New Holiday Designs

So, it's been a while, huh? Things have been a little crazy as of my last post. For starters, I spent about a month and a half moving from one apartment to another and finally to another. I left one job, went back to my old job, and then just two weeks ago started a new job. Way. Too. Much. Transition.

BUT, I'm back.

And it's about that time of year to start working on your holiday cards! I've added a few designs into my custom shop that you can personalize with your own photograph and print and home or send to a local printer. Or if you want to save some costs, you could even just send the file out as an e-card! (It could be the future!)

custom holiday photo card

I'm also introducing custom printed return address labels. These will pair perfectly with my holiday designs or be a fun addition to any envelope.

Weekend Vacation In Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Anyone that knows me, whether superficially or not, knows that I love Milwaukee. And if you don't know this about me, I will tell you know. I love that city. I love the people. The architecture. The weather (don't judge.) Anyways, it's a good place.

Things have been a bit rough as of late and every bone in my body was telling me, "Emily. You NEED a vacation." And I did. My parents also realized this and gave me tickets to Wisconsin for my birthday. Hallelujah! I was ecstatic. It had been almost a year and a half since I had been "home."

And so here is just a tiny snippet of my vacation.

Starting top left and going down the list... 1. Within an hour of landing in Wisconsin, I drank a Spotted Cow. Still my favorite beer. (And I'm still cursing the whole no-liquids-on-plane's bit, because I always want to bring cases of this beer home with me.)

2. Conojitos is not a fancy, pretty, nice restaurant by any means. But I love it there. It's super casual (think paper plates) and super cheap ($3 margaritas, anyone?)

3. & 4. Saturday morning brunch at Beans and Barley with Rachel and Heather. These ladies are seriously the coolest, most supportive gals anyone could ask for.

5. Made a quick stop by Altera for some coffee and Pastries.

6. I worked at Broadways Paper for years while I lived in Milwaukee. I still think that it was the best stationery store and the best place that I have ever worked. It's not a full trip to MKE without at least stopping by.

7. & 8. Locust Street Days was happening just down the block. And in true Wisconsin spirit, I made sure to get a corn on the cob. Sadly, I missed out on the cheese curds (why did I eat before the festival?!), but I love the sign anyways.

9. & 10. My last night was spent with another great lady, Erika. Her beau grilled up some kabobs and we sat outside, chatting and enjoying the weather for hours.

If you're not following me yet, feel free to find me @emileerosedesigns!

DIY: Gold Chevron Tray

I saw this gold leaf tray on Design*Sponge a while back and thought that it would work perfectly in my bathroom. I thought I could splurge a little bit, but once I saw how much it actually cost ($98! Eek!), a splurge was not really an option.

So, like with most things, I thought I can make something like that!

I thought rather than doing the exact thing, I'd paint a chevron pattern to work with my shower curtain. I also opted for gold paint, rather than foil to save on cost.

The project ended up costing about $8! Not to shabby, eh? Here's what you need to make your own gold, chevron accessory tray.
  • A tray: I got this Barbar tray at IKEA. There are also wooden trays at craft stores, but they typically have handles, and I wanted something a little more sleek.
  • Paint: Any colors will work, however, I used white and Martha Stewart's Gold Metallic Acrylic paint. Martha knows her metallics...
  • Painter's Tape: I used a 1.5" wide tape, because that was what I already had on hand, but I think 1" tape would have been fun to make more chevrons!
  • Paint Brush: This clearly needs no explanation.
  • Water Based Polyurethane (optional): I didn't actually get to coating this tray in poly, but I'd still like to. Water based polyurethane is super nice because it's completely clear (unlike an oil based one that tends to be a bit yellow) and because it's super easy to clean up! It's also seal it nicely so that the paint doesn't start to peel or bubble with the humidity of the bathroom.

Once you have the supplies, you're all set to get to work!
  • The first thing that you'll want to do it paint your base color. Because the tray was so dark, I ended up putting 3 coats of white paint to get good coverage. Make sure that your paint dried thoroughly before moving on to the next step.
  • I then cut strips of painter's tape into 3" strips. I lined the tape up on the corners to give it that zig zag pattern. You can eyeball the spacing of your tape guides, or you can add a row right next to the previous one and then peel it off to paint.
  • Once your tray is prepped, you can paint the accent color. Depending on the paint, you might need to do a couple of coats here, too.
  • Then peel off the tape and you have your tray!
  • If you feel like you need it, once the accent color paint is dry you can add a couple of coats of polyurethane to seal your tray.
And that's it! I think it's a nice little accent piece to store a candle, perfume and some fun polishes.

