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Giveaway: ‘Thanks for a GREAT First Year!’

Update: Thank you to everyone who entered our One Year Anniversary Giveaway! The winner of this giveaway is Carly Minsterman! Congratultions, Carly! Please email us at hello@dear-june.com to claim your prize. 

Hi everyone!

To wrap up our week of celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary (check here, here and here if you missed our other posts!) we’re hosting our first GIVEWAY!

That’s right! One lucky winner will receive 50 FREE Save-the-Dates from Dear June! All of our projects are custom-designed, so these Save-the-Dates will be unique to your wedding. Be sure to pass this link along to any friends who are getting married! Here are the details:

  • PRIZE: 50 Free Save-the-Dates
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post beginning with “First Year Giveaway”
  • TELL US: your wedding color combination!
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, July 4, 2013
  • RULES & REGS: One entry person is permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Friday as an update to this post. Don’t forget to check back on Friday!
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Our Goals for Year 2

As we celebrate our first year coming to a close, we’re excited to look ahead to our second year!

Here are some goals we have set for ourselves for the next 12 months:

1. Work with more clients: We’ve had so much fun working with our clients this past year! We can’t wait to work on new projects and meet more people in the coming year- after all, our clients are the reason we started Dear June!

2. Get published: We’d love to have our designs featured on other blogs and in magazines!

3. Build more industry relationships: We’ve already started working with some wedding planners and photographers in the area, and we’ve really enjoyed the relationships we’ve built thus far! For our second year we’d love to spend time cultivating these relationships.

4. Post more photos: We are going to be better about sharing photos of our projects with you! We plan to make it a point to improve our photo-sharing on Facebook, Instagram and here on the Blog! Hold us to it 😉

So there you have it-the 4 goals that will be guiding our second year in business! Cheers!

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The first year in review!

As we mentioned Monday, we’re celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Dear June this week!

We’ve had such a great year and we thought it would be fun to put together a little archive of the high points of the year! After reminiscing about the last 12 months, we came up with this ‘yearbook’ post–we think it’ll be so fun to have this ‘year in review’ to look back on in years to come.  Hope you enjoy!

 Let’s start with the things we checked off our goals list this year:

We hosted 3 really fun parties to celebrate life and showcase our paper details:

We held 2 photo shoots of our projects (shout outs to Jillian and Katie!)

And most importantly, we got to work with 23 wonderful clients on over 30 exciting projects! Here’s a quick album of some of this year’s projects:

So there’s a quick review of what we’ve been up to these last 12 months! Tomorrow we’ll be looking at all the exciting things we have on our goal list for year 2, but for now we’d like to take a moment to say ‘Thanks!’ We feel so blessed to have had such wonderful experiences and opportunities in the last 12 months and we could not have done it without you. Thank you for your support and encouragement! Here’s to many years of fun together!

See you tomorrow!

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Dear June’s First Anniversary!

 

 

That’s right! Dear June turns 1 this week and we’ll be celebrating from now until Friday!

We’ve got exciting anniversary-themed posts planned for the next few days- here’s what you can look forward to:

Tuesday: Our zany first year photo shoot- we’ve got some real gems to share…

Wednesday: A fun, photo-heavy post archiving our first year! If you’re a client of ours, you just might be featured! 🙂

Thursday: The first public announcement of our goals for year 2– they’re lofty, but oh-so-fun!

Friday: Goodies for you! We’ll be offering some great giveaways to a lucky reader!

As always, thanks for dropping in to see how things are going around here! See ya tomorrow!

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Where do you work? Leslee’s space!

Hi y’all!

We’re back with another ‘where do you work?’ post- this time we’ll be checking out Leslee’s space! (You can see the post we shared a few days ago that featured my space here.)

Leslee and I both spend a lot of time working on designs, editing photos, and writing posts from our home offices, so we both decided to spend some time creating work spaces that inspire us! This is where Leslee works:

Leslee’s work space is set up along one wall of her guest bedroom. She gets a lot of really pretty morning sunlight in this space, and it’s nice and cozy in the evenings.

