On Sept. 23, Laura Winslow Photography added my item, a six-pack of my Have A Snappy Birthday cards, to her Luckie Duckie Giveaway Day contest. Check it out, click to vote if you like, and maybe you’ll be the big winner!
Laura contacted me a few weeks ago via Etsy asking permission to offer my item for the giveaway. I think it’s a fun way to promote other artists to a new network, so I said yes. Plus, her work is good, and her blog is pretty dang nice, too. Thanks for the opportunity, Laura, and I look forward to hearing who the lucky winner is!
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at the Gustavus Adolphus Juried Art & Craft Show! I’ll be there from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 1 in Northeast Minneapolis. I’ll have my popular Minnesota Icon illustrations, greeting cards, holiday cards, giclee prints, and more. Come on out and say hi–it’s free to come and look around, and there will be coffee and treats for sale, plus raffle items and a quilt giveaway!
I decided a month or two ago to join the CRAVE Minneapolis guide. It’s a large resource for women-run businesses, and it’s the second issue for our state (the first edition sold out!). I’m really excited to be in the pages amongst so many talented female entrepreneurs, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be profiled. But I couldn’t do it alone!
Part of the two-page spread each of the businesses has is a Q&A. We are given questions, and we answer them all in our own words. Then the coordinator of the book, Kathy Hanson of Backpocket Strategy, chooses which of our answers will run. Our profiles also include photographs of ourselves and our work, and we coordinate with a photographer to make that happen. We direct the photo shoots and choose images to send to the publication’s art department, and they decide which three to five photos run in our profiles.
I chose to have my photographs taken by Jennie Sewell of Sewell Photography. I was lucky enough to have my photo shoot at the studio she shares with her sister, Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Jennie’s photos turned out great–I can’t wait for the books to come out in November so you all can see my work!
Part of the reason the shots of my wedding suite designs were so cool is that I added pops of color and visual interest with flowers that Jackie had on hand. She was busy that morning creating fabulous (FABulous!) wedding bouquets, but she took the time to make sure I had what I needed and was so helpful and generous.
Jennie Sewell and Jackie Just are true gems. Check out their websites, and be sure to consider them if you need photography or flowers. They both do an outstanding job and are wonderful people and business owners. They, too, will be featured in the CRAVE Minneapolis book!
Sometimes it surprises me to discover that people don’t know I design wedding suites. I feel like I talk about it a lot, and promote it, but maybe I’m not doing enough?
I recently had a soon-to-be bride, who had seen my designs from a mutual friend’s wedding several years ago, nearly judo chop her fiance for not reminding her that I design wedding suites until after they’d ordered theirs from–you guessed it–some anonymous, run-of-the-mill online retailer. But not all was lost, as she hired me to design thank-you cards and escort cards for her reception, which I designed to be harmonious with the invites they had already sent to guests. (Luckily the designs she had chosen were pretty cool!) So in this case, it was too late for a full suite, but at least she nabbed a rad designer to create at least a few of her wedding pieces. Yeeeah!
As a bonus, she told me the escort cards, which included a little inside joke between the couple/their family, were a big hit at the reception. I love to hear that!
I recently designed an entire suite (*this bride* contacted me well in advance!) to create her sure-to-be-stellar nuptials in Charlotte, NC, in November. It was so fun to work with this perfect client who has a killer style and a laid-back approach to wedding planning. We worked together beautifully and I felt the invitations really synched up with her and her fiance’s personalities. The couple loved them.
It was even more validating (and humbling) to receive some feedback she received after sending the invitations out to her guests. And it’s *so* nice to actually be relayed this feedback from a client.
Here’s what they said about my work:
“Hi! I just got your invitation today! Beautiful! They are so you! I love the cityscape and the fonts!”
“We received your wedding invite on Friday, and I’ve been meaning to email you to tell you that it looks beautiful! I love the funky flare and urban feel.”
Thanks, Steph, for sending these to me. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the happiness in the world.