Friday, June 16th, 2017

IN THE SHOP : PAINTED POSTCARDS

I’m pretty excited about our new postcard sets! There are three new sets; dog portraits, sea creatures, and fashion girls. Each is a set of 8. 

Shop them right here

Happy Friday! 

XO

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

NATIONAL STATIONERY SHOW 2017

A few weeks ago we attended the National Stationery Show at the Javitz Center in NYC. These are some photos of our booth space and the new products we launched at the show! 

A gallery wall on one side with new cactus prints was an eye catcher…

The card wall! So many new ones

Some beautiful peonies from Whole Foods

New postcards highlighted in their own section

We used copper rods again for our gift wrap display, I just love how this looks and plan to carry it over to my studio

Notepads and gift tags on shelfs we made from crown molding

“Stationery is the best” buttons for everyone who stopped by the booth

Here I am with my millionth cup of coffee on the last day (and the peonies changed colors!)

A few scary iPhone photos of the before and during of our set up.  It’s so crazy how you get there and everything is in shambles for hours.  You feel like you’re not going to have enough time then suddenly, all in a days work, you have a beautiful booth!

Minted has a fun and beautifully decorated cocktail party one night after the show.  This years theme was ‘Minted meets Marfa” with all the cutest desert vibes!

Finally, we did a little bit of exploring, visiting favorite spots, and hanging out with some friends. 

This matcha and sesame seed yogurt with mochi from Taiyaki NYC was amazing

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Monday, June 5th, 2017

ALL THE CACTUS // NEW IN THE SHOP

Cactus are everywhere but they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon!  I created the prickly pear awhile back but it was a popular seller on Etsy so overtime I have added to it. Now I have a complete set of 4 prints and decided to make them into a greeting card set as well!  The prints are 11×14 and the cards are standard A-2 with two of each design in the set. 

Shop them on Etsy right here

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

GREENERY & LEMONS FOR AN ELOPEMENT IN RAVELLO

Recent announcements inspired by my Tuscan suite for an elopement in Ravello, Italy.  I love the idea of doing an announcement with a letter to friends and family.  This couple added a separate card to invite their friends to post a toast on instagram using their hashtag.  Such a fun way to include everyone and have them there in spirit.  We also made little tags for ‘An Italian Wedding Tradition’ and Olive Oil jars that they were sending as gifts.  

XO

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Friday, May 19th, 2017

WE’RE OFF TO NSS

It’s that time of the year! We’re taking off today for the National Stationery Show in NYC. I’m so excited!  These are the mailers I created this year to send to stores that we wanted to have stop by our booth.  I decided to coordinate the summer catalog because I loved this design so much. We also made little ‘stationery is the best’ buttons to give out at the show this year! This is our second time showing at NSS (but third show since we did NY NOW in February).  It’s nice to not be a rookie this year (although the show still comes with it’s fair share of stress).  I love getting the booth all set up and stepping back to admire the hard work of the past few months.  I’m releasing over 40 new designs! All of which will be available next week when we return.  The show runs from Sunday – Wednesday so be sure to follow along on instagram as I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and posting some of the new products ( @shannonkirsten

Wish us luck! 

XOXO

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

BRIGHT FLORAL & BLACK PALM SPRINGS SUITE

A favorite suite from this past year.  I LOVED creating these bright floral invitations and cute Palm Springs map.  Black is always fun to use as a background. It’s unique and makes the colors and white lettering really pop.  This were painted with gouache and printed on linen textured card stock, complete with hand painted envelopes!

XO

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

MASTIFF DOG CHART

My obsession continues.  A new mastiff ‘chart’ inspired by @bladethedogo and friends. We have more dog themed items launching at NSS next week so follow dog lovers, stay tuned! 

Shop this print on etsy here

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Monday, April 17th, 2017

#STEPFORWARD WITH FAMOUS FOOTWEAR

In collaboration with Famous Footwear and their #stepforward campaign I am sharing a bit of my journey today…

Around this time six years ago I quit my corporate job and never looked back.  This was the biggest Step Forward I’ve ever made.  I was fresh out of school, working very long hours, underpaid, and completely unhappy.  I’ve always known I wanted to do something creative, I went to art school and the only jobs I’ve ever had were working in design / fashion. I just didn’t know quite how to branch out on my own until I found myself in a place where it was absolutely necessary for my well being.  So there I was, jobless with an Etsy shop and no real plan.  I started a blog with Sarah at Starbucks one afternoon.  We laughed about it and joked about what we were doing with our lives.  My blog was nothing for a long time but it gave me the outlet I needed to share, create, and challenge myself to think outside of the box and come up with ideas.  I began painting more, taking on custom projects and sharing them all on the blog and in my etsy shop.  I got a few works published on big wedding blogs and started seeing more inquiries coming in.  As I worked harder to be unique and grow my offerings I saw even more sales and work coming in.  This was the most confidence building thing, to see people enjoying what I was creating! To be able to share my work and let it serve as inspiration to others continues to give me confidence in my craft and pushes me to #stepforward into new challenges and bigger ideas.  I chose these Adidas to use as my canvas for creating my #stepforward moment. 

 Famous Footwears #stepforward campaign is inspiring and empowering women to find confidence.  While Famous Footwear so kindly sponsored this post, this is a message I am 100% behind! You will never see me promoting something I do not truly love so I thank you for supporting the partners who help support my little blog. 

XO 

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017

HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter! He is risen.

Hope everyone enjoys a lovely Sunday. 

This highlight of this holiday for me is obviously painting eggs and putting bunny ears on my puppy 🙂 

XO

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Monday, March 20th, 2017

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Happy first day of Spring! 

Some favorite bright florals in honor of the new season. 

XO

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A FEW RECENT SAVE THE DATES

A few save the date cards I’ve done recently and am now working on these lovely clients full wedding suites!

All were creating using gouache watercolor. 

Customize your own invitations in my shop, here

XO

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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

STARRY NIGHT BAT MITZVAH INVITATIONS

A recent suite for a starry night themed bat mitzvah, something a little different for me and I love how it turned out! 

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

WOMENS DAY

 

Happy international women’s day to all the ladies out there doing amazing things! 

XO 

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Monday, March 6th, 2017

NY NOW WINTER

 

Last month was the winter show of NY NOW at the Javitz center in New York. These are a few photos of our booth set up…it was the first time we built our own walls and had it all shipped in a big wooden crate (that Hunter also built). Kind of crazy to see the before (below photo) and after and how it all comes together so quickly, aka about 24 hours to build out a beautiful ‘mini store’.   The few iPhone photos below are how scary and chaotic it looks during the day of set up, it feels like it’s never going to come together.  Especially since there are always hiccups but somehow everyone pulls through and the entire Javitz center feels so magical and energetic on the opening day.  We saved a lot of money doing everything ourselves this year and now we are storing it all in NYC. So when we go back for the stationery show in May the storage company will bring it to the Javitz for a much smaller fee than shipping that beast from Florida.  Last year we rented walls, flooring, and furniture which made our first trade show very easy and stress free. The downside is you leave it all there and it’s about double the cost of doing it yourself.  This year we got wood from Home Depot, Hunter built the walls in four foot panels so no matter our booth size (12×10 or 8×10) we could make the same walls work for either show.  I bought foam tiles for the floor and ikea furniture this year that also got shipped in the crate with our walls. Trade show life is craziness and stressful but I get so excited for the shows, you really get to see all your hard work pay off! 

XO

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

PALM SPRINGS WEDDING SUITE

A recent suite for a Palm Springs wedding.  I always love adding in some fun, quirky details…these cacti and succulents against bright florals were the perfect way to reflect their beautiful wedding location.  

See more custom work in the shop 

XO

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

A PROJECT WITH SAKS

I recently had the pleasure of creating some watercolor floral flourishes for Saks Spring wedding shops (on lordandtaylor.com and thebay.com).  I love how these turned out, it’s so fun to see them on top of images and live on the sites! 

XO

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Friday, February 24th, 2017

GILDED THE LILY LOOKBOOK

Such a beautiful idea that came to life with an incredibly talented team recently.  I was hired to photograph fine jewelry line, Gilded the Lily, and then added some watercolor paintings to the images for their lookbook.  It’s always so fun when I can bring my love for photography back into the mix, I’m not shooting much these days so I love when the opportunity comes up to infuse my two favorite things.  It was a pleasure to work with these talented ladies, I’m totally obsessed with the photos! 

XO 

Team Credits: 

Designer: Gilded The Lily
Hair: Chelsea Linde & Cheyanne Clark @ Cutting Loose Salon
Makeup: Eri Tsuno @ Wilhelmina
Photography & Illustration: Shannon Kirsten
Models: Hannah Goldsmith, Monet Izquierdo @ Benz & Stephanie Moylan @ Ursula Wiedmann

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Monday, February 13th, 2017

PUPPY PINS IN THE SHOP

I’m so excited about these pup pins that are now in the shop! Inspired by our own sweet Blade @bladethedogo 

They are 1.5″ enamel pins with rubber backings, also available for wholesale, shop them here

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

VALENTINES IN THE SHOP

Really excited to start sharing some of the new collection for Spring! Beginning with six new designs for Valentines day. 

Available for retail and wholesale, shop now on Etsy: right here

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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

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Friday, December 9th, 2016

NORDSTROM POP-IN SHOP

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so thrilled to be part of the Nordstrom pop in this year for the holidays! We got to visit the store at Tyson’s Corner when we were in DC last weekend. My sisters went to the one in San Francisco and took some of these photos for me.  Select holiday cards, gift wrap, and gift tags can be found at the following Nordstrom pop ins through the end of the month: 

Downtown Seattle, Washington

Bellevue, Washington 

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

San Francisco Centre 

Tyson’s Corner, Washington, DC

Norhpark, Dallas, Texas

Vancouver, BC Canada 

Toronto, ON Canada 

Boxed sets of cards are available on Nordstrom.com 

here, here, and here 

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Friday, October 14th, 2016

FRIDAY (FALL) FAVORITES: AT HOME & IN THE STUDIO

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Hope you all are enjoying fall as much as we are over here. It’s been delightfully breezy (for Florida) in the mornings and evenings.  It’s been extra nice since we now have this little guy who wants to walk and play outside all day long.

Enjoy my random snaps from the past week at home and in the studio.  We took Blade to the pumpkin patch the other night and it was adorable!

 

 

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Little winter illustrations, just for fun!

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Always love the heirloom pumpkins.

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A favorite Thanksgiving print (and now a card) in the shop

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Blade visiting Camilyn Beth‘s studio. Nicole and Cami made him look extra handsome!

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Last week we had to get our house tented for termites. It was such a process to pack up the pets and move them to my parents for the week, arghh! But the positive was getting to leave them there and go home to do a deep cleaning. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to clean my house without a pet in it (aka more fur dropping as I vacuum, ha).  I also did a tiny bit of decorating with these pillows and cute velvet pumpkins from Target.  The cable knit pillow is West Elm, graphic one is Target, sequin cat is Pottery Barn Teen, and the skull I got on my trip to Iceland last year 🙂

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Have a beautiful weekend!

XO

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Monday, July 11th, 2016

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS

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Some new fashion illustrations just added to my portfolio.  These are so fun to make! I do them just for fun as I feel inspired by random fashion collections and pretty prints and fabrics.

Check out the portfolio section for more.

XO

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

APRIL DESKTOP DOWNLOAD

 

 

Happy, happy April! (better late than never right).  Spring has officially arrived and I have a bright, happy desktop and phone background for you today…
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XOXO
The not so fun stuff: These designs are copyright of Shannon Kirsten Studio and are for personal use ONLY.  Not for re-sale. Please be respectful when downloading and sharing.
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

A MUSIC FESTIVAL WEDDING IN THE REDWOODS

How fun is the inspiration behind this wedding suite?  I had a good time working with this music loving couple to incorporate some unique elements that would reflect their wedding weekend.  I loved the brides idea to make the envelope liner redwood trees! The floral colors on the suite were chosen to reflect gem stones, the colors the bridesmaids were wearing.  So much fun to create. 
XO
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

NEW GREETING CARDS IN THE SHOP!

I’ve listed a few new single cards.  When I take photos like this, it makes me so happy to see how my line is coming together. Crunch time to NSS (less than two months away) and I’m still over here painting my buns off. Lots more to share soon. 
XOXO
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Friday, March 18th, 2016

LATELY : STUDIO SNAPS

Snaps of some projects; client work, shooting my first ever wholesale catalog, and miscellaneous painting for NSS.  Also, the last few photos I took of my home office before I started to pack up everything to move into my new studio space.  It’s taken awhile to finish but I can’t wait to get in there! And also to share the crazy before and after photos.  So much has been going on lately with the growing of this business, I’ve been wanting to update more but time gets away from me as I have been painting as much as possible to finish up my line for NSS.  Once I make this move into my new studio and finish up my catalog I will have lots of exciting things to share! 
I am doing a pop-up shop with my friends Camilyn Beth and Influence Style to benefit Selah Freedom this evening. Local friends (Bradenton/Sarasota) please stop by! 
Happy Weekend! 
XOXO
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Thursday, March 10th, 2016

NEW IN THE SHOP

Just a quick little update today, there are a few new cards in the shop that I am so excited about.  Easter and a few new birthdays are coming soon! 
Check them out here
Hope your week is going great! 
XO 

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

HELLO MARCH : MONTHLY DESKTOP DOWNLOAD

Happy March (a few days late as usual) and ALMOST Spring! 
I hope you enjoy this download for the month. I used some favorite flowers from my wall calendar that sold out in my shop last month…

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XOXO 
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

WORDS FOR THE WEEK

I just love this quote.  Thought it deserved to be painted and shared. 
XO
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

LATELY : SOME WORKS IN PROGRESS

Hello! I have been slow to catch up on the blog this month but I have some sort of okay excuses:
  Client work has been at it’s busiest as I work with brides for spring weddings. I’ve got some stylish, design loving gals right now and I couldn’t be more excited about making their wedding stationery visions come to life. Plus a few other interesting client projects I’ll be sharing soon.  
I am also finalizing the last bit of designs I will be showing at NSS in May.  I am so excited to get everything I’ve been working on to the printer and see the final products.  The above photos are some greeting cards in progress. Then the fun part of shooting a wholesale catalog is one of the biggest things I have left to do.  This will be fun for me to style, play with flowers, and shoot myself. Can’t wait to share some sneaks when that gets underway next month.  
AND I decided to move my business out the house (finally!) and into my first official studio space. The last photo is from painting the walls in the new space this past weekend and a little sliver of my view of our downtown area.  I seriously can’t believe this is happening.  We have some more work to do before I can officially move in (ya know, since I wanted everything to be all white. lol).  So many mixed emotions about this next step.  Growing is scary but I am so thankful it’s happening. 
You guys are wonderful, all the nice words on social media about my Hallmark collab was overwhelming.  Big thanks and XO’s. 
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

