Category Archives: Illustration

glenora winery wedding

Just finished up a very gardentastic wedding suite for a fellow RIT alumnus (and former resident!). The bride requested that I include the arbor at the winery where the ceremony will take place, and gave me a glimpse into the bridal bouquet inspiration. I love the combination of envelope colors she chose to go with the shimmer silver pocket, too – the lady has got taste! Oh, spring weddings are just so pretty!





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a decidedly patterned diptych

I find that I’m often pretty embarrassed by how much time has passed since I’ve done a painting. I mean really really painted.  I do a lot of watercolor pieces for wedding invitations, but my acrylic paint has simply been neglected. I miss it, and then when I pick it up again, it fights with me for a while before things pull together. I’m really pretty happy with my most recent piece, which is a diptych that I just finished for my parents. Each panel is 12×24″. I was caught somewhere between decorative italian renaissance scrollwork and more contemporary patterning, but I think I found a compromise. Time to head to their happy new home!





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pretty pastels

My latest wedding ensemble. They will be printed on a soft white stock, but just for fun I had a set printed on bright white to pair with dual tone gray envelopes. I’m torn. I think I’m liking this cream color after all, but I do love my grays! Thank goodness it wasn’t my decision, haha!



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a big dining & dancing day!

One of my favorite wedding invitation ensembles of recent: a Sedona, AZ & vintage lace themed set. This was particularly fun because it was for my very very first childhood friend, and she’s just plain cool! I love the way the red rock turned out on the RSVP, and they were printed on a flecked cardstock, which looks great with the paper bag envelopes. That prickly pear cactus is pretty neat, too.





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Birth Story promotional goodies

Oh, gosh. Has it really been this long since I’ve blogged?  Yikes.  I’ve had a very busy start to the year, to say the least.  I just wrapped up some promotional pieces for a private film screening of Ina May Gaskin’s Birth Story.  I have to say, I’m really pretty interested in seeing the film, and it sounds like a lovely event. I was working on these posters with a seriously awesome woman here in Rochester, Colleen Flaherty, who owns her own pregnancy fitness business. Go check out Baby Bump Academy to see what she’s all about & get inspired!



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brides & babies

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!


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to our son, who is one!

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.







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family rules: a wreath

This illustration was done for a very good family friend to give to her daughters. Lots of good advice in here for raising a strong, honest, just plain caring family! I tried to go for a contemporary take on the traditional wreath. I think it’s nice that it feels seasonal for the holidays, but can be left out all year.


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