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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.

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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!

Chartraspberry!

My sister’s getting married. Have I obsessed about mentioned this? I’m so excited I could pee. Now that she’s picked a color scheme, I couldn’t wait to create an etsy treasury showing it off!  Here are some teaser items – click HERE to see the whole treasury!

Chartreuse Necklace by VividColors on Etsy

Bridal Sash by BridalShoppe on Etsy

Milk Glass Cake Stand by EIsabellaDesigns on Etsy

 

Pearl Cluster Bracelet by AMIdesigns on Etsy

 

Chartreuse Nightie by hotpinkkiki on Etsy

View the entire treasury HERE!

Kupcake wednesday.

My cousin Kristy started a blog about cupcakes. You can find it HERE. This amazes me for a number of reasons:

1. I remember when Kristy was BORN. So the fact that she’s even literate is weird to me – her sister and my sister were born 6 months apart, so they were thick as thieves, and as a result Kristy and I used to hang out at all the family functions even though she’s much younger than me. As a result I feel a certain connection to Kristy that I don’t have with many of my other cousins on the other side of my family. I think she’ll probably always be that little kid to me in some way.

2. Kristy is a grad student at Rutgers University, she goes to a lot of concerts, has a flourishing social life. How does she have time to blog about cupcakes? She must REALLY love cupcakes.

3. I had no idea that she loved cupcakes enough to blog bout them. Of course, who doesn’t love cupcakes, but how many people take the time to blog about them? (actually, a quick wordpress search led me to 180,298 results for “cupcake,” so it seems that lots of people are blogging about them.

4. She is also the cutest little thing – I’m shocked that she ever eats at all, let alone chows down on cupcakes. If I even LOOK at a cupcake I gain a little weight. Some people have all the luck.

All of this led me to ask myself how many other people are obsessed with cupcakes. So today, in honor of my cousin Kristy, I present to you my Kupcake Wednesday post, which will be full of cute cupcake things, a couple recipes, and other baking related items that are sure to revitalize your love for cupcakes as well! Please click the links at the end of this post for more info on these amazing finds.

CLICK HERE for lots of cupcake decorating ideas from Wilton!

l.o.v.e.

 

Yummm!!

Coconut Cupcakes with Seven Minute Frosting and Coconut Flakes
from Martha Stewart, queen of the cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Seven-Minute Frosting (click HERE for recipe)
  • 1 1/3 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients (including sweetened coconut) in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Mix any remaining wet ingredients in a bowl if needed. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  4. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.
  5. Once cupcakes are cool, mound frosting on tops. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut. Serve immediately.

I hope this post has made you hungry, or better yet inspired you to do some baking (or shopping)! Please remember to check out Kristy’s blog from time to time for new and exciting cupcake news.

Featured Images:
Cupcake False Eyelashes from EyelashJewelry on Etsy

Lace Cupcake Wrappers by SundayRabbit on Etsy

Happily Ever After Cupcake Flags by GoAgainstTheGrain on Etsy

Will Run for Cupcakes Charm by JessicasGifts on Etsy

Custom Birthday Cupcake Stand by vesselsandwares on Etsy

Sexy Cupcake Apron by ApronsByVittoria

Coconut Cupcakes from Martha Stewart

Fondant Moustaches by parkersflourpatch on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ooh La La! It’s Etsy Wedding Team treasury time!

One of the things that I love about Etsy is the Treasury feature. This is where anyone can create a collection of 16 items that are connected by a theme, a color, or are put together simply because they are items that are loved.

Today I’ve created one that highlights some of the items created by the Etsy Wedding Team – a selective group of etsy sellers that I am honored to be included amongst.  Today’s theme is vintage French!

Please enjoy! You can view the entire treasury by clicking HERE, but I will also post a few pics below.

French Paper Drink Straws by GoAgainstTheGrain

 

Program/Sendoff all in one! Fill these bags with confetti, lavender, birdseed, etc and let your guests send you off in style! by ExtravagantExits

 

Polka Dot Bridal Gloves by sibodesigns

 

Bridal Veil Blusher by Serephine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Pinterest – DO IT!

I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. Just a few words about Pinterest.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pinterest is this new website (well, maybe not entirely new anymore, but still kind of exclusive – you need to be invited to join (this sounds a lot more hoity-toity than it really is – if you need an invite, just ask)) where you can keep collections of items you find anywhere online. You post these items onto a “pinboard” – sort of like an old-fashioned cork board you used to have in your bedroom growing up (mine had a gold star chart, probably pictures of unicorns and all things sparkly, and the random Highlights magazine article).  Let me explain how it works:

So you’re obsessed with, say, giraffes. You’re cruising the internet highway in search of the perfect giraffe tattoo. When lo and behold, you come upon this:

 

It’s perfect. It’s just the tattoo you’ve always talked about since you were a little girl (when connect the dots was the epitome of “art”). But before you commit to it, you see this one:

This one suits your adult personality a lot better and you think it would go over a lot better at work and with your parents. Plus you wouldn’t have to worry about your kids drawing all over your legs while you’re asleep. Well with Pinterest, you can not only store them together in one place (thereby not cluttering precious hard drive space with scattered giraffe images), but you can also share those images with others – and FIND images from others who share your interests. Hence – Pinterest.