Leslee’s space is so Southern and pretty and fits her style so well!

As you can see, she’s created a fantastically large inspiration board that covers most of the space behind her desk:

She made it with a giant piece of foam core and some striped fabric from a local discount fabric store called U-fab. It’s filled with fabrics and paper details that inspire her- including a few of our own designs!

One of her favorite things in her space is her Kate Spade mug:

It’s painted with a chic little traveler with camels and a desert in the background- it reminds Leslee of her travels to Egypt back in college!

Leslee keeps our business cards in a precious little bird tray she got from Pottery Barn; it sits on top of her stack of magazines and just looks adorable:

She also keeps a stack of our thank you cards handy- we like to tuck a card into each of the orders we send out so that our clients know just how much we appreciate their business!

Leslee also loves the elephant mousepad that she picked up from Anthropology- it doubles as a note pad and comes in handy for jotting quick ideas while she’s designing:

One of the prettiest items in Leslee’s workspace is the piece of letterpress art that she made and framed in this intricate gold frame- it’s a type study of her favorite old-style letterpress font: Nicholas Cochin. It’s behind glass, so you can’t really see the details of the press, but in person it is really elegant!

Well that just about wraps up Leslee’s work space!

We hope you enjoyed the tour-thanks for ‘stopping by!’

XO

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Where do you work?

Hi y’all! Happy Friday!

So Leslee and I were talking the other day and thought it would be fun to share pics of our workspaces with you!

The average person spends at least 8 hours a day working, which is a LOT of time, and we’re no different (in fact, we spend more like 10-12 hours a day working- but work is FUN for us!) Being the designer types that we are, we both created workspaces for ourselves that really inspire us- we figured that since we spend so much time in our workspaces,  we should be invigorated by our surroundings while we create!

So today we’ll share my space:

Ta-Da! Leslee and I both work from home offices, and my office is located in a little corner of our living room (I have a really patient and kind husband 🙂 ) When I say a little corner, that really means that my desk is in a little corner, and then I tuck a few items throughout the living room.

Here’s an angle that shows it’s our living room a little better (our fireplace is to the left, there are 2 wing back chairs to the right, our coffee table is in the foreground, yada yada):

It’s really fun to have a workspace in your home because you can make it look however you want-assuming your spouse/roommate/pets are on board! For instance, my pen holder is a little pineapple that I got from a thrift shop and spray painted a perky yellow:

I love to scatter affordable fresh flowers in some strategic places throughout the room- there’s nothing like fresh flowers to make you appreciate life and feel creative!

Our business cards are in a little white box  in a gold tray on the coffee table with the flowers for quick access:

I am a HUGE list-maker. I’m not sure if it’s because I have a rusty memory, or because I love the feeling of crossing something off my list when I get it done, but either way, I make lists like it’s my job! Most of the time I make my to-do lists on ruined envelopes to try to save paper.

In case there’s any confusion, I was referring to yard work with the word ‘weed’ 😉  And, as you can see, it was a pretty productive day! Gotta love those!

I also have 2 good old-fashioned leather notebooks (from Gallery Leathers- I HIGHLY recommend them- great quality!) that I can’t go anywhere without! One is my calendar (yes, I still love to write in a paper calendar despite all the technology available- I just love paper!) and the other is my design ideas notebook. If you’re a client and have ever met with me, you’ll probably recognize both of these notebooks! (If not, you can see them in the first picture- they’re pink, of course.)

We order most of our products specifically for each project we design, but we do have a little bit of our favorite inventory on hand. I store most of it in this fun linen box I got from Ikea:

My two favorite parts of my workspace are my inspiration board (which you may have noticed is ever-changing!) and my plant, Gouda. He’s a swiss cheese plant and he is a perfect ‘office wife’- he’s cute to look at, smells nice, and makes me smile.

Anyway, that’s the quick tour of where I work everyday! Thanks for ‘stopping by’! We’ll be sharing Leslee’s space next!

Hope the rest of your work day goes well and have a great weekend!

XO

 

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