A Pretty Collaboration

Hey guys! I recently got the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a favorite lady + blogger of mine, Katy of All Sorts of Pretty. I've been reading her blog for a long time + I'm a huge fan, so when she approached me with a collaboration idea + complimented my work, I was stoked. She chose this quote because it really resonated with her + she thought it might resonate well with others too. I think it's a really great quote with a lot of meaning. I know I tend to stay in my comfort zone a lot, but it is important to step outside of it at times because that is what living is all about.

I had a seriously lovely time working with Katy, + I am so thankful for this opportunity. Head on over to her pretty blog + check out the feature! Take a look around the rest of your site too... as I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I do! As a fellow lover of pretty things, I think this collaboration was meant to be. :) I am carrying this print over in my shop for all of you who want to add a little bit of pretty wisdom to your life!


Happy Friday!

via my instagram

Hey everyone. I'm just sitting here as it's a pretty slow morning in my neck of the woods. The rain is falling and it is very relaxing. In a little bit I'll be heading downstairs with Nicholas so he can continue to teach me boxing. I've been having a lot of fun with it + I'm definitely improving, which is great. I'm very thankful for him helping me get in shape in a fun way. I've got a few things to do today, including sending out another order (yay!) that's heading to Texas, catching up on my letter writing (I'm a slacker), + later I'll be picking up some food to take to Nicholas while he is at work on his lunch break. When I get home, my mom and I have plans to finally watch Frozen, so I'm excited about that! It should be a good Friday. I don't really have any plans for the weekend, but here's to a good one. What are you up to this weekend?

Last night I was hit with a little bit of inspiration and created the two doodles you see in this post. The first is a quick, messy wreath I created that I'm really digging. I look forward to furthering that design. The second is a little magic for my sidebar to make finding the link to my shop a little easier + more pleasing to the eye than just in the upper-right corner. I really love how these turned out, + I'm thankful I was hit with that inspiration. It feels so good to create.

via my instagram

Here are some links! Enjoy. ♡

Stunning photos of children and their bedrooms from around the world.

Silly and fun photos of dogs shaking their heads.

13 things only siblings will understand. Funny!

The best 13 things about having a sister. I'm lucky and I got 3!

How one plus size woman is changing the way we see beautiful.

12 creative barcodes that actually work.

A great post by Bethany of Love Grows Design about why she's still on Facebook.

Spoonflower Contest!

Hello everyone! I'm stopping in to share with you a pattern I created for Spoonflower's Fabric of the Week contest! The theme for this week's contest is whales + it has a limited color palette (as you can see). I've always wanted to try to create a pattern for their contests, but I never really felt motivated to until now. I checked it out and saw that the theme was whales, and I thought that it could be a really fun pattern to make! It seems like it would make a really cute fabric for a nursery or kid's room! I also liked that it was a limited palette, especially for my first go at it, since it seemed easier to have to stick to a few colors than having all the colors in the world at my disposal.

If you feel so inclined, you can vote for my design right here! Good news is that you don't have to create any sort of account to vote! You just select which designs you like most + submit... it's that easy! Thanks in advance for voting. :)


Inspire Me: 4.2.14

I am so excited for this Inspire Me post today. You know I've shared artists with you before that are very talented + extremely inspiring, hence the title of the column. However, today I am happy to share with you a mini interview I had with today's artist! Alyssa Nassner is a huge inspiration to me--she is beyond talented, + I honestly cannot get enough of her work. Take a look and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Her work is fun + playful, full of so many elements + depth. It communicates a message, but does so in a way that is interesting + so, so pleasing to the eye. Not to mention, she is one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of talking to! I hope you enjoy learning a bit about her as much as I did.

1. Thank you so much for doing a mini-interview! Tell everyone a little bit about yourself.

Hi Julie! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my work! Here a few quick facts about my background: I'm from Maryland but am currently living in Minneapolis - I always have to start with that fact, because I'm most definitely an East-coaster. I went to school in Baltimore and got my illustration degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Since graduation I have worked as a freelance illustrator focusing specifically on the stationery / gift markets and children's illustration. In addition to my freelance I'm currently an apparel designer at Target corp. A majority of my time is consumed working on artwork, but in my spare time I enjoy drinking lots of coffee, and hanging out with my boyfriend Llew and our pets.

2. How did you get started in illustration? Where did that passion come from?

I actually got into illustration sort of by accident. I had always actually wanted to be a computer programmer... not quite sure why, it seemed like a good thing to do at the time. I found out very quickly that I am so not cut out for that, and decided to pursue design (after being encouraged to by my art teachers and parents). Design was good, but I didn't find my passion until I transferred to MICA. I didn't even know illustration was a thing until I pursued art school, and as soon as I found it, I was hooked. I love that it combines everything that's great about the varied disciplines in art - you can be a printmaker, designer, sculptor, painter, whatever and still be a totally viable illustrator. There's also aspect of business and problem solving component to it as well, I love knowing (I almost NEED to know) that what I'm making is for a purpose, and that there is an end use. I've always been commercially minded when it comes to art, and illustration was the "fun" thing I was missing in design - visual problem solving - but I get to draw flowers as my "solution".

3. What is one of your favorite designs you've created?

I've been pretty excited about drawing silly food recently. It started as a half joke for my submission for Lilla Roger's "Global Talent Search". It was not a successful submission, but it definitely sparked a new interest for me. I get paid to draw pretty flowers and things - which is awesome and fun, but because that's fulfilled by my freelance I had to find something new and exciting to draw for my personal work. Although it's something completely different for me to show, I feel like the work has been really well-recieved and I'm getting to do that for freelance a bit now too. My favorite of those pieces is still the one I made for my Christmas promo this year - who doesn't love ice skating donuts?!  I'm actually happy to share that it will be a Christmas card boxed set for a company who remain unnamed for the time being! I also really love working for my fave clients, shout out to Abrams, Papyrus and Galison. They have treated me very well over the past few years!

4. Favorite quote to live by?

'Good things come to those who hustle' - I'm not sure what the source is on that one, but it's totally my life motto. I'm most certainly not the most original, creative, or talented artist out there but I've been pretty successful in a very short amount of time. Most / if not all of that success can be attributed to networking, putting myself and artwork out there, and well... hustlin'. I'm always scheming on new projects, new promos, collaborating with artists and trying to get my name and work in front of the people who I want to see it! My advice to any illustrator trying to get started is to be shameless, don't be afraid to reach out to people you want to work with. When you weigh the outcomes - the potential good always immensely outweighs the bad.

5. And most importantly: what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben and Jerry's 'Phish Food' - I am absolutely addicted. It's a problem.

Thank you so much Alyssa for sharing these insights into your work! Read up on Alyssa a little bit more here, + check out her blog too. If you would like to check out more of her work, take a look at her portfolio + if you're in the buying mood (which I'm sure you will be after seeing all of these!), check out her two shops here + here (her etsy shop is currently on vacation). I definitely follow her on instagram to get my fill of her awesome work, and I think you should too! Have a great Wednesday everyone. :)

All photos property of Alyssa Nassner.

Tidbits: 4.1.14

Happy Tuesday everyone. Today is a short post... I just really wanted to share with you some tidbits from my daily life. As part of my 22 by 23 list, I want to start taking more pictures, + having these tidbits posts periodically will really help with that, I think. So take a peek into my life, dark chocolate and all.