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Hello! So I possibly eluded to this a million years ago but this has been sitting lonely in a folder on my computer waiting to make it’s debut…
And, of course, the perfect time would have been to post this when the episode aired but I was a little more focused on watching than posting so here we are. AND BEFORE YOU GET ALL UP IN MY BUSINESS (because I know you’re thinking it). Yes, it should probably “Lady” Mary but not many Ladies are buying my invitations and I like to make things easy to picture your own information. Secondly, I know Matthew’s last name is not “Grantham” but, again, how many people marry someone with the same last name as theirs? Exactly.
This invitation came about as a riff on a riff, I suppose. A friend* of mine wanted the Ginny + Harry invitations but more summery (ugh! I didn’t post that either?! well, coming soon then) and this was one of the options. I was in the process of madly watching the first and second seasons around that point and thought it’s nice and english-y and not too wild possibly the Dowager Countess of Grantham would even approve.
I’ve also separated my personal Pinterest boards and The Future Mrs. Darcy boards and been pinning up a storm (I keep explaining it as that story where the father catches the child smoking and make him/her smoke the entire pack–it’s testing the love of Pinterest for me) but I have found a lot of great stuff so make my effort worth it– go check them out. Or go straight to Mary + Matthew’s board.
*I don’t know why I always get squirrel-y explaining it but it’s the sister of a friend of mine but my squirreliness stems from I think she’s very cool so I hate saying “my friend’s sister” like that’s the only reason I’d hang out with her but don’t want to be presumptuous and call her a “friend” since we don’t hang out all the time. I blame you, Facebook, for making “friend” such a nebulous word.
Sorry no RSVP here because this was a wedding I not only attended but one that I was in! Yes, folks, I was not only allowed out of the house but out of the state and down the aisle.
On the top left we have her postcard save the date. Yes, the one that says “Save the Date”– I’m so clever like that. I have to admit that I super love her save the date and it’s old timey New York illustration. I’d love to sell it but I’m not sure if I’d be able to find creative commons commercial allowed old timey illustrations of other cities. See, it’s even a mouthful to say much less find. But if you live, oh let’s say, major cities that were major cities during the Revolution War, email me.
The invitation and the details card were also backed with the same pattern in the background of the invitation and Mrs. Doctor upgraded her envelopes to some very lush purple Paper Source #10s.
Now the hard part… as always… what, oh, what shall we call you? I can’t separate the New Yorkiness of the save the date with the “could be anywhere” of the invite and other pieces. And with the New Yorkiness (yes, I am owning the made up words) it’s not funny like a Woody Allen (and let me tell you how I don’t want to touch that one for couples) or flashy like a Sex in the City. Honestly, all I keep thinking is Gangs of New York (which I don’t think I’ve ever watched entirely) and if someone says Newsies, dear God, I may hide under my desk*. I’d like to keep that safely locked back in 8th grade.
So forgetting the New York in the STD (save the date**) what do you think?
*Ok I have already started receiving backlash for this. Look, I loved Newsies as much as any socially awkward theater geek WANNABE (at that point) who totally knew the potential of Christian Bale from even before seeing it. We made our social studies teacher show the movie under the pretense of education. But unlike all my other childhood favorites, something about this needs to stay firmly attached to middle school. It think it’s the bad New York accents.
Greetings and salutations! I hope no one hates me for abandoning blogging to simply post my inspiration photos on Pinterest instead. But now that I have a smidge more free perhaps you’ll get more of my delightful ramblings.
First, a million points to Andrea on Etsy for reminding me to post this but I’ve finally sat down through all the mountains of new products my printer offers and come up with a pricing catalog. About. Damn. Time.
So the gist of it is invitations are $5 and come with– you guessed it– an invitation, RSVP, RSVP envelope and envelope to contain all the previous. Switching from RSVP + Envelope to RSVP Postcard is free. Now you want to make it double sided? You want to make it an awesomely fancy die cut? You want lined envelopes? You want a directions/accommodations/map/other wedding event card? Or what about favor labels? Or printed return addresses? Or programs? Or monkey to fly out of my butt? Well, for that gentle reader you probably would have had to be born in the 80s and watched Wayne’s World a lot in the 90s but for the rest– PRICING BROCHURE!!
