Posted on April 9th, 2013
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This wedding suite was so much fun to design! We spent a lot of time on the small details, and it really made for an amazing presentation. The lovely bride I was working with had so many unique and special elements planned for her wedding day. We were not short any inspiration! I drew from beautiful natural elements from the venue, her bouquet that will include cymbidium orchids, and the fantastic vintage china settings at dinner.
I started as I do with most of my custom suites, with a drawing. Something special, created just for the occasion. Most of the time I use this as a main design element, but with this suite, it was the perfect hand drawn detail to seal the return envelope. The main invitation is an oval die-cut with a floral pattern border. This led to the pretty layered appeal of the directions and accommodations card, and the response card. Each insert had its own individual design, and they came together for such an exclusive vintage impression! To top it all off, she tied with twine and lavender sprigs, and placed the sets in moss lined Kraft boxes! Really beautiful and unexpected, I can only imagine how her guests enjoyed opening their beautiful little packages!
March through May is my busiest time of the year. This year, it seems especially true. I skipped wedding season last year because I had a newborn, so this year has been such an exciting adjustment. If we were a bigger studio, which we will be one day, I would be functioning at this capacity all the time. That is such a huge, exciting and overwhelming thought to me! Right now, I am enjoying my days as a mom, and my nights as an artist, as exhausting as it is.
Posting has been on my to-do list for at least three weeks! It has been an amazing time though, new exciting projects, beautiful weather, and lots of family and friends. We took an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime type trip with my family to Hawaii at the end of February. So many memories and photos, I will definitely have to devote a whole post to it. When I returned, I had a giant, 300+ three piece custom project to print and ship. This one also requires its own post! It has been pretty much non-stop, and we have had help from so many great friends. It is a good thing because Tyler has been working in Austin for about eight weeks, and only home for a day or two on the weekends. This is the first time he has had to work out of town since before Nolie arrived, and it has been eye opening. It gives me so much appreciation for when he is home, and also a new perspective for those who raise kids by themselves. So hard! Fortunately, he is home now, and even getting to do some remote work for a little while.
I have received so many emails asking if I had a boy version of my Tickled Pink invitations on Etsy. I finally do, and already have printed some for a lovely client in Washington, DC. You can find these Boy, Oh Boy invitations in our Etsy shop!
We have been printing a lot of baby related things in the studio lately, and I just love it! I don’t think I was ever particularly interested designing for babies when I was in the wedding stage of my life. Now that most of my time is spent chasing a toddler, I really have fallen for it! These are some first birthday invitations I printed for a friend’s cupcake themed celebration. So sweet!
Nolie’s first birthday came and went, leaving us with such sweet memories, and a messy house. The party was so wonderful, just what I was hoping for! It was a small, home party, with family, and other baby buddies. We spent the day in the hospital with my father the day before. Fortunately, he went home feeling much better. This did hamper my plans for some homemade treats and goodies, but at the end of the day, what is important is important. I’m pretty sure nobody noticed/cared that I bought the snack mix, and I think the little ones enjoyed their rice crispy treats and Plum pouches just as well! I feel a huge sense of relief. We made it. I think this notion made the party even more enjoyable.
Nolie smashed a cake, and played with her friends, and rode around in her little pink car, and wore a froo-froo dress. It was so sweet! We made a video using all the pictures we had taken of her all year. What an amazing transformation! Newborn to toddler happens so quickly, I really think the video captures that. Tyler wrote a special piece for the project, and it came out beautifully. I will surely cherish it forever. Don’t blink.
This season has been so busy and wonderful, I am sad the holidays are over. We had a beautiful white Christmas with all of our family. Nolie had so much fun opening presents, and I think everyone had fun shopping for fun toys and clothes! She is the first baby since I was a kid, so it made for such a special time. We have so much to be thankful for, and to look forward to in 2013!
That number is actually shocking to me. I’m a nostalgic person, and half of my heart is breaking that my little lady is turning one. The other half is jumping for joy that we survived. We have been through 1,614 diaper changes, 217 days and nights of nursing, 332 nights of waking, rocking, and soothing. I have washed and filled 1,456 bottles, and washed 156 loads of laundry. I am so damn proud!
