FREE YOUR MIND – IT’S D.I.Y. TIME

Ahhh the weekend. That sweet seven-letter word that forces my shoulders to relax and my brain to stop. Two days of rest and spending my energy on extra things that I feel too guilty to tackle during the busy work week. It really is a beautiful thing, the weekend.

You know what else weekends are good for? Gettin’ crafty, y’all. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good ole’ DIY project.Β  I literally get excited when I see those three capital letters together. It’s like they’re calling my name, saying, “Come, come, Rebekah. Free your mind. Grab your scissors. Forget all your troubles and lose yourself in twine and spray paint.” And when it involves easy instructions, little money and effort, a lot of functionality, and BIG bang, it’s pretty much a done deal.

Here are a few links I came across recently that looked like easy projects to tackle and, in my opinion, are just straight-up great ideas. Try your hand at one of them or store them away for later. Click on the images to link up to their sources.

SPRAY PAINTED ANIMAL MAGNETS. JUST STOP.
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PAINTED WALL FRAMES. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.
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MINI SUCCULENT PARTY FAVORS. OR JUST FOR YOUR FRONT PORCH.
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TURN AN OLD TEE INTO A TANK. WITHOUT A SEWING MACHINE.
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DRAB TO FAB WITH GOLD METALLIC SPRAY PAINT.
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Tried one of these this weekend? Have another DIY project that is genious? Share in the comments section below.

FARM-TO-MARKET STYLED SHOOT

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I have been waiting for weeks to find the perfect time to post this shoot, so you can imagine my excitement right now as I showcase the big reveal to you. A few months back, I got an email from Couture Events by Lottie, after I met her on the set of this styled shoot, inviting me to design all the stationery and paper goods for an upcoming Farm-to-Market “engagement” shoot. And of course, after answering with a very giddy “YES!,” I wentΒ straight to work, teaming up alongside Jen Rios Design and other Dallas/Ft. Worth wedding vendors (listed below) to create one of the most beautiful tables capes and set designs I’ve ever seen.

Since Jen’s vision for this shoot included lots of colorful florals, herbs, vegetables, and fruit, I wanted the paper goods to complement, not compete with, their surroundings. So, after loads of research and inspiration-gathering, I designed the invitations to convey a vintage seed packet look and printed everything on beautiful kraft paper card stock to create a natural, recycled paper look against the vibrant colors of nature’s finest florals and edibles.

What’s so great about styled shoots is the freedom to get really creative, like getting to use real names of people I know on the escort cards displayed in a vintage metal receipt book and hand-drawing silverware outlines on kraft paper place mats. Another perk is the privilege to work with other creatives as a team (and in my case, with people I’ve never actually met in person) towards one goal and one vision and seeing it all come together in the most perfect and seamless way. And you know, I think it’s safe to say that’s exactly what happened. Feast your eyes, my friends.

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Feel free to visit my Facebook page for more eye candy.

Photographer: Lightbox Photography
Event Design: Jen Rios Design
Coordinator: Couture Events by Lottie
Floral Design: We + You
Stationery: Rebekah Disch Design
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Period Charm Rentals
Vintage China: The Vintage Dish
Hair & Makeup: Beauty & the Blush Makeup & Styling
Wardrobe Styling: Life Is Pretty

BEING MY OWN BOSS + THANKFUL

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Well, I’ve returned to the blogging world from a long hiatus, and let me tell you it’s good to be back. When you don’t see me for a while on here, you can bet that it’s because my time is occupied by designing for clients and actually getting work done, and I think it’s safe to say that’s a good thing! I’ve recently taken on a three-month freelancing project for a church in Dallas, and on top of that I’ve been working on several orders for invitations and other projects, and it’s definitely forced me to be in creative tunnel vision for the last few weeks. But I am so thankful and am learning priceless lessons along the way.

When I started this business and began “promoting” myself as an official designer, I didn’t realize the amount of time, organization, planning, and responsibility I’d be… well, responsible for. What started out as a hobby has turned into a growing business, and that means doing a lot more than clicking away in InDesign and picking out pretty fonts. I have to be my own boss, set my own schedule, make my own deadlines, set my own prices, stay on top of things, all the while trying to balance life at home, making meals, savoring time with my husband, loving and serving God in the midst of all things, and knowing when to shut the computer off at the end of the day.

Finding the – dare I use the cliche – “balance” between it all can be a challenge and something that shifts and changes depending on the season. Nonetheless, I am thankful that life is not at all boring or uneventful and that I even have things important enough to balance and give my time to. And I am thankful that though I cannot possibly navigate this life and all its responsibilities on my own, the Lord’s strength and care for me is enough and I can enjoy resting in not really being the one in control after all. And I’m pretty sure that’s a good problem to have.

A VERY MERRY RETRO SHOOT

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I am stoked to FINALLY reveal these photos to you! This past Spring, I was invited by Kelli and Brendan Ahern from Nine Photography to design all the paper goods and signage for this cute and quirky retro-inspired shoot that included some of DFW’s finest wedding vendors. This was something completely different than I’ve ever done, and I loved the challenge as I researched and experimented with vintage type, colors, and layouts in order to carry out their vision and put it on paper. A while back, I shared some behind-the-scenes details in this post, so without further ado, I now present to you the beautiful fruits of our labor.

Oh, just a side note: This feature is making headlines across the globe! We were recently featured on Rock N’ Roll Bride, a famous UK-based wedding blog, NO BIG DEAL. Check out their feature and few more pics here.

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Rent My Dust Vintage Rentals
KO Girl by Tia Vang
Sugar Bee Sweets

The Brides Room
Lush Couture Designs

Bowtie Vintage Classics