Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our Vintage Wedding Invitation... that looks so current!

1981 screen printed invitations!

cocktail napkins and the wedding program too!

this is the front of the invitation

I still love the handmade paper that was used as the 'tissue'

This is a poem from a card that my husband gave to me. We had it included in the program.
Over 30 years ago I laid eyes on the creative works of two women that were acquaintances of my mom and I was completely inspired. I remember wanting to do what Mrs. Pace and Mrs.Campbell did. They combined their talents of graphic design, calligraphy and screen printing and made calendars and invitations and other paper goods that were truly works of art. 

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary. As I gaze upon my little box of memories of that long ago day I am more in awe of how fabulous our invitations, made by Mrs. Pace and Mrs. Campbell, were then and still are today. They were ahead of their time! As a young twenty-something I remember being a bit nervous because they weren't engraved, which of course was the proper thing. What would people say? But I knew I loved them.
People often ask me, "When looking back at your own wedding, what would you do differently?" And my answer always is "I'd marry the same man and have the same invitations but I'd change everything else."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fiesta Flowers

Gerbera daisies come in a variety of cheery colors.

Even flowers couldn't cheer her up!
A few weeks ago I was asked to create some centerpieces for a graduation fiesta.  Terra cotta pots were an option but just didn't seem interesting enough to me. I decided on a variety of colorful Mexican food cans in a variety of sizes. From espresso coffee to hominy to salsa to enchilada sauce! If you plan on doing this be sure to visit your favorite Mexican food restaurant to see if they have some empty cans that you can use. Ole'!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Always Time for a Fiesta Invitation

It seems to me that a Fiesta themed party has no particular season or reason attached to it. Sure, Cinco de Mayo is the most popular time for salting the rim of a glass and having a margarita but I have made Fiesta invitations practically every month of the year and for a variety of occasions... birthday parties, engagement parties, graduation parties and rehearsal dinners.

I decided I needed to create a new one in the colors of the Mexican flag, green, white and red, and with an intricate pattern similar to one I had once seen on a tequila label. And when I got an order for some I was asked if I could do it in teal and apple green. Well, that 's what a custom invitation is all about! I really like they way they turned out. So fresh!