Saturday, February 25, 2012


Last fall a tag that I had made was featured in Anthology.  I waited too long to get myself a copy of the Fall 2011 issue, so it took a while to finally locate a store that had this past issue in stock. Luckily, I found a copy and here she be!

I am not a huge magazine reader (I am only currently subscribed to GQ because it was free and I like reading men's magazines...), but I found Anthology to be a pretty satisfying read.  There are tons of engaging articles and the photography is inspiring.  The magazine is also fairly substantial - the cover and pages are quite thick, so it's got some heft to it, which I really like.

 I have major "don't crack the spine!!!" issues, so I had my better half assist me in taking photos.

The tag included in this feature has been stamped with the Hunter S. Thompson quote, "Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride."  My mother and brother have always been huge Hunter S. Thompson fans, so it is with them in mind that I started offering this tag in my shop.

I've decided that this tag will have a permanent home in the shop, so feel free to purchase this item here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Corral Them There Keys (and tiny plastic customer loyalty cards)

While Of The Fountain specializes in custom leather luggage tags, I do also enjoy making key chains.  Probably because they get more use, and it's nice to see something special everyday. :)

Below are a few recent custom orders.  Be inspired!

I love inspiring travel quotes! (Thank you Hunter S. Thompson.)

 If you want to incorporate custom map coordinates, but don't want to do so on luggage tags, it can just as easily be applied to a key chain!

 Share a secret message.

 Or go for some simple sophistication.

 Give a romantic 3 year anniversary gift - leather - with a masculine key chain.

These key rings were made to be used as bridal party gifts.  

While I'm not giving luggage tags as favors for my upcoming wedding (as 90% of the guests already have tags that I made for them), I would say about 70% of the guests don't already have key chains...hmmm, I need to think on this a bit.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vintage Postage for Wedding Invitations

I sent out wedding invitations earlier this week.  I'm glad to be rid of them.  I've had all the components for the invitations sitting in a box for *months*, all sad and in the dark.  Now they are free!! :) 

In going with my blue wedding theme, I decided to splurge on vintage postage in a variety of shades of blue.  A word of advice to anyone that wants to stick a pile of stamps on an envelope: MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS ROOM FOR IT.  Like an idiot, I addressed most of the envelopes before I laid out the postage on the envelope, so I didn't factor in how much space it would take up.  Oh, it probably didn't help that my envelopes were pretty small (5.5" x 4.5").  So, see how the stamps will fit on the envelope before you start addressing them!  Luckily, I only had to redo about half of the envelopes...

Oh! And because I am so excited that The Big Day is less than 2 months away, free shipping on all orders for 24 hours. Starting....NOW! (3:00pm EST) Use coupon code TWOMONTHS to receive free shipping off your entire order.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Get Your Map On! Part 4!

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet*, there is no telling where you might be swept off to."

The Lord of the Rings

Frodo about his uncle Bilbo Baggins, Chapter 'Three is Company'.

*During a recent trip to Key West, a version of this quote from The Fellowship of the Ring movie was our motto.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Of The Fountain was recently included in the February 2012 issue of Straightline!  This monthly women's publication from Andrews Kurth LLP caters to female lawyers.  Being that I stay home and "craft" all day for a living, I found it pretty neat (and slightly intimidating) to see my work in such a periodical.

In this issue, a set of tags were included in a travel accessories guide.  Alongside the tags were some modern luggage with traditional aesthetics, a tasseled organizer to hold travel documents, and foldable travel flats.

Yay!  =)  I'm kind of in love with that Steamline luggage...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wedding Jewelry: Earrings + Necklace

Before Christmas 2011 I ventured back to my homeland - North Georgia - to spend a little time with family.  It was during this trip that I had hoped I would find the jewelry I'd wear on The Big Day.  My late grandmother was very much into jewelry, so I assumed that there would be gobs of different vintage pieces that would work for me to wear during the wedding.  However, it appeared that this was not the case.  I was quite heartbroken as I was looking forward to wearing something of hers on such a special day.  Since I still wanted vintage, "glam" jewelry, I set out to find me something to stick in my ears that looked pretty.

