The Creative Swell

An Aqua, Pink, and Gold Baby Shower

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This post is a bittersweet one! I had the privilege of helping to plan a baby shower for one of my dearest friends (many of you know Ashley), but I wasn't able to actually attend. Of course I was beyond bummed, but sweet Ash totally understood, and lucky for me, Ash's sister is the amazing Courtney Timms of Courtney Timms Photography, so the day was well-documented.

I was tasked with my favorite part of party-planning--planning the theme and the decor! Anyone who knows Ashley knows that she loves all things metallic gold, so I knew that had to be part of the plan! I also know her well enough to know that she loves all things aqua and pink, so the them part came together easily, especially since we knew we were showering her little baby GIRL! So we went with pink, aqua, and gold with bit of Kate Spade inspiration, and we were off!

In my opinion, the invitations for any party set the tone. They came together really easily since I knew I wanted a pretty script with my go-to serif font (Archer). Some pretty floral elements with some gold flourishes, and I was almost done. I had all kinds of crazy options for the background, but my sweet husband Josh looked over my shoulder and said, "Why don't you just make it that solid blue-ish color?" I tried it just to humor him, and that was that! I am so glad he encouraged me not to over-complicate the design. Plus, I think everyone was happy with the invitation design in the end, which is obviously the goal!

Invitation Design by The Creative Swell [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Invitation Design by The Creative Swell [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I hand-painted this canvas banner with JUST enough time for it to dry before dropping it off at Ashley's mom's house before we headed out of town. It turned out to be a hit and the "Baby Jessee" portion was promptly hung in the nursery after the shower, which made Auntie Em feel very honored :)

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Painted Canvas Baby Shower Banner [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I'm a sucker for tissue paper pompoms and the like, so of course I also dropped off some of those in the "decorations supplies" I brought over pre-party, and then the other girls did a great job of arranging flowers, making beautiful food, and arranging decor right on the dot with the theme we had selected! I can't take credit for the following photos--they did a great job pulling it all together!!

Pink flowers in blue mason jars [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Pink flowers in blue mason jars [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Baby shower flowers [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Baby shower flowers [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

The cutest little cupcakes! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

The cutest little cupcakes! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography}

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography}

Pink baby shower cookies! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Pink baby shower cookies! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosa bar! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosa bar! [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosas and "mom-osa's" [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

Mimosas and "mom-osa's" [Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

I love the next few photos because they show just how loved and celebrated momma Ashley and sweet baby Ryan really are!

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

But wait, there's more! While I missed out on the shower, I didn't miss out on the best part... Miss Ryan is HERE and beautiful and bringing so much love into all of our lives--including Uncle Josh and Auntie Em!

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

[Photo: Courtney Timms Photography]

So much love and many congratulations to Ash and Cory! We love all three of you!!

Seaside-Inspired Branding: Haddy Ever After

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...And you thought my return to the blogosphere would never last ;) Well, I'm back again! With another exciting update on some recent work!

When I rebranded Emily Nicoletti Design to be The Creative Swell, I did so to really hone in on my "niche" and attract more like-minded clients who appreciate my particular style. When Katelyn Hadder from Haddy Ever After got in touch about creating a logo for her new wedding planning venture, I was thrilled! (If her name is ringing a bell, it's probably because she was the master-mind coordinator of the dreamy coastal styled shoot in my previous blog!) She was using words like "coastal", "airy", "light", and "calm", so I knew instantly that we'd be a good fit!

When I asked Katelyn to make a Pinterest board with some photos, colors, and images that resonated with her, she came up with a gorgeous collection of images!! I pulled from that Pinterest board to create her inspiration board, which I think we both were pretty stinkin' excited to see come together!

Inspiration boards serve as the first "visual checkpoint" with my clients. They've already filled out a detailed questionnaire telling me all about their business and their preferences, but that Pinterest board they make is where it really starts to come together... A picture really is worth a thousand words! Katelyn pinned about 30 images which I could tell all really spoke to her personal sense of style, and then I got to go through and create an even smaller collection that represented the specific colors, textures, and "vibes" that would really define the brand moving forward. I love that inspiration boards feel like such a collaborative piece of art by the time they are done. The inspiration board is the first step in taking those ideas floating around in the client's mind and solidifying them into a cohesive piece. It is seriously so exciting to share an inspiration board with a client because it feels like something we made together!

