Real Wedding – Lara and Jacob

Last summer I was contacted by the most adorable couple who had their wedding planned for just a few days before Christmas – and their theme was a winter wonderland. But Lara and Jacob had this glam, 40’s throwback vision, not just your typical snowflakes and blue and glitter everywhere type of wonderland. This was a cardinal red, black, silver, and pearl winter wonderland. I was so excited!

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We tweaked one of my more popular designs, “The Jennifer” I call it, after the first bride who purchased the design (this is my tradition). We added in her colors, flipped the design on its side (literally, making it a portrait style versus landscape), and mounted them to panel pockets, which are the go-between in the pocketfold world. All the joys of a pocketfold without the huge price tag. They are flat on the front and, instead of folding up, the pocket is smartly on the reverse for convenient insert storage!

Like a complete idiot, I did not snap any photos of Lara and Jacob’s assembled invitations. I will be kicking myself for that. Until I get around to having a set printed for myself, I can show you the design at least:

I also helped Lara with her table numbers, and these, at least, there are some pictures of! Props going out to Paige Hampton Photography, located in St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL for the beautiful images of Lara and Jacob’s wedding!

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So although it’s WAY overdue, a huge congratulations and a big thank you to Lara and Jacob on allowing me to be a part of their beautiful, romantic, glamorous winter wonderland wedding!

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UPDATE! This morning Lara sent me some photos of her invitations so now I get to share them with the world! Thanks so much to Lara’s mom for finding the pics!

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Real Wedding – Jessica and Nick in Vail, Colorado

Every once in a while, I am presented with a real challenge. Having worked with so many brides, it’s rare that someone asks me a question I’ve never heard some variation of, or wants to create an item that really throws me for a loop. 

Several months ago Jessica and Nick contacted me, in search of some unique wedding programs. They had their eye on the silhouette programs that I had been making for some time, but Jessica and Nick had a large bridal party, and wanted to include a lot of information on the programs, so we started brainstorming on ways to get everything to fit. I decided that I would just make them larger. Problem solved, right?

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Then Jessica throws me for a loop.

She wants to include a little bio of each person in her wedding party. Ok, I can do that. I’ve DONE that. No problem. 

But when Jessica sent me the wording for the bios, even in a tiny 6pt font I still couldn’t get it to fit on the front AND back of the larger size I had planned on using! Suddenly this became a different project all together! They needed to be bigger – MUCH bigger. 

We ended up with the biggest (and honestly, the most beautiful) program I’ve ever created, and put the bios on a long, skinny insert that was slid inside each program. 

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ImageThese stunning programs ended up at 15″ x 11″, folded in thirds. I wish you could really get the scale in these photos – Jessica once described them to me as “massive” – and massive they were! They were the perfect WOW factor for a romantic Vail wedding!

Or so I thought, until they were featured on Couture Colorado‘s blog in January.

Turns out, Jessica and Nick had plenty of WOW whether or not they had these programs. Please check out their amazing photos here.

Thank you so much Jessica and Nick for sharing your wedding with me and for being so unbelievably amazing to work with!

 

 

 

Cellar Door Giveaway and Valentine’s Day Sale

I’m going to try and keep these two companies separate but I thought I would just give a shout out to those who like free stuff!

We are hosting a giveaway on Cellar Door Craft Co’s Facebook page (ok my links aren’t working for some reason so I’m typing them all out! www.facebook.com/CellarDoorCraftCo). The giveaway ends Feb 9th at 11:59 PM so get your submissions in soon!

Here is a brief overview of the rules:

  1. Like us on FB
  2. Leave us a message on our wall telling us who your Valentine is and why
  3. Be creative! Our favorite submission will win a set of Valentine Magnets!

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Also don’t forget about our Valentine’s Sale going on now through February 14th. Use coupon code “VDAY2013” at checkout for 20% off your entire order! Applies to every item in the shop (www.cellardoorcraftco.etsy.com)!

We hope to see you soon!

Presenting…. Cellar Door Craft Company!

I recently took about a month off from invitations for a few reasons.