After a scary amount of time on Etsy, I fell in love with a parure that met all my requirements - it was sparkly and unique and fabulous!  However, it was waaay out of my budget (remember, I was hoping to borrow jewelry, not actually pay money for anything).  I stalked this necklace and earring set for weeks.  On Christmas Eve I noticed that it had been marked down by $40.00.  I took that as a sign that I was meant to have it, and after consulting various family members across a few states, I bought it.  I had never spent money on jewelry before (besides at Claire's when I was 13), so this was kind of a big deal for me!

Here are my newest babies! (My wedding dress is my first born.)

I got them from Orange and Blossom and have been so happy with them! (I try them on at least once a week.) 

But then, I started to get what I will call bride brain.  While I love the crap out of this jewelry I bought, I began to wonder if it was too much - as in too much bling.  Will it distract from my dress and my face and my hair-do???  But, then on the other hand I felt, Hay - It's my weddin' day and I'll wear whatever the hell I want to - even if it totally clashes with my dress (hint: my dress isn't plain white with no ornamentation...).  So, I developed a compromise.  I will wear these lovely earrings and this lovely necklace, but my Maids of Honor will wear some sparkly vintage jewelry, too, so I don't feel all alone with my blinged-out  self.

Since it was my weird compulsion that now required my 2 ladies to have this specific kind of jewelry, I thought it only fair that I buy these items for them.  Below are their choices.  It had looked as though one of their picks might not work out, so I bought a back up pair (that I may now give to my Jr. Bridesmaid so she can rock the vintage look as well). 

When I first went on this earring quest to find big, glam earrings for my bridal party, I briefly considered newly made jewelry.  After looking at a few stores, I found that I didn't like the bright metals and swarovski crystals used in modern day (affordable) bridal jewelry.  I just prefer the patina found on vintage metal and the sparkle of the old rhinestones.  Though, it may just be the memory of my grandmother that makes vintage jewelry so much more special to me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Introducing: Petite Leather Tags and Initial/Monogram Tags AND a New Font!

One of my goals for Of The Fountain in 2012 is to introduce a few new items.  At this time I am excited to offer 2 new custom tag sets.

First up is the adorable Petite leather tag! These cute lil' guys measure 2" x 1" and offer just enough room for a brief sentiment.  They are the perfect accessory for honeymoon luggage, a person, or perhaps a laptop case.

Also new to the shop are simple initial/monogram tags.   For someone that wants a simple look, here is your tag!

 Initial tag with new font (Font E).

I guess I am also semi-introducing the newest font at Of The Fountain: Font E! Yes, I do have a way with naming my fonts.  It just comes to me. I have a gift.  I haven't yet added the visual of this option to all my listings, but it is available!  See how it compares in size to the other fonts:

Wow! It is kind of beast.  I don't know how practical this font will be.  But if anyone ever needs it, it will be there...

I am hoping to reveal one more new item in the next few months. Hint: It is not a leather tag. It's a...well, I guess it would be classified under housewares?  Well, it is leather and can be customized.  I'm still working on different prototypes so it may be a little bit before it makes an appearance.

As You Were

This is the least dorky picture of myself taken in the last few months.  :(

I am so happy to say that the shop is now taking on more orders for custom leather tags and key chains!  After the past month of fulfilling orders placed in reponse to the Country Living article, I can say that I have learned a thing or two about maintaining and increasing productivity! Oh yes.*

*I was recently exposed to Old Bitty Grandma via Regretsy.  I kind of love her. Like, I want to print out her face and tape it in my work space and/or have this video running on a loop constantly.  I told my future husband guy that I really wanted him to order a video from her for me for a Valentines Day/Wedding/Birthday/Christmas present.  We'll see if that actually happens...

Also! A few new items will be making their debut in the shop in the next day or so - 2 new tags sets!  Stay tuned for a separate post for these new listings that will arrive shortly.

In case the shop becomes as busy as it was a month ago, I must advise anyone wanting tags before May to place their order as soon as possible.  I will only be taking a limited number of orders at this time, as I want to have all orders completed and shipped out before I leave New England to head down South for my wedding in April. Eeek, less than 3 months!
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