I have been dying to share this precious first birthday invitation with you all! I worked on this fun invite a couple months ago for one of the cutest one year olds around, thanks to a mom that was super on the ball (I can only hope to be that way when we have kids someday!)
She wanted to do a Cinco de Mayo party for sweet little Braden, and I just love this fiesta inspired invitation we ended up with. The party was such a blast complete with catered Mexican fare, margaritas (for the adults, of course) and delicious cupcakes.
If anyone is looking for a first birthday party theme, this was definitely a hit. Had so much fun working with you, Lori, and so happy to have been a part of the invitations for Braden’s first fiesta!
Every morning, I get a “Moment of Happiness” quote sent to my inbox from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project. If I can be totally honest for a moment, I have to admit I often skip over these emails due to a flooded inbox of Ann Taylor Loft sales (every. single. day.) and various other newsletters I get (time to clear the clutter, I think.) But, last week, I happened to open my Moment of Happiness email, and here is what it said:
“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
-Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
This quote really got me thinking…how can I be that red petunia in a crowded market of stationery designers and branding experts?
It’s so important, no matter what business you are in, to find that special style that makes you so different from everyone else. I think about this a lot, and wrestle every day with what path I need to be taking with my design style to really set myself apart. This business is such a passion…it’s fire in my bones…and I can’t even bear with the thought that I would just fall in the mix and not stand out in some way.
There are definitely brands out there that have found their niche. When it comes to the stationery industry, one company I really admire is Rifle Paper Co. Anna Bond’s hand-painted designs are really so unique, and amazingly gorgeous. Everything Rifle Paper Co. releases fits that style. They are so good at staying true to their own brand, you can almost instantly spot their products without looking at the package to know where it came from. Talk about being the red petunia!
I know it’s a Monday, and our brains are just getting started for the week, but I challenge you, as I am challenging myself, to figure out what is going to set you apart in your business, or your hobby, or whatever it is that you are passionate about.
When it comes to design, I really love working with small businesses on creating their branding packages. Branding is more than just a logo. It’s a first impression, and can really help take your small business a long way.
Not too long ago, I worked with Lauren from Lollie’s! We visited several options, but ultimately ended up going with a hand lettered logo, and I really love how it turned out! I love the heart as the apostrophe, and the place to pull in a little color. Blue is Lauren’s favorite color, so after looking at several shades, we went with this pretty hue.
Lauren and her husband are working hard on getting their website up and running (look out for some additional hand lettered features there), but for now check out their facebook page, and make sure to contact Lauren if you need some delicious baked goods!