1. I needed a break. I still work full time, so when I come home from my day job I am exhausted – and still have another 8 hours of work to do. I barely sleep! This is a good and a bad thing – I love what I do (and I love all of you brides and grooms out there), so that helps to keep it enjoyable… but my mood suffers from time to time and I barely have time to do laundry =)

2. Holidays. Wow. What a frenzy November 24th-ish til January 2nd is. I decided to make a bunch of Christmas gifts this year instead of just buying buying buying. And that was a blast! But took up a lot of extra time. As Christmas was fast approaching, I knew I would never get it all done if I didn’t put the brakes on the invites for a while.

3. …and this is the most exciting part… I opened up a THIRD Etsy shop! This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while – it’s not just invitations that I like to make, but lots of little craft projects. Over the holiday prepping period as my sister and I were making our gifts, she finally said out loud that she wanted to start a shop for realsies. And then our friend Megan jumped on board. And then we all went crazy with ideas and plans!

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So we opened up The Cellar Door Craft Company on January 14th and it has been a crazy last couple weeks!

We are handmaking a variety of items for yourself or your home, or as small gifts for anyone you know. Things like jewelry, refrigerator magnets, coasters, hand warmers, wreaths, and many more new items to come. Here is a peek:

Flannel Lined Rice Hand Warmers 

Teal and White Damask Earrings

Fabric Covered Felt Backed Coasters

Valentine's Yarn Wreath

Antique Gold Key Necklace

Satin Ribbon Pearl Necklace

Customizable Birds Nest Necklace

Valentine's Refrigerator Magnet Set

Lace Glass Tile Pendant        

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we are having a sale of 20% off your entire order from now til February 14th by using coupon code VDAY2013 at checkout!

Check out everything in our shop here, like us on Facebook here, follow our blog here, or follow us on twitter here.  And, of course, on Pinterest here. We also have an Instagram page (cellardoorcraft) that we are continually updating with photos of the new items going into the shop.

We will also be offering giveaways from time to time so stay tuned for that!

I will be back in the invitation business shortly and hope to have some new designs put together in the next couple weeks – as soon as I get some sleep.

 

Get Out and Vote!

Ok folks, it’s that time of year again. Time for my little voting lecture that, although will most likely sway no one, will allow me to feel that I’ve done my civic duty as a citizen of this great country that I love so dearly. I’m going to try to keep this as non-partisan as possible (although many of you already know which side of the aisle I fall on) to avoid offending anyone.

A Few (okay, 12) Reasons You Should Vote:

1. Many, many people have dedicated or, in many cases, given their lives so that you could have the right to vote. Especially all us folks out there who aren’t male. Or white. I live about 30 miles from Seneca Falls, NY, where Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, and where they worked with Frederick Douglass on anti-slavery legislation and winning the vote for black citizens. When Susie B was arrested and tried for voting in the 1872 Presidential election, the trial was held in Canandaigua, NY which is about 15 minutes from my house. So this kind of hits home for me in a literal and not-so-literal kind of way.

2. You do have a voice! I know in a state like New York, where I live, the state pretty much votes the same way every presidential election. So I know it may feel like your vote doesn’t count. But this is wrong on so many levels! Imagine what would happen if everyone said that, and only a handful of people ended up voting. Also, don’t underestimate the power of voting in local elections! In this case you will be voting for people who have a direct impact on your community and shape the legislation that will impact you on a daily basis – people you may run into at the grocery store and therefore can actually have a one-on-one conversation with. 

3. In many countries around the world, the right to vote is something people yearn for. We often take for granted that we can express our political opinion in this way. Imagine not being able to openly support a candidate, or openly disapprove of one. Since this has always been (rather, at least as long as anyone alive today has been around) one of our rights, it’s easy for us to overlook what it really means to not have such liberties. I found this picture online, which is funny and obviously an exaggeration, but displays my point perfectly:
 

4. You’ll get a cool sticker that says “I Voted Today!”  And who doesn’t like stickers?! Seriously.

5. The next president will most likely have the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court (for those of you who don’t know, this is a LIFETIME appointment). Currently, the Justices are pretty well split on the issues. However, a nomination from either party has the potential to swing those decisions one way or the other – I’m pretty sure you all know what I’m talking about in particular so let me just stress the importance of the female vote, here. Ok?

6. Health Care is a major MAJOR difference between these candidates. No matter whose health care plan you support, this will have a direct impact on your paycheck. Your family’s well-being. Whether or not you will be able to keep your house if you have a serious injury or illness. So it matters, people.

