saving the date, losing precious time

Excuse the blurred out last names and website: I’m trying to maintain just a bit of privacy for my soon-to-be-wed friends

It’s been a busy week month here at Gravy Central.  After my parents left at the end of April, we collapsed into a pile and did some good, solid wall-staring, which we thought would last for an entire weekend, but really only happened for about 15 minutes.  Between jungle cooking, my volunteer activities, and catching up with our friends here in Kuala Lumpur while we were traveling last month, we can’t believe we’re halfway through May already.

Today, we’re preparing for another two rounds of visitors and some more travel for us, both of which we’re very excited about.  Before that can happen, though, I’ve been frantically finishing up some projects, both locally and Stateside, in order to clear our schedules.  The first one, pictured above, is just the beginning of what will be a months-long endeavor: making all of the paper goods for my best good friend Meghann’s upcoming wedding on New Year’s Eve of this year.  I offered to make her Save the Date cards, wedding invitations, programs, place cards, and guest gift bags on my trusty Gocco.

Meghann and I combed through invitation designs and colors before settling on the design above, which I adapted for her based on her wedding colors of navy and yellow.  She also wanted something that seemed consistent with her plans for a NYE wedding, so I came up with putting confetti stars in clear inner envelopes.  It took me about a day to print, assemble and address the cards, which are waiting for specially-imported U.S. postal stamps to arrive, at which point I’ll send them out to her guests.  The hubby will also be pitching in on this project as it evolves, mainly because his biceps really come in handy when I’ll be printing the 500th piece of paper in the wedding invitation suite, and also because we both wanted to contribute somehow to Meghann’s upcoming wedding, since we won’t be able to make it back to the US in December to be there for it.

After I checked this major item off my to-do list, I turned immediately to my next line item: making 2 gallons of remoulade sauce for a shrimp boil I organized for 170 Americans.  Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up!  Stay tuned for details.


  1. Laura says

    dammit! if i’d known there was going to be a shrimp boil, i so would have planned a trip to coordinate with that!!

  2. Echia says

    Can’t wait to see save the date in person! Look fabulous!

  3. Carey says

    Gorgeous! You’re really making me want a Gocco.
    All the best to you and the Mister! Matt and I will come and visit you one of these days, we promise. 😉

  4. says

    Glad you guys like the cards! They were fun to make. As for shrimp boil, Laura, sorry you missed out!

  5. Carrie says

    Congrats to Meghann and kudos to her for booking you for the stationery! Had I known about this Gocco stuff earlier, I would have attempted to recruit your services! :) Love your blog, Ann. This is seriously good stuff.