Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fancy This: Vintage Handkerchiefs

I come today bearing the most delightful vintage Save the Dates - and a slight confession. I have an obsessive compulsive disorder with all things vintage and I can not bring myself to restrain my infatuation. Seriously. Well, truth be told, I kind-of revel in this delightful little obsession of mine that increasingly grows day by day with no limitations. And clearly, today's vintage feature has prolonged my condition. Recently, I was on the prowl for some creative inspiration and I stumbled upon the most perfect and oh-so charming Save the Dates designed by Rachel of Benign Objects. This bride put so much TLC into designing a Save the Date announcement that was as lovely, as it was meaningful. And lucky for me, I just happen to have the perfect occasion to incorporate this delightful little project. {More on this DIY project to come in the future!}

The royal scoop from the darling bride:

I'd seen some printing done on handkerchiefs and really liked the tactile quality of a vintage handkerchief and the idea of creating a keepsake. I collected vintage handkerchiefs mostly through eBay. Then I created a design using my silhouette and my fiancé's silhouette. I then created a screen and handscreened all 160 of them using my Yudu.

I then tied them with ribbon to cardstock I had printed with a lovebird design on one side and a red pattern I created on the other side. Couples and ladies got the lovebirds and floral handkerchief while Philip's single guy friends got the slightly more manly version with just a white handkerchief on the patterned card. From there they went into kraft paper envelopes that I custom-lined myself. I also created custom mailing labels that I stuck to the envelope.

-Rachel of Benign Objects

Photo Credits: Benign Objects

If you have not been introduced previously to all of the loveliness that comes from Benign Objects, you will most certainly want to check out Rachel's blog. And to top off all the vintage charm just oozing from this project, Rachel has given The Wedding Chicks a fabulous tutorial on how you can craft your very own vintage Save the Date handkerchiefs found right here! How divine!


Photo Credits: The Wedding Chicks



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