7. It’s become pretty fashionable to participate in politics and reformative action. Think of all the celebrities that get down and dirty with politics! You’ve got Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria doing commercials for our President. I recently saw one with a very blonde, very short-haired Miley Cyrus and the kid from Glee. Clint Eastwood appeared at the RNC, and did what I thought was a hilarious bit with an empty chair (consensus was that he bombed, but I really did think it was funny). Whats-her-name from the Clueless movie stood up loud and proud for Gov. Romney. And don’t even get me started on Beyonce and JayZ. So if you have been looking for a way to emulate your favorite celebs without embarrassing yourself in public, the privacy of a voting booth is an awesome way to do it.

8. Did you know that in 2008, out of a US voting-eligible population of 213,313,508 (excluding minors and felons) there were 132,653,958 votes cast in the presidential election? That’s just over 61% of the eligible population. The highest turnout in recent history (if not ever). In 2004, it was 56.2%. In 2000, it was 50.4%. In 1996, it was 49%. What would have happened if those other 80+ million people had cast their vote? The election could have turned out much differently (full disclosure, in this case I was insanely happy content with the way it turned out, but if you weren’t, and you didn’t vote, then… well…)

9. I’m just going to skim right over the “it’s your duty as an American” part because that’s boring, and instead I’ll move on to something that we all love: free stuff. Did you know about the Election Day freebies that are offered at a number of businesses? Here’s a list of some that you are entitled to when you proudly display that sticker I mentioned earlier:

  • 7-Eleven – free cup of coffee
  • Ben & Jerry’s – special Americone Dream sundae
  • Boston Market – free Market Bowl with purchase of Bowl and drink
  • California Tortilla – free taco
  • Einstein Brothers Bagels – free bagel and shmear
  • On the Border – free sopapillas
  • Starbucks – free “Indivisible” wristband
  • Taco Bueno – free guacamole and chips
  • White Castle – free sweet potato fries with purchase
  • Tim Horton’s – free donut with beverage purchase
  • ZipCar – 50% discount on Election Day from 5 am – 9 pm
  • Lululemon is offering free yoga classes throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Election Day

You can look online to find even more deals in your area.

10. Don’t you just love this country? Don’t you love that you can pick your profession, speak out against things that you don’t think are right, start your own business, have the freedom to practice any religion you choose (or none, if that’s the case), make your own decisions, raise your children to believe that they can do anything they set their mind to if they’re willing to work hard enough to get it? Don’t you love that there are so many great, differing, interesting belief systems, world views, and opinions in this country? That we can openly debate these things without fear of retribution from the government? I love this country for all of those reasons and more. I consider myself a patriot. I support the troops even though I am incredibly against the war.  But I’m disappointed in this country for a lot of different reasons, too. And I’m not blind to the fact that there is a lot of corruption and flaws in the system. Which is why I want to be involved in making this country better. I know that not everyone agrees with me on how to go about making it better, which is why we should all get out there and be heard, so that we all have some input into how these issues are tackled.

11. Peer pressure. We’re all much more willing to do something if our friends are doing it.  Come on. You know in your teen years you did some things you’re not too proud of because you didn’t want to look like the nerd. Here’s your opportunity to use your persuasive powers for good instead of evil!

12. You are legally entitled to up to 2 hours paid absence from work to ensure you have time to cast your vote. Need I say more?

I, for one, am super excited. I’m going to get up early and go in the morning before there are any lines. Then I’m going to stop at Starbucks on my way to my office and treat myself to a nice hot latte. Then I’m going to obsess over follow the election all day, and after the polls close I’m going to have some friends over and curl up with some Anderson Cooper CNN until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. I’ll probably be late for work on Wednesday. But it will all be worth it, because as both parties are saying – this is an important election. And I am proud to be participating in it.

Oh, there’s just one more thing I wanted to mention real quick:

 

Congrats from the President

I know, I know. It’s been months. I’ve been so busy! And I still am, honestly… but I just found something out that is SO COOL that I had to share it!

Apparently if you mail a wedding invitation to the White House, you will get a signed congratulatory letter back from the President and First Lady! What a cool thing to put in your scrapbook, regardless of where you stand politically.

From now on, every American customer will get an invitation mailed to the White House with my compliments (not that I’m discriminatory, but only US Citizens will get a reply). If you live outside the US, just ask for an extra and you can mail it to your President/Prime Minister/Queen/etc! Your reply can take up to a few months after your wedding, so be patient.

