I ache for Spring from the first of every year. It's supposed to be chilly at Thanksgiving and then at Christmas and then at New Years. But once those celebrations are over, your bellies are bigger and the confetti is out of your hair, it's time for warm weather.
With parents who garden and tend to their yard tenderly, I'm not sure how I missed the Southern beauty of a camellia--blooming like a lenten rose in the chilly late-winter air--but now I have a new favorite shrub. I saved my pennies and bought four for our back yard to remind me that Spring and its newness are just around the corner.
The charming, talented, kind and beautiful women over at Everything Bloom have posted a short writeup and peek into my studio space. Click here to go to the post, with more images and the blurb about my process and space.
PS : I was lucky enough to work alongside these women to paint the floral embellishments for their new site! A big hug and "hip-hip-hooray!" goes to Megan of MaeMae Paperie for the branding and creative control and Zoe Rooney for the web design! XO
I thought I'd share this sweet little momento Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl put together for an online publication of Cartas de Amor! The issue is full of other bloggers and love notes from their husbands plus a slew of other goodies.
Thank you for including Tec and me, Jen! I do love him more than tongue can tell.
- Watercolor paper | I folded a scrap piece I had in half to make it a 5x7 card.
- Crayons or oil pastels | I prefer oil pastels, but all I had on hand were crayons and they work just fine.
- Watercolors | Any kind or brand will do.
Start out by drawing your design on the watercolor paper with the crayons or oil pastels. Once you're happy, start painting over the design and watch as the water beads up on your drawing. Since water and oil don't mix, the design will stay visible and the watercolors will soak up around it.
Like I mentioned earlier, oil pastels are my preference when doing this kind of work because they tend to repel the watercolors more so than crayons. If you use crayons like I did, you may have to go back with a paper towel and blot at the design to soak up the excess watercolor.
I am so, so grateful that I'm able to make art and a living with my handwriting. Who would have thought...?
Thank you to my parents who paid for me to get a Fine Arts degree and never once asked me what I was going to do with it. Thank you to my clients who liked my handwriting enough to brand their business with it and look at it every day. Thank you to those of you who've purchased prints and cards from my shop, left encouraging comments and those of you who just pop by this ol' blog every now and then to see what's new.
I'm feeling really grateful and really mushy today. XO!
I've relisted my Valentine's Day cards in the shop for you lovebirds (and those of you a little less fond of the occasion; i.e. "Love Bites"). Click hereto check them out, plus an 8x10 print of We're Better Together and I Love You More Than Tongue Can Tell.
Also, if you're in the market for a beautifully curated selection of all things Valentine, be sure to check out Terrain's shop! (Terrain is a sister store to Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters!) I'm so excited and honored that they chose a card of mine to be featured among their products!
Aside from my love for letterpress, my love for good photography comes in right up there with it. I was so thrilled that the crazy talented Jeema Keech captured Sian and Ross' wedding and their details with such beauty.
From now until Sunday, December 30th, everything in the shop will be 40% off to make room for new and old prints in the new year! Just enter code 40OFF at checkout to have the 40% off applied to your order. Happy shopping!
I know, I know. I've broken the cardinal rule: no Christmas before Thanksgiving. But you know what? This is how I'm looking at it: how fun to celebrate two of the best holidays at the same time?!
That being said, head on over to my shop to view the cards and prints or click on the image you'd like to be directly sent to. Side note: last year's prints are discounted!
* Note about shipping : All orders placed between November 20th - November 26th will be shipped on November 27th. All orders placed between November 27th - December 5th will be shipped on December 6th. Thanks!