Salt Shaker Flower Arrangements

LOVE this idea from Sunday Suppers – using old or vintage salt and pepper shakers as vases for tiny flower arrangements:

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I was actually just thinking about doing something like this the other night.  I just got a pair of new salt and pepper shakers (from Bailey Doesn't Bark) and now need to find a new use for my old glass set – plus I'll take just about any excuse to bring more fresh flowers home with me.  And how lovely would these look scattered over a table as centerpiece arrangements during a wedding?

{image credits: Karen Mordechai via Sunday Suppers}

Chocolate Maker’s Business Card

Apparently my theme for the week is letterpress blind stamp details — I just really can't ever get enough of them.  Yet another example, these gorgeous business cards printed by Blackbird Letterpress for Chocolate Maker's Studio via Card Observer:

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Love, love the clean vertical design and crisp impression — such a beautiful card!

{image credits: blackbird letterpress via Card Observer}

Rifferaff Screen Printed Wrapping Paper

I'm a huuuge fan of the screen printed wrapping papers from Rifferaff — I first picked up a few sheets last year and used them for both the holiday season and follow-on birthdays throughout the year.  Shannon is currently having a big sale in her etsy shop, but hurry on over before it's all gone:

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Check out the full selection right here.

{image credits: rifferaff}

Alisa + Matt’s Rustic DIY Wedding Invitations

Today’s invitations come to us from Alisa, a product/packaging designer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Alisa and her fiancé Matt were recently married in a beautiful ceremony and reception inspired by their gorgeous natural surroundings, beautiful venue, and some of their own unique personality quirks.  As a designer, Alisa wanted to make sure that these elements were reflected in their wedding invitation design.  Alisa was kind enough to send over a whole bunch of photos – from the inspiration to the wedding itself – to show how she incorporated these influences into the invitations.

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From Alisa: For the stationery, the challenge was to translate our character onto paper.  We have never been the ones to follow a formula for anything, so planning with a unique approach was a given, that and pretty much having a teeny-weeny budget.  Three major factors went into designing the invitations; using a sustainable local printer – we worked with Nomadic Press - our connection to nature, and expression of our quirky spirit.

First up, the inspiration behind the invitation design:

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It was essential for us that we have an invitation which turned into a frame-worthy piece of art, not just a throw away. Keeping this in mind, the three panel tear away design worked as an invitation, with an RSVP tear away card, and a cover wrapped with twine, which is the stand alone piece.

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We crafted a mad lib RSVP card, with the intention to give the guest a chance to reflect their personality in return. A wedding event is not only about the couple, but as I recently learned first hand, it is also about the people who attend, family and friends (and dogs in this case).

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Alisa and Matt also carried their nature-inspired themes through from the invitations to other elements in the wedding:

We took on the task of designing our ensembles, my dress, his suit & vest combo, working in the kitchen with an independent baker, doing tons of details for the event itself: place cards, chuppah, guest book, décor & signage.

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I love the way Alisa and Matt’s invitations convey the sheer joy of getting married – from the yellow and brown color palette to the illustrated and quirky details, the whole invitation suite just makes me so happy.  You can see more photos from Alisa and Matt’s wedding right here.  Thanks so much to Alisa for sending over her invitations and photos from her wedding!

{image credits: invitation photos by Alisa, wedding photos by Evan Urbe at Lumen Photography}