HELLO FEBRUARY : A DESKTOP DOWNLOAD

Helloooo February! How did we just let January fly by like that?! It’s crazy. 
I am in full blown production mode for NSS 2016 and also tending to custom wedding suites for Spring.  Lots of pretty to share soon! 
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I’m so excited to start offering a monthly desktop /iphone download. I’ve always loved this idea but had a hard time committing in the past. I paint lots of little extra florals for various projects and some never get used for anything, I thought I would start turning them into fun freebies when I have the time.  I vow to try my hardest to get them up a the first of every month! 
Hope you enjoy! 
XO
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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

BLUSH & MUSTARD FLORAL BABY SHOWER

This isn’t just any baby shower. This baby shower was for one of my best childhood friends (hosted with our other best, long time gfs).  This last photo above, that’s us and sums us up perfectly. Always laughing about something, being silly, and cherishing our 19+ years of friendship. Friends turned sisters. It’s unbelievably exciting to celebrate such sweet occasions for the people you love.  I was happy to lend my talents in making this day beautiful and memorable for Heather. That Sarah Tucker,   she made everything happen and opened up her beautiful home for the day.  I painted the flamingo crest and printed it on canvas to welcome all the guests to the party,  a just for fun ‘photo booth’ that I hand painted on Sarah’s dining room floor one evening while planning last minute details.  We did a cheese table with calligraphy painted directly on it, some sweet treats and little sandwiches, infused water, pink champagne (of course). Sarah also secretly got baby photos that were placed about the house on white balloons.  We all laughed at the cute pictures and wondered who Ava will look like.  We are desperate to meet this little girl and it could be any time now with a due date of February 1st! 
Their maternity shoot on my photography blog today
XO
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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

MID-WEEK RAMBLINGS // LATELY IN THE STUDIO

Hello! Just popping in to share a few favorite snaps of some work in progress from this past week.  The above photo seemed to be a hit on instagram. I loved all the nice comments about me switching it up a bit (with my color palette). YES, I will offer this as a print as soon as I have a free moment to clean it up and get a test print made to make sure it looks great before I offer to y’all. I never, ever use orange and yellow. Not because I hate them, I’m just not drawn them I guess. I don’t wear these hues much / don’t like how they look on me so maybe that’s why? Anyways, I am challenging myself to introduce some new color combos into my life (all aspects of it) this year…
 I’ve also been really into old folk art lately and have been researching various European styles.  I’m not really trying to create an accurate depiction of it, but I like to feel inspired by different types of art and then just make it my own. Hence, the above and below photos. This stool has been around for years and I just randomly did this to it last week, ha.  I’m liking it so much that I am painting part of my spring collection in this style.  I can’t wait to share what I’m working as spring and the National Stationery Show get closer! 
A few snippets from my desk and deciding what to turn these guys into…
Finally, my painting area after a long week.  It’s not cute but it’s necessary to my productivity. I like being able to leave everything out as sometimes I need to go back and forth from here to my computer. Coffee, a million paints, tiny brushes… ya know, all the essentials for surviving around here. haha. 
Hope you all are having a lovely week. It’s raining today but Florida is finally experiencing our tiny spurt of winter. Not complaining about putting my favorite sweaters and boots to use that I never get to wear! 
XOXO
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Monday, January 11th, 2016

COLOR OF THE YEAR INSPIRED : ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

 images and more color of the year inspiration found on my boards here and here

I thought the best way to kick off my blog posts for 2016 was to start with the inspiring and calming colors of the year.  Dusty pastel shades are my favorites so I am absolutely loving the rose quartz and serenity combo.  The could’t have named the blue shade better as it reminds me of a calm, serene day by the ocean in my hometown.  I will be looking forward to client requests for these shades and to see how they are incorporate into wedding palettes and other projects.
Can’t wait to bring a some fresh posts, projects, and updates to the blog this year.  Feeling all kinds of inspired.  I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start! 
XO 
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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

A YEAR IN REVIEW : 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

This year has been freaking incredible.  When I began thinking about 2015 and what it meant to me I was overwhelmed (also a little sad about how fast it seemed to have flown by).  Although when I really analyzed each month and everything I’ve done this year, I had a hard time processing how it all fit into 12 months. It flies by but it doesn’t. Time is weird. I am incredibly thankful for business growth and the continued support from this wonderful online / social community (and of course from my family and friends!).  Using social media and this little blog to share my work is an amazing thing, I’m constantly in awe that I have ‘fans’ and forever grateful for the encouraging comments! 

I hope you don’t mind taking a little walk down memory lane with me today.  These are my most prized professional and personal moments from 2015…
1. Collaboration with Hallmark
Back in May I was approached by Hallmark to collaborate…ecstatic to say the least. I created a four piece Valentine’s greeting card collection.  I got to post a little sneak peek on instagram last week. I will be sharing more on this including where to buy and all four designs from the collection next month!

2. Travels; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland
I feel so incredibly blessed to see the world. Traveling has become a top priority.  It is truly priceless as experiences like these mean everything to me. I am so lucky to have my sister who shares a love for adventure, culture, nature, and making spontaneous travel plans.  This year we conquered two new continents with a trip to Antarctica…we had to fly through Argentina to board the ship to Antarctica so we decided to extend our stay on the way back so we could explore Buenos Aires. We’ve both had been wanting to visit Iceland after seeing magical photos of it over the past couple years.  This was totally unplanned and we threw it together in less than two months.  It’s quite easy to get around Iceland and it far exceeded my expectations so I am beyond happy we made this happen! We just have two continents left and with a trip to Japan in the works for next year, we will just need to get to Australia. So exciting to be achieving this goal with my big sis.  You can read about my trips in more detail as I blogged them by day earlier this year; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland

3. Urban Outfitters artist series
This year Urban Outfitters launched an online artist series print shop.  I was asked to contribute my ferns print. It is such an honor to work with a company I love so much and have admired for a long time. Every once in awhile a styled shot pops up on my instagram feed and I’m like hey there I am…so cool.  You can check that out here, the print is offered in more sizes than I have on Easy and also with multiple framing options.

4. West Elm Local
I was asked to become a part of West Elm Local, an initiative recently started by West Elm to support local artist communities and encourage store managers to carefully curate their individual stores. I just love this.  So far I am in Estero, Orlando, and two Miami locations (Florida Only). We even got to go up to Orlando for an in store event this summer!

5. Stationery Product Line Expanding
This year I began to expand my stationery / product line by adding greeting cards, notepads, gift wrap, and more.  I signed on to Etsy Wholesale so retailers can now place wholesale orders directly on there. I have always wanted to have a super fun flowery product line and after gaining confidence from the past few years of illustrating for wedding clients and other companies I am finally ready for this next step, which leads me to my next highlight of 2015…

6. Signed on for National Stationery Show
A long time dream becoming a reality in 2016.  I am terrified and more excited about this than anything in business so far.  I CANNOT WAIT! The money for my booth space has been paid, I completed the Trade Show Boot Camp e-course…it is official!  I will be painting my buns off in the new year. I can’t wait for you all to see what I have up my sleeve!

7. Photoshoots 

Every year I am absolutely floored at the talent that asks me to be involved in photoshoots.  A few highlights were sending photos off to The Mrs. Box launch, The Four Seasons Haulalai that was shot and styled by some of the best wedding vendors out there; Jose Villa, Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, and The Venue Report.  And a French Blue & Lavendar inspired shoot by Best Photography that got featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

8. Plum Pretty Sugar x BHLDN
The lovely ladies at Plum Pretty used one of my floral prints for their beautiful robes. It is currently being sold at BHLDN.  So exciting to see my artwork on fabric! I mean… ekkk!

9. Baby Friends
My friends have been such a huge part of helping to grow my business; their advice, willingness to listen me whine / analyze / talk my ideas out, and their encouragement are the biggest blessings.  We use the term ‘baby friends’ because that’s literally how long we’ve known each other, since childhood. Several of my close friends welcomed little ones into their lives this year and it’s so fun to be apart of their joy by sharing my talents (and playing auntie).  Can’t wait to share the rest of the stationery items we came up with for Heather’s shower…

10. Playing Painter & Photographer
When my worlds collide and I get to photograph a wedding that I’ve also designed stationery for it’s just the best! This happened a few times this year with Ashley & Josh, Odette & Mark, and Caleb & Liz (going to share their full wedding after the new year!)… 

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for following along on my creative journey. 
Wishing you the happiest of new years!  See you back here in 2016! 
XOXO 

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

2016 CALENDARS IN THE SHOP!

Better late than never! 2016 calendars are up in the shop! They are each 11 x 14 and ready to be framed.  All new orders will now ship after Christmas. 
XO
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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

HOLIDAY BAKING: CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CRACKLE + RED VELVET THUMBPRINTS

OMG. If you’re going planning to do some gift giving in the form of baked goods, these recipes from Southern Living are AMAZING.  All my chocolate lovers out there especially need to try to crackle cookies, they are rich and fudgey and delicious. 
CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CRACKLE COOKIES
2 oz. unsweet chocolate baking bars, chopped
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. table salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract 
2 large eggs
3/4 c. flour
1/4 c. unsweet cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar 
1. Microwave first three ingredients in microwave safe bowl on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Stir in sugar, peppermint, and eggs until blended. Stir flour, cocoa, and baking powder together then stir into the chocolate mixture until well blended. Cover bowl with plastic and chill for 1 hour. 
2. Preheat oven to 350. Drop dough by level spoonfuls into powdered sugar and roll to coat.  Place coated cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
3. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are crackled. Cool completely (about 20 minutes) 
RED VELVET THUMBPRINT COOKIES
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
1 1/4 c. flour
1 tbsp. unsweet cocoa
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 oz. cream cheese, softened / room temperature
1/4 c. white chocolate morsels, melted according to directions on package
extra morsels to garnish 
1. Preheat over to 325. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and food coloring, beat 30 seconds
2. Sift flour with cocoa and salt. Add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until combined. Stir in vanilla 
3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 1/2 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet.  Press thumb into each ball, forming an indentation
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cookies and fragrant and dry. While cookies are still warm, press indentations again.  Cool cookies completely (about 30 minutes)
5. Stir together cream cheese and melted white chocolate in a small bowl. Fill center of cookies with cream cheese mixture (I put the mixture in a ziplock bag and cut the corner to squeeze it out in nice little circles). Garnish with white chocolate. 
Happy Baking! 
XO
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Thursday, December 10th, 2015

LATELY : IN THE STUDIO + WINTER PARK

What a busy, amazing month December is turning out to be.  I have been hustling to finish client orders, promptly ship holiday items, and get the studio organized for a new exciting year. 
A few snaps of life lately… 
 The beautiful rose garden in Winter Park 
 A few projects in progress

 Celebrated my birthday with a couple nights at Park Plaza, the cutest little hotel in Winter Park.  Complete with shopping with my mom.  She snuck my floral heart print and had it printed on my birthday cake. So cute. 
A few new greetings in progress. 
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. 
XO
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Monday, November 30th, 2015

CYBER MONDAY + A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STATIONERY LOVER

Happy cyber Monday! Hope everyone had an amazing holiday weekend and got a little head start on some Christmas shopping.  My shop is extended through midnight tonight (use THANKS1 at checkout). Below is a round up on some favorite little stationery items that would make perfect girlfriend gifts or stocking stuffers! 
XO
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Thursday, November 26th, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving! 
There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for.  I am especially blessed by my family, friends, and career.  Looking forward to fun long weekend ahead when the people I love! 
As a way to say to thanks to you all, I’m offering 20% off in my shop through Sunday! Enter the code ‘THANKS1’ at checkout.
Wishing you all a happy holiday weekend. 
XO 
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Friday, November 20th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! 
We are off to visit my grandparents in South Carolina for a few days.  I am so looking forward to the cold weather and wearing some layers for once!  I recently got a new lap top which makes me feel so much better about being away.  Having a reliable computer so I can still get some work done on trips relieves tons of my stress, especially around this time of year. While I totally enjoy unplugging every once in awhile, I like to stay productive and check in during down time on vacation.  Hope you have a lovely weekend and are getting prepared for Thanksgiving (already!) next week.  
Starting next week through the holidays I am going to be turning these Friday Favorites posts into gift guides.  Stay Tuned! But first… some loves, wants, and needs from this week… 
*Lavander, thyme, and white chocolate scones, amazing.
*Brass initial door knockers
*Inspired by the cut and texture of this Valentino dress
*Just a really pretty holiday pin
*Stunning, inspiring photo of Jennifer Lawrence 
*A beautiful wedding color palette 
*This adorable boho cottage is everything 
XOXO

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Friday, November 13th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

(photo from my catalog shoot, all holiday items now available in my shop)
Happy weekend y’all! The holiday count down begins. Can you believe that we are approaching the last full week before Thanksgiving?! Hope you get some downtime before the craziness hits, at least that’s what I’m going to try and do tomorrow. 
Here are a few favorites from the week: 
*Love this gift wrap idea
*Fun, graphic sweater for colder months ahead (hopefully)
*Off the shoulder top in a deep plum color via Urban Outfitters
*This kitchen is next level #goals
*My latest lipstick obsession and this palette is the perfect gift, it seriously lasts all day!
XOXO
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!

