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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*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!

New Printable: Sugar, inspired by Maroon 5

sugar-mockupLately I haven’t been able to get the song “Sugar” by Maroon 5 out of my head, and if you haven’t seen the music video for it, go watch it because it’s adorable. Even my husband loves the song (and he isn’t the biggest Maroon 5 fan), but as he says: “It’s just so catchy!”

I’ve been messing around with some typography and came up with the idea for this print, inspired by the song. At first, I wanted an ink blot for the print; something darker, but then I thought about coffee (which has become a sort of life blood since my son was born) and how the print can have sort of a double meaning.

I kind of fell in love with this design, and thought, “shoot, this would look super cute on a coffee mug.” So I headed over to cafepress and whipped up a couple of cute designs I thought I’d share with ya’ll.

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They are currently running a sale on their mugs for 12.99, so if you’d like to purchase the “Sugar” mug, now is the time to do it! It’s super cute and I am definitely planning on ordering one for myself!

If you hop over to cafepress, there’s a few other styles to choose from, like an Acrylic Double Wall Tumbler or a Travel Mug

What do you think? Do you like the design?  Leave a comment and let me know!

To purchase the 8×10 printable, head on over to my etsy shop.  It’s only 5 bucks!

And be sure to Like my Facebook Page, or you’ll be missing out on contests and giveaways!

FREE Spring Printable!

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Last summer the hubs and I decided to redo some of the landscaping in our front yard, and in this process bought a flowering cherry tree. Unfortunately we bought it after it’s blooming season (late spring) so we never got to see it in it’s true beauty. I don’t have a green thumb by any means, but all summer I worked hard to keep that little tree alive.

It was a dry summer, so I was definitely paranoid about the tree drying up. I watered it like crazy. I remember a few times seeing the tips of the leaves turn red, as if the tree had decided to take a turn into an early fall. I’d frantically water it more. By some miracle, I managed to keep it alive.

Just the other day I was out in the front yard, the weather being at least nice enough to enjoy, and even though everything is brown and there’s not a leaf on any tree in sight, the promise of spring is definitely in the air. To my delight, my little cherry tree has buds on it. This might seem silly to you, but to me, this is a big deal. I can’t keep plants alive for the life of me! (It’d be so much easier if they were like kids and cried when they needed something!) I am just thrilled I managed to keep it alive, and I’m so looking forward to seeing it in full bloom.

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I love spring. I love the colors, the warmth, the sounds of birds chirping and kids playing. there’s just something so lively about it after a long winter. That’s where my inspiration came from for this print. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it! The print is free for personal use, and you may print it as many times as you like!

If you’re loving my printables, please like my facebook page and check out my etsy shop.

Click the button below to download. Enjoy!

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My heart is full – New print in the shop and the origin behind it.

mason-mockupI’m excited to share my latest print available at my etsy store for only $5.00. I thought I’d write a blog post about this one because I absolutely love it, and not just because of my obsession with mason jars lately. I wanted to share the meaning behind it.

Have you ever had that feeling where your heart is completely full of love, and you don’t know that you could love any more than you do in that moment? I have, hundreds of times.

When my husband and I married, we were young. He was 22 and I was 21. Even though I’d listened to my dad tell me stories about how he grew to love my mom more and more as the years went by, I still walked down the aisle arm in arm with him, staring and my soon-to-be husband, wondering how on earth I could love him any more than I did in that moment.

My heart was full.

This year we’re coming up on our 5th anniversary. In the grand scheme of things, it may not be that long, but in our 5 years of marriage we have watched other marriages within our circles fall apart and dissolve. It hasn’t always been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but after (nearly) five years of marriage, I finally get what my dad was saying back then. I love him more and more each day. We’ve managed to grow together, not apart.

And then we got pregnant. After nearly a year of trying, we were blessed with that positive pregnancy test. As my belly grew, fear began to creep up on me. My heart was already so full of love, how could I love this tiny person growing inside of me? What if I couldn’t love him enougMy-heart-is-full-mason-printh? When he was born and I first laid eyes on him, I knew I’d love him for the rest of my life; knew I’d do anything for my son. Over the past year as he’s grown, I find myself loving him more and more.

Instead of my heart being too full to love another person, my love multiplied. That’s what I’ve learned over the years; the more you love, the more love you have to give out.

So that’s where the inspiration came for this print. What I’ve learned is that my heart is always full, but the more I love, the more my heart has the capacity to grow and hold even more love to give out. This print is a celebration of that. I hope you enjoy it too.

If you’re interested in purchasing this print, feel free to head on over to my Etsy Store.  It’s only $5! I’m looking forward to starting my own “inspirational” wall at home that’s chock full of printables, and this one is definitely going up on the wall.

As always, if you like what you see here, please consider becoming a fan over at my Facebook page. I promise not to spam you with posts, and you’ll stay updated on all deals and freebies.

 

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