Last fall, Gabrielle reached out to me about a painting of Avett Brothers lyrics for signage at her spring wedding… and then a floral painting of an H for her new last name… and then addressing her wedding invitation envelopes… and then…. and then…
When a favorite customer returns time and time and again, it sure makes me happy. It means that they love working with me and appreciate my work and that truly means the world to me!
Gabrielle’s amazing photographer, Dana Cubbage, was kind enough to send me the gallery from their May wedding in South Carolina. She took so many details shots which made me feel like I was right there in the front row during this gorgeous wedding!
If you would like to work together on wedding placecards or signage as shown here, please reach out via the Contact form linked at the top of the page!
This was an unusual start to the year for me! My shop usually gets busy in January but this year it was rather slow which left me plenty of time to focus on some 2019 goals… take a look!
Going in to the new year, I had one major goal: to create and list more PRINTS! And this included printed versions of my godparent and bridesmaid cards! Since my shop was unusually slow, I got this goal for the year off my list right away!
Midway through the month, the amazing Stephanie Weber planned and photographed an amazing shoot that featured my watercolor wedding line, florals by Bloom Theory Design and tabletop rentals by Rustic Peony Co! When I first approached her last October about doing this product shoot, I never could have imagined such beauty… it truly was a dream come true and I can’t wait to share more in a later blog post.
While I may work directly with brides more often than not, I love getting to work directly with photographers for their brides! These vow books were commissioned and photographed by Janita Mestre for her client welcome gifts! I love all her ribbon, textures and dishes. Such a pretty setting for my handmade books.
Much of the month was spent working on styled shoots that both took place in Southern California at the end of the month….
Next month I’ll be sharing a full post on this, but I have to share a sneak peek with you now! This Alice in Wonderland themed wedding was absolute perfection! Essentially it was a whimsical garden wedding but with the perfect touch of Alice scattered throughout the details: rabbits, clocks, and keys graced the grounds at Chateau Adare in Murrieta! Melissa Fe Chapman and Stephanie Weber dreamed up the perfect shoot for Alice!
The month of February started with a trip to Europe for me and the hubby! We ate our way through Rome, experienced so much history, and then Andy consulted on a BBQ restaurant that has now opened in Barcelona, Spain!
While we were gone, Cassy Velazquez photographed some of my stationery at a styled shoot at the Ebell Club!
Also while we were gone, my feature in the SD Voyager was published! Go take a read!
Once we got back from our trip, I made up the time quick making those last 10 days of the month SUPER productive…
First up, more vow books! Both sets for photographer welcome gifts for their new clients.
And lots and lots of painting… from bridesmaid cards to placecard tags! I’m so thankful for these customers who were patiently awaiting my return from Europe!
Plus these cute little banners for a Cancun wedding! Photos by Sarani Photography.
And just before the month was over, I created a free printable monthly calendar for my email subscribers! I had been thinking awhile on what type of freebie I could give to my followers and grow my email list. I really love how it came out and enjoy releasing a new one each month with my Floral Letters. Want to get your own? Get your download here.
After taking off so much of February, the month of March felt super productive as I started gearing up for my Mother’s Day sale in April!
But first, I want to share this dusty rose invitation suite from a styled shoot that took place in Washington under the spring cherry blossoms! Photographed by Stormy Baldwin.
And then here’s a sneak peek from another shoot I worked on in the month of March… This my own image but will definitely be sharing more of the gallery from the amazing Selycia Yang!
Before I get into the gifts for Mother’s Day, I have to share this painting I created for my mama friend Hedder and her sweet baby boy, Drew Bear. For the baby shower gift, I had asked for some general ideas of the nursery decor: woodsy, bears, rustic browns and grays… and then she gave me this verse from the book of Matthew. Between all of that, it was easy to come up with a custom painting for his room by placing his very name within the verse itself! I love how this piece came out so much and by the look on sweet her face when she opened it, she loved it too!
And as a belated Christmas gift, my own mama commissioned these canvases for some of her best friends. I don’t often work with acrylic paint so this was a fun challenge for me! But of course I love how they came out featuring the lyrics to the song “Beautiful Savior!”
Now on to Mother’s Day (and anniversary) gifts! Creating watercolor portraits truly is one of my favorite projects that cross my desk. Turning those favorite photos into watercolor paintings is a joy for me! Adding a wedding portrait to the mix was a fun new challenge too, but that bouquet was SO fun to paint!
Handlettering truly is my passion… many years ago I fell in love with typography, the design and the flow of letters. So when Sandrina from Rustic Peony Co commissioned some bible verses to be painted for her house, I was so excited!! These 16×20 paintings were painted with so much love!
In case you haven’t heard me talk about Stephanie Weber enough in this post, she was gracious enough to photograph these flatlays for me of my watercolor cards and tags! She has such an eye for detail and I’m thankful she shares her talents with me!