I am beyond excited to have my new holiday collection up in the shop! More fun lookbook photos to come but for now you can shop them right here! 
XOXO
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Friday, November 6th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Weekend! 
I’m so excited about this new floral print, now in my shop as an 8′ x 10′! 
Some favorites from the week… 
*Society 6 is having a great promo right now, $5 off and free shipping! Only through this link
*Just love this vignette 
*Cutest poppy socks from Anthropologie
*Color inspiration on these coasters from Lief Shop
*Science meets Botanical wedding inspiration, amazing!
*Love this sleeves and print on this dress from Anthropologie
*Christmas is everywhere all of a sudden and the cute ornaments killlll me
Have a great one guys! 
XO 
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Friday, October 30th, 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN + SOME LINKS

Halloween weekend is here, yay! 
Do you still dress up? 
It’s my favorite. Hunter is always a good sport and will dress up with me, so that makes it more fun! His parents started having an annual party a few years back, so looking forward to that.  It is also the weekend we met four years ago! Man time flies. We will be celebrating at our favorite restaurant tonight. 
Some halloween related favorites from this week: 
*DIY gold leaf pumpkins via Free People 
*Halloween wedding inspiration via Green Wedding Shoes 
*A fall colored bouquet, painting / color inspiration!
*Love these crazy but pretty Halloween makeup ideas
*I think this is my favorite couples costume I’ve seen on Pinterest
*Beautiful fall decor // fireplace with pumpkins
And a few non-Halloween: 
*Ted Baker floral luggage, come home to me!
*Love the colors and composition of this photo, more painting / palette inspo!
*Gucci S/S ’16 is still KILLING me, all those sheer pastels and ruffles
*Can I have this in my backyard please?
*This embroidered dress from Zara, now on my wishlist
AND since this is one of my favorite weekends of the year I decided to offer a special little discount just for the weekend.  Use code ‘HAPPY’ for 15% off through Sunday.  Shop my prints and stationery right here
Have a spooky weekend kitty cats! 
XO 
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

LATELY : IN THE STUDIO + HOLIDAY IN PROGRESS

‘thankful heart’ Thanksgiving print is now available in the shop as an 8 x 10.  I picture this hanging in the dining room or even right on the table for thanksgiving using a little clip or photo stand. 
{Shop it right here}
And a few more things I have been working on for the holidays.  I sent all my holiday cards to print this week and I can’t wait to share! 
(above)  More wall calendars in progress, the two designs I made were popular last year so I will be adding a few more options for 2016! 
(below) Retro inspired ornaments might just be my favorite Christmas card this year.

 (below) I think this photo of Twiggy’s little paws and illustration of here was my most liked instagram photo yet. So crazy. Definitely keeping my fellow cat ladies in mind as I expand my stationery collection for National Stationery Show next year! 

 (above) more holiday florals 
(below) my real life ‘pinterest wall’ above my painting area in the studio, it’s been getting crazy lately but I like to see my works in progress and I also still rip things out of magazines for inspiration. AND pumpkin spice iced coffee, duh. 
Hope you all are having a lovely week. I’m dying for Halloween to get here. It’s my favorite and it’s also our anniversary! Although, I really can’t believe it turns November on Sunday.  Lots of hustle before the end of this year. 
XO 
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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

‘poppy’ print available in my shop

Happy Friday! 
A few favorites as of late… 
*This floral print dress, to die for
*This, because it’s awesome
*Beautiful floral inspiration 
*I’ve been looking for some fire place / mantel inspiration, this one is gorge
*Delicious looking eggplant recipe (this whole blog has great stuff, click through the photo to see)
*An inspiring fall color palette 
*Loving bow tie blouses, particularly this one from Nasty Gal 
*Gucci S/S ’16… unreal!
XOXO 

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

RECENT WORK: A CREST WITH MUTED FLORALS

Another pretty crest design with a muted color palette.  Loved the floral inspiration I received for this and the addition of the barn illustration (where this couple will get married) is the little cherry on top! 
Visit the shop to order your own custom crest
XO
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Friday, October 16th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! 
I wasn’t sure I would make it through this week’s to do list but I did by the skin of my teeth! The photo above is from some fun product shots I took with Camilyn Beth, can’t wait to share more of these. 
Some favorites from the week: 
*My thanksgiving print is up in the shop!
*Delicious looking fall pasta salad recipe
*These photos from BHLDN are absolutely stunning, that location! 
*Really fun day of the dead halloween inspiration, I’m just looking for an excuse to wear something from my vintage collection
*Why is all the hardware at Anthropologie so beautiful?!
*Studio Arhoj has the cutest ceramics (first spotted in Iceland and I’ve been madly searching online for them)
*I must find a vintage ladder for plants

XO

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Friday, October 9th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

TGIF! We are off to New York today and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have a photoshoot there on Sunday and the rest of weekend we plan to visit friends and enjoy some real fall weather! 
I still need to finish packing, but first some favorites from the week: 
*Fantastical Floral Embroidery, just so fun
*This color palette via Valentino Spring 
*More long sleeve floral prints, can’t help myself
*Love this pumpkin DIY 
*Emily Soto‘s photography is so alluring
*This gallery wall is a dream
*Since my bff is having a girl I can’t stop hunting for the sweetest dresses, this!
*This scalloped suede skirt, the green is amazing
*The prettiest blush colored felt hat via jcrew
Have a lovely weekend!
XO

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

LATELY : IN THE STUDIO

October is flying by already and I can already feel the hustle and bustle of fall start to creep in. Florida has been kind to us and we had a little breeze this week, it’s so exciting. I can’t wait to wear boots!
  The above photos are a few new things added to the shop lately.  My skull print is one of my favorites, originally created for Halloween a few years back.  I like to try and decorate for holidays but I don’t always appreciate the colors associated with said holiday so I mostly stick to my muted scheme and make it work – hence the pastel skull and white pumpkins! The vegetable print got added to the shop and I think it’s going to be adorable paired with the already existing fruits and/or herbs.  Finally, a few new cards and I am trying to get my Christmas greetings wrapped up here soon! Visit my Etsy here to shop these items.
We head to New York this weekend for work and play.  I’m just excited Hunter was able to get off work and come with me for once.  So we booked an extra night to make sure we see all of our favorite NYC humans and of course do a little sightseeing / exploring. 
Also, American Horror Story starts tonight with Lady Gaga. I’m dying. Anyone else a big fan?  I have a few friends who are fan girls like me so it’s always fun to text on commercials and be like what just happened? haha. 
Hope you all are having a lovely week! 
XO
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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday & HAPPY OCTOBER! We are now in what is arguably the best month of the year. 
Here are some favorite [fall] finds as of late… 
*The cutest corduroy pinafore dress
*Love this wintery makeup look
*I just ordered these boots and I’m obsessed, I got the whiskey color but the grey is pretty good looking too
*This weekend makeover on Emily Henderson’s blog
*How saying no can help your business grow
*The loveliest fall outfit via Gal Meets Glam
*This tunic dress from Topshop Unique is the perfect floral print
*Love the color palette of this dress from Anthropologie (on sale!)
*This thrift store home makeover via Sea of Shoes
Have a wonderful weekend! 
XO
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015

NEW IN THE SHOP : FLORAL WEEKLY PLANNER NOTEPADS

I am so excited about these new weekly planner notepads.  I have been offering a few smaller ones and dreaming about making some of a larger size for awhile.  I’m so pleased with how everything turned out.  I’m currently using mine as a mousepad and daily to do list.  They are 8.5 x 11 with 50 pages so you can use it all year long. 
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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

RECENT WORK: TULUM SAVE THE DATES

Love how these oversized postcards turned out for a recent client, so fun and happy for a wedding in Tulum!  Those fern stamps (available at usps.com) were literally made for these! 
shop custom stationery here
XO
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

FRECH BLUE AND LAVENDER INSPIRATION SHOOT // GREEN WEDDING SHOES FEATURE


Sharing some favorite beautiful photos from a styled shoot with Best Photography.  I love the way they captured everything and am so happy with how my stationery turned out for this! 

See the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes and check out the amazingly talented vendors at the links below. 

XO

photography: Best Photography // planning + design: Runway Events // florals: Flowers By Lesley // venue: Peachtree House Orlando, Florida // videography: Marcoz and Miranda // rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc. // cake: The Sugar Suite // croquembouche desert: Two Sweets Bake Shop // hair + makeup: Makeover Station // paper goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration // dress boutique: Calvet Couture Bridal // table, chairs + vintage furniture: RW Events // linens: Over the Top Linens
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Friday, September 25th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS (+ VOTE FOR ME – MARTHA STEWART AMERICAN MADE FINALIST)

Just a bit of news today and some favorites from this week…
Hope you have a magical weekend! 
*This photo, just pretty 
*Leather business card cases
*These twig cocktail picks would make the cutest hostess gift
*This post on Upperlyne about using the Bloglovin’ app
*Love this modern cube shelf
*Kids reactions to MoMA made me LOL
*This looks like the best salad ever
*Sam Edelman Leopard pumps for f/w
*An inspiring color palette
*Pumpkin recipes for fall, obviously
And because I’ve had lots of fun things going on lately, this week on SK:
*I was chosen as a finalist for Martha Stewarts America Made, voting open up this week and if you have a moment I would so appreciate it. You can vote up to 5 times, right here
*My floral print for Plum Pretty Sugar x BHLDN
*Invitations featured in this beautiful french blue inspired shoot on Green Wedding Shoes
*Discovered I was on Town & Country Mag’s list of top wedding illustrators 
*Posted some new prints in my shop (the cactus, 3 different bright florals on black, and a couple others)
*My halloween crest greeting card is up in the shop
Oh, and happy fallllllll!
XOXO
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Thursday, September 24th, 2015

A FLORAL PRINT FOR PLUM PRETTY SUGAR X BHLDN

I’m just over the moon about this floral print created for Plum Pretty Sugar x BHLDN’s gorgeous robe collection.  Some of you may recognize the print from my ‘dusty blue florals’.  I turned it into a repeating pattern and added this soft yellow background.  This is the first time I’ve seen my paintings on fabric and I’m just in love (and hopefully not the last time!). 
You can shop this robe right here
XO

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

RECENT WEDDING WORK + A FEATURE ON TOWN & COUNTRY MAG

Recent ‘day of’ stationery for a fun couple! I loved that they included their pup in the design and all the bright, pretty colors I was able to incorporate.  We printed individual menus, hand painted the 16 x 20 welcome sign along with 8 smaller hand painted signs for things like sparklers, cards, etc. I cut and painted the Mr. & Mrs. wood signs (plus two for their moms) to hang on the back of their chairs. All kinds of fun stuff for these two! 
THEN… Town and Country Magazine featured this crest design on their list of top wedding illustrators.  When I realized I was one of eight I was completely floored. I am so honored to be included in some amazing press lately! 
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Monday, September 21st, 2015

RECENT WORK : DAY OF WEDDING STATIONERY

Snaps from a few recent weddings I created day of stationery and signs for.  Painting these menu boards has always been one of my favorite custom projects to create.  
Shop custom signage on etsy
XO
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Friday, September 18th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

HI! It’s Friday! 
Hope y’all had a wonderful week.  Mine’s been filled with painting like crazy and a couple really amazing photo shoots. It’s been rainy all week so if that continues through the weekend I will use my time to continue working on holiday products! Really excited to share some new things soon. 
And of course some favorites from the week: 
*Loved this post on Upperlyne about preparing for the Freelance life
*This Iceland elopement (of course I’m obsessed)
*This bride and bridal party style. Everything!
*Can’t wait to get my hands on some home goods from Target’s fall collection
*This color palette (and the photo is so beautiful!)
*I need a little black cross body bag and this guy might be just perfect
*A sweet print by Katie Daisy
*Petal Confetti Push Pops, why not!?
*This tie front blouse from Free People
XO
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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

PAINTED: BOLD FLORALS ON BLACK

I have been adding to my collection of big bold flowers on black, these are my favorite to paint! I go in phases of loving greyscale but I’ll never be able to resist creating such colorful, bright florals.  I’m so drawn to the way they pop on the black. I have sent these three to the printer and they will be listed in the shop as soon as I receive them (and approve that they are beautiful enough for your walls!) 
follow on instagram for the latest shop / work updates!
XO
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday my friends! 
Hope your short week was great.  It’s funny because I definitely enjoyed the extra day off this week but then fitting everything into a four days is just a little too much scrambling! I’m looking forward to a busy weekend ahead.  Most of my weekend will be spent organizing, doing some cleaning out, and getting my shop all restocked and in order for October approaching.  Once October hits theres noooo going back! It always seems like endless excitement, events, and orders as the holidays draw near.  I am so looking forward to this time of year.
As always a few favorites from the week:
*Just loving the colors and textures in this photo
*A beautiful bouquet to serve as painting inspiration!
*An inspiring, artful Wes Anderson inspired wedding
*These fringe boots are ridiculously cute and a good price
*This pleated jumper from UO, I love the look of long sleeves or a turtle neck under a cute dress for fall
*Another colorful, textural, inspiring pin
*The sperry duck boots are so comfortable (they were my life in Iceland) and I’m loving this new color!
*I started a new Vintage board on pinterest for all my random finds
*Society 6 is offering a free shipping promo right now, follow this link to receive the deal
*And in case you missed my post yesterday, I added six new prints to my shop and have some older designs on sale for only $10!
XO
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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

NEW PRINTS IN THE SHOP

I’m so excited to have these new prints ready for the shop! There are six new ones all together and I plan to keep adding more soon (like all the sneak peeks on instagram).  I’ve been vigorously painting every single day to expand my line, finalize the holiday collection, and just have way more card options that hopefully you guys will love.

