4.28.2010

Real Weddings: Stacy & Dustin

After ordering a sample of the fleur-de-lis ensemble, bride-to-be Stacy contacted me about creating a tea length save-the-date to coorindate with the invitation design and her wedding colors of champagne and black.


With my new printer, I'm suddenly able to print on metallic papers, so I paired this champagne pearlescent metallic save-the-date, layered over black card stock, and featuring the fleur-de-lis paper punch and complimentary corners, with a matching champagne envelopes. 



At one point in the design stage, we were also toying with the possibility of including a patterned paper in taupe but it didn't make its way into the final version of the save-the-date.  Perhaps Stacy will return when she's ready for her invites and we can incorporate more patterns and colors then!

4.25.2010

bookmark the date: real weddings edition

Over the past few weeks I've customized the bookmark style photo booth film strip save-the-date design for a couple of clients (with three more orders currently in the works). I used a palette of "blossom" pink and "beet" purple, along with a cymbidium orchid illustration, for Kristen and Dave:


And for Jamie and Max, I paired a star motif with a palette of chartreuse green, teal, navy blue, and gray:


I'm thrilled this style save-the-date has been a hit with brides so far!  More real wedding updates coming soon (yep, things have been pretty busy around here, I'm happy to report!)...

4.11.2010

sometimes the stuff I make is actually edible


I've been cooking a little more lately (yes, yes, I know I'm so lucky to have cohabitated with and subsequently married a guy who cooks and cooks well, even though he doesn't like to do it as often now that we no longer have the kind of time and freedom we did before we reproduced). Usually meals of the very fast and easy variety like pasta with Trader Joe's frozen sauce, but since I joined Weight Watchers (more months ago than I'd like to admit), I've tried out a few of their recipes as well, including the latest, shown above: mini butternut squash cheesecakes.  I don't have the small ramekins they suggest so I made about twice as many cheesecake bites instead and they came out pretty well (and this way they're about a point per bite!).  All each bite needs is a dollop of whipped cream, but that would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?  And it got me thinking, since I have enough cream cheese to make another batch, what other versions of cheesecake bites can I throw together?  Mash up some banana and use an Oreo crumb crust instead? Yum.

4.09.2010

Android dude meets Android dudette

The gals over at Women With Droids contacted me a few weeks ago about participating in a series of giveaways they were planning with various Etsy sellers to build up interest in the relatively new blog. Initially, I thought, I don't know...Giveaways are free and all and I'm awfully busy at the moment...But then I took a look at their site and eventually one of the contributors suggested making a custom case with their "droidette" logo and colors and I was fully on board.



I had a great time making this case. I mean, I enjoy making the two versions of the phone cozy I sell in my shop (I've sold about 40 since adding them to the shop last fall) but I have to admit I do get a little bored with the little Android dude after awhile. The thing that keeps it interesting and fun are the different color combos buyers request. So to make a new version of the case to match this particular logo variation and colors was just the break I needed (especially since I'd just finished a bulk order of all black + lime green cases for Twitgift).



And the best part is, duh, it's free! You can find all the details on the blog.

4.08.2010

Real Weddings: Lauren & Jim

Lauren and Jim will finish off a short engagement with (if their wedding invitation design is any indication) a fabulous ceremony in Austin, Texas next month.


Jim had already created an initial design for the invite when Lauren contacted me early last month about placing a rush order. Since the design was already off to a great start and Lauren would be handling the outer envelopes herself, I decided to go for it and managed to deliver just a few days later than her ideal "in-hand" date of April 1st.


The theme: confetti. The colors: navy blue, lavendar, a range of pinks, and a touch of silver.  I did very little to the invite itself, just a slight rearrangement of the names and text to balance out the L shape created by the confetti image along the left side and bottom.  We used the same confetti image for the three enclosures, which stack together to create a sort of mirror image when tucked into the pocket opposite the invite.



The pocket folder is finished off with a silver glitter belly band and layered paper embellishment with the couple's first names.


Needless to say, I'm still finding silver glitter in the nooks and crannies of my work area!  But I'm trying my best to keep subsequent orders I've been working on this week glitter-free.  That said, if you find a little something extra in your order, you'll know why (I'm kidding!).

Congratulations, Lauren & Jim!