About Caroline smalley


Posts by Caroline smalley:

Twin Time

I’ve found myself in the midst of a a couple of clients with a couple of little kiddos. Recently I designed a birth announcement for Lauren & Pete’s new identical twin boys. This was followed up with a birthday party invitation for soon-to-be one year old girls. I customized these with sketches based on some of the characteristics of these families. Kraft envelopes & custom mailing labels round out these projects. I am so happy with how they turned out. Celebrate X2!

Collection Agency

I’ve been reading the amazing book “The Happiness Project”. It is such an eye-opener, a refreshing take on a simple-sounding goal. The author, Gretchen Rubin discussed the idea of having something to collect. She says: “For that matter, having a collection of any sort is a very popular way to have a mission. You get the little zap of satisfaction whenever you find another piece of blue sea glass on the beach or another out-of-print book by Charlotte Yonge. Or you collect experiences, like attending a game in every Major League Baseball stadium or running in as many marathons as possible.”

I love that idea. It got me thinking about my home & my family. Do you have a collection? Do any of your family members collect things or experiences int his way? One of my daughters’ first & middle initials are “A”, she was guided into a collection of this letter by my sister-in-law , who collects all things “M”. I love this. As a designer I am drawn to typography, color & shape. Here is a recent photo of Abigail’s “A” wall. Her siblings and friends often think of this collection at gift-giving times. I think it will be with her for a long time!

Mother’s Day is coming…..

… don’t forget your mom. My mother is fantastic. She really is my guidebook to motherhood. Also, I admire & respect her as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. She can be a difficult person to buy a gift for, though. Clothes, she has lots… Books, she is constantly reading and we pass recommendations back and forth all the time, flowers, she has a gorgeous garden full…. But I know this prayer is a favorite of hers so I have painted a little piece for her to hang up in her house or her office. Hope you all enjoy it. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, too!