Wednesday, August 26

fabric bowls

I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to make on of these fabric bowls!

You can make one though. Find complete instructions here.

Perhaps when I am done programming 3 websites, finishing up tons of wedding collateral for a friend/client, preparing for the semester to start and all of my other freelance projects I can make one too!

Yikes, it sounds like even more when I write it down. Oh well, one day at a time ; )

(Images from Imagine Fabric.)

Monday, August 24

my absence

Sorry about my absence lately. This summer seems like it has been one big project after another! I am busy this week preparing the syllabuses for my classes which begin next week! I can't believe the fall semester is here already. I have done several projects that I want to share, but haven't had any time to take photos yet!

Here is a little eye candy to tide you over until I can get back to more regular posting. It's a great childrens book by Werner Design Werks, using letters to create the animals! So great!

Monday, August 3

a bit of a break

It's been a while since I posted because my husband and I took a little staycation last week. Nothing too exciting, though we did enjoy a Dave Matthews Band concert at Blossom. A good show. I also went to the Cleveland zoo with my twin nephews, very fun!

Posting will likely be sparse for the next couple of weeks as well. We are having a house warming party in a couple of weeks and I am trying to get a lot of stuff done between now and then. Painting, cleaning, organizing... it is going to take up almost all of my time. So until next time, hope everyone is having a nice summer and wish me luck on all of my house projects : )

Thursday, July 23

fabric envelopes

Found this diy post on design sponge for making fabric envelopes. So cute, can't wait to make some! I think I'll add some stitching though. I think a zig-zag across the bottom would be great!

These could really dress up an office, or be wonderful to hold a card or gift tag for a special gift.

Friday, July 17

lacking inspiration

I seem to be having one of those weeks where it is impossible to get started. I have tons of projects going on and ideas for several more, yet I can't get motivated to work on any of them. I tried giving myself some time off, spending that time out in the sun doing a bit of yard work, but that didn't seem to help. I made a to do list as well, hoping it would help me find a place to start. I think I am just lacking inspiration.

Perhaps next week will be different... I hope.

Wednesday, July 15

photography help & new (to me) blog

I was browsing my usual blog reads last night and came across this post that I thought was very helpful. Full of tips about taking photography for online shops. I thought it was a great post and introduced me to a new blog: mint... very fun!

Tuesday, July 14

lighted pennant garland

I am loving these pennant lights from once wed. They seem simple to make and would look great in any backyard or porch. Just think of how much fun you could have with different types of paper and fonts punched out. Can't wait to try and make some myself! For complete instructions click here.

Monday, July 13

bridal shower invitations

I recently had the pleasure of designing some bridal shower invitations for one of my dearest friends. You may recall the silhouette from this post. They will get more use in the wedding invitations, but I was super excited to use them for this "something blue" themed wedding shower!
The invitations consisted of a flat card with all of the particulars, a lined envelope and an envelope seal. All personalized just for Laura! Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 8

nature inspired etsy finds

I am feeling a bit outdoorsy today as I sit on my back porch doing a little web programming. So I thought I would poke around etsy and see what I could find to enhance this feeling, as it is such a beautiful day here (even if it is a little on the cool side.) Here's just a few:

Tuesday, July 7

my little collection

Well, here is the first peek at my little collection of mail clippings. It is interesting to start seeing the colors and patterns that happen upon my mailbox.

Thursday, July 2


I'm just loving these beautiful cards by A Little Hut—designs by Patricia Zapata! They are so simple and lovely. I love her exploration with projects and how she talks about her process on her blog. Check it out!

P.S. I won't be posting again until Monday because me and the hubby are going on a short weekend trip to Virginia. Happy 4th of July (everyone in the US that is) ; )

Wednesday, July 1

new exploration

So this afternoon I was taking a break from all of the design work I have been buried under and decided to take a look through a book I had received for Christmas, but hadn't looked at yet. My parents bought me a copy of "How to be an Explorer of the World" by Keri Smith and somehow I have managed not to even crack the thing open until today. The book is filled with all sorts of ideas and "projects" that are supposed to inspire and allow you to open up and see your surrounding, or at least that is my take. As I was flipping through and reading pages here and there, I decided to start my own exploration. I've decided to collect a small scrap of mail everyday (except Sundays and holidays). Hopefully there will be something interesting everyday, but I think that is part of the exploration, finding the interesting parts of the uninteresting. So here it goes, I'm going to try to do this for at least a month and see what kind of paper scraps I have accumulated. Maybe I'll keep it up for longer, or perhaps I'll come up with a different group of things to collect and study. Maybe at the end I'll come up with something to make out of the scraps... who knows. I'll be sure to scan them in every now and again to share the patterns, colors, etc. that I find.

