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Checklist Time .... so it begins
When I get stressed out, I cannot sleep.
I remember during school it would upset me because I would doze off during class - which is frustrating when you're paying alot of money to a private school.
It was at this time that my mom recommended on giving yourself a deadline (if I am still awake in 1 hour I am getting up to do something about the things that are stressing me out. So that is what I do now. I give myself a 1 hour time limit and if I hit it: boom, I'm out of bed making lists.
I also find that if I write something down, then my brain doesn't feel the need to keep me away so that I will not forget... To each her own :)
Hair trial appt: check
Hair appt: check
Dress Alteration: check
2/3 girls dresses accounted for: 2/3 check
Place to get tuxes: partial check
Napkins: 1/10th check
Majority of Invitations Mailed: half check
Plane/car/hotel for friend's wedding: check,check,check
Dentist Appt: check
Dress for friend's wedding: check
Confirm tux place
Go over menu
Find stragglers for invites
Christmas presents for e'erbody
Yes, I finally gave in and made a really quick map! Sure it's nothing fancy-schmancy BUT it should bet people from Point A to Point B.... hopefully without too many problems.
I followed a tutorial from WeddingBee:
I'm not ashamed to say that I followed it to a 'T'.
I then figured out how I wanted my directions from Point A to Point B to lay on the paper. I like the look of paragraph/bullet form so that's what I attempted to create.
It is not all that fancy, but it should get the job done. I printed it out on a piece of turquoise card stock so that it felt nice, not flimsy.
On the backside of the map, I included things to do in Phoenix as well as contact information on places to stay.
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Anyone Know of a Good Fabric Flower Tutorial
I know that I want to do something fun for the bouquets & bouts..... buuuuttt I don't know if I want to make them out of fabric and have them be kind of quirky or if I should go the actual and real flower route...
I just adore the look of garden roses and peonies.... oh swoon.
Anyone know of a good tutorial or some neat and cool ideas for making flowers or rad bouquets?? help? :(
Rolled up invitations tied with baker's twine.
I also included a map so people hopefully will not get lost.
SPRAY Painted mailing tubes.
A row of what they look like prior to the post office.
$1.73/tube in stamps AND make sure you have a return address on these puppies.
envelope containing the RSVP. Yes, a two-part invitation.
And I Think USPS Hates Me
Stoked! Most of the invitations are out of my house! Yay!
On another note, every time I go into the post office, I routinely experience two things. One: I am always helped by some person who obviously knows more about the mailing process than I do. They are usually grumpy, short-tempered, and not very nice. Two: I always leave frustrated, sweaty, and feeling like an idiot.
Today was absolutely no exception.
I just feel lucky to get out of there alive and know that my mail will hopefully make it to their intended final destinations! Each tube was $1.73 to mail. Yes, you have to have a return address label on it.
My Mailing Tube Fiasco
So It Begins: Chicks vs Dudes
Chicks vs Dudes?
Yes, I thought it was an appropriate title for this post. Please read. :)
Ok, so I thought it would be cool send out mailing tubes holding our poster invitations, however I didn't want them to be standard white or craft paper brown. At first I had wanted striped paper, but could not find anything to match my color scheme so I went with plain honey-wheat-gold-dark yellow card stock from Michael's. I figured that the card stock wouldn't ripple with glue and would look nicer.
As I am cutting out rectangles to paste onto the mailing tubes, my fiance quietly asks me, 'Do you think we should spray paint them? Wouldn't it be easier and maybe look just a nice?' To which I reply, 'Oh no, this is going to be way better looking and really will not be all that complicated.'
Famous last Chick words on my part.
You see, my fiance restores old hot rods and he has a thing for black primer paint. Even his friends tease him about his primer-black-fleet. Yes, fleet. He has four primer black motorized vehicles. SO spray-paint or rattle-can as lovingly referred to by my dude was his idea, but I just thought it might look too hokey. Just not right for wedding invitations (ha, and a mailing tube is!).
Now my version would involve sewing or something scrap-book-y. Our friends tease me that if I could, I would knit or sew something onto everything, it's just a random running joke. Could you imagine the primer black quilted fleet that my dude and I could possibly build?! Oh the possibilities. I digress...
After 3 hours of trying to make paper stick to tubes with every kind of glue known to man and failing miserably by attempting to make these tubes not white in my Chick way, the dude asks me if he can just try spray paint ... maybe it might work? Why not try the Dude way.
I almost started crying when he came in from the backyard with a perfect and pristine kelly green spray painted mailing tube.
Score 1 for the Dudes and a miserable negative 3000 for the Chicks.
Really, the tubes look fantastic! I'm pretty sure if we had more time that we could have used painter's tape, we could have had the stripes that I was so enamored with.
So advice from this event: Spray paint is ok.
Moral of this story: It's ok to listen to the Dude, he IS an aeronautical engineer....
Another thing to note: You should be outside when using spray paint - and take your engagement ring off, to :) I only mention these important things because I have been inside AND I have also worn my engagement ring. You don't want paint on your ring... just trust me. AND if you do this inside, you will get itty bitty specks of sprayed paint on ANY flat surface. Really. I am still scraping off white paint off random pieces of furniture or places on my countertop from spraying a chandelier white while inside. Thank-you.
My Fingers are Sticking Together from my DIY
Guuuhhhh.... I'm never getting married ever again. Once is enough ;) I guess the true moral of this story is that I should learn to be a little less messy with the glue, right?!?
I'm in the midst of putting together my invitations and whatnot for mailing out tomorrow. Yes, that little count-down number will read 39 tomorrow and I'm only just mailing out my invites. Yikes!
It's going to be ok.
