Considering you will be 5 months old next week, I’m a little late in posting this. Thankfully I took good notes and wrote this out a few weeks ago because you have changed SO much since you turned 4 months. Every day brings us a new joy and discovery… but for now, I’m enjoying taking a look back on the month before:
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!
I don’t know about you but May seems just like yesterday so posting about projects created that month, and in June, seems totally valid. Right right?
Even if that’s just me feeling that way, you still may like seeing a peek at some of the projects that came across my desk that month. Considering we were gone in Oregon and Colorado for half of May, this compilation is that much crazier to me—and of course still working full time.
I definitely felt quite crazy there for awhile, but here’s why…
First up, I wanted to share some custom invitations I created through my shop… a very festive Taco Twosday birthday invitation and a vintage western-like wedding invitation. The western invite was for a friend from high school!
I had a request for a watercolor painted wedding invitation. At the time, I was quite frank with the bride, telling her that I wasn’t quite experienced in watercoloring outside of lettering and I wasn’t sure if I could create a design worthy of her invites BUT if she gave me a few days to practice and see what I could come up with—and if she approved—then I would be more than happy to make her wedding invites.
I don’t normally work on Etsy projects before getting the job and getting paid, but for this project in particular, I so badly wanted the opportunity and to take on the challenge that it was totally worth the up front risk of possibly not getting the job.
Thankfully, I came up with a wreath design that she loved so we were able to go forward with the order and I LOVE how it came out so much!! It was a worthy challenge and I am so very thankful I had the opportunity as it came in very handy in June when I had to paint my wonderful friend Lindsey’s wedding invitations. God sure knows what He’s doing, that’s for sure.
Speaking of Lindsey’s wedding…. I got a ton more practice in brush calligraphy as I addressed her wedding envelopes while in Colorado.
I also got to design her shower invitation which we designed as an oversized tea bag with hang tag (for registry info). So adorable!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would definitely know that painting my lettering is pretty much my new favorite thing ever! I think there’s something about working digitally for so many years that has made me crave the tactile feel of painting. I had planned to paint my mom a canvas for Christmas but after putting it off, I thought gifting canvasses for all my moms (mother in law and grandmother included) would be perfect for Mother’s Day!
After my friend Jess saw all my Mother’s day canvasses, she passed me a wide horizontal blank canvas to paint up for her gallery wall. It fit perfectly and I loved the colors!
Another little project from Etsy was this Kraft paper print I lettered in white. I just love these types of projects! Create your own custom lettered print here.
How does this date this post…. this gorgeous girl is having her BABY girl NEXT month!! I have so many more fun things to share of projects with Trisha. I am so thankful she has girls that I can craft like crazy for. If only boys loved bubbly feminine cursive too because I have a plethora of the world’s cutest nephews too!
And of course new stamp designs were released! Perfect for sparkler wedding favors.
It got pretty hectic as our big road trip to Oregon and Colorado came up… between doing the calligraphy on tent cards for a first birthday party and a wedding, I also got to write out tags for a destination wedding’s welcome gifts!
The month of June started with catching up from our trip and then we went deep into wedding invitation mode. My floor was covered in paintings as I experimented in different styles of painting the water lilies. It was definitely a challenge I was up for and I love the result…
I shared the envelopes above with you, but here’s an overview of Lindsey’s wedding invitation suite. We pulled it together within a week from design to stuffing the envelopes for mailing. I can’t wait to share more of this project because it’s seriously one of my favorites. Ever.
Besides the wedding invite, I also got to recreate my most popular invitation, the rehearsal dinner invitation from my friend Amie’s wedding a couple years ago. But this time, it was hand painted to go with Lindsey’s watercolor theme.
Back in the Etsy shop world, another fun wedding project was creating these gold calligraphy, ivory scallop tags that were to be attached to skeleton keys! The official professional images have yet to be released… but I seriously can’t wait to see them!
And I think Nikki may have ordered nearly every wedding related card I’ve ever created!
But these may be THE cutest cards I’ve ever made… the bride’s new last name will be Biessenberger so there are going to be bees everywhere, even the hashtag: #beecomingbiessenberger!
While most of my work is in the wedding realm, it’s always fun to break out into birthday parties! They’re just so fun and festive!
My first project for Cheryl was addressing the birthday invitation envelopes, but then I also got to personalize a bunch of horse decals for the party itself. From the favors to the drink labels… there were horses everywhere! So adorable!
And finally a few stamps…
This set of stamps were created as a birthday gift for a teacher. So cute!!
Whew! So now that’s May and June… and it’s almost mid-September! Reviews of July/August will be coming up next!
This blog has totally fallen to the wayside as I have been trying to maintain all these various projects. Monday Musings and Friday Footnotes have been non existent for some time but I hope to bring those back soon along with a monthly, or bi-monthly feature of the miscellaneous projects I’ve been working on.
