kelsey & brad's wedding invitations

Am I the only person that tends to prolong blog posts just to hold onto them a little bit longer? Yes? Well, for whatever reason - perhaps a combination of laziness, ADD and wanting to save this sweet little post - I finally got around to posting this lovely wedding invitation suite I designed a little over a year ago.

Kelsey and I used to work together and have since both moved on to new jobs, and for Kelsey, a new state to call home. She's blogging about her new life in the South at North Living South, offering up southern style decor tips, DIYs, places to visit and more. Rewind to February/March of last year when Kelsey and I kicked off our first meeting to discuss save the dates, and eventually wedding invitation design. Armed with a color palette and design inspiration, we landed on a casual yet elegant bohemian vibe in a navy and mint palette.

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A map was drawn on the back of the accommodation card, showing guests the location of the wedding venue and hotel.

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Watercolor flowers were hand-painted in coral, mint, mustard and ivory to complement the navy and mint palette. A kraft paper belly band with white polka dots tied all of the wedding invitation pieces together, presenting a romantic bohemian package for lucky soon-to-be wedding guests.

I'm so glad I got to work with Kelsey to bring her ideas to life!

colin & mary's birthday invitations!

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Colin and Mary's 5th and 2nd birthdays. As two bright and spunky little kids who have summer birthdays, the color scheme was easy - bright! - just like last year's invitations. Since they share a birthday and birthday party, for now, it's an interesting challenge to come up with an appropriate theme for both kids. Last year's theme was celebratory - balloons! This year, we went with watercolor. It's summery, colorful, and easy to customize with Colin and Mary's favorite colors.

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After playing around with different geometric shapes and patterns, I went with a simple and sweet design: watercolor "confetti". Colin's bedroom is a jungle theme so I used shades of green, blue and yellow. Mary's bedroom is full of pink and gold (and girlfriend loves to accessorize), so I used shades of pink, orange and yellow. In order to keep the design sweet and simple, both sides of the invitation were the same look and feel with one side for Mary, and one side for Colin. The invitations were printed on a heavy uncoated cover stock that mimicked the look of watercolor paper, making each invitation look hand-painted.

Their birthday party was a gorgeous summer day and we decorated with crepe paper streamers, balloons, and the most ridiculously beautiful watercolor garland that was handmade by my sister. She hand-painted all of the paper, punched out the garland circles, and sewed them together... she is the most patient, crafty, adorable mama. We helped decorate before guests arrived, and Uncle Tim made Colin the coolest Michelangelo crepe paper headband. So, of course, Mary needed one, too :) like I said, she loves to accessorize! Who can blame her.

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colorwhirl_colinmaryinvites
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I can't wait to see their personal styles evolve over the next year, helping to determine what their 6th and 3rd invitations will look like! In the meantime, I would seriously like to stunt their growth and keep them this age forever. Colin still tolerates me smothering him in kisses and hugs, holding him like a little baby in my arms, and thinks I'm cool (even though Uncle Tim is and always will be 10x cooler). He's so sweet, so brilliant, and becomes more independent every day, breaking my heart and making me so proud of him. Mary is quite possibly the cutest little lady, full of spunk and attitude in the most hilarious way. She has the funniest giggle/cackle and sense of humor, and can totally hold her own with her big brother. She calls Tim "Tim", not Uncle Tim, which is so funny because I imagine her thinking he's just her (really) big friend she hangs out with. She loves a good hair bow, lets me hold her all of the time when I'm around, and is also tolerant of my smothering hugs and kisses - for now.

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Happy birthday, you little peanuts! I love you so much!

product spotlight / kiriki press

It's always interesting to see trends come and go. Fashion trends are the most cyclical (70's bell bottom jeans are popping up everywhere after a 40 year hiatus and scrunchies are creeping back onto shelves... whyy!?), but interior design trends come and go just the same.

The one trend that I can't get enough of is handcrafted goods; woven textiles in particular. Woven wall hangings are EVERYWHERE (mass-produced in Target, even... I'm wondering if they are already past their prime), and embroidery/cross stitching is becoming just as popular. A few years ago, I'd associate cross stitching with my grandmother's generation. Now, there are artists taking the old technique of embroidery/cross stitching and turning them into modern, beautiful works of art (Maricor Maricar in particular - their work is stunning).

I applaud all of the artists making old art forms "cool" again (not that these techniques weren't cool, they just might not be applicable to a younger generation) - calligraphy, embroidery/cross stitching, etc. These art forms have been around for decades, centuries even in some cases, so it's wonderful to hold on to those techniques and modernize them for everyday use and appreciation.

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Anyhow, off my soapbox I step... the reason I'm preaching about old art forms is because I stumbled onto these sweet little creatures online a few days ago and it sparked the thought process above. How freaking cute are these animals? I don't have children yet but I contemplated buying one or two because they're just too adorable.

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Kiriki Press, based out of Canada, is an indie design foundry that creates DIY embroidery kits in varying skill levels. Ranging from skill level 1 (the monkey) to skill level 3 (the raccoon), these little animals are whimsical and look like a perfect weekend project.

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I seriously can't get enough of these animals - the fox and bear, in particular.

My sister cross stitches the cutest (sometimes hilariously inappropriate) sayings and I get so excited seeing the new pieces she's working on. How do you feel about old trends, like cross stitching, coming back in a modern way? I, for one, can't get enough!



colin & mary's birthday invitations

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Back in August, we celebrated the fourth and first birthdays of my nephew and niece, Colin and Mary. They share the SAME BIRTHDAY. Think about it for a second. It's absolutely crazy!!! It's also a big task for my sister to figure out how to throw a party that feels special for both kids, so they landed on "balloons" as the theme - it was perfect! I was lucky enough to design the invitations.

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The color palette was my favorite - bright! Not too girly, and not too boyish; just bright, happy, and fun!

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colin_mary_birthday

We chose two playful fonts with several different weights (Archer and Quicksand, which is free!) that paired well with the whimsical balloon illustrations. We added a hint of texture to give the invitations a little dimension and a stylized look. I love how they turned out!

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I love working on birthday invitations, especially for the first-ever joint birthday extravaganza for my niece and nephew! :) If you have a need for custom invitations, send me an email and we can talk details!