Handmade Housewarming Invitations

A year ago in February we started our biggest adventure together yet, we became homeowners! The entire process was such a whirlwind. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by boxes inside walls that said “home.” I still find myself smiling and saying “This can’t be real!” every afternoon when I pull into the driveway.

While it took some time for us and the cats to get settled, we decided once the craziness faded we would host a housewarming/engagement party. My one goal (besides to hide all unpacked boxes in the basement) was to design our invitation to send out to our family and friends for the celebration.

I used a mixture of Illustrator and InDesign to create the design. I drew the pictures in Illustrator and then placed out the fonts and background images in InDesign. The rustic wood background I found on Etsy from PaperElement.

Overall I was super happy with the design I created (after making about 3 different designs and a bunch of minor changes over and over again…thanks to my fiancé for being patient 🙂 ) Here it is!

View the PDF here: HKF Housewarming

 

We will call this place our home,
The dirt in which our roots may grow.
Though the storms will push and pull,
We will call this place our home.

Smaller than dust on this map
Lies the greatest thing we have:
The dirt in which our roots may grow
And the right to call it home.

“North” – Sleeping At Last

Lithographs Tattoos: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I got to take part in a very unique project. Lithographs, a company in Cambridge, MA, launched a project on Kickstarter to create the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain. They used text from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

After signing up for the project on Kickstarter, I received my temporary tattoo with my line from the book. I was the 534th member of the chain. My tattoo read “while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying” which is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I decided to put the tattoo next to my real tattoo and include a drawing I have of Alice and The White Rabbit.

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