And of course, the month included all the Etsy orders that came in… like these menus for Sheila’s 40th birthday dinner!
And although this wedding JUST happened last weekend, it was in March that I painted this keepsake for Candice’s husband to be! With subtle touches of pink, peach, and gold the paper alone is a work of art but the sweet words to her groom are my favorite.
And more and more and more watercolor cards! You’d think I’d be sick of painting these but I really truly am not. I’m so thankful to get to spend my days with my paint brush in hand…. although I’m running out of Netflix shows to binge watch listen to while I work.
Last, but not least, Julia had me paint up some signage for her wedding…
I always like to take photos before I ship everything…
But then I got these photos straight from Julia’s photographer, Michelle Preau Photography… whoo hoo!! I’m always so excited to get REAL wedding photos back!!
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I always think back to this shoot from last summer with a smile… Caitlin Houser just worked magic with my stationery and handlettered fabric. It must have been divine intervention that connected us as I am ever so thankful for the images captured this day!
Hope you enjoy taking a look at this beauty, all thanks to this lovely vendor team:
Last February when I first shared this sketch of Cinderella’s castle, I made the connection with Michelle Santiago of Neva Michelle Photography. I was so blessed that she wanted to photograph a whole suite built around this sketch! Needless to say, I was thrilled with the result, and a year later, this is still my favorite photoshoot!
A bit more about the process: I wanted a vintage look for the invite. No fonts, but all handwritten! Each piece of handmade paper was painted with a blue and gray watercolor wash to age the paper and the cherry on top was a pink and silver wax seal of a crown. Even the postage stamps were on theme and I am still so in love!
I love crafting wedding invitations, layering in textures and colors and small nods of personality!
Last spring, I created this Disney inspired Sleeping Beauty invitation suite. I wanted to design a suite that perhaps Aurora would have chosen from her princess wedding, a wedding dripping in garden florals with hints of gold! And of course I went with pink, but threw in accents of blue so all the fairies would be happy!
I really adore making these review posts… to be able to see all the work I created each month all in one place amazes me… God has blessed me so abundantly with so many awesome projects and clients. I’m so thankful for Him who gave me these talents that I can share with the world. I hope you love reviewing these summer months as much as I did making everything!
Earlier in 2018, I designed a suite for a July elopement in Switzerland! Planned and styled by Loukia Arapian, photographed by Gabriela Oswald.
The month also started with an email from Tiffany Greenleaf, an incredibly talented florist in Newport Beach, who contracted me for placecards and a ton of a acrylic goodness! Side note: this was the first full wedding that I got to make the watercolor tags for! Photos by Jack Randall Photography.
I was also blessed this year by the talents of Carmen Soares of Beyond the Gates Photography. She had reached out wanting to shoot some flatlays and I sent her a TON of items to play with including these fabric menus and I just ADORE all the work she did for me! If you’re in Oregon, look her up!
In the middle of the month, I made a divine connection with Caitlin Houser just in time for her styled shoot in Washington! She was able to use some items I had made earlier in the year for a shoot that I never received photos from. I’m still so over the moon from this shoot!
The month also included getting to make these placecards for Memorial table! What a sweet sentiment to the parents and gradparents! Photo by Vitae Weddings.
Toward the end of the month, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland animated film celebrated its anniversary! The year prior, I painted a similar piece which launched my Floral Letters line. After a year of painting practice, I recreated this piece and am so in love with the added depth.
Another set of placecards made for a wedding with a custom mix of blue green paint. I’m still so amazed at how successful these little tags have been!
Along with some matching signage for the guestbook table! Photos by Meghan Mehan.
And more watercolor tags for these baby shower gifts! I was just salivating when Erica showed me these photos! See more of her sweet treats on her site: http://winkbyerica.com
I just adored getting to work on these welcome stickers for this September bride! The watercolor florals were painted to match the lace of her wedding dress!! How cool is that?! I loved when Marina presented the idea to me
This invitation was created for my besties stepmother! Such a fun celebration was in the works and I was honored to get to create not only the Save the Dates but also the invitation.
For another September bride, watercolor spot calligraphy for her invitation designer: Happily Ever After Invitations. See the final stationery pieces below, photographed by Katelyn Turner.
The month ended with celebrating at one of my forever friend’s baby shower!! I was honored to design the invitation for the shower and I also handpainted a globe for the nursery!
As July concluded and August began, I was working with a bride on her Tahoe wedding! I absolutely adored the work we created together and even better, I received all of these amazing photos from her photographer, Torrey Fox Photography!
Around here, school starts mid-August and in honor of this big day, I created an alphabet print of my Floral Letters! This is currently hanging in my office but I do hope to make a print of it to make it available for all of you!
