Sam Allen Creates : July and August 2015
So It’s the end of October, I do know this, even though I am about to share July and August work with you guys. Be patient with me please… I could skip a couple months but so much fun work has been made, I just have to share!
I started a daily lettering challenge that Jenny Highsmith created in July. I didn’t participate every day, especially as we were on the road the latter half of the month but I really loved it when I could work on. Creating small lettering creations just for me, just for the sake of creating, was so freeing. And just so FUN!
Another fun event going on the month of July was my Christmas in July promotion for my shop where my Christmas stamps were on sale. Many many months ago, our bible study hostess asked me to create her a Christmas themed address stamp and I just adore how it came out and was excited to finally list it (available for purchase here).
The biggest thing for the month of July for me was working on a collection of designs that were submitted for national retail stores to purchase for their wall art collections. Seriously. I can’t really say much more about it, but to say that I was excited to work on these is an understatement. To say that I wasn’t stressed out beyond belief during the entire month of July, especially during our “vacation” to Montana, would be an understatement. But it was well worth the time spent… I just recently was given images of the showroom where my art was mocked up on various materials; glass, wood, canvas, and more! It was so very cool to see and now I must patiently wait to see if any stores pick up my designs and who knows, maybe next year you’ll see them at your favorite local retail store. Can I be any more vague?! Sorry about that, but I had to ask permission to just post here at all, but I was too excited to not mention it at all. Eeek!
And as always, there were lots of fun projects for friends going on…
A couple baby shower invites, one of which I posted in depth a couple weeks ago here.
I had one big Etsy order to complete while in Montana, among all the other usual orders, and that was for wedding tent cards, one of my favorite kinds of orders to work on. She recently shared some photos from her wedding and the images of the cards are just so lovely!
July was also crunch time to get all of my friend Lindsey’s wedding paper goods done since I would be out of town the 2 weeks leading up to the wedding day. I just received photos from her photographer and can’t wait to do a full post on the day! But here’s a sneak peek.
A good chunk of the month of August was spent on the road as I joined my husband to compete at 3 BBQ competitions in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Working on a road trip sure was challenging but things still need to get done!
Of course, I tried to keep up with the daily lettering challenge…
One of my favorite projects of the month, and of the year, was working with my friend Trisha on her daughter’s birthday party invite. I created a fully handwritten design that Trisha then stitched on a string of paper banners. I’m planning on a full blog post for this one so here’s just a sneak peek that I shared with Trisha from the road…
And here’s a glimpse into some of my favorite Etsy orders from the month…
For the same wedding as the above Reserved signs, I created these unique table signs, each table being named after a song. I’m pretty excited to see how these looked at the wedding!
Hope you enjoyed my sneak peek into my work life these past couple months! So blessed to be able to create and design as much as I do!
November 11, 2015
Beautiful work. I’ve just started working on my penmanship… not so much calligraphy, but my cursive writing following the basics of Spencerian script. I’m really liking it… I love your work!!
Keep it up!