From there, we went through a few rounds of designs until we landed on something Katelyn felt really "fit". I love the creative process and refining ideas and concepts until we come up with a design that works! I think it's totally perfect for the vibe of Haddy Ever After and the type of bride with whom Katelyn works. What do you think?? I'd love to know!

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Make sure to check out Haddy Ever After Events, and read Katelyn's blog post about the process from her perspective! 

Published: Coastal Romantic Wedding Shoot

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Hello hello!! My goodness, do we have a lot to catch up on! I've got a few updates coming your way, so stay tuned. But let's start it off with a bang!

I've recently had some work featured on Fab You Bliss and Aisle Society! When wedding planner Katelyn from Haddy Ever After asked if I'd like to be a part of a styled shoot she was working on, I said yes immediately! She described the inspiration for the shoot as "coastal and romantic", so I knew it was going to be beautiful. But holy moly, these images are breathtaking! I contributed the wedding stationary, and I am honored to have my work featured with all of these incredible vendors. Check it out!!

©2016 Mai Fotography, LLC
©2016 Mai Fotography, LLC

Be sure to head over to Fab You Bliss and Aisle Society for more dreamy photos. And check out these amazing vendors as well! 

Photographer: Mai Fotography | Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Boutique | Hair: Beauty by Sharra ,LLC | Makeup Artist: ColorWorks by Lauren | Cake Designer: Cakes by Angela Morrison | Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage | Floral Designer: Palette of Petals | Invitation Designer: The Creative Swell | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

Thanksgiving & "Friendsgiving" Decorations

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Hello hello, and happy Monday! I'm kicking off my regular blogging today with a quick look into our weekend!

DIY Thanksgiving Banner from The Creative Swell

My dear friend Ashley had the wonderful idea of hosting a Friendsgiving celebration this year. We agreed to co-host, although other than for contributing the turkey and a few little hand-made signs, I can't take much credit for how well everything came together. As always, I brought my camera, took a few quick photos, sat the camera down, and promptly and forgot about it. BUT I'm bound and determined to be better about sharing the little projects I do here and there, so here are a few  photos! Scroll to the bottom for a DIY banner for your own Thanksgiving celebration!

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell
Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

I threw together a few little signs to label the hot drinks, including hot chocolate, regular, and spiked apple cider. We all agreed that (unsurprisingly), the spiked cider was the most popular choice :)

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

Ashley put together a sign-up page through Perfect Potluck, which I had never used before. It was a great way to both divvy up the sides and keep tabs on who was planning to join us. There was quite a spread of food, and so many tasty and different options.

Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell
Friendsgiving Decorations from The Creative Swell

I also made a quick, simple "thankful" banner which we hung above all of those tasty pies and desserts! SO simple to do... So I made you a free printable and put together some instructions for you to make your own!

  1. Click here to download the template.
  2. Print. If you want your banner to look like mine, print the first two pages on red paper, and the second two on brown.
  3. Fill in the letters with gold metallic Sharpie, or you can even use some metallic craft paint.
  4. Cut out the shapes.
  5. Lay the letters out face-down on a table (backwards so they read correctly when flipped upright), and lay bakers twine or yarn straight across the tops of each piece. Use regular tape to secure the twine to the paper.
  6. Hang your banner! That's it!

ALL THINGS NEW

Branding, Styled Photos, Events and Stationery, LetteringEmily NicolettiComment

Today is the website day!! There are so many good things happening that I am so excited to share! But first, some background...

Many of you know that about two years ago, I launched the first iteration of this little business--Emily Nicoletti Design. My journey over the past few years is a story for another blog post, but for now I'll just say that it's been a challenging season. But in the midst of some tough times, Emily Nicoletti Design gave me the opportunity to work with a huge variety of different clients and to learn a lot and sharpen my technical skills in the process. 

Some of the biggest lessons I've learned over the past few years in business have been lessons I've learned about myself. I've learned routines and creative rituals that help me thrive. I've noticed trends in the kids of projects that make me come alive, and those that just feel tedious. I've focused in on my personal design style, and I've learned that it is okay to not take on projects that don't fit my goals.

That's where the vision for a new kind of personal business began. What if I could narrow the focus of my business to only projects and services that I enjoy working on? Could I make these kinds of projects into a real business? Do I need the kinds of big, corporate clients other designers work for?

