stationery

Back to School Sale

It’s time to save some money and plan for your upcoming wedding! And lucky for you we’re having a back to school sale! Fall is a busy time for wedding planning and it’s never too early to get started on finding the perfect invitation, or perhaps your save the dates if you’re just starting to plan! Now through the end of September use coupon code “BACKTOSCHOOL” in our Etsy shop when placing your order and you’ll receive 10% off your full order. Looking for new, exclusive designs? We’ve got those too! Check them out!

All of our designs are completely customizable. Colors and fonts can change and if there are other requests we will work with the bride and groom to make sure their ideas come to life in their invitation! You can purchase all of these invitations in our Etsy site or contact us for custom requests!

Our new Orchid Branch Invitation is simple but beautiful and it’s a great fit for any wedding! Its single accent color gives it a clean, modern look that will make all your guests jealous!

Orchid Branch

 

The Chevron Rings invitation suite is a unique, contemporary design with a fun, bold color scheme! Interlocking wedding rings and hearts give a romantic touch to this trendy invitation.

Chevron Rings

The Triangle Confetti invitation suite is a one-of-a-kind invitation. Its bursts of color and decorative pattern sets it apart from other wedding invitations. The confetti pattern gives guests the feeling of a celebration! Your guests will definitely want to showcase this invitation in their home!
Triangle

The Birch Lovebirds invitation suite is a personal favorite of mine! The coral and blue work so well to compliment each other in this particular design and it’s definitely a color scheme that guests won’t be expecting! This invitation is adorable, charming and personal, especially with its customizable heart with initials.
Coral

The Ombre invitation suite is definitely a unique collection. Its ombre design is fun but sophisticated and it acts as the perfect background for your invitation. The oversized, elegant script makes your and your groom’s names stand out on your big day!
ombre

The Peony invitation suite is a beautiful floral design, which is great for any outdoor or summer wedding! These colors compliment each other perfectly and they highlight the beauty of these big, bold peonies.
peony

 
If you want any of these new, creative designs for your wedding visit our website or our Etsy page to purchase them or check out our other custom designs while you’re there! We will work with you to make sure your wedding stationery is perfect for your special day! 

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!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of opening up my Etsy shop! It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come since then. 

  • Literally HUNDREDS of brides have been married with Peacock Printing stationery – 324 sales, to be exact (and that’s not counting the few I’m working with currently). This is my PROUDEST statistic.
  • My shop expanded to carrying pocket invitations as well as many other color and embellishment upgrades.
  • I’ve participated in several craft and bridal shows.
  • The Etsy Wedding Team made me a proud member!
  • I’ve made connections with event planners, photographers, other stationery designers, bakers… the list goes on.
  • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates selected me as the designer for their 2011 Valentine’s Day truffles – it was SO much fun to work outside of the paper medium for a bit (and to get to eat a lot of delicious chocolate).
  • I’ve been selected by Etsy for a feature in the Huffington Post! Not sure when yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
  • Biggest news so far this month – LETTERPRESS IS COMING TO PEACOCK PRINTING. i.am.so.excited!!!! I’ll have more on this in the next couple weeks.

In honor of the big 2 year anniversary, I am dropping sample prices to 2.00 for the month of March. That’s 60% off! Use coupon code HAPPYANNIVERSARY at checkout for your discount to be applied. Obvs this can only be applied to samples and not to your full custom order.

Stay tuned for info on more upcoming changes!

 

It’s time for my honeymoon.

But before I get into that, though, I’d like to say a few other things.

First and foremost, let me just say this: December was a tough month for me, business-wise. It always is – people saving for the holidays, putting their wedding planning on hold, etc. I’m going to come up with a plan for this next year, so that I can start offering holiday cards, stationery sets, and other gifts that can be given to friends and family. There are so many ways I want to advance my business, but I’m just not finding the time to do so. I will MAKE time for 2012!

Second – a shout out to my friend Jess, of Seven Layer Designs. Her blog is a constant source of inspiration to me. I’m not sure if she knows that – I’ve told her, but I’m not sure she REALLY knows it.  In fact, I probably wouldn’t be taking the time today to write this if I hadn’t read her post last night.  Jess makes beautiful handmade stationery which she offers from her website or her Etsy shop.  I’m going to try to find some ways for us to collaborate a little.  She wants to branch into weddings/parties, and I want to branch into stationery. So it seems like a perfect meeting of the minds.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted on my blog, and even longer since I’ve updated my website. These are the drawbacks of leading a double life. Allow me to express myself via math equation: 

((Day Job x Small Business) + Holidays) / Personal Life = Lack of Blogging.

