oh what fun!

2015 was quite a fun year…i mean how could it not be with a toddler running around? i learned that while raising a baby, everything turns into a game. so when it came time to design our yearly holiday card, i decided to incorporate that too.

here’s our holiday card game board packed with highlights and illustrations from our year. wishing all the best to in this new year…which geez, has a month already flown by?

true courage

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the wonderful wizard of oz is one of my favorite books (and movies) and has been since i was a kid. here’s one of the best quotes from the book:

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

this calendar is dedicated to all my  friends who have demonstrated true courage this year whether they were battling cancer, volunteering at refugee camps in greece/macedonia, or just trying to raise an awesome kid. you all inspire me to live fully and be better.

drawing of the week: tiger swallowtail

did you know that virginia has a designated state insect? i stumbled upon this beautiful butterfly and was captivated by its color and pattern. after doing a little research, i discovered that it was the tiger swallowtail and was indeed designated as a virginia state symbol along with the cardinal, dogwood, and foxhound.

tiger swallowtail

best news is, this giclee print is going up for a raffle at our town’s local holiday craft fair coming up in less than 2 weeks! hope to see you there!

i’m back!

so, it’s obviously been a while since i’ve blogged…but i’m back! my excuse? i had a baby last summer and life our new little man has been keeping me on my toes every since he was born. he is now almost 10 months old and developing quite the little personality–he’s gregarious, loves animals, and thinks i’m the funniest person on the planet. as he gets older and is able to interact more and more with his world, i decided that it’s time to lead by example and teach him about generosity, selflessness, humility, and compassion by committing to 50 days of kindness!

today started my journey of 50 days of performing random acts of kindness to enrich my community, but also to teach my son what it means to be a citizen and member of such an awesome city/country/world. and okay, this is not directly printing or studio related, but let’s be honest, my life is about so much more than paper these days!

my only hope is that the recipients smile a little brighter and that these acts might inspire your own acts of kindness in your community!

day 1: delivered 50 homegrown peonies to our local hospital for new moms and babies born this day! (i had to wait overnight for the buds to fully open, so worth the wait)

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spring: a fresh start + giveaway

**update, congratulations to sarah–you’re walking away with a new set of personal stationery! be sure to check out your inbox today for more details.

it’s officially spring! it’s great to see people walking around outside, the leaves starting to bud, and flowers starting to pop up in the yard.

i don’t know about you, but finally being able to emerge from winter hibernation has totally put me into spring cleaning mode. we’ve already cleared out our closet (mainly because we’re doing some major bedroom renovation), we’re in process of purging our bookshelves, and i vacuumed and polished the flooring in our entire house this morning. and with all this household cleaning, don’t you deserve a fresh start to your stationery as well?

who doesn’t love getting real mail these days…and not just another bill. in honor of spring, all 1 color letterpress printed stationery is ON SALE (until the end of april)! that means you get 50 letterpress printed cards + printed envelopes for $100! that’s only $2 per set, made just for you.

spring sale

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AND what’s even better, i’m giving away a FREE set of 50 to 1 very lucky person…just leave a comment on this post telling me anything about spring. Make sure you comment before March 28th, and I’ll email the random winner to discuss details.

classic and timeless

we are continuously drawn the timeless aesthetic found in classic designs. the clean lines and ‘simplicity’ create a seemingly effortless beauty…think about all those mid century modern pieces of furniture. but the simplest things are often the hardest to create because your eyes are not distracted by a bunch of fluff and the details really matter. last fall, i had the opportunity to work with siobhan and raleigh (2 of more nearest and dearest friends) to create a complete suite that tied into their virginia vineyard wedding.

siobhan and raleigh wanted to create a feeling of elegance with a touch of fun. they wanted to be able to look back at the paper suite on their 50th anniversary and still love every part of it. imagine our parents’ generation looking through wedding photos today laughing at permed hair, baby blue tuxes, and billowing/poufy (long) sleeves…one of a wedding couples biggest fears. and yes, my parents had all of the above in their wedding album.

the invitations were simple without too much ornament or fuss. i worked with bon and raleigh to choose complimentary fonts that would embody their elegant yet fun personalities. we included their wreath/seal ‘monogram’ on the reply card (and also many day of materials) and added the spunk on the illustrated map.

Raleigh & Siobhan Wedding

photo credit: kate mcgee photography

i was so thrilled to be a part of their big day and am just sorry it’s taken me so long to finally create this blog post!