PS, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will also send you a reply if you wish =)

Wedding Season Woes & Whoas

Wedding Season is upon us! And it has taken me by storm. Today I made my 400th sale!  It’s been a rough month for me but this statistic really put all those woes in perspective. May, 2012 found me as much in sales as my first entire year did (whoa). Hence the lack in communication. And – trust me – I am NOT complaining, but my products have changed so much between now and then that a lot more goes into what I do now. And takes a lot more time (woe). Like these – which came out great, and one of these days there will be an entire post dedicated to Ashley’s Lollipop invitations – which required wire cutters and a lot of extra assembly time:

I never get any sleep anymore. I can’t remember a night when I went to bed before 2:30am. On my 2nd wedding anniversary, I went out for a picnic with my husband at the site where we got married (whoa – it was awesome… he had a whole picnic waiting for me when I got home from my day job), and when we came home prematurely due to the 92 degree day, I went immediately upstairs into my air conditioned bedroom and spent the rest of the night in there, alone, working on invitations (woe). Sad, right? In fact, I started this blog post almost 8 hours ago now and am just finally getting around to finishing it.

The big payoff is that I LOVE WHAT I DO.  I get to work with some really awesome people from all over the world who inspire me on a daily basis (and I get to do cool things with wire, which I never anticipated – that was all Ashley’s idea). It’s the really laid back, willing to think outside of the box brides (and often the super traditional ones who are REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THEIR WEDDINGS!!!) that are the most fun. Enthusiasm goes a long way with me. It’s so much more interesting to take an existing design and punch it up a little – plus then you get a truly unique invitation. And I get to experiment. Frankenvitations!

Last month (or was it this month?? I don’t even know what month it is anymore let alone what day) I was contacted by a bride from New England (Massachusetts, to be exact) who wanted a rustic, woodsy invitation. I had just the thing – my Sabrina invitation. But she wanted a birchy-piney feel, so we added in some pine trees and -BAM- Emily’s visions came to life. They came out beautifully. I’m extra proud of these. Even my husband loved them. And he honestly doesn’t comment on much without prodding. Take a look!

Thank you Emily for working with me to come up with a really beautiful variation of this design! I hope you are as happy with how they came out as I am =)

I am also working with a good friend of mine, Jessica over at Seven Layer Designs, on some new  ideas involving papercut invitations – more to come on that. I’m so excited (whoa)!

And if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, here are some photos of the latest Peacock Parties items!

I don’t know what I was thinking, launching a second Etsy shop in May. Of course I’m glad the new shop is up and running – I have a whole new line of items there… banners, dyed clothespins, cupcake toppers, birthday invitations, etc… and the response has been great!  Much much much more to come there in the future.

In the mean time, a BIG THANK YOU to all you brides who keep me happy on a daily basis with dreams of making this my full time gig. Not only the fun brides, but the ones who challenge me, too. The ones who think they’re nitpicky (actually all you’re doing is making me happier because you love your invites more when you get them!). The ones who come back to me when they have friends or sisters who get married or have babies and refer me their business. I am in awe of you ladies (and a few gentlemen!) and appreciate you more than you know.

Introducing… Peacock Parties!

I’ve finally decided to start photographing and offering many of the items that I do as custom projects through Peacock Printing. I have tried to keep Peacock Printing mainly wedding focused, but I find that as my sales grow and my brides start having babies… and then birthday parties… I am asked more and more often to make new types of items. So I’ve launched a second Etsy Shop, Peacock Parties.

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I thought it might be less confusing for you shoppers out there to separate the weddings out a bit from the parties. I will also be updating my logo shortly, and have a different one for each shop. Here are a few new items to keep an eye out for:

  • Cupcake toppers
  • Cake banners
  • Baby shower invitations
  • Graduation invitations
  • Christening invitations
  • Paper banners
  • Stickers
  • Dyed clothespins

A note on the dyed clothespins – this is a project we took on for my sister’s wedding, and they turned out amazing! Check out these photos!

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I love how the woodgrain shows through a bit, making each one take on color a little bit differently. These are great for hanging up banners, photos, or anything else that will add to the decor of your next party! With over 500 colors available, you can match almost any color scheme!

