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Jun242009

Designing Invitations and Stationery for Friends...

(or husbands) ...is one of my most favorite things to do. It gives me a chance to make artwork for - and about - the ones I love. My dear friends Alli and Scott are expecting their first baby in a few short weeks, so I offered to do an invitation. I insisted, really. Actually, come to think of it, I didn't even give them the chance to say no. Alli and Scott have an aging but spry little french bulldog who has been their only baby for about six years, and who I fear will have more adjusting to do than the new parents. I thought it only fair to put him center stage in the artwork. 

Ever since I made my wedding invites and was horrified by that years postage stamp selection I have been ordering my own stamps online here. Take a minute to look through the catalog online, its amazing. I chose an assortment of bugs and reptiles, birds and flowers for Allis invite. I printed both the envelopes and cards with my epson R300. Nothing fancy.

Here are a few more recent invite projects:

This was a party that Alli and I planned together for a group of friends but that had to be cancelled.... I was planning to make this dish, with a few variations, which I highly recommend.

And this one is a sketch that didn't make the cut for an invite that has yet to be mailed, for a very creative company that throws a big summer party every August in LA. It was meant to be a riff on the "plus one" that gets stamped onto so many summer invites, and imagines what would happen if a mermaid needed a date in a pinch. It also reminds me of how every summer includes one event that you can't wait to go to but that your date is desperate to leave.

 

And this one was for my niece Quinn, who wanted a Webkins themed party a few years ago. She chose the font, which I thought worked perfectly. Looking at it makes me realize that Quinn is much more grown up now and how happy I am that I saved a bit of proof that she was once this small. I really look forward to busting it out at her wedding and humiliating her like a proper aunt.

 

 

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Reader Comments (22)

So wonderful - I am just in awe of everything you create - the baby invites are absolutely adorable!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

How very lucky your friends are to have someone so talented and generous as you are as a friend.

Though, I do want to make you aware that "immediately" is spelled wrong on Alli's invitation.

doh! too late.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

oh my goodness, these are just so lovely! amazing work!!!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Awesome! I love the huge pregnant lady on the envelope. I will definitely check out that stamp-ordering website, thanks!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersk

Love the invites. So cute and the mermaid sketch cracked me up. I live in a beach community with a strong military presence. I guess that's why I like that sketch so much. I chose your Mendocino line for my month on a virtual quilting bee and you should see the beatiful blocks for fellow "bee-ers" made with your line. Thanks for putting out such beautiful products!

Here's the link to the Mendocino quilt top if you want to take a look: http://mushyhedssweatshop.blogspot.com/2009/06/mendocino-madness.html

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMushyhed

Love the baby invite! I especially adore the envelope front.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love the newest one with the dog. Our dog prior to kids was probably as babied as theirs has been. And the webkins party is brilliant. My son loves his webkins so I will be thinking of this in January. :)

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

These are amazing and fabulous. I adore the humor and fun in each one.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

You must hear this all the time: You are the most fantastic illustrator I've ever seen! (no offense to my own mother, who is good too). I started with the fabrics, finding the images lingered in my mind like nostalgia. I bought Weekend Sewing, because of the good buzz about the book (haven't sewn the stuff yet). And now I've come across this blog, which is my favorite discovery thus far. I love illustrations anyhow but yours are so keen. Reminds me of the New Yorker cartoons, but also of kids books, and then again fresh, like something original and casual. What a remarkable skill to have, true art. I wonder if you have any coffee theme drawings.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMountain Mama Rachel

Hello Heather,

I love these invites! & all of your fabric lines of course. I recently discovered your blog after going online to find more of your "lightening bugs & other mysteries" fabric. I've had a few yards stashed away for over a year & just recently started to cut into it. ( if you want to see what I did with it, you are welcome to visit my blog: blessingsformadi.blogspot.com ). Wish I lived closer to your area so I could take some of your classes. I live in California, but the area I live in doesn't have a whole lot going on as far as sewing. & believe it or not, I could not find a single person at my local Joanne's last night who has used elastic thread....in fact they had originally said they didn't carry it, then I found about 4 little spools in black & red only. Very sad! I wanted to make your Mendocino Sundress......so I practiced with a little version. Looking forward to getting your book & the rest of your fabric collection. Thank you for all of your great tips & downloads.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarsi

You are one talented lady Heather!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I love your invite designs! So cute! I am trying to design invites now, I started liking it after I designed my own.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

your drawings always make me so happy. sometimes i look through weekend sewing just to see your illustrations. i cannot wait for the children;s book i have heard are coming. they are coming, right?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermamie

I love that you have embraced your role as a "Proper Aunt".

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oh, wow! That baby announcement artwork is spectacular! I felt drawn into it like it belonged in a storybook!!!!

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Cute baby stationery, looks cute with the dog too.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Oh my...that dog and baby carriage are wonderful! Just got your Weekend Sewing book and need to check out your site, excited to get started on a little dress of my toddler! Thanks for helping me be creative!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

Who doesn't love a vintage stamp. Oh and I LOVE that wrote about that detail. I'm not sure I like the "zazzle" logo, but I do like these stamps that have old WPA poster images on them. For the next baby shower I throw, I think this will be the stamp: http://www.zazzle.com/unfair_to_babies_1938_wpa_postage-172678419785438922

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

You are right, there is always one event that my husband is desperate to leave!

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Mc W

I don't think one person should be so good at so many different things. It's really not fair for the rest of us normal folk. (I'm still thinking about those colors on that baby announcement.. perfect.)

If it makes you feel any better I can't spell or park a car. Oh, and the colors have been adjusted in photoshop post-scan!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Heather, I love your illustrations and these invitations are no exception. I also really like the idea of using a grouping of stamps on the envelope. I looked at the Mystic Stamp website and do you have to buy the stamps in mint condition? It would seem to me that "used" meant postmarked. The mint stamps are really expensive (2000+ mint stamps are 4-5 times cost of postage) so that would make the cost per envelope double or triple what the postage should be. OR maybe I'm missing something?? Thanks again for the inspiration!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Thanks

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