Saturday, January 30, 2010

K5’s Mini Skyscape Series

I’ve begun a new Miniature Skyscape Series for K5 Designs…colorful, textured, and fun because they are miniature! One could work on a small wall or several could work together on a larger wall. I anticipate 24 in this series, derived partly from my imagination and partly from studying the sky so much.

Custom landscapes are also available.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fun with type and monograms

Tonight I had some free time so I decided to start experimenting with typography for our wedding stationery. I want to have our Save-the-Dates designed, printed, addressed and mailed by the end of June which is when our guests can start booking rooms at the Crowne.

I thoroughly enjoy typography and I’m thrilled to be taking an entire class on it beginning in March!

These designs are currently based on us printing on a white or cream stock. More designs to come in the future where the backgrounds will be colored.

All images Copyright 2010, K5 Designs. Enjoy!

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As you can see we’re going for a modern look here. I appreciate script fonts, but only those that are easily read and not too ornate. And, I like pairing serif fonts with sans-serif fonts..makes for a nice contrast.


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So, what are you doing for your stationery?

Are you designing it yourself?

Handing the project off to a designer?

I’d love to hear! For any comments or questions regarding my designs, contact dansbride52911@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Flowers and Centerpieces

Remember when I said I really wanted all tulips for wedding flowers?

Well…

I met with Golden Gate Studios on Saturday 1/16…awesome awesome awesome! I did not meet with Jay though…I think her name was Ashley…(someone please correct me if that’s wrong :-)) super nice and she totally shared her creative vision which was right on track with mine - single bloom…wow-factor…bang for buck. We got to talking about tulips and the fact that our wedding is on Memorial Day Weekend. There is a chance it may be warm outside, and tulips do not fare well in warm weather – they will open. They’d be fine for centerpieces while the stems are in water, but I’d need a lot of them to achieve the full lush effect I want each table to have.

So she mentioned white hydrangea for centerpieces – brilliant! I’d thought of them but for some reason had my heart set on tulips. Oh well! Sorry tulips! One stem of white hydrangea can go a long way in creating a full centerpiece. I’d prefer white because with a room full of candle light and aqua + amber uplighting, the colors will cast a romantic glow on the white flowers. We would do 6 very tall centerpieces with a 24 inch vase, tall cherry blossom branches surrounded by white hydrangea at the very top of the vase.

Here’s a rough idea from another wedding on The Knot. This is a close up of the vase opening, the hydrangea and then tall branches coming out of it.

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Here’s another idea I found and I just love the idea of little splashes of aqua in the form of candles or candle holders.

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But since we met, I’ve really been thinking…we can’t afford to waste money on centerpieces of flowers that are just going to die. I think doing 6 or so tall centerpieces with hydrangea is OK to give the room some great visuals, but doing hydrangea on 24-30 tables…I think our money can be better spent.

I’ve been thinking of something unique for other tables…such as a colored betta fish with coral colored rocks, or goldfish with aqua rocks (pictured below) surrounded by votives on the table to cast a really cool glow on the fish..even submerse an LED light in the blue rocks. It will also give the table something cool to take home.

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Suggestions are welcome!

As for bouquets, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of coral colored peonies for my bouquet and cream/white peonies for my 7 bridesmaids. I’m all about single blooms and being modern, unique, colorful and different..yet romantic. I think a lush bouquet of coral/peachy peonies embodies just that.

The girls would carry a smaller version of this:

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And I’d carry these peony roses (or garden roses, not sure what they are really called) in a peachy hue…:

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So, I feel that my flower vision is getting closer to being final, though we haven’t bought our dresses yet…so you know what that means…things can change! I am still going to be meeting with other florists, too.

Here’s to another busy week of work, school and design!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

500 days to go!

…until our Wedding Day!

So we go engaged on March 7, 2009…that’s 303 days ago! It seems like yesterday :-) Time is definitely flying but I’m pretty sure, as of right now, we have our planning under control.

Completed tasks:

-Day of Coordinator
-Church
-Reception Site
-Photographer
-Videographer
-DJ

Upcoming tasks to be completed by May/June:

-Interviewing florists
-Interviewing make-up artist(s), even though I’m pretty sure who I’m choosing!
-Design our Save the Dates and send out by end of June
-Research transportation
-Research honeymoon and book it!
-Buy “The Dress”

Anything else I should be doing right now??

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lots on the plate!

I completely failed to mention in my last post that in 2010 I’d begin the Print Design Certificate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design. I have a BFA in Studio Art but want to further specialize in Graphic Design because it’s my passion and I thrive on creating something tangible that affects the world. I’ll be taking 2 classes this Winter semester, and likely in future semesters, from now until the end of 2011, if all goes as planned!

Working my full time job in higher ed marketing, running my side design business, creating more artwork, planning our wedding, and taking classes…AND setting aside time for “date nights” which have become Saturdays or Sundays now that Dan is working the 3-11pm shift at work M-F…I call that a full plate. I give lots of credit to those who have children and do all of this as well!

I’ve always been a person that tries to stay busy. If I’m not doing something productive or with meaning, I feel like I’m wasting time. Don’t get me wrong – I love to relax, but mostly my way of relaxing is going to the bookstore and reading magazines, appreciating creative and fresh print design. I’m definitely looking forward to the creative projects I’ll be undertaking while in classes for the next couple of years! And I’ll be needing lots of Visine :-)

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Monday, January 4, 2010

House for Sale

Attention Almost-Weds and Newly Weds, and for others that may be looking for a house in Rhode Island…

Coventry, Rhode Island

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“Absolutely Gorgeous! Remodeled 3 Bed 2 Bath Ranch. Open floor plan with large quality kitchen, maple cabinets and granite. New hardwoods, bath, deck, and garage. Turn Key! Must See!”

Visit RILiving.com for the complete listing and more photos >>

Goodbye 2009. Welcome 2010!

2009 was a year of ups and downs. I’m ready to start a new year with new and exciting things! The first part of the year is looking pretty bright, with lots of things already planned.

For Christmas, Dan got me tickets to see Beauty & the Beast at Providence Performing Arts Center for the Valentine’s Day show! What a guy!

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On March 7, we’ll celebrate 1 year of being engaged! Time is flying!

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Also for Christmas, Dan got me tickets to see, my favorite, Michael Buble!! The show is March 19 at the Worcester DCU Center.

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On April 1, I’ll be turning TWENTY FIVE! 2-5. Can’t believe it! (Seen here is an amazing 25th birthday cake from Pinkcakebox.com)

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And on May 15, we’ll be flying down to Orlando for the cruise!

Some things I’d like to accomplish this year:

- Purchase my bridal gown!; aiming for May/June/July for this.

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- Go bridesmaid dress shopping (with all 7 of them if we can pull it off!); aiming for July/August for this

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- Meet some great florists and come up with a very budget-friendly, but jaw-dropping, plan for the Crowne’s Grand Ballroom! It’s possible and I’ve seen it done before.

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- Plan our honeymoon; right now, I’d prefer Europe, but he prefers the Caribbean. Stay tuned for more details :-)

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- See a couple of Red Sox games with Dan this summer

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- Move out into our own place; REALLY HOPING for this sooner rather than later.

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- Create a lot more artwork, starting TODAY! Stay tuned for my Miniature Pastel Skyscape series.

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Here’s to a great 2010!