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Another reason I know I am truly Southern at heart is my deep love and obsession of the Kentucky Derby. My mom raised me to love horses, the Derby and the hats… ooooh the hats! The combination of tradition, prep and an excuse to party make my heart sing every year. One day I’ll host a Derby party of my very own, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you all the Derby invite I would be sending. That way you can all have fabulous parties of your own!
Click here to download the party invitation. After downloading the PDF file, you can enter in your unique text using Adobe Acrobat before printing.
If you need more inspiration, check out the official Kentucky Derby website for party ideas. Feel free to share your Derby party pics, or at least your hat pictures, and I will feature them here on the blog!
Now it’s time to start perfecting your mint julep recipe before the big day.
I thought it’d be fun to show you a little peek behind the curtain of my pug designs. I recently posted a new postcard to my Etsy site for the upcoming Easter holiday featuring my pug Maisy. I was actually born on an Easter Sunday, so this holiday is very special to me.
It took several photo shoots to get the right shots. I use actual photos of the pugs and the lighting has to be just right with their head & tails at just the right angle.
Then I take the photos into Photoshop to crop out the background, or crop out their little heads. This is my favorite part because I’m left with an adorable photo of my girls!
I use Illustrator to turn the photos into vectors, which are able to be stretched to any size. These usually require lots of tiny adjustments to capture the essence of the pug. After adding a border and some text, this Easter card was ready for press!
I can’t wait to send this card out to my family & friends!
If you would like your own digital copy to print & send to friends, use this limited time code SPRINGFLING50 to take 50% off the Easter card in my Etsy shop, or any other item in the shop! This offer will be available through Easter Sunday, April 20th.
After working at Paper Source for a year and casually done graphic design forever (I was designing newsletters with Microsoft Publisher at the age of 10), I was most excited to design our wedding invitations. The process lasted several months (not exaggerating) and consisted of many designs that were abandoned all together. The final design went through multiple drafts before arriving on the final printed piece.
All the paper was purchased at Paper Source, and then printed and cut down at a local printer. The assembly was done by my wonderful friends and family (thank you for putting up with my crazy assembly lines!!!). Not pictured is the green ribbon and silver wax seal used to hold together the components, which was the most time consuming part.
My vision was to create a classic, yet whimsical design for our “medieval garden” wedding. Some of my obsessions include brackets and calligraphy, which made their way into the design. The liners were Cavallini papers cut down and hand stuff by my great team.
Beautiful paper is another love of mine. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but I used the yummy Luxe white paper for all the pieces (which is quite a pain to find a printer for!). I ordered our return address stamper from Paper Source as well (are you noticing a trend??), which tied in with the brackets on the invitations.
There were MANY more printed pieces that added to our wedding suite that I can’t wait to share with y’all!
Front side of postcard
Backside of postcard
I was anxious to share how our Save the Date cards turned out (before wedding planning kicked into high gear). I am pretty proud of them! The only downside was the matte printing from Staples was not the best on the back side of the cards (some ink was missing in part of the design). All-in-all they got the job done, and under budget! See this post for more details about how I designed them.
I have some major changes to announce! No worries, S and I are still engaged as ever and moving more and more rapidly towards our wedding date (anything less than a year now feels close!). But I have decided that, gulp, wedding planning is not the career path for me. This was major decision, and I am so glad that I tried it through my internship this summer, but I know in my heart that my true passion is advertising. I studied advertising back in college (a whole 2.5 years ago) and miss it dearly. As Rafiki would say, “It is time.”
This decision has not affected my pure love for everything that is planning and weddings! I still plan to continue sharing my favorite planning tips that I pick up as I plan my own wedding, as well as other problems in the world of a girl getting married. Now I will be a ‘career girl’ juggling a new job, appeasing a fiancé and parents, and communicating with my bridesmaids who are spread out around the WORLD. Not an easy task, but, I can’t wait for the adventure.
So here is a sneak peak of what I’ve been up to lately. We ended up re-shooting our engagement photos with a new photographer when we found out that our original photographer would be unavailable for our wedding. The long drawn-out saga finally ended when I received copies of absolutely beautiful photos from our new photographer. I can’t wait to work with her more!
In my ‘free time’ between job hunting, working my current job and again the appeasing, I have been working on designing our Save the Date announcements for our family. While I want the actual one to be a surprise for them, here is a completely different version that in the running.
Did any of you design your own Save the Dates? Or where did you order them from?
I had the honor of throwing a baby shower for the bf’s sister this September for Baby G who is due this December! This was a special celebration for all of her family and friends because it was a rare opportunity to spend time with the happy couple. The parents-to-be are currently stationed in Okinawa; she’s a Sailor, he’s a Marine! You could feel the warmth in the room as everyone celebrated this happy time in their lives.
The theme was “It’s a Small World”, inspired by the baby clothes collection at Nordstrom. Images from the Disney ride were seen from the invitations through the table decor, all with an international flair. The colors, pink and orange, were an easy pick; they will be the baby room colors!
We played Baby Bingo (the version where you mark off items on your board as they open presents), Midnight Advice (everyone wrote their best piece of parenting advice and daddy-to-be picked his favorite), Guess Mommy’s Belly Size (with pink yarn, of course) and Don’t Say Baby (with clothespins- it turned quite competitive!).
The whole event turned out wonderful, but I must say, never again will I be the event planner, caterer, cupcake baker & photographer at the same event! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing bf, who even ran to Safeway at midnight the day before for JELLO mix (oh yeah, did I mention I made the pink popcorn party favors, too?). Looking back, I must say I had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat, especially for the amazing parents-to-be who deserve all the best!