Right now it’s a downloadable pdf and I’m hoping to get in online soon but if I do that it’s very “give a mouse a cookie and he’ll want a glass of milk and for you to redesign the whole site at the same time too”. Curse you, Mouse and your delicious cookies and prodding me to redesign the site.
But here are some previews to what the catalog looks like before you download:
Have a great 4th of July everyone and if you have any questions about the catalog just let me know!
For the last year I’ve been working with a new printer that specializes in invitations and, let me tell you, it has been fantastic! And a new printer means new papers and new services which I’ve been chatting to brides with individually but since I just took some photos for a client I figured I might as well use this as an opportunity to share with everyone.
There are 6 paper options from the printer white #110 cover (which means 110 pound paper [for reference copy paper is #60 or #70 writing] which is my standard that all the pricing is based on), #130 white 100% recycled, white felt, ecru felt, and pearl.
The #110 and #130 look the same so in the photos the “white” is the #110 and the first two images were taken outdoors on a partly sunny day and the last pearl photo was taken indoors near a window to try and get the shimmer. As you can see, taking photos of paper isn’t a fool proof way of showing the world. You can’t see the “gloss” on the gloss (it’s more like direct mail piece than a photograph) and the whites come up a bit blue but it’s a good way to differentiate the felts and the pearl came out much better than I expected!
Along with these new papers on additional goodies you can buy are: printed return addresses on envelopes (YAY), belly bands, round stickers for favor labels (or any other use for round stickers), folded cards (for thank yous), and rounded corners.
I’m also hoping to update the website in the coming months so I’ll start including these upgrade prices there (I like to be clear as possible when it comes to pricing– no surprises here!) but if you have questions in the meantime, just let me know!
Oh and p.s.– the sample printed invitation… that would be the new Bella and Edward that has been LONG SINCE promised. I know it’s no Katniss and [like I'd tell you-- read the books already!] but I may also have some Downton Abbey invites in progress as well. See, I’m current!
I am now on Episode 4 of Downton Abbey… Season 1 (hello, bandwagon!) I know, I know, I have been told how much I’d love this for quite sometime now but between the little one and the non-matronly matron of honordress search it’s been a little hard to watch PBS other than Sesame Street. BUT I’m now happy to report I love it as everyone thought I would and will probably be done with the end of the first season today…and then Netflix will hopefully supply Season 2… (fingers crossed ?)
As I’m sure it does for everyone, the show has only cemented my love for Maggie Smith. And with Sir Ian McKellan’s popular shirt in mind I decided to mock one up* for Ms. Smith.
Dear Maggie Smith,
I’m a big fan of your work. I know your Harry Potter costar Sir Ian McKellan had a cheeky tshirt with his popular roles listed and I thought you might enjoy one of your own. Just let me know what size you wear (or we can do a tote bag if you don’t do tshirts).
Yours truly, Kristen
(aka The Future Mrs. Darcy)
In my head Ms. Smith would not be as brash as Sir McKellan with a “get over it” but I am positive Ms. Smith, if it was warranted, could convey much more than that with her tone… and a look.
In summation, Ms. Smith, you are wonderful. Keep doing what you do.
*And if you’d like a tshirt (or tote, etc…) please let me know.
(Also the template for the shirt was created by the very helpful Tom Neal. I’m so glad I didn’t have to make it myself.)
So after getting word that the Arabelle dress was backordered for a second time, this time until AFTER the wedding the dress search continues. This is the latest dress I’ve purchased which I think is a lovely combination of the Banana Republic dress and the Arabelle dress…and it has pockets! Photos in better lighting later when it arrives at my house.
So I’m frustrated again a) because I can never spell “frustrated” correctly on the first try and b) because I AGAIN feel like the consensus in the store is different from how the dresses look in the photos. But it’s getting close and I need something so just pick one, okay?