Love Is All You Need – Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Valentine's Day  Pattern Printable on Chalkboard

Cristin of Simplified Bee asked me to design a Valentine’s freebie for her blog readers based around some super cute pencils that she had. I decided to create some simple patterns using slightly different colors than your average red and pink. Head over to her blog to download this freebie and to see how you can add feathers to the pencils for an extra special touch!

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Patterns

The Most Popular Fonts of 2013

Before I start sharing some new favorite fonts this year, I though it would be fun to show y’all the most popular fonts of 2013 (according to MyFonts). I have already featured a few of them here over the past year as some of my personal favorites. Did you have a favorite font in 2013? 

 

Core CircusCore Circus Font Type Sample

 

 

ClavoClavo Serif Font Type Sample

 

 

Style ScriptStyle Script Type Sample

 

 

Brandon TextBrandon Text Type Sample

 

Charcuterie Charcuterie Type Sample

 

CorbertCorbert Type Sample

 

Desire
Desire Font Type Sample

 

Trend

Trend Font Type Sample

 

Hurme Geometric Sans No.4 Hurme Geometric Sans No 4 Type Sample

 

Thirsty RoughThirsty Rough Type Sample

 

Quadon

Quadon Type Sample

 

Cantoni Cantoni Script Type Sample

 

Type samples from MyFonts.com. Affiliate links used.

Design Portfolio: Sweet Tea Logo and Branding

You may remember this mood board from a few months ago. Well I recently wrapped up the branding for Sweet Tea & Co., a whimsical and unique tea party experience for little girls. The client didn’t want the bright pink and glittery look that a lot of her competitors seemed to have. She wanted it to be simple, elegant and sophisticated. The client is thrilled and I’m really excited with how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think or let me know if you need some branding help of your own!

Sweet Tea Brand Board

Sweet Tea began as a summertime ritual to entertain my own daughters. They delighted in dressing up in my vintage dresses and sipping tea under our weeping willows as I told stories of days gone by. —Shirilana Hanson, Owner

Sweet Tea Business Card Front and Back

Sweet Tea Facebook Design on Macbook Pro

Sweet Tea Tri Fold Brochure Design

Let’s Do This

Let's Do This Hand Lettered Art Print

I’m back from my blog break and I want to start the new year with total honestly. A few months ago I realized that I was in a rut. I was feeling like I didn’t get enough accomplished during the year. I had too many ideas and didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in or where I should put my time and energy. I have always felt confident in my design work but I was feeling a little lost managing everything. 

I didn’t feel like I was reaching my ideal clients and I was getting worried that my site wasn’t portraying my services the best way possible. I was posting quality content to my blog but it somehow felt random and focused on the short-term. I decided that I needed help, I didn’t want to feel lost in my own business anymore.

That is where Ashley of Your Super Awesome Life came in! I told Ashley my concerns and she had me fill out a business assessment. Once I answered some questions on paper, we had a Skype session where we talked through what was working and what was not and what I really wanted for my blog and business.

I was actually a little surprised at how well she communicated and understood what I was going after even though she isn’t an insider to my business or blog. I felt totally comfortable talking to her and suddenly everything that was spinning in my head made sense again.

At the end of our first session Ashley helped me to come up with an action plan that covered the main points we discussed and mapped out all of the steps to begin making my goals a reality. We wanted to get really clear on what I wanted my business to look like moving forward. All of my goals suddenly seemed so attainable.

  • After our first session, I updated my services page, I still have some work to do here, but I think it’s a much more clear representation of the design services I offer. I’m currently taking on clients so feel free to reach out!
  • I created an end of the year reader survey to find out what y’all want to see more of here on the blog in 2014! If you haven’t taken it yet, the survey is still open. Until I take some time to review all of the responses, I’m going to take it slow and post content here very intentionally.
  • I’m also starting to reach out to blogs to guest post on, so let me now if you are looking for some guest contributors in 2014!

A few weeks later we had a follow-up call to make sure I was on track. I still have a lot of work to do to accomplish the actions we came up with but I feel like I’m back on the right path! It wasn’t easy for me to reach out for help but this year I really want to take my business to the next level and after Ashley’s sessions I’m ready and confident to take on 2014, so let’s do this!

2014 Let’s Do This art print available for sale on Etsy.

Stately Type – Hand-lettered US Map Prints & T-shirts

Kickstarter really has some amazing stuff y’all! I recently came across Stately Type, a project by graphic designer David Lesue. It’s basically two things: first, it’s a big 20″x 16″ letterpressed map of the United States where David hand-lettered the name of each state within the distinctive form of its boundaries.

Stately-Type-Hand-Lettered-US-Map-Letterpress

Second, it’s 50 individually designed hand-lettered t-shirts—one for each state in the union. David designed each one to reflect the identity of the state it represents—matching the shirt color and graphic color to each state’s personality.

Stately-Type-Hand-Lettered-US-Map-Shirts

The inspiration for this project came from my love of hand-lettered type and my fascination with the iconic shapes of state boundaries. By combining those two elements, I’ve come up with something that looks stunning—maps of the individual states and of the US as a whole that feel very personal, distinctive, and hand-crafted. -David Lesue

 Stately-Type-Hand-Lettered-US-Map-Tote

David has actually reached his goal but if you like this project as much as I do, head over to his Kickstarter page to support it, he has lots of amazing rewards for those who back his project!

Stately-Type-Hand-Lettered-US-Map-Web

 

There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For

Even though Thanksgiving is only one day out of the month, November always gets me thinking about everything I am thankful for. I like to slow down, appreciate the small things and the wonderful people in my life. I’m thankful for having a creative career and being able to do what I love, my boyfriend of eight years, family, friends, the blogging community and for you guys, my readers! Remember, there is always something to be thankful for and I hope this design can be a little reminder for you this month!

These new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog! Hope you enjoy November’s design for your devices!

There Is Always Something To Be Thankful Quote Over Park Photograph

Photo by Allison Lehman.

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