Our New Art Prints!

"Finding the Perfect Pair" 8"x10" Art Print

“Finding the Perfect Pair” 8″x10″ Art Print

 

"It is time" 8"x10" Art Print

“It is time” 8″x10″ Art Print

 

Our "It is Time" Art Print in just a few of our available colors

Our “It is Time” Art Print in just a few of our available colors

 

We are excited to announce that we have officially launched our line of art prints!  We love our two wedding card designs so much that we have selected them to be our first art prints.

These 8″x10″ prints fit in any standard 8″x10″ frame (Hint: It looks even better if matted).  You can give them to your spouse as an anniversary gift, or your friends as a wedding gift, or you can just give it to yourself!

Our “Finding the Perfect Pair” design would be perfect for a bridal shower decoration, since it can also serve as a game; and our “It is Time” design is customizable with your very own wedding color, name, and wedding date!  To see the 12 colors we have for you and to learn more, visit our shop!

The Big & Small: What TRULY Matters at a Wedding

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Julie & Kurt Gebhards on their wedding day!

 

Our "Finding the Perfect Pair" Wedding Card

Our “Finding the Perfect Pair” Wedding Card

When we formed the concept of our new “Finding the Perfect Pair” wedding card, one couple came to mind – Kurt and Julie Gebhards.  Kurt was our pastor many years ago when both Maffrine and I were single.  Having observed their marriage on a week to week basis and having had the privilege of spending a little time with them in their home,  it was evident to us that Julie and Kurt were not only down-to-earth and fun, they were a godly couple that put Jesus Christ first in their marriage.

This is why, as an introduction to “Finding the Perfect Pair” wedding card, I have asked Julie (who so graciously accepted!) to write a guest post about her wedding day – a perfect example of having all the fun while focusing on who truly matters, the God who creates “the perfect pair”.


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They look so happy!

When we hopped out the door the day before our wedding to go to Kinko’s Copies (do they even exist anymore?) to write our wedding program, my mom wasn’t amused.  I’m sure little alarms were going off inside her head wondering what else we might have forgotten.  My fiancé and I were immune to the anxiety.

We giggled our way through that hour at Kinko’s (or two or three…) including when we inserted “The Big Smooch” into the program.  We sat there at that Kinko’s table, intoxicated with the thought of being just one day away from the most exciting day of our lives.  We contemplated the right words to honor each of the participants in our wedding.  “Fun” was the rule we followed that day.

By God’s grace (and a little bit of blissful ignorance), we hadn’t stressed (or really concerned ourselves at all) over preparations for the day ahead.  Maybe it was naivete.  Maybe it was trust in my mom’s ability to pull off a major event without a hitch (and she did, by the way).  Maybe we were just too consumed and excited by what was ahead of us to care about details.  Details like centerpieces.  I didn’t pick centerpieces.  Or flowers.  I didn’t plan the decorations at all.   We didn’t even discuss how we would feed cake to each other (my mistake)!  And I didn’t offer my thoughts about the buffet that my mother herself catered.  Oh.my.word.  My mother catered my wedding with 250 guests.  I owe her at least one more thank you.  And you know what else?  I didn’t have a manicure.  I painted cheap clear polish on my nails the morning of my wedding, because I hadn’t thought about a manicure.

Guess what?   Someone told me they thought our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they had been to.   But what they mentioned in their praise wasn’t about the decorations.  Or the centerpieces.  Or my dress  (Maybe that’s because it wasn’t all that pretty).

Despite so much inattention to details, my parents’ long time friends said that they were blessed by the ceremony, and the words that were shared by the pastor, who exalted Christ as the author of marriage. He also taught beautifully about the God-given roles of husband and wife.   Maybe they liked that we sang a hymn because we wanted to exalt God’s faithfulness to us.  They were blessed.  And we were able to enjoy our day and still laugh that I repeated the words of the officiant to “take Kurt as my lawfully wedded wife”.  We didn’t particularly care (or notice) if something didn’t go just as planned (well, my mom’s plan).

