Worry

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

I love this quote by Corrie ten Boom because its so true. I also love that it offers a subtle hope, because when you think about it, you realize you have the strength each day to overcome it.

My First Styled Shoot

This August, I got to participate in my first styled shoot! Kira of Kira Nicole Photography asked me to design beautiful blush and gold invitations, as well as a hand-letter a quote, for a photo shoot she and her team were doing for a couple whose wedding day happened to occur simultaneously with a crazy rain storm. Because of this, Kira and Kelsey graciously offered to re-take the wedding photos on a non-rainy day (so sweet!), and turned it into a styled shoot.

It was a crazy day creating the invitations for the shoot, I'll tell ya. This summer has been both wonderful and crazy! If you know me, you may know that I tend to fill up my schedule and free time with lots of projects and time with friends; I had a handful of other freelance projects going on that week. In addition, the shoot was actually supposed to happen while I was away on vacation, so my deadline happened to be the day before I left (aka packing day). Uh oh! Good thing I'm a fast packer, because I spent the better part of the day inking letters, choosing colors, illustrating details, at the printers, and adding final touches of gold leafing--8 hours, no joke! But I'm glad I did it, really excited about how everything turned out, and thankful that Kira asked me to be a part of the shoot.

The photos you'll see below are my own personal photos that I took of the blush, pink and gold invitation suite and quote. It was so fun to collaborate with Kira Nicole Photography-- you can check out the full shoot photos right here!, and to make things even more exciting, the shoot was featured on Bayside Bride. You can see the article right here--enjoy! :)

You Have 48 Hours (Gifted Note Cards)

"I want something pretty and original. Any chance you have something in your portfolio? "

With these words, the whirlwind began. My boyfriend's aunt was looking for unique cards to give as a gift to a close friend who was retiring, and who loves to write personal notes. I received a text on a Tuesday morning asking if it would be possible to leverage any existing designs I might have and whip up some note cards in time for the retirement party that Thursday, two days later. I had just waltzed in to work, but agreed to take on the challenge because, you know, I love things that are pretty and original. Why would I pass up the opportunity?

I was off to the races. Later that evening, I started pulling illustrations and details from some of the lovely wedding invites and programs I've gotten to design recently; you might recognize some of the pretty peonies, hydrangeas, daisies, and lemons from previous blog posts. Aunt Peg and I agreed to meet the following evening to get the note cards printed, which meant my goal was to finish the design and run it by her at lunch on Wednesday via text (check), run to an event after work (they had Chick-fil-a nuggets, so thumbs up for that), and round everything out just before printing time (check).

Unfortunately, however, we got to the printers at 10:57p.m., and they had already locked their doors. A minor setback; so, I was up early the next morning and at the printers first thing (well, after I got my favorite breakfast sandwich to help wake me up for the eventful morning ahead). Thankfully the queues weren't busy yet, so I was able to get the note cards printed, cut them out, score them, and put them together in a pretty little package. They were finished in time for the party, and I'm told the retiree loved them! Success!

Despite the 48 hour turnaround time, I'd say they turned out pretty nicely! Leave a comment below and let me know which one is your favorite!