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Archive for January 2014

design read . Uppercase


I’m excited! In December, I treated myself with a subscription to UPPERCASE Magazine — “a magazine for the creative and curious. My first issue arrived in the mail this week and I can’t wait to immerse myself in it this weekend. At first glance, it promises not to disappoint with beautiful photography and spreads, a great design and intriguing stories and profiles from lots of creative disciplines, all on nice-to-hold uncoated paper. It’s published, edited and designed by Canadian designer, Janine Vangool. It definitely lives up to the teasers I found online it its companion blog. Enjoy a few of my favorite at-first-glance spreads and I let me know what you’re reading this weekend!

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favorite thing . Happy Spring to Me

It’s cold here in Mississippi this week! We are enjoying temps down in the teens, and my children are disappointed that it hasn’t brought snow flurries. I have to admit I’ve fallen prey to a little Spring weather teasing. Last week we had a little bit of warmer, sunny weather — the way winter seems to waffle in the deep South. The days of Spring-like temperatures sprinkled in between these frigid days are just enough to make me wish for new blossoms.


I have another confession. Sometimes if I’m looking for special inspiration or, like lately, wanting a little touch of Spring to brighten a winter day, I browse Etsy for to find a little happy just for myself. I thought I would share the latest sweet inspiration. This lovely hand-crafted linen flower brooch was created by Wild Peace Organics. The crafter is located in Portland, Oregon, and describes this pin as “eco rustic,” a style I’m loving these days. The packaging was wonderfully simply. The delicate petals, not-quite frayed edges and soft blue-green color let me close my eyes and think of Spring. I can’t wait to wear it when the weather is warmer! But for now, I’ll content myself with simply looking at it ūüôā



I hope you’re staying warm wherever you are, and finding your own reminders of the Spring to come.


client work . 2014 Savor Our South


Today, I’m excited to share a recent client project completed for the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each year, the organization promotes a spring even series called Savor Our South. I’ve had the privilege of designing the campaign since its inception. This year’s poster is one I actually created for the 2013 campaign and re-worked this year with new colors. For the design, I had fun with some watercolor painting to give it a vibrant feel! If you’re in Starkville this spring, I hope you’ll join us for some of these great events!



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Inspired by  this feather Baby Girl and I found in the back yard. A welcomed January treasure!


New Art Prints for Little Girls


I’m excited to share these sweet new prints I’m adding to the Print Shop today! During my holiday dreaming, I decided I wanted to incorporate more of my personal illustration work into pieces for the Etsy shop using some of my sketch journal entries and hand-drawn words. I’ve added a few new pieces of equipment to my office “tech” to allow me to print with great quality and color permanence, and I hope you like the results as I start sharing more of the pieces. I’ve had a goal for the last few years to incorporate more illustration into my daily work. It’s exciting to see some of the work come together.

You may have noticed from some of the sketch journal entries that I’ve been inspired by patterns and doily-type shapes recently. The sweet shapes fit so nicely with this sentiment we’ve probably all heard from our grandmothers‚Ķ Pretty is as pretty does. I’ve created the design in pink, yellow and lavender color ways, and I’m excited to add one to my own Baby Girl’s decor. I hope you enjoy!

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photo essay . Icy Puddles


We’ve had a few milder Spring-like days this week — the typical January indecisiveness of Mississippi weather. It’s been fun to go out without coats, but we are anticipating the return of the cold tonight. Below-freezing temps had me thinking back to some icy walks we took during our Thanksgiving farm trip, and some photos I never shared. What began as an alert that “there’s GLASS on the road!!” ended with some chilly fun looking at the patterns water makes as it freezes. (And of course, the sound it makes as we break it!)¬†¬†Winter has its own frosty beauty, even for those of us in the Deep South. Happy Wednesday!

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The beginnings of a new illustration. Happy Monday!

Sticks and Bars


Well, 2014 is in full swing now, and I’m very excited about some of the things coming up for Small Pond Graphics. I have some client campaigns I’m working on this month that I’m looking forward to sharing. I’m working on some new block print cards and art prints for the re-imagined print shop. Plus, several Valentine-oriented stamps sets are being produced by Craffiti Direct. I’m excited to share those when they are available on the website!

In December, Craffiti Direct added several more of my illustrated designs to the Small Pond Graphics line of their clear cling stamps. I got my samples in last week, and I’m starting to experiment with projects to share! Today I’m particularly excited about THIS set‚Ķ You may remember this sketch journal entry I shared back in March I dubbed the “sticks and bars” alphabet. In the Fall, I modified it (in “solid” form) to create a stamp set you can use to create and stamp your own words and messages. It’s been pretty cool to see one of my hand-drawn alphabets translated into a tangible product! Happy Weekend!

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Whether gray or cloudy or sunny, the sky under a tree canopy always seems to be ripe with possibilities — just like a new year and a new week! Enjoy looking up!

sketch journal . Live Your Life


Happy New Year!

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