Why is it so hard to use free time appropriately? I always wish that I had the discipline to crank out a new design every few days, but sketches just seem to linger on my desk. Like this one below, many hours are spent perfecting the sketch, which doesn’t see watercolor for …..sometimes weeks. How tragic! I am happy to report that this one is finished & will be available as a print in my shop soon. I’ve been wanting to do something that feels equally at home in both a nursery or kids room & in an office or other living space. I think this turned out simple and colorful (in that muted sort of way) enough for either. I’m quite happy with it.
What’s the trend these days, 8x10s or 9x12s? What would you all like to see?
I haven’t worked on a big furniture piece in some time, and i’m pretty excited about this one. It will actually be two pieces: a short and tall dresser. They were my Dad’s when he was a child, and my parents gave them a fresh coat (or 3) of white paint for my room as a little girl. My initial inspiration was this Stuart Melrose piece. I have to say, the only thing motivating us to strip these down to the wood and sand them smooth is seeing the end result, which does make me a little giddy actually. Oh, that and being able to move Liam into his new big boy room to free up the nursery for baby #2 this December!!! 😀
Filed under baby, Furniture
This weekend Michael and I decided to spontaneously introduce Liam to finger paint. I think we both realized fairly quickly that a drop cloth of some sort was in order. Oops. Watching him experiment with making marks (everywhere the brush could reach. you can see that we abandoned the confines of sitting down) and mixing colors filled me with an immeasurable amount of happiness and inspiration. Gosh, I don’t know who had more fun: this boy, or his overly proud parents!
I recently finished up a big calligraphy job for the absolute nicest former coworker, Allison, from my favorite stationery store. It was easy to become interested in illustrating and designing specifically for the wedding industry while I was around the inspiring, fun, & talented ladies at Poême ; so obviously I was thrilled to work on these. And I think I might like this slanted addressing, too.
It is nice to see a bit of freedom in my schedule now, before another wave of invitations begin. I’ve been finding tiny bits of time here and there to work on some adorably small projects (notice how cute that sentence sounds?). I whipped up this ‘pair and a spare’ set of mittens just last week for a lucky little lovebug.
A few months ago at the RYP Entrepreneur Expo, I shared a cozy corner with fellow RIT alumnus and friend from student government, Lori Coleman. It’s a funny thing that after nearly 5 years, we both found ourselves married, immersed in the whirlwind of creative energy that is the wedding industry, & greatly influenced by wonderful families and children. Lori had recently joined forces with another local photographer, Erin Perotta, and they were looking to brainstorm a new identity for themselves. I will say this, those two have their act together! We really only went back and forth conceptually a few times before the logo was, well, pretty darn perfect for them. What we ended up with wasn’t that far from the initial sketch, which was intended to capture a bit of each of their personalities ( if you’ve seen Lori’s hair, you know what I’m talking about- this girl’s got curls!).
Lori spent a nice afternoon with me in my studio a few weeks back to snap some photos for a spotlight she did on their new identity & of my work. Gosh, I’m blushing just looking at it again! I love that she came to our home for the shoot. Being in my own environment made it feel more casual, and probably helped avoid a lot of those ‘deer in headlights’ moments (ok, Liam needed a little warming up). And they are darn good at capturing the perfect moments too! Go check out their completely adorable portfolio at lorianderin.com.
My studio buddy. Love him!
Well look at me. Getting all fancy with my matching coffee, twine, & binder; and my table, specifically cleaned off for my first bridal consultation of the year! wooo weee! I’m excited because my calendar for January and February is quickly filling up with new weddings, and it’s a nice mix of different colors, themes, and responsibilities. I like to alternate between envelope calligraphy jobs and custom invitations to give my hand a break or test out some new design ideas.
This calligraphy piece is heading to the nursery of a cute little girl, of this super awesome bride, and is meant to coordinate with a most beautiful rug from Anthropologie. It’s one of my more colorful pieces to date, and I’m thinking it will look pretty darn magnificent to a child’s eyes!
And finally, the thank you notes that we sent out for Liam’s 1st birthday. That boy makes me melt!
Honestly, I just can’t believe it’s 2013. Really, truly. I spent all new year’s eve thinking about where I was one year ago on that day: at home with michael, my parents & brothers, playing board games, counting minutes & contractions, and walking many laps around our kitchen. Who knew (we did. or at least hoped) that half a day later we would be snuggling our new son, and knowing in that moment that nothing else would ever steal our hearts away from that little boy.
Happy 1st birthday to you, Liam! You have made our hearts so full of joy, our lives so richly blessed, and our house just a little bit cuter.