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As some of you know I work full-time as the Creative Director for several publications and I moonlight as a stationery designer. I couldn’t have picked a better career for myself. I L-O-V-E what I do. Both full-time and with my invitation company, The Blu Sash.

Over the last two years I have been laying out magazines chronicling our family life in the hope of having a keepsake my children will treasure. While working on this project, it dawned on me that this could be an amazing wedding piece for a bride!

When I looking back, I realized that my own wedding program I designed was basically a mini-magazine. I had wanted my guests to be entertained while waiting for the wedding to begin, so I filled the pages with photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, complete with dates and how many years they had been married. There was a history of the quaint Swedish church we getting married in, details about the bridal party and the hymn to be sung during the ceremony.

This led me to the idea that wedding programs could be mini-magazines. Save-the-dates could be the story of how the two you met and how he proposed or a way to show off the amazing photos from your engagement shoot. For fun and casual weddings, you could send out a magazine invite detailing your story and providing, schedules, accommodation info and things to do when your guests arrived. For out-of-town guests, it could be a wedding weekend guide for your welcome bags complete with the weekends events, wedding party bios, must-see-sites, local restaurants, maps and other scrumptious details to show guests your gratitude and that southern hospitality.

There are so many possibilities! I can’t wait to see where this leads. I hope you’ll spread the word and join me!

Be my guest and take a peak:

PUB WED— It’s your story — Let’s tell it!

Blessings,

Donia

[ BLUGRASS BEST ] Swag Swappin’ with Enwrightened Studios

blusashcom_swagswap2015Ben and Emillee Wright, owners of Enwrightened Studios, right here in Kentucky, have been friends of our family for a long time. When Ben contacted me about doing a “Swag Swap,” with The Blu Sash, I jumped at the opportunity!

When the box arrived, I couldn’t wait to open their amazing packaging. Inside I found their gray “Home Sweet Home” hoodie that has become my new BFF! I wear it every week. I nicknamed it “The Uniform” and look forward to putting it on every evening. You will not believe how S-O-F-T their sweatshirts are!

Their t-shirts are equally as soft and I am rotating through mine on a regular basis. They have become my favorites to wear on the weekends and for travel. I am a sucker for a soft comfy t-shirt and these are, hands down, the softest t-shirts I’ve ever owned. I am sold!

On top of sending me an amazing sweatshirt and 3 wonderful T’s, Ben included a Scripture Journal for Bible study note taking and a copy of his two books, “52 Days: Rebuilding our Spiritual Walls” and  “Branded — Bearing the Marks of Jesus.” I am looking forward to reading these!

Thank you Enwrightened Studios for my lovely swag! You make Kentucky Proud!

Blessings,

Donia

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Reflection

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Each year  I tend to go into a sort of mental hibernation in the fall and I begin to start reflecting on the year and my life, past, present and future. I think all of us do this in some form or fashion towards the end of each year.

Around October, I start making lists of what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. Lists of what I didn’t do well at times and lists of what I want to change in the new year.  More than most, 2013 was a year for reflection. In fact I am still doing quite a bit of it as we find ourselves half-way through January of 2014.

2014 was an amazing year for my business and at times I would look up to catch my breath and see the candle burning at both ends with me holding the wick in the middle. When the glitter settled in mid-October it left me feeling “burnt out” for the first time since I had started The Blu Sash back in 2010. I truly think all small business owners, whether part-time or full-time experience this feeling at some point during their careers and this fall I found myself in that position. When we don’t take time for ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually, it is easy to let that light of creativity and ambition flicker.

So I curled up at home with my family this fall and I  found time to think (I know you mothers understand how hard that can be). Time to pray and time to reflect.

Reflection is a vital part of life. I believe that if we cannot look at ourselves honestly through the mirror of life that we never reach our full potential. How can you see clearly out the window if you never clean the glass? How can a lantern light your path when it is covered up?

Coming into 2014 I have seen that the glass needs to be clearer and that my light can shine brighter!

I hope you will join me in letting your light shine this year.

Be salt, be light, be love!

Blessings always,

Donia

 

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