Flower Crowns Revamped

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I decided to rework my flower crown designs a few weeks ago. While previously, they’d been a simple halo of wire, the new version is a semicircle with coordinating ribbon attached to each end. The new designs are a bit more stable on your head and are able to be worn in a variety of ways. Still available in two sizes, shop here and here!

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Holiday Shopping: New Mugs!

Well friends, we are officially in holiday shopping season! I hate Black Friday crowds, so I do most of my shopping early or online (mostly from small businesses though!), and I’ve just launched a new product line perfect for gifting!

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Custom mugs featuring watercolor illustrations, motivational phrases and personalized designs are now available in the shop! Some designs, like those above, are favorite prints or cards already in the shop, while others are brand new!

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One of my favorite designs is the first of several watercolor monogram designs. I’m hoping to release new designs seasonally, and this first wintery monogram features my original burgundy and blush floral elements. Order any letter here!

monogram_2105p.s. You can also find the paper flowers in the mug photos in my shop! Check out this section. Happy shopping!

Kindness is Everything

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Last week an old coworker asked if I would design a more polished version of a handwritten sign she had seen in a neighbor’s yard. I agreed with pleasure, it felt good to counteract the hate swirling around our country in any way, no matter how small.

The last three days, I’ve answered hundreds of emails about the sign, group orders are being placed in communities nationwide, it’s been shared thousands upon thousands of times on social media and an etsy store has been opened to handle all the requests for stickers, magnets prints and more. We’re quickly approaching $2,000 for the ACLU from orders via our original group, and other communities all over the country have used the graphic to raise funds as well.

You guys, this little sign is what did it: restored my faith in my countrymen, lifted me out of my post-election haze. If you’re here because you sought out this message that resonated with you, thank you. Keep spreading the love and let others know that the headlines in America right now do not represent us. Love will always trump hate. Always.

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Save the Date Season

It’s that time of year, you guys. The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air, and couples getting married next year are hustling to get their save the dates in the mail before holiday cards start rolling in!

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Save the date coasters are as popular as ever this year, and here are two of my favorites! I love that both Melissa and Anna had a clear idea of their design direction and kept it clean with minimal text. melissa_std_8433

I also designed some new watercolor save the dates featuring a photo of the happy couple! I’ll wait to reveal the design they chose until their friends and family have received them in the mail, but these two alternate designs are both available in the shop!

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Real Wedding: Krista & Chris

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Apologies if you’re sick of hearing about Krista and Chris’ wedding (or if you haven’t, check out the story behind their stationery here and here), but when I saw Sara Smile’s gorgeous photography from the big day, I knew I just had to share.

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I’ll let Krista tell you their story in her own words.

“The ideas and concepts all came together so well on our big day. The color palette of greys, pinks, and blues in the flowers coupled with the green grass and grey skies the day of the wedding was a breathtaking combination. The opaque light from the sky made the flowers and bridesmaid dresses stand out so much more than we anticipated. We didn’t mind the overcast day at all, in fact, it added a bit of drama to the ambiance of the day.”

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“The growlers filled with flowers, beer caps, and twinkling lights inside were a fun combination that added to the playfulness of the day. We absolutely loved our wedding!” The table above features another project I made for the couple: A custom coaster garland, watercolor painted to match their color scheme and letterpress printed. I love when clients include me in their brainstorming—great things result!

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This photo doesn’t have anything to do with my part in the wedding, but I just loved it and asked Krista the story behind the shot: “Our wedding fell on the weekend of mothers day, so we wanted to make our mothers feel extra special on our big day. The pin on my bridal bouquet was my grandmothers on my mothers side. The three generations of hands included my mothers, grandmothers on my father side, and mine. During the ceremony, we had our mothers hold our wedding rings. We joked that we didn’t trust the best man to hold them, but really we wanted to honor our mothers who had played such an important part in shaping the people we are today. Holding the rings was a way of warming them with love, support, and well wished for our wedding.”

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Back to my favorite piece of stationery I designed for the couple—which was totally Krista’s idea:

“Often times at weddings we find that people write the same thing over and over again in the guest book. We wanted our guest book to be fun and interactive, and the mad libs idea was the perfect fit for this! Almost all of our guests filled it out, some people even filled out two. The best part was that no two were the same. We were able to make the guest book entertaining for people to fill out, and our guests left us some hilarious advice at the end of the mad libs as well. We plan to make a book out of all the response and leave it on our coffee table to reminisce over for years to come!”

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Love and laughter for years to come—I’ll cheers to that!

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New Retailer: Heyday

Raise your hand if you live near Fort Collin, CO! If your hand is in the air (like you just don’t care), chance are you’ve already heard of Heyday, the ultra-chic fashion, home and gift boutique in the Jessup Farm Artisan Village.

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Owner Jen said it best, “Our philosophy is that simple-living doesn’t mean going without; it’s about effortlessly incorporating classic elements and well-worn pieces into your wardrobe and home — blending simplicity with luxury, old with new, large with small, fun with serious.”

And so in that vein, she chose a variety of cards—some funny, some heartfelt and all different occasions. Perfect to stock up for the holidays and well into the spring!