So real talk: It took me a very long time to make our wedding invites. Now, I did choose something crazy, and I totally knew what I was getting into, but there were times when I thought that they I wouldn’t be done until after we were already married. They kept me up at night. I thought about them all day. But even though they haunted my dreams, I loved making them. The guy would leave me sweet little notes of encouragement on top of my supplies. They gave my hands something to do instead of worrying about weddings and stuff. I was a little sad when I finished them, because the time in my life when I made our wedding invitations in my every spare moment was now over. So here is a little photo timeline of our wedding invites in the making.
Things I learned about save the dates:
1. If you have an idea in your head of what you want, just go for it.
2. If you make them yourself, something will probably go wrong, and you should just remember that it would be a boring story if everything went perfect.
3. Sometimes it is cheaper to make something yourself, but you have to be willing to spend more time.
4. No matter how soon you send them out, you are already late (fashionably).
Basically, I searched the internet for over a month looking for save the dates that caught my eye. While there are gorgeous options out there, I really wanted something that was “us” (don’t we all).
Anyway, I doodle a lot at work to keep my hands busy, and one day, my doodles reminded me of the middle school notebook when you doodle a cute boy’s name all over it. I thought that might be a cute idea for a save the date.
So we spent an evening making little drawings and doodles. I spent about one movie making all the doodles into tiny pictures on the computer. We bought paper and envelopes from Paper Source, and some washi tape from various Etsy stores. We got into a big fight with our printer. We won. We mailed them only 5 months in advance, and no one freaked out too badly. And this was one of my most favorite art projects of all time.
I have been making quite a few custom orders lately. I really enjoy the challenge of creating something unique. This scientist bird was a twist on another bird in my shop. It was way too much fun designing a lab coat for a stuffed bird.
It was my dear Ma’s birthday last week. I like to make her blank note cards, and since there was just a new baby cow born on the farm, I made a bunch of little cow cards. The little gang of paper cows were very rowdy before I glued them to their cards. They were so adorable, I wanted to eat them.
These penguins are a custom request from Etsy. Someone asked if I could embroider some words on two penguins, and I decided to give it a try! I was kinda nervous about the hand embroidery, since it definitely is a challenge to embroider fleece, but I think it turned out pretty good. The handwritten lettering is part of the handmade charm, right?
Now off to your happy new homes, little penguins!
Mighty, mighty elephant. (new in the Little Amaryllis shop)
Little tiger is ready to do some real fierce lovin. (new in the Little Amaryllis shop)
Rawr says the ferociously cute yellow lion. (new in the Little Amaryllis shop)And coming soon, the lion’s bff.
Good hygiene and health are a huge pro when looking for a potential mate. My guy inspired these little love note cards last year, because he would say sweet little things like these to me all the time. The cards are available in the shop, and ready to go for Valentine season, if you need to tell someone you care.