New For Spring: Poufs!

I love me a good Moroccan pouf when it comes to interior design. And so, for spring, I created the perfect stationery notecards for pouf-enthusiasts everywhere!

Shop these and much more for spring HERE.

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New in the Shop: Audrey-Inspired Stationery for Spring

Think Pink! Today I’m revealing the second part of my new “Audrey in Funny Face” line for spring –  my signature personalized stationery has gone pink for spring! This stationery is inspired by the iconic moment from Audrey Hepburn’s classic film, Funny Face. Clad in a brightly flowered dress, Audrey heads to a Parisian flower stand for a photo shoot with “photographer” Fred Astaire. This sequence from the film is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to send out notes on this freshly-picked stationery! Shop it now.

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Published: Pink Magazine

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So excited to share this news with you all today! A Thing Created is on the cover of Pink Magazine for February! Yes, that’s right y’all, I’m officially published! I was so flattered when the folks at Pink contacted me about featuring me as the cover artist for their February Issue. Their theme for February? Be Passionate.They settled on my “Behind the Umbrella” illustration for the cover, and featured me and my illustrations in an absolutely lovely feature article - read it HERE! Seriously, I was blown away by how sweet and lovely this article was. So happy to be on the cover of this issue of Pink!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this little behind-the-scenes action from my “selfie photo shoot” for the cover. (That’s what I’m terming it. Ain’t nobody got time for professional portrait shoots!)

Thanks so much for following along with me on this creative journey (and if you’ve just found me, stick around for the ride!) Stay creative lovelies!

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NEW For Spring: Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

What’s NEW in the shop for spring? It’s all about my favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Funny Face. Now it’s really hard for me to choose a favorite Hepburn film (Audrey, as you know if you’ve been reading for any length of time, is my style icon and all-around heroine.) But Funny Face is a no-brainer for creative inspiration – it’s one of a surprisingly small number of iconic fashion films. It’s set in Paris (my favorite city.) And it’s all about a fashion magazine for which Audrey’s character models dozens of incredibly beautiful couture creations. In short, it’s perfection in a film.

Today I’m highlighting this pretty adorable print featuring Audrey in the iconic black turtleneck (which she wears to a ‘beatnik’ style club in Paris…but of course looks gorgeous and nothing like a beatnik.)

If you’re an Audrey fanatic, snap this one up during my Be My Valentine Sale at 25% off with code: VALENTINE

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Hey Juliet

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It is an unfortunate leftover from my early 2000’s childhood that every time I see the name Juliet, I hear running through my head, not some soaring passage from the Shakespeare play or one of pieces composed by Prokofiev for the ballet, but a stupid song called “Hey Juliet” by some boy-band that happened to be playing over the sound system one day as my thirteen-year-old self roamed the juniors section at Nordstrom (probably searching for something with leather fringe.) This song has somehow literally been stuck in my head for almost 10 years, despite the fact that I have no idea who the band is or where I ever heard it after that. All I remember is the refrain – “hey, hey Juu-liet.” Over and over again, like the torturous dripping noise on a leaky faucet in the middle of the night. Oh well – one of the greatest treasures of the western world has been inextricably marred for me by a few nineteen-year-olds with horrible haircuts and baggy jeans. Worse things happen.

If you feel like sharing in my torture, and/or want to see everything wrong with the 2000s in one video, I googled the song and found this. Don’t click it. Don’t.

So clearly my enthusiasm for the early 2000s is low. But, my enthusiasm for the beautiful ballet composed by Prokofiev and based on Shakespeare’s play is very high. In particular, this version, which is performed at La Scala (one of the most beautiful and renowned opera houses) in Milan – and hence, inevitably incredibly fashionable. Juliet’s ballet costumes are always empire-waisted and free-flowing, making the ballerinas who wear them look even more demure,, like clouds floating around the stage upon puffs of air. I can’t get enough of it. The mustard gown worn by the incredible Alessandra Ferri for Juliet’s entrance to the Capulet ball is just plain perfection. See her dancing in it here.

Stay creative, and don’t forget to surround yourself with everyday beauty, every day!

xo

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Last Minute Valentines? Got You Covered!

Calling all well-intentioned procrastinators! All you lovely ladies who had every intention of getting sweet and pretty notes sent out to all your gals and loved ones, (I’m raising my hand here) but have yet to buy or make a single thing. I can relate to all you busy ladies, and so this week I decided to give y’all the perfect solution:

Printables! No shipping or pre-planning required. For these little lovelies, all you need is love! (And a printer.)

In this instant-download package from my shop, you’ll get three printable PDF files that create beautiful and unique A2-size cards with just one fold! It’s my kind of DIY – super easy and foolproof!

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Stay creative and don’t forget to surround yourself with everyday beauty, every day!

xo

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Style Moment: Britt of “Britt and Whit” in Piperlime


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Can we talk about how chic and fun this style moment is? I spied this chic look on Britt, who is one half of the San Francisco fashion blog Britt and Whit. I’m loving the way she styled the flirty skirt from Piperlime – I also have a serious weakness for polka-dots & navy. And don’t you love that statement platform shoe? It finishes the look off perfectly! This one gets an A+ for the perfect combination of slightly-retro, totally-chic effortless style!