Between my friends and Etsy clients, there’s a lot of random projects that cross my desk that don’t really have a place in my Etsy listings quite yet as they are too unique or custom and then other smaller projects for friends that don’t quite need a full blog post. Or of course, an Etsy project that when photographed, hide amongst the nearly 150 listings in my shop.
Either way, I just wanted to share a few of the fun things I’ve had a chance to work on, through my shop and on the side. If I haven’t said it a thousand times already, I love my work. Love love love it.
This was the most insane month of my life, work-wise. My full time job kept me quite busy with TONS of overtime working on a catalog so lots of early early mornings, late nights, and weekends were used to make up the time that my shop was in desperate need of as January was also my record breaking month in amount of orders. God is funny like that. Just when I expected it to slow down after Christmas, it sped up to an ultrasonic speed. Thank you Lord, I get the point, my shop is here to stay.
Some of these images are just going to be the sneakiest of peeks because I hope to follow them up with full blog posts…
While I pushed a lot of January projects to the next month, one little man needed to be formally announced right away. Here’s my handsome little nephew Hudson Ryan. Will be posting more of his photos very very soon…
In addition to Hudson’s announcement, I worked on a bachelorette party invitation… which will be coming to the shop soon.
The more and more I create projects that feature my handwriting, the more and more I felt the need to create a lookbook that I could easily send to new clients for them to pick a writing style. I have an early draft I’ve been using that gets the job done but I’m working on a second version that will feature the writing style names in watercolor.
Speaking of watercolor… this is my new love. So much so, I’ve already been able to work on some fun new logo projects featuring the technique.
And one more photographer’s logo… such a sweet photo of her little one.
While logos were a big part of January, it truly was the transition month from Christmas gifts to wedding cards and favors. While I’ve just posted about my bridesmaid invitations, let’s look at some other wedding related items…
These menus and table cards will be for the guests at an Australian wedding this May. The menu was printed on Kraft paper and the white headlines were embossed, using the same technique as the bridesmaid invites.
A new wedding favor stamp was created too, for those camping and outdoorsy brides!
And of course some name tags, white tags with gold writing. One of my favorite combinations.
After working with these brides on their weddings, I hope we can work together again creating a handwritten keepsake of their vows! These were created as a Valentine’s Day gift from the bride to her groom.
And finally, I spent some time developing and adding more to my product line for godparents! After creating “godparent invitations” at the very end of December, I created a matching all handwritten printable of a poem we used last year. I’ll definitely be posting more about these soon.
Once I survived January, February was catch up month. It was time to catch up on all the little projects that I had added to my to-do list over the course of the crazy Nov-Dec-January time period. February was very very fun to work through.
I finally got to sit down and work on this print for my wonderful friend Trisha’s baby girl’s nursery… Painted with GOLD watercolor. Pretty much one of my favorite things to do now is paint with gold. It’s just such a beautiful effect.
But I think one of my favorite February projects was wrapping up the invitations for my family friend, Taylor’s wedding. I can’t wait to do a full post on the suite so for now this is just a tiny little peek.
And while working on her wedding invitations, we also got one of her shower invitations designed as well! Each of those little blossoms were hand drawn, I just adore how it came out!
Back on Etsy… another January project that wrapped up in February was the personalization of these GIANT screen printed heart posters for a mother in New York for her daughters’ bedrooms.
I also got to work with Kellie Parry on the logo for her photography studio.
And create some fun artwork with song lyrics and wedding vows.
As weddings are my main market on Etsy, I got to work on a custom stamp for a wedding invitation insert and I just launched a line of printed tags that feature some of my more popular stamp sayings.
And finally, I got to customize my glitter cards for a special birthday greeting and letter tent cards for a beachside birthday celebration (which of course took place in California so they wouldn’t freeze!).
Whew… okay now on to March! I had actually planned this post for last week but before I knew it I had my 2,000th sale so I switched it up and held a giveaway last week to celebrate. I still can’t believe that in just 4 months my total sales doubled. But then while working on this post and looking back on the work from the past couple months, it’s not that hard to believe either. But if you would have told me any of this just 2 years ago, no way would I have believed it. I can’t be more thankful for all these opportunities to do what I love and share it with my friends and people all over the world.
1. Freelance Wisdom from Kristen Drozdowski
This post. Love. Needed. Loved. Read it. Once. Twice. Thrice?
Not all work is fun – and during those non-fun times, it’s important to always love and embrace the fact that you’re allowing yourself to follow your dream to do something creative for a living! Even when it’s stressful – you’ll love it all if what you’re doing is something that makes you happy.
2. 40 Reasons to Love Lettering
I love how Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge phrased this in her introduction to 40 Reasons to Love Lettering:
As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings.
I totally agree! Which is all the more reason that I love getting to create so much with lettering in my Etsy shop! I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I loved going through all 40 images of such a wide variety of lettering, from the style of the lettering to the placement of the text! See them all here.
