Sweet CK Bride Annie wanted to find a special way to invite her favorite girls to be in the wedding of her dreams. Together we combined her vision with my design skills to create this beautiful bridesmaids and maid of honor proposal box set.Read More
a sparkly, rosy dream. a night to remember.
The sweetest January night I will ever have was made even sweeter by the friends and new friends who commemorated my first calligraphy workshop. The joining together of many female power forces made this event something to behold. I will try to capture the details as best as I can so you can feel the magic too.Read More
Branding come to life from one start-up artist to another
As promised, I am continuing to blog more this year to bring you exclusive details about all of my design processes. As I just finished, Hannah's logo iterations today I thought I would write a post while it is still fresh in my mind.
This coastal queen found her love of the beach while attending college in Wilmington, NC. It was there she discovered her passion for a special process of painting known as Resin Art. This type of art yields from the far away land of Australia and while it is taking over the down-under continent it has yet to be popularized in America. Hannah hopes to accomplish just that. Resin is the process of glazing and sealing wood for surfboards. Hannah takes this process and creates beautiful seaside abstracts that can be brought to the home or commercially, for a fellow lover of the coast.
I had a chance to connect with this fellow girlboss over coffee and discuss how we could use her story and her process to create branding that tells the same story. A feeling of the coast but also a creative company in the making. We collaborated on a few ideas in person and in a pinterest board where I took her inspiration and created several looks for her to choose between as well as a color scheme fit for the sea.
Check out these iterations below. Which one is your favorite?
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With the crazy (but wonderful) Christmas season now behind me I can focus on my goals for 2018. One of them being to post more frequently on my blog. I want to start updating with behind the scenes looks of how a small business runs: the good, the bad, and the growing pains. I watched a great webinar a couple months ago and something she said really stuck with me, “these days people really crave authenticity.” As a maker of beautiful works of art, it’s often very challenging for me to let others see my process. As a kid, when others would watch me create they would often say “what is that supposed to be?” and “that doesn’t look like it.” which often caused me to retreat into creating alone and running from critique. College was a real wake up call for me. Being surrounded in Design School with so many creatives forces you to accept criticism as a way to become better, and to strive for the best you can be. My internship with Campus Enterprises as a Graphic Designer also allowed me to grow in many ways. Working in Marketing, teamwork is necessary and encouraged. The work is fast-paced and your creations are seen as iterations and launching pads to other ideas. This taught me to be more open to receiving other people’s ideas as collaboration rather than criticism. It also allowed me to grow in many of my other passions: graphic design, marketing, social media, photography and calligraphy!
As I look back on how I have grown in my career, I see how God shaped me to become a small business owner, how He is continuing to shape me as a person, and an artist.
I wanted to share these things with you as an encouragement for you to allow Jesus into your hopes and dreams. He really does want the best for us and He cheers us on to acheive our goals. No dream is too big with him as your confidante.
Here are my goals for 2018:
- Host a Calligraphy Workshop
- Get Show Ready
- Blog More
- Hire an Associate Designer
- Store Front (have ckc in stores)
"as iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another." | Proverbs 27:17
Anyone who knows me personally, knows I have an affinity with Sundays. It's not who you want to spend Friday and Saturday nights with, it's who you want to sit next to at church on Sunday morning. It's who you want to go brunch with and who you want to invite to your family functions. Sundays to me, signify a restoration of the soul, and that's a very intimate experience you want to share with people of importance. Who you choose to surround yourself with will shape you as a person. It's imperative we surround ourselves with people who are going to build us up in love and also who love us enough to guide us in the right direction. Enjoy your Sundays with your loved ones.
Whether you are new to Raleigh, traveling or a well-established local (myself included), you can appreciate a well-rounded food, shopping and entertainment experience in the heart of southern tradition and innovation. I have composed a list of my personal favorite Raleigh staples that will make you feel like you own the town.
1. Jubala a local coffee shop where freelance designers and photographers set up camp. With two convenient locations-one in North Raleigh's Lafayette Village and the other on the cusp of downtown-these shops give you a quality buzz and a modern place to socialize. Jubala uses Counter Culture for lattes, pour-over and drip coffee to ensure the highest quality caffeine experience. This is also my go-to spot for a light sunday brunch. The nutella banana waffle and almond latte are my signature sweet orders. It is also a great midday work pit stop for panini press sammys with fresh local ingredients. I'd give this spot a 10/10 in location, quality and gram-worthy.
2. Trophy Brewing Company What started out as a micro-brewery has turned into a local competitor for the best pizza in Raleigh. Original brews with notes of funky flavors like banana, milky way and piña colada allows this place to have a taste for everyone. My favorite savory snack is the "Most Loyal" (a title I have truly earned) which is a pesto-based pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes and chicken (try subbing in soppressata) and finished with a honey-glazed crust. Pair that with the Trophy Wife (their most popular beer) and sit outside on the patio for a truly memorable experience. There is a well-rounded menu with vegan and veggie friendly items like the Farmer's Market pizza that rotate seasonal veggies into circulation. Trophy's other locations include a taproom where they brew all the beer for their other locations ( a great saturday night hangout spot) and a downtown tap + table with rotisserie chicken menu items and authentic soft tacos. Trophy makes the list for its diverse selection of beers and great eats.
3. The Flourish Market Shopping never felt so good. This sweet shop-new to the Raleigh scene-is in the Glenwood South neighborhood and sells ethically made goods like apparel, accessories, decor and gifts. Each line of goods is tied back to helping women be successful in their communities and part of each proceed goes towards a cause. They have such good taste in selecting trendy pieces for both your wardrobe and your home. It also makes a thoughtful gift to share the sentiment that you helped someone in need while selecting a special item for the one you love.
4. Lucettegrace The "sweetest" spot in town is an adorable pastisserie with freshly-made macaroons, croissants and other pastry perfections. The coffee is so underrated. There are lattes in cute camping-like mugs and it has recently started having succulent creations for every season. The decor is a chic yet cozy shop that makes you feel transported to modern-day paris. Last time I was there I had an iced vanilla latte and a maple waffle macaroon and I was reborn. This is a great place to pick up treats with a friend, for a meeting or just to stop in and enjoy the darling atmosphere.
5. Raleigh Times Giving a nod to Raleigh's one-time afternoon newspaper, this local watering hole and music venue smack dab in the middle of downtown will have you in hipster heaven with its historic context and exposed brick. It is the perfect spot for a first date in good weather because of its rooftop seating with a spectacular view. Tuesdays are for Beer & Banjos, an event that showcases the best brews and musical talent in the area. My favorite order: the pulled pork nachos and a carafe of seasonal sangria (perfect for sharing).
Honorable Mentions: Crawford & Son, Art Deco, Virgil's, Yellow Dog Bakery, Farmer's Market, Father & Sons Antiques, Rise Biscuits, Cafe Carolina, Red Hat Amphitheater, Calavera and Raleigh Brewing Company.
If you need any more suggestions I would love to give you my complete list of #ckapproved places in Raleigh and the Triangle. Be looking out for my Top 5 places to feel like a local in Durham.
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