Saturday, November 19, 2011

Laura's Wedding Collateral

I know I mentioned my most recent wedding collateral job in my last post, but everything turned out so fantastic I wanted to feature them. 

Laura is a coworker of mine and was introduced to me because she needed help with her wedding invitations. After emailing with her a bit I found out she had a vision of really great, creative and hand-made invitations. I loved the feel she as going with for her wedding. She told me she would be having lots of lace and burlap and would be using vintage hankies to make a garland that would be hung along the aisle. We discussed two very different directions for her invitations. One would go with the hankie garland route, but the other one would be more about the lace. This is what she decided on – a 3 piece set of invitation, rsvp postcard, and a map/directions card. We loved the look of white ink on craft paper, so I decided I would have two different rubber stamps made, one for the white ink and another for the pink. It was a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome!

When it came time to talk about her programs I found out Laura an equally exciting vision. We decided on a 5" x 5" booklet with 3 pages. Luckily Laura had a ton of left over hankies from her garland project and I was able to use those as the covers. We wanted to pull in the burlap, so I cut a scalloped edge about 2 inches wide. I decided to sew all the pieces together as the binding. Each program is unique because of the fabulous vintage hankies. Our goal with this project was to create something the wedding guests would hold on to instead of littering them around the ceremony site. From what Laura said, our goal was accomplished and the guests absolutely loved the programs. 

I am extremely happy with the outcome of this project. I am so thankful for the opportunity to create something so crafty and hand-made. I am looking forward to my next few projects which will allow me to continue working with Laura on her sister's wedding shower invitations AND will give me the opportunity to work with Laura's sister, Julia on her wedding collateral. 

I am also grateful to Laura's wedding photographer, Alyse French, for taking such great photos of these invitations. Visit her website and check out her blog to see the other incredible details from Laura's wedding. 



Sunday, November 6, 2011

why, hello there!

Well, it's been approximately forever since I've posted anything. As you may or may not know I've been back from Kenya for about 6 weeks. Things over the past 5 or 6 months have been crazy busy!
From July to September I was busy getting ready for Kenya. I also decided it would be a good idea to take on a super fun, super crafty wedding invitation job 3 weeks before we left while also planning 2 fundraisers for Kenya. I got the invitations finished in 2 weeks, leaving 1 week to pack before my trip. Needless to say I was stressed. During this time I was also in charge of updating our team blog - Jambo Kenya! If you haven't had a chance to read about our trip feel free to visit the team blog to get a recap of everything we did in Kenya. There is also a link in the sidebar for our photo album. You should check them out - the kids are so cute and we went on a safari!
Since being back from the trip, I've been to Lubbock once and plan on going again this coming weekend. My Red Raiders haven't been playing so well over the past few weeks, but I still love them and support them 100%.  A few friends are coming with me this time - ROADTRIP!! I also worked on the wedding programs that go with the invitations I finished before the trip.
Being back from Kenya has been hard. I fell in love with those kids while I was there and everything in me wants to be back there with them watching them grow up. I keep up with the daily happenings of Naomi's Village through facebook. I don't think there's one day I go without looking at pictures or watching videos of the children. I can't wait to go back and visit. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.
About a week and a half ago I started researching possible serving opportunities here in Dallas. I knew I wanted to serve African refugees, so I googled it. I found a link for a local church's African fellowship service and ESL program. This last thursday I visited the ESL class and helped Burmese people with their english. We helped prepare them for the job interview process. I realized how big of a disconnect these people live with on a daily basis.
I also signed up to take a training at Free City International. Free City is an organization that my church, The Village, partners with. I am most interested in the mentorship program. I want to serve African refugees by helping them understand this crazy American culture we live in, helping them with english and by basically just living life with them.
I'm not sure which organization I'll choose to serve with on a regular basis, but I'm very excited about these opportunities. Please pray that the Lord will guide me in this decision.