Modern Chinese Wedding Invitation with Pomegranates and Double Happiness

I am so excited to share this sneak peek of our newest wedding invitation suite!

Modern Chinese wedding invitations featuring hand drawn pomegranates and elegant calligraphy. Comes in deep red or pewter silk.

This design has been dancing around in my mind for some time now… I have totally fallen in love with the gorgeous, naturally elegant, rustic beauty that has taken the wedding world by storm, but I couldn’t help thinking that all my fellow Chinese brides out there were being asked to make a difficult decision—choose to go with tradition or choose to have a rustically elegant wedding. Let me explain…

Your traditional Chinese wedding revolves around lots of bright red and bright gold and requires the use of a Double Happiness symbol, a dragon, a phoenix, and/or some peonies, bamboo, or lanterns. Of course, I’m being a little cheeky about this, but I find that those of us who love our Chinese culture find it hard to get married without at least a few of these elements present, but you can see how these motifs would be rather hard to blend with a more rustic, natural, modern aesthetic.

Pomegranate wedding invitations in a deep red silk fabric.

I’m hoping my new Pomegranate Suite does a little something to bridge that gap by bringing in some traditional Chinese elements—pomegranates are very symbolic for Chinese weddings, representing a happy marriage with many children (seeds!)—into an otherwise very natural, organic design that also features a modern calligraphy monogram.

Pewter grey silk wedding invitations for an elegant, rustic wedding.

These will be available with either a deep red or pewter gray silk fabric. I can’t wait to finalize our options and make them available in our Etsy store!

Pink and Gold Wedding Inspiration

With Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here’s a lovely little pink and gold inspiration board to get you ready to celebrate!!

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Credits (clockwise from top left): XOXO macarons by  Joseph + Jamie via Style Me Pretty; pink ring box via Fab Mood; metallic wedding cake by Vicky Starz Photography via Style Me Pretty; gold place setting by Citrusandorange; celebration decor by Bliss & Misc. Fabric by Iza Pearl Design.

XOXO Gold Foil Fabric Backed Notecards

Though I realize it’s almost February, it still feels like a new year for me because I’m so excited for all the new projects up our sleeves for 2015!!

Here’s the first one we’re ready to share! We plan to expand the line of fabric stationery available in our Etsy store, and we’re starting with these gorgeous gold foiled “XOXO” cards.

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Not only are these gold foiled on luxurious 110 lb. cotton paper, each card is backed by hand with beautiful metallic gold polka dot fabric!

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These cards come in sets of 6, with 3 white fabric cards and 3 black fabric cards in each box. We’ve paired these cards with matching antique gold envelopes (just be sure to use a black Sharpie on these…other pens tend to fade away on this envelope).

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And for that final “something special,” we have also included matching fabric tape seals to close up your envelopes! You get 3 white and 3 black, tucked neatly in a mini vellum envelope within each box.

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We hope you love these as much as we do and that you’ll have fun sending them out to all your favorite people!

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The boxed sets are available for purchase here.

Sneak Peek Into The Inspired Wedding and a Giveaway!

I have a feeling some of you reading this are newly engaged—CONGRATULATIONS!!—and perhaps you’re not exactly sure where to start with the wedding planning. It can certainly be overwhelming, but I always encourage my clients to start with the big picture: What do you want your wedding day to feel like?

Before diving into the nitty gritty of peonies versus ranunculus, letterpress versus flat printing, sit down and really think about what feels the most like you as a couple. A formal and traditional ceremony and reception or something more casual and relaxed? Do you feel more like you in a grand ballroom or a rustic barn? Do your tastes run toward the sleek and modern or more sentimental and vintage?

Books and blogs are a wonderful source of inspiration as you try to figure out what is most you, and to help you get started, we’re giving away a copy of The Inspired Wedding: Seven Handcrafted Themes for Your Big Day! This book was compiled by Emma Arendoski, editor of Emmaline Bride, and it’s chock full of photos and inspiration grouped together by theme.

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It highlights seven wedding styles, including vintage, traditional, and beach to name a few, and shows you how to thread your theme seamlessly through every detail…bridesmaids dresses, hair styles, florals, decor, venues, and more!

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(By the way, you’ll find our vintage invitations in the Boho Style section along with loads of romantic and creative styling tips.)