 

 

Style Moment: Sydne Summer’s Carrie Moment

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This week’s style moment is a much-needed burst of brightness in this dreary month! January, that most-hated of months is almost over! I know it’s tough to see the first month of a new year go, and there are some great things about the “new beginnings” feeling of January, but I can’t help being glad to say goodbye to it every year – there is nothing I like all that much about this month. Gray skies, no festive holidays, Christmas-withdrawals and not a flower or heat-wave in sight.

Which is why today I’m featuring Sydne Summer’s bold and beautiful look! She’s a stylish and fun blogger who also has a great YouTube video series that goes through fashion trends from A to Z. This look is part of her “staple series” – she also remixed this bright Express skirt in two other (equally stylish) outfits. I loved the boldness of this one – she’s calling it her “Carrie Moment” look, and it doesn’t pull any punches! (Stripes, leather, magenta and hot blue – and it all works!) Now let’s power through the rest of January!

Love is Sweet. Especially When I Get to Illustrate It.

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I thought there’d be no better time to share this commission from 2014 than with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! Jennifer commissioned this adorable portrait late last year for her fabulous engagement party at Dylan’s Candy Bar – the coolest candy store in the world, started by Dylan Lauren. Isn’t that the best idea for an engagement party? I was like a kid in a candy store with this concept (was that pun too on-the-nose? Nah, I’m writing a candy-themed blog post so at this point I think I’m past screening silly puns.) I decided to seat the couple on an adorable marble old-fashioned candy counter, and add the Dylan’s flavor by inserting a candy-striped floor (one of my favorite things in the store) and their iconic logo.

I’ve got a pretty big sweet-tooth, and there’s nothing sweeter than love in a candy shop, so needless to say this was one of my favorite commissions of the year!

Craving some sweetness yourself? Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is in the shop now!

 

 

Three Ways to Say I <3 You (Or Je T'aime…)

It’s the perfect weekend to stock up on Valentines for all your gal-pals! Today I’m highlighting three of my favorite designs for Valentine’s Day cards in the shop. Up first…

Je T’aime! She’s Parisian-chic with a Valentine’s twist.

 

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Be Mine with Balloons…she’s ready to float away with her balloon-bouquet!

 

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And finally…Galentines! Because Galentines day is actually better than Valentines Day.

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Happy weekending all!

12th Girl

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Okay. So as promised in the previous post, I’ve gotten a little bit into the football mania. I little bit. It’s hard to be a Seattleite and not catch a little 12th man excitement, no matter how indifferent to the sports world you are. (<< incidentally this gif describes my exact thought process while sketching the above.)

Hence, my “12th Girl,” the least sporty sports fan in the history of football, and available for purchase in the shop for all you Seahawks fans who don’t mind showing your colors in a more…well…fashionable fashion.

It’s Valentine’s Day! (Well…almost.)

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So. I have two reasons to be EXCITED today.

1) I live in Seattle. Although I have less football knowledge than your average two year old, you’d have to be living under a rock in this city not to catch some of this 12th man fever after yesterday’s crazy Seahawks game. (Stay tuned for something on that….)

2) I’m launching VALENTINE’S DAY in the shop! I am an unabashed girly girl (I chose to paint pictures of girls in cute dresses for a living, so you should have that figured out already) – hence the aforementioned ignorance of football. Anyway, V-Day is my favorite: the girliest of holidays. Pink. Red. Hearts. Candy. Flowers. I love it all. And I’m hoping you all love it as much as I do, because I went on a Valentine’s bonanza this year and created ten cute card designs. We’ve got cards, we’ve got stationery, we’ve got art prints…and a couple iPhone cases are in the works for release this week! Bask in all the Valentinesyness in my shop (there’s a lot of it!) And stay tuned as I feature some on the blog in the next couple weeks!

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Featured By: Kerrie Mitchell of Rarely Taken Seriously

Hey all! I’m super excited about today – because I get to share with you all my feature with amazing blogger, Kerrie Mitchell of Rarely Taken Seriously!

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I got in touch with Kerrie late last year and we totally hit it off! She’s the sweetest and friendliest person you’ll ever email, and on top of that, her blog is full of beautiful photos, links, and lots of pink! I had so much fun with the interview and photo shoot, and can’t wait to work with Kerrie again! Head on over to Rarely Taken Seriously for the full interview and feature, and don’t forget to follow Kerrie on Instagram and Twitter – she’ll add some serious beauty and fun to your feeds!

Commission: Welcome to New York

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It’s Wednesday (already? Anyone else’s week flying by this week?) and today I’m highlighting some custom work! This mother-daughter sweetness was commissioned as a Christmas gift by sweet daughter. She requested a bit of NYC scenery since her parents recently moved to the city – which is arguably my favorite part of the sketch – hello, mini arc-de-triomphe! (Yes, I know it’s actually the Washington Square Arch.)

P.S. I love that the phrase Welcome to New York is now a thing…Taylor Swift’s latest gift to copy-writing!

Shop Highlight: Bow Pumps in Sumi

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Hey weekend! You’re here already? You sure snuck up on me this week.Today I’m highlighting a brand spanking new item in the shop: my “Bow Pumps” print in sumi ink. I love that  this is slightly different from my usual colorful and detailed watercolor illustrations – this sumi-ink piece is graphic and monochromatic, and I’m in love with how it turned out! I think it packs a sophisticated and girly punch – right now it’s sitting on my desk stacked in a colorful tray (above.) Snag one from the shop now!