Monday, January 2nd, 2017

BEST OF 2016

Happy, happy new year! I seriously can’t believe it’s 2017! Before we officially kick off the new year, here’s a look at some of the highlights we’ve had in 2016, both professionally and personally…

My first four piece collection for Hallmark came out in January for Valentine’s day! It was so fun to go to our local Hallmark store and find my cards there. My friends and family were sending photos from all over the US as they found them.  Then I had an everyday collection coming out with six different designs that were sold at publix, cvs, walgreen, etc…

In March we moved into our very first studio! It’s been so amazing to have a space outside of the house (which we would have outgrown this year anyways!)

In the next months I vigorously painted and created my first full collection of stationery. In May we showed at the National Stationery Show for the first time. The show was amazing and since then we’ve picked up a handful of retailers (25 new stores!) We’re currently gearing up for NY NOW in February and back to NSS in May.

We had a home tour on school of styling and since decided to remodel our kitchen (coming soon) 

In August we were selected as one of 35 finalists for Etsy Wholesales Open Call. We went to New York for the event to pitch my line to several major retailers. We were one of 10 winners and now have cards sold at Macy’s in NYC!

One of my favorite wedding suites was featured on Harpers Bazaar!

We added a family member in September, Blade our sweet little puppy. He’s now 6 months old and has his own instagram @bladethedogo lol. We’re obsessed.

In October we took a trip to the Grand Canyon for the first time. My friend got married in phoenix and Hunter and I celebrated 5 years while we were there.  While I didn’t leave the country this year, seeing Arizona was so amazing, Washington DC with Cami, two trips to NYC, and our bi-annual road trip to my grandparents in South Carolina.

A card came out in Trader Joes! 

Another collection released for Hallmark in December! 

Last but not least; we had cards, gift wrap, and gift tags in Nordstroms pop-in shop for the holidays! Eight stores and online. Cami and I got to visit one in DC and my sisters snapped some photos for me at the store in San Francisco! 

When you’re working so hard and have a lot of deadlines sometimes it’s hard to stop and celebrate each victory, but when you look back on a year and see how much you can accomplish it’s really quite incredible. I tend to ‘keep my head in the game’ and ask okay now whats next?  Looking back though on all of these memories, just wow! I’m so thankful for each day that I get to continue doing what I love, have people support me and enjoy the work I create. It’s beyond fulfilling! Words cannot describe.  I am so looking forward to 2017, some special projects in the works, and what surprises might come my way.  Thank you so much for following along on this journey! 

The best is yet to come. 

XO

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

A WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON DC

Earlier this month Cami and I went to DC for two pop-up shops for her line, one at Tuckernuck and the other 116 King in Alexandria. We had so much fun exploring! It was my first time in the area.  Old Town Alexandria was the absolute cutest! 

XO

Friday, December 16th, 2016

FRIYAY + LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS

Friday happiness is a puppy, wrapping presents, and writing Christmas cards! 

Today is the last day to order holiday items to make sure they arrive before Christmas, shop here

Have a lovely weekend xo 

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

OUR HOLIDAY CARDS

 I love how sweet and candid our family photos turned out. They are very ‘us’.  I wanted to have some before Blade gets huge and have a cute photo to make Christmas cards with, of course!  I chose an off-beat color palette, my dress served for inspiration there.  I hand lettered over the photo on one side and created a leafy ombre pattern with watercolor for the back.  I used the Aubergine envelopes from Paper source with a gold paint pen for addressing! The botanical stamps from usps.com are my favorite ever. 

Photography:  Mari Sabra Photography

My Dress: For Love & Lemons // Hunters Shirt & Pants: J.Crew // Blades Bow Tie: Pink Peony on Etsy

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

BUNGALOW HOLIDAY DECOR

Tis the Season! A few festive snaps of holiday decorating around the house!

I love getting a real tree every year and cutting branches off to put in vases around the house. Smells so good in every room. 

I didn’t do a ton of decorating because we’ve been renovating the kitchen, started re-doing / fixing the fire place, and trying to clean out for the new year so I wanted to keep things simple (hence why I’m not showing you the full fireplace and stockings because the bottom of the fireplace is currently a disaster and half painted).

And yes, there are 5 stockings…Hunter, myself, and one for each pet. We’re that type. lol.  All of which are from Target. I got them last year and much to my delight they had the same ones again this year so I grabbed another for our new (puppy) addition. Must all match, of course.

 

Pre-decorating mess at the studio aka using everything as props first!

Favorite ornament I picked up this year, a unicorn reindeer from Anthropologie 

Sprigs in the kitchen (all hardware and pot holder from Anthropologie) 

(brass vase from Target // concrete candle holders old from Anthropologie // brass candle holders are thrift store treasures)

Majority of ornaments: Anthropologie (from over the years!) // Milk & Cookies and Camper Ornament: Land of Nod // Faux Fur tree skirt, stockings, star topper, Blade’s tree hat, and gold bells: Target // Curtains: Urban Outfitters // Gift Wrap: All prints in my shop

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season! 

XO