Oh, baby shower invitations! Some of my most fun projects at work come in the form of baby shower invitations. And people LOVE using animals (all kinds of animals) on them! The animal du jour now seems to be the whale. In one week I had two customers ask for custom whale/nautical themed baby shower invitations.
The one above was created using existing clip art (I added the bow to the baby whale per the customer's request; cute, huh?). The one below required a little more outside work. I painted the gouache background and drew the whales myself. It was fun to work on this invite away from the computer and use my art supplies again.
What is your favorite animal for baby shower themes or room decor?
To kick off the new season I want to share one of my recent projects. For me this summer was all about florals. I've been playing around with a few different floral patterns and pinning like crazy!
I had been looking for something to put on a canvas tote and my blossom drawings just seemed like the natural choice. I transferred the drawings using graphite paper and then used fabric markers to ink the design on the canvas. I can't really recommend that for this material. It is quite textured and the tips of the markers frayed quickly. I'm not sure this is the best technique for this material but I am pleased with how it turned out! Has anyone tried block printing on heavily textured canvas?
When last I left you all, the summer was just beginning (unofficially) with a Memorial Day day trip...and then I took an unexpected summer hiatus. Well, now that summer is almost officially over, I'm back to share what I've been working on. I'm pretty excited about some projects I've done both at work and on my own: new prints and patterns, designs and illustrations and hand lettering.
I want to try different variations of the "Hello" hand lettering above and see what I can come up with. Of course I will be sharing those here.
And for some Friday inspiration, check out this temporary tattoo from tattly.com. I love the lettering and the phrase! I would absolutely put this on my forearm. Fun!
The Memorial Day weekend seemed like the perfect time to plan a day trip to take in some small town charm. Madison, Georgia is one of my favorite places to visit. I usually make a trip once every few years.
My day in Madison usually begins with lunch at The Madison Gift Mart and Garden Café. I love their peach tea (made with real peaches) with an orange wedge on the glass! And their chicken salad sandwich on a croissant is the perfect shopping fuel. The best thing about this place is that when you're finished with lunch, there is a gift shop to explore. In the back there is a whole room devoted to all things cat and dog; not for cats and dogs, but for cat and dog lovers. I picked up these kooky retro cat postcards for a quarter a piece. And yes, that is a family of cats with hula hoops. How great is that?
The town center is so small that it's an easy walk to all the shops. Flea'tiques Antique Mall is a really good place to find a variety of antiques with themed booths. The smaller antiques shops along the quieter side streets are great for treasure hunting and I brought home a few fun little items from this trip.
After walking around, it's nice to get back in the car and get away from Main Street to see the beautiful homes. (The tourist information center even provides brochures for self-guided tours along the streets to walk past the most notable historic homes. Personally, I prefer to ride by.)
All in all, it was a great day and a beautiful day as you can tell from the bright blue sky.
Earlier this year I worked on organizing my studio (aka the corner of my bedroom) with a trip to IKEA as a major part of that process. (How many IKEA products can you spot in this photo?
I've concentrated so much on trying to get everything organized and neatly in its own place, that I've neglected to actually decorate the space at all. (Granted I do have 3 huge windows and staring out them is already a great source of distraction inspiration.)
This weekend I just wanted to do something different. So with a paper lantern from Pier 1 (one I've had for a while and just never found a place for), some neon pink string and a chunky skeleton key, I added a bit of interest to an otherwise empty corner. First I looped the string through a Command hook and stuck it to the ceiling (an difficult process considering I'm just over 5 feet and my ceilings are 9 feet). Then I tied one end of the string to the lantern and the other to the key as a counterweight. With the loop system I can adjust the height of the lantern (at least a little bit).
I had a fun Mother's Day weekend hanging out with my mom. We went to tiny Woodbury, Georgia to go antiquing. There are two good antiques malls in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it "downtown". Seriously, the town looks like the quintessential small Southern town populated with quirky but sweet characters from a movie or television show.
The photos above are of a pretty little sunflower they were selling outside one of the antiques malls and the other is a church with an interestingly shaped grate over the vent.
As a result of our treasure hunt, I have exciting news...I bought a house!
A little joke, sorry; I couldn't resist! I absolutely love this adorable ceramic house-shaped planter. It reminds me of a house from a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. It was sitting on a high shelf and I almost missed it, but when I found it I knew it was coming home with me. I thought it would be appropriate to photograph it with my favorite home decor books. (Talk about your small, cool space!)
Look at the giant keyhole! And that crazy chimney! This cottage would totally make it to Apartment Therapy's house tour!
I also found a vintage souvenir glass featuring Florida (my second favorite state behind Georgia of course). I love these glasses and I plan to start collecting them for every state that I've traveled to. And then I found the plant stand. I love the really simple lines of it.
So, all in all a pretty great weekend: quality time with one of my favorite people AND fun new additions to my home! How did you enjoy the weekend?