Hop on over to see & shop the new prints

XO

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Friday, September 4th, 2015

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND

Thank goodness for Friday. I hope you all enjoy this long weekend, I know I’m looking forward to relaxing and maybe working on some fun personal projects.  I’ve been paining so many new things lately, things that just inspire me and that I’ve been wanting to try.  I plan to start adding some to the shop soon, like this cacti and some of the other florals I’ve posted on instagram. I found some vintage botanical books at an estate sale last week and have been using them for inspiration! 
Happy Labor day weekend! 
XO
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

SHANNON KIRSTEN x URBAN OUTFITTERS

I am so thrilled to have been selected for Urban Outfitters artist series. A new print shop launched this month where you can order prints in a variety of sizes and printing options! You can also read a little about each artist next to their print(s).  Available on www.urbanoutfitters.com (visit the apartment section and you can view them in ‘wall decor’) 
XO
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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY ETSY SHOP!

photo by Michelle March

photo by Jose Villa
 photo by Best Photography
 Photo by Michelle March
 

 
It’s my little shops birthday today! I thought I would share a few significant photos to celebrate, especially my wedding suites that have been so beautifully photographed over the years.  I owe so much to the talented people (other photographers, planners, cake artists, florists) who first got me involved in styled shoots.  When I started out I was mainly doing custom wedding work. Being published on wedding blogs brought so much exposure and new clients to my little baby shop.  I can’t believe how it has grown since beginning this journey. Before I go all nostalgic rambles on you,  I am offering 20% off today ONLY.  I rarely do coupon codes but this is a special day!  The code will be valid today only and can be used for prints, cards, and notepads (sorry, custom orders and wedding suites do not apply). Enter BDAY20 at checkout to receive the discount. 
Now, if anyone wants to hear a back story on the shop / beginnings of my illustration career then read on… 
I opened my shop when I was still in art school in 2009.  My mom’s friend told her about Etsy, that’s how I originally found out it existed. As I hopeful, budding designer I immediately created my own account. I believe it was called “SKCdesigns” back then. haha. Let me back track by saying that in school I was majoring in fashion design.  It’s a funny thing because what I took to immediately was fashion illustration and the production side of things (fashion shows, photoshoots, styling).  Upon taking my first textile design class I truly fell in love.  While learning Adobe Illustrator for the first time was beyond frustrating and time consuming, there was something so special about creating patterns that would be turned into fabric that would be turned into beautiful garments… We all know I love wearing/creating a good floral print, so you see how this all starts to tie together.  Pattern making (CAD, ugh) and sewing were unfortunately not my strongest suits in school, however I enjoyed making bathing suits and thought this might be calling, so I did what any hopeful would do and slapped those babies on Etsy along with a few fashion illustrations (insert a million laughing/crying emojis here).  I didn’t think much of the shop then. Social media wasn’t big yet (no instagram and for awhile I just refused twitter and Facebook because I thought it was weird, lol). So I didn’t really have a means or know how to get much exposure (not that my bathing suit collection needed any).  As school came to an end and “real life” was upon me, I knew art/fashion was my calling but I hadn’t quite pin pointed it yet.  I took a job freelancing for a major department store doing some textile designing right after graduation.  Again confirming that I loved this side of fashion and I also LOVED doing this from home, as I only had to present designs in their office every two weeks. After that I accepted a design position at smaller apparel company.  Fast forward through eight months of misery.  I knew that I was not meant to be artistically confined to a box in a cubicle while commuting and working weekends.  My mental health, social life, and creativity were suffering bad. With the support of my family (and many promises to them about how hard I planned to work) I quit that job and never looked back. I began vigorously researching and painting…planning and painting, painting, and researching some more. I started my blog (all hideous content at first, obviously) got a Facebook business page and just began posting random artwork and photography.  Jumping ahead, I helped a few friends with wedding stuff and took the time to create some suites to add to my etsy shop.  A few cards here and there. But mostly I just practiced and played with different mediums.  I doodled, sketched, lettered, and tried everything under the sun to find my voice.  Slowly but surely, through much trial and error and a few big fails, I found it. Then after that, people started noticing.  I did a couple styled shoots that got published and more brides started to find my shop. I got asked to do more styled shoots, thus sending even more brides to my shop! I felt inspired again and began painting whatever I wanted on the side.  Slowly some prints crept into the shop, I practiced with lettering quotes that inspired me, really anything that inspired me I painted. This is still true today although I’ve learned to curate and learned much more about branding in the past couple years so not everything I doodle makes the cut anymore. 
My original intent was never to “start a business”,  it was just to do what I love and be my free spirited self, while hopefully inspiring others through art and photography. I was literally livin’ on a prayer and my dream for awhile. Over the past few years I’ve learned so much about business, patience, and dedication, all of which have helped me to turn this into my full time career. Etsy has been an amazing platform to connect me with all types of people, clients, and even press. All good things definitely take time.

“Jump. And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall”

Thank you for stopping by and reading this today. Your support and kind words about my work here and on instagram always mean so much to me! Enjoy the coupon code and remember, it just lasts until midnight tonight!
XO

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Friday, August 28th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday y’all!  This has been a week filled with wedding projects and wrapping up some ‘day of’ decor for my fall brides.  I’ve also started on holiday items, I’m quite excited about them.  Even though I’m technically behind in stationery world, this is the most ahead I’ve been since adding greeting cards to my collection last year. It feels weird to even think of Christmas right now! It has certainly pushed my creative limits lately since I was so far from being in holiday mode.  A challenge is always welcomed though.  Stay tuned for some exciting news and more Iceland photos after the weekend! 
As usual, some favorites: 
*Fashion buyers picks for Fall via The Coveteur – swoooning!
*Frida Kahlo at the NY Botanical Gardens, looks so pretty! I’m hoping to make it when I’m there in October.
*These are looking like the perfect black flats for fall
*This picture, because… [heart eye emoji]
*Lace Free People dress, so beautiful and comes in four colors. The green would be a perfect holiday party dress
*This Valentino floral print is beyond gorgeous, one can dream…
*Free Peoples boudoir lookbook shot by Harper Smith, dreamy  
XOXO
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Friday, August 21st, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

As of late, the end of the week comes and I’m like ‘how is it already Friday?!’  I have to say, I am a little sad to come to the end of August. Where did summer go? My happiness resides in the fact that fall is a wonderful and exciting time of year (to clarify; I do not like summer, the Florida heat and humidity is a little much for me. ha. So I’m not sad to see that wind down, just incredibly baffled how this year is flying)  I feel like once September hits and the excitement of the holidays just makes it even more non-stop.  
Ok, enough rambling and on to some of my favorites from the week:
*This wall for a walk in closet, so fun
*Flowy caftan dresses are my favorite, I love these from Free People, pink and blue
*This post about letting your partner dress you made me laugh and of course I had to experiment (out of curiosity) on Hunter. ha
*This sneak peek of Asos Christmas has me pretty excited
*Cozy fall feelings 
*I have this bag from Free People and it’s been amazing to hold all my junk and I often use the clutch for nights out, obsessed with this new color 
*Rose Gold strappy sandals by Ted Baker
*Another interesting read on Man Repeller, are illustrators the new fashion bloggers?
*This office is lovely
Savor your weekend, ok? I hope it’s a great one! 
XO
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Thursday, August 20th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 07 // FLORAL GIRL

Scenes from my sketchbook this past week.  I don’t consider portraits / drawing people one of my stronger suits but it’s fun to experiment every once in while. That’s what sketchbooks are for right?! 
The fun fact here is that fashion illustration is where I really learned to sketch with technique and proportion.  I always loved that class in art school.  Drawing dresses on figures was always my favorite.  I had fun painting this gal after I sketched her out, I’ll be adding her to the shop as a print soon. 
XO

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES

I know, a couple days late on sharing some weekend scenes but these little snippets from the weekend made me happy so I decided to compile them anyways. 
I’ve been working on some paintings for my shop (I’ve posted a few sneak peaks but have some new things as well).  I keep an ongoing list of quotes and words that inspire me, it was time to start lettering some new ones.  I may add a little design to some of these but I always love how simple the black and white look (especially when nicely framed)… 

I’ve been really into painting floraly letters.  I’m excited to share what I have in store for these.  Although, since a few friends asked already I think I will offer a little alphabet poster similar to how the original looks below…

 Friday night we went to see some favorite bands play in Tampa (Mickey Avalon, Pepper, Rebelution, and Sublime with Rome).  It was a blast! (instax photo by @influencegirl ).  Although rainy most of the day, it brought cooler weather for the evening outside // Saturday I made the rounds visiting some friends and doing a little shopping of course! I’ve been wearing my new converse a ton (from the kids section at Nordstrom Rack, ha!). I tried on some of Camilyn Beth‘s new fall pieces at her studio and fell in love with them all! // Sunday was back in the studio painting and planning shoots.  Little Twiggy always seems to find the best light as she perfectly places herself on my sketches by the window.

Hope you are having lovely week! 
XO 
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Friday, August 14th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Hope you all had a wonderful week! I’m working hard to wrap up projects lately and add new work to my portfolio.  We are heading to Tampa tonight to see some of our favorite bands play with friends.  I’m looking forward to a fun evening and then catching up on more work the rest of the weekend. 
And of course, some favorites from this week: 
*Dying over this little Marc Jacobs backpack, the poppy red color is irresistible!
*Love this leather phone case (that you can get monogramed)
*I put some of my prints on sale in my shop (like the photo above), they will remain in the sale section until they sell out!
*Really fun illustrations by Cat Lee
*These gorgeous hand woven pillows, I love the color combinations
*Loving these retro style Karen Walker shades, again with these colors!
*This funky light caught my eye (for a side table perhaps?)
*Obsessed with this top, probably because it looks like something I would draw!
XOXO

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK // FLORAL LETTERS

Playing around with some floral letters lately.  I love the ampersand! I think I will add more and make some fun words for greeting cards. Hope y’all are having a lovely week. This summer is just flying by  :'(
XO
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

RECENT WORK : ASHLEY + JOSH’S WINTER PARK FARMERS MARKET WEDDING

These are a few photos from a beautiful wedding I had the pleasure of photographing and painting for this past spring.  The wedding was at the Winter Park Farmers Market, I loved this venue and the surrounding area in downtown Winter Park.  Seriously perfect!  I created the invitation suite, cocktail signs, cookie table signs, and table numbers all using watercolor.  The seating chart was made from a piece of wood purchased at home depot and hand painted with acrylic paint.  Hop over to my photography site to see more photos from Ashley + Josh’s day… 
XO
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Friday, August 7th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

playing with lettering a lot this week, painted with acrylic
As always, a few things I enjoyed this week.  TGIF! 
*The perfect LBD for fall
*This wedding cake is gorgeous 
*Obsessed with these oddly shaped candle holders from Bohem
*Troy Moth‘s photography, seriously get lost on his site…(discovered via Honestly WTF)
*Love this mismatched bikini from Urban Outfitters 
*Coffee and ice cream sketches, amazing!
*Really into my new “color palette” board for painting inspiration 
*Gorgeous paper flowers via 100 layer cake
Now get outside and have some fun this weekend! 
XO
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

BOTANICAL PRINTS // IN PROGRESS

I have been working on some simple black and white botanical prints.  I love this style so much and plan to do a little collection of these.  Even though I use lots of random colors in my work, greyscale always has my heart.  Painted using gouache / watercolor with a teeny tiny brush. 
XO
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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES

A few snaps from my weekend… Friday my friend Jess and I set out to do some just for fun styling and pictures using items from their vintage shop. I’m wearing vintage dress, Forever 21 kimono, and Asos sandals // This weather has been awfully rainy but has made for some interesting, dramatic photos at the beach // (below) cold brew from Buddy Brew in Sarasota might be my new favorite // Needing a refresh from traveling & going into the last half of 2015 (sad) so I’ve been updating and rearranging, starting with my studio // These painted signs were for a wedding I shot on Saturday in Ybor City “real” photos to come // I shot photos for friends blog yesterday. They plan to launch this week and I’m stoked to share more on that soon.
Hoping you have a productive Monday, all this rain is making me tired! 
XO 

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Friday, July 31st, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

‘feathers’ now in 8×10 and 11×14 in my shop
Happy Friday! 
Some things I found and loved from the week: 
*This bikini!
*Local Milks eggs, feta, and collared greens recipe. oh my.
*This proposal in Iceland, NBD. Eep!
*These metallic cords from West Elm
*I’m always reading travel articles, especially loved this top 15 most epic dives list
*This Camilyn Beth dress is my new favorite (every color please)
*These tattoos are amazing
*I bought this kaftan dress and I’m obsessed (it’s currently on sale)
Have a wonderful weekend!
XO
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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

SKETCH THE ORDINARY

After being out of town for awhile and many days of seemingly endless rain I’ve felt a little cooped up.  Complete with a desk full of half finished sketches.  I’ve needed a little inspiration, in the form of changing things around… cleaning up, sprucing up, and rearranging.  I don’t know about you but moving things around my house and studio every once in awhile makes me happy and gives me a fresh perspective when beginning new projects.  And as I arranged, I looked to my favorite random objects and little vignettes to inspire me.  I especially love this window in our kitchen.  The rain has been falling on it perfectly.  The plants are overgrowing. The tiny glass jars typically contain clippings, wildflowers, or herbs that Hunter brings home to me.  This week it was rosemary, my favorite. Once again proving that inspiration is literally all around us.  Sometimes we just need to be more present to notice.  
Hope you all are feeling inspired and having a lovely week.  My travel photos are almost ready to be shared! 
  XO 
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

LATELY : STUDIO SNAPS

A few snaps of a project I worked on before I left for my trip.  These were for a photoshoot and I’m dying to see the photos!  The dusty blue and lavender combo has really been getting to me lately.  I’m obsessed. Can’t wait to share more of this suite soon. 
XO 
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Friday, July 17th, 2015

RECENT WORK : CHATEAU LA DURANTIE WEDDING

I thought this beautiful wedding would be the perfect post to get me back into blogging after my summer vacation.  Stephanie & Mario got married in France this Spring and I had the pleasure of creating stationery for the day.  It was all captured so perfectly by Rory Wylie Photography.  French Wedding Styled featured us on their blog this past week, view the whole post here

I have so much to catch up on here.  Lots of fun projects from early Summer, some new exciting collaborations in the mix, AND my travel photos from Iceland (which I cannot wait to go through and edit).  I’m jumping right back into wedding festivities with my friends nuptials this weekend.  I’ll be sure to share their pretty stationery soon as well.  
Happy Friday! 
XO

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

SUMMER BREAK

Hi lovlies, it will be a little quiet around here for the next couple weeks as I take a summer break to travel and then gear up for new fall projects! 
There are away messages on my shop and e-mail that explain the process for leaving a custom order request. In the meantime, you can follow our adventures on instagram!   I cannot wait to share photos when I get back and also all the things I’ve been working on this summer. 
Have a wonderful beginning to July!
XO 
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Monday, June 29th, 2015

STYLED BY : SK PRINTS FIND HOMES

 I adore seeing tags pop up on instagram of people sharing photos of my prints styled in their homes. It’s my favorite.   These are a few snaps from friends that I had to share (maybe we’re all friends because we love neutrals? ha).  I would love to see more pictures of your vignettes / gallery walls with my prints included.  Please tag so I can share @shannonkirsten !

Photos: @jmgunn / @stef_adams_ / @_sarahtucker

all prints above available in my shop

XO

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! Crunch time getting ready for my trip next week and tying up loose ends with work.  I’ll be hustling this weekend and not doing too much relaxing.  I’m ok with that though because I’m going to ICELAND! 
Some things I liked this week: 
*This bungalow on Design Sponge 
*A great roundup of blogging tips and resources
*These geometric pieces on the Jealous Curator 
*Another new color board because I’m obsessed (must be my current hair color)
*This suit for the 4th 
*These bunny shoes make me happy
*This story about the #followmeto couples wedding – also get lost on his instagram, so charming & sweet
Have a beautiful weekend 
XO 
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

CALLIGRAPHY : WESLEY’S SIP & SEE PARTY

Some of the sweet things I painted for Wesley’s sip and see this past weekend.  Sarah knows how to throw a good party and I was delighted to lend my talents to this cuteness!  Wesley was so precious and content the whole time, even while being passed around and taking quick naps in between.  Such a good idea, to have everyone over at once to mingle and meet him (plus catch up with friends and drink mimosa!)  So fun! Jump over to Sarah’s blog for more details and photos.

