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My lovely friend, and former neighbor Lisa approached me recently with an absolutely delightful custom project. She is hosting a bridal shower for her friend who is a total Francophile! So the theme is all things French--the tablescape will be decked out with decadent French cheese wheels, bottles of French wine, fruits, and of course baguettes! How clever!
For the invitation, the bride-to-be mentioned her fondness for vintage travel posters. While I worked as a framer at the poster gallery I became familiar with lots of the popular images. I found a fabulous royalty-free collection of these images and re-designed it for the occasion. Love the bold colors in the Nice landscape--and doesn't that lovely lady dressed in white seem just right for a bridal shower? In addition to the invite, we're adding an insert with some extra information to have a vintage postage stamp vibe--Par Avion!
I hope Lisa will share some photos of the event coming up in November. Do you have any ideas to add for a French-themed event?
Now that I've been blogging a bit more regularly, I sometimes feel bad when I don't get to it for a few days! I start to wonder if my legion of adoring fans is starting to miss me! Pffft--imagine that! There's a lot to catch you up on the past few days--seems like a whirlwind ripped through here in the past two weeks or so!
First, I feel like I need to acknowledge all the heartfelt comments to the Weight Loss post--not that I ever thought I was alone in that struggle, but there is something really comforting in hearing about other people's experiences. I gleaned a lot of good advice from all of you--and I'm really going to try to take it! For example--the scale is gone! (Thanks, Meg) I'm going to weigh in once a week at most and I'm going to pay less attention to that stupid 3-digit number. And lots of you mentioned the muscle > fat bit--though I know that mathematically that's impossible, I definitely get the point of what you're saying. Muscle weighs more than fat by volume so if I replace lumpy fat cells with lean muscle tissue the scale will reflect that--but more importantly my clothes will! So that's where I'm focusing from now on. I do not want to enter my 30's with a looming sense of body dysmorphia and an obsession with every calorie I consume.
On a related topic (and this is a sentiment I'm sure I share with other bloggers) I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from you guys! Lots of times I get e-mails from people who read the blog but don't leave comments. Don't be shy! Otherwise I feel like I'm writing a blog for the ether! Thanks for chiming in and keep it coming!
In other news, we spent last weekend away at my in-laws, and then this week I was wrapped up in prepping for a bridal expo that happened on Tuesday. That was a big success--I had huge crowds at my table and lots of genuine interest. Most people were looking for something a little more unique than the typical stationery books you look through for wedding invites. So, now starts the follow-up marketing--usually you don't see the return on one of these events for a few months, but I'm confident this time.
I spent the night at my parent's house since my mom and I were traveling to see my granny the next day. Isn't it strange how after you've been gone a long time, the house you grew up in doesn't feel like yours anymore? My room is not the same as when I lived there. I've told you about how my mom is totally kooky right, and addicted to tag sales and has a collection of things that you can't even begin to explain/understand? So I go to crawl into bed that night, but a huge garment bag is covering the pillows--what's inside you wonder? A coat maybe, or a formal dress or suit? No. A poly-fur Santa suit. Don't. Ask. Words fail me.
The pics above are a little peek at what I've been working on--remember the Jane Marquis Wilson wedding dress post? Here's the semi-final version of that. And a birthday party invite for my friend in California's sweet little 2 year old girl who loooooves balloons at the moment!
Lots of other stuff going on behind the scenes here at Mew and I need to keep my nose to the grindstone before time gets away from me.
Shoot, these are cute, if I do say so myself! A little pencil sketch has been turned into a digital illustration that's laser-printed onto 100% recycled notecards and embellished with just a touch of sparkle. These might be my new favorite things in the Mew shop. Go get yourself a set--they're perfect for every occasion or just saying hi!
After our recent visit to Kykuit Estate I was reminiscing about our visit to Newport a few years back, when we toured some of the famous mansions, including The Breakers. Wouldn't that be an incredible place to have a wedding?
I created this new wedding invitation suite based on the opulence and decadence of the turn of the century. I used a very traditional color scheme for the sample which reminded me of vintage China patterns. Of course, the color scheme can easily be customized to suit your wedding's theme. As usual with my stationery, this is printed on recycled papers.
Wouldn't this be delicious in letterpress? Dense, cottony paper with this intricate pattern pressed in...yes please!
I'm not really a vindictive person, so I want to be clear that the purpose of these posts is not to humiliate anyone--I will continue not to disclose the identity of the person who stole my web design. But I really do think it's important to discuss the gravity of copyright infringement--so your constructive comments and personal experiences are welcome.
Very shortly after I sent a formal "cease and desist" letter I received a long, explanatory e-mail from the web designer. She was apologetic of course, and went on to tell me that she found the items on a template-based website which was available for download--but she just can't remember what site that was. I find this excuse questionable--because I know my site was completely custom built by a talented web designer (Jennifer at Pish Posh Design) who I paid good money to employ. Some of the elements of my site are licensed images, which were legally and ethically obtained. Others, like the green birdie (which has become a piece of my brand identity) are my own original, digital illustrations.
Despite my doubts about the excuse that this person gave, I still am thankful that she quickly complied with my request to remove the offending images. I accept her apology and I'm happy to move forward without taking further action.
