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October Update

So, I am a lame blogger. Really I am a designer and artist, this blog was supposed to be a way to share my inspiration & ideas. At the moment is a way to update the world on my latest work and projects. Thanks for checking it out. I am learning about website design and development, looking for things I can do to make the site better. Hopefully you like the changes and improvements as they come!

Here are a couple of new Christmas card designs and some recent paintings. The butterfly was my ‘back to school’ project after getting the kiddos back in the groove last month. It is quite large  and hanging over our couch. Enjoy!

Recently I was asked to design a logo to use in a Missions Celebration. Since there is a major presence in our missions in Peru, Jerusalem, NYC & Boston I created a graphic combining a mountainside & a cityscape. The logo was a big hit and now we are printing cards to give as gifts to friends in Jerusalem. It is exciting to be a part of a trip to Israel even though I am not packing my bags. My husband lived there for a year of grad school and has great stories to tell from his time there.

Flower Power

Spring is absolutely my favorite season. There is so much beauty popping up out of the ground and from the trees everyday. It is the optimist of the seasons. When I saw all that was bloom in my yard I took out my camera and started snapping, daffodils and crocuses, and a flowering tree who is nameless to me. The growth inspired  me to break out the paint. I haven’t painted (unless it was work related) in ages. I am so happy to be back at it this week. What is growing in your yard or on your street this week? I would love to hear!

coffee & ink

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday while doing a little trolling around at Tuesday Morning. I came upon these amazing Pantone Mugs… in 3 shades of my favorite color! I snatched them up. They make me happy. I filled up PMS 388 C this morning and got to explain the world of printing to my 9 year old this morning. It reminded me of my first job out of design school, I can still smell the ink now.

If it’s good enough for Catherine Zeta-Jones…

… then it is GREAT for Push the Envelope! We were mentioned in the “What to Buy This Month” section of Simply Her magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine for women, published in Singapore. The copy arrived in the mail yesterday & we’ve already received inquiries from potential customers there. Take a look:

Jacquard Ribbon on EtsyMy design work has seen the combination of these colors a lot lately. I am not sure why…. but I love it! My retaliation to a surprisingly snowy winter? Maybe. The outdoors has been white & gray for weeks. I know it isn’t time for yellow daffodils yet, so I have found happiness in this little group. Here are some other examples of this awesome power trio. What colors are you seeing everywhere in your world?

custom wrapping paper

Mark Rothko, 1961

summer camp

I spent some wonderful weeks at summer camp. The traditional, all-girl, canoes & archery kind of camp. Just like the one in the movie “The Parent Trap”.  Now, more than a couple of decades later my girls are planning to head back to that same camp this summer. I am also working on a re-order of camp stationery for this same camp. Here is a preview of their order for the summer of ’10. Anybody making summer plans already?

whistle while you work

I have to listen to music when I work. I have lots of design/work-related playlists on my computer, a wide range of music. Sometimes I need some New Wave pop of the 80’s other times it is quiet violin, just depends on my workload & mood. This week I have got something new, thanks to Angels and Airwaves free download. Their new album, LOVE, is available to download for free. Try it out & let me know what you think. It is moody, melodic, I like it…

I heart glitter

February is here. In my world that means glue, scissors, colored paper & glitter, lots and lots of glitter. My kids are “those” kids. Those kids who never buy Valentine’s cards. The dining room table will be covered in arts & crafts goodness for a good part of the month. I am giddy just writing about it. My four kids usually start out with very detailed, time-consuming designs. The are intricate & customized. But, by the evening of the 13th I have the class lists in my hand, anxious to finish crossing out the names as the cards are completed. I can’t wait to start.glitter basket