I’m so excited to share some photos of the colorful save the dates I designed for Hunter and I’s wedding! I knew we would incorporate a lot of color, florals and plants into our wedding plans for a festive bohemian garden party vibe. I also knew I wanted to make some kind of crest / monogram design to incorporate our pets. We stuck in a grasshopper, butterfly and cardinal as they have significant meanings to honor our grandmothers. I used all of our favorite florals – poppies, anemone, protea, peonies and blue delphiniums. I printed a custom stamp with the monogram as well. I just love how bright and happy they turned out!
I finally had a chance to go through some more of my photos from New York. I can’t believe the stationery show (and our engagement!) was already a month ago. We had so many new releases this year and they are all available on Etsy now. New gift wrap prints, place cards, cards in all categories and more! We used a similar booth set up as in years past. We have our own hard walls that are stored in NYC so it makes the set up process a bit easier. Although they have gotten pretty banged up so we will have to re-paint next year when we go. I still love my copper rods for gift wrap and white molding to make little shelves for the cards. I loved our new area of botanical prints and am so excited to have a series of these. As busy and exhausting as the show week can be, the energy is so great and it’s so fun to mingle with buyers and other stationery businesses. We love attending the Minted party and Oh So Beautiful Paper’s Paper Party, always so fun and beautifully decorated! (see a few photos below).
And we’re off! (almost) I can’t believe another year of National Stationery Show is quickly approaching. Every year I look forward to spending the week in NYC and debuting new designs at the show. Here is a look at our mailers, bright and colorful as usual! And a sneak peek of a few of my new favorites launching this week at NSS. Signing off for a bit but be sure to follow along on instagram for behind the scenes and a look at more new products that will be hitting the shop soon!
This is a long overdue post of one of my absolute favorites from 2017. Molly & Austin are both long time family friends and it was such a joy and honor to work on their stunning wedding. We went CRAZY with stationery and I also did photography so it was really fun to see this all come together on the day. If you have never visited Boca Grande (a stay at The Gasparilla Inn specifically) you need to add it to your list!
We began with a mostly blue formal suite complete with a blue and pink illustrated map of Boca Grande. Light blue envelopes with dark blue calligraphy which opened to a floral monogramed envelope liner! We made booklet programs, fun itinerary cards with a larger version of the map for welcome bags, printed the map on the actual welcome bags, and created a toile pattern with Boca Grande icons & their pup, Stella – which Sarah had printed on candy bars, cookies, water bottles, coozies and more! We used the crest outline for table numbers and menus with hand painted names for place cards on the tables. I painted a mirror for the bar and a smaller watercolor sign for the signature cocktail. Last but not least, hand painted escort tags with blue tassels displayed in pretty gold frames! CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS ALL.
So sweet to have this beauty featured on Southern Weddings, you can see more photos and read what Molly had to say about the day here
Design: Molly Boyd Event Design & Sarah Tucker
Coordinator & Floral Styling: Caroline Ruth Designs
Flowers: Fifty Flowers
Photography: Shannon Kirsten
Stationery / Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten
Hair & Makeup: Ali Pullen & Heather Jo Stock @ Acqua Aveda Salon – Anna Maria Island
Dress: Hailey Page
Suit: Mr. Porter & Burberry
Bridal Party: Joanna August / The Black Tux
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Venue & Caterer: Boca Bay Pass Club (The Gasparilla Inn for getting ready photos)
Some new botanicals added to the collection! I have been working like crazy to finalize our new collection to release at NSS next month and I’m so excited about our new offerings and to share more soon. A few of these prints will start popping up on Etsy soon so stay tuned.
We got to shower our bestie Cami back in January to celebrate the arrival of little Jett! Heather’s home was the pretty setting for this beautiful morning with all of Cami’s best girls. Her mom and sister made the awesome balloon arch backdrop! Sarah had my illustrations printed on all kinds of cute things. These little straw flags are so precious and have Jett’s SK monogram on them c/o For Your Party. I made narwhal themed invitations with hand painted addresses and a handmade narwhal garland. We brunched on ‘make your own’ chia seed parfaits and salads from Latte Luna. So much fun to celebrate his arrival in a special way!
How beautiful and fabulous is this pink first birthday?! I had so much fun working on all the bright pretty paper for this day and love how perfectly it was styled and captured. So dreamy and fun for sweet little Celine!
Hope you lovelies have a great weekend!
Photography: Paper Antler (@paperantler)
Planning: Berlanti Azhak (@berlanti4, @theelegantninja)
Stationery: Shannon Kirsten (@shannonkirsten)
Florals: Flower Life Chicago (@flowerlifechicago)
Cake: Altissima Cake (@altissimacake)
Venue: Spiaggia – Chicago, Illinois
Here are a few pretty birds I have been working on for our new collection launching next month at NSS!