Buried somewhere in Kurt’s and my youthful exuberance and irresponsibility was a kernel of something noble.  Both Kurt and I had minds and hearts centered on something more significant than the external beauty of the day.  We wanted most of all to exalt Christ and make Him known.  I think, in part, we accomplished that, while we can’t exactly take any credit for it.

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There’s the cake smashing!

I am so thankful that I didn’t miss the fun of having cake smashed into my perfectly made-up face (and hair and eyebrows, thank you Kurt).  I’m so glad that I didn’t get so caught up in the details of the program that I couldn’t have a sense of humor when the pastor messed up the vows.   I am grateful too that when I almost burned down the church when my dress caught on the base of the candlestick while exiting down the aisle- we all just laughed while my grandpa caught the stick, and someone “unstuck” my dress.  And we lived.  And we got married.  And we are still married, 17 years and six kids later.  God is good.

My Trip Home & Some Reflections on Our Business

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We are back!…Well, I am back!  Maffrine never left.  Sorry that I have been MIA the past two weeks.  I went home to LA to be with my sister, who is on bed rest.  I thought I would be able to keep up with writing because my impression was that we would be watching movies and TV shows all day.  You know, since she isn’t suppose to move around so much.

Buuut….I get there, and it turned out that my unable-to-sit-still sister decided that we would purge my parents house of 18 YEARS of clutter!!  That’s right, 1-8. We donated over 2 van-fulls of items.  Who knew we had a fireplace behind all those boxes?!  Oh, and did I mention that my parents were away on vacation and were clueless of what we were doing?  Needless to say, we gave them a “Surprise!” moment when they returned.  Thankfully, they were grateful and not mad.  And we had some fun along the way.  ;D

In the midst of the busyness, I found one day to work on our business with Maffrine…and I mean IN THE SAME PHYSICAL ROOM!  Yay!  For those of you who don’t know, Maffrine and I live on opposite ends of the country.  We normally conduct business over Skype each week.  However, during my stay in LA last week, I got to visit her and baby Joelle.

Maffrine blessed me with her amazing cooking skills by making curry and chicken katsu for lunch.  Yum yum yum!  I changed the baby’s diaper a few times.  Then, we started working.

I got to touch our hardcore printer and learn how to hand-cut, -score, and -fold our cards.  The two of us collaborated on our second wedding card as well as on a new line of products (Coming soon!  We promise!).

We also took the opportunity to discuss future opportunities for Intwine Paperie.  You see, we have officially concluded our first quarter.  It has been 3 months since we opened our Etsy shop.  The following are just a few thoughts we had as we looked back on those 3 months.

1. We are extremely encouraged by the support of our friends and customers.

We thank you for your business, your words of kindness, your enthusiasm for our mission, and, most importantly, your prayers.  We CANNOT do any of this without you!

2. Working with each other has been beyond expectations!

We truly enjoy being partners.  Not only do our talents complement each other, we strengthen and sharpen one another spiritually, emotionally, and artistically.  We praise God for bringing us together!

3. Balancing priorities is hard but worth it.

At the onset, we have dedicated ourselves to keep our families as priority over our business.  As a result, our design process has been slow.  We have had to learn patience and discipline, and our business has definitely been put on hold many times.  However, we see the benefits of keeping the first things first each time our husbands come home from work and baby Joelle bursts in giggles.

4. This is God’s ministry.

Maffrine and I, from the beginning, wanted Intwine Paperie to be a ministry of encouragement – from our designs, to our blog, to our mission of spurring others to love one another more, to the actual act of giving one of our cards to someone.  We realize, though, this ministry is not about us or even about you.  It’s about God, and He will work through this ministry as He sees fit even if its reach does not seem to stretch very far at the moment.

5. While business has not been as busy as we had hoped, we understand that Intwine is still a baby, and we will continue to nurture it and trust in God’s timing.

Meanwhile, we asked ourselves, “What are some ways that we can continue to build our business?”  Continue to design cards.  Create other kinds of novelty goods.  Branch out to other types of social media.  Reach out to retail stores.

As we reflect on the past 3 months and plan for the future, I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9.

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Please pray with us as we continually submit Intwine Paperie to God’s will and eagerly await to see how He will use it for His glory.