Things I Love Thursday


With the wedding ticking down as the days pass, I’ve got to talk about our wedding. And the things that have made it easier.

See, I’m making my own invitations. I’m a big fan of all things paper, but I couldn’t find anything quite right. I also like the look of letterpress, but with 150+ invitations to crank out, that idea was going to break the budget. So I turned to my inner crafty self. And created and then agonized over four different designs. After gathering opinions on which was the best, I finally embraced the design and proceeded to bring them to life. Stay tuned for the full reveal in a couple of weeks.

I love

I discovered that is actually located in Fremont, not 15 minutes away from me. However, since they only have an online storefront, I couldn’t go there to pick up my order. That aside, they are FANTASTIC. Since I’m a hop, skip, and a jump away from their warehouse, I received my order in about 48 hours. And with $3.99 shipping for orders over $15, it was a deal. I first ordered some samples and their paper quality is superb. They also offer some custom cutting which is an awesome time saver. After trimming what seems like reams and reams of paper, cutting service is GREAT. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s cooking in the self-inflicted sweatshop:

I love my Xyron 900.

I believe I was first introduced to the wonder that is the Xyron on Weddingbee. One of the bees on there had some fabulous project and used a Xyron. I was intrigued. Next thing I knew, I found myself at Michael’s with a handy dandy 40% coupon purchasing a Xyron 510. In the three weeks that followed, I bid on a Xyron 900 on eBay, after seeing Martha Stewart rock out with one. If it’s good enough for Martha, with a deep discount, it’s good enough for me. Let me just say that if you are going to DIY invitations and need to adhere ANYTHING, the Xyron is the way to go. Forget gluesticks, adhesive dots, or double stick tape. Just feed through, turn the crank, and voila! This thing will save you time. Just make sure to stock up on some 40% and 50% coupons for Michael’s and Joann’s. (Please excuse the blurred parts. Keeping it private, Internet.)

I love my sister.

My little sister, Stephanie, is AWESOME. Ok, so she’s not so little anymore, but she is awesome. During her Spring Break from Cal Poly, she helped me SO MUCH with the invitations. She cut, she scored, she Xyroned, she embossed. She did it all. In record time. With record precision. While there are still a bunch of things to get done for the invites, she shouldered the serious brunt of the work. And she did it with a smile and a funny face or two.   Well, she’s not just my sister, she’s also my only sister, and my Maid of Honor. Oh and did I mention that’s she’s super smart too? She’s rockin’ 4.0 GPA two quarters in a row, and yes, I’m going to brag. She’s taking chemistry and actually understands it. Someday she’s going to be a famous food scientist and bakery owner hooking me up with all kinds of sweet treats!

Working on cutting stuff.

Thanks Steph, you’re the best!

Happy Thursday!

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  • Reply Stephie 04.03.2009 at 12:01 am

    thou art too kind my dear sister =) well maybe not too kind but very kind. ‘Twas my pleasure to help you out because I figure: a)You need all the help you can get and any less work for you saves you time that could be better spent doing other things and b)Now you can’t say I never did anything for you, PLUS I basically offered to help and didn’t have to be told to do it. Anyways, thank you for all my books you’ve gotten me and all the random acts of kindness you’ve shared in my lifetime =) I love you too sister friend =) P.S. this blog made me tear NOT cry =P

  • Reply Hanssie Trainor 04.03.2009 at 12:07 am

    Super cute! And I love love the color!

  • Reply Jasmine Marie 04.03.2009 at 12:30 am

    Oh I love!!! There’s where I bought most of the stuff for my invitations too!

    I’m so excited for you. The wedding is coming up fast!

    Have fun stamping and embossing. Just seeing all your crafty stuff makes me miss the fact that I’m past all of that now. :)

  • Reply La Meche 04.03.2009 at 2:35 am


  • Reply Jess 04.03.2009 at 3:35 am

    what’d you emboss? I’ve been wanting a xyron too! I haven’t even started designing mine… that is this weekend’s project. Sigh.
    they look awesome! good job stephanie and catie!

  • Reply michele b 04.03.2009 at 6:15 am

    you are amazing! you are working full-time, pursuing a career in photography & making your own wedding invites!
    i love the paper colour!

  • Reply whitney elizabeth 04.03.2009 at 9:57 am

    ohh, thanks for sharing that website…i have a slight fetish with paper! i love your invites!!! you’re too fabulous :)

  • Reply Alyssa Lang 04.03.2009 at 10:22 am

    Soooo pretty! :)

  • Reply mercy bell 04.04.2009 at 11:36 pm

    what can I say, I’m a big fan of Stephie too!

  • Reply Auntie Kathleen 04.06.2009 at 6:16 pm

    You both are so sweet. :)

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