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To enter the giveaway, all you have to do to is:

1) Comment on this post and tell us what you think your wedding theme will be.

2) Follow @bluemagpieinvitations on Instagram (if you aren’t already).

3) Tag a friend in the comment section of today’s Instagram post (with a photo of the book cover). Tag two friends to be entered twice!

Easy enough, right? The contest will end at NOON PST on January 16. A winner will be picked at random and will be tagged in the original post on Instagram. The winner must contact us to claim the giveaway by Friday, January 23.

Good luck!

DIY : Holiday Gift Wrapping with Burlap and Gilded Accents

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put together a gift wrap DIY using some of our favorite materials. Keep reading to see how we’ve incorporated burlap, yarn, ribbons, lace, and gilded accents into our holiday gifts!

burlap, satin, and gold leaves gift wrap DIY

MATERIALS WE USED:

  • neutral wrapping paper (we used simple packing paper)
  • assorted ribbons and yarns also in neutral shades (we used linen, silk, grosgrain, satin, and lace ribbons all within the cream, taupe, and gray families)
  • burlap
  • twine
  • plastic yarn needle
  • various dried leaves, acorns, and twigs
  • liquid gilding (we used Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding in gold)
  • paint brush
  • double-sided tape

DIY Holiday Gift wrap in neutral colors.

DIRECTIONS — LAYERED RIBBONS WITH GILDED ELEMENTS

STEP ONE:  Begin by painting your natural elements with the liquid gilding. This way, they will have time to dry while you complete the rest of your wrapping.

DIY gift wrapping using gold gilding

STEP TWO:  Wrap your gifts using neutral wrapping paper.

STEP THREE:  Wrap bands of ribbon, yarn, or burlap around your gift, securing each band on the bottom of your gift either by tying (for yarn) or using double-sided tape. You can create the look of very wide bands of ribbon through layering. For instance, for this gift, we first wrapped 2 bands of linen ribbon (A), then 2 bands of gray grosgrain (B), then wrapped yarn around the middle (C). We topped this all off with a cream satin bow.

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STEP FOUR:  When your gilded elements are dry, weave them through your layers of ribbon to create lovely golden accents to your gifts!

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DIRECTIONS — SATIN BRAID ON BURLAP

This one’s a little challenging, but oh so worth it!

Pretty DIY holiday gift wrapping ideas. Satin ribbon braid on burlap fabric.

STEP ONE:  Cut your burlap strip to the size needed to wrap around your present. Cut your length of satin ribbon to be roughly double the length of your burlap, then thread your ribbon through your yarn needle.

STEP TWO:  From the top right side of where your braid will begin, pull the ribbon from back to front (1). As you’re pulling the ribbon through, make sure to leave enough at the end to later wrap around the box. Pull the needle and ribbon diagonally down towards the center of the burlap (2), and pull through to the back. This “stitch” of ribbon should be snug but still poofy. Then, bring the needle up on the left side of the burlap strip, equal in height to your first stitch (3), then back down just to the right of the first center stitch so the center part of the stitches overlap (4).

braiding satin through burlap for an elegant, rustic gift presentation.

STEP THREE:  Continue weaving and “braiding” until your braid is the desired length. When you are done braiding, both ends of the ribbon will be dangling along the back of the burlap. You’ll want to pull both ends of the ribbon back to the front so they can wrap around the present. (Note:  you’ll have to take off your yarn needle and rethread the ribbon from the beginning of your braid to poke it back through to the front.)

STEP FOUR:  Tie your gilded ornament to one end using twine. The final braided ribbon should look something like this:

DIY present wrapping with burlap.

STEP FIVE:  Secure the burlap and satin ribbon around your present using double-sided tape.

gold gilded acorns, leaves and twigs for beautiful gift wrapping details.

DIRECTIONS — SCRAP RIBBON POM POM

After that satin and burlap braid, this one’s a cinch!

DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

STEP ONE:  Cut all of your ribbon scraps to approximately the same length.

STEP TWO:  Layer all of the ribbon pieces on top of each other, fanning them out a bit so you can see every scrap.

DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

STEP THREE:  Wrap the twine around the center a few times and tie in a tight knot.

STEP FOUR:  Poof up your pom pom, and tie it around your present!DIY burlap and lace bow for holiday gift wrapping