New Valentine’s Day Cards in the Shop!

Valentine's Day is about a month away, so now is the perfect time to get your cards to give to your spouse, significant other, bestie, dog or whomever! As always, I have a few single greeting cards. I always have more in stock, but just list one at a time. So, if you would like a few of one design, just let me know! Visit the shop here.

I also have a few sets of mini cards, perfect for your kiddos to give to friends at school!

Adios 2011. Hay 2012.

2011 FLEW by. Far too many exciting things happened to mention, but I figured I could pick out a few.

First and foremost, I picked up my bags and moved to Austin. Lost any idea of holding onto a "career." (This is good things, in my opinion.) Gave myself the freedom to just be. To just have fun. To breath. To live. And have been having a blast doing so.

Emilee Rose, sadly, took a bit of a hit with the move and this new exciting, carefree lifestyle. Though, I believe that 2012 is going to be very exciting. Last year, I focused on redesigning my line of cards to a collection that fit my current aesthetic and interests. I am SUPER excited about these designs and love the direction that this has taken. I hope to start adding them to the shop soon for browsing and buying.

I participated in a few really fun shows. WHAM was a huge success this year! I am so grateful for Spacetaker and all that they do to support artists in Houston (and now in Austin!). The pop-up show at West Elm was really fun. I loved getting to use their products for props and displays. Might even consider picking up a few items for future shows...

As for 2012...I am going to be a busy bee! After posting new items to the shop and updating some item photos, I am going to be focusing on wholesale and getting Emilee Rose in shops and all over! Plans are already a-brewin'. I am also illustrating a children's book. Say what? It's true. I am still in the revision stages with the authors, but I seriously can't wait to share the illustrations and the story once it's published. Wedding season is just around the corner and I hope to work with a few brides this year with their wedding stationery. I also received a promotion at work last week. (Woo hoo!) Unfortunately, the promotion at Apple meant that I had to leave Paper Source, but it is going to be a great transition and it will be such a relief to my sanity to only have to work one job. With all of that said, I am incredibly excited and hopeful for all that this year has to bring to me.  

2011 Calendar Reprint

With December just around the corner, it has come to my attention that the days printed on the 2011 mini desk calendar for December are incorrect. My sincerest apologies and regret come from having discovered this. A new calendar page is in the mail for those who ordered one through my etsy shop and for those who received one as a gift from me last year. For those who purchased a calendar from me at a show or otherwise, please contact me with your name, address and how many you purchased and I will get a new page sent to you as soon as possible. If you purchased this calendar as a gift and would like for me to send this directly to the recipient, please let me know via email to and I will be happy to make those arrangements. Again, my deepest apologies and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Holiday Shows

Well it's been a whirlwind of a weekend, but I think that I'll be ready for these upcoming holiday shows. Had to invest in a new printer (RIP Epson RX595. You will be missed.) And then I got in a little accident that left me with stitches in my right hand (in my dominant hand, that's always how it works out, right?) But I'm ready! I'll be rolling out two new 2012 calendars as well as a whole new line of greeting cards. And here are the deets for my upcoming shows. This will be my first year at the Austin Craft Riot, but I'm super stoked. I have heard really good things about this show. It will be Saturday and Sunday here in Austin. You can read about it and learn about other vendors here. I am even more excited to be participating in WHAM again this year! For those of you that are not familiar, WHAM is a 3 day show with a happening party on Friday night. Check out their website here for more information. Just as a head's up, this is THE place for handmade holiday shopping in Houston. Just saying... West Elm + Etsy Holiday Pop Up Show I have very little details about this show, but I do know that it will be Thursday evening at West Elm on Westheimer in Houston on December 1st. I'll make sure to post more information about this show as soon as I can!

