Monday, December 17, 2007


I'm working on the very un-fun task of taking my jpg of the website design and actually making it a functioning website. In the meantime 'tis the season for gifts so I thought I'd run down my favorite gift sites in case anyone is looking for a last minute holiday gift or a gift for your attendants.

To see what I got my attendants check out my knottie bio.

Now for my faves:

Mighty Goods - This is my favorite site to try and find different and interesting things for people. Like Red Envelope (another good site) you can search by occasion or recipient but I find Red Envelope where tends to be all "jewelry and home goods for women" and "golfing, booze, and grilling for men" Mighty Goods seems to have more rounded choices.

Charles and Marie- This kind of has crazy stuff and a lot of it is out of my price range but if you have someone on your list that is too cool for school this is a great place to start looking.

Greener Grass Design- To be honest I completely forgot about these guys until I went looking in my "gifts" tag on delicious to write this entry BUT possibly found a gift for my secret santa person (my husband's brother-in-law- could I have picked a harder person to buy for for the first year we're spending xmas together?!!)

Chiasso- I stumbled upon this site years ago while searching for something to get my very design oriented grandmother. It's similar to the others with very modern/rethought items.

Knock Knock- Again what would I do without my delicious tags? I must have found this awhile ago and marked it and note to self: this site is awesome- don't forget it anymore! If I haven't mentioned how much I love snarky things and (even more) well designed snarky things then... umm... I just did. WARNING: you may end up buying things for yourself instead of others. Like a "wheel o wisdom", or "Big Ups post its"

Day-Lab- has cool gifts for girls from fun jewelry and bags to instant sea monkeys aaaaand....

Night-Lab- has cool gifts for boys like hipster shirts, books about brothels in Nevada, graphic novels and comic books.

Curiosity Shoppe- has design-y, retro-y, crafty stuff which I'm realizing, after putting together this list, is what I'm all about. I don't want anyone to say "Oh my sister got this for xmas too!" when someone opens my gift. Also a lot of the things on this list fall outside of the typical scope of gifts which gives you an opportunity to find something that is even more tailored to your recipient.

Now, I really need to go through these myself and find a good husband's brother in law gift for under $25. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'll have what she's having

So I maaay have said that the last one was my favorite buuuut I think this one is my new favorite. (Any bets on how many "favorite"s I have by this time next year?)

Without further ado:Left to right from top to bottom: Invitations/RSVP/Accommodations/Map (see below for more description), Menu, Table Number, Place Card, folding diagram

This one takes some explaining too. First of all, all the designs posted are usually at about 60% of their size once you double click to get the "full" size otherwise you'd have to scroll all over the place to see them. Since this design is 4 times the length when it's unfolded- it's about 30%.
In the bottom right corner there's a small mock up how the invitation would look folded. BUT for jollies I'll walk us through it.

The invitation is 4 panels printed on both sides. This is another one where you can go to town customizing it to tell your story. For Harry and Sally the first panel says:
1 roadtrip
3 introductions
12 years
4 new year’s parties
2 friends
and in 3 months

Then the second panel opens to say:

1 happily ever after

Open to the third panel is a traditional invitation. The fourth panel is a photo of whatever your heart desires. An engagement photo, a drawing that has meaning to you, a family tree- it's up to you! That photo also happens to be the reverse side of an RSVP postcard that your guests fill out and mail back to you.

So that brings us to the back. As I said, the first back panel is the RSVP. The second panel is what I generally refer to in my head as an "extras" panel. I did "accommodations" for this design but you can do "directions", other events for the wedding weekend. For the last two panels I did a big map, so please if you're having your wedding in lower Manhattan- please make my re-drawing of half of Manhattan for something other than a fictional couple! :)

The rest of the elements are back to the 60% size you're used to, as opposed to giant-like compared to the invite.

What I really love about this series is that it has less to do with "My colors are 'BLUSH' and 'BASHFUL' and everything WILL be in one of those two colors even if it looks like the Church is covered in Pepto Bismol" (oh don't worry, though, we'll get to Shelby and Jackson from Steel Magnolias, oh yes we will) and more about creating a feeling for your big day. This says swank sophisticated fun wedding to me.

Hopefully it's saying nice things to you too.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

That's what she said! [Old Version with added New Version]

I love the Office so when I started picked couples for invitations Jim and Pam were one of the first to come to mind.

These are a little farther out of the box that most marketing managers would go for but have endless possibilities for customization, and in case you missed it, they're a lot of fun. Also you can adorn them with as much office supplies as you can pilfer from your current employer!

Clockwise from top to bottom: Invitations, RSVP (front) and RSVP (back) [the RSVPs for this design are a postcard that your guests can mail back to you after filling out the proper forms and notarizing it {kidding}], Directions, Place Card, Table Number, and Menu.

The "Inter-Department Delivery" on the front of the RSVP is customized to highlight key moments in your relationship, jokes you may have with each other, or can introduce your wedding party.

Make sure you double click on the image to get a slightly large version so you are able to read all of the fields. If it's still too small and you'd like clarification just leave me a message and I'll let you know what it all says.

Finally some quick ideas I've had while creating these if you want to take it to that level:
  • Organizing the place cards in a Rolodex

  • Artfully paper clipping everything together in the envelope

  • Having coffee drinks (with alcohol) as your signature drink at the wedding

  • Powerpoint slideshow of the bride and groom at the reception

  • Coordinating website for the wedding

If you have any more suggestions let me know and I'll add them to the list.

