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Tuesday
Mar272012

Pink Ombré Watercolor Placecards

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I am sharing a few behind-the-scenes shots of some placecards I'm making for an upcoming wedding. I did a lot of work on them this weekend and took a few pictures thinking you might all like to see what I have going on in my studio. This is step one of the process for these placecards. I am doing a light pink wash, an ombré effect over the entire card. The pink is super light and sometimes hard to see in these pictures. But it looks beautiful in person and I'm happy with how the color turned out.

I completed a bunch but I still have more to finish up this week (it's a big wedding). It is actually a peaceful activity and I'm looking forward to spending an afternoon washing away. The next step in the process will be for me to do the names and table numbers in calligraphy script. The lettering will be written in a darker pink and I'll share more of that when I get to that step. The final result, with all of these cards together, will be really lovely I think. It feels so ethereal and feminine already.

Here is a bunch of them laying out to dry on my studio floor.

All dry and stacked together. Each card is different and I love the subtle hue variations.

What projects do you have going on right now? Anyone else doing any watercoloring?

Tuesday
Jan172012

Watercolor Inspiration

Tuesday is upon us, a rather boring day of the week I'm afraid, but to keep things beautiful around here I have some watercolor inspiration to share. Yesterday I got the chance to sit in my studio and watercolor. It was muggy and cold outside but that bleak palette didn't stop me from painting some cheerful pink ombre tones. 

The painting is actually for an upcoming wedding project. I am brainstorming ideas for a bride and trying to demonstrate that watercolor might be a nice touch to her place cards. We'll see if she likes the idea. Even if she doesn't, I must say I've enjoyed painting again. The last time I did it was years ago so it has been fun practicing. 

Painting isn't in my future but I like getting color inspiration from it and creating pretty washes on paper. I love my little pocket paint kit. My aunt gave it to me, it was hers when she was younger, before I studied abroad in Europe. 

Practicing lettering in paint.

I need to get some different brushes for the lettering but I love the light gradient of color with the bold contrast of the letters. I think all the guest's names handpainted on place cards would be lovely and romantic looking so I'm hoping I can move forward with this idea and perfect it. What do you think?

Do you paint at all? Is it part of your inspiration proecess? I think it is something I should get back into because it is really peaceful and relaxing. I guess all I have to do to have a therapeutic afternoon is light a candle, turn on some music, and watercolor. 

Have a good day friends!

Wednesday
Oct192011

DIY Stitched Fabric Tags

A late post today but better late than never, right?  I'm feeling a bit under the weather and am curled up in bed hoping that the extra rest will do my body good.  I hate feeling sick and having no energy but the good thing is that blogging doesn't take too much out of me so I think I can manage.  A few weeks ago a blog reader asked about some stitched fabric tags that I featured and wondered if I could share how to make them.  I am always willing to share my crafty methods with readers and I told her that I would turn it into a blog post so that everyone could reap the benefits.  So today I'm going to show you how to make fabric tags like this...

I recently made these tags for a bride who used them for wedding favors.  She gifted her guests home-made vanilla extract (yum!) in mason jars and the tags were a cute, rustic way to label the favors with the couple's names.  So clever and such a treat for the guests.  These tags are pretty easy to make and here are the steps I took to make them...

Step One >> Use a manila shipping tag as a size guide and trace onto your desired fabric.  I used a floral print I found at Joann's.  

Step Two >> Cut out what you traced onto the fabric either using a rotary cutter (like I did above) or some scissors.  

Step Three >> This is what your fabric will look like cut out.  I don't worry about fraying fabric edges because it gives it more of that rustic look.  But if you want clean edges, you could always put a fray-stop solution on the edges after cutting.

Step Four >> Cut out a piece of plain fabric (with no print), sized a bit smaller than your original shape.  Muslin works great for this because it's cheap and has that natural, vintage color.  I actually used natural drill fabric which has the same color as muslin but is thicker and has more texture.  Anything that you like the look of can work!

Step Five >> Stitch the two pieces of fabric together.  I used a sewing machine but if you don't have one, you could also stitch by hand (it will take a bit longer).  I just did one stitch along the top but you could add one along the bottom if you wanted.

Step Six >> Punch a 1/8" hole into the fabric using a hole punch.  I used a Crop-A-Dile eyelet setter which also has a hole punch built in.  A regular hole punch will do the job also.

Step Seven >> Using a Crop-A-Dile or other eyelet setter, set an eyelet in the hole you punched through the fabric.  The eyelet isn't completely necessary but I think it gives the tag a more finished look.  It also prevents fraying around the hole.

Step Eight >> Stamp your message onto the plain fabric.  This stamp set would be a great choice.  

Step Nine >> Before hanging or displaying the tag, I would back it with a paper manila tag (don't attach them, just string them together).  The paper tag adds stability to the fabric and also provides you with a surface to write a quick message or personal note.  

And there you have it!  A quick fabric tag all ready to be used for mason jar labels or even for packaging like I did here...

With the holidays approaching this is a great, handmade solution to store-bought tags.  And it really jazzes up a kraft paper bag, like what I did above, perfect for any occasion.  

I hope you enjoyed this DIY today!  Maybe make a bunch at one time and then you'll be set for months.  Or gift a bundle of them to a friend to use for her own packaging.  And like I did originally with the tags, use them for a sweet detail for wedding favors or even as an escort card alternative.

