I got up early yesterday to go out and get bread. One of our Little Misses had a friend sleepover and we were out of bread for their breakfast. So rather than sleeping in, I did the good mother thing and walk around to the bakery to get the bread so they could have toast.
When I stepped out the front door - right there opposite our house.....and I mean RIGHT THERE OPPOSITE our house....was the most surreal thing I have seen ever I think..... A MASSIVE hot air balloon. Just floating. Kind of slowly. It landed right at the end of our street. The things you see when you wake up early. I stood there and watched it land and thought to myself "I never realised you could balloon from here".
Turns out you can't balloon from there. The balloon was off course. Like WAY off course. I found out later that one of the other balloons it had been travelling with was off course too and went out into the bay only to be rescued by a civilian boat. Was on the news and all.
Funny that. The balloons were slightly off course but they ended up landing safely in the end. A bit like life sometimes really.
So the reason I was looking forward to the sleep in was because I often get up early. Like 5.00am early. I try to get an hour or so in before the rest of my family wakes up. Sometimes I walk, sometimes I fold washing or iron or some other quiet sort of house work, but more often than not I work. Cant help it. Love what you do and all that.
I love that quiet early hour or so. It seems as if it's a secret world that only a few enjoy while the rest of the world sleeps. And getting things done makes me feel organised. I love feeling organised.
Now let's bring this back to stationery.
It's a great idea to get onto your event stationery organised early. Especially if you want custom design. More often than not there are a few drafts back and forth and then it takes a little time to order in the stock. The earlier you get onto it, the more time we can take to get it right for you. And you feel organised.
Many times people contact me to see if I can "fit them in" by "fit them in" I mean there's a party in a only a couple of weeks that they need invites AND decor for. Most of the time I try to get the order done, but occasionally I need to say "sorry...no can do - if only you had contacted me earlier"
So how early is early? As a guide, incase you are wondering, hand out your invites about four weeks in advance if it is a party you are hosting, and then eight - twelve weeks before the date of your wedding is the ideal time to send out your wedding invites.
That is the sending out part.
So they (the invites) need to be in your hot little hands a few days earlier than that.
Then add on the three to four weeks a custom order can take.
I am hoping that handy hint helps you feel a little more organised.
Now I am off to bed early so I can get up early in the morning.
You can choose your friends but not your family. It's an age old saying that rings true more often than not.
When I was a young innocent pre-teen I wished and wished and wished for a "normal family". Of course I know now that there is no such thing.
At the time I wished this (somewhere in the late 1980's I guess), my ideal "normal family" was one that sat at the table every night for dinner and discussed important things (I am sure we sat at the table - but sometimes it was under duress with mum at her wits end trying to get us to eat a new meal she had made that we were uncertain of - and other times, it was just dinner on our laps in front of the TV). Brothers didn't fart in your face then walk away and laugh leaving you with a stench so bad a jumper over your face didn't even mask it. And sisters that didn't steal clothes and insist they were cooler than you. I guess I wanted a family modelled from some TV show which shoved a certain ideal down our faces.
And I'll say it again.
Eat your veggies.
Hang your towel.
Put the toilet seat down.
Clean your room.
Not tonight dear.
A wise woman (yup...that'd be my mum) once told me that "Honey, you're expectations aren't always going to meet reality". I am almost certain I may have been in some sort of post new baby state whereby the new baby life did not match that of the latest Johnson's/Kleenex/Huggies commercial.
I repeat those words almost everyday to the point where I just laugh (sometimes there is nothing more that you can do) and think that those words will ring true long after she's left us, and I'll be telling my daughters the same.
We've all been there. Pick a scenario (you are allowed more than one).
So let's bring this back to stationery.
You've spent hours surfing the net for the perfect invite/stationery and you click "add to cart/basket/trolley/whatever". You anxiously await the arrival of that package like a kid awaits Christmas day. You open it, only to find that your order is printed on flimsy card that is only just thicker than copy paper. And since when did the colour choice 'coral/navy' resemble something like flamingo vomit and faded out black? What are those colours??? Hideous. That's what. And how is it that the cuts are so crooked you can see the crop lines? Heaven forbid there may even be a spelling error on there also.
My advice here.....ASK. ASK. ASK. Don't be afraid to ask the question. No question is a silly question. Contact forms are there for a reason. Ask the designer/seller first if you are at all unsure. Maybe ask for a sample to be sent before they print (some places will charge for this service). When buying online, check the terms and conditions about their return policy, check the size, read the description of the goods two times. Read reviews on that site. Facebook now offers a spot to review too.
If you're getting a custom design, ASK and TRUST. Trust that if you have communicated enough that a good designer will get it right. That's why you pay them for custom design. You chose this designer because you admire their work so trust that your job will turn out just as you expected.
Back to life...sometimes...just sometimes....your planets somehow magically align and everything you expected meets reality.
You get what you thought you were going to. And for a moment you do a secret happy dance, high five yourself for awesome parenting or pin your own damn creation (yes it was that good). And here's mine.
Two ugly old bar stools that I had to cover because my renovation budget expectation (which included all new furniture) did not meet the reality (sadly we needed electricity and carpet more) - so I need to make do with some furniture for a while longer.
I am not placing any expectations on this blogging business. Two blog posts in two days. Who knows how often I can keep this up? I am yet to see what reality will come.
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