After months of thinking, planning, and creating, I'm making the leap. I'm creating a business that will serve my clients better because of the passion and heart I'll be able to put behind it. The Creative Swell is born. We've got a new name to mark the transition (thanks to Josh for that one!), new branding, a new website, new projects. Here is a little overview of what's new:

Branding and logo design have always been a staple around here, but now we're taking things in a much more defined, clear direction. Instead of taking on any and every project thrown my way, regardless of whether or not the idea of the project fits my style, I'm narrowing my focus to work with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners who are looking for curated, polished, and elegant design to represent their brands. I really want my passion and my heart for beauty to come through in each and every brand I create--and that's a million times more likely to happen when I'm able to use my unique skills and talents in my work. If you are looking for fresh, clean, totally custom branding, and you like the vibe of what you see on my site, let's talk! I'm guessing we'd be a good fit.

Some of my favorite projects are stationery pieces. I love to work with brides, party planners, and friends who like to send mail to create gorgeous stationery pieces to set just the right tone for an event. Paper and stationery should be just as big a piece of an event as anything else, and should certainly be beautiful pieces of art. Tell me about your event, and I'll help you come up with stationery that feels like a thoughtful gift for the recipient. Additions and even a shop are coming to this category soon, so stay tuned!

Styled photos are a brand new feature for The Creative Swell! After too many frustrating hours of searching the internet for stock photos to use in design projects and not finding exactly what I needed, I decided it was time to do something about it. I've been creating these styled photos as a resource for designers and non-designers to use to mockup products, to display their work, or to easily create professional-looking banners and web graphics. I've really enjoyed creating images that I would want to use in my own work, so if there's anything you'd like to see added to the collection, let's talk and I'll see what I can do! I'd also love to do custom photos of your products for your online shop. Head over to my Creative Market page to see my work!

Now, I realize this one is a bit of a tease, since my hand lettering is really the star of the show here in many ways. I'm putting some finishing touches on a BUNCH of very new, very exciting things that you will be seeing very soon! I'm rolling out a shop, some tutorials, and even some videos. This blog will be largely focused on lettering tutorials, supplies, inspiration, and my lettering work. Big things are in the works, and I can't wait to share them, so please take a second to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Instagram so you'll always be up-to-date. Take a look around the site--I think you'll find it's much more me. And that feels good. I'd love to hear what you think!

I am sorry for ever leaving you, little blog...

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Y'all. I fell off of the blogosphere this summer. I want you to know three things: 1. I still care about you, and this little piece of the internet. 2. I will try to update more often. 3. Posts will be different, and I will probably continue to be a bad blogger for a while. #sorryboutit.

Here is the explanation... These past two years have been freaking hard. Since basically Day 1 of our marriage, I've dealt with some chronic mystery health issues that have really affected my day-to-day life. Things could definitely be worse, but for a girl who loves to be productive and move quickly, chronic illness has been humbling to say the least.  A big range of symptoms with no explanation from doctors led me to leave my beloved job with Young Life a little over a year ago--a decision that came with many tears and prayers. After years of pouring my heart into the ministry (and getting to make my passion my job!), I was sad and terrified to step away. But it became clear that the demands of the job were just too much for my sick little self to handle. Not an easy concession for this independent and prideful girl to make.

That being said, hindsight is 20/20, right? I look back at those months of agonizing over how to give my job and the wonderful people I worked with the attention they deserved, while dealing with the physical drain of these medical issues, and I seriously marvel that I didn't self-combust. (Josh would probably argue that I did, in fact, explode on many occasions (sorry babe), but that's not the point.) The point is that it was just too much.

They say that in marriage you realize how selfish you are. That is true, but I would say that I have learned how STUBBORN I am. I have always been told that I was stubborn, but I kind of thought it was actually a hidden positive trait (you know, the kind of "weakness" you admit to in a job interview), because, dangit I push myself and I get crap done right and people can depend on me. But our first year of marriage taught me that I am stubborn, and that often means that I cause harm to myself and my precious relationships. I was too stubborn to accept that I was sick, too stubborn to ask for help, and too stubborn to let go of my hopes and my dreams and my very identity that has always been so wrapped up in what I am able to do

Something changed in my heart when I finally came to terms with letting go of my favorite job ever. I have been able to focus on finding a diagnosis, on resting, and on the process of healing. I was afraid of becoming selfish by focusing on myself and my own health.  But to be serious, I just couldn't continue any more. I couldn't continue to live as I had been---driving myself into the ground to try to keep up with the demands of work, and getting sicker and sicker in the process. Quite literally, my body could not do it.

