Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Invitation Sweatshop

This weekend I got some friends together to assemble invites. I felt like a sweatshop entrepreneur! I changed the girls names to Socorro, Consuelo, and Pei-Ming. We called Mike the gringo factory owner.

Thanks to everyone's help most of the work is done, and all I have to do is add the ribbon to the outside, add the embellishment, velcro closure, make some labels and get these suckers in the mail.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Buying Jewelry for Women

Lots of people mistakenly think that being gay is synonymous with good taste in clothing and jewelry. If you saw the way I dress half the time, you would know this is entirely untrue.

Especially difficult is buying jewelry for women. Mostly because I don't "have" to very often. I don't know the first thing about it. Things I find attractive many of my friends tell me are gawdy and tacky. Maybe it's because I don't ever think how this would look on a person, and I am drawn to big pieces because then I can actually see the detail. Maybe it's because lots of the jewelry I see is worn by drag queens.

I walked into Macy's today with a friend and right at the entrance I spotted these necklaces, and I thought "great for the wedding." They keep with the theme, they remind me of the embellishments on the front of the invites, they will go fine with black dresses which are a little low cut, I have 180 days to return them, and they were on sale! My friend assured me they were ok, and seeming as I trust her sense of style I bought one for each of the women in our wedding party. Let's hope they don't end up looking like drag queens.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Invitations Are Done!

Or at least the super final final sample is done. Now I just need to get my friends together assemble 65 of them! I know it sounds like a lot, but since I've actually already cut all the pieces all we have to is gluing. The invitation part is printed on pearlescent paper, so it has a little shine to it. I cut the cardstock for the inserts myself and printed the inserts on an inkjet printer. The folder and pink mat for the invitation came from Cards & Pockets.

I found the ribbon for the outside of the invites at Costco. They have a great selection of spring colors right now, and you can gat a 5o yard roll for only $6.99 at my local costco, that's a bargain. The hardest part for me to figure out was the embellishment for the front. Everything pre-made was so expensive, so I ended up buying three diffent shape-punches. A huge daisy, a smaller daisy, and a small mickey head. I used two large daisies and one small one and held the whole thing together with glue dots, and then used one large glue dot to attach the flower to the ribbon. The ribbon is held on using double-sided scrapbooking tape.

I made the inserts myself in illustrator, printed them up, and cut them. This is my favorite one of all.

I think people will be excited to get these in the mail, I know I would!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Don't Divorce Me

It Sucks that I have to even ask.

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.