3. Multinational Typeface
I love this new typeface an advertising company in Singapore developed. Representing the flags of countries they do business in, they each remind me of wood cut blocks on old printing presses. Really neat to see the various pieces and flags come together into one cohesive typeface. Found via DesignWorkLife.
4. 271 Years Before Pantone
I’ve been meaning to post a snippet from this book… 271 years before Pantone came out with their “standards of color,” A. Boogert painted in watercolor, variations of color that span 800 pages with handwritten notes indicating how much water diluted each specimen. Truly magnificent in detail! More info here, found via swissmiss.
5. Blossom Type
These floral letters definitely caught my eye as I scrolled through my blog feed, but then when I saw a more behind the scenes photos, I truly appreciated the minute detail and the trained hand it must have taken to assemble such a small and complex piece, times 2+10 numbers! Wow. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy.
Devote yourself to your community around you & devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose & meaning. —Mitch Albom
Source: Em Dash paper Co
Success is not easy and is certainly not for the lazy. -Samantha Saifer-Berngard
Designed and lettered by The Everygirl.
1. Jasmine Star’s New Site
And she did it again. The amazing photographer Jasmine Star and designer Promise Tangeman just launched a redesign of the already amazing site: jasminestar.com. With gorgeous photos to display, the website vertically scrolls (y’all know I love that feature) showing off the details with top notch typography. And of course, Lindsay Letters created some custom lettering work for the site. Basically all 3 of my favorite female work idols busted out a gorgeous new project and I am in awe. See the site here.
2. Flourish Forum
I get so so excited over every single purchase made through my Etsy shop—like seriously overjoyed—but when someone purchasing something hand lettering I get so much more excited to bust out the pens and write away to my heart’s content. And I know there are so many more people who feel this way. So many that a forum has been created called the Flourish Forum. How awesome is that? Thanks to Besotted Blog for the tip!
3. Bookjiig Bookmarks
4. Screen Print DIY
Oh man, I so want to do this. Not this print exactly, but make my own prints. Oh the ideas… can you imagine the creative cogs in my brain grinding away?! Full DIY post on A Beautiful Mess.
5. Tangled Restrooms, WDW
With very limited time this week to read very many blogs, I did take the time to read this rather long post on the new Tangled bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Why do bathrooms get a whole post and get featured as a Footnote here? Well they’re awesome. And I want some Tangled restrooms at my home park, Disneyland. Complete with a stream, bridge, charging (yes charging, not changing, for phones and whatnot) stations, and hidden Pascal’s. Plus the womens’ restroom looks like Rapunzel painted the whole thing. It really is awesome and is just one of the many reasons that Disney rocks at theme parks. See the rest of the many photos and all the glorious details here on Micechat.
1. Ticketmaster Ticket Redesign Concept
I just adore personal projects… the detail and passion behind them really shines through every time! Hey Ticketmaster! Check this out!
It is time to redesign the master of all tickets.
2. First Birthday Infographic Invitation
I’m amazed at this birthday invitation for 2 reasons… 1. How awesome would an infographic be for your baby’s first year… what a great way to remember all the little firsts and victories in their lives… and 2. how in the world did this baby’s mama have time to create this special little momento? Kudos to her! [Another find] via designworklife, designed by Misty Manley.
3. Media Kits
Great article from We Are Branch on media kits: why they’re needed and what to include in them.
4. Paper Maché Maps & Globes
5. Big Brush Pen
I’m somewhat addicted to buying art pens… like every time I see a new post or recommendation on one, I just have to have it. So it’s a given when one of my favorite lettering idols (1canoe2) posts about one, I needed it, like, yesterday!
1. The Everygirl Site
You know those days where you just get lost in the Internet, going from one page to the next? Well that’s what happened to me this week after seeing a pin of this print from The Everygirl. I saved it for a later Monday Musings post and as I perused the website, I just loved the design of it. Especially the drop down menus. Seriously amazing and beautiful design so I just had to know more. After going through a few Google pages, I found the designer! Alaina Kaxzmarksi and her team just launched this site this week funny enough! So here’s a huge shout out to them… and seriously go check out the site. So many fun finds around every turn and click.
2. Gin Script
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful G’s I have ever seen… I seriously got lost in how the flourishes wrap around the word and the circle… #nerdalert… Found via The Dieline.
3. Galena Illustrated Map
And another design goody that I gawked at for a few minutes. So many details without overpowering the usability of the map. Plus the colors, flowers, type, all of it just made me really happy. Just gorgeous work with a few more images of the suite here… Found via Pinterest.
4. ToGo Burger Packaging
Apparently I did some more “gawking” at my computer screen because this design super impressed me too! What a marvelous idea! Seriously, some people are pure genius! Designed by Seulbi Kim, found via Looks Like Good Design.
5. Embroidered Wallpaper
Beautifully intricate embroidery work created on wall surfaces: wall panels and wallpaper murals; using leather, silks, and vintage papers. So pretty… Created by Claire Coles, Found via Mint Design Blog.