Happy Wednesday!  Now back to bed for me.

Monday
Jan242011

Book Review: Handmade Weddings

If you peruse the wedding blogosphere frequently (like me!) than you have probably heard about Handmade Weddings.  And if you have heard about it than this post will be old news.  But for those that haven't heard or for those still aching to get a copy, well this post will surely spark your fancy.  I couldn't resist any longer and yesterday I picked up my own copy of Handmade Weddings.

This book is the definition of beauty and inspiration is just gushing out of it (the cover image alone makes me giddy with excitement)!  Of course I had seen a handful of teaser pictures but now that I have the whole thing to myself, I can see what all the talk was about.  Not only has each project been crafted to perfection but the styling and photography that goes along with it are stunning!  I want to curl up and flip through this book over and over and just soak up all the gorgeousness.  

And the best part is that you don't have to be planning a wedding to appreciate this book.  Any handmade craft lover will appreciate the projects and can use the ideas as inspiration for parties or just for beautifying your everyday life.  For me, this book is a must-have and I know that I will be referring to it for years to come.  Here are a few pictures to get you excited!

{image found via Oh Joy!; photography by Joseph De Leo}

{image found via Design Sponge; photography by Joseph De Leo

{image found via 100 Layer Cake; photography by Joseph De Leo}

Have you dropped everything and ran out to buy it yet?  The book is published by Chronicle Books and you can buy it on their website, as well as a bunch of other places.  

There are a couple of reasons why this book is so utterly fabulous, one of them being that the girls from Hello!Lucky (Eunice & Sabrina Moyle) and Shana Faust collaborated on it.  If you haven't heard of Shana Faust yet (she is a stylist and former editor of Martha Stewart Weddings) than spend some time checking out her website.  Her work is so beautiful it practically brings me to tears.  Seriously, I have an emotional reaction to it.  Her work inspires me so much!  

Other than all the beauty that the photographs provide, there are a few logistical things that make the book really work.  First, I like how the book is organized by wedding styles.  So certain projects are recommended for certain weddings, the six styles being: Retro Homespun, Girly Romantic, Happy Graphic, Organic Minimal, Modern Classic, and Found.  Obviously you can mix and match but it was a nice way to organize ideas and make it easier for the reader.  Second, the girls offer advice on variations to each project so you can execute things a bit differently if need be.  And finally, they highlight the fonts they use in each project!  Now this feature I absolutely loved.  Many times I find myself wondering about a particular font that I've come across.  Here there was no wondering because they list them under "materials and tools."  I was thrilled to see Nelly Flourish and Strangelove Text highlighted (two fonts that me and my font buddies have highlighted in these past few weeks here and here).

So what are your thoughts on Handmade Weddings?  Do you have the book yet?  Are you as excited about it as me?   

Friday
Jan142011

Font Fridays!

So a couple of night ago on Twitter, I had an extensive conversation with a handful of friends about the awesomeness that is fonts.  Being the design junkies that we are, we shared some of our favorites and ogled over all the prettiness.  It all started when Alison from The Knotty Bride posted this gorgeous font:

Holy Wow!  That beauty is called Nelly Script Flourish but there is also just Nelly Script which is a little less flourishy (hence their names).  Actually any of the fonts by Tart Workshop and lettering artist Crystal Kluge are to die for.  I already purchased Nelly Flourish for myself!  It was a had-to-buy, especially after hearing about all of the Nelly support from my friends.  

So it started with Nelly and then eventually led to us discussing how we should regularly share our favorite fonts on our blogs.  I suggested Font Fridays (a nice alliteration inspired by Tuesday Shoesday).  Fonts are an important design element in the world of weddings (invitations, save the dates, escort cards, etc.) and it is important to highlight the ones that are spectacular.  For a DIY bride, this font inspiration could really come in handy (we don't want to see anyone using Comic Sans on their wedding invites...No, anything but that!).  

Alison started us off with a post about one of her favorites (other than Nelly), Breathe.  And now it's time to share a fun one that I found.  

It's called YWFT Mr. Hyde, designed by Emma Trithart for YouWorkForThem.  In true Jekyll and Hyde fashion, this font is rendered two ways, with the solid letters and the sketchy letters.  I like how in the image above, the sketchy and solid are combined.  Here are a few other views of this font:

So what do you think of Mr. Hyde?  I really like fonts that look like they were hand-drawn.  It's nice to get that effect but without having to pay the price for a lettering artist or calligrapher, especially when you're on a budget (me!).  

Stephanie of Bubblerock Studios showed me this fun link, perfect for the font-lover in all of us.  Wordmark loads all of the fonts on your computer and then shows you what a certain word or phrase would look like in each of those fonts.  When I'm designing in Photoshop it can get annoying, clicking through a bunch of different fonts trying to find the right one.  This website lets you see all the fonts you have available to you.  What a time saver!  Thanks Steph for showing me this.

So do we have any other font junkies out there?  What are some of your favorites?  

And does anyone else do font inspiration posts?  I would love to link to others and start a font-loving community! 

*UPDATE* Stephanie of Bubblerock Studios and Sofia of Brancoprata will also be sharing some of their favorite fonts from time to time so be sure to check their blogs for more inspiration.  And don't forget Alison of The Knotty Bride with her posts.  You can also check out these blogs for other fabulousness, not just of the font-variety.