Seriously though, I've had enough of stamps, licking envelopes, tying twine around posters, shoving little plastic doo-dads into the ends of tubes, and making sure that my DIY envelopes will not come unglued in transit. Really: my fingers are tied together. I'm a flipper baby. I cannot wait to see the finished product!
I wouldn't mind helping someone else out with THEIR projects, but just not mine :)
I think we're finally ready for all this yellow to be out of the house, in the mail, and then into people that I adore's homes!!!
Gold - Dillards.com
WITH a cute top - Anthropologie.com
Maids Having Trouble Finding Yellow-Family Dresses
(Actually more of honey, wheat, or gold colors)
I don't know if I want to move my blog anymore.... no one posts there and I look like a chatterbox! Really I'm not... that bad.
On another note, I hear that my girlies may be having a hard time finding dresses in my color scheme (see previous posts - including but not limited to marigold, honey, wheat, gold).
SO I went out to find a few dresses that are cute - if this is what you gals are looking for (you know which 3 you girls are). I know it's very short notice, so I would probably not go to a bridal shop UNLESS you're looking at David's Bridal - they can get things in quickly or so I've been told.
Step 1: Find your template.
Step 2: acquire tools for project and make sure template is large enough.
Step 3: template + 2 future envelopes.
Step 4: fold the bottom of the envelope upwards.
Step 5: fold in right side of envelope.
Step 6: now it's starting to look like an envelope.
Step 7: Make sure everything fits inside.
Step 8: get excited about what you are making.
Step 9: Generously glue first side.
Step 10: Continue onwards to other side.
Step 11: Take final picture and be a happy bride-to-be.
This was a really easy DIY.
I found an envelope template for free online. It started out much smaller than I needed so I modified it by playing with the enlarge option on my work's copier (thanks work!).
I finally managed to fanagle a template that was large enough - this IS key. If it is not large enough, you will only end up wrestling with the envelope, your inserts, and end up with papercuts, messed up paper-stuffs, and probably a major melt-down/cry session. I would know, I almost went down that path repeatedly.
I think it's a really cute option because it allows all of your suite to match... and yes, I have two pieces of mail that are going out: one for the invitation and another for the RSVP. I just used normal cardstock from Michael's (read affordable) because I wanted the envelopes to be weighty and not become lost in the mail machines. (still under the USPS recommendations for maximum weight). Oh and normal postage as well, no additions!!
Learn from my mistakes girls!!
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Best UnderGarments...for control.
No really, I don't care whether or not my bustier/longline-bra/undergarment/what-have-you is not fancy or frilly. All I request is that it have no strings (no tie-back corsets as my dress is fitted) and makes me thin.
Anyone have any recommendations for this? I am trying to research, but I think that opinions are worth alot at this point. I do not need a low back, but I do need strapless.
1.)Flattering Me: http://www.entiiselingerie.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=158&ParentCat=6
I hear this one is supposed to have great control...
2.)Va Bien: http://www.entiiselingerie.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=154&ParentCat=6
I like this because it goes over the hips a bit...
3.) Lilyette Defining Moment: http://www.norbysonline.com/lidemolobast.html
I like that this is lined....
4.) Dominique Longline: http://www.barenecessities.com/Dominique-Longline-Lace-Torsolette_product_Dominique8949_,search,.htm
I don't know, there's alot going on here and my dress is plain... what if you can see all the boning and lace through the dress?? :(
5.) Wacoal Long Line Bustier: http://www.entiiselingerie.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=8
I am concerned that it doesn't god down enough..... I don't want a pudge starting at my hipbone... not pretty.
So I'm torn... what to get?
This fabric became my inspiration. I love Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy!
This is our invitation. It's whimsical, it's got illustration, it's yellow, it's me. I love it. IT IS the first printing, so the wording is close to the top of the paper.... these are not the invites that are going out.
THIS was my original inspiration. Notice the fabric.... yes, flea market fancy. :)
Comparison. First printing is on left. THE invitation is on the right. Still in plastic. I know the differences are small, but obvious in-person.
FINAL Invitation on beautiful matte paper, correct size, correct colors and spacing, plus RSVP envelope. Finally!
This is It!!!
So I finally got all the invitations printed!!! Pretty excited. It only cost me $61....
Now my brother and I are working on the RSVPs and it's off to another printer for completion.
How come it's always a rush at the finish line? I thought I would have planned ahead much better. Ugh.
Addendum: Brian (my designer) looked more closely at the posters and was disappointed. This printing company (I'll refer to them as company #1 from here on out) adjusted the file incorrectly, things were cut off on the sides, and the type was too close to the edge of the top of the paper. (I noticed, but thought it was supposed to be that way?!) I was disappointed because I verbalized that I wanted matte business-card weight paper, we got glossy standard printer paper. Neither Brian nor I were 100% pleased with the end result from the first printing of the invitation. Bad experience, horrible, terrible. I cannot find any other words to describe this disappointing transaction with company #1.
I took the file to a second printing company with the hopes that they would correct the situation. I asked the person who was helping me to contact Brian of Design Concern should anything need to be re-sized. I gave him a copy of the file and mentioned that the color files were included - didn't want fluorescent yellow invites! I also gave the same requests of matte, business-card weight paper.....
When I went to pick up the 2nd printing of the invite at this new place, I was beside myself with happiness at what a wonderful job they had done. The print was appropriately placed, there were palm trees on the sides that had been cut off by the first print company, and the color was approximately 3000 times better this second time around.
Just so that I do not sound like I have been paid by this company, I have omitted their name. If you are looking for a wonderful company to deal with for printing invitations or posters in the Phoenix area, feel free to contact me. :) I am soooo pleased right now.
drama... haha :)