Garland Must Haves

As some of you already know I am newly engaged and in wedding planning mode.  As an ETSY shop owner I am very fond of homemade items! When looking for items for wedding decor there is no better place to shop.

Right now I am overwhelmed with the amount of awesome items out there and I course hear myself say, "Can't I have it all?".  Here are some of my favorite garland decorations I have came across in my wedding planning searches.

Hello Friend!

As the warm weather approaches I find myself gravitating to warm summer colors.  Right now I can't get over this pink and mint combination.  

These are the newest addition to my triangle themed obsession. Remember these?  They are available in the shop for purchase now.

I Am A Gladiator!

All of my friends know that I am a fitness junky!  I currently teach cycling at my local Y two mornings a week,  I am up most days before the sun comes up.  Earlier this year a friend and local fitness junky asked if I would be interested in signing up for the Gladiator Assault Challenge. I checked out their site and the first thing I saw was "Test your endurance, speed, agility, mental stamina and ability to withstand a crazy party!" That little competitor voice in my head said, "Heck yes let's do this!".

Needless to say months later we were pulling into this parking lot with a huge hill in site.  My first thought was, "What did I get myself into?".  But then the excitement / nervousness was there.   It must be something about 100's of people getting together to get muddy and go through these crazy obstacles that made my adrenaline start pumping.  An hour and forty-six minutes later I survived!

And yes that is a beer in my hand.  I needed to reward myself for completing all the obstacles with no help from the boys.

Danielle 2013 - Graduation Announcements

I wanted to share another high school senior graduation announcement that I recently worked on.  Dani was really great to work with.  Her only request was to incorporate gray & purple.  In my mind I was like "Done deal"! I am loving the gray with color theme this year.

The photos again were taken by the wonderful Caiti at Caiti Jackson Photography. Check her out all of her stuff is amazing!

Zebra + Pink - High School Graduation Announcements

Last month I had the pleasure of working with a soon-to-be high school graduate on her graduation announcements. Tristin knew she wanted to incorporate pink and zebra print into her customized announcements.

The beautiful photos were taken by the wonderfully talented Caiti of Caiti Jackson Photography, which made the announcements an easy design.

Thank You Cards - Sale

Remember this post of some of my favorite patterned, Triangle Thank You Cards from last month? I am excited to say that I have listed these cards at Brickyard Buffalo on sale for this week only. They come in a pack of 6.

Have you ever been to their site? It is amazing! I fell in love with it a few months ago and have been obsessed.  Everything is super hip and you can get the items for a steal.  Go on check them out you won't regret it.

Deer Family Baby Shower Invitations

This weekend was the first weekend we have had that I felt like spring was here!  Now they are predicting rain and snow for this week. Ughh I am ready for spring / summer to be here (of course minus the humidity).

Now that I am done complaining onto a current project.  Recently I was asked by one of my best friends to create a baby shower invitation for her sister, who expecting a baby girl. I of course jumped at the chance to create something with her vision of animal silhouettes in mind.

 I fell in love with this little deer family and think that my dad would approve (it has deer on it c'mon he would love it)!

Triangle Thank You Cards

Yesterday, I showed you how crazy I was for triangles.  Today, I want to share with you how I am incorporating this new obsession into some new items.

Thank you cards, set of 6. Available 03/25/13 for pre-orders. 

Everything Triangle

The last month I have found myself gravitating towards anything and everything with a triangle pattern.  My first love was this Magical Thinking Triangle Chain Duvet Cover at Urban Outfitters. In a couple of minutes it was added to my cart, bought and me anxiously waiting for the shipping confirmation to be sent.  

Since then I have found a few other triangle items that I just love love love!  So I thought I would share them with you.
1. Magical Thinking Triangle Chain Duvet Cover - Urban Outfitters; 2. Geometric Triangle Pillows - Mrs. Amron (Etsy Shop); 3. Double Triangle Ring - Fox Tail Boutique (Etsy Shop); 4. Green Round Tribal Labels - Once Upon Supplies (Etsy Shop); 5. Triangle Cards (set of 4) - Happy Dappy Bits (Etsy Shop)

Kourtney Bridal Shower

Yesterday I introduced a new wedding invitations suite, Kourtney. Today I would like to share with you the matching bridal shower invitations and matching recipe cards. The DIY digital files are available in the ETSY shop

Kourtney Wedding Invitation Suite

I have been busy creating some new wedding stationery for my ETSY shop.  It is the season for wedding invitations.

Lately I have been loving on chevron. I want it on any and everything, so why not incorporate it into some lovely invitations. One of the most popular color schemes I have seen this year have been yellow and gray, add a little blue in there and you have a great summer wedding invite.  Besides the chevron background of these invites, I love the wedding libs RSVP card.

Moving Forward

This year started with me making a resolution or more of a goal to dedicate more time to my business / Etsy shop. Or maybe I should say more creative design time.  As some of you already know I currently have a full time design position with a private college in Iowa but have always freelanced on the side (lots of long nights included).

When we first moved to Iowa 2 years ago I wasn't positive where I wanted to go with my small business.  I started out with a local bridal fair and then ventured into some bigger shows in Des Moines.  I currently do about 3 shows a year. It amazes me what a positive impact these shows have had.  Custom designing invitations for couples is a wonderful creative outlet for me.

So far 2013 has been already wonderfully busy for me with some great new clients and couples.  In the next couple of weeks I will start sharing some of my new designs that I am very proud of.

Party Add-Ons - Harper Recipe Cards

One of the great things about designing custom invitations is that I get some great requests for some matching add ons.  I am thrilled when I get the opportunity to build a full package for customers that include everything from their save the dates, shower invite, wedding invite, thank you, table numbers and place cards for their wedding.