That was a huge (well-deserved) blow to my pride. Praise Jesus for my wise husband who sees the world differently than I do, always seeing the big picture and always keeping the long-term in mind. While I desperately tried to scrape by day-by-day, I was not serving anyone by maintaining that survival lifestyle. Josh was able to help me see the reality--that I am sick and need to rest and to heal. And that acceptance of reality has done wonders for my emotional health, my spiritual life, and our marriage.

Now, old habits die hard for this stubborn girl. I found myself with some idle time on my hands. I got excited about throwing myself into graphic design and getting back into the art that I so deeply love. I quickly gained excitement and vision for this little business of mine. I launched this website and my blog, and started taking on projects to re-work my portfolio. And, typical Emily, I took on too much. 

Art and design are SO life-giving for me, and in many ways, these little projects I've been able to work on have been lifesavers. Getting to do something that I love, interacting with people, and designing from my house on my own time in my sweatpants has been such a gift in those times when I have felt so purposeless in the midst of illness. As someone who deals with anxiety and panic disorder, I cherish the distractions of creative projects to keep the anxiety monsters at bay. BUT the moral of the story, which I thought I learned over a year ago but apparently never sunk in, is that I am too sick to work the vast majority of the time. So the expectations I put on myself to tackle a ton of cool and interesting projects, and to build a reputation as a successful freelancer, while just as sick as ever, were really absurd. 

So here is what I think I am trying to say in these way too many words: I am not officially working. I am not currently using this blog as a professional tool, but will continue to post personal updates when I can. I will keep doing design projects for friends when I am able (please continue to ask me about any design needs you have! I love it!) BUT I'm not drumming up business or making a living out of all of this. I look forward to the day when I will wake up early, go for a run on the beach, grab a cup of coffee, and sit at my computer clicking away on oh-so-edgy design projects that I will proceed to share here on the blog. That day is not today, and probably not tomorrow, or any day very soon. One day.

We're gaining ground on the health-front, and I am encouraged. I have some good days, and some more bad days--the days when I really can not get out of bed. We have a diagnosis (chronic Lyme + a bunch of other more rare things that are hard for me to really understand, let alone explain, so I'll save you from the long answer here). We are moving forward. I am not able to work. I am sick. This is my life right now and it is okay.

For way too long, I believed the lie that I was alone in this. I was the only one experiencing my tired and hurting body, so I figured I was isolated by the illness; other than from Josh, who-poor guy-took an "in sickness and in health" oath. But we are not alone. I know that now. I have my ever-present God, and all of you. My friends and family, who, near or far, have loved me and cared for me through all of it. I am sorry for the way that I get stubborn and block people I love out of this part of my life. I am sorry for the times I have not replied to emails and texts. I am sorry for not allowing you all to see my weakness and to support me. THANK YOU for encouraging me with your friendship and for bringing brightness to my life on this weird journey of mine. Thank you to everyone who reads my silly little blog (still can't believe how many of you actually read this thing!), and thank you to everyone who has asked for an update. I can't express how grateful I am for the incredible people I have the honor to call friends and family. I hope that this post comes across not as a complaint or request for pity, but just an update and explanation. Sending all of my love to all of you! See you back here soon :)

Currently + Free iPhone Wallpaper Download

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Okay, it is late April already and time is FLYING by. I am actually concerned about how quickly it feels like time is just zooming by me. So when I saw this post by Breanna Rose, I figured a similar exercise could be really good for me to be mindful of my little world, and more intentional with my time. And, while we're at it, how about a free iPhone wallpaper to keep us focused?

iPhone background by Emily Nicoletti.

Background image via Flickr.

CURRENTLY:

  • LIKING this quote and reminding myself of it.
  • FEELING exhausted.
  • EATING greek yogurt ALL. THE. TIME. probiotics, right?
  • DRINKING black coffee and tons of water.
  • LISTENING to the lennon & maisy pandora station. don't judge me it's perfect.
  • WORKING on a fun logo (coming to the blog soon!)
  • READING sweet emails from sweet friends.
  • WATCHING trophy wife. seriously. the name is terrible, but this show is such a gem.
  • BOOKMARKING recipes for the grilling this summer.
  • WRITING in my planner like a crazy woman. i just can't hang with managing life on my phone.
  • NEEDING to take a shower. really.
  • WANTING to get back into running.
  • WISHING for a puppy for my birthday! please!?
  • LOVING having the windows open!
  • WEARING nike shorts + a t-shirt.
  • BUYING a brand new monitor!! eeek!!
  • THINKING about the laundry in the dryer that needs to be folded.
  • TRYING to take it easy on myself and let go of things.
  • LEARNING how to rest.
  • TAKING it one step at a time.
  • LAUGHING as much as possible.
  • WAITING for healing.
  • AND PRAYING for patience.