XO

Illustration & Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten 
Desserts: The Short Giraffe  (& a few by the grandmas)
Flowers: Kings Wholesale
Crest Design: Paper Please (on the cake and cups!)
Drink Stirrers: A Fabulous Fete 
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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

SUMMER DAYS

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and first official day of summer. It’s sort of funny to hear that since it’s been hot for months here in Florida. Sad.  My fruity print reminds me of summer days… poolside, lots of melon, bright colors, and fruit cocktails! 
Available in my shop 
XO
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Friday, June 19th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday lovelies! 
As we do, here are a few things I loved / read / bought / lusted for… 
*The bando party house styled by Emily Henderson is oozing with inspiration (also love Emily’s new brand refresh)
*I’ve had my eye on this dress from Free People
*Giving in to the trend of lace up shoes, I love how they look on. Bought these from Topshop 
*Again with the ties, but I love these
*Too many cute white lacey things on F21
*Juley’s post about social media and unfollowing
*This video about mans best friend (I shed some tears)
*This black and white beach shoot
*Stella McCartney resort, just stop
Have a beautiful weekend! 
XO
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

ETSY WHOLESALE + A FEW NEW CARDS!

I am so excited to be a part of Etsy Wholesale.  I know I recently posted about this on instagram but I wanted to share a bit more about it on here.  I clearly love the community that is Etsy, so when I found out about the wholesale division I was pretty eager to become involved.  I think it’s genius that any shop owner can make wholesale purchases through etsy.  It feels trustworthy and safe for both parties.  Plus the line sheets can be public, so as the buyer you can see prices and know if they will be suitable for you before contacting the maker.  As the seller, I love it because all my listing that were already active could easily be added to my line sheet and etsy automatically calculated the pricing for me.  After my application got approved, It was under an hour to publish my sheet and add the listings I wanted to offer for wholesale. Amazing! 
So my friends, this being said, all of my prints and stationery items are now available for wholesale! If you are a shop or know of a shop that would be interested in carrying my paper goods please feel free to get in touch through my shop  (or tag on instagram, @shannonkirsten).  
These are a few of my new card designs that are newly listed, can’t wait to share more soon. I am stoked about growing my stationery line, for so long I’ve wanted to add more products and they are finally starting to come to life.  Thank you for following along on this journey!  
XO
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

FLORAL RECIPE CARDS IN THE SHOP

I might be a littttttle too excited about these guys!  The recipe cards are in the shop, available as sets of 10 (but you can custom request a larger quantity if needed).  
This is a weirdly late blog post for me, but I needed a little break from editing photos and was excited to share these. 
Monday, you’ve been conquered. 
XO
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Friday, June 5th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.  I’ll be playing catch up on editing pictures and sketching new designs in my free time (and hopefully going out for sushi). 
As always, a few things I loved / read from this past week: 
*My sister and I booked ICELAND for next month! I am beyond excited.  Love this Iceland Top Ten post. 
*I listed a few new cards in my shop!
*We’ve done a small reno on out bathroom and I’ve yet to replace the outdated lighting, this round up of sconces is amazing!
*1924 site is so inspiring, love his eye
*All the dresses at Zara please, thanks.  Especially this one
*I typically stray from posting anything controversial but since it’s been a hot topic this week and this comparison seemed off to me, I found this article about Caitlyn Jenner to be interesting…
*These marble hooks at Anthropologie are beautiful and could also be a fun DIY
*These pom pom pillows from West Elm (even cuter in real life)
*Bando for BC footwear, cutesttttt!
XO Lovelies! 
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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

POP UP SHOP WITH WEST ELM

It was such a treat to spend this past weekend in Orlando mixing in a little work with play!  West Elm hosted a pop up shop with me and several other local makers.  It’s been a great experience being a part of West Elm Local.  I was asked to join at the beginning of 2015 and am so far in the stores in Orlando, Estero, and both Miami locations!  It was fun to finally meet some other creatives at this event.  I love that West Elm is encouraging and promoting us independents. 
The first photo is the WE Local display that is always up in the store, it features the products that WE offers from all their local artists plus a short bio about us.  This weekend everyone brought additional products and we set up using tables and pretty props from the store. 
All the prints and cards shown in the photos are now available on my etsy
XO
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Friday, May 29th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! 
I’m so looking forward to this weekend.  We head to Orlando this evening for a pop up shop with West Elm tomorrow.  It’s 12-4pm at the store on Conroy Road! I also have a photoshoot while we’re there!  Hunter rarely gets to come along with me because of his work schedule, so I’m excited that he was able to get a day off and come along.  We traded our time share for a fun resort and plan to make a weekend of relaxing and exploring.  
A few things I love this week:
*This fresh white home, everything is just perfect
*Also love this home
*interesting read on doing your own PR
*I need this Herschel supply suitcase, love the style and of course the color!
*Loving this high neck bikini from Free People and all the color options 
*I’ve become obsessed with finding the perfect lace up sandals for summer, these are amazing
*Free People’s bridal looks, enough said 
*These shoes give me life 
*The New Bohemians book by Justina Blakeney is killing me, it will be coming along this weekend to read by the pool  
XO
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : THIS AND THAT

Some scenes from my weekend : 
1. painting special projects with Camilyn Beth  // 2. My greeting card collection in progress and another recent crest design // 3. Dinner and drinks at Social in Sarasota on Saturday night // 4. My new “bye” clutch that really makes me laugh and this long sleeve maxi dress from H&M that I could literally wear everyday // 5. My paint palette after a couple weeks, I love how they look // 5.  My gardenias are blooming! I love wrapping presents with something “live” on them, I snipped some leafs for my friends bridal shower gift (which was on Sunday) 
This was definitely a packed weekend, one of the first ones in awhile that I didn’t have a shoot or wedding though.  It was fun to visit with friends, do a little shopping, eat good food and drink some craft cocktails and beer.  Plus get a little painting and editing done in between. 
It will probably be a little quite around here this week, we are going to visit my grandparents tomorrow in South Carolina for several days.  I always love being at their place and never mind a good road trip.  The scenery is so beautiful where they live, I’ll surely be posting on instagram while I’m away.  When I return, I’m gearing for a fun event and working hard to finalize my new stationery collection.  Lots to share soon! Have a great week. 
XO 
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Friday, May 15th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 
A few things I loved this week: 
*Bought this fun swing dress in red 
*Obsessing over this patterned skirt 
*J.crew has tons of cute stuff on sale, with an extra 40% off online (it was 50% off in our local store). I probable need these pants.
*My friend launched a new line of eyewear accessories, check out the amazingness here
*Sophia Webster on the Coveteur, just when you think you have an amazing collection…
*This card made us LOL
*This dress slays me and serves as paint-spiration 
XOXO

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

RECENT WORK : A HAPPY CREST FOR A NURSERY

The colors of this bright, happy crest have to be some of my favorite so far.  This was created for Summer of Grey Likes, to print large scale in her baby girls nursery. LOVE! We based the idea off of the crest that was originally designed for her wedding by Mae Mae & Co.  We used the same animals and crest shape with the addition of my bright florals and their family motto. 
She’s just the sweetest and this was so much fun to work on! 
See more in my shop
XO
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Friday, May 8th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Whooo TGIF! 
I’m shooting at the beach today and have a wedding to shoot tomorrow, I’m pretty excited. Also looking forward to relaxing with my family on Sunday for Mother’s day. 
Here are a few things I enjoyed around the web this week: 
*This Mara Hoffman swimsuit is everything 
*pink sandals seem necessary for summer 
*Fun bags are taunting me lately; this watermelon, sharks, and of course a cat (possible beach bag?). I finally pulled the trigger and got this “bye” one (it sort of represents an inside joke so it just cracks me up)
*Lusting for this embellished maxi, would be pretty for a formal wedding
*My friend made these tangerine mojitos for Cinco de Mayo and they were amazing.
*This DIY lip balm looks easy and cute
*I love every recipe and word that Local Milk posts
*I’ve become very interested in the National Stationery Show, enjoying Nole’s sneak peeks of some vendors showing this year.
*This really fun illustration series on the Jealous Curator

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
XO

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

SHANNON KIRSTEN ON SOCIETY 6

I’ve tried to be better about updating my Society 6 shop because, lets be honest, the products they offer these days are just plain amazing.  So quirky and fun! Here is a sampling of what artwork I have on there, there’s lots more so stop and check it out! 
XO
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Monday, May 4th, 2015

HELLO MAY

HI. 
I’m still here. 
Stopping by to say hello and share this illustration, a sneak peek of the current card collection I’m so desperately trying to finish up! I can’ wait to share all the things I’ve been working on.  I’m really looking forward to expanding my stationery collection and branching out into more wholesaling. So that’s basically where I’ve been hiding, along with wrapping up client projects, and an exciting collaboration.
May is here and it sort of marks (for me) slowing down for a month or so.  I don’t shoot as much over the summer (for obvious reasons since I’m in Florida) so I am excited to hopefully find some free time to finish up the card collection and bring some fun projects to this little blog. 
Hope your Monday is trucking along. XO
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

HAPPY EARTH DAY

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” 
Our planet is such a beautiful, precious gift.
Happy Earth Day! 
XO
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Monday, April 13th, 2015

WEEKEND NOTES

Some favorite things that started coming together this past week / weekend.  
Excited to introduce some new simple calligraphy prints to the shop this week. I ordered some samples of recent client projects to shoot, lots of pretty greenery lately.  Spring has definitely arrived and influenced my mood, as I’ve been using these soft muted colors a lot and painting dainty florals. 
We had a weekend filled with family and good food, our nephew and my sister both had birthdays that were celebrated. We ate dinner at our favorite restaurants, did a bit of shopping, and somehow I managed to still paint in between. 
XO
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

REAL WEDDING : THE GUNN’S ROMANTIC OLD FLORIDA AFFAIR

Working on a local wedding often means for a friend or that my friends will in some way be involved in the creative process.  In the case of Jen & Alan’s beautiful wedding, it was both.  Jen and I went to the same high school.  Several of her bridesmaid are close mutual friends and my best, Camilyn Beth made the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses! The dreamy photography is by Michelle March .  I created several hand painted and lettered elements for their day including the wooden welcome sign, cocktail signs, and drink dispensers.  Phillippi Creek served as the perfect backdrop, it’s one of my favorite venues here as it just feels so old Florida to me.  Hanging moss, a long wooden dock, and the most gorgeous rooms for getting ready complete with pastels and floral wallpaper.  There’s also a room with a turquoise ceiling! The colors of these pictures are just so soft and dreamy. 
XO
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

PAINTING DAYS

I had to take some updated head shots recently for an upcoming project.  I love these few “behind the scenes” photos my friend Jess snapped of me.  Getting your photo taken is pretty weird.  Well at least for me since I’m usually the one taking.  As I tried to get a “serious” head shot, we couldn’t stop laughing (mainly at my awkwardness and inability to smile without feeling cheesy lol).  So when given a prop, like my paints, things went a little smoother, haha! 
Anyways, I thought I would share as the paintings featured are a few new things I’m pretty excited about.  The colorful poppies (on the floor in the second photo) are now available as an 8 x 10 print here.  The feathers I have been working on this week and am really pleased with the outcome, you can see a better shot on my instagram.  
XO
necklace: madewell / bracelet: bourbon & bowties / rings: misc, some from H&M
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Friday, March 27th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS

Inspired by this quote this week.  I might have to make a version with some blooms before adding it to the shop! 
Some things I’m loving from around the web:
*Adventures in cooking blog’s kitchen remodel, so dreamy
*This DIY copper ladder, simple to make and looks great
*Dusty pastel hues, especially in the form of shoes – pink / lilac / blue
*This colorful, inspiring fashion shoot at Salvation Mountain
*This dress, a fun one for summer weddings
*I’ve been drawn to minimalism lately, blog milk has the best posts
Enjoy your weekend! 
XO
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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

WEEKEND NOTES : HOME

Can someone please explain why it feels like Monday again today? I’m tired. 
I didn’t do much this weekend besides try to relax, clean up the house, and sketched a TON for upcoming projects (that I can’t wait to share).  I also added a few new prints to the shop including these fun florals, a couple easter cards, and the colorful poppies!  
XO 
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Friday, March 20th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY : STUDIO SNAPS + SOME LINKS

Happy first day of Spring! 
I’ve been painting like crazy around here all week, I’m looking forward to Saturday having nothing on my schedule! The weather has been lovely so hopefully we will indulge in a seaside dinner later tonight.  Below are a few studio snaps from the week of work in progress and also some links I loved this week… 

*My pinterest wishlist has a growing number of flowy, floraly, dresses for spring
*I’ve been looking for a fun floral kimono and when this one popped up on H&M I didn’t even hesitate
*This chocolate bark with edible flowers looks irresistible 
*This 70’s inspired bridal shoot
*This girls trip to Iceland. Insanity!
Happy Weekend
XO

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY : SHOP UPDATES + SOME LINKS

Happy Friday! 
This week was crazy and just flew by.  I’m not usually extra excited about a weekend because most days during the week are pretty fun, however I am looking forward to relaxing on Saturday before another busy week begins.  Spring has definitely arrived here in Florida, the weather and my growing list of projects / upcoming jobs says so at least!  I’m excited for a new season but always a little sad to part with “winter” since we really never have cool weather for long.  Sorry, but I just like to layer and wear sweaters.  ha.

