Wedding Card

So, I love to design cards. Mainly because the ones at the store always seem so impersonal. Anyone can just buy a pretty card and sign their name. One that you designed especially for a person(s) has such a greater weight of meaning. It’s almost as important as the gift its self, since it’s the first thing the person sees. Plus, I’m super, super cheap. $5 for a Hallmark card? Yeah right. And I don’t do the stamping/scrapbooking stuff. It’s all about Illustrator, baby.

Anyways, I needed to design a card to go along with the aprons I made for our cousin and his new wife. Now, I know the groom rather well, but have only met his bride once and didn’t get a chance to talk to her.  It makes it a little tough for me to design, not knowing the tastes of the person I’m creating for. Because, yes, I do love to please. All I know is that she’s quiet and her favorite color is green. I was kind of stumped on what to do.

Until I saw the most recent recipe on the Good Look Cookbook. Have you checked out the Good Look Cookbook yet? If you haven’t, you really must. I love getting inspiration from other artists and this site does such a great job of giving you the break down of their inspirations and materials used. Even though all I really need is an image to go off of, it’s really nice to have it all laid out for you.

Using  Melissa Esplin‘s recipe for her Relief Society poster, I created a card with similar lettering and a stellar image from istockphoto (yeah, it’s not free, but totally, totally worth it). I’m pretty darned pleased with the results.

Now let’s just hope and pray that they like both the card and the aprons 🙂


His & Hers

One of Dave’s cousins (whom I’ve know since his birth) was married last week. I figure every couple needs something that matches and is practical, I made them aprons.  I’ve made aprons for newly weds before, but they were always more utliltarian than pretty. With the surge of interest in 50s style homemaker aprons, I decided to make hers frilly and give his a little pizzaz. Here’s what I came up with:

What? A Freebie?

Ok, so I used to be a compulsive meal planner. I’d have three weeks planned out ahead of time, with the grocery lists made up and we always knew what we were eating any given night of the week. It truly saved my sanity while working a stressful job (who really wants to cook dinner after a day of packing machine orders, invoicing, bill collections, booking business trips for co-workers, etc??). Then I got pregnant and it was all down hill from there.

Since my pregnant “everything smells horrible, so fend for your self, because I’m eating Mission tortilla chips and Pace mild salsa again” days, I haven’t been able to keep a meal plan going. It really would be nice, to avoid the texts at 5 pm to my hubby asking him whats for dinner and then rummaging around in the kitchen while my kid eats left over mac n cheese and a whole cucumber.  I’d like to blame my lack of drive on my husband’s work schedule (he doesn’t get home until 7:30-8). So what if I feel silly eating with my two year old and crave adult conversation while consuming my slaved over meal? It’s just pure laziness. Just like not doing the dishes after every meal.

So, today I spent the better part of the evening designing a one week meal plan template that should (cross your fingers) help me to get back on the wagon. And since I put so much effort into it, I thought I’d share it with all three of you who read my blog.

It’s a jpeg because I’m still saving my pennies for Illustrator and I’m too lazy (there it is again, that L word) to figure out how to save a psd file as a pdf. For the same reason, I can’t take credit for the cute berries, either. (A huge thank you to pixelsandicecream) So, clickety click to enlarge and print. Enjoy!

Flower T Shirt Embellishment

Ha! When I said I’d get this tutorial up “soon” did anyone else realize that my soon usually is about a week (give or take)? 
Yeah, I’m a bit slow, but this time I can blame it all on the USPS. I don’t think that this whole “ship your package to the nearest large city via FedEx/UPS, then hand it to the post office to deliver it” system is anywhere near efficient. 
I live in a rural town. It takes a few days for things to show up from the “drop-off” town. And has the USPS ever been known for it’s quick delivery?  I guess I shouldn’t really complain, seeing as how the shipping was free, but something silly like that has never stopped me from complaining about inefficiency 😉
Anyways, for this tutorial, I ordered two shirts from LandsEnd, since their quality is substantially higher than WalMart’s (which is what I made my first shirt out of) and they had a bunch of their tshirts on sale for $4 (plus the aforementioned free shipping). I really liked their shadow stripe fabric, but not the idea of layering, so I bought a solid v neck shirt and a tank in the coordinating shadow stripe to cut the flowers out of. 
Now that the shirts are here, I can honestly say that I really love the feel of the cotton knit and even though it’s their “modern” fit, LandsEnd cuts their shirts just shy of being baggy to cut down on cling. Which, for my quasi apple shape, is essential in masking a muffin top.
So yesterday, I spent the late afternoon/early evening making the flower embellishments so I could wear the shirt to my hubby’s birthday dinner.  And today, I whipped up the pattern instead of working out. Hopefully it ends up being a good trade….
A few things of note, before you start your own:

  • I made big flowers because I have. a. big. chest. Please feel free to adjust the width of your strips to fit your chest size. (smaller for smaller busts, larger for larger chests) But don’t make them too narrow, or they’ll be a pain to sew.
  • Flower placement is all up to you. There is no special formula to laying them out on your shirt. Just play around with your flowers until it looks good to you. If you need inspiration, check out Anthropologie or JCrew.
  • I apologize now for the quality of the pictures. I had the ISO set really high for some mid day, high sun pictures I took and completely forgot to change the settings before I started shooting this project. So, they are a bit fuzzy. Sorry about that…
  • And there will inevitably be spelling errors in the tutorial, even though I’ve read through the thing a dozen times. **cough**rachel**cough**
Alright, enough text!
Here’s the tutorial (clickety click to make it big)