Did you notice those table numbers above in the Tahoe wedding?? After I finished those acrylic table numbers in July, I created a watercolor version and listed them in my shop and started selling them right away! Along with the table numbers, I also listed bridesmaid proposal cards! I have been selling those for years but as embossed cards! Adding these to my shop was a BIG update and they have been highly favored by brides. It was super exciting to see them going out into the world! Available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.
Another twist on one of my current listing of banner tags was the creation of these watercolor dipped tags for an Aruba wedding!
And so many more watercolor tags were made… I am so happy with how much people are loving this new addition to my shop! The below photo is from Allison Williams Photography in Chicago.
Back in the beginning of the month, this lovely mama-to-be contacted me to create some signage and keepsakes for her baby shower. After which she left me such a sweet review!
Sam created two beautiful watercolor calligraphy pieces for my baby shower which became artwork after the shower and will, no doubt, become a treasured family heirlooms… I really enjoyed working with Sam, appreciate her prompt communication and speedy turn around. I look forward to working with her again!
After doing logos for years in the corporate world, it still amazes me that I now get to handdraw logos using my pens and paint brushes! This logo was for Plant Powered LulaRoe.
It wouldn’t be the month of August without working on a birthday invitation for one of my little “nieces.” Turning 5 is a BIG deal and I love the mermaid invitation we created! Along with turning 5, Miss Molly also started TK so I painted her up a sign to hold on her first day of school!
After working on Lindsey’s globe, I finally felt comfortable painting in acrylic so next up was painting this piggy bank for another one of my sweet “nieces,” Emma!!
I took the last week of August off as I joined my hubby on a road trip for his BBQ competition team… but before I left I got a start on the Watercolor Summit courses!! Will update with photos soon!
The month started with celebrating my mama’s birthday! So of course I had to paint her up a watercolor portrait!
Another painting was made for a September birthday… I love how this aunt chose special lyrics for her niece and even had me add the birthday girl’s name right into the lyrics. Such a special present!
Always love when I get wedding photos of displays such as this showing off my escort card display! Antique keys, oh my!! Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography
Mid September, Andy and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary! Wedding vow artwork created by me, photographed by Beyond the Gates.
And finished the other winner of my watercolor portrait giveaway from the month prior. First maternity portrait and I love it!
Oh and speaking of maternity photos… love this shot by Melissa Fe Chapman of one of my fabric banners!
First comes maternity kids, then comes tattoos of your kids names! How’s that for a transition… loved making this tattoo design for Chelsea. We left the last name a little short rather than extending that last letter to allow room for a third name, Lord willing! Loved that idea!
More watercolor tags… these were used for a rehearsal dinner to be tied to bottles of hot sauce! It was a crab boil in North Carolina! I love spicy food and wish I could have gone!
Remember that Mermaid invite above for Miss Molly’s birthday? Well when I forgot to get her a card, I painted her up a gift bag. So in love.
And finally, the month ended with a styled shoot planned by Jessica Schmuckle for Styled Sheets Across America! Love how they used my handlettered fabric hanging as a table runner! Photo by Trudy Moylan.
If you got this far, I want to say thank you for reading and sharing in my work! Have any questions, drop me an email or leave a comment below! Thanks for your support! Will be posting Part 4 soon, it’s a big one!
As I thought over my One Little Word for 2019, I kept thinking of my word for last year which was FOCUS. I’m tempted to just rephrase that with having my word be REFOCUS as I don’t think I fully focused in on the year as much as I wanted. I still feel rather scattered and split… am I a wedding calligrapher or painter of personalized wall decor? And why can’t I be both?
So while I wrestled with this… I saw the word “refine” and being drawn to it, I had to look up its exact meaning:
remove impurities or unwanted elements
to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions
And when I read that, it resonated me with on a few levels. One of which is my spiritual life which has had a great awakening these past few months as my family and I got back into going to church and LOVING it. My soul was so thirsty for the Word for so long, for years even, so I love how refined can be defined by the action of making something pure or improved by pruning.
But then on the business level, all this past year I struggled with letting go of avenues of design that just didn’t fit me anymore. Or that have run their course. For example, one of my first big product booms of my shop were my embossed cards. Each one was handwritten with a special kind of ink and then dusted with powder and then heat embossed. I went from selling hundreds a month to less than a hundred a year. To sell one at a time, was just a pain to pull out all the supplies so I made the decision to just remove them completely from my shop. And it felt GREAT. It is time to move on.
In an aim to not make this post too lengthy, my point is this: I plan to work similarly to last year, focused in, but continue to make refinements along the way. Some changes will be subtle while others may be larger in nature.
I have always given the reins of my work to God and just tended to the work I have been given with the talents God has blessed me with. So I am excited to see where He takes me this year.
