July 2013 Archive

Kate and Brent | Philadelphia Wedding Invitation Designer

Good morning, ladies and gents!

Today I wanted to share some images from a wedding I worked on earlier this summer. The bride, Kate, and I connected on Etsy and formed a quick friendship. Kate had a beautiful vision for her wedding to Brent and I am so thrilled to have been able to help make it happen. Kate chose the Peach Floral invitations, but added her own, custom spin by adding a striped backing piece to the main invitation. And, she used vintage stamps. Be still. My heart. Don’t even get me started on how much I love a bride with this kind of attention to detail.

Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography

And she didn’t stop there! The reception took place at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. The florals and hand lettering of the design were a perfect juxtaposition against the exposed brick and raw beauty of the space at URBN. She used the design as a starting point for all of the reception signage, programs, a fabulous belly band menu, and escort cards (addressed by yours truly.) Each table was named after a place that had special meaning to Kate and Brent. (Don’t you love that?)

Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography captured the entire event beautifully. You’ve GOT to pop over and see more of this stunning bride and her sweet day (here.) A few of my favorite details? The dress. The flowers. (Oh. Em. Gee, the flowers.) The beautiful city of Philly serving as an unofficial member of the wedding party. Absolute perfection.

Thank you, Kate, for being a gem to work with. Wishing you and Brent a lifetime of blessings!

Fabulous vendors:
Photography- Love Me Do Photography
Event Design and Florals- Table Art
Cake (Y’all. The cake.)- Whipped Bakeshop

If you’re interested in the original Peach Floral invitation, head over to Etsy to have a look. I’d be delighted to send you a sample!

**And congratulations to @kaitbthomas and @erinac1122 for winning the new Ledford notecards! Email me your deets at morgan@misswyolene.com to claim your prize! Woohoo!**



Make Stuff | Giveaway Day #5 | Collection Sneak Peek

It has been SUCH an awesome week of celebration and beautifully made wares. Thank you all for helping to make it all so fun and special.

We’ve been talking about different “wisdom nuggets” that have helped shape my creative world and today, I wanna just keep it simple: MAKE STUFF.

That’s actually harder than it sounds. It’s tough to carve out time to work with our hands to make something right out of our own imaginations. But, for a maker, it is SO important to reserve time for this. Essentially, it’s free therapy. I was known for curing a break up or two with a lot of paint, (glitter of course), and sequins. (Yeah, I like shiny things.)

Maybe you’ve been wanting to start an Etsy shop. Maybe you went to a craft fair and were very inspired. Ask yourself this. If you had plenty of time and resources were not an issue, what would you be doing? That’s probably where your heart is. Can you draw from that energy? It’s Friday. Can you set an hour aside for yourself this weekend and get to making what’s in your heart to make? Who knows what will come from that intentional hour. Or maybe you don’t really have a creative bone in your body. I hear people say that sometimes. But you might surprise yourself. Try out a new recipe. Organize the junk drawer (I put mine on Instagram this week. Y’all, that’s bold.) Creativity doesn’t HAVE to been glitter or crafting. It’s finding new ways to problem solve.

I have been making things. A lot of things. And my ADD brain wants to jump on another project before I finish the first. I have to seriously commit to completing one thing before starting another. I’d like to share an example of something I’ve actually completed! It’s a fun debut to make. I’ve been hinting for awhile that I am designing my collection. And y’all probably think I’m full of it since you haven’t seen ANYTHING.

Well, (drumroll please) here is one of my first pieces!!! TA-DA!!!!

I LOVE IT. I love the colors, I love the gold envelope, I love the little rounded corners…LOVE this pattern. It reminds me of the sweet fabrics my mom used when she sewed for my sister and I. I also love its cheeriness and brightness: two traits that are absolute requirements as I go about designing this collection. Ledford was Miss Wyolene’s maiden name and I am digging how so much of my family’s heritage is influencing what I’m making these days. You’ll be seeing this pattern pop up in different places. I can’t wait to show you more!

But perhaps you don’t want to wait on the September debut. Maybe you’re saying “Gimme gimme I need I need.” (Bob Wiley? Anyone? Anyone?) Okay. Today, I’m going to hook one of you UP. Before you can even buy these notecards, I will give a set of 8 to not one, but TWO lucky readers! I’m mixing up the rules a bit today (because hey, we’re all learning as we go, right??) You can win either on Instagram OR here on the blog OR you can enter twice by doing both. (Sneaky sneaky, me!)

