Our art and stationery are infused with and express love, compassion, and kindness so you can connect mindfully with yourself and others.

expressions for moments that matter

Summer Markets

Shop seasonal art markets in the Washington, DC area.

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Share gratitude

Send a sweet sentiment impressed in beautiful textured paper to express your thanks.

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Reflect mindfully

Take note, reflect, and connect with the present moment.

Shop notebooks & journals

We believe in the essential role of compassion to create a better world.

Open to Being is a boutique letterpress stationery and art studio.

Founded by Theresa Esterlund, we are based in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, DC region.

Inspired by nature and intentional living, our mission is to foster a more compassionately-connected world through beautiful and intentional creative expressions and hand-crafted paper goods.

Meet Theresa

Our letterpress products are handmade.

We think the subtle variations add to their beauty.

Many are typeset using vintage wood or metal type while others incorporate polymer plates from original designs.

Everything is printed by hand, one at a time, on Vandercook cylinder and Chandler & Price platen presses.

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