Valentine’s

4valentinesblogI’ve always loved designing Valentine’s cards, there really are not many better subjects than love.  So these are this year’s designs, and while I actually had them designed in the first week of January, it took me until today to make them available on my Etsy shop.  I really  need to learn to get ahead of the holidays.  Wait….lets back up….Esty Shop? Yep that’s right!  While I was away from this space I did get some other things crossed off my To Do list,  one of those things being finally opening my Etsy store, Little Plum Design Shop.  Though I am still very new to the process of selling my products, and harbor some anxiety about the idea of shipping out products (post offices and mail can bring me unnecessary stress), I am thrilled to have finally opened shop so that I can begin sharing more of my work and paper goods.  It also gives me a new space to learn about graphic design and my art.  I struggle photographing my cards with the lighting we have available in our apartment, so creating better, and more consistent, natural light for my photographs is something I look forward to learning more about.  There is always so much to learn! It’s actually quite exciting! 

Today in yoga our mantra for class was, Today I am stronger than I was yesterday. In this moment I am stronger than I was in the moment before. With this breath I am stronger than I was  with the breath before.  During a very physically challenging class it helped to move my mind from the fatigue I felt in my limbs, powering me through moments when I struggled.  I carried this mantra with me off the matt, and realized it is true for many places in life.  On those day that I question my work, or learning a new skill becomes frustrating, I will tell myself those words, I am stronger today than I was yesterday, knowing that as I continue to learn more and more about blogging, graphic design, or just being a good, honest human being, I will be getting stronger, slowly perhaps, but surely.  

oh and go check Little Plum Design Shop on Etsy pretty please! hero.blog future.blog magic.blog endless.blog

And I’m Back

Hi flower faceMan it’s been a  while since I’ve been here.  It’s been a pretty wonderful 6 months since I last posted, and time flies when you’re busy enjoying life.  It was good time off.  At the end of the summer I began to realize how many projects I had to finish for my little sister’s wedding in October, and because I didn’t want reveal any of the wedding details before the big day, I knew couldn’t share these project here on the blog.  So, I gave myself the space and the time to work on these projects whole heartedly.  I was able to really enjoy the process of helping my sister’s wedding be a bit more beautiful and unique.  And, on October 25th, in Austin, TX it all came together better than I could have hoped, I was one proud big sister.  After all the hours spent crafting, DIYing, and planning, the most rewarding gift was wonderful week filled with family and friends making amazing memories together.  And of course seeing my sister so happy and in love.

But the wedding was months ago now, so it cannot be solely held responsible for my break from this space.  I had been blogging for two years, and certain aspects were just beginning to feel forced for me.   Creative endeavors were focused around getting post finished and up to share.  I needed some time to reflect on what I wanted from this space, as I have evolved a great deal personally since beginning it.  The time I have taken off has allowed me to reevaluate why I love doing this, and explore new personal journeys.  I love the design, and graphic aspect of blogging.  I have been so inspired, and for the first time I believe ever, I know I found my passion and am ready to dedicate myself into making it a career. So, tomorrow, I have my first day of graphic design classes at the community college! I couldn’t’ be more excited, and I feel ready to learn so much more.  Blogging has been such a huge part of my journey towards this decision, I look forward to using this space to continue sharing what I’m learning.  It feels like a gift to be growing creatively.  It’s always been such a big part of who I am, but as I get older (yesterday I entered my last year before my 30) I am embracing it more and more, as it brings out my better quailities and makes me feel whole.

I am so happy to be writing this post, because in a way blogging can be like going to the gym, it’s hard to get back into the habit, and the first days are always the hardest, but once you find the routine, and break the dry spell, it feels oh so good.  For those of you who have hopefully missed me, I’m back! and thank you for all your support.  So here’ s to the next chapter, and many more adventures in blogging.

 

No Matter the Weather

no.matterblogYesterday we expierienced a very impressive afternoon thunderstorm, which brought a downpour of rain.  Here it seems like such a treat to get a good storm that brings lots of rain.  We don’t get them enough, and I love summer storms, so I really appreciate them while they last.  I love that you can listen to them with the windows open, and smell them as rain wets warm concrete and earth.  Yesterday I got to enjoy the storm from my art desk with the big window in front of me open.  It was a very relaxing way to spend the hours before going into work for the evening.  Bill, however, was caught out in sheets of rain on the golf course, and came home soaked.  Weather in Colorado is such an adventure.  The forecast today calls for more afternoon thunderstorms.  I have my fingers crossed that we will, so I am headed out to take advantage of some sunshine.

(this simple illustration was inspired by the recent afternoon rain and by our boy, whom I miss so much everyday it still hurts a little. I miss having him loyally by my side, though it often feels like he’s still right by me…mixed medium project: watercolor, Photoshop, and Illustrator)

Cinco de Mayo!

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Life has gotten stressful lately. I felt a little distant from this space last month for a multitude of reasons.  One being that I have been spending most of my computer time focusing on practicing in Illustrator and  Photoshop.  I am excited by what I have been learning, and I feel inspired as I see my work being transformed and polished through these new programs.  The past month I have realized whole new possibilities in design and creativity.  So while life has been more on the hectic side (this year has just been full of new challenges) I relish in having passion for art and creativity.  I am grateful for new ways to explore design.  Today will be spent trying to relax, photo editing, and making tacos at home.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Working with Illustrator

I took my first Illustrator class this week and I have discovered that I love it!  I just needed to know what all the tools did! Oh Pen tool how initially perplexing you are, but how useful you have become. We got 20 inches of snow the past three days, which meant lots of time to spend working on getting familiar with the program.  Here are some of the designs I came up with. Lots more to come later!
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