Letterpress goodies

I found some letterpress cards on etsy today that I thought were fun and beautifully printed. They are handcrafted by a husband and wife team who run the letterpress delicacies shop. I especially liked these 3:

Tuesday, June 30

Sorry for the absence

Well, it seems like an eternity since I posted. I have been so busy with design work lately that I couldn't seem to find the time to sleep, let alone post.
So I will try to be more regular, but am making no promises : )

Anyway, I found some wonderful desktop wallpapers on kindred. All beautiful and from a variety of artists. I am currently using this one by sugarloop! Enjoy!

Monday, June 15

I'm back...

After what seems like an eternity, I finally have internet again! It was such a long drawn out mess, but it is all under control now and I should be back to more normal posting as of today! Hooray!!! I'm so excited to be able to join the world again.

In my virtual stroll today I found that Helen Dardick from orange you lucky has posted some free bookplate downloads. So fun, thanks Helen!

Monday, June 1

still working on it... part 2

Well, I thought I would be back up and running on June 1st and back to regular posting. Unfortunately that is soooo not the case. So, please bear with me for just a bit longer. I hope to be back to normal towards the end of this week, but I guess at this point I can definitely not make any promises. It's quite amazing how phone and cable companies can get away with such poor service and attention to detail. I could never get away with that in my business... but I digress.

Hang with me just a bit longer : )

Wednesday, May 27

still working on it...

Well everyone, I'm still fighting with the powers that be to get some internet at my new house. I've been told it will be available by 8:00pm tonight, but we'll see. So my little blogging vacation will have to continue on for a bit longer. I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things by June 1st.

Hope to see you all back here then!

Tuesday, May 12

posting will be sparse...

Well everyone, I am just popping in quickly to say that posting around here will be pretty sporadic for the next week or so. On top of trying to get ready for the big move this coming Saturday, the internet at my house is down. Apparently the cable company is rebuilding the network in the city where I live, and when they came to do my street yesterday they completely messed up our signal. Terribly inconvenient timing! I could go on with a bit more ranting, but I'm trying to let it go since I will only have to deal with this company for a couple more days (hooray!). So I'm busy trying to pack everything up and trying to get as much done on the new house as possible before moving in on Saturday.

Wish me luck!

image via veer

Friday, May 8

Rachel Ann Austin

I found Rachel's lovely paintings via Modish and wanted to share them here too. I love the mixed media quality of the paint and oils over maps. The texture looks amazing and I bet it would be even better in person. Plus you can't beat the vibrant colors! Beautiful!

You can check out more about rachel on her website or purchase some of her lovely yet affordable art from her etsy shop.

Wednesday, May 6


Flora Douville is an illustrator living and working in Nantes France. I originally found her on print & pattern and immediately loved the cut paper illustrations (shown below). I visited Flora's site to see what else she has up her sleeve and was pleasantly surprised to find several fun illustrations and some nice photography as well. You can visit her new web site here.

Tuesday, May 5

pattern love

I found some new lovely wrapping papers to drool over today. The folks at elum have expanded their letterpress success to include a line of complimentary wrapping papers. Each sheet is 22 x 34 inches. I found it here. The nice thing about paper mojo is you can buy both 8.5 x 11 and 3 x 5 inch samples! Enjoy and try to keep those keyboards dry ; )

mums in orange


gerber daisies


Friday, May 1

busy, busy, busy...

