WorkSpace Features: Mavora Art and Design

Abby Morton the designer behind Portland, Oregon based Mavora Art and Design has been in business for over 5 years.

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Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

I work out of my home so that I can be a half time printer/designer and a full time mother of two. My main office is a giant wood table my husband made for me. I call it the Trump Table. It holds one of my printers, my computer, and a mix of items or shipping boxes I’m using that day. Behind me is a custom cut sheet of metal that I keep my current clients’ tags on for reference as well as lists, notes and pretty things I create or enjoy. Above me, also built by my husband, are custom shelves that sort each client’s materials. This helps me keep my supply ordering organized and I cannot live without it. Another table holds two giant stack cutters with custom storage for another printer and paper underneath it. Racks on the side of this table hold popular ribbons, twine, fake flowers, and office supplies. Honestly, I have paper tucked away all through my house, but I hoard it in the most organized way possible. My other favorite workspace is my blue table. It’s a low table I can beat up without guilt. Folders, tags, bows, and notepads all find their way here at some point. I can drag it out to create more space when I need it or hide it away when I don’t. My husband and I have worked very hard to make our business work where we live over the past 3 years and it helps that he can build whatever I need. I juggle too many things not to be organized. Actually, when I look around right now, I’m not sure if I should say I work from home or I live at work.

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What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

If anything, I have to fight to keep my creativity in check and get to work! I’m blessed with orders to fill and a schedule that is usually booked out a few weeks. And this is fun and slightly creative but it’s not my favorite. Being creative in my job (developing new products and designs) is like my vacation. It gives me rest and joy. And maybe it is so refreshing because I can’t do it all the time. My biggest pushes to be creative are the thoughts I wake up with in the morning and listening to the needs of my clients. Six months ago I really wanted to design a peony and I just didn’t have the patience for it. I was fighting and coming up empty handed. But when a client asked for one three months later I wrestled again and figured it out. If I know someone needs it I always push though the creative battles and it helps my skill level in the process. My clients have some really great ideas and I’m happy I get to work with them to make new products.

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What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

Everyday I wake up at 7:30am to get my son out the door to school and if my toddler lets me go back to bed I will. Coffee has been my new best friend since my husband started school and left me with the morning duties. My day planner usually will already have my list for the day but if not, I check my e-mails and fill it up. I can’t live without my lists. I’m not a morning person so I feel like I actually have my brain together by 9:30 or 10:00. After that my day is never the same. I always have a few proofs, a few orders to print and process, and a few conversations that need to happen but I am constantly flip flopping between work and my daughter. We play, read, and eat together whenever it’s needed and a lot of cleaning goes on between every activity. One day a week we go swimming together. That is a treat for us both. And when Daddy and my son get home someone usually goes for a run and the other one cooks dinner. My work doesn’t end at 5 because I take off time during the day. I usually start to relax around 9pm. Tonight I’ll be playing volleyball matches until 10pm. But the good news is my husband works hard as well and we stay up late watching Netflix TV shows and eating a second late night dinner together. That’s our bonding time and my favorite part of my day.

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Any changes to your business recently?

This month I hired my first employee! I just have too much work to handle on my own and Lora was a great match for Mavora. She is an RN and between jobs in this tough market. I am so happy my little business could help provide for her family. She helps with my daughter, processing items, and shipping packages. And maybe the best thing is just having another woman around! I am a very social person. I always used to tell people that facebook was my co-worker but now I have a real person on my team! I am very excited about the work coming in and the products I’m offering. This has been my best year yet!

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Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette

invitation by Appleberry Ink on EtsyAlong with the style of the design, your wording on an invitation will set the tone for your big day. It will let your guests know if it’s going to be in a church or outdoors and it’ll let them know if it’s formal or casual. There are a lot of etiquette rules, especially when it comes to wedding invitations. Let’s just focus on some of the main ones.



Start your wording off based on who’s hosting the wedding.

If the bride’s parents are paying for everything:

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Anderson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter…

If both sets of parents are paying for everything:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Cooper
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Marie
Christopher Stephen
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davidson…

If both sets of parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davidson
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children…

If just the couple themselves is paying:

Sarah Marie Cooper
Christopher Stephen Davidson
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

If everyone is pitching in on the wedding:

Together with their families
Sarah Marie Cooper
Christopher Stephen Davidson
request the honour of your presence
as they exchange wedding vows
(you may omit middle names for a less formal approach)



The phrase “request the honour of your presence” is traditionally used if a ceremony is in a place of worship. “Request the pleasure of your company” is used for a ceremony in a non-religious location.



Punctuation is not used at the ends of lines. But, commas may be used within the lines (between day/date, city/state, etc.).



Only proper nouns should be capitalized (names, church name, streets, etc.), except at beginning of a new sentence, like “Reception to follow”.



Numbers are spelled out, except in the street addresses. Casual weddings, or for contemporary look, you may use numbers in the invitation.



When writing the date, the days and numbers should be spelled out. The day is written first, then the date and month. The year is written on the following line.

British wording is traditionally worded “two thousand and ten”, American version is “two thousand ten”.



  • Abbreviations “a.m.” and “p.m.” should not be used, instead use “in the morning” or “in the evening” (if it’s held between 8-10 p.m.).
  • The proper reference to a half hour is “half after,” not “half past.” So 7:30 would be written as “ half after seven o’clock”.
  • Times between Noon and 5:30 pm are considered the afternoon. After 6:00 p.m. is evening.



  • No abbreviations should be used on the invitation. Either spell out a name or leave it out: Jonathan Richard Cooper or Jonathan Cooper…never Jonathan R. Cooper. Exceptions are: “Mr.” and “Mrs.”
  • Road, Street, Avenue, Reverend, Doctor and all military titles should be spelled out.
  • Etiquette experts prefer “junior” to be spelled out. The “j” is not capitalized.



It’s not proper etiquette to include registry info on your invitations. It makes it seem as if you’re expecting your guests to bring gifts. If you wish to include charity donation information, that may be acceptable. Registry info is usually spread by word-of-mouth and can be listed on bridal shower invitations.



It is considered inappropriate to write “no children please” anywhere in the invitation suite. A more acceptable (although questionable) way to tackle this is to include a separate reception card in your invitation suite containing the reception details. The last line can state “Adult Only Reception”. Ideally, it is best to share this situation by word of mouth via family members and friends, before the wedding.

Written by Teresa of Appleberry Ink, a memeber of the Etsy Wedding Team. Her invitations and wedding stationery can be found on Etsy at