Big Shop Update!

I'm super excited to share all of the new emilee rose cards! The etsy shop is now fully stocked with new designs.

There is also now a listing to buy 4 cards and get the 5th card free! It's perfect when you need to stock up on your greeting cards.

It's been a little busy around here, but I am working on more designs for the custom shop as well as completing the full emilee rose line. The rest of the line will include thank you notes (single and boxed,) decorative stationery and blank notes, recipe cards and a re-packaging of the dolls. I'm. So. Excited.


If you already follow my on instagram, you probably know that I post quite frequently. But, I know that there are a few of y'all that don't and so I thought it might be fun to start sharing here, too.

This weekend was jam packed with errands and adventures and WORK.

Starting top left and going down the list... 1. I treated myself to a breakfast taco at Julios, an adorable little Mexican restaurant that is across the street from my apartment. It's too good and a little too convenient.

2. Renegade Austin was in town and so I did a little shopping! I was super bummed that I didn't get to participate this go-round, but I'm hoping to be back for the winter show. I picked up some goodies, including a new necklace from Coatt. I don't wear "real jewelry," (READ: I wear cheap, big earrings from Forever 21) but I am obsessed with Rebecca's work.

3. Drove out to Round Rock to pick up some frames and new tray for a new DIY project from IKEA—aka, Swedemart. (Thank you for that name, Rachel.)

4. Saturday night was a full on girly night with my bestie, Liz. We ordered pizza, picked up a mini cake and crashed on the couch to watch Dazed and Confused. I've always really liked this movie, but I like it even more after living in Austin. And Matthew McConaughey...what a babe.

5. I worked a little more on the children's book that I am illustrating.

6. My bathroom makeover is almost complete! Walls are painted, new shower curtain is hung and now my little vignette is complete. I hung some postcards from Quill and Fox that I got a while back and added a tiny little terrarium from Simply Planted that I bought at Renegade. I love that little guy, but he's probably going to have to leave that nook to find some sun. If I can figure out how to take photos that are not completely pink, I'll share more pictures later.

A million and ten other, not fun things happened, like cleaning and watching way too much Hulu, but I do realize that everything is not Instaworthy.

If you're not following me yet, feel free to find me @emileerosedesigns!

new colors, too!

In addition to a couple of new designs, I have added lots of new color options in the custom shop to personalize your stationery.

As always, if you see a color missing or want to use a specific PMS color, just let me know!

new baby announcements designs

It's official, the shops are back open!

I'm really excited about this and to be able to get back into everything. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with, well, life to be completely honest, and just needed a little break. I've also been working on illustration a children's book, which has used up quite a bit more time than I had anticipated. That project is almost complete and I'll definitely be sharing it as soon as I can.

In the mean time, I'll be adding product to the emilee rose shop slowly but surely.

And I'm working on filling up my custom shop with lots of new items. Eventually, the custom shop will be full of baby announcements, calling cards, party invitations, save the dates and eventually a wedding line. What I am most excited about is coming up with a full line of stationery that is very clean, simple, modern and totally awesome, of course!

I will keep posting designs as they come, but wanted to share a couple of new ones. Enjoy!

Temporary Vacation

It is with a heavy heart, that I have decided to temporarily close my little shop. I just have some other projects that I am working on and do not have as much time or energy to put into emilee rose at the moment.

I hope to return really soon!

New Vendor Spotlight: The Merci

I met Briana at Renegade Austin this past May and she told me about a new online shop that she was starting called The Merci. It is a site that caters just to saying "thanks!". So rather than filtering through hundreds of products on other sites or even in brick and mortar stores, Briana has carefully curated items that would be perfect for showing your gratitude.

Along with gorgeous hand towels from Leah Duncan and scrumptious soaps from The Soap Addict, The Merci carries emilee rose recipe cards. A handmade dish or basket of baked goods is in good company with a set of recipe cards, especially with one card filled in with the recipe.

Make sure to stop by The Merci and check out all of the fun new goodies!    
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