July 17, 2014
I love it when a couple has a vision and enough lead time for me to create something custom. Julia and Richard are getting married at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in Chicago. They wanted to incorporate a tree on their invitations and an overall Art Deco feel. The first place I look for inspiration is the wedding venue itself. Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get of your Big Day, so if you can tie in the venue / setting in the little details, it makes for a nice added touch. The Driehaus has an incredible domed stained glass window with trees on it.
From there I created some abstracted versions…one a little “leafier” than the other…
Julia & Richard really wanted a folded invitation, which allowed for the tree to be center stage!
LOVE their wedding colors and how they add to the overall stained glass feel of the tree.
Here’s a look at the full suite….
Thank you Julia & Richard! It was wonderful working with you! Hope your Big Day is spectacular!
July 14, 2014
Working from home with a little man has posed all sorts of challenges (it’s a wonder I get anything done) but the biggest challenge to date, has been baby proofing. The new boss-man gets into EVERYTHING.
My studio is ripe with sharp, toxic, messy, dangerous, and costly things. Even before Elliot arrived, I had been feeling as though the walls were closing in on me. So overwhelming it seemed, I enlisted the help of Susan Brun, owner of Neater Stuff.
First off the list….PURGE! Susan, being a third party (and a reasonable one at that), had no personal attachment to my stuff. She pointed out that I didn’t need every single blue bird from my wedding or bins upon bins of supplies that rarely, if ever, got touched.
It was a truck full! Most of which was donated to local school art rooms or goodwill. To think I had all this unnecessary stuff packed into my closets…no wonder the walls were closing in!
Now onto a bigger problem. I had been using two rickety old bookcases to house all of my inventory. I was terrified that my little explorer would pull them down on top of himself and there was no safe way to anchor them to the wall. (not to mention how unsightly they are….they aren’t even twins) I like to be able to see my stock of paper goods, so Susan suggested a china cabinet or furniture piece with cabinets on the bottom to keep the toxic paints locked up and open storage up top. We both spent a week hunting garage sales, antique stores and the like, and both of us kept coming back to this 1950′s piece from Two Women & a Warehouse. It was already painted, solid and a steal at only $220. Checkout that bakelite hardware!
The closets followed suit…
My packaging newsprint is now easy to reach and doesn’t require me pulling half of it out onto the floor for a few sheets.
Why I ever thought using hangers to organize was a good idea, is beyond me! I managed to purge 2 whole bins of useless supplies, which allowed for me to move my packaging supplies off the floor and into the closet. My wrapping paper is now neatly contained in a corner bin, and Nick built me this super awesome ribbon holder…
Susan is really great at re-purposing old items and working within a tight budget. During the great purge, I was tempted to completely discard an old scissor caddy. It was home to about 12 different fancy scissors, that maybe got used twice a year to make gift tags. Instead of throwing it out, we packed the fancy scissors away and moved the round caddy to my drafting table. It’s the perfect way to store the scissors and tools I use regularly. (I’m a total scissor snob, can you tell?)
The overall transformation is HUGE! I can see the floors, Vayda and Elliot can look out the window, I can allow Elliot to play at my feet in the studio without fear that he’s going to guzzle a pint of toxic paint when I’m not looking.
If you’re local to our area, I highly recommend Neater Stuff. I don’t think there’s an area, be it kitchen pantry, garage, commercial or residential that they couldn’t get organized. They can work with any budget and help you maximize your space. I finally feel like I can breathe over here. My space is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, BABY PROOF!
Though he still likes to rummage through the mailers and recycling bin!
I offer these in theinklab fully assembled or DIY (I design, print and supply you with the handles and ribbon, you assemble)
June 10, 2014
Foil printing is making a HUGE come back. I mean, who doesn’t love a little flash of fancy when they open a wedding invitation? Foil printing also adds a lovely touch to menus (ahhh imagine that little glimmer in low lighting!) and as this bride requested, custom Thank You notes for her guests.
Please disregard my lack of photography skills…I’m no Diana Daley.
I currently don’t have these listed for sale in The Ink Lab…but I’m happy to provide you with a custom quote! Just plan in advance, since I don’t print them in-house.
May 27, 2014
May 12, 2014
Well he finally got his hands in paint and by the looks of it, he liked it. First Mother’s Day gift and you can bet it’s skipping the fridge and going right to my studio wall.
8.5 x 11 finger paint on cardstock by EJD
Nick and Elliot also started a book for me. Instead of cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. they’ll add to the book…love!
Another little baby is on the way for our family! These two lovebirds are expecting a baby girl in June and gave me a little wall space to play with…
Alan loves music and I think the Jimi Hendrix quote is especially perfect for a baby girl (not just because I got to finally paint a unicorn, but yeah!)
Can’t wait to meet my sweet little niece!