I recently finished up a big calligraphy job for the absolute nicest former coworker, Allison, from my favorite stationery store. It was easy to become interested in illustrating and designing specifically for the wedding industry while I was around the inspiring, fun, & talented ladies at Poême ; so obviously I was thrilled to work on these. And I think I might like this slanted addressing, too.
It is nice to see a bit of freedom in my schedule now, before another wave of invitations begin. I’ve been finding tiny bits of time here and there to work on some adorably small projects (notice how cute that sentence sounds?). I whipped up this ‘pair and a spare’ set of mittens just last week for a lucky little lovebug.
I know I’ve said this before, but I quite dislike venturing out for holiday shopping. Too many people in a hurry. Too much time wasted, thinking the perfect items are going to jump out at me as obvious gifts for people I love. Sometimes it happens so easily like that. It does. But more often I come home after having carried something around the store for far too long, only to put it back on the shelf and leave. I have to admit, for the last few years I’ve been taking a more comfortable route; sitting at my computer in my sweatpants with a mug of coffee, clicking on the shopping cart icon, and waiting for my presents to show up on the doorstep. As an added bonus- it’s so much easier to enjoy the snow when I don’t have to scrape off my car and drive through it. Liam agrees with me.
So here’s my gift to you, friends: free shipping on anything from my etsy shop until the new year- weee! Ornaments, cards, prints, gift sets, pure joy. Go on and find something for someone (or for yourself)!
It’s so easy to get swept up in the panic of the holiday shopping season isn’t it? For the most part, I try to avoid crowds and, at the very least, decide who will be getting what early on. I am behind this year. Honestly, where did November go? At any rate, it’s always a constant struggle between things I want to get done & things I need to get done. I have the winter show at RIT again this year to do some last minute creations for, and at the same time I hope to show Liam a calm & joyful first Christmas. The wreath below is a nice reminder for any month, but I find it especially grounding around this time. Find peace in something this holiday season!
It dawned on me recently- it’s time to start preparing for (or at least thinking about) winter shows already. Good grief! I’m determined to get a calendar of some sort done in the next few weeks, and beyond that my time is probably best spent making a lot of lists. Thankfully I’m good at that. Last week I conquered a knit pine tree pattern from my favorite needle crafting & sewing site. I’m thinking this would make a pretty stinkin’ cute mountain, too. I might try that next. What would YOU like to see me do this year?
This last weekend I attended two majorly fun events: One, a shower, to welcome the sweetest little girl Emmie to this world, and congratulate her super proud & beaming parents. The other, a birthday party, showcasing the work of one lovely Amy Rau of greengirlpress. She somehow found a way to make our collaborative calendars from last year even more gorgeous. Bravo! I am very much looking forward to the official relaunch of her webpage, coming in November. This wonderful teaming up of Amy and I….well, we are about to bring lots of beautiful things your way. Be excited.
Spoiler alert! Hmm, whose date could that be…
This was my evening snack last night. Vanilla ice cream with sprinkles will always be one of my favorite indulgences. I love when the colors start to dissolve and create rainbow swirls. Just MAGICAL.
For my cousin’s fiance’s bridal shower yesterday I made a custom return address stamp & a wreath with their house number on it. I used a similar technique as my christmas ornaments from this year, except that I crocheted with jute on a masonite ring instead. It was a bit tricky since the jute has so many loose fibers, and doesn’t slide easily on the hook, but I like the natural texture look much more than yarn.
Some photos from Liam’s baptism and brunch last weekend. We had a beautiful day filled with loving family and thoughtful friends. All the details came together just as I’d hoped, and we ended the evening at a hot air balloon launch at Letchworth State Park. Even though they didn’t fly across the gorge, it was pretty awesome to get a shot with them in the background since I had one on the invitations. How cool was that?! We are so very lucky.