Speaking of banners, they have been flying off the shelves lately – and I’m happy to see that, as they are SO much fun to create! I use 3 layers of cardstock to make them ultra sturdy, and use coordinating ribbon to tie it all together – pun intended. There are also some DIY options for you crafty folks out there.

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NEW! PARTY IN A BOX:  Another item that I have been thinking about a lot lately, and have finally decided to offer in my shop, is a Party in a Box. Perfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, surprise parties, or really any other type of gathering, these will be offered in three different sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Small is built around 12 guests, Medium around 24, and Large around 36. Of course each can be customized to your number of attendees, but these are some basic packages. They include:

  • invitations
  • cupcake toppers and/or cake banner (depending on your package)
  • custom hanging banner (like the one in the photo above)
  • favor tags or stickers
  • an 8 x 10 sign to put on your door or on your mailbox to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the correct destination

Purchasing all of these items together will save 20% on the price of each item! And it will cut down on the time you have to spend coordinating items from different places (not to mention that you’ll get something handmade, completely custom, and not from a big box generic store)!

Many more photos to come once I get around to all the photography that I need to catch up on.

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It’s official! Letterpress is now available! I did my first letterpress job last week and COULD NOT be happier with the way they came out. A BIG shout out to Boxcar Press in Syracuse, NY for making my letterpress dreams come true. See below for some photos of these amazing barn invitations (I’m telling you, they are thick and dreamy in person)!

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Anyway that’s about all for now – I’ll have some new photos soon so keep checking back!

A Long Overdue Update

Big things are happening here at Peacock Printing.

I scored myself a new office (to be shared with the incomparable talents of Teri Fiske and Michael Hanlon of Hanlon Weddings, Brady Dillsworth of Dillsworth Photography, Tomas Flint of Flint Weddings, and Dennis Allen, videographer, of Dawns Photography and Video Productions). I’m so excited about this I can barely contain myself. Finally having a place to meet with local clients will be nice, and teaming up with such a talented group of people can only be good.

There have been tons of new additions to my shop lately – to show off a few:

 

I’ve added several different styles of programs, menus, place cards, in addition to blank notecards (these make great gifts!).

Making an appearance in my shop are some custom designs I’ve done that I thought other people might like! Included are the Cinco de Mayo paper flags, as well as the Skyline Invitation (any major city is also available), and Nautical Invitation (all pictured above), but there are also some hydrangeas, lovebirds, peacocks, swirls, a bicycle, some music themed… the list goes on. Check out my Etsy Shop to see them and let me know what you think! Coming up – the Barn invitation! This one was a labor of love, and I ended up with a huge girl crush on the bride I designed it for, but that leads me into my very next announcement:

I’ve recently teamed up with Boxcar Press in Syracuse, NY to begin offering Letterpress invitations! I’m very excited about this. The Bailey Barn invitation will be my first Letterpress job, and I am SO HAPPY to begin offering this option to other brides! I have a full price list available to anyone interested in turning their invitations into something textured and extra special and should have some photos posted soon!

Here’s to a wonderfully successful summer full of endless possibilities!

Shop THEN Wed

Just a quick one today, folks. It’s been a busy (and exciting) month! New things:

1. I have office space! That’s right, Peacock Printing has officially upgraded from the living room into an office. I will be sharing the space with some amazing talent – Mike Hanlon and Teri Fiske from Hanlon Weddings, Mike Napoli aka DJ Naps, among other wedding specialists. I am so excited about this I can’t even contain myself. Contact info will be coming along shortly!

2. I’ve been added to Shop Then Wed, a new website that lists a variety of wedding specialists in a whole bunch of categories. It’s a great one-stop-shop! Check it out!

3. Oh yeah. I turned 32 on the 6th. Weird. Officially “in” my 30s.

4. I’m finally getting around to updating my Etsy shop with programs, place cards, Save the Dates, and new photos of some available invitations.

5. I’ve started working with Bakers Twine and I love it. See photo below!

6. COMING SOON – and I am thrilled to say this: LETTERPRESS!!! I will be publishing a price chart with this information in the next couple weeks. Yes, it’s more expensive. But boy is it divine.

In honor of all this, I’m putting up a new coupon code. Free priority domestic shipping from now til the end of May! Use coupon code NEWOFFICE2012 at checkout in my etsy shop to get your discount. If you’re checking out through PayPal WITHOUT the Etsy checkout, just remind me and I’ll adjust the shipping.

Happy Friday!

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