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?
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!
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 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)!
In the spirit of the online shopping spree tomorrow, I will be having a sale in my etsy shop for 25% off! Head on over, see if there’s something to bring joy to your world, and save money while you’re at it. win win win! Redeem the code below – good for Monday 11/26 only.
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.
This week, Liam got a little blister on his toe from all the jolly jumper excitement. Not a moment too soon, I decided he needed some shoes to wear (they will likely help him hop to unprecedented heights). The pattern is from Twirlybird on etsy, and was so easy to follow. I made them out of some denim I had from a pair of old jeans. I am dying to make her hightop boot pattern, too. That little boy might need a few pairs of each!
One of my newest wedding calligraphy jobs: navy ink on square envelopes. Love how classic these turned out! I am so unbelievably excited to see this invitation suite- the bride is featuring my calligraphy on the invite & enclosure cards alongside her bridesmaid’s hydrangea pattern designed pocketfold. I’ll be sharing more photos of the ensemble after their big day.
Made this little gold doily for my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. Kudos to those two love birds for finding the secret to staying happily together for so long- they just create fun times!
Calligraphy for my talented friend Meredith’s wedding, and a special envelope for the lovely bride herself.
A tea party bridal shower invite. Trying to mix things up a bit with some asymmetrically punched corners!
I’m really really pumped about etsy starting a wedding registry! I’ve been hoping to make some more printable invitations for my shop, and anticipate a large number of brides visiting etsy with this new feature. Getting married? Go check it out and register for some awesome handmade items for your home!