Refreshing June Wallpapers

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One of my favorite summer drinks is Lemonade. Well, honestly, I can drink lemonade all year long. And in Florida, because it’s HOT all the dang time, it’s pretty normal and acceptable.

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So, this month’s wallpapers are an ode to summer and everyone’s favorite summer fruit: the lemon. I think these wallpapers will make your taste buds crave some good ol’ fashioned lemonade.

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I hope you like them and are filled with excitement that summer is right around the corner. Enjoy and be refreshed!

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Download the wallpapers by clicking on the wallpaper. Then, right-click if you’re on a desktop or long press if you’re on a mobile device.

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If you made it all the way here, thank you. I take it that you really love me 🙂 Here are some behind-the-scene pictures of the process behind the creation of the wallpapers.

Watercolor and illustrations first. Yes, I work on the floor sometimes because being on the desk gets boring after a while. Plus, I have more space on the floor.

After I draw and paint, I take pictures of the artworks and bring them into Illustrator and Photoshop. And I just start playing around with different colors and layouts.

The process from beginning to end is so much work but so much fun!

Hope you liked getting a little glimpse of the behind-the-scenes and the process 🙂

Christmas Collection Inspiration

I’m amazed at how quickly the month of October has gone by. I feel like I was just getting excited over Pumpkin Spice Lattes and everything fall. Now we are prepping and working hard for our CHRISTMAS COLLECTION! (Yes, all caps, because… CHRISTMAS!).

I wanted to share some of my inspiration for the collection and my creative process. I love everything rustic but I love minimalistic and modern design just as much. How can you combine the two when they seem like total opposites? Well, that was my challenge.

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And so the idea of using an organic, yet very elegant color, came to mind. This year’s Christmas Collection is going to have mint green as its star. Rustic elements, along with golds and whites will bring this theme together. I enjoy the classic red and white Christmas theme but a little twist never hurt nobody, right? Red, you’ve been hogging the spotlight way tooo long. Give way for minty green goodness!

Be ready to see prints, stationary, chalkboard art, and other SURPRISES, in our very chic yet rustic, minty green theme! Here’s some of my inspiration…

Are you as excited as I am?! Can’t wait to share all the new goodies with you. Stay connected on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter, to know when our Christmas Collection hits our shop.

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The Not-So-Glamorous Life of Instagramming

Ever wonder how people can look so good on Instagram? How their life, their home, their business, their church, their kids, can look so perfect?

Yeah, I catch myself swooning over and over with all the beautiful and perfect lives I see pictured throughout the week. And then I catch myself comparing my life to their lives. And sometimes that ugly green monster called Envy wants to settle in my heart. No bueno!

Well, I have to admit that as a business owner and creative, I try very, very hard to make my appearance seem perfect, too. We all want people to think we have it all together. The reality is none of us do. We are all struggling with something. We are all secretly thinking why we weren’t invited to that get-together. Or why she always has a good hair day and we don’t.

Behind every perfect picture I post, is all the MESS I made to try to make it look perfect. We only see what’s in front of the lens in a 1:1 frame.

Next time you catch yourself wishing to have a better life, better kids, better whatever, remember you only see part of the story, not the full picture. Cut yourself some slack! (Geez, I need to say this to myself every day!) And as I like to say, chose grace over perfection.

Just for fun, here are some NOT-SO-GLAMOROUS pictures of my work space / home because we are all a work-in-progress and so are our lives:

P.S. Yes that’s me with no make-up and crazy hair. And nope, I’m not sorry. 😉

Design Tip Tuesday-Write, Draw, Scribble. 

When the inspiration seems to be sucked out of your brain, get back to the basics.

Write
Take time to write your vision and the goals ahead. If your work requires daily updates, it’s good to create a schedule for the month of what needs to be posted or shared. If making a schedule for the month seems overwhelming, start by creating a schedule for the week ahead.

Also, define your project by writing down colors that you’re thinking of using and design styles that will compliment the project. Be sure to write down the audience you’re trying to target and the overall purpose of the project.

Draw
If you’re really stuck, just draw. Draw anything. Pick up a paint brush and some paint and just draw. Or use some charcoal to sketch out ideas. Seeing your ideas in different mediums, textures and paper, will help you navigate through the lack of inspiration. Going old school, getting a bit messy, will help you see things you might not see if you’re behind a computer screen.

Scribble
It doesn’t have to be perfect. As much as I love for my designs and images to look close to perfection, I know that there must be a certain level of quirk in order for it to look authentic.

While jotting down ideas, scribble, write your ideas up and down the paper, write in cursive, or try scribbling your current mood with an illustrated emoji. The less perfect, the better. The idea is to scribble and write ideas in a way you haven’t tried before. You might find something unique and beautiful while letting your imagination flow. And in turn, those illustrations or scribbled ideas can be used for your project and designs.


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