I thought that with the ringing in of 2012 and Peacock Printing’s 2 year anniversary coming up in March, I would make a resolution to be more… well, just MORE. So here’s a short list to remind myself of my goals:

  • Improve at keeping up with technology – blog, websiteetsy shop
  • Bulk up my Facebook followers – find me and follow me and there’s a coupon code in it for you (if you’re already following me, jut ask and I’ll give it to you)!
  • Pinterest! If you need an invite to join, let me know. Then follow me! I’m collaborating with the EtsyWeddingTeam to post a new item from each member every week – spreads the word, gives inspiration to brides and crafters, and is just plain all-around fun.
  • Get some new designs in the shop! I’ve done a ton of custom work that I really should get out there.
  • Expand my inventory. I want to really start highlighting the extras – place cards, menus, programs, etc.
  • Save more, spend less. I’m such an impulse shopper.
  • Quit my job and do weddings full-time! This is a long-term goal, I am nowhere NEAR being able to do this yet – but it’s on the horizon. Exciting!

In the meantime, I’m going on my honeymoon.

I’ve been so spoiled with my travels lately – this is NOT normal!  I’ll be working til the beginning of February, and then I’m off to the Dominican Republic til Valentine’s. And then I probably won’t be going anywhere else for a while =) So I hope it’s worth it!

I’m going to be running some specials in March in honor of my 2 year business anniversary (and then probably again in June in honor of my 2 year wedding anniversary). Maybe a contest or two. While I’m gone I’m hoping that I can sketch out some new designs, using the tropics as an inspiration – so many bright colors, beautiful beaches, serene landscapes… and hopefully I’ll be back armed with a whole new inventory!

Halloween Weddings – but First Things First

Hello my faithful followers! I have been on vacation this past week visiting my new little nephew in Virginia Beach. Xavier Joseph, born on October 3, weighing in at 5.3 lbs is just about the cutest little guy EVER!

So now that I have that out of the way, let’s talk weddings. Halloween weddings, specifically.

Some friends of mine had a Halloween wedding a few years ago – a masquerade wedding, more specifically. It was quite fun to go to a wedding dressed in a costume, wearing a mask. But even if you don’t want your wedding to be a dress-up-free-for-all, there are still ways of incorporating one of the most outrageous holidays while still keeping it classy, San Diego.

Skull Wedding Invitation by KwirkCreative

Halloween Wine Charm Favors by VumbacaWhite

Treat Take Out Boxes by WeddingAmbience

Rhinestone Spider Hair Clip by Parisxox

Skull Bridemaid Jewelry by happylifejewelry

Cake Topper by CoolestToppers

 

Pumpkin Escort Card Holders by HomesAndWeddings

Name Your Poison Plates by AustinModern

Cupcake Toppers by JacquelynVaccaro

Bridal Head Piece by gildedshadows

Spooky Wine Bottle Bag by BloomandBarnacle

Screenprinted Dia de los Muertos Necktie by Cyberoptix

Bloody Save the Date by hawkdesigns

Black and Ivory Garter by GarterLady

 

Clay Skull Pins by handmademom

Skeleton Cameo Necklace by mysweetn0vember

Hopefully you will be attending some fun weddings that incorporate some of these awesome etsy finds this Halloween season!  CLICK HERE to see my treasury that includes all these items.

Moustache Thursday

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.

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, the moustache can be pretty fun.

Stationery vs. Stationary

Please allow me to take a moment to express a pet peeve of mine.

sta·tion·er·y

[stey-shuh-ner-ee] noun

1. writing paper.

2. writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.

sta·tion·ar·y

[stey-shuh-ner-ee] adjective, noun, plural -ar·ies.

1. standing still; not moving.

2. having a fixed position; not movable.

3. established in one place; not itinerant or migratory.

4. remaining in the same condition or state; not changing: The market price has remained stationary for a week.

Stationery is what people write on, send in the mail, display at their weddings and events, and has been used as a means of long distance communication for quite some time now. Stationary is what I was this weekend on my annual camping trip. It doesn’t so much annoy me in general, but when I see people who CREATE stationery as their means of employment spelling it wrong or using the wrong form, it drives me NUTS. I suppose there is some sort of explanation for why it makes me crazy – but without boring you with stories of childhood spelling bees, graduate classes in Literature, or hours poring over magazine copy, I’ll instead direct your attention to this fabulous etsy find:

This particular listing has been sold (last month), but if you love it as much as I do, if you ask nice perhaps the seller will make another one just for you.

*Incidentally, while you’re there, take a look around at shopsaplingpress‘s other items – many of them made me laugh out loud.

Some of my favorite etsy listings this week:

Beautiful Peacock Watercolor by JessicaIllustration

Lavender Zircon Necklace by anakim

Hand Stitched Flower by SevenLayerDesigns

Leather iPhone Case by TheFigLeaf

Hand-Painted Peacock Feather Wine Glasses by marywibis

and finally…

…even though people think Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, it actualy extends til almost the END of September! So my free shipping still applies until September 22nd if you use coupon code SUMMERSHIP at checkout!

Erica