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Project Journal: Upgrade Your Invitations

We all have tons of projects that we are working on… I love throwing parties and so usually that’s what’s in my project “on deck” circle. I helped throw a shower in March for a dear friend and here’s the secret to easy but wow-inducing invitations: one of the ways to both save money and to personalize invitations is to order the design off Etsy, print them yourself, and embellish. Let’s face it, my motto ought to be a little glitter goes a long way. I found a great print off of Etsy and printed them at Kinkos — I used their industrial paper cutter; it was a bit stressful! Thankfully, I managed to only cut the paper and not my fingers. To finish them up, I hand addressed the envelopes with a coordinating color marker. Don’t hand addressed envelopes add a certain amount of pizzazz? Easy, effective and beautiful! I couldn’t ask for more!

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Project Journal – Candle Shower Favors

I wrote this post a couple of days ago but wanted to wait until after the shower because I know that my friend, Jess, totally follows me — for which I am super grateful! So now that there’s no spoilers…

My friend Jess R. is having a baby! Squeal! My law school roomie and bestie, Meg, and our friend, Tamara, and I (is that too many commas?) decided to host a baby shower for the new mom! The best thing about hosting by committee (as I like to refer to it) is that we all have different jobs and we can put time and attention into our roles and it’s not overwhelming. I volunteered to do the favors for the shower. We brainstormed ideas in the first meeting of the committee and settled on something in mason jars. Further research on Pinterest led me to consider candle-making. Then the smartest gal I know, Hannah, told me how easy it was and walked me through the candle making via texts. So I made candles in mason jars with organic soy  — they turned out great! Then using my handy dandy anchor punch I decorated the shit out of them. I set up all the pieces and one of my kids stopped by for a baking lesson and chipped in. She helped me finish up the favors and they turned out great!

You don’t have to take my word for it either… you know I’ve got pics!

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Here’s how I did it. First, I order the supplies on Amazon.com. We joked at one of our planning meetings that the shower was sponsored by Amazon Prime because we are all such fans! Hannah approved the cost and said that I was getting a good deal — Hannah is a savvy shopper when she approves your purchase, you feel so grown up and responsible.

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From a distance, I fear these bags of soy flakes look a bit suspicious…

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Then I got all my supplies together… including my melting pitcher, jars, and wicks…

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Then I melted the wax double boiler style.

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Then poured it in the jars and let it set.

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Then we put them all together.

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Wasn’t that crazy easy for a big impact? The finished project made me smile big time. Stay tuned for more blog posts about the shower.

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Project Journal – Handmade invitations

So one of my very best friends is getting married in a few short weeks. And her sister and I are throwing her a bridal shower. I decided that I would make the invitations to the shower myself. I love crafting and anyone who knows me, knows I am famous for my sweat shops (what my friends call the times when I ask them to help me with crafts). Like my mother before me, I always have a project in the works and this one was a real pleasure. Come along for the journey:

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These are the mock ups I made using office supplies… one trip to Micheal’s and a survey of supplies and it’s time to get to work!

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The ever present can of Diet Coke in the background… as well as my list book. It’s tricky to stay organized.

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I used a punch to get uniform flower shapes of different complimentary prints.

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And a combination of stamps (love the sweet mason jar one, right?) and color printed paper with the invitation details.

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I also stamped the envelopes with a flower! Can’t have too many flowers, right?

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I think the mason jar stamp I borrowed from a friend really makes the invitations! One of my friends liked it so much that she asked me to use it to make her Save the Dates. So stay tuned for those appearing on the blog!

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I used these little stickers to raise up the banner and add some dimension to the invitations — in addition to the gems and pearls in the flower centers.

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Finished product and a finished project! (It’s safe to post this since the bride has already got her invitation!)

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Mom enjoying what she insisted on calling her “craft” beer (you since we were crafting!).

She’s my mom. That’s a fact and I couldn’t have made this without her. It feels great to finish the project and get the invitations in the mail. There’s nothing quite like homemade cards, right?