In this case, because of the fact that exact code was lifted, I don't believe that it was unintentional. However, there are situations that really start to get into that grey area. For example, I often struggle with the subject of trends in the wedding industry. I want to be an original, innovative designer, but let's face it--trends become popular and brides want to be a part of that. So I can't claim to be the first designer to do a wedding invitation with birds on it--but does this make me a copycat? I find myself stuck in the middle between wanting to create unique and original work, but also wanting to satisfy the inquiries that are going to pay my bills. Does that make sense? A conversation on the subject of whether using stock imagery could be considered creative came up on Twitter the other day.
What are your thoughts and experiences on this touchy subject? Do you think I handled the situation correctly? What would you have done?
You know I love my google analytics, I've told you a thousand times. Browsing the referring sites of the past week I came about Geninne's Art Blog and her clever use of paint chips for original art. Aren't those little scenes as cute as can be? But I digress...let me tell you about the thief!
Today my usual sleuthing around my analytics page revealed a curiously high number of hits from a site I've never heard of. When I clicked the link I realized that images, color schemes and even the code itself was peeled and copied directly from my own website! You know the little green birdie and pink cat that are my logo and brand identity??? They even took that! (Needless to say I'm not going to link to that site until this gets straightened out). My web designer can see the back end of this whole mess and discovered that they also copied my google analytics ID code, so it's currently recording their web hits as well.
I suppose people don't take copyright infringement seriously enough--the interwebs is a big old place and they might figure that they'll never get caught. And being a reasonable person, I can understand if someone didn't know they were using copyright material. One time I downloaded stock art and failed to select the extended licensing agreement, but of course I remedied it right away. I'll give this crafty person and her web designer the benefit of the doubt. But if I don't receive a response to my email (an official request to cease using copyrighted materials) than I suppose I'll have to take action.
Have you ever been the victim of copyright infringement? How did you handle it?
Ah well, so it didn't make it to the big TV screen...but I am just so excited to share the link with you of my interview with the CBS News with Katie Couric. I haven't figured out how to embed the link, so you'll just have to click it here.
Finally it's live! Woot! I can't deny that I was nervous that they wouldn't edit judiciously and all of America would have to hear my awkard and corny commentary on film! It's bad enough that there were more than three seconds of footage of my huge, monster hammer thumbs and that I totally have man-voice!
Sadly, Cooper's debut was edited out, but he did have a good few moments on film when they were here. After all, this business was built around him!
Thanks CBS--especially Melissa and Mr. Schlesinger for putting this together for me! I had a really great time and I'm so happy to finally see it on film!
I'd love to hear from you in the comments below--and please help to spread the word by sharing the link!
I am positively quaking with delight at the new services we're offering here at Mew Paper Arts! After having to reluctantly decline many requests for beautiful and traditional printing methods like letterpress and engraving, I'm happy to say that we can now provide those services.
Of course, we'll still be offering our standard, flat digital printing at very affordable prices with no minimum purchase requirements. We've just expanded our menu of options to include offset lithography, die cutting, embossing, foil stamping, letterpress and engraving. These methods open up a world of new designs for your wedding stationery and I can't wait to explore the possibilities with you.
For more information and a detailed quote on creating a custom invitation ensemble to set the tone for your entire wedding celebration, please give us a shout!
I have been waiting for months and months to reveal this suite to the public, and I'm excited to finally be able to do it! Anne & Mike had their wedding on Saturday, July 18th at Monte Verde at Oldstone Manor near West Point, NY. We've worked together for months and months and there's quite a lot of history to the whole ensemble.Is this a beautiful couple, or what? Photo credited to Spencer Lum of 5 West Studios in Manhattan.
Remember last year when I posted about the bridal expo that was hotter than Hades? Well, that's where I met Anne and Mike for the first time. They had traveled up from the city to see the event, and fortunately for me they still wanted to book me despite the fact that I was sweating like a hell-beast on a Sunday. So, the design process for this suite started way back in November, 2008.
Anne and Mike both are of Asian heritage--he Korean, and she Chinese. I loved learning about traditional Asian wedding customs from them. For example, though the color red signifies good luck and good fortune, it is never acceptable to print names in red ink because it correlates with blood and death. Another common practice in Asian weddings is having a Master of Ceremonies. Anne told me that her cousin in Taiwan actually hired a famous television star to be her MC--Anne and Mike chose two of their most entertaining friends to do the job. Their rehearsal dinner featured lots of traditional Asian foods and desserts as well, like green tea creme brulée!
I'm hoping that sometime soon I'll have some more beautiful photos (it's not hard to see how bad my photo-taking abilities are!) from her photographer. But in the meantime, I've posted some of my own.
Anne was very involved in the design process and came to the consultation with lots of her own detailed ideas. (She also enlisted the help of Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events to bring her vision together) The stationery ensemble consisted of a pocketfold invitation that we custom printed and constructed out of 100% cotton Crane's paper, right here in the Mew studio. We also produced square menus with shimmering red belly bands, 4-paneled booklet programs each with a different cover design, notecards for each guest to write the newlyweds a note, and large signs for the food stations.
Now, the newlyweds are headed off on a two-week safari honeymoon in Africa! I believe when you host the wedding of a lifetime you need to cap it off with the trip of a lifetime! Congratulations Anne and Mike!