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New in the Shop • Hand-Lettered Valentine Card

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I thought I’d share a little piece of my heart with you today.

At first glance, this is a Valentine card. But, it isn’t your typical hearts-and-cupids-and-nothing-but-bubble-gum-pink type of card. It’s bold and in your face- just like love ought to be.

I really dig how the design combines pattern, lettering, and florals: a trifecta of awesome, if you ask me. She’s printed on a fabulous pearl paper and comes with an equally fantastic gold envelope. That liner? To me, it just makes the entire thing.

Quite honestly, this might be one of the best examples of my overall vision for Miss Wyolene that I’ve produced to date. I want my work to pop. I want it to be unexpected. I want whoever the end recipient is to feel loved and treasured.

So, there’s more where this card came from. A lot more.

If you’d like to get your hands on this pretty, hop over to my shop. I’d love to wrap one up for you to send to your love.

Love,

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Baby Merritt • Custom Baby Shower Invitation • Jackson, Wyoming

Happy August, y’all!

I guess it has been August for awhile, now, huh? We enjoyed a MUCH needed family vacation earlier this month and I have been busy diving FACE FIRST into designing my collection. So, lots of fun things going on behind the scenes around here! (You should see my office. It looks like I work in a wind tunnel. I’ll spare you. It’s not pretty.)

I do want to share a project that’s very near and dear to my heart but sadly, far away from my person. My dear friend Ashley and I are “friends from the womb.” I literally cannot remember a day not knowing her. She and her  husband live in Wyoming-amongst the moose and the buffalo- and are expecting their first baby later this fall. While I couldn’t be more thrilled for my friends, I am a little peeved that between the two of them, they couldn’t come up with a private jet to zip me out to her shower. Geez, folks, I mean, what’s the deal?

Since I couldn’t be there in person, another lifelong friend (yep, Wyoming stole her away, too), graciously agreed to let me design the invitation. Never have I ever tackled a piece with this much lettering, but I think the end result is totally worth it. I think it perfectly reflects Ashley’s friendly, approachable and fun personality.

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I have space for about 10 custom projects a year and am currently accepting wedding, shower, and baby projects for 2014. Hop on up to the contact tab and shoot me an email if you’d like some more info!

And seriously, if anyone has a plane I could use later this month, I’ll go halfsies on the fuel!

Love!

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The NotWedding Part II

 

Did you get enough of The NotWedding yesterday?? I didn’t think so.

Today I wanted to share my booth from the Tunnel of Love display at the NotWedding. What the heck is that, you ask? Well, it’s a chance for all of the FABULOUS vendors to show off their style and wares while engaging the brides that come to the event. Again, I was a little stumped at how to make this look fun and Miss Wyolene-ish enough. In other words, I didn’t just want to tack paper to a bulletin board. So I called in the big guns: my friends Lib and Jessica. They were like “uh, you have to use flowers, duh.” And “Oh, you can borrow my little blue desk.” Boy, were they right. A little trip to Trader Joe’s, some wire, and some double-sided tape?? Voila!

I also wanted to include a little bit of the real Miss Wyolene in my display. That little circle picture of the bride in the third image below? That’s my sweet Grandmother on her wedding day. Her veil was the longest thing ever. She was back ohm in Atlanta this time, but I love that I got to bring a little piece of her with me!

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All of the photographs I’m sharing today are from Izzy Hudgins Photography. Izzy is an adorable Savannah girl and I just love how she finds punchy colors and clever details and moments in her images. Basically, she makes Miss Wyolene (and all of the other vendors) look amazing. Get your drool cloths ready.
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Still haven’t seen enough? Well good! There’s more yumminess coming your way tomorrow!

Love,
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Sending Love

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Here’s a bit of irony for you: the stationery designer who doesn’t send out much mail. For shame! Seriously, y’all. It hit me around the New Year that I have GOT to do more of that. My excuse has been lack of time, especially these days with a little guy in the picture. Another excuse has been lack of cute social stationery that I really felt was mine. It seemed weird to send out stationery that didn’t have the Miss Wyolene logo on the back. Again, lame excuse.

Out of those observations came two new goals. The first is to just friggin’ do it! Letters don’t have to be written in perfect essay format (have y’all READ my blog? It’s all over the place!) Better to send a slightly random note than no note at all. Having gone through some crazy things lately has only reminded me how cherished and rare words of love and encouragement are. I say, dish it out!

The second goal is to actually design stationery that I’d want to use. I know, novel idea, right? DUH! I want stationery that I’m excited to pull out and mail to my friends! And I want to know that the words AND the designs will make for treasured keepsakes. While wedding stationery is still a focus as I design my collection, social stationery is going to be a huge element that I’m SUPER excited about. I hate to be so vague: just know that it will be just as much fun to use as it will be for me to create. I’m actually starting to put pen to paper (literally) on this so hang with me for the next few months! I’ll keep you posted on it all.

The images above are my personal Valentines this year. (If you’re reading this, Liz, sorry to spoil your mailbox surprise!) Nothing like waiting until the very last minute for creative inspiration to hit you. It could also be a lack of planning on my part: racing to the post office today for love stamps, shooting this before it got dark, blogging it while my family is all asleep…this is how I operate these days!

If you haven’t made your Valentines yet, these cards were super simple: just a gold sticker from Etsy on some nice pink card stock. Send some love! Maybe a friend has gone out of their way to encourage you. Or maybe your mom watched your cute baby while you caught up on the latest issue of Real Simple. Gestures like this deserve to be recognized– do it!

Love,

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