the lord of the weddings: our diy wedding invitations

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Like Sauron forging the most powerful ring for his own purposes, it’s probably no surprise that a snail mailer would reserve her most delighted crafting energy for her wedding invitations. (Except, you know, these cards are much less evil.) Since my future husband and I met by happenstance in the glorious mail art universe, elaborate invitations seemed essential: even though only about 10 people will attend our nuptials.

Of course, the wedding stationery market relies on bulk orders, and since most vendors wouldn’t let us purchase anything under a minimum of 25, we decided to assemble our own! Some laser-cut lace bases, an enchanting custom design by my fiance, and jewel-like wax seals proved the necessary ingredients for invitation alchemy.

(This marks the first post in what will no doubt become a series of wedding-related posts on my blog! Our theme is part Tolkien-inspired, part “elaborate fairy tea party in the forest,” and entirely us. We’re a crafty couple on a budget with a shared flair for the whimsical, so expect starry-eyed DIYs in great numbers!) 

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I’ll admit to some initial healthy skepticism about these inexpensive laser-cut card bases, but they arrived looking appropriately pearlescent and adequately detailed.

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Creating a unique design for the card itself proved easy enough – considering that I’m lucky enough to have a talented illustrator as my betrothed! (The otter must be wondering why disembodied text has appeared in the midst of his quiet pond.)

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Though I’m sure this comes as a surprise to many, I do not actually possess a wax seal kit of my own. (Yes, it’s right up there on my “impractical anachronistic novelties to buy one day” list, perhaps just a step below a flower press and a spinning wheel!) I found a wonderful seller on Etsy* who offered elegant seals with adjustable backings that fit our needs perfectly.

*This is not a sponsored post, I promise! The quality of her service and the impeccably fast shipping inspired me to share my sources.

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We ordered the elven fern design in green and gold–naturally–but the seller added in a few extra freebies: this stunning pink rose seal may never leave my clutches.

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Together, they make a fairly complementary set, don’t you think? I added the piece of gold card as a barrier to keep the otter-filled contents a surprise to the recipients.

Now if only I could master the art of perfect Hobbit-inspired calligraphy…

What’s in my Mailbox? | Random Acts of Stationery

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Rather like a certain Mr. Baggins, I experienced a kind of unexpected party just a few days ago while checking my mail: a large package from a pen pal I’ve been getting to know for nearly half a year. Though there wasn’t a dwarf or wizard in sight, I was delighted to discover an incredibly generous treasure trove of stationery, featuring a real positivity-blast of bright and colorful designs. On a day when I really needed a little cheer, this not-so-random act of kindness overwhelmed me–while simultaneously feeding my stationery addiction.

(And it’s certainly a lovelier birthday present than Gollum’s…)

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Sylvan Stationary (or, Notecards from the Nonexistent Forest)

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As I may have said before, I’ve always held romanticized ideas about the stereotypical “woodland” environments of North America & Europe. Imagined visions of the forests of more temperate biomes–home to foxes, great horned owls, squirrels, and other fauna –have captured my heart since I was very young.

Luckily, my pen pals understand this strange fascination of mine! It just so happens that “whimsical, stylized woodland animals” is apparently a thing these days…and my collection of stationary that fits said theme has seen some new additions in the past few days! Continue reading