Do you choose a word for each year?! I would love to know, tell me all about it in the comments!
Amongst other Southern California summer weddings, like this one (images by Vacay Photo):
And then finally, without knowing what was to come, I painted this fanart for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’s anniversary… the painting that planted the seed for many more watercolor floral letters.
August continued with even more paintings! Not only were individual letters created, I also created a brand new theme using evergreen branches for a last name sign, celebrating my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary!
And another new theme was created for a unique commission, celebrating a couple who got married in Key West, Florida!
And then my first—of many—floral family name signs! Eeek!
And to close the month, one more floral painting!
September was one very busy month! It started with painting up a bridal shower invitation and envelopes…
In the middle of September, Andy and I celebrated our TEN year wedding anniversary. So of course I had to paint out our own personal vows before we left for a short weekend getaway.
Not only did I paint my own vows, but I also worked on this giant pair of 16×20 wedding vows that have now made their home in Ireland!
And not only did these large paintings of vows cross the Atlantic but so did this last name sign!
More watercolor floral letters were made too of course, this is one of my all time favorites!
Also included this month, to celebrate my friend’s new home, we worked on this handpainted family sign! Congrats Jess!
The month ended with the biggest, loudest and craziest party ever!
The month started with this GORGEOUS wedding in northern California. I loved getting to create these tags for each guest with gold watercolor paint! See more of this beautiful wedding here, photographed by Kirsten Wiemer.
A HUGE highlight of the year was getting to work on my first styled wedding shoot! The creativity was surging throughout the Estate on Second venue in Santa Ana, California! I am only posting this one single sneak peek, taken by Harper and Grace Photography, but please checkout the full shoot here.
Before going to the shoot though, I finally created business cards for myself!
The month also started with some day of details created for a Charleston wedding which I also got to create the lettering for their letterpress invitations. It was my first time seeing my work printed with letterpress and I was SUPER excited to receive their invite in the mail! photos by Kaitlin Scott Photography
We ended the month going on a trip for my hubby’s BBQ competition team to Tennessee, but before we left… I painted #allthethings! Take a peek at some below:
The cacti bridal shower (see invite below) also took place at the end of the month for which I painted all these handpainted floral table runners!
This month was just pure and utter CRAZINESS! The month started off with some agate Thanksgiving placecards!
November also included the launch of my watercolor lyrics and vows on Etsy! To celebrate, I hosted a series of giveaways… here are some of the results:
At the end of the month, over the Black Friday weekend, I hosted some BIG sales. One of which was for my handdrawn papercut silhouettes. These made the perfect Christmas gifts, I just love all their sweet little faces!
And one last note, the month included the launch of my Facebook page! It’s a bit neglected but it’s finally up and LIVE! Take a look!!
The month of December meant the finishing up and sending of all these Christmas cards!
The month also started with this painting of Psalms 23 full of bright yellow sunflowers!
And of course, the month also included lots and lots of tags made for Christmas dinner and Christmas gifting!
Speaking of Christmas gifts! Several paintings were made to be given as gifts from me and commissioned by others for gifting too!
Another Christmas gift I got to help with was the painting of these reclaimed wood signs! They have such a lovely backstory too… this family just moved out of their home that they had for almost 30 years. They used the wood from a shed in the backyard to make each of their daughter’s a sign with and had me paint a cute family saying of theirs! I just love getting to make art such as this, so close to the heart!
Lastly, what is Christmas without ornaments! This year I just couldn’t decide between these two ideas so I just went with a few of each! Plus finishing up the ornaments made from my son’s first Christmas tree in 2016!
The owner of Events by the Cea and I first met when I snuck behind the scenes at Kara’s wedding (link) to photograph some of the pieces I worked on. Shortly thereafter I emailed her asking if she had any styled wedding shoots in the works that I could collaborate on and luckily she was just starting to plan one for that fall!
I was so thankful for my first opportunity to work on a styled shoot (a mock-wedding photoshoot for wedding vendors to collaborate on to showcase their talents). And because it was local to me, I was able to attend the shoot too! The creative energy at the shoot was tangible! I soaked it all up and learned so much watching Christina and her team work their magic on decorating tablescapes, interiors, and floral installations.
Just wanted to pop in on this lovely Valentine’s Day and share some of my favorite photos from this styled shoot I got to collaborate on last month! Katie Hammond gathered quite the team of vendors, models and even a horse to all come together for such a gorgeous set up! My favorite part would be the reception table surrounded by the draped white linens making a nice secluded and romantic area for dinner, however the ceremony floral circle backdrop would be a close second!
This was my first styled shoot that I’ve participated in with multiple photographers. It’s so amazing to see everyone’s different perspectives of the same subject! Between the different angles and the post editing, each photographer created such unique pieces of art, moments captured in time forever…