This is a PERFECT resource for someone planning a wedding and trying to organize the various themes they’re considering. Or a place to gather inspiration if they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. It’s also perfect when you’re thinking about reorganization, crafting, redecorating, traveling, or if you just like art, fashion, cool stuff, photography, animals… which I would hope covers most people. If you don’t find yourself included in any of those categories, then you may as well stop reading right now and crawl back under that rock.

So how it works is this: you sign up (email, password, the usual). Then you can link your twitter and Facebook accounts and find your friends. Then you and all your friends can “follow” each other’s pinboards (and the boards of anyone else whose collection you come upon and notice that they have the same exquisite taste in giraffes as you do). You can create as many boards as you’d like. You can pin as many things to each board as you’d like. You can re-pin things that others have pinned. Plus, each time you log in, you are brought to a homepage where you can see what your friends and those you are following have recently pinned. I’m not going to go into further detail because I’m assuming that by now you’re either a) already signed up or b) in the process of sending me an email requesting an invite.

You can follow me by clicking on this link. I have a bunch of boards dedicated to wedding stuff (and peacocks) because those are the things that I find myself obsessed about the most. I’ve also started a cross promotion with the EtsyWeddingTeam where a new theme is featured each week (this week it’s Vintage Weddings) so if you follow me (or any of us) you may find yourself inspired by a variety of items that would work for your wedding or someone you know.

Happy pinning!

Happily Ever After

This has been the summer of weddings for me. First, my little sister got engaged!!! Super exciting!  And by the end of next week, two of my best friends will have been married this year. One wedding was an epic, week-long setup followed by an amazing reception and the best campfire singalong ever. The one next week is in paradise – Key West to be exact! SUPER excited! It’s basically a week long vacation with my friends in one of the most beautiful places on earth. On a resort. With snorkeling.

I fell in love with weddings when my friend Christine got married a few years ago. Ever since high school, there have been six of us girls who have remained best friends even though we are spread out across the country. Christy’s wedding was the first one of the bunch, and was the first time in 7 years when we were all together in one place at one time. Now, whenever there’s a wedding it’s like a big reunion and something that we all look forward to all year long.  It’s been an honor do create all the stationery for these weddings, and I’m always looking forward to the next one! I’m trying to convince everyone to do vow renewals in five year increments. This way we can continue to get together every year!

In the spirit of all these weddings, I’ve created an etsy treasury with a Happily Ever After theme. Enjoy!

 

Apple Cupcakes by HelloMySweet


Gold Accent Mirror by SecretWindow

The Queen poster print by ThisYearsGirl


Pirate Ship Wheel by rizOHcollection

Mermaid Pendant by billyblue22

Red Riding Hood by KMKDesignsllc

Happily Ever After Ring by peacesofindigo

Faerie Door by NothinButWood

Floral Flapper Crown by gardensofwhimsy

Fabric Pumpkins by Cr8something

Mushroom Pillow by abacusathome

Fairy Tale Newspaper by theFiligree

Blue Polymer Dragon by jenferfer

Rapunzel Sterling Silver Earrings by esmeweatherwax

Elf Art Doll Sculpture by ALittleCharacter

Fairy Tale Themed Greeting Cards by majalin

 

Sitting at the airport…

Well here we go with a totally random post that really has nothing to do with stationery; although that IS where the story began:

I know, I’ve been slacking on the blog the past few days. I’ve been busy with several invitation projects, not to mention helping my sister start her own etsy shop (lots of discussions and logo sketching later, she should be up and running in a couple weeks! Keep your eye out for a big huge “Grand Opening” post on that!!), and planning/prepping for my girls weekend in NYC.

When I first started my business, things went slowly at first. I had tons of time to spend conversing with my clients about all sorts of details, and really got to know some of them pretty well. I still make sure that I make time to converse with my clients, I don’t mean THAT, but it used to be a lot less focused – I had time to meander onto lots of other completely unrelated topics.

Right at the beginning I designed some invitations with hills and birch trees on them. My intention was to use these for my best friend’s wedding this past July (we ended up using a different design – I’ll post pics of all of this when I’m back in front of my laptop), but I thought I’d put them in my etsy shop in the meantime.

I was contacted by a girl named Sabrina from Calgary who was having her wedding at a castle in Scotland (ironically, I had my wedding at a castle that was built as a replica of a Scottish castle – and this is only where our similarities began). She loved the birch trees and we began working on customizing them for her fabulous destination wedding, which was only a few weeks after mine.

Since I was in full wedding planning mode (I planned my entire wedding in 7 months) and since she was one of the first brides I worked with, we ended up emailing a lot and getting to know each other pretty well. We started discovering strange similarities between us, our childhoods, even our shoe size (I have boats for feet, so this is unusual to meet someone with the same size feet – sorry Beans, but you know it’s true!). I eventually named the invitation after her (which started my tradition of naming my invitations after the first bride that purchases the design), and we kept in touch.

