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Custom Spotlight: A Starry Night Save the Date

I had so much fun getting to work on this project! I love designing any wedding stationery, but I really love when it gets to be fully illustrated and incorporate different mediums. With the big trend of watercolor texture, I wanted something that had more depth than just graphic shapes to represent Texas' beautiful hill country. And so I opened my set of paint and got to work. I absolutely love this one and can't wait to work with this couple on the rest of their wedding stationery. It's going to be a beautiful wedding. See more images here.

Blueberry Coconut Cookie

  

 

I have recently been working on what I am calling a "diet makeover." I'm not on a diet to lose weight, I'm on a diet to change my lifestyle to reflect healthy eating and healthy living. For those of you that do not know me personally, I have been a vegetarian for over 7 years. And I have been a horrible vegetarian for most of the time. Think lots of boxed mac and cheese, frozen pizza, tacos and lots and lots of cookies. You read that correctly. 

 

I gave up meat years ago and remain a vegetarian for ethical reasons, though the more I learn about the meat industry, its effect on our planet and on our bodies, I'm so thankful for my choices. Due to personal health issues, I decided to do a lot more research about what I am putting into my body. And I learned that I was putting a lot of junk into it.

 

And so began my new love of real food and closer to a vegan diet. 


But let's be real here. I still love cookies. And pretty much anything that will satisfy my sweet tooth. And so I made these Blueberry Coconut cookies! I used the recipe from Kumquat's Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies. I modified a couple of things based on what I had stocked in my pantry. I substituted 2 bananas for a cup of mixed berry applesauce, the pecans for almonds and thew in a tablespoon of chia seeds (because those things are amazing.) They are the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth and get some actual nutrients from a cookie!

New Art Prints in the Shop

Confetti - Enjoy the Little Things | emileerosedesigns.com The shop has just been updated with some new goodies to decorate your walls! Word art is really popular right now and rightfully so. Sometimes we just need little reminders sprinkled through out our day to help us remember these thoughts when they may seem pretty far out of mind. One of my favorites is the "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself" print. I find that it really speaks to me on so many levels. Whether it is with this shop,  cooking, relationships or just an everyday activity, I love having that reminder near by. It just helps me remember to not sweat the small stuff and everything has a way of working itself out in the end. And beating myself up for it? Well, that won't accomplish anything positive! These adorable prints are now stocked and ready to ship. Check them out here! Plus Sign You Look Lovely Art Print  | emileerosedesigns.com Triangle Don't Be So Hard on Yourself Art Print  | emileerosedesigns.com Tassel Treat Yourself Art Print  | emileerosedesigns.com

A New Year. A New Look

I'm so excited to share my new site today! I'm starting 2013 with a bang with Emilee Rose. I have big plans for this coming year and I'm excited to share them with you as they come. The first to-do was to design a new site that is more than just a blog. I wanted a home where people could come to read what I'm all about, what services I offer and see my portfolio in a more organized fashion. I also have two shops that I realize are not always as connected as I would like for them to be. And so now it's all one brand and I'm pretty excited about that.



I would love to share with you a little bit more about the site. First, I've added a Look Book! One of my favorite parts of Emilee Rose is working with clients to create the perfect design. Sometimes I get to work on really fun projects that I absolutely love and want them to have a place to live to revisit. Secondly, did you see the Wholesale page? That's right! It's been a while since I've had Emilee Rose in shops, but I'm excited to announce that I will be offering wholesale again.



Secondly, did you see the Wholesale page? That's right! It's been a while since I've had Emilee Rose in shops, but I'm excited to announce that I will be offering wholesale again.

Secondly, did you see the Wholesale page? That's right! It's been a while since I've had Emilee Rose in shops, but I'm excited to announce that I will be offering wholesale again.

Please take a moment to look around and to share with your friends. It's going to be a great year and this is just the beginning.

Thanksgiving SALE!



It's that time of year again! When all of the big box stores drastically reduce prices and shoppers across America go nuts over obscenely reduced prices (myself included.)

I'm not a fan of ditching big box stores on Black Friday. In fact, I plan to grab a few deals if I can. But I also plan to support small businesses this year. And buy more handmade. (I actually started my Christmas shopping last week at WHAM!)

So, in celebration of the season of sales, I'm offering 30% off your total order in both of my etsy shops! Shop stationery and paper dolls here and shop custom cards here!

Winter Holiday Art Market 2012: Recap



As usual, I had an absolute BLAST at the Winter Holiday Art Market this year. I look forward to this show every year. The people are so insanely talented. The customers that shop are the best I've ever met. And sales are great. It's the perfect recipe for a great show.



