I bought a power drill! I barely know how to use it, but somehow I managed to assemble this new little work area for myself, including this brand new screen printing press! I'm pumped. I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Like, a lot a lot. So ideally, this means a lot more time using my hands and real-life tools like exposure lights and squeegees. Wahoo!Stay tuned!
It may be the end of summer, but it's the beginning of a new month. A fresh start. So, rabbit rabbit!"Rabbit rabbit" is something I've been saying since I was a kid. They say it is good luck if you say it before anything else on the first of the month. From what I can find, it is a British superstition from the early 1900s. And I'm a sucker for superstitions, so why not!It is also something I want to start making a bigger deal of. Because a little extra luck and hope can't hurt this world!So leave last month behind and have a fabulous September, all!
I recently got an email from a good friend and the subject line was "More projects by my favorite designer?"In it, she asked me to design a couple of prints. One for her apartment and one for a wedding gift. Both designed by me. AwwwwwWWWW. How could I resist an email so sweet?So below is the print I designed for her apartment. She requested it read, "Life's too short to wear matching socks." (She does not like to wear matching socks.) Hope you like it!
Every Christmas, I receive a nice hand-written card from my aunt who lives in California. This year, she signed the card, "Enjoy each day." I thought it was a simple and beautiful message, and I wanted to keep it as an everyday reminder. However, I knew the card would inevitably get lost in the sea of correspondence I've been saving since high school. So, I photographed her handwriting, blew it up, and created this print. Look, Aunt Mary Pat, you're an artist!I also entered this print into the Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge. So if you want to see it for sale at West Elm, click here to vote. And as always, thank you!
Happy New Year, everyone!I recently returned from eleven days in Australia. It was an amazing getaway. And honestly, it couldn't have come at a better time. A time when admittedly, I'm a little confused about life, love, and oh how the list goes on...On my trip, I met many interesting travelers. In fact, I spent a night at sea with 23 of them on the SV Whitehaven sailboat. They came from Germany, England, France, Sweden, etc. It was a great group and by the end of our journey to and from Whitehaven Beach, we all became quite good friends. And our boat started to feel like home.There, on a boat in the middle of the ocean, I felt at home. This experience, and the many new people I met (some who are traveling for years at a time), inspired me to create the print series below. Reminders that love doesn’t have to be defined by marriage or babies. And home doesn’t have to be defined by a house with four windows and a door. Love is all around us. And home is wherever we make it. Love Is All AroundTraveler's CompassI also entered these prints into Minted's Work of Art Challenge. So if you like them, click here and here to vote (voting ranges from 1-5 and ends January 21). And as always, thanks for reading!
I start a new job today.I'm excited.And anxious.I spent the last week between jobs resting, refreshing and getting inspired. I read in a lot of parks, took Instagrams in a lot of coffee shops, drank beer in a lot of bars, designed a lot, slept a lot and watched a lot of strange movies. (Speaking of, have you seen Take This Waltz? How had I never heard of this movie before? I loved it!)And, I even started taking those guitar lessons I've been meaning to take for twelve years.It felt good to refresh! And now, I think I'm ready to re-join you all in the real world. Ready, go!
A lot has happened over the past couple of weeks. Multiple close friends have gotten engaged (Congrats Melinda + Kara, Lindsey + Brent!), I became an aunt and Godmother (Congrats Jonny + Brigid!) and I celebrated turning 30 while sipping wine in the vineyards of Northern California.But in all honesty, I am having trouble pinpointing exactly how I feel about all of these milestones. On one hand, it is all very exciting. But on the other hand, it concerns me how quickly life is flying by.I think Audrey Hepburn described my feelings best. She once said, "Getting older doesn't frighten me, but I wish I didn't have to because I like life a lot."So true. In fact, I love this quote so much, I decided to make it a print to commemorate my 30th birthday celebration in Sonoma, California. Enjoy!
I was honored when my friend Risa asked me to concept and design the announcement revealing the gender of her baby to her family, friends and blog readers. And I was even more honored when she chose an idea that involved me knowing the gender of her baby before she did! It was definitely a tough secret to keep for eighteen hours, but it was totally worth it to see the amazing reactions on her and her husband's faces. What a memorable moment.Congratulations, Risa and Chris!
I know. I haven't posted much lately. I apologize to anyone who looks forward to reading these things. (I'm lookin at you, Aunt Lou.)But I promise there's good reason for it. Here it is.Remember when we were kids and we had time to rejuvenate after a long school year? It was called "summer vacation." And it came with that same over-excited feeling every year.But now, it seems like summer just comes and goes, doesn't it? And a lot of us see most of it through office windows.[morning at Stuart Goldenberg's photo studio in Philadelphia]But just because we're not kids anymore doesn't mean we don't still need time to reenergize. In fact, we probably need it more. So I've decided that this year, I'm actually going to treat summer like summer.I kicked it off a few weekends ago with a surf trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida. And the morning of my flight, I woke up with the same over-excited feeling I used to get on the last day of school.In Cocoa Beach, the weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful, the waves were ideal for beginner surfers and Pete Dancer over at Cocoa Beach Surf Company gave some killer lessons. I highly recommend it.I followed that up with Memorial Day weekend in Dewey Beach, and spent this past weekend in Baltimore enjoying some Natty Bohs and baseball. Because I've decided that this year, I'm not going to let summer slip away from behind a computer.I guess what I'm trying to say is, sorry I'm not sorry for going light on the blog posts lately :-) Happy summer, all!