I am thrilled to launch and share some details about this special collaboration between myself and Camilyn Beth. This is CB’s first print on her perfect, classic designs. We could not be happier with how the dresses turned out. Cami and I have been friends since we were 14 & 16, we were always doing creative things together growing up. I remember having paint days at both of our parents houses, we were always making signs for games when we were cheerleaders and Cami even made her prom dress her senior year! We dreamed of doing something creative together and eventually both ended up at fashion school. We started our ‘official’ businesses around the same time and have always helped each other with styling, photography, blogging and just general bff / business advice. She has understood the blood, sweat and tears of creating something from nothing and I’ve felt so blessed to be on this journey together. Through all the crazy years getting the businesses off the ground it’s been so nice to have a best friend to compare notes with, bounce ideas off of and share in each others successes. As you can see, this really has been a looooong time coming. This is a dream come true for us!
You can shop the dresses online at www.camilynbeth.com
We hope you enjoy your limited edition and truly one of a kind pieces! Be sure to tag your photos wearing our custom print with #CBXSKFLOWERPARTY
Now enjoy some behind the scenes of us finalizing the designs and doing a photo shoot / happy dance when the first style arrived last week 🙂
This dishtowel for Spring turned out so beautiful! I love the touch of gold foil added to one of my all time favorite designs, this painted floral heart. These are now in Anthropologie stores and online here
Early this morning with coffee in hand, staring out my window to an unusually cold and gloomy day I finally have time to reflect on 2017 and begin working on my goals and ‘to do’ list for 2018. Naturally, a few days behind due to the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks. With Christmas, family being in town, all the holiday parties, and traveling to photograph my friends wedding on New Years Eve (plus keeping up with client work) it’s been hard to find time for myself…prioritizing is obvi a goal for the new year. If I’m being honest I didn’t feel ready and refreshed for a new year like in years past. This year was hard and exhausting to say the least. And while I achieved some professional successes in 2017 personally I felt a little down and all the terrible things that have happened in the world this past year haven’t helped. I lost my grandfather in October and up until then I’ve had all four grandparents in my life, this was a hard realization of getting older. It’s also just tough to see your family struggle through sadness. A month before we were evacuated for hurricane Irma which was just crazy (I wrote about it here). With successes there is also disappointment and the hard fact that you are just not going to please everyone or get every job you wanted. I, unfortunately, am one to dwell on things and wonder what I could have done better / why I didn’t do better…This is one thing I understand I need to let go of to move forward into a new year of happiness and success. I did my best. That’s all I can do and now it’s time to press on and remember what exciting things await me (us). Not trying to be a negative nancy, I’m just feeling like it’s more important, in these days of the perfect social media photo, to let you all know it’s not just painted sunshine and rainbows over here. Running my creative business is the hardest thing in my life. But it’s also been the most rewarding. We’ve come so far and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of family, friends, and you all that follow along on this journey. That all being said, there certainly were many things to celebrate and many happy times too! Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the fun stuff…
At the beginning of 2017 I developed the biggest collection of stationery yet, so many designs that I feel really proud of and that feel very ‘me’
Early in the year I worked on an exciting project for Saks! My floral illustrations were featured in their online bridal shop (also on Bay and Lord & Taylor!)
In February we showed at NY Now for the first time. It was a huge show, we had a huge booth, it was a lot of work but so much fun and the payoff has been amazing. See my full post here
Also while in NYC we enjoyed a few days off and got stuck in the blizzard which we honestly LOVED. It was so much fun and absolutely gorgeous (remember Hunter and I both grew up in Florida, ha). Definite highlight of the year. See more pics in this post
We renovated our kitchen and it was featured on Apartment Therapy! More here
I moved into a new (& bigger) studio which has been so much fun to decorate and create in. We also did an open house all last month so it was pretty awesome to have guests and friends come enjoy the space and shop my collection!
In April we went to Puerto Rico to photograph my friends wedding (sharing more on the invites soon). We of course did some sight seeing which you can revisit here
After Puerto Rico we hopped over to Dominican Republic for Hunters birthday. We literally did nothing and just relaxed which I’ve never done before on vacation. It was nice. lol. More here
Then we had my friends Molly & Austins wedding in Boca Grande. We photographed and did all the stationery (more pics to come). It was recently featured on Southern Weddings here
The next week we jumped back on a plane for NYC for the National Stationery Show. NSS is my FAVE! Such a good energy at the show and always fun to catch up with industry peers, see buyers of our stores, and hustle stationery of course. This year was extra special because Stationery Trends named me a designer to watch in 2017. We were invited to a dinner with the other 9 designers to watch sponsored by Mohawk paper. It was fun to meet everyone and enjoy a lovely evening after the craziness of the show. We also went to Minted’s party and did some exploring per usual. More here
Above & Below are two of my favorite custom wedding suites from the year. I have so many favorites and so many wonderful clients it’s too hard to chose. These two stand out, both couples and their wedding teams (Gold Leaf Event Design and Laurel & Rose) were the sweetest and had such a fun vision for the day. It’s really such a joy to work with my creative couples on their invitations. I am so thankful for each and every client that chose to work with me on their wedding this past year. You guys keep me on my toes and help push my creativity! Y’all are the seriously the best!
