Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I love what I do

I think about this every single day! I LOVE designing. Creating. And I think even more than that, a part of me has always gotten great pleasure from providing something that helps others to feel inspiration, peace, or greater joy in their surroundings.

This week has been CRAZY BUSY full of orders. But, I was still able to manage a few new designs, as well as a redesign of the teapot birdhouse (a few things needed tweaking.)

And now for my most exciting news bits! First, I have MORE NEW COLORS! So, be sure to check them out. But here's the big news - I am going to be offering some fabulous giveaways after Christmas! These are going to be worth waiting for. And let's face it, after all the stress, shopping, parties, and the wrapping is all torn open and thrown away, don't many of us wish the magic could just keep going? Well, this is my way of extending the giving spirit of Christmas. So, be watching!!!

Oh, and let me know what you think of this week's posted designs. There are more on my Etsy, which you can get to by clicking the my Etsy shop image on the left. Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monograms and Names

Some of my favorite designs are simple but fun designs with monograms and names. I think it makes a person feel good to see a design on their wall that says, "This space is mine, and this design reflects my personality."

So, I work really hard to have a variety of designs to suit every kind of personality and age.

Sadly, I am very much lacking in the boy design department, and that is the next thing I plan to tackle, when I have a few spare minutes, and I'm all caught up on orders. So, next October....be prepared!!!! LOL! Well, hopefully I will catch up before another season change.

Here are the designs I played with over the weekend. A few were designed for custom orders. The Monograms - well, aren't monograms just FABULOUS anyway??? I LOVE THEM! I plan to offer the dark one as a large 20" circle, as well as in small sizes to adorn candles and favors for weddings. I love it's classic simplicity and elegance! It was exactly the look I was going for.

I hope you enjoy, and I would love to know what you think!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Explore Dream Discover

My vision of a compass rose, constellations, and the wheel of a ship materialized in this 10 inch x 23 inch "Explore Dream Discover" design. I'm incredibly happy with how this turned out! I think it's a perfect design to inspire adventure and wonder in children of all ages.

Even birdies like a teaparty

Just loving the teakettles and birdies lately, so I thought why not combine the 2 into a single design. I think these cute little teapots would be a perfect touch in a whimsical kitchen or tea nook! How fun!

I can simply hardly wait to get another idea that I've been working on all finished and posted. It's a custom for a Pin mama friend, Shannon, for her playroom. My idea is just fabulous! Here's hoping it turns out that way!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Bit of Whimsy

I created 2 new designs today. Well, three if you count the one that didn't make the cut. Hehe! I think we could all use a little more faith, hope and love, so I framed those words to live by and made them into art.

I am just really excited about the second design! I don't get whimsical very often, but I had this brilliant flash of inspiration while I was in town today! A picture of a fancy tea kettle strung onto a tree as an unexpected birdhouse. I came home and immediately got to work. I love the finished product! I don't have anything more to post than the digital image, but you get the idea.

3 Birds and Cooking!

Busy busy day for me, design wise. Several months ago I found some frame images, and wanted to incorporate them into some designs. I had several things tucked into my brain, and since my Open House stress was finally over as of last night, today was a great day to relax in my PJs and put my thoughts into some designs. All the designs are now listed in my Etsy shop, but I'm picturing my favorite design here. "Be the change you wish to see in the world - Ghandi."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


This design was a custom request by my Granola Girlfriend, Taycia. Her personality seems to me very eclectic - I was fairly sure she would love the various fonts. (If you'd like to see the image a bit closer, you can click on the photo.)

For myself, I had never before read the entire prayer. I knew nothing more than the first verse. So, it was quite inspirational and humbling to read it in it's entirety.

Designing this was almost effortless. It really was as if everything was already in place; each line seemed to place itself perfectly beneath my hand, and each choice for font seemed obvious.

When I sat back to look at it, it just seemed right. I was so pleased with the end result. I felt that certain words were mildly emphasized....and to me, the meaning of the prayer seemed to deepen. I had to do little more than align a few punctuation marks, and nudge a couple of lines of text...but all in all, this design basically created itself!

And truly, what a perfect sentiment. I know I need to see this in my daily life. I need this reminder. To accept. To surrender. The God of the universe IS infinitely good, and I can trust Him, and be assured of happiness.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kiss and Tell

I must be feeling romantically inspired lately, lol. 3 of my most recent designs have had a definite love lean. Well, here's the skinny on this design. I actually saw a set of tea cups on Etsy that inspired me. Now that is one sweet set of drink holders! I immediately thought of cutting a wall design. So I did!

I went with a slightly retro font, with a scripty ampersand, for a somewhat formal and flirty look. I think the effect is tastefully romantic.

Of course, this design could really go anywhere, but is especially suited to the bedroom. Decals cut in smaller sizes could adorn pencil jars, or framed glass. Valentine's Day is just around the corner!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Decals and candles and blogs...oh my!

So it's come to this. I enjoy designing wall decals so much that I need some sort of conversational outlet for myself. I think my friends and family will all be grateful if I give their ears a rest, and unload my gushing on the world wide web.

This blog is my attempt to do just that.

Because, you know, not everyone wants to sit in front of my computer when they come over, and see all my new and great creations. (Well, to be honest, they *should* want to.....but, I digress.) In any case, I worried that I was bordering on overkill when I sent a friend a link to my Etsy and grilled her about how all my listings and pictures looked. Did I mention I did the same thing when she came by my house, and I thrust my catalog at her?

So, just so you know what is expected of you, I am looking for validation and praise. Plain and simple. And you can also comment on my fabulous sense of humor and my unconfirmed, yet unquestionable good looks and fashion sense, if you'd like.

Well, really, if you will just occasionally pop on here and read about my newest designs and the inspirations behind them, or commiserate with me when I feel stumped to come up with something totally new and unique, or celebrate with me when I discover I am on someone's Kaboodle list (Oh YES! I found I was listed on someone's Kaboodle, today!) , then this will bring happiness to the earth, and restore order to the cosmos.

What? The cosmos are already in order? Well hot dang! Let's light a candle and celebrate with Starbucks!!!!!