when i told michael i planned to design our wedding invitations, he said, “of course you are. we wouldn’t have it any other way.” i didn’t have any previous experience making stationery, but as you know, i love to draw, and that seemed like a good enough reason.
magazines, planners, experts, and oprah will tell you that an invitation sets the tone for your wedding. metallics and scripts work well for black tie and rustic touches are perfect for outdoor parties. michael and i wanted something personal, pretty, and down-to-earth, so i settled on an illustrated, handmade combination.
i drew the artwork, placed the type, and printed the cards on eames canvas paper before carefully cutting them with an x-acto knife. i mounted the invitation on a kraft card and wrapped the entire set with baker’s twine, a paper shape (all the shapes were different; they ranged from vintage keys to little messages to birds), and a metal initial of the guest’s last name.
after we sealed the envelopes, i hand-lettered everyone’s mailing addresses. all i can say about that step is: ooowwwww my hand and thank goodness i bought a lot of white pens.
looking back, i probably should have worked with an online printer like vistaprint or a local copy shop. the process seems effortless in a photograph. there were many times i felt annoyed and overwhelmed with the computer, our printer, the paper, the dimensions, the decorating, etc. doing-it-yourself isn’t always easy, but the experience is worthwhile. i had a pep in my step as i carried them in a bushel basket to the post office!
we absolutely adored the final invitation and so did our family and friends. today i share our invitation with you as a small glimpse of our wedding day and my stubborn, creative brain.
this post is my first wedding reflection. stay tuned for a few more.
in texas, comfort food doesn’t always refer to chicken noodle soup or pot roast. comfort food can be something spicy, and fortunately, we like it spicy! one of our favorite meals is a warm bowl of pork and rice garnished generously with pico de gallo. occasionally michael substitutes black beans and corn instead of the rice. either way, the meal quickly appeases a hungry stomach.
- 4-6 pound boston rump roast
- olive oil
- steamed white or brown rice
- avocado, pitted and sliced
- fresh pico de gallo
- kosher salt and pepper for seasoning
- preheat a skillet to medium-high and a crock pot to medium. season the roast with salt and pepper. add olive oil to the pan and sear the meat on all sides until brown.
- place the roast inside the crock pot with two cups of water. cover and cook for 3-4 hours until meat falls apart with a fork. drain the liquid and season again if needed. keep warm.
- thirty minutes before the pork is done, steam rice in a rice cooker or over the stove. rinse the rise thoroughly before adding water. add two cups of water per one cup of rice to the pot. bring to a boil and then lower the heat. fluff with a fork after 15-20 minutes. if you’re using brown rice, follow the instructions on the package; brown rice usually takes longer to cook.
- spoon the rice into bowls. serve the pork on top and garnish with avocado slices and pico de gallo.
while summer lingers in my part of texas, most of my friends in other states bundle up in sweaters, jackets, and coats. i can’t wait for the temperature to drop to the 50’s. i’ll even take the 60’s out of desperation.
i bought the olive green parka from need supply recently. need supply is a cool store located in my hometown and they carry a great mix of high and low items. i had a difficult time choosing a coat but i settled for a jacket with a hood to protect my face on windy days at recess.
isn’t the southwestern print coat the best? please buy it for yourself (or for me).
collage by me. images via need supply.
the picks | southwestern coat | green parka | grey coat | wrap jacket (sold out)
i meant to share these last week! of all the retro trends coming back in style, monograms run straight to my heart. i always appreciate a cute letter in written, digital, knit, or 3-D form.
when my brain freezes on gift ideas, i turn to monograms. they make a simple mug, notebook, or keychain a little more personal. anthropologie always offers a ton of monogrammed pieces; the blouse and sweater would be charming presents for a friend or bridesmaid.
if you’re into minimal monograms, retailers like madewell, j.crew, and cuyana will emboss your initials onto leather. i’m tempted to order my own embossing kit to graffiti letters on all my bags, but the inner jiminy cricket says, “you better not!”
collage by me. images via anthropologie and madewell.
the picks | monogram sweater | letters | bag | monogram blouse