Checking In: And a few updates

I suppose that I could stop by and check in if I haven't posted in over a month. I'd like to say that I've just been so busy that I haven't had time to sit down to write a new post. And that is somewhat accurate. I'm still getting used to working two part time jobs, one of which I typically work in the evenings, and getting used to never having a real schedule. The fall is typically a super busy time for me. Last year I filled all of my weekends with shows and worked hard on getting ready for them. This year I am (sadly) only doing two shows. Because the fall is also the busiest time for retail, I just couldn't afford (or would probably be able to) take off every weekend until the middle of December. In the tiny bit of free time that I get, I'm prepping new product to launch at my first show in November. I mentioned a while ago that I was going to be working on new card designs. Those are in FULL force and should be completed within the next few days. Ideally, I'll be photographing them and posting them online, but please do not hold your breath. These are just a small selection of the new designs: I'm pretty excited about the new designs. I'm digging the direction that these are going. These are also now printed on 100% recycled paper! I might be most excited about that. The 2012 calendar is also coming along. I'll be doing a wall calendar and a mini desk calendar this year, but no paper doll calendar. Sorry, folks. This calendar is inspired by vintage objects and each month can be re-purposed into a postcard. In between working on new designs, I'm trying to work on decor for my booth. Tilly is quite excited about this project. That is all for now! I hope to be a little more active for the rest of the year. Stay tuned!

Custom Wedding Design

I'm still wondering I will feel like I actually live here in Austin! It could be the lack of routine or lack of feeling of home, but I still feel like I'm on an extended vacation. With that said, staying focused has been very difficult. I have managed to finish up a little personal project. I wanted to start a design portfolio of pieces that I feel represent my aesthetic and represent the type of work that I would like to do. And these wedding pieces are what I have come up with. I'm thinking of adding that save the date to my custom shop. I think it could be super cute for any place in the U.S.! And all of this amazing photography? All by the oh-so-talented, Paige Newton. More information about the wedding designs can be found in the new wedding page.

Upholstered Headboard DIY

Remember this post about how I wanted to make an upholstered headboard? Well, I finally did it and I took some pictures along the way to share with you how easy the whole process was. Just to give you an idea, I made the buttons in about 30 minutes one evening and the rest of the work was done in about 2 and a half hours (not including shopping time and choosing a fabric and headboard shape! That took much longer.) The images below can be used as a reference, but I would recommend checking out this tutorial by Centsational Girl. She does a fabulous job explaining and illustrating the whole process. I just wanted to share my story. First, I want to share the cost of the whole project. In the end I ended up spending a bit more than I wanted, but still MUCH less than if I had gone out and purchased a ready-made headboard. The prices below are not the actual costs, but pretty darn close from what I can remember. Button Kit: $12.00 Fabric: $16.00 (1 yard of upholstery fabric from Glick Discount Warehouse) Wood: FREE (I used my Home Depot gift card that I received when I cashed in my credit card reward points. BUT if you have to buy some, I used the 1/4" plywood so that it would be much lighter to hang. This is about $20.00) Foam: $16.00 (2.5 yards of 1" foam. Most tutorials will recommend 2" thick foam, but 1" was much cheaper. I also had a 50% off coupon, so the actual cost was $32.00) Batting: $8.00 (on sale for 40% off!) Hardware: FREE (Also was able to use my Home Depot gift card, but only a few bucks if you need to pick this up.) Other materials used that I had on hand: scissors, thread, saber saw, spray adhesive, staple gun and staples. Total: $52.00! I started by marking out my shape on the wood. And then I cut it using my dad's saber saw. (Thanks, Dad!) And then drilled the tiniest little holes in the wood for the buttons. The foam was attached with spray adhesive. I then layered the batting and fabric on the foam. I needed a clear, open surface to work and this meant the floor. Puppies LOVE helping with DIY projects. Figuring out how to string the buttons on was quite a challenge. I ended up threading the needle, putting it through the wood and foam backwards, putting on the button, re-threading the needle and pulling the needle back through. Keeping in mind that the needle NEVER fully came through the wood or foam. I tried threading it normally and couldn't get the needle back through the wood to save my life! Once the buttons were in place, I stapled the fabric by stretching it around the wood and screwed in the hardware. And this is the finished product! Stay tuned for more house pictures soon...

New Mini Paintings in the Shop

Finally, I have edited my images and have put a few new original paintings in the shop. I still have a few more to add and will continue to add a few every day this week. In case you are not familiar with my mini paintings, these are all originals painted in acrylic on small wooden plaques. The Texas paintings can also be personalized with a little heart over the city of your choosing. Be sure to check out the rest here!

Austin Lovin’

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 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.
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.
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