Elise turns one!

Are they not the prettiest family you've ever seen? (Photos by Hannah Elaine Photography)

Are they not the prettiest family you’ve ever seen? (Photos by Hannah Elaine Photography)

It’s hard to believe that my friend Sarah‘s baby girl Elise had her first birthday this past weekend. It seriously seems like we were just working on her nursery (which turned out fabulous) and her birth announcements (love!), and yet, here she is – a year older, wiser, and devastatingly cuter. I was thrilled that Sarah came to me once again to help out with Elise’s first birthday party and I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out. It was a sprinkletastic affair, with little bits of rainbow-colored heaven covering basically everything in sight, including the paper goods I designed for the occasion. I was so sad that I had to miss the fun due to a long-planned vacation, but thankfully Sarah had the talented Hannah Elaine standing by to take some really fantastic photos for those of us that couldn’t make it to the party. It turned out beautifully! (Oh, and p.s. – check out Sarah’s chalkboard art on Hannah’s blog! She is so good!)

Happy birthday, Elise Kelly!

Taylor & Kyle’s Save the Date postcards

What can I say about this couple? They are so fun. When Taylor asked me to come up with a design for their save the dates, I went a little crazy at first and had so many ideas flowing out because I knew that she and Kyle would appreciate some of my more off-the-wall notions. We finally narrowed it down to this one – which I L.O.V.E. It was Taylor’s idea to have the state of Mississippi on the front, which I never would have thought to do and turned out to be a really cool addition. And I have to say that purple is my favorite color, so I was all about it when Taylor told me that was one of her wedding colors. I think these turned out really awesome, and I’m so happy to say that Taylor has also asked me to do her wedding invitations, so I will have those to share in a few months. I can’t wait to do more fun projects with this couple!

Erica’s baby shower

When one of your best friends is having a baby, you want to do anything you can to join in on the fun of the whole experience. So when Erica’s sister-in-law asked for my help with invitations, I jumped at the chance! Erica lives in Pittsburgh and it was clear I wouldn’t be able to make it for the actual shower, so I was pretty stoked to be able to contribute in some way. The Bickel clan are big fans of the beach, so with a beach-themed shower we went with beach-themed invitations, thank you cards, and address labels. I love how these turned out! (You might notice that I took some inspiration from these for my Doubtless Designs revamp – I love this font!)

Nursery Gallery

When I found out my friend Sarah was pregnant with her first baby, I knew that I was going to have some work to do. Sarah and I have been collaborating on fun little projects for years – our first one being her “save the date” announcements after she got engaged – and I seriously love everything we’ve come up with together. We are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to design and both love a clean, simple look with a touch of girly stuff thrown in. So, when we discovered Sarah was carrying a girl, it was ON. It seemed like five minutes had gone by and Sarah had already picked out everything for little Elise’s nursery. (And I mean everything. She left nothing out. It is a sight to behold.) All she needed was some artwork for a little gallery wall above the dresser… Which, of course, is where I come in.

I can’t take credit for the initial ideas for these pieces, because Sarah had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted before we even got started. I just took her thoughts and put them down on paper. (Or, Illustrator and Photoshop. You know what I mean.) I had so much fun putting everything together for this project. I can’t wait to meet Elise in just a few more weeks, and I look forward to all the fun stuff Sarah and I will come up with as she grows!

Here’s a shot of the gallery wall (and super adorable nursery) in action:



My Day Job, Part 1

For the past five years I have been the lone graphic designer at the Grand Ole Opry here in Nashville. It is seriously the most awesome job ever. If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be where I am today, I never would have believed it – mainly because I had never heard of the Grand Ole Opry. Ha, just kidding! I read about it in a textbook at school… But seriously, that’s where my knowledge of the Opry ended. I was not exposed to a lot of country music growing up in South Florida, and the Opry was never on my radar. Plus, my original “dream job” was recording engineering, and I never thought I’d be doing graphic design as a career by any stretch of the imagination. When I moved to Nashville in 2002 to pursue a job in the recording field, my parents and I went to an Opry show for the first time, and after that it slowly started creeping into my life. In 2004, after my recording studio gig died a painful death and my parents were telling me to get a job (any job!), I started working at the front desk at Gaylord Opryland, where part of my job was selling tickets to the Opry. Three years later I had worked my way up a little bit in the hotel, and I applied for a job at the Opry and was hired as the Advertising Coordinator. Last year I was promoted to Graphic Designer, which was seriously the highlight of my decade. I had been designing for the Opry from day one, but technically my job was to handle advertising (buying, scheduling, etc.). When I was promoted it was the biggest ego boost – it told me that I was appreciated and that they had such faith in me as a designer that they would set me loose to design ALL THE TIME. So. Awesome.

I could gush on and on about the Opry for hours, but I will just say that I could not ask for a better place to work. The Opry is like a little family (seriously, there are some people that have worked there for like 40 years!) and my coworkers are some of my best friends here in Nashville. I love us.❤

Obviously after five years I have quite a bit of work I could share with you, so I’ll break it up into a few different posts. For this one, some of the more recent special events I have designed pieces for will be spotlighted. We do all kinds of fun things at the Opry and there is never a shortage of things to celebrate!

Party Goodies

I love when I get requests to do fun little things for a party that someone is throwing, and now that it seems like all of my friends are getting married and having babies, there are lots of parties being thrown! My friend Sarah alone could keep me in business for the rest of my life with her busy social schedule, and I never get tired of working with her because she is so much fun. We’re actually collaborating together right now on some prints for her nursery that I can’t wait to share! But for now, here are some past pieces that I have done for Sarah and others for their special events.