Anyways, here are some articles I LOVED this week and a few items I have my eye on…

XO 

This article on negativity online by Design*Sponge – A really important read for… well, anyone.  If you’re an internet based business, social media lover, blogger, blog reader/commenter…read!
– Another article I found important and lovely, “Are you beautiful?”
-I’m obsessed with going to the Madonna Inn, loved the photos of this quirky hotel on A Beautiful Mess
-Think I’m going to need this dress from Free People, but black or salmon?! Who could decide!
-I bought this today because I’m silly and it’s adorable
Gray Malin’s collaboration with Sperry, dying. Hoping I can convince Hunter we need matching.
-Inspired by this palette on Pinterest
-This outrageously amazing Las Vegas wedding 
-Finally, this blue crab print and a couple Easter cards are up in my shop!
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 04 : BLACK & WHITE FLORALS

I really love doing these full floral prints and experimenting with only black paint.  The lines make it look so different than painting more whimsical with full color.  All of this was done with gouache paint and tiny paint brush (none in particular, I just look for tiny with sturdy bristles).  
I will definitely be adding these to the shop this month and maybe experimenting with some additional color ways! 
xx
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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 03 : FLORAL PATTERNS

I got a little into this one and didn’t take as many photos as intended, but still fun to see a sketch start from nothing to a bright, whimsical pattern.  This was a hit on instagram when I posted it this week so I will surely get it up in the shop soon. 
This was all painted with my favorite gouache paints.  I don’t use a particular paint brush, I just like shorter, slim tips.  Really there is no rhyme or reason to choosing a brush for me, I experiment with lots of different kinds and just lean towards tiny ones to get good details.  
xx 
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

HELLO MARCH [ + A ROUND UP ]

 

I feel this way every month lately, but I still can’t believe how fast they go by. How is it already March? I had a great February with some fantastic projects beginning for the summer and fall.  I can’t believe it’s possible for my work to get more exciting, but somehow it just keeps getting better.  I am so grateful.  
Here are a few of the things (and insta snaps) I loved from February: 
-Invitations for Ali & Vincent’s Burgundy & Blush wedding featured on Every Last Detail
-Featured in Emily Henderson’s round up of the best online art resources! 
-Speaking of, don’t forget to shop my limited edition art prints on Buddy Editions
(aka there are only 50 of each size of my three prints then they are gone!)
-Featured on Style Unveiled’s “the best invitations to excite your guests”
-Got to shoot a couple looks for Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific blog while she was in Sarasota. Check out the posts here and here. Soooo fun! 
-Featured on MODweddings, such a sweet post.
-I announced on instagram a couple weeks ago that some of my prints will be available in West Elm Florida stores as part of West Elm Local.  So far Palm Beach, Miami Mid-town, Estero, and Orlando. Beyond exciting! 
-(photo below) Working on something fun with my best friend and designer, Camilyn Beth

below, some new poppies using acrylic paint.  It’s fun to experiment with this medium and dark backgrounds every once in a while. The results are so different but still “me”  🙂 
And some snaps from Palm Beach… 
I feel like the weekend consisted of us just doing a food tour of the city, ha.  By “food tour” I mean cocktails as well, obviously.  Spending time at the Breakers is always my favorite.  Hanging out and having appetizers at the Seafood Bar never disappoints.  A couple places that opened since my last trip, The Bee and The Alchemist, were two joints I also greatly enjoyed. The Rabbit coffee and their fresh juices / smoothies…amazing.  Blood orange cocktails and veggie portobello burgers at Alchemist, fabulous.  We had a lovely brunch at Table 26 on Saturday to honor my friend who is expecting her first little girl.  So thankful for my friends and weekends in Palm Beach.  Between great meals and champagne, laughing until I can’t breathe, and sharing memories of college times…this is typically how our weekends together go and I am obsessed! 

 Finally, us popping into West Elm in Palm Beach Gardens, the first West Elm to receive my prints.  We were beyond excited to see the little bio there as well. 
Cheers to a wonderful new month, let’s make it count.
xox

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

IN PROGRESS : POPPY PRINTS

If you’ve been following my work then you’ll know about my affinity for poppies.  I often paint them but have yet to turn too many into actual prints offered in the shop.  I decided to start on a little series recently with varying colors.  This is the first of the poppies, painted all with gouache paint.  
Stay tuned for more spring florals popping up around here soon. 
xx
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Friday, February 6th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 02 : FLORAL PATTERN

Happy Friday! 
Another little page from my sketchbook of this fun floral print.  With something like this where I want to (somewhat) evenly space my elements, I will always start with a sketch.  Like last time, my greenery always come first.  For this, I just did each color randomly through out and kept filling in with different shades.  Once I finished this one it went up on the wall for color inspiration for some matching spring items.  As always, I’m posting these types of “in progress” shots on instgram quite often, @shannonkirsten 
Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx
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Friday, January 30th, 2015

REAL WEDDINGS : A ROMANTIC GARDEN AFFAIR IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

I could not resist sharing a few extra photos from this gorgeous Naples wedding captured vibrantly and beautifully by Justin Demutiis Photography! You may remember me posting this crest and invitation suite awhile back, it was so much fun to make.  Anything that features a ton of coral charm peonies is alright by me.  We were featured over on Style Me Pretty earlier this week, view the full wedding post here
Venue: The Escalanta / Styling: Sarah Tucker Events / Photography: Justin Demutiis / Florals: Victoria Blooms

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xox

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 01 : FLORAL PRINT PROCESS

I’ve always liked to see start to finish projects from artists I admire.  It’s neat to see a simple sketch come to life and I’ve been meaning to do this but often times I’m just caught up in painting and forget to snap a few photos.  I hope to share a little more insight into my process this year (#goals).  
There is somewhat a method to my madness, but not always.   When I’m going to do a design that fills an entire page, this is how I like to start.  I measure off my paper to make it a standard size in case it ends up being a worthy print for my shop.  Then I’m able to scan as is without cutting off any florals, clean it up, and it’s ready to go (although I’m not this lucky!).  Also, when making a print where I want the elements to overlap, I start with a very light pencil sketch so I have a guideline.  Since I was going for a layered look I started with my greenery.  In most of my designs you see that my greens float around the page from underneath florals, so they typically do get painted first.  Next I went for my focal point, in this case the dusty blue large florals.  If I feel something is harder to shade, I like to do this in the beginning because if the shape and shadowing isn’t right to me I won’t end up finishing the piece (there’s only so many changes you can make with watercolor).  Once that is out of the way and I like it, I will begin to fill in the smaller florals.  Once all that dries I go back and add centers to the florals that need some.  Once it’s fully dry I have to erase all my pencil marks, sometimes if they are still visible I will clean them up in photoshop. And Wala!  This photo seemed to be well liked on instagram this past week so I do believe I will have some prints made for the shop! 
xx
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NEW YEAR : A FRESH START

 I know we are more half way through January already and I’m just writing my New Years post…there has been some radio silence while my sister and I were traveling this past month and I used this week to recoup (which was seriously needed).  I thought about what I had to say about 2014 and the new year and I’ve honestly been at a loss. Even my sketchbook page, I couldn’t figure out an image for this post so I decided to use this photo of my scattered sketches instead. My emotions are spread wide across a spectrum of highs and lows.  Things have been crazy.  Business wise, I have been busier than ever before, almost too busy to keep up with everything now.  Which is just mind blowing for me. When you see something come to fruition that you’ve worked so long for…it’s just hard to believe (but really amazing)  Personally speaking, I have been long ready to put 2014 behind me, that’s all I will say about that.

This past year I worked with more brides than ever before.  Making people happy by providing them with something unique, painted from scratch, and designed in togetherness to represent their wedding day has just been the best.  I got in over my head this year and committed to a little too many custom projects (you live and you learn). One thing I learned through this is that my dedication to each project has to override the guilt that I feel by saying no.  I hate saying no to wedding projects but as my business grows I am seeing more brides want every paper / stationery aspect designed… to give the level of service required and deserved by my clients I am just simply not going to be able to take on as many anymore.  This is something I struggled with most of last year.  Of course a blessing to have plenty of work, but I feel the growing pains most when I sadly have to walk away from some requests.

Another highlight and reason my custom work will be slowing down is for different types of illustration projects.  I began my career out of art school doing freelance illustration and surface pattern design.  A long term dream of mine has been to collaborate and illustrate for / with other brands.  I would just die to see my illustrations on different items like home goods, more stationery products, in stores, etc (just ideas right now).  I’m pleased to say (while unfortunately I cannot disclose details yet) I’ve been approached by a few this year to begin collaborating and I am BEYOND excited about it and what this means for my company.   I know I’m being vague about all this but I will be sharing more soon.

For my brides, I have been working to create a booklet full of information about my process, faqs, helpful information about general invitation etiquette, timelines, etc.  I’m dying to get this completed as I  think it’s going to be so informative and save everyone so much time in correspondence.  It will hopefully cover all design related questions and a new pricing structure for my “collection” versus custom designing. Really so exciting!

This leaves me with resolutions.  I am finally being honest with myself about new years resolutions, I hate them.  I feel they create undeserving and unrealistic pressure. If I were to have list, putting pressure on myself would be at the top anyways. We have January 1 in our heads like suddenly a reset button gets hit.  I’ve often found myself coming to the end of the year thinking the new year will be my deadline to start / stop whatever it is I want to change.  But to improve or change anything, time and dedication are needed most, not a sudden restart. I’ve realized that I work better when I create realistic short term (monthly and weekly for my business). And of course I have larger long term goals for the growth of my businesses and things I want to personally accomplish. With a freelance business, things can change on the daily and sometimes goals have to be flexible. I think most creatives and business owners are hard on themselves in general, being flexible and realistic about things we want to accomplish can definitely save some heartache. I post them by desk as a reminder of what I am striving for.  Do you have a way of tracking your goals that keeps you in line for accomplishing them on time? I would love to hear how others hold themselves accountable and implement changes!

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations.  I know I typically don’t write too much here but I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately and what it means to me.  I have come to enjoy writing and sharing more this past year, especially as interest in my work has grown.  It is fun for me to give some behind the scenes insight and share full projects I’ve worked on rather than just one photo on social media.  I have some plans for more interactive (maybe diy type) projects, travel stories, and some more tips on illustration (since my first post seemed to be popular and I still get a lot of e-mail questions!).

 I’m excited to see what this year will hold and I hope everyone’s has gotten off to a great start so far! I will be back soon with some fun travel photos from my trip to Antarctica and Argentina, it was beyondddd! Then I promise we will be back to regular painting programming soon.  Thanks for sticking around and visiting my little corner of the web.  You are loved and appreciated!  xox

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR : 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

Greetings from Ushuaia, Argentina! What a freaking year this has been! We are about to embark on our journey for Antarctica this afternoon after three long days of traveling through Argentina. We are beyond excited.  But first, I had to check in and say thank you for an amzing 2014.  Things have grown and changed so much this year.  I am beyond grateful for all of the support, kind words, brides I have woreked with, sales in my shop, blog / press features and all the other amazing projects I’ve been lucky enough to work on this year.  It’s truly been amazing and I am so thankful.

The above photos are some of my highlights from 2014; some of the new products in my shop, my favorite wedding suites like the Palm Springs cactus collection, Sophie’s watercolor invitations that were featured on Vogue, and the grey washed calligraphy suite that was sent off for a photo shoot in Mexico! I also had the honor of contributing to a Southern Weddings Magazine shoot, a Florida inspired shoot  shot by Best Photography and featured on Ruffled blog. Our Valentines shoot with Michelle March and Styled by Flutter Fete was featured on Style Me Pretty and pinned all around the web! I had the pleasure of being included in many other features and round ups this year which is always so exciting.  Among one of my most favoritte moments is the limited edition art I created for Buddy Editions, it was such an honor to be a chosen artist for Katie Armour’s  newest venture! I already have some exiting projects in the works for 2015  but I can’t even imagine what else it will bring.  So much has happened just in this year!

As I sit here in Argentina, wating to board a ship for Antarctica, I feel extremely grateful for how amazing 2014 has been, personally and business wise.  I can’t wait to return to work after this adventure.  Wishing you all a veery happy new year! See you in 2015!!! xox 

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

HAND PAINTED FLORAL GIFT TAGS

A little last minute Christmas project.  I was playing around with some painted poppies the other night when I messed one up and decided to cut it off of my page (don’t ask me why?) ha.  Then I thought, how cute would my little painted florals be as gift tags (or even place cards) to top on presents or tie around a bag of baked goods?! Tada! They obviously don’t have to be perfect, even some paint splotches or a stroke of color with hand written names would be a darling addition to any gift.  Hope you can use these (and my last post) as inspiration for wrapping the rest of your gifts this weekend. Painting is supposed to be fun, there are no rules or the “right” tools, seriously.  Practice and playing is the way to find what works for you, just have fun with it!   xx 
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Friday, December 12th, 2014

STUDIO WORK LIFE / LATELY

It’s been a whirlwind lately with the holidays in full swing.  Here is a little glimpse inside December so far.  My favorite month! 
(above) Some of my favorite cards from my shop.  Remember, this is the last weekend to shop! I’m closing my shop for holiday at the end of next week. Thursday will be the last date to receive orders in time for Christmas! 
 Client meetings with beautiful and delicious lattes at Oxford Exchange 
Some office snaps: A little corner of my studio (looking forward to get a little more organized up in here for 2015) / Calligraphy in grey tones (favorite!) / More poppies of course / some of my favorite greyscale floral prints available in the shop

The art of preserving flowers and my velvet ribbon obsession continues

My renewed passport aka daydreaming a lot about my upcoming trip to Antarctica.  Only 15 more days until we leave.  I am over the moon excited for this experience. 
Celebrated my birthday (a few times).  As usual my family, friends, and Hunter made the whole week exciting and special.  There were lots of flowers, cocktails, and cake.  Brunching and dinner. And my mom and I went to Orlando for the night.  We stayed at the Grand Bohemian, got massages, and did some shopping.  It was all perfect! 
Finally, my favorite little Christmas scene in the house. I love everything smelling like fresh pine right now.  
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As for this weekend I will be catching up on painting and editing, wrapping presents, beginning to bake, and working on some fun projects for this little ole blog.  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend as well.   xox 

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Monday, December 8th, 2014

A BRIGHT, BOLD CREST

Making crests are so much fun, a process, but fun none the less.  You can see here how my scatterbrained sketches turn into the final product.  I like to see how my mess of florals, initials, and lettering comes together so nicely in the end.  I worked with Amy to create something bright and colorful, something that would reflect their wedding day and personal style.  We ended up with a more simple save the date as well. I love to see how people end up incorporating their crests into their wedding design.  So great! xx
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

SHANNON KIRSTEN X BUDDY EDITIONS

If you’ve yet to visit Buddy Editions, well it’s time.  Buddy Editions consists of work by emerging artists all around the globe.  It has been carefully curated by the talented Katie Armour (of Neo-Traditionaist blog and co-creator of Matchbook Magazine).  Each artist has a collection of limited edition prints.  There are only 100 of each size (8″x10″, 11″ x 14″, and 16″ x 20″) and only 10 large scale prints of each design!  They are exclusive to the Buddy Editions site… (So my three pieces above will only be sold there and only 100 of each size) aka get ’em while their hot! 
Since being approached to be a part of this I’ve been beyond excited (and had to keep it under wraps for a few months).  We took inspiration from Mexican and southwestern influences to create my pieces, more specifically the festivities and colors of a dia de los muertos celebration.  I’m so thrilled with the outcome.  To be grouped with this talented bunch of artists is just amazing.  There is a bio / questionnaire where you can read some fun facts about each artist.  Buddy editions instagram is also quite inspiring.  Enjoy! xx 
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING + A WEEKEND SALE IN THE SHOP!

Hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow! We plan to have lunch at my grandma’s and then we head out to go camping in Lake Panasoffkee (Hunter’s families annual tradition).  I will be a little out of touch with reality until Sunday evening. Soooo, I’ve decided to go ahead and start my black friday / small business saturday sale early!  I’ve added two new calendars, the new treat prints in two sizes, and there are lots of holiday cards and other fun gifts (for friends or yourself).  So shop now while you can get a little discount.  Enter “THANKS15” at checkout to receive 15% off through Sunday only!  This is the only time of year I offer a sale and the shop will be closing early this year (Dec. 17) so stock up while you still can! 
I am so thankful for this little place on the web to share my work and thoughts.  Between my shop, here, and instagram reading your comments of encouragement means so much to me.  Feeling beyond grateful lately.  Love to you all.  xox 
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Monday, November 24th, 2014

TREAT PRINTS IN THE SHOP!

A little Monday morning pick-me-up!
A few new prints I added to the shop this weekend. They are available in 8″ x 10″ and 11″ x 14″.  I picture these in sets hanging in cute kitchens (that’s what I’m doing with mine at least!).  And perfectly sweet gifts for the coffee lover or foodie friend.  xx 
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Monday, November 17th, 2014

HOLIDAY COLLECTION IN THE SHOP! (PLUS INFO + SHIP DATES)

Whooo! I’m excited to officially be finished with my little Christmas card collection! I have created eight new designs plus listed seven of my all time holiday favorites on Etsy.  All original designs were created with gouache paint.  They are then re-printed on thick premium card stock and include white envelopes.  I have also been adding some general card sets and new prints that are great for gifts. 
There has been a ton of excitement and growth happening with SK illustration lately.  This year has been incredible, overwhelming, and filled with so many great projects.  After much debate, I’ve decided to close my shop for a little while over Christmas.  I realized I need some time to catch up, regroup for an already jam packed new year, and just have some down time with my family.  Plus my sister and I are taking a very exciting trip right after Christmas.  We are going to Antarctica! So umm yeah…I guess that’s part of the reason for closing the shop for a while.  I’ll be just a little out of touch with the world while we’re there. lol.   So that being said, you have until December 17th to shop holiday cards, prints, gifts, etc.  The shop will close on the 17th, all items will ship the next day in order to make it for Christmas. I will be re-opening the second week of January.  So get yo’ shop on while you can! 
(p.s. this was a really difficult decision for me to make, I thank you in advance for understanding.  I also promise that with this break, I will be returning with LOTS of new items and exciting news!)  
Shop Holiday HERE 
y’all are the best. xoxoxox times one million.
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Friday, November 14th, 2014

WHATS IN MY TOOLBOX

Happy Friday y’all! I thought I would end the week with a little “whats in my toolbox” roundup (the one I teased about last week on instagram and just now finished, yikes).  Anyways, I hope this gives a little insight to my process and answers some of the questions I neglect on instagram.  I guess I was sort of feeling guilty that I have a hard time keeping up with questions between insta, e-mails, and Facebook.  I’m getting a lot of the same ones about supplies and such these days so hopefully I can cover a few.  So basically this post is inspired by my guilt but also my appreciation for your sweet words and encouragement when I post my art on social media.  I truly thank you! 
PAPER:  I’m a long time fan of Canson brand watercolor paper (the larger pad shown in the photo).  I typically buy the 11 x 15.  It is 140 lb stock and I always (for any paper) prefer the “cold pressed”.  I don’t know why I like the larger paper because I sometimes have to trim my edges to scan but I like having a larger canvas to play around with and I also will mix my colors / dab my brush on a corner of the paper as well.  I buy Canson at Michael’s craft store, which is great because Michaels always has a 40% off coupon and sometimes these are buy one get one.  Just as of this year, I also started using the Arches cold pressed watercolor pads (size 9″ x 12″).  These are more expensive at around $26 for 12 sheets.  It’s definitely not necessary to have this type of paper but if you are a professional making art for re-sale then the price balances out and the quality of this paper when scanned is excellent.  Honestly, I use the canson more because sometimes I’m just sketching for fun and don’t know how it will turn out.  If I end up loving my creation, I still get a great scan quality and just do a little cleaning up in Photoshop. 
BRUSHES:  This is something I get asked about a lot.  I hesitated to answer because I truly believe it is your skill (and natural eye) not the tools you use that make you a good artist.  Buying a certain brush is not going to make you be able to letter a certain way.  It takes tons of practice to perfect letters and truly find your own unique style.  However,  I do have a few favorite sizes that have helped me.  I recommend not skimping on brushes (aka don’t get the cheap packs at the craft store).  The cheap ones have harder bristles and they will start falling out quickly (and get stuck in the paint, it’s not fun).  I’m not really concerned about brands when it comes to brushes though.  In the photo of my brushes, I keep a variety of very tiny heads for lettering.  Those first few are my favorites, I’m almost always using a brush this small.  They are round brushes (as opposed to flat heads) and definitely help with fluid strokes.  I don’t like ones with long bristles because I feel there is less control.  The two thicker ones I use for larger lettering projects and blending my florals.  The last largest one I like for making brush strokes or watercolor washed backgrounds.  Again, this takes practice! I recommend buying a lot of different brushes to see what works for you. 
PAINTS:  I’m truly obsessed with gouache.  I almost always use Acryla paints (I buy them locally but they are available at various online art suppliers).  I spend a lot of money of paints but I don’t think it’s always necessary, especially if your just getting started and experimenting.  The Acrylas are around $6.49 for .68 oz tube.  A good old watercolor palette works great for practicing, combined with the cold pressed paper, you’re going to still get a great result when scanning. I’ve read that some artists actually prefer the lesser quality paints to the more expensive paper.  Again, this all comes with time and experimentation to see what works for you and your goals!

MISC: I use standard no. 2 pencils for sketching.  Prismacolor is my favorite brand of pencils, I use their erasers for cleaning up my paintings as well.

I’m not always great with words, but hopefully this was a little helpful insight to my process! I added a FAQ page to my blog and have started answering some further questions about art, business, my art background, etc (it’s not finished yet but will be up there soon).  I’m happy to try and answer anything further if you leave questions in the comment section below. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!  xoxo 
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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

NEW FLORALS

A few new items on my shop this week.  Check them out here 
xox 
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON SUMMER WEDDING (FEATURED ON VOGUE.COM)

(below photographs by Daphne Youree)
One of my favorite watercolor suites from the summer was featured on Vogue.com this past week for Sophie Elgort and Eric Von Stroh’s gorgeous Southampton wedding!  When designing Sophie’s invitations we began with that bright, beautiful blue color inspired by a photo her father (photographer, Arthor Elgort) took of the sunset.  I drew the blue from the tones of the sky and also incorporated the local flowers they would be using; sunflowers, hydrangeas, and pink peonies.  All designing was originally done in watercolor.  We created a formal suite, escort cards with little envelopes, table numbers (that were names of special places), menus that double over as place cards, and welcome bags with an info card of the Elgort family’s favorite southampton spots! I am still beyond excited to learn of the mention and read what Sophie had to say about all the details of her wedding.  In the article, you can read more about their sweet day at her family’s home in Southampton.   
View the article and slideshow here

xox
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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

HELLO NOVEMBER {AN OCTOBER ROUNDUP}

A few work and life snippets from October.  Such a good month, always… 
 WORK:  I slowed down on custom for hot minute to work on some illustrations and products I’ve really been wanting to create for my shop. I can’t wait to receive samples back from my printer and have them available in the coming weeks.  I’ve been working on some Christmas items as well, more on those very soon!  The second photo is from a photo shoot for a colloboration that we’ll be announcing later in the week. I updated my shop with a handful of new greeting cards, listed some past holiday favorites, and new suites from the summer that are now available for customization.  Check out the new listings here!

 HOME:  We decorated for fall just a tiny bit with the cutest heirloom pumpkins from Trader Joes.  I hung some of my vintage paintings in the dining room, they’ve been needing a home for awhile.  Twiggy has enjoyed laying on the table and basking in the sun from our back windows.  We enjoyed pumpkin everything, including these bagels from Trader Joes.  Lastly, I began painting and reforming my walk-in closet, I’m probably a little too excited about this room of the house.  I decided on a very dark accent wall (the rest white of course). Before and after photos to come! 
LIFE:  The weather was finally cool this weekend! We were beyond excited to sit outside and enjoy a chilly ocean breeze.  We actually caught a sunset this month.  Even though a few trips to the beach and to Ringling (the rose photo) were for photo shoots, it’s still such lovely scenery to enjoy while working. Lastly, Hunter and I celebrated three years on Halloween.  Life is good.  I’m getting so stoked for the holidays, even though this will be my last chill week and weekend at home, I’m looking forward to all that these next two months have in store.  
Happy November (& Monday!) my friends… xox 
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NEW POPPY NOTEPADS IN THE SHOP (& MORE SOON!)

My photo of this design on instagram seemed to be a hit, so I’ve listed these fun notepads in the shop!  I’ve ordered printing samples of a lot of the floral photos I post over there… more notepads, new prints, and greeting card sets! I’m really thrilled to have found some down time last month to work on things I’ve really been wanted to do (aka more products and stationery).  It’s easy to keep wrapped up custom orders, but the dream has always been to have a product line.  All good things take time, right?  Check back for more flower power soon.  xox 
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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

LATELY : STUDIO SNAPS // THINGS IN PROGRESS

A few snapshots from around the studio this past week.  Working on several color ways of this floral print for greeting cards! I made a pink one a while back and loved it, it was time to add more.  I also started on some holiday goods that I’m excited to have in my shop soon!  The little fruits will be turned into a print with a vegetable companion to match!  The others are just some preliminary paintings playing around with lots of color (with Twiggy who likes to help me).
xox 
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

THE MRS BOX + MY STATIONERY

It was such an honor to have some of my stationery styled in this bright, beautiful shoot for The Mrs Box that just launched! I suggest you get your velvet ring box pronto, they are simply perfect. You can view more pretty images from the shoot under the “inspiration” tab on their new site. Big love to Summer of Grey Likes for including me! xoxox 
Credits:
Photography: Jose Villa // Styling: Summer Watkins, Grey Likes Weddings // Co-Styling & Florals: Type A Society // Rings: Trumpet and Horn // Stationery & Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten // Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box
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Monday, October 6th, 2014

SOFT GREY WATERCOLOR SUITE

I was playing around with some lettering and watercolor washes for my collection and fell in love with how this grey suite turned out.  It will be added to my shop soon and available for color customization (i.e. you can have the lettering and rsvp / liner watercolor wash in any color!).  I think the simplicity of this would look great with any color scheme.   
For this design I used all gouache paint.  I hand letter the original invitation and rsvp, then scan to make multiple invitations from.  The envelopes I hand paint, also using gouache.  
Visit Etsy to see more examples and request custom work.
Oh, and happy monday! 
xox 
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Monday, September 15th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WATERCOLORS IN PROGRESS

I’ve been painting flowers and wreaths like crazy for the past couple weeks.  I’ve also enjoyed using just black / grey to create some greyscale florals.  My hope is that most of these will turn into new prints, cards, and other fun paper products…trying to get stocked for the upcoming holidays!  I can’t wait to have some new things to offer in my shop soon.  xo  
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Friday, September 5th, 2014

HELLO SEPTEMBER + AUGUST ROUNDUP

I’m a little late on welcoming September this week (with open arms might I add).  I had a great summer that flew by so fast.  I’ve been so busy working on client and personal projects over the past couple months.  Above are some of my recent favorites!  I have a couple exciting collabs in the works and am working on some products for the holidays!  I know this fall is going to bring great things (and lots of pumpkin spice).  I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures but first taking this month to get organized before the craziness hits.  I always feel like once October comes it just flies by, as there is always so much to do over the holidays.  Trying to make my days last as long as possible and savor each month. I’ve been a little quite over here lately, but I always post some sneak peeks on Instagram (@shannonkirsten) in case you’re interested in keeping up!  
xox
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A PALM SPRINGS DESERT INSPIRED SUITE

This was such a fun invitation suite to create with my client who is having a destination wedding in Palm Springs.  Cactus and bright flowers!? I mean… 
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

NEW PRINTS IN THE SHOP

Excited to post a few new prints to my shop this week! 
You can find these here along with some other past favorites.  
xox
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

TUSCAN INSPIRED WEDDING // FEAT. ON RUFFLED BLOG

This Tuscan inspired shoot was recently featured on Ruffled Blog (and the photo of the couple with the horse is the current cover of Weddings Illustrated magazine!)
Big thanks to Starfish Studios and Unearthed Vintage for including me in this beauty of a shoot! 
xox 

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

WEEKEND FLORALS

Just a few things in progress.  Hope everyone had a happy weekend. xo 
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WORKS IN PROGRESS

A few instagrams around the studio from the past week or so.  I have been working hard on getting all the stuff I’ve posted lately printed and up in the shop!  I’m pretty excited about the greyscale botanicals and watercolor animals.  Also bringing the wreaths back since everyone seems to love them! xx 
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Friday, June 20th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WORK IN PROGRESS

Yet another messy and busy week has just flown by.  These are a few instagrams from around the studio.  I’m pretty excited about the whales and fruits… looking forward to turning them into something special and adding to the shop soon.  xx
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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

RECENT WORK : A QUIRKY CREST DESIGN

The final design above and a bit of my process below…

I was absolutely delighted when wedding planner, Emily Starr got in touch to create this really fun crest design for her clients upcoming wedding.  When I saw the color palette and was asked about including these animals, I knew this project was meant for me!  The pig and the deer have significant meaning relating to the bride’s last name and the grooms actual family crest. I just did the designing and gave them to file, they plan to print on various day of paper goods and I can’t wait to see! 
I used all watercolor / gouache paint for this design.  As you can see, there is no such method to my madness (unfortunately).  Sometimes it’s just easier for me to paint larger (I feel I can paint with more detail that way) then scale everything down and piece it together once I scan.  I use Photoshop to put the elements together.  Hey, it’s whatever works! 
I love seeing the ways people use crests, monograms, heraldry these days.  It doesn’t have to be just for your wedding! You could have a fun painting with meaningful icons created for you and your family to display as art.  The best part, it doesn’t have to be like actual traditional heraldry… you can pick elements and colors that reflect you best.  
For custom inquiries like this, visit my shop or e-mail me at shannonkcouch@gmail.com 
xox 

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

WHIMSICAL PURPLE POPPIES

I’ve been having a good time experimenting with different types of floral paintings lately.  If you follow on instagram (@shannonkirsten) you’ve seen several sneak peeks by now.  I am looking forward to turning these into prints (& other products) for the shop.  
{  painted using gouache }
xox
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

RECENT WORK: COLORFUL FLORIDA INSPIRED WEDDING | FEATURED ON RUFFLED BLOG

I love when I have the opportunity to be involved in the most coloful, fun, inspired shoots ever.  As a native Floridian, this shoot combined so many things I love about my home.  Best Photography captured it beautifully with the help of a handful of talented vendors.

