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Friday
Oct042013

Umba Fall Lookbook Launch & their handmade movement!

 

I'm honored to be a part of a great launch today & share with you the wonderful new things Umba (what launched two years ago as Umba Box, a subscription box for handmade goods) is up to & hope you feel inspired to support their new avenue! They're launching their new Fall Lookbook & changing their mission towards connecting savvy entrepeneurs with handmade artists around the world. It's worth the read below to learn about how passionate they are towards the handmade world & helping others in need.

Umba has such great mission & heart--in just under two years, Umba has partnered with hundreds of amazingly talented artists who spent years refining their craft, sometimes spending hours making a single product, purely out of a love of what they do. Online markets have become oversaturated with artists. The Umba community is the voice for these artists, designers, producers, and illustrators, connecting them with a powerful marketing force who understands and appreciates the time-honored skills they practice.

In addition to empowering artists by connecting them with passionate consumers who value their work, Umba empowers a new class of entrepreneurs who recognize that they want more out of life than a 9-to-5 job. They are seeking to find purpose and change lives while doing something they’re passionate about. 

Umba is a one-of-a-kind social selling platform that selects savvy entrepreneurs to be Umbassadors, empowering them to launch their own businesses as independent consultants. Umbassadors earn 20% of sales made from hosting online and in-home Trunk Shows, receive direct mentorship from industry experts, and join an active community of new friends, all the while helping to improve the lives of artists across the world. Consumers are able to work with an Umbassador to get a personal touch, and they can also shop directly at umba.com.

By connecting artists and Umbassadors, children in Ethiopia are now able to attend school because their parents who craft our Banded Cotton Towels are now earning a steady income. After launching their businesses, Umbassadors are able to pay off debt, take much needed vacations to reconnect with their families, and donate to causes that they are most passionate about. Lives are truly changing when Umbassadors and artists come together. 

The Fall Collection celebrates relationships. Umba has hand-selected products that are reminiscent of cozy fall weekends full of steaming mugs of coffee sipped while wrapped up in blankets, surrounded by all of the people you love most.

So, join me in welcoming their new Fall Lookbook here, & help support this handmade movement!

Wednesday
Sep182013

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul Gift Basket

A few weeks ago, one of my best friend's had her first baby & I found this adorable "Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul" recipe on Pinterest to make for a fitting "stay healthy, strong, & soul-filled" gift basket. Now, if any of you know me, you know this was going to be quite a doing for me considering I rarely, truly cook. So, it was soulful for me, just as well, & I suppose you could say a lot of love went into this one! See below for how it turned out, & click here for the recipe to follow yourself (click here for the delicious chicken recipe)!

Voila! For the wrapping, I just used recycled kraft paper & wrote the names of each food item in calligraphy. Any handwriting would be just as adorable, as it would be a gift from you, specially!

Enjoy! & how fitting would this gift idea be for this Fall season? Perfection!

 

Monday
Sep092013

Tattoo Calligraphy Sketches

Tattoo's must be in the air, because I've been busy designing & lettering quite a few, lately! I think they're my new favorite project. A tattoo is a huge commitment, & to be a part of making someone's memorable mark is special! If a tattoo is something you've been contemplating, & happen to like the calligraphy & handwriting style, hop on over to my shop to learn more about starting the sketching process!

 

Friday
Sep062013

Calligraphy for the Scalora Wedding

photo credits: instagram window pane | program window pane

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to use my calligraphy on unique surfaces for the Scalora wedding. They rented a few window panes, & wanted to take a different approach to the traditional wedding program & instead have it written on window panes. It was such a lovely idea & seemed to be a pretty decorating piece within the style of their wedding. Hop on over here to see the rest of their beautiful arrangments, style, & decor on their magical day!

Tuesday
Sep032013

Desktop Calendar for September!

Oh, September has officially begun for me, as I was not ready to accept it until today. I will admit, Winter is my favorite season, but I still get a little sad when Summer decides to leave for the year. The smell of cookouts, corn on the cob, chlorine in your hair, sand in your car, & flip flops are taking a sabbatical, & will be missed.

