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Jan 09 2013

addressing envelopes

I think every invitation purchase (whether from a fine press or anyone else) should include a calligrapher; it's the extra step that elevates an invitation above the rest of the day's mail. The truth is,though , hiring a calligrapher isn't always a fit for your clients. If you're a wedding planner that's handling the addressing of envelopes for a client, here's a tip: Have your stationer deliver the envelopes and liners separately (you'll line the envelopes...

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Jan 08 2013

correct is fine…

...but it is better to be interesting. If I show you a political tract or a blog post or a remarkable new product with text that contains a typo, what's your first reaction?If all you can do is say, "You're missing an r in the second paragraph," you've abandoned your humanity in favor of becoming a spell checker.Compliance over inspiration.Sure, yes, please, let's kill all the typos. But first, let's make a difference. -Seth Godin, The Icarus...

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Jan 07 2013

local/global

Derek Sivers really challenged me recently with this post. As a former employee of my local chamber of commerce and a guy who just likes to be social, it's safe to say I've got quite a network of friends and contacts in my great city. My friends jokingly call me the mayor - a nod both to the suit/tie/suspenders and my social proclivities.My challenge is: the market for a fine press isn't in Lakeland. It's...

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stooping so low

This postcard from this morning's Postsecret is kind of depressing. Are we dumbing things down for our audience? It's easy to assume this secret belongs to a writer on a large team, writing for one of the larger media empires. I kind of hope it is. I doubt it was any of the great independent wedding bloggers I know. Either way, it saddens me that anyone's editorial guidelines would cause a writer to feel like...

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Jan 04 2013

this is my resolution

As I mentioned, This was a challenging New Year. It wasn't until the 1st that I really started to think about what I was going to change this year. I've attempted *-a-day challenges and resolutions in the past to no avail and I wasn't necessarily interested in attempting another promise to myself that I was unlikely to fulfill.So, this year, I've decided to commit to doing twelve of things - one each year:We'll create at...

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The Icarus Session

I'm so grateful to be part of a great city. Last night was the first meeting of Seth Godin's Icarus Sessions. While people were meeting across the world, twenty-five or so people met at Lake Mirror Tower to discuss their passion projects - our fears, hopes and next steps.I was thrilled to be surprised by some of my friends and the things they're passionate about. It's gratifying to see people working towards the same goals and...

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Jan 01 2013

No Excuses

Its amazing to me how quickly mobile publishing has gone from a novelty to de facto. A couple years ago, my (internet) friend and fellow bass player Jason Heath blogged about how he used his iPhone to publish content on his website and otherwise manage a hectic freelancer's life. I was intrigued, but considered it incredibly impractical.Now here I am, pecking this post away on my Android phone, having just set tomorrow's alarm by simply...

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Jan 01 2013

so this is the new year…

...and I don't feel any different. Ben Gibbard's words from this epic album feel rather prescient today (is that album really ten years old?).This was probably one of the least quiet, calm holiday seasons I've endured in a few years. So little time to slow down and reflect on Christmas and the New Year in spite of my best efforts.There are definitely big things ahead this year, but I've had so little time to think about...

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Nov 07 2012

luxury wedding invitations

I've really been struggling with the word "luxury" as it relates to stationery, weddings and my work. I was already having reservations about it when I read this post from Liene, which was incredibly clarifying for me.It is strongly connection to some observations I've had about my own generation. It's about our need to connect to our past, our friends and our world.I think there are new words replacing "luxury" in our vernacular - bespoke,...

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