I am working with an October bride to create some really beautiful accessories for her reception. Her invites featured gorgeous fall colors with a hint of my signature sparkle. Instead of copying the exact artwork from her invites she decided to have me create a monarch butterfly. I alwys think of butterflies for spring but her request had special meaning as symbolic of her late father and their meaningful relationship.
I thought this was such a beautiful sentiment. The seating cards, table numbers and favor cards will all be fluttering with this spirited symbol of her love for her father. What a perfect way to infuse true meaning into a celebration!
September 21, 2007
Lynn from Handcrafted wrote a lovely post about Momental today. Thanks Lynn for your kind words.
I have added this blog to my favorites, take a look!
September 12, 2007
Back in August you may remember me mentioning my trip to Cape May, NJ. Yeah, the one where I returned as red as my fall invitations! Anyway I always visit the small shop slighly hidden from the main shopping area of Washington Street Mall. The Nest is such a perfect name for this amazing shop where you can find anything from custom engraved sterling jewelry to funky wall art made from reclaimed vintage metal. They encourage their shoppers to bulid their own “funky, fun “nests” – and oh how I have!
I am particularly enchanted by these rustic and colorful sculptures. Each piece had its beginnings as something utilitarian, like a metal porch chair or vintage tub. The artist then takes these parts and turns them into something new, something to make life prettier.
I love the concept of turning the discarded and deemed no longer useful into a piece of unique art. I love the comments I receive whe someone catches a glimpse of these on my walls. I hear “is that made from one of those chairs my grandmother had on her porch? or “is that a tub leg?” My home is filled with unusual finds so I am accustomed to strange looks and questions, but everyone seems to love these sculptures form my engineer husband to by teacher friends.
I think there is something comforting about surrounding ourselves with imagery from the past. I also think it feels good to reuse that which could be easily tossed in a landfill.
I contacted Carol from the nest to inquire about the name of the artist. I found out that this artist sells only to the nest once a year, so these designs are exclusive to The Nest. Give them a call though and find out what treasures still remain from this very talented artist.
September 10, 2007
Today my assistant Laura and I finished up two orders – wow I am tired! This particular invitation was quite detailed but definitely included all the information any well informed guest will need. You will notice the pocket beneath the invitation holds cards titled RSVP, Infomation and Accommodations.
I have to say this aspect of the invitation is quite often overlooked. Most brides are so caught up with the color and design of their invitation that they often overlook the “logistics” of the invite, better said, the “how and what” of the event. How and when will your guests get to the event, what will they do once they have arrived, where will they stay – these are all questions you as the bride should really answer for your guests. Now, you certainly don’t have time to arrange for each guests accommodations etc, but you can gather pertinent and useful information to include with your lovely invitations. All these details are especially important when you are hosting a weekend wedding where there may be more downtime for your guests. In this case a small itinerary booklet is the perfect solution.
So lesson learned – include detailed maps, hotel reccomendations, flight information and more. Think to yourself…”what info would I be hoping to see when planning to attend a wedding out of town?” and go from there!
September 6, 2007
Yesterday I finished a super fun order for a very savvy Baltimore bride. She came to me months ago wanting a very fun, but not “cheesy” drawing of her fiance and herself in their wedding attire. She then wanted me to use this drawing as the centerpiece of her custom invitation.
I first thought, “aren’t we jumping the gun a bit? You are not married yet? I’m confused, shouldn’t this illustration be on your thank you notes?” Well yet again, my brides have such great ideas and always seem to open my eyes to new possibilities!
The more i continued with this project I found the illustration to be the perfect “teaser” for super fun event to come. When the design and layout was complete, I was hoping to be invited (jk), seeing the bride and groom ready to party, was sure to generate anticipation in each guest lucky enough to receive an invitation!
Take a look at her snazzy reception cards – cheers!
September 4, 2007
I was featured on this eclectic wedding blog on Friday! Yay! Although, they are a bit obsessed with my dog. Poor Harry….
September 3, 2007
When September 1st arrives, as far as my fall loving mind is concerned…it is fall! I absolutely love this time of year and I like my home to reflect this passion. Every year I addto my already color saturated abode, beaded jewel garlands, tasteful ceramic gords, sweet smells of caramel and apple and so on and on!!
Since my living room and kitchen are full of rich reds and ochres it seems I created these rooms just for fall (I didn’t really, but hey if it works go with it). This year I simplified a bit, tried to create a cohesive theme of natural texture wheat sprays and for a twist beaded garlands selectively placed here and there. I also love to keep fresh apples and oranges on the table this time of year. The freshs element says “someone lives here”, to me.