Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DIY Labels

Recently I sent out these invitations for a bride - problem was these rich brown envelopes only lend to writing on them with a gold or silver pen. This wasn't really the type of invitation that wanted gold or silver writing - not to mention that my handwriting, while tidy and neat, isn't nice enough for wedding invitations. The invitations were beautiful, yet casual and fun enough to be able to handle something besides a calligrapher addressing the envelope so we started looking into the idea of labels. Nooo, not those white labels...surely you know me better than that. We wanted color. We wanted different.

We tried to order labels from Paper Source in strawberry or papaya to match the paper colors inside but the big ovals been discontinued! Oh the tragedy! What to do now? These invitations MUST go in the mail soon.

And so....

We ordered some of the text weight papaya paper, printed our labels on the computer and then cut them into 1" strips (the same width as the 3M permanent double stick tape) by that wrapped around the invitation to reveal the return address on the back. It worked out perfectly, if I do say so myself.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pioneer Museum Showcase - Hill Country Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Last Thursday The Pioneer Museum here in Fredericksburg opened it's gates to showcase it's newly renovated grounds. It's a charming place for an outdoor wedding, particularly if you have more than 200 people...the number that maxes out a lot of venues around here. Vendors from around the area set up tables in a huge tent to showcase their wares. Except us...

My friend Michelle over at Sprout joined forces with me to have a "booth" that would stand apart...and stand apart we did - a whole 400 yards apart since we weren't with the other vendors. Instead of doing a typical booth we did a vignette of sorts. More of an inspiration board come to life complete with a killer 1955 turquoise Chevy step-side pickup and farm table full of goodies.

We had been working on a wedding that we were hoping would take kind of a 1950's retro-vintage look to it. The wedding headed in another direction but we were still in that frame of mind and pulled together some fun red and turquoise pieces - cherry print paper cones filled with popcorn displayed in an antique milk basket, a panel made of vintage tart molds, red daliahs, carmel apples, stainless canisters, turquoise enamelware filled with white hydrangeas, and even the red phone. The entire setup really did have "fun" written all over it.

What you can't see is all the huge red tissue paper pom poms hanging in the trees above the table and the truck, it really brought it all together....even though the wind was so strong they "hung" horizontally all day! Ahhh, the best laid plans...