I can’t do a ‘best of’ post without including Blade since he’s a big part of our life (& photo shoots!). He turned one in June, yay! Which hopefully means he will leave his toddler stage and start behaving soon. ha. Love this guy a little too much. Below we’re matching c/o Tail Wag
Re-released Hallmark cards out in stores and below a new holiday collection I designed for them this year!
And finally, by far the most exciting thing this year was the release of my collaboration with Anthropologie! Cue Confetti! This project meant so much to me being a long time fan of Anthro. It has always been a goal of mine to work with them. Dreams do come true, guys. Shop my collection on Anthropologie here (it’s also in stores).
There you have it. My highs and lows of 2017. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. For supporting this business, shopping on etsy, reading this blog, following on instagram, etc. I appreciate you all and hope you know you contribute to making this dream work. I’m beyond grateful to wake up everyday to something I love and that fulfills me. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store. I am taking the rest of the week to finish projects and get the house and studio organized. See you back here soon with some exciting new things.
Wishing you the happiest & most full, best year yet!
I’m so excited to share part two of my collaboration with Anthropologie! This planner is so insanely cute with gold foil and floral prints on the inside. I’m obsessed! The gift wrap book was so fun to use for the holidays. I also framed one of the pages from it in an 18×24 frame for our living room. It’s been so fun to have these products in Anthro stores. It is especially exciting to have friends and family sending me photos and enjoying using them! They are available online and in most Anthropologie stores, click below to shop.
I recently had the unique opportunity to work with Etsy on designing a singles greeting to be featured on Match.com for free download! I’m so excited with how my ‘plant lady’ inspired card came out, drawing ideas from my own tropical Florida house plants and a cute vintage couch. I also love the idea of giving a plant in a cute pot as a gift, so that’s just what this gal is doing! We had fun taking some behind the scenes photos and making this little process video. You can view and download my design (and others) right here
Happy Monday! Hope you had a great kick-off to December weekend! I love that December 1st was on a Friday this year, I feel like everyone was out shopping, decorating, and there were lots of local events. We had our annual open house art show Saturday and Sunday was my birthday so we spent it relaxing and enjoying our favorite brunch (happy birthday to my fellow Sagittarius / December babies)! This is truly the most wonderful (and busy) time of the year hence the radio silence lately. I thought I’d pop in today and share some favorite snaps from our holiday catalog this year. You can shop all of our holiday items on Etsy right here
It’s the weekend! Time to treat yourself wonderful!
Seriously obsessed with how these turned out. The burgundy lettering is perfect for fall with some soft blush accents. Complete with the couples black cat tucked in the crests holding some craft beers!
I am THRILLED to finally be able to share part of my artist collaboration with Anthropologie! Dream come true! We’ve been working on this for over a year, so to finally see these products come to life and online has been so fun. A few of my friends went to our local Anthro these weekend and were sending me snaps of my name on the back of the packaging, just so exciting! I love how beautiful these turned out. Journals and other office supplies have been something I’ve always wanted to branch into.
You can shop my products on www.anthropologie.com
A recent save the date for a destination wedding in Punta Cana. Loved the idea to create the shape of the island with bright tropical florals to set the vibe for a weekend of fun in the sun.
Painted using gouache
This colorful boho suite for a recent client was such a fun one to create! The wild florals and little critters are my absolute favorite things to design. I’m so pleased with how bright and lovely these turned out. Complete with a simple map of the area and the cute yellow barn they will be married in front of. I used all gouache / watercolor for the design and we printed on 110lb linen textured card stock complete with luxe blush envelopes from paper source.
I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. Hope you all have a great one!
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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 🙂
Happy first day of Spring!
Some favorite bright florals in honor of the new season.
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
A recent suite for a starry night themed bat mitzvah, something a little different for me and I love how it turned out!
Happy international women’s day to all the ladies out there doing amazing things!
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!
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
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!
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!
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
All of the new cards in our Spring collection have officially launched and you can shop them on Etsy, right here
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
Little winter illustrations, just for fun!
Always love the heirloom pumpkins.
A favorite Thanksgiving print (and now a card) in the shop
Blade visiting Camilyn Beth‘s studio. Nicole and Cami made him look extra handsome!
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 🙂
Have a beautiful weekend!
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.
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!
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
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.
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…
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!
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!
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…
“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!
Photos: @jmgunn / @stef_adams_ / @_sarahtucker
all prints above available in my shop
Flowers: Kings Wholesale
*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.
*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.
Anyways, here are some articles I LOVED this week and a few items I have my eye on…
– Another article I found important and lovely, “Are you beautiful?”.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xox
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
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
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 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
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
See the full shoot on Green Wedding Shoes right here