Spotlight on Baby Shower Invitations

Lately I have had babies on the brain. We are expecting a little boy this Halloween! My husband and I are so excited, from the second I found out I was pregnant I was secretly crossing every toe and finger for a boy. My dream would be to have all boys, basically a starting 5 for a professional basketball team. Is that too much to ask?

In light of all the baby thinking/planning going on in my world these days, I have had the pleasure of designing a few invitations for upcoming little one showers. Here is a an example of a "hello world" unisex themed shower. The parents to be do not want to know the sex of the baby, so the hostesses asked for a gender neutral color palatte of light grey and orange. The nursery will be explorer themed, so I used a vintage globe drawing and compass to bring the theme home.

Alexandra's thoughtful hosts wanted to give her coordinating thank you notes. I used the same script font and details so guests would remember the shower when they received a thank you note from Alexandra.

My dear friend Alyce is also having a baby, exactly two months before our little guy is due. She has such a great sense of style, very West Elm neutral and understated. So her girlfriends and I decided to throw a friends only shower in the evening. We wanted the theme to be Under the Stars, complete with string light bulbs, big balloons, mason jars and fun mocktails.

I'll be designing more party signage and a Mad-libs for guests to fill out at the shower, so stay tuned. In light of all these great baby showers, I wanted to offer a discount to any of the Invitations available in my shop.  I have a Bulldog themed shower invite for those puppy loving parents, A Cute as a Button vintage airmail themed baby shower, and my popular Coco Chanel themed baby shower invitations. Seen here:

I am offering $5 off of any invitation using the code BABYFEVER5 during Etsy checkout. Or feel free to contact me if you would like to cook up a unique, original baby shower design for your upcoming event.


New Year, new designs!

Hi there! It has been several months since I have posted on this here blog. But I have a good reason, we are now homeowners! 

This beauty was built in 1903, and is what they call a traditional Denver Square. It has plenty of charm and exposed brick in my basement studio. What more could a designer ask for? Oh yea, a Trader Joes around the corner. Not too shabby.

I plan to post more pics as we get decorations and some life in to the place. Stay tuned! Otherwise I had a busy 2014. Quite a few of my business goals were accomplished:

1.  Printed New Business Cards on juicy letterpress stock!
2. Participating in my first bridal show with the lovely ladies of A and Be Bridal here in Denver. See photos from the event here!
3. Added more items to the Etsy Shop, including new address stamps and invitations
4. Hired a wonderful photographer to shoot some images of recent invitations. Here is a sneak peek:

Overall 2014 was a great year, both professionally and personally. I hope to work with even more brides on their custom wedding invitations. Contact me today if you are interested in any of the designs you see here, or would like to get started on your own custom wedding invite. Here's to 2015 and big things to come!

Holiday Photo Cards

Well its that time of year. Time for your refrigerator to be littered with smiling faces of friends and family. Time to start blaring the Christmas music on the radio, only to get sick of it by the time Christmas actually rolls around. Actually, who am I kidding, I never get sick of Christmas music. 

A friend who recently moved to Colorado asked me to design some custom Colorado themed Christmas cards for her. She had a great photo of her little family fly fishing, so I used the colors from the photo along with some hand drawn ornaments to finish off the "Merriest from the Mountains" theme design. 


Honoring Etsy... my pilgrimage.

Having an Etsy shop feels like I am part of a huge family. A family that is international, tech-savvy and can paint, knit or sew the pants off of any other family.  

It has been such a great experience to build a business inside of this encouraging platform. My husband and I were recently in New York to celebrate my sister's elopement, and I had to stop by the Etsy office just to pay homage. Their office is located right near the Brooklyn Bridge in the trendy DUMBO area. (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). It took pretty much everything I had not to stop anyone on the street with an Etsy badge to shake their hand and say 'thanks.'

Thanks for running this amazing company that allows people like me to quit their jobs and work in the their pajamas and be a part of so many people's lives. 

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If I wasn't riding enough of an Etsy cloud, I received a lovely email from the fine folks at The Petite Package to inform me I was recently featured on their blog. The gathered a bunch of their favorite monogram sellers on Etsy and my monogram koozies were featured! One big family I tell you. 

