Image of the Greenbelt on a warm summer night. It's almost been 3 weeks since I've moved here and the time is flying by. I am loving absolutely everything about being here, with the exception of the job hunt. I'm feeling super inspired and active and outgoing. 2 of those things are highly unlike me...so as you can tell I've been trying to break out of my shell. Below are some photos that I've taken since I've been here. I thought I would share with you some of the reasons that I'm totally lovin' Austin! An image from Blues on the Green, a free concert series at Zilker Park. The people. Everyone here is so NICE. Whenever anyone finds out that I just moved here they all have the same response: "Welcome!" And it's a genuine welcome to the city. Lots of people smile and start up conversation with anyone who is near by. I was told that it would be easy to make friends here. I was skeptical since I tend to be on the shy side, but everyone was right. The fashion (or lack there of.) This is one of the most CASUAL cities that I've ever been to and I'm lovin' every minute of it! It's hot here. Mostly over 100 degrees everyday since I've been here. And unlike the people of Houston, people dress for the weather here. It's all about shorts and a t-shirt. Anything lightweight. Cool. And breezy. I'm pretty sure I even saw someone at a bar wearing a bathing suit top in lieu of a shirt. The food. Food trucks are big here and the food hidden inside of these trucks is phenomenal. Inside the one above we got some roasted beets, roasted sweet potatoes and a crazy delicious curried slaw. There are also tons of options for people with restricted diets. Vegetarian food is plentiful here and I've noticed that a lot of places will also specify if a food is also vegan or gluten free. The landscape. This city is GORGEOUS. I love being able to drive around and see glimpses of beautiful hills and tons of trees. The image above was taken at the Greenbelt. Apparently, this is the bottom of a river. Austin has been in a drought for months and this river is all dried up. I'm sure some day this river will flow again, but for now it's a big ol' hot mess (for real.) Even without the rain, the city is still pretty. Giant cactus remain and the trees seem to be holding up well. Already seen Wild Child a few times. LOVE them! The music. I've been able to go to a couple of shows here and have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of music. It seems as though everyone here is either into music or art or something creative. But in the mix are some pretty great things. Our apartment is pretty nice and we are nestled into a great little neighborhood. I'll try to post more interior images later. This is our little wall-of-art in the living room. And what would Austin be without this little one? Tilly is also having a great time here in Austin. She's been enjoying living with a new roommate (read: bothering a new person) and has adapted well to the slow pace of this city.
All of my gouache illustrated greeting cards are now on sale for half off until they are gone! I know, it is a sad day but it is time. I am currently working on a new line of greeting cards that will replace this current line. Remember my father's day and graduation cards? My new collection will be more in sync with those designs. A little simpler. A little more graphic. And with only hand lettering. I'm really excited about the new designs and can't wait to be able to share them. In the mean time, feel free to replenish your greeting card stock pile with all of these great cards!
I successfully made the move to Austin, Texas and am loving it! Hopefully, I'll be able to tell you all about it later this week. It took a while to unpack, get settled and able to get out of "vacation mode" and get back into "working mode." I have a long list of plans for emilee rose, including now offering custom design services! A new page has been added detailing the two types of services that I will be offering. I encourage you to check it out, but here is a quick little run down. I started a new etsy shop with ready-made designs. You can "order" a design for a calling card, announcement or stationery and have the digital file emailed to you to print and use over and over again. Right now, the shop has a few options, but my head is going nutzo thinking of new designs. I'm hoping to add save the dates, birth announcements and other fun party invitations. .... Besides the ready-made designs, I am now completely open for custom design. Anything you need designed, I am happy to help! A few examples of my work can be seen on the Custom page. Before I moved to Austin, I finished up my portfolio site, which has a whole bunch of other examples of my work. Feel free to contact me about custom work! I am really excited to be able to build emilee rose a little more. I'll be working hard on adding new designs to the custom shop, so check back often for updates.