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Around here lately..

Work & life has been crazy.  We got a pretty good health scare last week so everything else was just kind of put to the back burner.  I think I’ve prayed more than I have in a long time, and I’ve been seemingly more grateful for the little things.  Without getting into the details of what is or isn’t, all I will say is that I hope things will be okay.  They have to be, right?

Besides all of that, here’s a peek at life around here, lately..

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I think I’ve sent out about 100+ of these Bachelorette Party packs this past week.  Definitely wedding season!  Also makes me feel like I should make a pg-13 version, since these are a little crazy.. haha

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Though the doctor didn’t necessarily say that Matt needs to eat better… I took it upon myself to make sure that he does.  No more nachos, no more crazy burgers (well, maybe sometimes!), and definitely more breakfast!  I boiled all of these eggs to make sure he eats breakfast every morning and of course, I couldn’t help but ombre them.

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Lots of sunshine this week.  The dogs are definitely happy <3

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Custom wedding suites finished and out the door!  Wedding season in full effect, can anyone else feel it??

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I’ve somehow found a crazy love of decaling/ heat sealing onto ceramics.  Seriously – you don’t want to see my kitchen!  These are so amazing and gorgeous and permanent!  I may do a tutorial soon…

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Lots of dog walks.

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Custom baby onesies for an old friend.  I actually stopped commissioning these about a year ago, but she asked nicely (lol) and I may think about bringing these back..  who knows.

Other than that, the last few days have been crazy rainy & all I’ve wanted to do is spend time with my little family.  I’m making it a priority to be in the moment more often, instead of just all over the place.

Here’s to another great week.  xo!

More sunny day(s)!

Please excuse my absence – I’ve been out enjoying the sun!  It has been breathtakingly beautiful here in Seattle.  So excited for Spring now that it’s finally here. :)

Life and work has been great.  Last night I went to an Entrepreneur event that my old company hosts every month, and to be honest, I found myself a little hesitant to go.  It’s been about 3/4 months since I’ve seen everyone, and I knew there would be lots of small talk and questions about how I’m doing… how my business is doing… what I’m doing..

Surprisingly (which really shouldn’t even be a surprise), everyone was super supportive, no one even asked how my workload is cause they all assumed it’s going well, and I was even asked to quote several print projects.  It’s funny how you can doubt yourself so much when you’re literally surrounded by nothing but support.  And the truth is I don’t even know why there is any doubt – I’m doing this, legit doing it.  Sometimes I’m so weird… haha.

Anyway, I designed this super cute Flower Girl card for one of my brides, & I loved the poem so much I’m actually going to list the card.  For some reason I never think twice about listing the custom work I’ve done, even though I get so many questions about them.

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See how amazing the sunshine is??

Life is good.  & it’s Friday – which I (honestly) did not know.  Working for yourself you just seem to lose track of the days..

Humbled & Truth(s).

It’s officially March, which means I’ve been at this self-employment thing for about 3 months now.  And to say that I am grateful is an understatement.  The sole fact that I’m okay, that I have constant work, that I’m being picked up in retailers/ boutiques proves that I really can do this.  That I AM doing it.

I am so humbled by all of the support, the kindness, the return customers.  Living your dream, creating and making work that you are so proud of, the feeling is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.  While I’ve always had creative side work, it’s always just been side work.  It was never my total income or fulltime gig, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude.  If it seems like I’m in total shock right now, it’s because I (still) am.  Sometimes I even catch myself telling people I’m a Marketing Manager… ha!  Such a lifetime ago.

Aside from all of that, I’ve been thinking about family a lot lately.  While I am so happy about my business, I definitely didn’t plan for any of this – being 30 and not married, with no kids and no health insurance.  I never thought I’d quit my job and put everything I’ve always wanted on hold, while I figured out… life.  It’s scary to be in my shoes and worry that life will pass me by, and before I know it I’ll be 40 with an amazing job I’ve created – but have nothing else to show for it.  The truth is that if i hadn’t left my job, if I was still in my plush gig, I’d probably be thinking about really *trying* for a baby & getting married right now.  I’m not really sure what else to say about any of that – because this is ultimately what I chose.  I guess some days that reality is just harder to swallow than others…

Anyway – enough of that.
Happy Sunday, friends.

Shop Things.

It’s been almost a week since my last post, mostly due to the fact that I’ve just been swimming in shop-related things.  A few updates below:

1) I finally contacted the shop that copied my dare cards (remember that?).  The response wasn’t great… whatever.  I guess you live and learn – in this case I’ve learned to be smarter about stating my copyrights.

2) Speaking of dare cards… a super fun bunch of girls bought a set and had what seemed like the best bachelorette party EVER.  They posted tons of photos and my heart was overjoyed.  A GREAT reminder of why I do what I do.

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3) Taxes!  Business taxes.  Yikes.  No one talks to you about this when you launch your million dollar ideas, and as my shop continues to grow, the taxes continue to increase.  2013 was an amazing year, and my taxes proved it.  I’m also a little poor right now… haha

4) Passion.  The more and more I delve into this self-employment thing, the more I’m realizing what sets people/ companies/ products apart.  There are so many products/ items that are similar in design language, style, color, etc and the best thing I can do for myself is SHOW MY PASSION.  Do work with intentions and meaning.  This takes me to a handwritten piece I recently did…

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This piece means SO much to me because it is so personal.  These are the things I should be selling.

Other than all of that, it’s just business as usual around here.  I’m beginning to feel like I need more social interaction now that I work from home and am very aware of how much I do NOT speak to anyone all day…. lol.  #firstworldproblems

Happy Monday, friends!