Friday, February 12, 2010

Wedding Invations

My beautiful niece, Natalie, is in the process of planning her wedding and totally flattered me by asking me to come up with a design for her wedding invitations that she and her fiance will make. For the past several weeks I've spent my evenings playing with paper while trying to design an invitation that will be pretty, economical, fit a standard sized (regular postage) envelope, and be simple enough to make a few hundred without taking months to get it done. It's been challenging but fun. Natalie received the samples in the mail yesterday - she loved them and that made it worth the effort! (Of course, at this point I don't think she has noticed the inside jokes and silly wording I used on some of the samples. She may have a different opinion when she discovers that!) Here are pictures of the front and insides of the invitation designs I came up with. The yellow one and the white one below it are made of long strips of paper (obviously the cover size in the picture is not to scale and the colors really did match in real life!) These are just samples of sizes and ideas - Natalie and Andy will decide on the actual colors and papers used and do all the hard work of putting the invitations together.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Love Me a Good Icestorm!

Thursday and Friday of last week the Oklahoma City area got hit by another winter storm. Thanks to non-stop,24-hour weather coverage (ug), we knew the storm was on its way and we were able to stock up and get ready for it ahead of time. I love it when you have no choice but to slow down and take a few days off - hate the paycheck that comes along with it, but love the unexpected free time to catch up and catch my breath. Luckily we only got about 1/2" of ice followed by 5" of snow, which was bad enough, but not nearly as much as was predicted. We never lost our power and were able to enjoy the unexpected time off. On Thursday I was very productive. I got up early, made cornbread and stew and thoroughly deep-cleaned the house. That evening Kim and I built a fire and snuggled up to watch two CLUNKER movies. Friday I cleaned dresser drawers and closets, watched tv and took a long nap. Then we watched a good movie "State of Play". Saturday I made coleslaw, cooked a pork roast and homemade dinner rolls and Jenna and her boyfriend joined us for dinner. After they left, Kim and I built another fire and watched another clunker movie. I have to admit that of the four movies we watched, the three we didn't like were all my choices. I'm on quite a roll! Kim picked the only one we liked. I had to go back to work today, but it looks like we may have more winter weather coming our way this week. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed!)