I am in ‘finish Nolie’s birthday party’ mode today. We are having a small party at home, but this kid is popular! I am figuring out seating, and cleaning every nook and cranny of our house. Tomorrow is baking, decorating and assembling her present. I can’t wait to show you pictures!
It is here, my baby has turned into a toddler. A few days ago she took her first true, not-falling steps, and I was overcome with happiness and my-baby-isn’t-a-baby-anymore sadness all at once. I feel so proud! At three months old, I never thought we would make it to this point, but we did! It must have been a miracle. We all grew so much in this short amount of time, I am absolutely dumbfounded.
Let me tell you something. Having your first baby is hard. So, so very hard. People tell you while you are pregnant, but you have absolutely no idea until you take them home. Maybe you are imagining a movie-baby like I was? A tiny, beautiful, cooing sweetie that immediately sleeps through the night, and smiles at the camera. The reality is that they look like little old men, and they cry, sleep, eat, poop, then repeat. My baby cried for 8 hours straight one time. I was franticly checking her temperature, seeing what hellish bit of clothing was pinching her, trying to feed her and comfort her… ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, but nothing worked. Then I handed her to my brother in law so I could regroup, and she sat quietly in his lap and smiled at him. At that moment I realized, she probably just wanted me to leave her alone, and stop poking her with things, and putting boobs in her face.
It is such a blessing that I am friends with Nolie’s pediatrician. I text her all the time with the most ridiculous questions. I actually believed Nolie had West Nile Virus at one point. This is obviously a more rational thought than a stuffy nose from a common cold. Another time, she used her tiny baby super strength to pry off the top of a paint can. I was gone 20 seconds, and walked around the corner to find her elbows deep in white paint. She was laughing and having the time of her tiny life, and I was certain she was minutes from death. I jumped into the shower with her fully clothed, sobbing while she giggled and played with the water. She didn’t eat any, but you better believe I inspected every diaper with fear and determination. Recently, she started sleeping in her crib at night. The first time she made it more than five hours, I woke up panicked, certain that she had stopped breathing. This is obviously a more rational thought than her still being asleep at four o’clock in the morning. My pediatrician laughs and reassures me that I am not the worst mother of all time, but I’m pretty sure she tells everyone that.
Maybe the paranoia is genetically ingrained for first timers? I honestly don’t know how babies would survive otherwise. I honestly don’t know how parents survive, either! It has been amazing, and eye opening, and transforming. My heart is so full, I could never have imagined.
Along with walking, she has been drinking from a straw and eating anything you set in front of her. She might be a quarter Mexican because she loves tacos and avocado! She is trying to command the spoon, but mostly just makes a big mess. She is always dancing, and especially loves oldies! I am actually shocked by her amount of rhythm. She is eleven months old, and she drops it like its hot! So funny!
It is so much easier to be crafty now that we have Pinterest. I find myself browsing and planning almost every single day! I was inspired by this lovely pin, and by inspired, I mean copied her shamelessly. I held a Pinterest craft night for a couple of my buddies, and we drank margaritas, and chatted, and made a big, big mess. It was a good time! My lovely friend/sister in law, Jayme, is a fantastic baker, and she shared some great tips for keeping the dough even. She even figured out that the ornaments wouldn’t lose their shape if we stamped the pattern first, then cookie cut. After they are done baking, I used an emory board to gently file off the crusties.
You likely have everything you need to make some of these cuties, and they would be perfect for little gifts or adding something fun and sweet to a present. Honestly, this is one of my favorite crafts, and I so want it to become a yearly tradition. I can’t even tell you how easy it is! Good thing, someone already did!
Have a look at these!
I had the privilege of working with a very sweet bride from New Zealand a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely love how these Savannah invitations printed! We chose to do a 6×6 in lovely peach and charcoal gray with opal Stardream envelopes, and they really are one of my favorite suites to date. I just can’t get over how romantic they are! When I send invitation boxes out, I always fantasize about how they will be received. If these showed up at my door, they would have taken my breath away.