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.