Swing and Snow Days

We are now 2 months into the 2014 and I finally feel like I am getting into the swing of things. Not just for 2014 but for life after college (aka real adulthood) in general. This Tuesday will mark my second full month at my new job, which has turned out to be a great fit! Even though I am still learning, I am currently juggling about two dozen kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects and I am loving the challenge! I am grateful for the opportunity I've been given and I look forward to growing as a designer and settling into my career here. Anthony and I are making real progress towards our goals and I couldn't be more excited about the things we have on the horizon. With everything that's been happening, I haven't had much time to work on this blog or my Etsy shop. And the times that I did have a few minutes to work on something creative, I wasn't feeling very inspired. Luckily, we've had a bunch of snow days so far this year, where the roads were totally impassable in YoCo. And serendipitously, I've also had two people contact me about creating custom stationery designs for them so far this year! Free time + Client Inspiration = Designer's block, be gone!

The first was a good friend from my days at the paint shop. Her daughter is expecting her first child in July and they are planning a baby lamb themed baby shower! They gave me a lot of design freedom and I'm really happy with what I came up with. I love the idea of coral pink and spring green for a baby shower. Who says you have to have pink and blue pastels? And isn't the little lamb darling?

Little Lamb Baby Shower

The second was a mom who contacted me through Etsy to create a stylish "Frozen" themed birthday invitation for her daughter. Anyone who has been around me knows that I LOVE Frozen! Anthony and I went to see it with my friend Jamie when she came to visit a few weeks ago and we've all been singing "Let it Go" and "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" since!

I was really excited about this one because the customer and I share the sentiment that kids parties can have a movie or tv show theme without having cartoon characters splashed all over every decoration. To keep things simple, yet fun, I recreated Elsa's castle using simple geometric forms. I think the overall effect is classy AND whimsical!

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Having someone contact me with their idea was just what I needed to snap me out of a creative rut! These designs will be available on my Etsy shop soon. If you have a unique idea for a party and can't find an invitation you love, let me know! I'd be happy to work with you to create a custom design!