I can't believe our wedding is in three months! That's ninety days guys, and they are flying by. I am not stressed yet; more so, I am feeling elated, excited, and in-love. This past weekend, Greg and I worked in the garden: building and painting raised beds, mowing down the weeds, raking up their remains, and training the chickens to go into their coop at night. I once read a statistic that stated, couples who do house work together, are more likely to have a happy relationship, and I couldn't agree more!
Our invitations are coming later this week, they were custom designed from Minted, and I CAN'T WAIT to show you! However, until that time comes, I have an amazing product to share.
Remember how I hand calligraphed our save-the-dates? Well, believe it or not, it took me a long time. I know - shocker! One of the hardest parts of the task, was deciding how I wanted the layout to be. Style Me Pretty has a great tutorial on it, but I could not master the perfect wave. Instead, I opted for straight lines. At first, I was using a pencil and ruler to space out the lines perfectly, so that the lettering would be even. Well, that was a huge pain in the butt, and took forever. Then, one magical day, I discovered The Lettermate.
For $15.00, the Lettermate is the ultimate letter addressing tool. Let me tell you: it saved me so much time, energy, frustration, and money in wasted paper. It cut my addressing time in half, and helped make my envelopes look professionally done. It's one of the best craft purchases I've ever made, and I predict, we will soon see it on the shelves of all craft-supply stores!
Kimberly Wilson is the genius behind the American made product and is sharing some of her successful moments, as well as trying moments she experienced while founding the company.
Why did you start the Lettermate? I've been in the stationery industry (more specifically the wedding industry) for the last 5 years now. During that time, I've had the privilege of working with hundreds of brides, and found that weddings require you to send out a ton of mail! Save the dates, invitations, shower invites, thank yous... the list really goes on and on. Anywho, it was no shock that many of my clients were really stressing out about addressing all those envelopes. Many people didn't have the budget for custom calligraphy, and lacked the tech skill to print decent looking labels from their computers, so ultimately the only thing left to do was write all those addresses by hand. It is through that struggle the Lettermate was born ;)
Have there been any challenges? Our biggest challenge so far is thankfully one that we've already overcome - It was critical to me that these be manufactured in the US, so finding the right company for the job took many months & a lot of prototypes.
What is your goal for the company? I would literally cry tears of joy if I walked into Michael's or Hobby Lobby and saw my little Lettermates sitting on the shelves.
What’s been one of your biggest accomplishments so far? Getting this whole operation up and running has been so fun & exciting. Everything from production, to getting the website going, every day brings a new set of challenges and accomplishments. I can't wait to see what the future holds!
Kimberly casually mentions the 'website' above - which is so humble of her. The Lettermate's website is full of inspiration and tips (with even more awesome inspiration here!), and has a complete guide to getting started with your new best friend. I can't tell you how much I love my Lettermate, and I know you will too!