There is a soft spot in my heart for Van Morrison when it comes to weddings. Michael and I had our first dance to a Van Morrison song, and when it comes right down to it, I’m just a fan. This was special request for a custom ‘crazy love’ calligraphy piece for a wedding card. And you know what? I dig it. That lone dusty miller leaf makes MY heart beat! I’m beginning to prefer gray ink over black ink lately, too. Anyone else with me on that one?
Trying to clear out of some cards from past years to help inspire new designs and hopefully increase production. Head over to my sale page to catch some bargain cards – maybe you’ll even snag some of the remaining valentines!
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.
New lino-cut thank you notes with kraft paper envelopes from last week’s show. Although I really love carving stamps by hand, I currently prefer printing them with ink pads rather than block printing ink. Who knows, I may return to the traditional way if i decide to use a light ink on darker paper (and have room to spare on the floor while they dry), but for now this is oh so convenient. Oh, the beauty of being able to change my mind! I’m hoping to get them up in my etsy shop for the new year, along with a selection of sale cards from past seasons. Everyone loves a good deal, am I right?
And some photos from the RIT winter show last week.
A tiny original painting from last year that I finally framed.
I’ve been busy with last minute holiday card preparations for the annual RIT winter craft sale. This will be the only craft show I am doing this holiday season, featuring several new holiday designs and thank you’s, along with some clearance cards from past years. I am also proud to announce that I will be able to accept credit cards this year. I’m making it easy! So stop by the SAU lobby & Fireside Lounge on Friday, December 14 from 10-4pm for a jolly good time supporting fellow RIT staff and alumni!
I know I’ve said this before, but I quite dislike venturing out for holiday shopping. Too many people in a hurry. Too much time wasted, thinking the perfect items are going to jump out at me as obvious gifts for people I love. Sometimes it happens so easily like that. It does. But more often I come home after having carried something around the store for far too long, only to put it back on the shelf and leave. I have to admit, for the last few years I’ve been taking a more comfortable route; sitting at my computer in my sweatpants with a mug of coffee, clicking on the shopping cart icon, and waiting for my presents to show up on the doorstep. As an added bonus- it’s so much easier to enjoy the snow when I don’t have to scrape off my car and drive through it. Liam agrees with me.
So here’s my gift to you, friends: free shipping on anything from my etsy shop until the new year- weee! Ornaments, cards, prints, gift sets, pure joy. Go on and find something for someone (or for yourself)!
Alright, I need to say this: I have the coolest clients. When I received a request for a custom sound of music/alpine/heidi party invitation, I couldn’t say ‘heck yes’ fast enough. I think we reached a nice balance of having an obvious theme, but not being completely over the top. I am totally in love with that goat & I think I got some nice colors going on in the background watercolor, too.