Hi friends! I’ve been gone too long. What my poor little fingers may have lacked in typing, they made up for in trimming, folding and gluing. I’ve been busy for the past several weeks! Wanna see?
You may remember this post, from back in April, where I mentioned that I’d be helping my gorgeous friend Megan with some of the other paper-related details to her September wedding. If you’re good at math and have planned a wedding before, you’ll notice that September is a mere two months away. That means…time to send out invitations!
I started the first version of her invitation probably thirty minutes after she called and asked me to help. I was just so excited! This overall project has been my biggest so far, but I feel like I learned a lot and I’m thrilled with the outcome! (minus that annoying fabric wrinkle in upper right corner of the first photo…blerg!)
It was hard to capture in a photo, but the invitation is printed on a really pretty opal shimmer paper, purchased from the new(ish) Paper Source up in Austin. It looks like the underside of a sea shell…very chic, and perfect for a Southern California coastal wedding.
Mr. Max Meeker, I don’t know you, but you were at the top of the stack, so you’ve made it to the blog!
All of the paper goods were purchased from Paper Source using the Strawberry and Papaya color schemes, and the fonts I used were La Portenia and Coquette.
This last photo was taken on my wedding day in 2008. I asked Megan to do my bridal makeup and she did an amazing job. She made me feel the way every bride deserves to feel. Now, three years later, I’m making her invitations and sharing in her day. Don’t you love when things come full circle like that?
Love you, Meg! Thanks for trusting me!
I finished my quilt top on Sunday afternoon. Once I realized it had been over a year since I purchased the fabric, I decided I really just needed to get over myself and finish it. There were several mishaps along the way, like cutting most of my pieces too short, but I’m hoping that the billion extra stitches will make it look extra homemade. I’ve never said “extra” so many times in my life…I feel the need to type, “read all about it!!” Do keep reading, please.
Anyways, I have two new sewing projects waiting in the wings, and I (try to) make it a point to not start new projects until the first ones are done, lest I end up on an episode of Fabric Hoarders–don’t worry, that’s not really a show. I’m hoping to buy the batting and backing fabrics next week, and I think I might actually try to make my own bias tape this time around. I’m fully aware that I will probably be screaming into a pillow shortly after taking on this task, but I can’t help it…patterned bias tape is just so cute!
|(photo via www.dana-made-it.com)
And, moving on to the gratuitous cuteness: here a a few peeks at quilt #2. I don’t want to share the whole thing until it’s done, and I feel like dragging this thing out for a year just. isn’t. long. enough.
I really love the fabric, which was a calculated departure from my first rrreeeaaallllly pink quilt. I know, it doesn’t look so pink and girly from the photo, but the back is a big, giant rectangle of bubblegum-colored fabric, so this quilt needed to be be a wee more neutral. I hope you’ll stick around for the finale! HOW IS IT GOING TO END??
Ahhh…spring time! It must be the crisp, 90 degree weather here in San Antonio that makes me so giddy. I’m trying my best to soak up this (disgusting) warm weather before we move to Ohio, but I feel like I won’t really appreciate spring’s promise until I’ve gone through a true winter. I’ll be sure to bring you an update on this next year.
I just finished some save the date cards for my dear friend, Megan, and I’m just loving their bright, springy hue. I’m a sucker for warm colors, so I had a great time incorporating her wedding colors, shades of orange, coral, and pink, into the design. I won’t have a chance to show off the invitations for a few months, but take a peek at these:
Aren’t they such an adorable couple? So much brown sugary goodness. The beautiful photograph was taken by equally beautiful Marcie, of Marcie Jane Photography, and I added the text on the left. I know, it’s not as cool when you realize I did barely anything, but…yeah.
I made some fun address label wraps, and I really love the way they turned out. I had never made any before, but I know they are all the rage right now. Normally, I print addresses directly on the envelope, but my P.O.S. 4-year-old printer wasn’t allowing it this week. So, these wraps were made in a moment of panic, and I think they are one of the best features of the whole shabang. Here’s a close-up:
Meg, I can’t wait to celebrate your marriage in September! Thank you thank you thank you for allowing me to participate in your special day.
Oh yeah, and that background fabric is from Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley collection. It’s called “Architectural Persimmon.”
Cause you were dying to know.
I hope you’re having a wonderful week! We’re working on Illustrator in my design class, so I’ve been trying to get the hang of the pen tool, which uses a combination of linked Bezier curves to create a path (had to google that one). Anyway, the process is very foreign; when it comes to drawing, I usually end up scanning a sketched image and manipulating it in Illustrator, but I’m trying to become more comfortable with all the tools in the program, whether or not I actually use them. Thank you, Charlie and Poppy, for serving as wonderful models.
I just can’t believe it, but today marks our third wedding anniversary! I love you, my David!
It’s funny how weddings seem to bring out the creativity in people, whether by chance or necessity. When I was planning my own wedding, I felt frustrated by the lack of affordable options, so I made my own invitations and programs out of necessity. Little did I know how one visit to Paper Source would send me into such a tizzy and eventually bring about a love–or dare I say, obsession–for all things paper and design related.
Here is the finished product! I created these invitations Microsoft Word (which I do not recommend), because back then, I didn’t know what Adobe Illustrator was. Oh, and that gold flower? Hand-stamped by yours truly…all 100 of them. For the actual invitation, I used Paper Source’s A7 note cards in luxe cream, and for the enclosure, I used their half-moon enclosures in chocolate, wrapped in chartreuse satin ribbon.
This is the cover of our program. Again, more stamping. My hand hurts just thinking about it. To keep the pages of the program together, I used the A-7 backings connected at the top with chocolate-colored brads. The fonts I used were Copperplate and Jane Austen (nerd alert!).
I will never forget the joy I felt on my wedding day. Just before our celebrant declared us husband and wife, I thought I’d nearly leap out of my skin with excitement!
Finally, because my husband is a true romantic, I have to share the gift he gave me on our first wedding anniversary. I made sure to ask his permission first, since I would hate to ruin his street cred as a manly man:
He hand-painted our marriage vows on a canvas that now hangs on a wall in our bedroom. Isn’t it wonderful!?
Here’s to many many more years together!