Wedding Season Is Here!

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Summer tends to be the season of weddings, and can I tell you I’ve had many summers where it seemed I had a wedding every weekend. It’s fun to celebrate with friends on such a momentous occasion, but I kind of got “wedding gift wear-out” if such a thing exists. I just got so tired of running to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy cooking utensils they probably already had and didn’t need more of. Eventually, I started giving cash.

Now, I’m not knocking cash as a gift. It’s certainly needed, and I was certainly grateful for it as a bride myself! But it didn’t feel at all personal, and for me, gift giving is only rewarding when it’s personal. Ask my husband: gifts are my love language.

The hubs and I have been married five years (next month!) and I still remember to this day one of the best gifts I received when getting married. I have a cousin who’s a very talented artist, and for my bridal shower, she gifted me a painting of my husband and I. It was beautiful, and it was personal, and it’s still one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received.

There’s just something about personalized gifts. They show thought, effort, and love to the person receiving the gift. Plus, as a gift giver, I think they’re just more fun to give!

For this reason, I’ve started a new section of my Etsy shop inspired by the love of personalized gift giving during this wedding season. It’s small right now, but keep checking because more prints will be posted.

displaymck4I love this mason jar custom wedding print with watercolor hydrangeas (in fact, I love it so much, I’m probably going to print one for my own home!). There’s 7 different colored backgrounds to choose from to make it more personalized for each couple.

Isn’t it darling? I love the textured background, and how the mason jar “glass” reflects the color differently for each background. It’s simple enough to look great in any home, but adds enough character and personality to be noticed.

Birch-Tree2mckAnother new print I’m featuring is this Birch tree print with lovebirds. How cute is this? The background can be customized to any color your heart desires, and the lovebirds can change to any color as well, to really give it that truly personalized feel.

I love the “carved” initials in the heart of the birch tree, symbolizing a love that is permanently etched. The background adds a good pop of color to any room, and a great idea for the color of the background and birds is to find out the couple’s wedding colors. It’s a way they can forever remember their special day.

mck1-s1If you’re looking for something a bit more simple and modern, check out this black and white last name initial print. This is a great print for the modern couple. Is it simple? Yes, but it still has that personal, thinking-of-you feel that shows you put in more effort than buying them a spatula (not to knock spatulas, who doesn’t need those? I have personally “killed” many a spatula in my effort to cook over the years).

If you’re looking for something that shows you put in time, effort, and love for your gift giving wedding season, check out these prints. Order the print, then head over to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and pick out a beautiful frame to go with it, and you’re set! You’ll be giving a gift you know they’ll love, and won’t sit dirty in their sink, or hidden away in the cupboard.

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Web App “Coolors” makes it easy to find and create color palettes

I’m a sucker for color palettes, whether it’s designing prints for my etsy shop, or searching for inspiration for my home. Having a good color scheme is vital to any kind of designing you might be doing.

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.46.20 AMCoolors is a web application I found recently that makes finding and saving color palettes extremely easy. All you have to do to browse thousands of random palettes (with colors that complement each other) is to hit your space bar. Save the palettes, or individual colors, that you love. Like one color but not the others? Lock in that color and browse for other colors that go well. Copy hex codes to easily import into any photo editing or illustration software.

The web app is free, but it looks like Coolors also has an iOS app as well, that only costs $0.99. Not bad for having colors on the go!

Check out the free web app here: http://coolors.co/app/ 

*Taps Mic* “Is this thing on?”

Because I have a major, exciting announcement to share with you.

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As of this week, my etsy shop is now selling printed items! I feel I’m a bit behind on the times with this, and it’s something I had hoped to start doing a while ago. But it’s here now, so let’s celebrate that!

I’m still going to be offering some digital files for those who’d like to print it at home, but for my friends who don’t have access to a printer, I’m now offering for my art to be printed on heavy duty card stock paper. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

Bike-Plain-mckI have added a TON of listings to my site (think: weddings, nursery art, etc) so if you haven’t been over there in a while, be sure to pop over and give it a look!

Here’s just a taste of what I’m now selling, and I am just IN LOVE with this vintage bicycle print! Isn’t it so cute? I might just have to print it for my house as well! It’s just too cute not to share with you!

And in case you didn’t know, I happily accept requests for a custom piece. Obviously my store is still small and growing as I go, but if you have a request for something and don’t see it in my shop, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

And as always, check out my facebook page for contests and freebies!