Sunday, June 27, 2010

July desktop is ready to download!

Look at me, a few days early! June was a great month and all, but I am really excited about July. Because July means VACATION. The car is packed and Pete is ready to hit the coast almost as much as I am.

July's calendar is based off of my Art Deco invitation. I also have a matching save the date with this design.


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I'll be back in a week or so. I can't promise any posts while I'm away, so just in case--have a great holiday everyone. Be safe.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's that time again!

Brides across the US wait for the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement. It happens only once a year (twice if you are in Boston) and brides to be can score a designer wedding gown from $249 to $699 (regularly $900-$9000! Dresses have original tags).

If you haven't been, and there's one in your area--GO! It's an adventure. Brides put teams together and line up early. When the doors open, the girls bolt to the racks of designer dresses. In less than a minute, the racks are empty and girls undress right then and there to start trying on. For extra efficiency, many brides are seen wearing spandex--so that undressing isn't even necessary. If modesty isn't a problem for you, you won't be alone in your bras and underwear...I promise!

While I am sure there is some catty behavior within the walls of Filene's on this day, there's a great sense of camaraderie with the brides. If a gown doesn't suit their liking, they are happy to pass it on to another bride--which could be the gown of her dreams. It's also a great environment to get lots of opinions, if you want them. ;)

Running of the Brides isn't for everyone. But if you love a bargain and you have one in your area, or are willing to travel--go! Make team t-shirts and have fun with it. Most of the times, there are radio and tv stations doing live broadcasts at the event. If chaos isn't your thing, you can still find a dress later in the day. I know girls who have gone to The Running of the Brides, only to be overwhelmed by it all and then returned later to find a dress.

Visit Filene's online for more information. Ready...set...go!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Why hello there!

Wow, I have not updated my blog in over a week. I had such a busy season, that things were piling up around the house and not to mention my accounting needed some serious attention. Pete is an excellent assistant and all, but his lack of opposable thumbs doesn't help for my office tasks. He did a great job making sure I got breaks, where we spent time in the yard in his new pool--just in time for summer! Whoever says that terriers are not fans of water, has not met my dog. You can't keep him out of the pool.

It has been nice to sit back and relax! For the last few months, my nights have been jam packed with getting proofs out and packing up orders. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining. In a few short weeks, things will amp back up for my fall brides. I'm excited to announce that with that will come a few more new designs. I can't wait to share them with you.

With Fall in mind, check out these ADORABLE DIY S'more favors from Project Wedding. How cute would these be at an outdoor wedding. Throw a couple of firepits out and let your guests make their own s'mores. Or, send them home with the kits--they're sure to be enjoyed!

1. Hershey's Chocolate Bars
2. Graham Crackers
3. Marshmallows
4. Wire Hangers
5. Cellophane Bags in 3 Sizes
6. Adhesive Paper and Cardstock
7. Labels and Instructions design (downloadable pdfs right here and here.)
8. Kraft Box with Lid 4.75" x 6" x 2.5"
9. Tissue
10. Ribbon
11. Scissors
12. Wire Cutter

Remove the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers from their original packaging and put them in cellophane bags. Here we put six graham cracker squares in a 4" x 6" bag, Three chocolate squares in a 5" x 3" bag, and about 10 marshmallows in a 5.5" x 8" bag.

With the wire cutters, cut off the head of the hanger and then bend the hanger in fourths so it fits the length of the box. Secure it with ribbon. (these will serve as your skewers to roast your marshmallows--how clever!)

Print out the labels on adhesive paper and instructions on cardstock and cut them out. Fold up the instructions.

Lining the box with a piece of tissue, assemble the marshmallows, crackers, chocolate, instructions and hanger in the box.

Adhere the label to the box lid and voila! A S'mores Kit!

Head over to Project Wedding for a boatload of wedding inspiration!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June is ready for download!

Wow, where did May go? For those of you who came looking for the May calendar...I apologize. LOTS has been going on around here, it's been a very busy wedding season for me. I can't believe I missed a month for the first time in two years. In fact, I received an email today from someone asking if I was going to put June up. I felt horrible for being late, but great that people download them and care enough to crack the whip on me. For those of you who use my desktop calendars--THANK YOU! I'll try to get back on track and have them up close to the first of the month.

June's calendar is based off of my Marquee style save the date. This design has become pretty popular and I am working on the invite to match as we speak. Stay tuned!


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Wedding Collection at The Limited

I've been waiting for months for the launch of The Limited's wedding collection and here it is.

Head on over to The Limited's web site and see the collection for yourself. You'll be amazed by the prices! I'm excited to see this collection grow and offer up some competition for other retailers. Unfortunately, it looks like the wedding gowns are an online exclusive--but most of the other dresses can be tried on in store by your bridesmaids.

I'll definitely be taking a trip over to their store. My fingers are crossed that because I'm in the land of their headquarters, they'll have a great selection.

Happy shopping!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Featured Testimonial: Amy

I worked with Amy to create event posters as a reminder for guests to save the date for their wedding. Amy was great to work with and emailed me these kind words after receiving her stationery:

"Hi Marit- I just wanted to let you know that we have gotten such good feedback on the save-the-dates. Everyone has been writing to us saying how fun and different they are-- even work colleagues, who I wouldn't expect to go out of their way to say nice things about the mailing. So thank you for a fantastic job! Perhaps we can also use you for either rehearsal dinner invitations or programs!"

Thank you Amy, I look forward to working with you again!

Friday, June 4, 2010

TOMS Wedding Collection

I'm sure by now you all know about TOMS shoes. If not, you can learn more about their movement here. With every pair of shoes purchased, the company donates a pair to a child in need.

I'm a huge fan of the cause, but when it comes to fashion... I will admit they aren't necessarily the cutest things around. Until now! Look at how cute these wedges are--I could picture them being worn by a bridal party in a cute New England beach wedding:

The even have a new wedding collection that offers the shoes in metallic colors (or classic white for more traditional brides). And don't worry, the groom hasn't been left out---there's footwear for him as well.

TOMS is offering a special promotion for couples who outfit their entire wedding party in TOMS to help make an even bigger difference in the lives of others around the world. Please visit their site to get more information!

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