Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Card Collating.

I've loved making wedding invites. It's something I didn't expect, because making anything in large volumes inevitably becomes mundane and dreadful. Surprisingly, I've loved designing, shopping for paper, picking fonts, and even rounding the 2,400 corners. After all that, it even brought me closer to a celebrity I've never identified with: Kanye.


I'm in shock all around. That's not to say I'm even halfway done. I still have to print RSVPs (now that we officially have an address!), emboss the RSVPS (on both sides), label all of the tags, and apply glue to all of the envelopes so they'll be functional in posting. I realize that none of this makes sense yet, but keep scrolling. All I'm delegating is the addressing (because Veronica has calligraphy skills). We'll see were my progress stands at Christmas. At that point, back-up may be called.

So to start, I designed my invites. I used the 30-day free trial of Illustrator to hammer out some pieces, namely the invite, details card, and thank you note. I made sure to save everything outside of Illustrator for when the clock ran out. Luckily, I found I could do a lot in Word still because I already had a working knowledge of it. Calling it a working knowledge is also a very generous term for my skills.

I used three fonts in the process, all downloaded for free from dafont.com. All of the print is Simple Print, the cursive is Jellyka Bees Antique Handwriting, and the date on the actual invite is Basic Title.  I had originally wanted to use the Basic Title for all of the writing (except the cursive), but it didn't print as crisply as the Simple Print. I didn't like the numbers in Simple Print, though, thus the combination of the two. 


Next I picked my paper. As I'm designing, printing, collating, addressing, and sending everything myself, I'm saving a lot of money. I'd estimate that savings to be about $1,000 from the estimates I found online and talked about with already-married friends. That's a lot of money and something I'd rather spend elsewhere. 

Still, I didn't want the invites to look like I'd saved money and skimped on quality by crafting them with glue and pasta noodles. Keep in mind that that's exactly what I did - crafted them in front of Say Yes to the Dress marathons, to be exact.  To keep the invites from looking like that, the quality of materials was important. I was all too excited to explore Paper Source. I'm not paid or otherwise compensated by Paper Source or any other vendor mentioned in this post. I'm just a huge fan and all-too-willing to spend money on stationary. 

On my first trip there, I found pointed flap envelopes on sale. They were enclosure envelopes, but at $6 for 10, I knew I could find a sealing alternative. I'm hoping I could maybe do a wax seal, but need to check with the post office. I then picked up A9 notecards in Night and text paper (the standard 8.5x11 size) in Luxe Cream


I picked up a pack of grey cardstock at Staples. I'll work on getting that link for you. After playing around with a few alternatives, I decided on using the grey paper for the additional information and the Paper Souce paper for the actual invite. The grey paper had a little more weight to it and felt like it could stand alone more easily. It was also cheaper, and with twice as many inserts, it was more economical. I also grabbed some baker's twine from Amazon and tea-dyed tags from March Hare Made on Etsy. It ended up being cheaper to buy tags than to buy and dye them myself.  I wanted to skip the formality of an inner envelope, but knew I needed to be explicit about who was invited. 


Quick interlude about the customer service from Kerri at March Hare Made: it was amazing. I had found a listing for 100 tea-dyed tags, which would only fulfill half of my invites. I emailed the shop and asked about the possibility of ordering 200 to use for my wedding invitations. Kerri promptly responded offering to set up a special listing for 200, to give a reduced price, and then asked what specifically I would be using them for because she didn't want me to be disappointed. How great is that?! I explained that they'd be used to address the invite, in lieu of an inner-envelope, and she was on board with my vision. It's so refreshing for a vendor to care about you and how you will use their product. I bought gloves for a Halloween costume the other day that they wouldn't let me try on and then said all sales were final. That's the world we live in, so it's so exhilarating to work with someone that actually cares that you enjoy the product. On top of all that, Kerri added extra to my order in case I mess up any and offered to refund my order if I didn't like them. Honestly, I can't make up service this good. 


I think the invites, paired with the wording, help to convey the casual vibe we're aiming for with the outdoor wedding and barn reception. The navy font and invite backing ties into the bridesmaid dresses, the grey into the suits, and the cream invite paper, envelope, and tea-stained tag into the natural setting. I also love the bees. They're embossed, so that's going to be real annoying, but they're becoming a bit of a theme themselves, and I'm not mad about it. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Picture This: Week 43.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PS - Get pumped. Though Veronica seems determined not to update her blog, Steph is creating one! 


October 21, 2013

My youngest sister surprised me with a box of Cheryl's cookies as a thank you for helping her with grad school applications and as a congratulations on the house. She didn't mean for it to arrive so perfectly timed with a very stressful time, making it all the sweeter.


October 22, 2013

It's cold enough for flannel jammies! Note that it's maybe 50 degrees outside. It's going to be a rough transition to Ohio.


October 23, 2013

My dad's in England, but he's still just as influential and validating.   


October 24, 2013

I successfully gave blood on Thursday. It's always a 50/50 chance with my iron level. I literally cheered when I heard my levels were above 12. 


October 25, 2013

I got my first hair cut in years on Friday. I only had a couple inches taken off, but it just felt so much fresher and healthier. That, and my hair ends on an even line now. Wedding regime commence! 