Apartment Monument Sign - revamp

Happy Friday! Today I wanted to share a project I completed for an apartment complex in Rhode Island. Their front entrance monument sign was in desperate need of a refresh. Here is the faded brick sign before I got my hands on it:

A new logo was being rolled out for the community, so one of my directives was to make sure that was prominent, as well as keeping some contact info on the sign. Because this project did not have a huge budget, I devised a plan to replace the plaque only, and add dimensional lettering. I thought a cream background with red text would pop better off of the red brick. Here was my initial design:

The community loved the design and we were ready to install. Here are a few shots of the final product:

A clean and simple solution to updating the first impression a customer has when driving up to the property. Graphic design at its finest!

Gorgeous Gold Traditional Invites

I recently had the pleasure of designing some invitations for a fellow Texas Tech alum. Jennifer and her husband both moved to Denver after college and it was a wonderful coincidence to learn they were getting married back in West Texas. Jennifer wanted a traditional and elegant feel for wedding invitations. More images to come, but here is a sneak peek at her Gold Thermography invites!

International Orders are available, just ask me how!

I'm off to a busy start this week, fulfilling international orders! I can ship just about anywhere, please contact me for rates, as they vary by the number of koozies you order. International shipping takes 6-8 weeks for printing and delivery, so please factor that in to your timeline. If you are a Canadian or Australian bride and are in need of some wedding koozies, just holler!

Square Invitation Featured on Wedding Chicks

Happy Tuesday! I'm delighted to announce a Rook bride was featured on the great inspiration source, The Wedding Chicks. A former coworker and now friend was married in Dallas this spring. She chose a unique venue, The Hickory Street Annex, complete with exposed brick and industrial details to set off her gorgeous flowers. Hedish wanted square invitations with an approachable layout and hand drawn floral details. I came up with this suite:

Check out the gallery for more of her gorgeous wedding. Including an antique stained glass window!!

Barn Wedding Koozies featured on Style Me Pretty

It is so fun to see how brides incorporate Rook wedding koozies in to their overall theme. Andrea, a recent bride of mine was featured on Style Me Pretty and I am so excited she shared photos from her big day. I am drooling over her head table, complete with upholstered wing backs and all the vintage touches. 

3,000 Sales!

I have been a busy little bee fulfilling wedding koozies orders lately. SO busy in fact, that I just noticed I passed the 3,000 sale mark! I feel so honored to be a part of so many weddings and look forward to many more. The shop is open for business so please contact me if you have a custom design idea for your wedding favors. Thanks so much interwebs!!

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Corporate Infographics

Lately it seems I have been doing quite a few infographic inspired design. I love incorporating icons to graphically represent what would seemingly be mundane business content. For example, we started a standards guide for our copywriting to ensure consistency across all of our collateral. Great idea, right? So how do you take a 4 page Word Document full of bullets and indentations and turn it in to a one page "At a Glance" guide? Like this:

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 Here is a close up of the Grammar Guide:

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 Here is a shot of the Grammar Guide hanging in our Marketing Department. We printed on super thick Cougar paper, so no one would be tempted to recycle these bad boys.

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 Another example of my recent corporate infographics is for this "Cheat Sheet" of our new procedure to Budget and Manage Design Hours. Since this project was strictly internal, and only for Marketing Department staff, I figured I could have some fun with it.

Any time you can incorporate some old school TLC lyrics in to the business world, you must.  

Any time you can incorporate some old school TLC lyrics in to the business world, you must.  

Ready for Hunting Season?

I was recently asked by a sweet client to design a Duck Hunting koozie for her brother's annual hunting trip. They live a small town called Slater, so it was only fitting to use this phrase on one side of the koozie.

 

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While I am not much of a hunter myself, this design got me inspired to search for a preppy take on camo style. So I found this image on Pinterest and wanted to virtually shop for its ingredients. My wallet is currently detoxing from Christmas purchases, so rather than put it on life support, some e-shopping will have to do. Enjoy!

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1. Camo Jacket  |  2. Striped Shirt |  3. Red Chambray Shirt  | 4. Tan Clutch  |  5. Flats  |  6. Watch | 7. Dark Wash Jeans