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The cool thing about the Signature invitation is that you have the space on each side to jazz it up and really make it your own.  You can do this by personalizing the side panels with photos or unique quotes or phrases.

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In the past, our clients have used the side panels to showcase photos of their resorts as a way of convincing guests to come to their destination wedding on the beach, and I have to take a moment here to say that I got a little jealous that I wasn’t invited because DANG those places looked awesome.  One client was getting married in Italy and included photos of a Tuscan winery near her wedding venue on the left side panel and her ceremony location on the right.

We have also had guests include adorable pictures of themselves on the panels, which is a great way to create one of a kind invitations using our designs.  We of course do this for you at no charge, along with changing the colors and fonts of our designs.

But what if you’re not into pictures, but still love the Signature invite?  Quotes or phrases are most commonly used on the side panels.  Some clients have used lines from their favorite songs, and we have even included something from a Dr. Suess book for one of our quirkier couples!  The side panels make our invitations really versatile.

Can’t think of anything awesome to write?  Look here for some inspiration:

Hearts will be practical only when they are made unbreakable. – Wizard of Oz

Our love will move us forward.

Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So… get on your way!  – Dr. Seuss

Forever begins today.

When your heart speaks, listen.

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.

And the two… shall become one.

Now, always and forever.

Two lives, two hearts, joined by love.

His love is the sunshine that keeps me warm.

To me, she’s the rainbow after the storm.

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Life by number

I like to think of myself as a creative person.  But sometimes I just want to zone out and not think.  That’s why I love paint by numbers.  Not the cheesy ones of woodland creatures or huge boats sailing on a rough sea – no.  I ain’t no blind grandma.  I like the ones that are a little bit different and don’t look like a typical number project.

When I first moved to Texas I wanted a painting to go over our mantel.  I browsed online and saw a painting I loved, but it cost around $400.  I couldn’t justify that price when I could paint something myself, so I didn’t buy it.  But when I saw that same painting as a number kit for much, much less, I had to scoop that sucker up.

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We moved to a new house last year and I gained a bathroom.  I wanted to spruce up the beige walls in the upstairs bathroom, but was feeling burnt out with the end of school and packing and everything a move entails and was creatively pretty tapped out.  So I went back to amazon and found a funky paint by number kit.

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If you’re not artistic but don’t have a huge budget to blow on a fantastic piece of art, go online and check out some paint by number kits.  You’ll have to wade through some typical blah-diddy-blah-blah old school designs, but you if you stick with it you can find some unique pieces out there for under $50.  All you need is patience to find it, then patience to paint it!

 

Anniversary Party

Last month we threw a pretty epic anniversary/birthday party.  Hubber and I are both turning the big 4-0 this year, and it’s our ten year wedding anniversary.  My parents and friends flew in from Canada and my cousins came over from Holland.  We held it at our house and it was pretty awesome.

The party had a pink floral theme with gold accents.  Here are some pictures of the details.

I hand painted the signage and menus, and made the plastic wine glasses pretty with little paper roses.  Due to the rental company sending the wrong sized tables I had to come up with some last minute centerpieces the night before but you would never know come dinnertime what a ball of stress that was.  A big thank you to the unexpected weather patterns for messing up another large scale event for me  – the first being my wedding.

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It’s important to note that Hubber hates Michael Buble.  Naturally, this means I need to Buble shiz up as often as possible, so I had asked our guests to give him a Buble related gift at the party.  We got some pretty epic stuff including a “signed” picture and some really high quality whiskey with a somewhat explicit photo of Michael on a custom label.

I made him a picture in photoshop, because two Bubles are better than one.

Behind the scenes, everything went wrong for this party.  It’s a month after the fact and I’m still not over how much of a disaster stuff was right up until guests started arriving.  It was all things that were out of my hands like weather not cooperating, vendors supplying the wrong tables and chairs with curse words scrawled on the back, things like that.  But in the end it all came together and people have told me they had a great time.  It looked beautiful.  So all in all, it was a success!  Just a much more stressful success than I have ever experienced in all my years of party planning.  I guess I got off easy with my wedding since things went pretty smoothly, so I was due.

The main lesson here is, of course, that things will never go as smoothly as you expect and you’ve just gotta roll with the punches.  The guests only knew that things looked great, the food was excellent and they were having a great time.  They didn’t know about the gonzo nutball lead-up I had experienced in the days before.  Try to keep that in mind during your wedding, mitzvah, quincineara, or whatever event it is you are planning.  THINGS WILL GO WRONG.  LIFE WILL GO ON.  Someday, you will laugh about it all.  I’m not quite at the laughing part yet, but that might be because I’ve sobered up from the party.  Somebody pour me another drink…

Just call me Andy (Warhol)

I have a college education, times two.  Yup, I went twice.  And I don’t use any of that education in my job.  Yay me, for an awesome use of money!

Before my kids were born I designed wedding invitations, and my plan has always been to go back to it.  But last year I got sidetracked… I started painting portraits and pets and it took off.  I never considered commissioning my work before, but as I have discovered things tend to work out better for me when I just go with the flow and don’t plan too much.

This is one of the first paintings I did, and it’s hanging in my husband’s office.

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I work from photos.  Here is the original.

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Aren’t we cute?  First I sketch the photo in pencil, then I choose my color scheme.  I try to stick to two or three colors as that gives the best pop art feel.  Too many colors and it gets a bit too busy.  This painting gave me some trouble… I tried it in blue first, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Yuck.  One of the reasons I love paint as a medium is because if something sucks, you can just paint over it and nobody will know.  Except I just told you.  DOH!  And here’s the finished product:

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I’m off my rocker.

I have a bizarre love for rocking chairs.  If I see one at Goodwill, I have to buy it.  Like, I have to buy it.  I think it all started with this little project.

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It’s a plain mini chair, nothing too special except it’s size – it’s perfect for a toddler.  I decided to zing this little pumpkin up for the Divine Miss A.

What a little beauty.  We have had this ballerina chair for about six years now, and at the time of this writing I think Divine Miss A has sat in it twice.  Time and money well spent!  Her stuffies sure like to hang out on it though.

This kid better be a girl…

Those who know me know that despite my best efforts, nothing I do turns out quite like everybody else’s.  This used to drive me crazy, I used to think there must be something wrong with me.  But with age comes wisdom or at least the ability to no longer care so much about the opinions of others, so I decided to embrace that which makes me different and just go with it.  I have been so much happier since making this decision!

When I was pregnant with my first about 8000 years ago, we decided to make our daughter’s nursery really special.  No pale pastels or pictures of teddy bears here!  We went with an energetic pink on three walls and a bold deep shade on the accent wall.

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This was the jumping off point, and we really enjoyed playing around with design ideas in photoshop, as I’m sure most nerdy-types do.  Once we nailed down the design, we bought some sticky vinyl and away we went.  This is how it turned out.

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This is the completed accent wall, otherwise known as “the project to make a hormonal pregnant lady even crazier”.  My poor husband.

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Room details. Hubber took those photos himself, of flowers in nearby front yards.  And thus endeth our first forray into decorating for baby.  I think we did pretty well!  Although as luck would have it, my daughter much prefers the color blue.  Typical.