October 26, 2013

My friends and I dressed up as Disney princesses, not so happily every after for Halloween this year. There was the divorcee Cinderella, a scratched up Belle, and Ariel wrapped in a fishing net and ocean trash. That, and we threw a great party. And my hair stayed curled all night. It was a Halloween miracle!   


October 27, 2013

New food addiction: pomegranate. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Picture This: Week 42.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PS - Get pumped. Though Veronica seems determined not to update her blog, Steph is creating one! 


October 14, 2013

One perk of the government shutdown is an empty metro, and leaving at 5:30 in October.


October 15, 2013

The second perk of the government shutdown was the opportunity to take time off in October. Mum was so excited that she responded with JAZZ HANDS! We've since removed the !! to *JAZZ HANDS* autocorrect. She wasn't having it.


October 16, 2013

My nephew is fancy now.


October 17, 2013

Lowe's is my new favorite place, specifically the paint counter.  Spoiler Alert: it's all white right now.


October 18, 2013

It's our house! 


October 19, 2013

It didn't take long for us to find the local donuts. 


October 20, 2013

We have so many deer at our house, and they're fearless. I've been within twenty feet of them, while yelling and clapping. I'm afraid my garden dreams may be threatened.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

JIMMY. EAT. WORLD.

I know I like weird, punny, alliterating titles that don't make sense, but those won't do Jimmy Eat World justice. 

I can't believe I haven't shared this earlier.  Lucky for me, I have a sister that exceeds the definition of Type A. She called me out on my 30 by 30 list. As busy as I've been in house hunting, wedding planning, and busy season, it helps to have her force me to remember these fun times, things I've wanted to do so badly that I publicly set myself up.  So I'm not even mad about it.

Jimmy Eat World has been my favorite band for a long time.  I'd say at least ten years.  It took me ten years to realize that, but I was certain after the concert at the 9:30 Club in DC. 



Part of it might be that I was sure I'd missed my chance to see them live, about, maybe, five years ago when they went on hiatus.  Salt was thrown in that wound as I fruitlessly chased Weezer to fill that void. But I caught Weezer three-years in.



Clearly no one clued me in on looking happy instead of tough. 

Jimmy.

To start, they couldn't of decorated any better. I swapped out my glass light cover for a paper lantern in high school. My decorating instincts apparently have some sort of staying power. 




Then they came out and played for two hours. Two hours as I sang or stumbled through the lyrics of songs I didn't know yet (see the aforementioned busy season).  It was wonderful.


I realized how much I had missed concerts. Somehow, before this year, it'd been two years since I'd been to a concert. I overcorrected this year by attending five, but I don't regret it for a minute. Though admittedly, attending the JT/JayZ concert at a venue 2.5 hours away on a Sunday night was not the brightest decision. Jimmy was on a Sunday, but the commute was much improved. 



The 9:30 Club was an awesome venue, too. I was a row from the stage, and the crowd was old enough that I didn't have to throw elbows to keep my space. Does this make me old? I loved it. I jumped around and felt like I got a workout. Yeah, definitely old.



I loved it. I loved every second. I even copied down the set list and recreated it on my iPhone. That's not usual for me; I like songs, not albums (Bloc Party's Silent Alarm is a huge exception to this).  That, and I can't stop smiling when I think of this concert, two months later. Goal: fulfilled.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Picture This: Week 41.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PS - Get pumped. Though Veronica seems determined not to update her blog, Steph is creating one! 


October 7, 2013

Dropping it low for nighttime hibernating. 

October 8, 2013

I love editing papers. Sometimes I wonder if I made the wrong career choice.

October 9, 2013

My former roommate Cat adopted a cat. Meet Solomon, the sweetest, and potentially most overweight, girl. 

October 10, 2013

I signed closing papers on Thursday. I'll believe it when I physically hold the keys, but we're homeowners! 

October 11, 2013

Starbucks starts my Fridays right.

October 12, 2013

I had two apples that I wasn't eating quickly enough, so I flipped through Pinterest and tried a new recipe. They were horrible. Awful. Dry, not sweet, and disgusting. I tried a round with chocolate chips, and they were still horrible. So sad.


October 13, 2013

Boxed brownies do not disappoint.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Picture This: Week 40.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right.


September 30, 2013

Wedding planning does weird things to me, such as late night bouquet arranging. 


October 1, 2013

I didn't try to make it looks like I am a one-legged runner, it just happened every time I tried to take a picture. Also, I was just walking at this point. I'm not coordinated enough to run and take a picture.


October 2, 2013

My manager was promoted to senior manager and has a birthday next week - it's was the perfect excuse to try the last of the "big 3" bakeries in Georgetown: Baked and Wired. Ohmygosh, it's the best of the three. 


October 3, 2013

The government shutdown has meant a sudden delay to busy season, so I got to experience a real rush hour Thursday night.


October 4, 2013

Friday night in. There was four of us.


October 5, 2013

The carnage that remains after cutting and rounding the corners of 200 invites and their backing paper.


October 6, 2013

I love October. I love Hocus Pocus. 

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