For Instagram Entries:
1. Post a picture of something you’ve made in the last week….it can be food, or a craft, or maybe you managed to make your bed. That counts.
2. Follow and tag @misswyolene in your post.
3. Use the hashtags: #misswyolenehasanewblog,  #shewantsmetosendmoresnailmail, #imadethis


For Blog Entries:
1. In the comments below, tell me what you’ve made in the past week. It can be anything!
2. Share the link to this post on a social media outlet, tagging @misswyolene (so that I can see it!) 

I will be accepting entries until midnight tonight, EST.

A HUGE thank you to Christina Nicole her giving away such gorgeous earrings yesterday. If you missed out and can’t get them out of your mind ((raises hand)) you can buy them here. And congrats to @heylaurenmckay for winning the contest from yesterday’s post

Happy Friday!



Brand Yo’sefff | Giveaway Day #4

A big Thursday hello to you lovelies!

Once again, I am so delighted by all of the sweet words of encouragement you all have sent my way this week. I’m loving this new blog and every time I see it myself, I can’t believe this is where my thoughts/creations get to live. If you missed it earlier this week, I’m imparting a little bit of wisdom that I’ve gained in my two-ish years working on this business. There are so many things I’m still figuring out, but I do think I’ve tucked a few things away that I’m happy to share here.

I’ve looked forward to today’s “nugget” all week. Branding can be a huge, scary, sometimes expensive word. It means a commitment to yourself, to your clients, and to the people you hope become your clients. Even though there are elements of my brand that I am 100% certain of, (my logo is my grandmother’s signature so I mean, c’mon), there are others that are continuing to evolve as I learn more about how to exist in this space I’ve started to create for myself. One of those areas is my own personal style…and the energy to leave the house wearing something besides my Bridge Run tee from three years ago. I’ve realized the importance of imparting your brand all the time. What you wear and how you present yourself speaks VOLUMES about how seriously you take yourself and how much value you place on people you meet. For instance, if I wore a hoodie, lounge pants, and flip flops to a meeting with a potential bride? Chances are she’d go find someone else….IF she even made it past initial pleasantries. You want to instill confidence in others that you are who you say you are and that you are so confident in your work, that it shines into other areas of your life. And, like most of these nuggets, I do struggle with doing this ALL the time. ESPECIALLY with my little man in tow. Somedays, I’ll look up from my work, it’s 2pm, and I’m a complete mess. And I need to run to Publix to grab food for dinner. I would probably give myself a pass at that moment and pray to not run into anyone who might be in the market for custom wedding invitations. Gotta be honest, I’ve met potential clients at the post office, you guys. I was mailing out some Christmas cards and a girl saw my handwriting and asked for my card. I must have looked a bit disheveled because I never heard from her. I know, I know. Who KNOWS why I didn’t hear from her. (Who hires someone they meet at the post office? SOMEONE WITH PRETTY HANDWRITING, DARN IT….#pickme! #sadface.) In all seriousness, I had a two month old at home and probably wasn’t looking my best. Who knows if that little difference would have mattered to her or not. But whenever possible, it’s better to play it cute, right?

So, what’s Miss Wyolene’s style? It’s really just whatever I like (and honestly, most of that time that’s Anthro. When I can afford it. Usually when it goes on sale.) My taste is a bit all over the place, but I tell myself at least I know that. I love anything feminine with exaggerated elements. Giant, fluffy skirts. Warm pinks and reds. Lots of colors. Or no color. I’m not opposed to a big bow every now and then. But I also love clean lines and flattering cuts. I love prints. I love prints with florals. Florals and more florals. Prints on prints. Patterns and prints. Am I brave enough to wear that stuff out in Greenville? No. And I usually don’t spend money on risky items. I am practical in that if I’m going to drop big bucks on a piece of clothing or an accessory, it’d better be something with some longevity. I just can’t afford couture trends. Who can?? So you have to get creative to let your style shine on a limited budget. I went back through some of my Pinterst boards and tried to pick out items that best summarize what I would wear every day if I could.

And I have a treat for y’all today! My friend Christina Nicole is giving away some fabulous earrings to one special Miss Wyolene reader! Talk about a gal who knows her brand. EVERYTHING Christina does: her Instagram feed, her packaging, her marketing, her styling…it is all SO. HER. She and her husband Travis are such an awesome team and if you stalk them enough like I do, you’ll think they are out of a movie. Except that they’s really nice and legit.

I mean, how can you not love these bohemian chic products and images???!

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Now, I know I’m not eligible for these pretties, but Miss Wyolene would wear the HECK out of these, just so you know!

