I start a new job today.
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!
Remember that time I told you about my big plans to re-brand myself?
Well, I finally did it. Say ‘hello’ to Letter19.
I’ve been kicking the name around for about a year now. I’ve said it out loud to people, I’ve played with logo designs, I’ve changed my Twitter handle… and I still really dig it. I dig the idea of defining a letter of the alphabet (‘S,’ obviously) with a number. It’s a way of looking at something differently. And that is exactly how I approach all of my designs.
There’s a lot of hate for winter, isn’t there? But I don’t really mind it. In my opinion, it’s a great time to get comfy, catch up on TV, drink hot toddies, sled, snowboard and chit-chat by the fire. And of course, the design-a-holic in me thinks it’s a great time to get some work done.
I guess you could say I think winter is a little under-appreciated. So to show it some appreciation, I created the little ode below with a photo I took in Schwenksville, PA and a quote by Terri Guillemets. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, I revealed the design that my brother and his fiancé chose as their Save The Date. And today, I’m excited to feature the runner-up.
Like I mentioned, their proposal took place at Grand Central. So, I thought it fitting to present them with a vintage-inspired train ticket design. And even though they didn’t choose it, I’m excited to now make the design available to anyone whose theme and dream it suits.
So now, you can find it for sale on Etsy. Check it out! (And notice how the holes in the tickets are punched with an actual vintage railroad ticket punch. I’m super pumped about that thing!)
About a year ago, my brother orchestrated a beautiful proposal to his girlfriend at Grand Central in New York City. And not long after, my soon-to-be sister-in-law asked me to design their Save The Dates.
We sat down over Thanksgiving to discuss her vision, and of course, I did plenty of Pinterest stalking. Her Pinterest boards were gorgeous. They contained lots of soft pinks, sage greens and neutrals, as well as plenty of vintage cues.
Fast forward a few weeks and a couple of design options, and here is what they chose:
The photo on the front of the postcard was taken by Brigid’s sister the day they got engaged. And the “postcard” ornamentation on the back includes an illustration of the famous Grand Central Terminal clock, set to 6:21 to symbolize the date of their wedding.
If you dig this design, a similar one will soon be for sale on my revamped Etsy page. Coming soon. So keep your eyes peeled!
When concepting, sometimes we creatives blow past the obvious. We think there’s no way that the apparent can be clever.
But sometimes, obvious can be original. I stumbled across this little pumpkin this morning and I think it proved that point. And made me smile.
Happy belated Halloween!
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!