We were featured on Ruffled Blog last week, hop on over there to see the full feature (click here)

Shoot Location: Maitland, FL / Photographer: Best Photography / Floral Design: Freshly Picked / Venue:Maitland Art Center / Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Makeup: Radiant Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite / Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals and Dishie Rentals / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration / Videographer: Imprint Cinema

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : PAINTING IN PROGRESS

A few photos from my instagram this week (@shannonkirsten).  I’ve been working on some special invitation projects, new summery floral prints for my shop, and a couple of styled shoots.  
The above photos are using gouache and acrylics.  xox
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

BRIGHT BLOOMS

A recently customized suite based off of my original boho design (we just took out the beetle and added more flowers).  I love creating things like this…the loose watercolor style is my favorite.  
I used gouache and canson watercolor paper to create the original designs.  I then had them printed on a linen textured card stock to maintain the painterly effect.  Green envelopes are from Paper Source.  
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Friday, April 18th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : IN PROGRESS

A few projects in the making.  I’ll be using this weekend to finish up some calligraphy projects and edit photos.  Happy Friday! 
xox
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

PAINTED PHOTOS // A FLORAL FEAST

If you follow my photography work as well, you’ll know that I have been experimenting with studio settings lately.  I’ve been wanting to try some just-for-fun things that would allow me to combine my paintings with my photography.  I wanted to shoot these white and bright to make a simple palette for drawing over.  I just tried a few to start and also painted a backdrop for this shoot as well (middle photo).  I love doing things like this that allow me to combine my favorite things, hoping to make a full series in the future.  You can see more on my photography blog – shannonkirstenphoto.com/blog
xo
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

RECENT WORK: SHOT THROUGH THE HEART PHOTO SHOOT

love this beautiful, bright shoot by Michelle March and Flutter Fete.  I created a watercolor suite using gouache.  All items were hand lettered with gouache and acrylic.  Visit my Etsy shop for pricing and customization of this suite.  xox
All photos by, Miami Wedding Photographer, Michelle March – Michelle March Photography – Fuji 400H on Contax 645 with Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f2 lens, developed + scanned by PhotoVision
Venue: Boca Resort – Boca Raton, Florida
Styling: Flutter Fete
Rentals: Love in Vintage
Floral Design: Anthology Co.
Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten
Cake: Gigi-Mamma Cakes
Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle 
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Sylvie
Special thanks to real life couple, Sarah and Scott!
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

RECENT WORK: EARTHY WATERCOLOR PROGRAMS + KRAFT PAPER

Another crest design I really enjoyed working on.  The monogram was created for and printed on four page programs.  The insides were simple black calligraphy.  We did a kraft menu and escort cards for the reception and these fun colorful place cards for the rehearsal dinner. 
The crest was created using gouache and watercolor.  The lettering was all done in acrylics.  Each place card and escort was individually painted by hand. 
Visit my shop for more custom design work 
xo
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Monday, February 24th, 2014

GARDEN ROMANCE WEDDING

A few photos of the calligraphy and paintings I did for this beautiful garden romance shoot.  I also photographed this and helped plan alongside the amazing Sarah Tucker.  I’m so pleased with the images and everyone who was involved.  So much talent and sweetness!  More about this shoot (and many more pretty photos) on my photo blog below.  You can shop and customize some of the items above via my Etsy shop
Happy Monday! xox 
VENDORS: 
Photography:  SHANNON KIRSTEN PHOTO // Design and Coordination: SARAH TUCKER EVENTS // Floral Design:  FRESHLY PICKED // Bridesmaid Dresses:  CAMILYN BETH BLACK GOWNS SPECIAL ORDER // Brides Dress: Jenny Packham via BOCA RATON BRIDAL // Furniture & Decor:  WISH VINTAGE RENTALS // Vintage Tableware: DISHIE RENTALS // Paper Suite, and hand painted signs: SHANNON KIRSTEN ILLUSTRATION // Favor Paper Design: PAPER PLEASE STUDIO // Bridesmaid Bags: HAYDEN REIS // Chargers: HANDSOME CHARGERS // Location: PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Featured on Grey Likes Weddings, see it here
See the full post on my official photography blog
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

SHOP UPDATES : NEW PRINTS & CUSTOM DESIGNS

I am excited to add a few new prints to the collection (and photographed some older favorites).  There are also some new listings up for save the dates, cards, and new watercolor suites.  The suites can be ordered “as is” or they can also be customized to suite the colors and florals for your wedding.  The new prints are all in stock and ready to ship within a few days of purchase.  For custom invitation orders e-mail me at shannonkcouch@gmail.com.  
I hope you enjoy the new items and can’t wait to add even more soon. 
Thanks for your support. xox 
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

RECENT WORK: TROPICAL WATERCOLOR SUITE + CREST DESIGN

REALLY loved working on these invitations for a fancy, tropical, florida wedding.  The combination of coral charm peonies and lots of greenery was the perfect inspiration I needed.  I used gouache watercolors to create the original designs and acrylic paint for the envelopes. 
Visit my new portfolio and shop on Etsy for more custom designs and calligraphy
xo

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : BUGS IN PROGRESS

I made some time yesterday to do a little sketching for my spring collection (of prints).  Using lines like these (and drawing bugs) is a little different for me but I’m liking it so far.  I think these guys will end up having a few more friends and a little watercolor added to them.  Stay tuned for some new prints coming soon. 
xx
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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

AROUND THE STUDIO

As predicted, January has flown by already (insert sad face).  I cannot believe how busy and great the past month has been, I’m so thankful.  I have been working nonstop but I guess this what I signed up for!  I have a ton of flowers sitting around from a valentines shoot this week so it has been fun to use them for styling.  Unfortunately, I’ve only had time to snap these few pictures on my ipad but I wanted to share a couple new things: 
I finally lettered my favorite Robert Frost quote, those will be up in the shop soon / Calligraphy for weddings like crazy lately…loved this choice of greens / The Je t’aime looked so cute printed I decided to make it an 8 x 10 for my shop (it will stay up for always, not just Valentines) 
Thanks all for now friends xox 
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

NEW WORK : A SNEAK PEEK

Some really fun watercolor invitations I worked on for a recent shoot.  I’m so excited about these and the shoot in general (I also got to photograph).  The team was amazing and I’m excited to share more soon.  Hope everyone is staying sane through these busy December weeks! 
xox
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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A THANKSGIVING SALE FOR YOU

15% off in my shop today through Sunday! Use the code “TURKEYDAY” at checkout to receive your discount.  All card and print orders will ship out on Tuesday.  If you have a custom request feel free to message me or e-mail shannonkcouch@gmail.com 
It’s time to stock up on holiday cards and other little gifts for friends! 
Happy shopping! 
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Friday, November 15th, 2013

WHITE & GOLD : A SNEAK PEEK

A few (insta) sneak peeks of a recent project.  Winter white and gold for the win.  I also shot this get up and will be looking forward to sharing photos very soon! 
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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

HOLIDAY IN FULL SWING

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I cannot believe it has come up so quickly! These are a few snapshots from the past couples weeks, around the studio and at my mom’s annual open house show.  I had some holiday cards and prints out on display there.  I had fun making these wild bouquets for the event and enjoyed the cooler air on my parents porch while friends and family mingled with us.  
Have you started shopping yet? I guess it is about time for me to start making my gifts-to-buy list! 
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Monday, November 11th, 2013

THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION IS HERE!

I’m so thrilled to have a little holiday collection complete and in the shop this morning! There are 10 new greeting card designs to choose from, a 2014 wall calendar, and some other fun gifty items.  I am especially excited about my new products because I have recently switched printers and upgraded to finer papers, I couldn’t be happier with the quality!  All designs are printed on a premium, thick matte card stock, scored, and folded to perfection.  The sets are packaged in kraft paper stationery boxes and tied up with my favorite black and gold bakers twine.  The single cards come in a protective clear sleeve.  I used mostly watercolor, gouache, and ink to create the original designs. 
I hope you enjoy sending some of these holiday cards to your friends and family this year.  If you have questions or custom requests feel free to e-mail me at shannonkcouch@gmail.com or get in touch through Etsy message.  Follow on bloglovin for new updates, products, and special offers through the holidays.  
for daily updates and studio snaps @shannonkirsten
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013

BLOOMS IN PROGRESS

A few sneak peeks of some work in progress.  All things floral lately!  I have been working hard to wrap up holiday designs and get them in the shop.  Plus all of these pretty flowers that will be a new collection of prints and cards.  
Keep up with my daily updates and studio snaps on instagram – @shannonkirsten 
xo
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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

HELLO OCTOBER

 

I love this month…It brings the first signs of cooler weather and it always feels like a kick off to the holiday season.  I’ve started adding some halloween items to my shop, there will be more soon along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Man this year is flying by! 
visit Etsy to view these new products and more
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Friday, September 27th, 2013

AND WE’RE OFF

Heading to New Orleans Fashion Week today for the weekend.  I’m so excited to spend time with some fabulous, creative ladies!  Tomorrow is a shop your city day and we will be at Hattie Sparks on Adams Street for a Camilyn Beth trunk show.  Sunday night Camilyn Beth will be showing her spring ’14 collection in her very first runway show.  I’m so proud of CB and excited to be a part of the excitement!  See you on Tuesday! 
xoxo
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Friday, September 27th, 2013

STUDIO SNAPS : PAINTING IN PROGRESS

A few more recent projects as of this past week.  I’ve been having fun creating some new floral wreath + quotes to add to my shop.  The happy colorful polka dots are going to be an invitation suite.   I love the way the Florida theme suite came out, I experimented with some different lettering styles that I really like.  That will be used for a styled shoot later this month.  Lastly, the little London prints were a custom project for bridesmaids cards. 
Visit my shop to see a few new items added.  Halloween goods will be up after the weekend so check back soon! 
xx
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

RECENT WORK : BEST PHOTOGRAPHY WATERCOLOR LOGO

A recent logo design project I created for Best Photography.  I have worked with them several times on styled shoots and just love their style and the new look on their site. The last two logos were other floral examples I created, the top one became the final. 
Visit their new site here 
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Monday, September 23rd, 2013

A NEW LOOK

I’ve been doing a bit of updating and refreshing around here lately.  I love creating logos but it’s funny how making things for yourself can be the most difficult.  I’m not quite finished yet but I like how it’s going so far! These little paint splatters just spoke to me; they are happy, colorful, and fresh…which are three words I don’t mind my illustration working being represented by.  I also re-did my name (on Etsy & Facebook).   I created a “just for fun” tumblr to share work in progress and some of my work snaps from instagram.  Some of my favorite pictures come from my iPhone / ipad so I decided they needed a little place to live.  Check it out and follow me here:  
Happy Monday friends!
xx
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

RECENT WORK : COASTAL CALLIGRAPHY

Loved collaborating with Paper Please for this pretty coastal wedding suite.  Heather designed the invitation suite and I did the calligraphy and custom wooden stamp.  The colors are just great! 
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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

LIFE LATELY // VIA INSTAGRAM + VSCO CAM

Snaps from my iphone of the past couple weeks, mostly caffeine and work 🙂 
I’m off to Asheville bright and early to shoot a wedding this weekend. I’m so excited to have some time away.  Even though I’m working it’s just nice to be somewhere new. Plus we’re driving and I love road trips! 
See you next week. xx
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Thursday, September 5th, 2013

FALL INSPIRATION // FEATURED ON GREEN WEDDING SHOES

I shared a few photos from this styled shoot awhile back…today we were featured on Green Wedding Shoes! Best Photography captured it beautifully.  I love seeing everyone’s talents come together.  Hop on over to see the full feature. 
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

RECENT WORK: CORAL & MUSTARD

Some recent custom invitations and day of paper goods I created for a Brooklyn wedding.  I loved the color choices for this wedding.  It was the brides idea to make each a little different and I loved how these turned out! The suite that went out to guests was all on a white background with mustard wording, the envelope calligraphy was done in mustard as well.  Then we brought out the pretty coral color in the day of programs.  I did an ombre watercolor for the menu.  I painted each table number and swept coral gouache over each one so they would all be a little different.  LOVE!  
If you want to do some crazy colorful paper for your wedding, you know where to find me! 
Visit Etsy or e-mail shannonkcouch@gmail.com for custom inquiries.
xx
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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

VOTE FOR ME // MARTHA STEWART AMERICAN MADE

Hi friends, 
I feel quite annoying to ask people to vote, it’s not something I normally do.  However, this contest is amazing and comes with a possible great opportunity for small American Made businesses.  This was created to celebrate and support local handmade creatives.  So, if you love my work and have a few spare minutes this week I would so appreciate it if you could go on and vote for me.  You will notice the green button to the right side of my blog, just click on that to go straight to my profile.  You can vote up to 6 times a day through September 7th.  I cannot see who votes or how many times so you don’t have to feel like a total creep going on there and clicking 6 times in a row. haha. Promise I won’t ask for a favor like this for awhile.  YOU’RE THE BEST!
xx
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Monday, August 26th, 2013

RECENT WORK & STUDIO SNAPS

A couple of fun new shower invitations and some other snippets of work in progress! I’m loving my new gouache paints and can’t wait to share some more creations from using them. xx
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Monday, August 19th, 2013

STUDIO SNAPS

Happy Monday! 
Here are a few little snippets of what has been going on around here lately (and what is to come).  Lots of floral art prints in progress and the beginnings of holiday items.  I’ve been trying to re-vamp the office and get more organized, my sleepy assistant makes that task more difficult sometimes.  Silly me for thinking that purchasing letter trays would keep her off of my papers. But at least she’s cute. 
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

RECENT WORK : FLORAL BLOG HEADER

I recently painted this pretty little blog header for the incredibly sweet and adorable Amanda of Marshalls Abroad.  I had to share a few of her food photos…they are styled perfectly and leave me  hungry and wanting to cook!  I mean, look at that cake!? 

all photos via Marshalls Abroad

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Friday, June 7th, 2013

NEW WORK : ELEGANT WOODLAND SUITE

I am thrilled with the way this “elegant woodland” inspired suite turned out.  We choose to incorporate simple white tea roses for the flowers and stuck to a true green for the foliage since the wedding will be held at a beautiful estate under trees and lights. We kept the wording and style formal but the calligraphy adds a touch of whimsy.  I did hand painted (with acrylic) calligraphy for each envelope. I LOVE! 
Visit my shop (here) or email me at shannonkcouch@gmail.com to inquire about custom designs and calligraphy.
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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

DECO INSPIRED CALLIGRAPHY

Some fun new deco inspired save the dates I just finished!  How fun are the hot pink envelopes with glitter liners?  Those liners get me every time. 
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