How can you win them?

1. Post a picture on Instagram of your go-to wardrobe piece. It can be clothing, an accessory, whatever. What makes you feel most like YOU when you leave the house?
2. Tag @misswyolene and @christinanicolestudio in your post.
3. Use the hashtags: #misswyolenehasanewblog #todaysheshandingoutearcandy  and #ilookawesomeinthis

Winner will be announced her on the blog tomorrow morning as well as on Instagram. Open until 12am EST tonight.

Congratulations to @cmt1204 for winning the precious Xenia cake plate from yesterday’s contest!! Woohoo! 

Happy day to you, friends!




The Creative Community | Giveaway Day #3

Dear lovelies,

The party keeps rolling here at Miss Wyolene! I’ve been hoping to take a few days to impart a bit of the knowledge I have obtained while being on this journey of creative entrepreneurship. (Here and here if you missed it!) I’ve also reached out to some friends who have been generous enough to give you awesome things on my behalf. They are fabulous fellow makers and I can’t thank them enough for celebrating with me.

Speaking of those who have joined me on this journey, I wanted to take a minute to thank the ladies at Love Inspired who created the GORGEOUS site you are looking at right now. Cathy Olsen really captured the look and feel of my brand in this site and I just love the little details that she included. I have a sneaky feeling that our relationship isn’t over…but more on that later. Thank you, Cathy, for this beautiful home for my words and work. You have certainly inspired me!

Probably one of the most important things I’ve learned on this journey is just how important building a solid community of creators has been. When I left my job at an advertising agency of 300+ people, I quickly realized how lonely and scary it can be to send a file off to a vendor without the approval of a creative director or an account executive, many of whom have remained close friends and cheerleaders. Not seeing them every single day was a shock to the E in my ENFP. (Myers Briggs for those of you who are like “???”.) While the peace and quiet (when the little guys is sleeping, of course) is a really good thing at times, at other moments, you feel like you’re floating out there in creative space wondering “what the heck am I doing?” I needed some people. Slowly, through social media, coffee dates, and a few shows, I began to build up my arsenal of like-minded creatives. Building up these relationships has probably been the single most important thing I’ve done to stay in this long term. And it’s so awesome to be able to have different spheres of folks: locally (even down the street) and all over, thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. At any given time, I can call one of these friends and get advice and more often than not, feedback on new projects. I cannot stress the importance of building these relationships over time. Treat people to coffee, ask questions and LISTEN. Buy work that you love. Promote others as much as possible. These people will become part of your inner circle and you’ll have the foundation you need to pay it forward. This approach works SO MUCH BETTER than sending out random emails to creatives (who are pouring their souls, years, and sometimes tons of money into their work) and asking them to tell you everything they know so that you can do the exact same thing they do. Pour into others and they will pour out to you. Those relationships are the best investments I’ve made by far.

Which brings me to a new friend I’d like introduce to you all! Meet Jessica Franco. Jessica owns Xenia Hospitality and Home Decor and makes adorable cake stands out of vintage plates. Jessica is a GREAT example of getting to know your local craft community. She lives here in Greenville and while we haven’t yet met in person, I met her through a mutually creative pal. And for those of you who do live in Greenville (or are looking for some fun events to attend), she will be selling her fabulous wares at both the upcoming Indie Craft Parade as well as the Farm Fresh Fair and Market. (Craft fairs are a GREAT way to connect with makers and artists. Having done a show or two myself, I loved meeting other creatives who had been hard at work for months getting ready! I’ve actually made  some seriously quality friendships through shows!) In the meantime, you can buy the cakestands locally at Mountain Creek Mercantile. Aren’t these lovely?? They make me want to throw a party with lots of desserts.

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And guess what?! Yep, Jessica has graciously provided the plate below to one lucky reader today!

Here’s how you can get your hands on yours!

1. Post a picture on Instagram of a friend who encourages you. (I know we don’t get to see these people every single day, so a latergram is fine!!) Write a little something about that person and tag them if they have an Instagram account! (It’ll make them happy to know you think they are awesome.)
2. Tag @misswyolene and @Xeniahome (Be sure you are following us so that we can see your entry!)
3. Use the following hashtags in your post: #misswyolenehasanewblog and #igetbywithalittlehelpfromthisfriend

I will be taking entries all day until 12am EST tonight!! Have fun!
And congrats to @jones_blair for winning the Simplified Datebook from Emily Ley in yesterday’s giveaway! (Didn’t win? You can buy one here.)

Have a lovely day, friends!