Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fruitlands fĂȘte

I recently had the pleasure of designing the stationery for my sister-in-laws surprise bridal shower at the historic Fruitlands property in Harvard, MA.  
The day was fantastically fallish, the bride-to-be was beautiful, & the shower was absolutely lovely.

Cait's maid of honor, Laura, styled the party with the sweetest details, including a cake inspired by 
the invitations & created by the delectable Concord Teacakes.

groom-to-be, Dan, & the lovely lady of the day
Can't wait for this date!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wicked Awesome

I was thrilled to see the fabulous accessory shop, Wicked Peacock, featured twice in the past two weeks!  Both North Shore Living and Racked noticed the inspiring creation of my friend & client,
the inimitable Ms. Silvana Costa.
upper left - Silvana (via North Shore Living)
 Silvana and I met several years ago at Artifaktori, and bonded over a shared love of 1970's printed palazzo pants & bold jewelry.  So, when she quit her day job to grow her budding accessory brand and asked me to create her logo & look, it was a no brainer - of course, I said yes. 
 Silvana has an incredible mind for business and a sharp eye for style.  Her ambition, curiosity & constant growth make her incredibly fun to collaborate with.  Despite knowing this, I was still a little awestruck when we finished the sign design for her first brick & mortar shop, and she told me she had nabbed Best Dressed Signs(who's work I had been unwittingly admiring all over New England) to bring my Wicked Peacock sign design to life.
Best Dressed Signs I've ogled at Follow the Honey, Streetcar Wine & Beer, Portsmouth Book & Bar, and Cinquecento (images via Best Dressed Signs)

Silvana recently posted about the sign making process, starting at the beginning with the design & me in my studio...
(my studio via Wicked Peacock)
...but what I cant get enough of is the next post about the physical sign creation.  I cannot get over how cool it is to watch this happen to something I designed.  
It is so inspiring and rewarding to watch everyone do their thing!
Check out the Wicked Peacock blog and Best Dressed Signs for more on this incredible sign artistry, and visit Wicked Peacock online or in Rockport, MA for your new favorite accessories :)
Wicked Peacock - 17 Dock Sq - Rockport, MA

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IIIIm sailing away...

pattern by Amanda - property of TJX Newport, RI for a few days of fabulous friends, fun, sun, sea & sand.
Happy 4th of July weekend, my friends!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

vacationland daydream

AMW for Artifaktori summer 2013 - inspired by a very favorite postcard by Rafael de Penagos
getting me through these next two days
is the thought that the end of my week
will be looking a lot more like this

Sunday, June 23, 2013

love glow

...right around noon
one year ago today
in a little hair salon outside of Albany, NY
I had the magnificent honor of witnessing my dear friend
become the most radiant bride-to-be I have ever seen

Happy 1st Anniversary!
(my how the time flies)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

from the day job

tradiotional Mexican otomi textile via mint design blog
...becomes a favorite print...

fun, happy animals :)

pattern by Amanda - property of TJX

Friday, May 24, 2013

starry crowns

getting ready for a certain stupendous sister-in-law's long time coming law school graduation!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

spring fling

pattern by Amanda for children's apparel -  property of TJX
new doodle ditsy
for a future dainty dress
so glad spring is here

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

back in action

eek.  It has been an intense, exciting & eventful few months and all of the sudden a lot of time has passed since I've done a real post.  There is a lot to catch up on!  Let's start with the highlights....

In July, I began a new job working full time designing textiles for children's apparel at TJX in Framingham, MA.  It has been a big adjustment from my full time freelance life, but while I am a little sad to be spending less time in my cozy home studio, I am relishing the whimsical work I am creating with this truly talented team of designers.

My scribbles will soon be seen on little rompers, tshirts, tunics & dresses at TJ MaxxMarshalls (USA), Winners (Canada), &TK Maxx(Europe).  I have been amassing new artwork and prints at an amazing rate, and look forward to sharing more soon! 

wedding photos by my friend, Richard Chase
Thennn... in October(on the 6th to be exact), I had the pleasure of throwing a great big party and marrying my very best friend, Ryan.  Wedding planning was frantic, fun, fabulous & full of many opportunites for creative projects.  We were lucky enough to have the love and support of many friends, family & skilled craftsmen to see us through our artistic adventures, but I somehow still managed to have my hands in almost everything...

I designed our wedding website(above), our invitations(below)...

...and, perhaps most notably...

(left) wedding dress stardust print by me   (right) the result of many hours of ring searching, and the talented Danielle Miller
...patterns(of course!) for both my bright blue dress, and the ties worn by my dude of honor(Nate, my brother), the best men, and a blue bowtie for my handsome groom.  With the help of spoonflower, a very skilled seamstresses, and a very talented & patient Nana, my prints became fabric, became garments that we wore with smiles so big they hurt.

clockwise from top:  me with my dude of honor & beautiful beaming bridesmaids;  dear friends dancing:  Ryan & his Mom

 We had a wildly wonderful time with some of our very favorite people on this great big tiny earth, dancing the night away under a silvery moon(made by my dear Daddo), and reveling in a room full of
so much love 

... and, in the meantime...
...some of my very favorite freelance clients have been up to some fantastically fun things, that I look forward to gushing about very soon on this here blog.

So, life is good, and it's good to be back :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Boston love

I have quite a bit of catching up to do on this here blog, but while I figure out where to start with that, I wanted to share this beautiful piece by the one and only Mr. Dan Blakeslee.

"Hearts for Boston" is for sale in tshirt and patch form over here, in support of the Richards family and the other victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Thank you, Dan.  Thank you, Boston


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