Sunday, August 14, 2011

54 Days and Counting!


54 days or....

1,296 hours or.......

77,720 minutes or.......

4,665,600 seconds until the BIG EVENT!  That is when Opera Diva and her fiance are getting hitched.  And that also means we have run out of time.   Getting the invitations out to all our friends and family has now become "SITUATION CRITICAL".

So, last week we all buckled under and started to meet together to come up with an invitation design that would fulfill the bride and groom's desire to have a SIMPLE but ELEGANT invitation that wouldn't take weeks and weeks of manual labor to put together.

"Mom" she pleaded "Please don't make it too complicated.  I don't want to be chained to the kitchen table forever, gluing and glittering till the cows come home!  I'm BEGGING you to keep it SIMPLE."

Clearly, she takes after her Father.

"Well, OK then" I grudgingly reply.  "But what does SIMPLE mean to YOU?!"

Thus began the onslaught of emails bouncing back and forth between us with many varied versions of Opera Diva SIMPLE versus Tamara SIMPLE.  

But out of the cacaphony of clearly opposing concepts of what qualifies as SIMPLE, we finally came up with THIS.......




SIMPLE and ELEGANT, wouldn't you say?!

And then we got to WORK!


The troops were called in to help.


You might think that no troops were necessary because we were going "SIMPLE".


Somehow, things just don't work out that way in my world.  

Maybe it was the hand painting aspect of the job.



Each of the invites were lovingly touched up with a dash of purple by our resident artist, Mini Me.


Then a few strokes of opalescent white added a bit of contrast.


Then, of course, we had to give just that little extra BLING factor with a silver pearlized accent.....


added in all the right places.



Simple, right?!  Now, only 99 more to go.


I mean, how long could this really take?  A few hours maximum?


Good thing I was able to call in a few extra peeps to help us get things finished or this might have begun to appear a little less than "SIMPLE".


I mean, what's an invitation without a little RIBBON?!


So, my loyal helpers stuck with me and cut......


and glued......


until, well, until the cows came home.


We're all happy with the final outcome.


Yup.  It's satisfies the SIMPLE and ELEGANT lovers.......


and keeps the BLING lovers happy as well!

Now, all we need to do is get them in the mail.


12 Comments »

12 Responses to “54 Days and Counting!”

Alyson Sunny said...

They look so pretty! I can't wait! :O)

Becky K. said...

Tamara,
Those are so amazing! Creativity just oozes through your family. I love it!
Hugs,
Becky

Ghita said...

One word: GORGEOUS!

Marina said...

Ιnspired, elegant and amazing...as I wish for their common life!!!

Claudia said...

Beautiful. I think this design will make your daughter very happy!

Sheila said...

Simply amazing! :) Oooo..I am so excited to see what you will come up with! I love how it became a family project.

Rosa Veldkamp said...

Oh Tam! You and simple (ie: not too much work!) lol!
They look fabulous and I can hardly wait to get mine in the mail!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Those are gorgeous, and so perfect. I love the addition of the ribbon, just that touch of purple....

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Tamara, these are amazing! One of a kind unique, beautiful masterpieces.... I can only imagine what the wedding is going to be like.. it was good to have you stop by, I've missed your visits. hugs ~lynne~

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Tamara,
OH MY!!!!!!!!!another Wedding!! You brave soul! But these invitations are incredible. Wishing you the very best in all your preparations!
And congrats on the newest member of your sweet family. He's so precious and big sister looked so happy holding him. : )
Take good care,
Mary Lou

Donna said...

Your family does everything with so much panache`! It is simply elegant!!

momofcrt said...

simple to me would be ordering from a catalogue and letting a printer make them LOL
These are gorgeous!