I wanted to showcase my stationery this year as if it was a tiny little shop. Every year I get new ideas for how to dress up the table and the best way to show my product. I made a little stand that was originally designed to just be another level to showcase more stationery. What I didn't realize, is that I made a table that was easy for me to use to write up receipts.

I love seeing natural beauty (flowers, plants, etc.) at shows and was really excited to add fresh flowers all over the table. Another unplanned perk? My table smelled divine!

Remember that talent I was talking about? Here's just a few snapshots I took over the weekend!



This is Tracy. We were table neighbors last year and we were both bummed to not be close to each other this year. She has the most amazing photography of Texas and fun things all around this great state. She goes to the coolest, most interesting places and photographs beautiful and expected things.





I always love meeting the people in my hallway (it's like my neighborhood.) Kristi Rae created the most intricate and delicate pieces of jewelry from metals and fabrics (shown on top.) I loved eaves dropping to how she got into that medium. Leslie Shershow (shown on the bottom) also created beautiful jewelry. I was particularly fond of her casted plastic rings. So fun!

I wish that I was able to go around and take some more photographs to share. Feel free to bookmark the Fresh Arts' Blog to see more photos!

Styled Shoot by Modern Whimsey; Featuring Stationery by Emilee Rose

Vision of Fall, Style Photo Shoot by Modern Whimsey, Photography by Elissa R Photography

A while back Elissa contacted me to see if I was interested in working with her on a project by Mandy, the creative brains behind Modern Whimsey. Of course I would! She came up with an elegant bridal brunch set at the The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge. I designed the invitations and place cards to be fun and whimsical and decided to go with a completely hand drawn, illustrated look. The whole thing turned out beautifully!

Vision of Fall, Custom Illustrated Stationery by Emilee Rose | emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall, Style Photo Shoot by Modern Whimsey, Photography by Elissa R Photography, Place cards by emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com





Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com

Vision of Fall | emileerosedesigns.com

Styling and floral design Modern Whimsy Venue The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge Photography Elissa R Photography Stationery Emilee Rose Rentals Loot Vintage Wardrobe Charm School Vintage Models Miranda Dawn | Lilyana Frescas | Virginia Beth Brown Funk | Mary Wallis  

FREE iPhone Wallpaper- Be Thankful and Enjoy the Little Things

Enjoy the Little Thins

I've decided to start having a new free downloadable item a month. This month I have two different iPhone backgrounds to make your most used accessory a little cuter.



With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it might be nice to remember to be thankful. I know that sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that we forget to stop and just have gratitude for the day. Likewise, don't forget to enjoy the little things from time to time. Both are wonderful little reminders as you take a look at your phone.

Downloads for the backgrounds are below. Just save the image to your phone (or to your computer and then email the image to yourself) and then set it as your background image. If you haven't yet fiddled with changing your background, you can check out this link for some helpful tips.

Little Things- iPhone 4 Wallpaper | Little Things- iPhone 5 Wallpaper | Be Thankful- iPhone 4 Wallpaper | Be Thankful- iPhone 5 Wallpaper

9 Days until WHAM!



It's my favorite time of year, for a number of reasons, but I've come to love a certain long weekend more than others. Why? Because it's WHAM! (That's the Winter Holiday Art Market, if you are not familiar with it.) WHAM is the most fun show that I show and every year it gets better and better. The artists and designers there are so talented and so much fun to hang out with for a weekend.

With 9 days left, I'm going a little nutzo, but it's not too terrible this year! Just some last minute printing and packaging. Oh and a weekend of DIY to decorate my booth. I have some fun ideas this year.

The emilee rose 2013 calendar will soon be here and I hope to have some preview pics on my instagram soon! In the mean time, I have a couple of new stationery designs to share. Just two new greeting cards and (FINALLY) a set of blank note cards!





If you are in Houston next weekend (November 16th through the 18th) please stop by!

Open Figure Drawing Sessions

(NOTE: This post contains a little nakedness.)

I started going to figure drawing sessions when I was a junior in high school. It's just what you did to build your portfolio to get into a good art school. I did it out of what I thought was necessity (and still agree with that thought) and I did it because I thought it was really fun.

Basically... I. Love. Drawing.

I no longer had to go to extra figure drawing sessions because it was included in my required classes once I went off to college. But after those first two semesters, I stopped. I also stopped drawing for a long time, but that's a whole other story.

Recently, I've realized how much I need to get back to basics. Meaning just drawing what I see. I believe that drawing is a basic fundamental in any art form, and like a muscle it should be exercised.

A friend from high school (and super amazing wedding photographer, Elissa) mentioned that there is an open figure drawing studio here in Austin that is SUPER affordable. ($5 for each class + a tip for the model.) I can totally swing that!

And so we started going.

It's been so much fun and I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the past two sessions.

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