[Edited to add: Some things seem hard to read even in the larger size so under the names in the invitation it says "first name, last name" and under the Church it says "enter meeting location in the space provided above". On the RSVP the choices to reply are: "I plan on attending this meeting/I plan on attending this meeting and have cc’ed the request to these others in my department/I am unable to attend due to a
previously scheduled budget conference call". Hope this helps]

[Edited to add- July 10th, 2008- the above picture is for the original design I had for this. I liked the concept but was never 100% about the actual outcome. Right before I opened the etsy store I had a burst of creativity and redesigned the line to the following.]

You're the one that I want!

Do-wah-do-wah-do-waaaa! Oo Oo Oo!

Grease fans? Anyone?

Well here it is: my 50s girlie-girl invitations. This will be available in a multitude of colors besides pink so don't freak out if you like it but haven't worn pink since your Mother stopped dressing you.

Clockwise from top to bottom: Invitations, RSVP, Menu, Table Numbers, Place Card, and Details (This can be anything you'd like. I've featured "accomodations" and "weekend events").

I'll also let you in on a little secret: I'm putting the finishing touches on one of my absolute favorite designs today so check back later and there may be another set featured that's wayyy down the other end of the spectrum from these... Curiosity piqued? See you later!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I'm back!

Sorry for the delay, folks. I had a lovely Thanksgiving and have been up to my ears in my freelance work since I got back.

It's nice to get out of wedding madness for a little while (and getting paid doesn't hurt either) but those projects are wrapping up so I started working some extras for my Sandy and Danny (
from Grease) invites. It's quite weird to find yourself getting too "into" fictional characters wedding plans! A lot of the characters I use are characters that I love so I can't just stick any old reception location on there. Bogey and Bacall were by far the easiest since they actually did get married so I can use their wedding date and location but wikipedia didn't quite say where their guests stayed or their wedding menu so I end up researching place in the area and scanning menus online.

Thankfully all my fictional characters have an unlimited budget so Sandy and Danny have reserved all of the rooms at boutique hotel Amarano in Burbank for their guests, Sloane and Ferris (from
Ferris Bueller's Day Off) are having their ceremony at the Art Institute of Chicago (which was featured in the movie), Satine and Christian (from Moulin Rouge) are having their ceremony held at Sacre Coeur and (obviously) Holly and Paul (from Breakfast at Tiffany's) are having their reception at the famed 5th Avenue jewelry store.

But after working on Sandy and Danny's menu (with a Smashed Potato Bar- mmm so good!) I need to find some non-fictional food of my own. :)

As always check back for more previews of upcoming designs and for website release info!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bogey and Bacall

As promised while we're all waiting for the website to be finished here is a preview of Bogey and Bacall:

From top to bottom: Invitations, RSVP, Details (This can be anything you'd like. I've featured "accomodations" and "other events"), Table Number, Menu, and Place Card.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Feast for your eyes!

I took some time from the getting the website together today to add some extra pieces to my Bogey and Bacall line. Or rather, Bacall and Bogey. I'm trying to create a system where (properly) the womens' names come first but you'd be surprised how often it's common to say the complete opposite.

Perhaps I'll post some pictures tomorrow but in the mean time here are some great links for your wedding planning needs.

Rebecca Thruss

Can you hear my Homer drool? I cannot believe I found this website AFTER my wedding?! Rebecca has worked with my high priestess of weddings (Martha) and represent all that I love. Want to hop on the inspiration board band wagon? Consider this your ticket. This is a great place to get ahold of a couple of key ideas that will guide your wedding planning process.

Jamali Garden
Ok I'm bringing you straight to the "metal" section here. This is from my days of mint julep cup adoration on the wedding homefront. In the end I didn't go with bud vases on the tables but everytime I see that picture on their website I try and creatively think of a reason why I NEED those vases. And they're only around $5 a piece! When spring rolls around and ranunculus (I think that's what those are) start to bloom... LOOK OUT. I'm going to order a whole slew of those.

Cox and Cox

Again I'm showing you a specific page but for an intimate winter wedding these would be perfect. Cox & Cox has a ton of beautiful things that can make reception or at least help you define a "look" for your wedding.

Hope this helps with all of your planning. Stay tuned for some sneak peaks at TFMD design and more wedding planning links!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Knottie Bio Finished

After two long days finding just the right pictures and cropping and writing and coding my Knottie Bio is FINALLY DONE! There weren't many Upstate New York brides when I was looking so hopefully it'll be a good resource for some local ladies or maybe just spark an idea or two for someone else. And if I'm really lucky hopefully it'll drum up some business!

Check it out here at: kreinertsen knottie bio

If you have any questions just let me know!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Greetings and Salutations! This is the first blog post for The Future Mrs. Darcy, wedding paper goods maker extraordinare. (Yeah, still looking for a way to consolidate and shorten).

The blog is the companion site to which will be going live soon. In this blog I'll let readers check out wedding invitation designs in the works and make sure we're providing exactly what brides are looking for. In the meantime we have lots to do to get the site up and running.

To peak your interest though some interesting features at The Future Mrs. Darcy:
  • All designs are named after famous couples.
    When I was getting married I'd look at wedding invitations and I'd like "Jen and Michael" but 10 days later when I was trying to recall which one it was I'd spent hours click through each one going was it "Grace and John? No. Liz and Nick? No." Not only is this a good way to get a handle on each design but maybe even to help you gravitate to styles you like.

  • Designs are available in customizable colors.
    Fall in love with the aqua "Rose and Jack" from the Titanic invite (so sometimes we fudge the stories endings a little...ok A LOT) but you had planned on having everything pink? Not a problem!

  • And what we're most excited about- so you've fallen in love with "Jim and Pam" from the Office but how would you and your fiance's name look? Preview your information in real time for all our designs!
We can barely wait to bring it to you so make sure and come back often to see what we're up to!