So fast forward almost 2 years, and she tells me she’s flying to NYC to run in a 9/11 memorial race – the Tunnels to Towers race. Google it, I can’t figure out how to paste a link from my smartphone right now! I figured since that’s really not too far from me, I would take the 45 min flight and finally meet her in person.

So here I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight.

I can’t think of a better place to spend a weekend than NYC, by the way. There is so much to do, and so many things to see. I know it’s pricey to stay there, but you could really just plop yourself on a park bench and see more in a weekend that way than you would in many other places. The street food is amazing. The fashion, the subways, the clubs and baseball games… There’s just so much to choose from.

I’m lucky because I live about a 6 hour drive west of the big city, so even driving isn’t too bad – or in this case I scored a $49 each way jetblue flight, which is probably less than I would have spent on gas.

Anyhow, I’ll have pics when I get back I’m sure. But now it’s time to board, so I’m off!

Moustache Thursday – updated!

I spend a good deal of time on Etsy, making changes to my shop, browsing around for fun things I wish I could afford to buy for myself, or just looking for inspiration for upcoming projects.

A few months ago I created an Etsy Treasury featuring the moustache (if you don’t regularly check out the Treasury section, you should. It’s incredible. Of course, it may lead to all sorts of unplanned purchases). I think many people find the moustache to be creepy (ok, I sort of do too – probably too many episodes of “To Catch a Predator“), and I wanted to showcase the moustache in its non-creepy form. I think when moustaches are something other than a random tuft of hair growing on the middle of your face, they actually have the potential to be cute, vintage, and in many cases, quite comedic. For example:

This is Jeffrey Moustache, who won the silver medal in last year’s English Moustache competition. (photo by Jeffrey Moustache himself, taken from www.worldbeardchampionships.com).

This year, The World Beard and Moustache Championships will be held October 8th in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am not making this up, I’m taking this directly from their website:

“Beard Team USA, which represents the United States at the World Beard and Moustache Championships, is thrilled to be holding the championships in Amish Country, where the local Amish farmers have been growing beards for America for over 200 years.  As part of the festivities, contestants, their friends, and fans will have the opportunity to attend Amish Camp, where they can live with and like the Amish for 24 hours.”

Competitors can enter into eight different moustache categories. EIGHT. That doesn’t even count the goatee or the “Full Beard with Stylized Moustache” categories.

But it’s not all about the moustache, either. You can also head on over to beardoholic.com and read about NINE different beard competitions you can enter, as well as what the rules, rewards, and categories are, and how to enter! This is an awesome site for anyone interested in all things beard. The site is run by Zack Robbins, who authors most (if not all, there were so many I couldn’t check them all) of the articles and, while the topic is typically beards, the subject matter varies more than you’d think, even with a whole section devoted to “Beards From a Woman’s Perspective” (thank you, Zack. Nobody likes a prickly beard in their face). You can even stock up on accessories and gifts for the facial hair fanatic in your life.

I’m still waiting for the day when someone asks me to make a moustache wedding invitation for them. And I certainly will be thrilled to do it! Lots of people use moustaches in their photo booths at their wedding, but you can easily integrate them into your post-wedding life!

moustache ring by Isette

golden moustache necklace by kerenasaf

chocolate moustache lollipops by FiveSisterz

moustache travel mug by LennyMud

moustache decal by kathwren

MOONSTACHE, get it?
moonstache print by ilovedoodle

moustache keychain by DeeHewitt

I Moustache You a Question” painting by abandonedstache

moustache scarf by piprobins

Boy met Girl Wedding Invitation by vicentine

So, yeah, it can be creepy and weird (not to mention pedophilic), but I say if we embrace it into our lives, facial hair can be pretty fun.

Chocolate Weddings!

I have made a sincere effort to bring you something new every day, even on days like today when everything I’m doing seems to be taking longer than expected, and as a result, I am rushing through everything!

I do have something wonderful to share with you, however. I came across this post on GreenWeddingShoes and just fell in LOVE with this invitation:

And can we please talk about this gummy bear?! It weighs 5 lbs and is equivalent to 1,400 regular sized gummy bears. I actually bought one of these for my dad a couple years ago for Christmas. You can get them in 7 different flavors HERE.

Not to mention the chocolate bouquet. Yup, chocolate. An edible bouquet.

So it got me thinking about a chocolate wedding! What if chocolate was your whole theme, not just the color of the bridesmaid dresses and the flavor of the cake? Perhaps you would purchase items like these:

slice of cake favor boxes by imeondesign

pearl bracelet by AMIdesigns

teal and chocolate earrings by fineheart

cupcake magnets by Stefaniaiovon

love is sweet candy tubes by InTheClear

Hershey Kiss Stickers by reneeorr

Candy is Dandy posterby ChattyNora