Fog, Work & a Tree

It is a marvelous thing to have work to do. All day long the fog has hovered outside my window as I have had the privilege of completing another full day of designing drafts for various projects and people. The fog actually brings a comfort to sitting and working all day. I do not feel as if I missed anything by not going outside. Nor, do I feel stuck indoors, I find myself thankful to be cozy inside. In fact, it may be a new record, my son has not even requested to go outside once today. It must be a cozy indoor day.

My workspace is filled with the smell of fresh pine thanks to a beautiful, very thick 8′-4″ Frasier fir standing in the living room. I do not think we have ever had a nicer Christmas tree. I think I work in the best office one could ask for.

So, as orders are filled for Christmas Countdown cards, Christmas cards are designed to bring hope to others, and marketing materials for small businesses are organized to bring information to clients, I am grateful to have such incredible blessings. Lots of work to be done, cozy foggy weather outside, and a beautiful tree (that will one day have decorations) to work beside.

May the goal of December be to remember all the blessings recounted last week at Thanksgiving and turn them into blessing for others. Enjoy the start to another wonderful season of giving!


17 days and counting…

Anticipation!! It is such a great gift. It is so much fun to think about good things that are coming and plan for the fun to be had! One of the things that I am so excited about is Thanksgiving!!! I was even more excited when I went in to Target last night and saw Thanksgiving decorations! One more reason to shop at Target. : )

Thanksgiving is so much fun and so relaxing! I really, REALLY like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching football and looking through newspaper ads and cooking turkey. I actually think the whole of weekend of Thanksgiving is a holiday. Thanksgiving is four days of spending time together and remembering all that we have to be thankful for – I love it!

I am a bit behind in my Thanksgiving decorations, but I am hopeful to have everything up and ready to go by the end of the week – complete with a cornucopia. The week gets to conclude with a neighborhood fall block party… there is always a great reason to party and get to know people. How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?


I hope that you are looking forward to Thanksgiving and counting your blessings… we have so much to be thankful for!

Party time!


Parties are great! Every week generally has a reason to celebrate and summer has the most birthdays – so plan a party, throw a BBQ, have a block party or invite the relations over! Here are a few party entertainment/mingle ideas I have found and/or used. If you would like print invitations or even just a fun custom graphic for your email invitation – just let LeA’Tev know! We would love to serve you.

1. Have a board(s) where guests can write comments – if it is someone’s birthday… they can write to the guest of honor. If it is a reunion perhaps they note a memory. Is it just a fun get together – then pick a random question or two for people to answer?

2. Do you have trivia games that really just do not get played very often? Well, if it is a DVD trivia game pull out the disc and just leave it running on the TV (most of them have a continuous play or party format on them). Or just pull out the box of trivia cards as conversation starters. (This is a great idea for table centers at a wedding or large events where people who may not know each other well are at the same table.)

3. Keep a stack of games where anybody can grab one to play. And do not forget to throw in crazy house rules for people to try out!

4. Sometimes a great playlist is fantastic background, but other times a movie as background noise is kind of fun, especially if it is an older film from your childhood or is a silly movie with a pop-up trivia track. The 1960’s “The Batman Movie” or the “Back to the Future” movies are great party background… they are fairly neutral to everyone’s tastes, have trivia tracks, and are nostalgic for the 25+ crowd.

5. Have you ever had an ice cream buffet?!! Simply have everyone bring a small container of there favorite ice cream and you can provide a smorgasbord toppings. It is fun to try a world of different flavors.


6. So a classic summer party is an outdoor cinema. Pull out your lawn chairs, notify your neighbors (just to be courteous!) and obtain, beg or borrow a projector and small speakers. There is nothing like a drive-in in your own backyard.



7. Take a party group on the road. There are lots of interesting things to see in every corner of our country. So what it unique in your town?


In Des Moines try hosting a party at Union Park and ride the carousel! In northern Illinois? Host a party that includes time at the Lockwood Observatory – open to the public every second and fourth Sundays of the month. In Worthington, Minnesota, try a progressive dinner combined with a walk around the lake. Just make use of the parks along the way and pick one to end with a great desert and social hour. Overall, make the most of the fun things that you have around you!

8. Pick an era, send out the invites, and have a costume competition!

9. Party with a cause! Gather to send letters to Representatives to free the slaves around the world and in our own backyard. Have a group garage sale & BBQ to help a family in need or raise funds for an adoption.

10. Have a garden party – eat only things that people have grown in their garden (or in a friend’s garden)!

11. Just have fun & enjoy people! The only things in life that matter are your relationship with God and your relationships with people. Nothing else will last!






Graphic Design Process

What is it like to work with LeA’Tev? Personal, fun and finished with a design that reflects you well.

Now, specifically what is it like to complete a graphic design project – a wedding stationery suite, a custom invitation, personalized photo book, etc.

Step 1: An initial meeting! Whether by phone, chat, email, or face-to-face the goal of the initial consultation is…

  • To establish your goals, objectives, and wants.
  • To learn your style and what it is that you desire.
  • To set the budget so that every design and suggestion stays within allotment.
  • To set the schedule, so we each know where to start when.

This step often assigns homework to each of us! If there are key pieces for your event that need to be sent to us for ideas, matching, or use in final designs – this information is requested at Step 1. In turn, we will send any additional information that you may need – paper samples, etc. In every process, except letterpress, colors can be matched to your exact liking.

Step 2: Initial proofs for the project are sent! This is generally one of the most exciting steps. Options will be sent to you for initial review. The options incorporate the desires that were initially expressed and act as a springboard to narrow and begin the final designs. Below are two sets of initial wedding stationery proofs for two different brides.

JasonEsther Ideas

Mason-Bolte Drafts

Step 3: This step can be quick or take several communications back and forth, but the end result is the same – the design is tweaked, set, and detailed to reflect you!

Haldik3 Bolte_MasonShelton

Step 4: Every necessary detail is added and reviewed. Maps are drawn, directions are added, special instructions, or any other detail or information is added and reviewed. In other words, we all get very detailed and when you have signed off for the final time….


Step 5: We go to print! In general, two weeks are allotted for printing, but dependent on paper stock and printer availability, orders can be ready to ship in as little as 1 business day. In setting the schedule upfront, sufficient time is set aside to insure printing and delivery on time.

Would you like to learn more? See what others have thought of working with LeA’Tev.

Call or email – I would love to talk with you!

Heather Haxton

(515) 447-5974,