Recently I had a customer buy this Harper Wedding Shower (one of my favorite invites right now) but was wanting some matching recipe cards so guests could include their favorite recipes to share with the soon to be married couple.

I Love You Everyday Not Just on Valentine's Day Print

Today is Valentine's Day!!! I am curious to know what everyone has planned.  We aren't the big go all out Valentine's Day couple, but I did drop a secret homemade valentine into Ty's lunch bag today, with a little surprise, two tickets to Daniel Tosh's stand-up.

I also wanted to share another FREE Valentine's Day print with everyone.

Home is Wherever I'm With You - Free Printable

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a FREE 8 x 8 print. This lovely print is inspired by the song, Home, by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Home is a song that you have on repeat and dance through the house to.

Remember this other FREE print that was also inspired by a famous song...maybe you have heard of it, Foxy Lady, by Jimi Hendrix?

Porcupine Birthday Invitations

Remember these cute porcupine birthday invitations I posted about last month.  Well I have had some requested from customers who love the invitation but would also love to see their child's photo on them.

So I have redesigned them to include a photo of your cute kiddo.   They are now available for purchase in our Etsy shop.

Harper - Seal and Send Wedding Invitation

I know that it is only February but my wedding season has already begun.  I am busy meeting new couples and creating some wonderful custom invitations. 

A favorite item by couples are my seal and send invitations. These invites are specifically created to not need envelopes. They are folded and sealed and mailed just as they are. They are designed as an economical alternative to invites with a perforation to tear the RSVP cards and mailed in return as postcards. Everything is included as well as the return address on the RSVP card and invite.

Love the wedding invitations design...? I also created a matching bridal shower invitation.  

J + J - Save the Date

In my last post I mentioned that I am loving the chalkboard trend this year.  Here is a recent save the date magnet design that incorporates this new trend.

Color Combinations

Wedding season has hit the studio.  I am busy working away on orders and designing custom invitations for some lovely couples.

Every year I love to see what the trends are for the year.  This year I am really loving the chalkboard look, along with the rustic color combinations.  Pinterest has been amazing for this reason, that is where I found Design Seeds.  They have great imagery along with RGB color codes for the colors.  If you find a color you are a fan you can click and see similar colors. Or even search by theme, (fall, flora, vacation, vintage, etc.) Check out Design Seeds for their awesome collection of color combinations.

Children's Bunny Birthday Invitaiton

Another addition to our animal birthday invitation collection is this cute bunny invite.  These invitations can be purchased in a digital format so you can print as you need.  Professional printing services are also available.

Free Foxy Lady Valentine's Day Print

Valentine's day is just around the corner and I still have no idea what to get my someone special.  So for all of you who are needing some ideas here is a FREE 8x8 Hey Foxy Lady print, that you can print off and give to your lover.

Children's Duck Birthday Invitation

Here is another fun friendly animal birthday invitation. These are some cute little ducks for any birthday party. Not having a birthday party change them to be an invitation to an upcoming baby shower.

Children's Seal Birthday Invitation

All week I have previewing some new birthday invitations for children.  This one is for those seal lovers out there. I have been fortunate to see a seal in real life only once but I can't get over how cute they are.

Again these come in a "boy" or "girl" option.  Colors can be changed to match your party colors.

Children's Fish Birthday Invitation

This fish birthday invitation is great for any kids birthday party. Having a swimming party these are a perfect catch.  Colors can be modified to match your parties color scheme.  Not crazy about the wording we are happy to customize that too.  These are now up in our shop ready to purchase.

Children's Hamster Birthday Invitation

The inspiration for these hamster birthday invitations came from Ty's little brother Wyatt.  For Christmas he got a black guinea pig, Harley.  I forgot how cute they were!

Valentines Day (Take #5)

This pre-Valentine's Day season has been great, busy and a little stressful.  I had no idea that others would have the same interests as me or that others would even enjoy these cards as much as I personally love them.

The evolution of these cards has been wonderful and exciting.  Everyday I feel like I am getting a custom request that spark some new card ideas.  Here are the latest additions to the shop, for all of you fellow How I Met Your Mother fans.

Children's Pig Birthday Invitation

On Monday I introduced one of my new children's birthday invitation designs (the porcupine invite).  Over the next couple of days I want to introduce some of my other new animal friendly designs.  Today is another favorite of mine the pig birthday invitation.  I am in love with the girl pig and her cute little flowered bow.

Children's Porcupine Birthday Invitations

For the last year I have been wanting to increase the items in my shop.  Having a more diverse selection for my customers is one of my goals for 2013.

For the last couple of weeks I have been working really hard on a new line of children's birthday invitations.  This porcupine invitation was one of the firsts that I designed and one of my favorites.

Valentines Day (take #4)

Here are some more custom Valentine's Day requests. It makes my day when I get finished with a custom request and find this in my inbox, "thank you so much! I love the card :) I Can't wait to give it to my bf on Valentine's Day!".

Valentine's Day (take 3)

At the beginning of the year I launched a couple of Valentine's Day cards based on my love for a certain TV show (The Walking Dead). Since then I have been receiving custom requests for others.  These are for you Twilight (twi-hards or twilighter) fans.

You can find these now in my shop here.

Rocket Baby Shower

It was about one year ago that I got the news that one of my best friends was pregnant.  I was ecstatic to say the least.  This would be the first baby in our close group of friends.

His momma was decorating his room in rockets and robots so we decided to incorporate that into his shower as well.  Here are some images from his shower. Along with his shower invitations that are now available in my Etsy shop.

P.S. He decided he wanted to be part of the party and came a few days before.  Of course he is the cutest little man I have ever seen.