But, don't fret! This quote is one of my favorites, & seems perfectly fitting for our summer-time-blues to come (in 19 days, you know). We can still feel the warmth of summer with an open heart & soul with this month's desktop calendar friendly reminder on the matter.

Hope you enjoy!

To download, click on one of the below sizes, depending on your computer screen's monitor dimensions:

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Friday
Aug302013

labor day sale on traveler & wanderer prints!

Summer & vacations are coming to an end, but that's no reason to keep your wanderlust bottled up after this summer weekend! To keep you inspired during this soon-to-be chilly months, these 8x10 travel prints are $5 off through Monday, so that you can stay reminded to keep your refreshing, travel spirit alive. Just use code "TRAVELSPIRIT" at checkout! 

Enjoy & have a festive, summery weekend, everyone!

Traveler Print this way-->

Wanderer Print that way-->

Wednesday
Aug282013

Free printable for August: Summer Ice Cream Party tags

Sigh, it's nearing the end of summer cookouts, pool parties, & ice cream. Are you all planning on some fun festivities this weekend? If you happen to be planning any ice cream parties, hopefully these printable spoon tags will add some color & inspiration to your gathering! Because, let's face it, any life or party without ice cream is a near tragedy.

I hope you're enjoying your last week of summery festivities, & endless bowls of ice cream.

To download the ice cream party tags, click here.

Note: there are 3 small sizes, & 2 medium sizes on the sheet for your preference. Simply print, cut around the gray outline, & hole punch near the top of each tag! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Friday
Aug232013

Calligraphy for Fleurishing's Twins' Bastille Day 1st Birthday Party featured on 100 Layer Cakelet!

photos by Alison Conklin.

I was honored to help my dear friend, Susan Hutchinson, scribe up some calligraphy signage for her darling twin's Bastille birthday party. If you haven't seen photos of this beautiful party, yet, then you should. She knows how to throw quite a chic & stylish birthday, & I'm sure you would leave with inspiration for any birthday party you're looking to have!

With this said, it should be of no surprise that this well decorated birthday party has been featured on 100 Layer Cakelet! Go check it out!

 

Tuesday
Aug132013

On My "Walk:" See You Shortly, Philadelphia

It is finally true, I have officially moved my studio to Ohio! It's still in a temporary place until I find a suitable space in Columbus, but for the most part, I've made the "big move" (I know, gosh, I'm such a tease!). I'm finally able to catch my breath a bit--these past two months may be record-breaking busy for this gal! I still think of Philly daily, & often miss the special parts of the city that made my everyday so exciting & new (especially being so close to my favorite city, Boston). However, I am at peace with being home, something I've been praying for a while, now. So many events have come up that make me so grateful to simply be here to help enjoy & celebrate--many of my close friends have celebrated their first babies & weddings days, & I wouldn't have been able to witness these special & unforgettable moments if I were away.

It's funny what living away from home for a while can sometimes teach you: independence, adventure, satisfying curiosity, learning to live in raw & unfamiliar moments, growing into whom you'd like to be. Yet, it can also teach you how important it is to be with friends & family. You can have all the adventures in the world, & still feel that missing piece to the puzzle of not being near what you consider "home." For me, the latter eventually "caved," & I missed it too much to stay in my adventurous & new Philly life. I suppose it's time for some new & adventurous times in Columbus, right?!

In some aspects, though, I feel very fortunate of the "connections" (that thankfully turned into friends) I made in Philly, because I can sort of have my cake & eat it, too. I can live in Ohio where my heart is, & still keep in touch with my Philly friends, adventures, & everything in between. How lucky is this gal?

So, Philly, you can't get rid of me just yet!

Until then, I'll keep you posted on these new adventures, & what's to come here in Columbus! 

Wednesday
Aug072013

Desktop Calendar for August!

It's about time, right? Please excuse my teeny delay--I'll share more on my recent studio move this week! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this lovely, summery desktop calendar (compliments of my mom's garden...shhh). It's hard to believe summer is nearing an end for 2013. Let's cheers to a fabulous remainder of our summer afternoons! 

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