’t crazy about having this 800-1000lb press on our hardwood floors.  I had done several projects in the dining room but was ready to have a more permanent home for the shop but there were no better options in our house.

One day while daydreaming, a lightbulb went off and I had the idea of enclosing the porch on the side of our house.  We live on a busy road, and rarely used the porch for much more than storage(hillbilly style). Plus the porch was on a poured concrete slab so there would be no problem holding the weight of the press.


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Here is a rendering I did of my preliminary vision for the room.

I carefully made the suggestion to Nick…I’m pretty sure he rolls his eyes and gets really nervous every time I tell him I have an idea and rightfully so. It usually means lots of work for him, and a lot of bossing around from me.  Poor guy, he’s such a good sport.

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So on a rainy day in November, he and our friend, Josh got started on framing the new room!

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He had never taken on a project of this size but he jumped in with both feet and did a fantastic job!  He did everything from drawing the plans (with my input of course), to building permits/inspections, to electrical work, to spray foam insulation…

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Here he is all suited up and ready to crawl under the porch to insulate the slab from below… what a stud(no pun intended).

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We were fortunate to have lots of good help from friends and both of our Dads.

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After lots of busy weekends away for the holidays, the exterior construction wrapped up in mid January!

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We kept the original columns from the porch and got a great deal on 4 Pella windows.

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Nick tackled all the interior projects as well.  Drywall, trim, painting etc.  I helped out with some of the finishing work like caulking and painting trim as much as I could at 8 months pregnant (which you can imagine was not very much).

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After Olivia was born, setting up the room and moving the press to its new home got postponed a few months.  Nick and I ended up moving the press from the dining room to the addition one saturday morning in June and this past weekend I FINALLY got to do my first print in the new room!

Can’t wait to show you the final results :)

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Here is a sneak peak to hold you over…


Bentwood Rocker

Nick has recently become my Craigslist scout.  He found this awesome rocker for a great deal and he even picked it up for me!

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I had the fun job of painting it and giving is a new look!

As soon as I saw the piece, I automatically thought that it would be adorable in a nursery so I went with a light color scheme.  I used the same custom mixed blue color from this dresser for the main body of the rocker, and used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White for the caned areas.

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Here is a progress shot after the first few coats of paint and before distressing.

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And here is the rocker all finished with its brand new look!

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I think its such a sweet little piece.  I pulled a few objects from Olivia’s nursery for the photos.

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It is cute and also very comfy!

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Thanks so much for checking in!

Ornate Dresser Rehab





So, as I promised in my last post, I’ve got a few recent furniture projects to share with you (finally)!


This beautiful, ornate dresser was one of my first big projects since Olivia was born and it was a fun piece to help me get back into the swing of things!

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Now, as you can see this pretty lady was in bad shape cosmetically…but her bones (frame, and dovetail drawer construction) were all in great condition!  I don’t normally take on a project with so much pre-paint preparation, but when I saw the detail on this piece, it was love at first sight!

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So, I brought her home and immediately began stripping the chipped veneer off of the worn out drawer fronts.  I made sure before purchasing that there was solid material under the veneer and not particle board which does NOT paint up well.  The wood was not the best quality but nothing a little sanding couldn’t fix.



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I ultimately decided to strip the top surface as well but don’t have any pictures of that.

After many hours stripping with a heat gun, I was so ready to get painting!

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I mixed 2 custom chalk paint colors.

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Light blue for the body, and mint green for the accents.

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And here is the finished product!

The orginal hardware was in great shape and the natural patina on the finish went great with the paint colors.  I love re-using hardware whenever possible.

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You can see the wood on the top was a little “distressed” under the veneer but I really liked the way the imperfections added to the aged, rustic look so I continued with the original plan to stain in my favorite dark walnut shade.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how this project turned out!

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It would work great in a bedroom or as storage in a dining or living room.

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Hope you enjoyed this transformation!

Linking up to these parties!

Live, Laugh, Rowe

Photo Update: Olivia 0-4 months

Hello there!  Life has been a little busy lately but we are finally starting to fall into somewhat of a schedule (somedays).

I’ve been able to get back into some furniture projects over the past month or so and I’m excited to share them with you.

But first, I thought I’d fill you in on the last 4 months with our precious “little lady”

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We welcomed Olivia Dalton on March 14, at 9:04 pm.

As far as labor and delivery goes, I feel like we were very blessed.  There were a few scary moments along the way

but she and I (and Dad) made it through it safe and sound.

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Here is our first family photo about 3 hours after she was born!

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and here are a few shots from the hospital photographer… Baby Bella

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We weren’t planning on buying pictures, but they really know how to pull at your heart strings!

So we crumbled, and bought them all…

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Here are a few shot sweet shots from Beth of Looking Glass Photography

She is a friend of ours who came to our home 2 weeks after Olivia was born to take some pictures of the 3 of us.

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Love these sweet moments she captured (despite Olivia crying for most of the 2 hour session)

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This picture of Olivia at 1 month pretty much sums up the first few months of her life…

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By 2 months her attitude had evened out a bit…

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and by 3 months she was ready to take on the world…

one “eeeeeeevil plan” at a time…

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She turned 4 months yesterday.. She is such a sweet, sensitive little girl.

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She is is rolling over, giggling, chewing on everything, and making us laugh all the time.

Being a Mommy is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  It is now my full time job (along with my painting and pressing hobbies)

as I have decided not to return to my previous position. Some days are challenging but always rewarding- I’m excited for this new adventure and

hope to be posting more regularly!


I’ll leave you with a few more shots from our beach trip last month… thanks to my sister, Lauren and her friend Maddie for the great family pictures!



Yeah… she doesn’t look at all like her Dad, does she???



My goal is to update you on a few furniture transformations this week, but it took me all day to

write this short blog (in between naps) so we will see if that happens ;)

Thanks for sticking with me!

Christmas Baby Shower

This past weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for my very good friend, Reema.  She is 5 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and we have had so much fun going growing “bumpy” together!


We threw the shower at my house and I supplied the invitations and decorations…


Reema is having a baby girl (just like me, so fun!) and so the theme of the shower was “Ribbons, Lace, and Pearls” with a christmas-y twist!


I letterpressed the interior of the invitations and used doilies, to create a lacey effect on the inner envelope..


I decorated the tree according to the theme and Reema’s mother-in-law Barbara made beautiful cookie favor ornaments!



are they so cute?  Yummy too!


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The drink table is always one of my favorite stations to set up, and you know I am a sucker for mason jars! (You can see a similar drink station from another shower I hosted here.)






Reema’s sisters, Nadia, Lamya, and Mona took charge of all the food for the shower- and boy did they go all out!

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We had enough food to feed an army and it was all so delicious!


Just check out this appetizer table if you dont believe me!


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We chose a brunch theme for the menu, so the main table had everything from

Mexican Fritattas…


to chicken salad croissants…

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citrus salad with pomagranates…

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and smoked salmon and cucumber bagels!

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These girls really know how to put out a beautiful spread!

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For dessert we had delicious and adorable almond cupcakes with citrus icing


(notice the lace and pearls?  I love how everything came together!)


And you can never have too many cookies!


We had a cute little station set up for guests to contribute mommy advice for Reema


And then it was time to “Ooooo and Ahhhhh” at all the precious baby girl gifts!



We had a really great turn out and had a very full house!


It was so much fun hosting this event for such a great friend.  Cant wait to meet her sweet baby in February!