Tuesday, December 6, 2011

For the love of mustard...

There has always been something weird to me about the color mustard.  It's one of those colors that seem it wouldn't be that elegant but totally is. It's a beautiful accent color for wardrobe, home decor, and bedding.  It's one of those colors you hate to love. (My mom does not approve ;) )

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Studio Sunday! Behind the scenes...

Something Nice Designs finally has their Etsy shop up and running! We spent a lot of time documenting our products and we are so happy with the results. We currently have cards, pillows, and mugs. Prints, totes, and shirts are coming soon!  Here is a couple of shots of behind the scenes of the photo shoot.

Card mania! 

Knives felt like she would improve the picture... 

Check out our shop!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Studio Sunday - Programs & Pillows

So the Sunday before last I made a trip to my hometown to meet up with the other half of Something Nice Designs. We got to catch up and plan for the future of the business.  I also got to see the amazing house pillows that Susan (my mom :) ) was producing.  They look terrific and are all ready for the MCAD Art sale.  Well it was the weekend before my big trip to Texas for Maci & Vincents wedding. So I spent the weekend working on the programs and banners for the wedding.  I will be putting up a post of their wedding along with all the illustrations I did for it.  In end the weekend was very successful and had all of us charged up to keep going with the business. :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Studio Sundays - Hearts & Good Reads

This weekend has been a pretty slow one.  We have been working on designs and ordering supplies so there isn't too much to show.   Another thing I have focused on this week was research! Even though I studied business in school I enjoy reading more specifically in the kind of business we're doing. Also for fun I made a heart piñata!

So I picked up Creative, Inc because I love Joy Deangdeelert Cho's blog, Oh Joy! and because I feel like business classes don't go into the freelance side of business enough.  I have learned a lot through my brothers experiences and also my internship, but this book goes into the well needed details.  It's so great! It goes through the in's and out's of having a freelance business from multiple viewpoints, such as someone straight from school (me) or someone quitting /working with their day job (Sue & Mark!). It also includes interviews from different kinds of artists. Pick it up!

The Handmade Marketplace. This book was given to me as a gift from a friend who I helped plan, organize, and produced her wedding. And I am so grateful!  This book is great for helping sell products, from online to consignment.  I am looking forward to selling our products on Etsy (next month!!) and to be able to sell at craft fairs, and this book has great recourses to help us out!  They also have quotes and tips from great artists.  It's always fun to hear others experiences and successes.  I suggest you pick this up if you're a crafter! 

And then I made a heart piñata! It was quick and fun! Once again I had to use tissue paper (I need to invest in some bulk crepe paper!) and recycled some cereal boxes! I got the awesome project from Oh Happy Day! She makes the coolest stuff!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trendy Tuesdays - Happy Holidays

I am working on Holiday cards and stuffed ornaments and I decided to create a trend board to guide me through it! I want it all to be cute and light so I selected images of cute deer, candy canes, and animals filled with light colors of pinks, greens, and blues. I am excited for the Holidays!

*credit* top left - project wedding, top right - cox & cox, bottom left - posie, bottom right - hello lucky

Design Sponge Event & Book Signing

So yesterday Grace Bonney from Design Sponge visited Minneapolis! She is an amazing writer and designer and you all probably know her very well, but if not check out designsponge.com! It's full of posts of cool places, products, DIY projects, and more! So it was very cool to be able to see her at her book signing last night. It was hosted by Anthropologie and was super cute! There were yummy treats served and she hosted a craft workshop before the signing. I suggest you pick up her book!

Monday, October 10, 2011


I finished my thanksgiving card set! I made the set of four into a pattern on the bottom. I can't wait to produce these guys! I love fall!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Studio Sundays - Maci & Vin decoration time!

This week has been full of us starting up the business and designing to get our store up. But it did feel good taking this weekend to work on projects for our dear friends Maci & Vincent's wedding. We are super excited and it's only a few weeks away! Well today I made two things that I got tutorials from the amazing website Project Wedding. They were super cute, cheap, and easy to do!

I first made tiny tassels.  They say to use crepe paper, but I couldn't seem to find it at any of the craft stores around me, so I used tissue paper instead.  It worked fine it's just a little more delicate to work with. I got the amazing tutorial here.

I then made these cool flags made from fabric and then dipped in glue.  I suggest you try this one, it's simple and they are beautiful in the sunlight. Find the tutorial here.

Now onto programs, banners, and wedding poppers! :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kitten time

The kitten is definatly the center of attention in the apartment. She is super playful and cuddly. The other day she killed a mouse and played with it all over the house including in my shoes :P yuck. We still love her and glad to know she will be our pest control.

In other news, when making a late night grocery run we found this cute owl balloon! I love it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Promo Packs!

I really want to get into freelancing and to make a good first impression I thought I would take inspiration from Tad Carpenter and make a promo package! It was fun deciding what was going to go in it!

Below are all the individual promos

Business card!

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