Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

Okay, so I know that most of you are probably anxiously awaiting the beginning of autumn. I like autumn too. But I LOVE summer and I plan to bask in the last remaining days of warm weather and long days while it's still here. Then I'll embrace all that autumn brings. In the meantime, I thought I'd play around with some photos I took while in Florida last month. Here is one. Fun with Photoshop!

What do you think? Are you ready to see summer go or are you clinging to your shorts and flip-flops?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Big News!

Hello, it’s me. It’s been a while, but I have some exciting news!

Four years ago I started this blog as a creative outlet and a way to share my home décor and design projects. I always hoped to put my designs to paper and create goodies for others to enjoy as much as I do. Last year I stepped away from the blog for personal reasons, and recently I have been concentrating on re-branding The Domestic Plate and designing my first paper good products.

I am excited to announce that I am finally ready to offer a few of my items for sale in my brand new Etsy shop.

Working with sophisticated programs in graphic design is great. Everything can be so wonderfully precise. But my artistic side craves the inexact nature of hand drawn elements. I’m drawn (no pun intended) more and more toward images with evidence of the human hand and the media that was used to create them. All of my little goodies feature hand drawn (or painted) illustrations and lettering.

My creativity is often sparked by quotes. The name for this blog (and my new design shop) comes from a line in an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem. That line kept repeating in my head as I contemplated starting the blog and the shop. Likewise, a quote I found on Pinterest gave me the final push I needed to finally commit to opening my Etsy shop: “Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!”

So, head over to my shop and take a look. It is my hope that you will find something that makes you happy. And check back; I'll be adding new things soon.

Friday, November 29, 2013

This Is Bliss!

I thought I'd share my latest design on this Black Friday. This is a fun little hand-lettering piece that celebrates one of my favorite places...home.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Whale of a Trend!

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?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's on the Bag

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?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hello, again!

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 I love the lettering and the phrase! I would absolutely put this on my forearm. Fun!

Happy Friday!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Madison, Georgia

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.
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