Sorry for my absence and random posting lately. Between working on the new house, finishing up my semester of teaching, freelance work and designing new stationery & wedding invitations, I haven't had any spare time to post! Anyway, I thought I would just pop in to wish everyone a good weekend. I'm going to be working hard today doing some grading and planning some final exams. Hopefully I'll get over to the house for a few hours too and that way I can go watch my little brother play some baseball tomorrow for a nice break from it all.

Hope everyone is having a nice spring so far. I'll leave you with a photo of my beautiful lily of the valley. They didn't bloom last year, so I was so excited to see all of the delicate little white flowers bloom this year!

Monday, April 27

milton glaser...

I recently assigned a project to some of my students where they were supposed to pick an influential designer of the 20th century and write an essay about their lives and work. One of my students chose Milton Glaser and in his research found this video on youtube, which I found to be rather inspiring. Thought I would share.

Wednesday, April 22


Paula Sanz Caballero is one of my favorite illustrators, based in Spain, and I thought I would share her work with all of you. She mainly works in fabric and embroidery and I find her use of materials so interesting and refreshing. The intricacy of her work and stitching takes my breath away... such an inspiration. Be sure to click on the images to see them larger, the detail is beautiful. To see more of her work, visit her website.

Tuesday, April 21

rainy day accessories...

It's a gray and rainy day here today, and even those these are gray too, they are super cute. Just the thing to brighten a rainy day.

Alphabet brooches by SleepDreamPlay where you get to choose which letter you want.

And this gray fused glass pendant by moonofglass.

And this cotton scarf from PrettyRaccoon.

Friday, April 17

etsy eye candy

Today I have a few letterpress goodies to show you that I found on etsy. Happy Friday everyone!

folky flower folded note from dutch door press

congratulations baby (bebe) letterpress greeting card by smock paper

elephants limited edition letterpress print by ink + wit

Thursday, April 16

New House!!!

Wow, a week has past since my last post! Seems like a few hours. But that is just because I have been so busy with the new house!

My husband and I just bought a great new house! The house is a large 4 bedroom, with a gorgeous backyard that overlooks a local metro park! Everything is starting to turn green and bloom and is looking beautiful. While the house is a great shell, there is much work to be done–hence my absence. We have been ripping down wallpaper, scraping glue off the walls, tearing down ceiling tiles, and ripping out paneling. There is still a lot to do. We still have a lot more glue to scrape, can I just say what a life saver a steamer is when taking wallpaper and glue off of walls! Plus we have to patch a ton of holes (all small), paint some of the rooms and I'm sure a ton of other things that I am not thinking about right now.

I think the thing that I am most excited about is the room that I get to claim for my studio/office. It is a large bedroom that overlooks the backyard and the huge tulip tree that is back there. I can't wait for it to bloom! Anyway, I promise to post some pictures when I get a little more time.

Thursday, April 9

Sneak Peek

Thought I would show a little preview of a new wedding invitation suite I am working on. I already did the save the dates (I promise I'll get some photos up soon) and am now working on the invitations. Here is a little graphic that I am working on to integrate into the stationery:
personalized silhouettes of the beautiful bride and groom!

Wednesday, April 8


Not to toot my own horn... but I'm going to for a bit : )

I found out yesterday that I won a Silver ADDY at the district level for a direct mail piece that I designed (is also won gold at the local level)! Very exciting! It is such an honor to be awarded by the design community.
photo downloaded from veer

Tuesday, April 7

A touch of green on a snowy day

Well, for some reason winter has decided to come back to us. It's been quite nice for a while, things were starting to grow and bloom, and this morning we woke up to 2 inches of snow! Yuck! Snow is beautiful, but only in December as far as I am concerned. Luckily though, there was a wonderful little treasury on the front page of etsy. I picked out a few bits of green that I thought were charming. I long for everything to be green... I guess these will have to do for now.

moss terrarium No. 100 by madebymavis

echeveria pulidonis in vintage silver plated sugar bowl by monkeysalwayslook

growing together scene glass planter kit by LBrandt

Friday, April 3

More embroidery hoops!

It must be the week for them. I posted about an over sized cross stitch on Wednesday and today found these great bulletin boards from little pretty studio. They are called and are quite fun! I love this idea and think it would be great to have a ton of these in different sizes and fabrics with some stitched letters in the mix. I hear that studio wall calling again...