Thank you all for being a part of this space. I'd love to hear from you and how you are doing. We are all a work in progress. 

"A Night of Relentless Dining and Dancing to Follow"

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If you saw this post, you might remember that my college roommate and best friend got married this past Saturday! I also shared here a quick snapshot of my invitation when it came in the mail, but I've been holding out on showing y'all the finished design until after the big day. Getting to design for Linds and Matt was such a treat!

Lindsey's simple green wedding invitations by Emily Nicoletti Design

Linds picked green and purple for their April wedding, and she wanted something simple and elegant for the invitations. It was so fun to work on these, and I am so glad Lindsey and Matt were happy with them. I felt honored to contribute to the wedding. And I love that last line! So cute.

Linds and Matt's wedding day was BEAUTIFUL--sunny and warm and full of sweet family and friends. We had such a blast celebrating this couple that we love so much. Praying all the best for you, Mr. and Mrs. Barber!

Just for fun, here are a few iPhone snapshots of the weekend:

Bridal Luncheon at the Tea Tavern Friday

Bridal Luncheon at the Tea Tavern Friday

The bride getting her hair done!

The bride getting her hair done!

Sweet Baby Kate was in the wedding too :)

Sweet Baby Kate was in the wedding too :)

Narnians with the beautiful Lindsey Barber!

Narnians with the beautiful Lindsey Barber!

Lindsey's Bachelorette Party at the Cabin

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Well, blogosphere, it's time for you to meet Lindsey, my best friend and roommate through all four years at JMU.

Just before freshman year of college, Lindsey and I got paired up to be roommates through a pretty random friend-of-a-friend connection. Who would have known that this girl would turn out to be THE BEST ROOMMATE EVER and my lifelong friend? I could not be more grateful.

And now Miss Linds is getting married on Saturday! So last weekend, we got together at a cabin in the woods near her hometown in Botetourt, VA to celebrate our friend. Obviously, this was not a typical "dress up and go out dancing" bachelorette party, but it was so perfect for Linds.

My sweet husband drove us out there after work on Friday. Bless him. I am so thankful for Josh's willingness to make sure I stay connected to my friends. Conveniently, Lindsey's brother-in-law is one of his good friends from college, so he was able to have some guy time too.

Between the incredible cabin that the Forbes' friends so generously let us use, to the awesome weather, to the boys helping set up a skeet shoot, to Linds' many sweet friends (and all-star MOH Whitney), it was really a great weekend. We are so excited for you and Matt, Linds! Love you so much!

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Rise and Shine

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Rise and Shine: Emily Nicoletti Design

I used to thrive on my morning routine. I would get up in the morning, make coffee, and sit on the front porch to read and pray... And then get ready all in a hurry and rush out the door.

But life these days doesn't quite lend itself to much of a morning routine. So I kind of gave up on mornings. But today was a great change of pace. I was up early this morning, read a bit, made myself some coffee and re-heated some gluten-free pizza for breakfast (whatevs). It just feels productive to get work done in the morning.

So here's to the mornings, getting crap done, and rising and shining. Happy Friday!

Lauren Simmons Photography: Rustic Modern Branding

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Time for another design update! A while back, I shared some of my original concepts for my friend Lauren's photography business. Well, she's got her website up and running, and she did a great job with it. And today I am excited to share with you her final branding board! I love what we were able to come up with!

Lauren was so great to work with. She is one of the most friendly and likeable people you'll ever meet--and super artistic and talented! She knew exactly the aesthetic she was going for, which she describes as "rustic modern". What's not to love? It was so fun to see her brand come to life, especially because she is getting married this spring, and I got to play with a million different ways to showcase her new last name :) Thank you for letting me work on this with you, Lauren! Check out her logo in action at Lauren Simmons Photography, and keep her in mind next time you need a photographer!

Babies and Besties

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Sometimes, your friends get pregnant. And it's a little surreal, but very exciting. And then you finally see them with a baby bump, and it gets even more exciting. And you get to wander through Target and try not to buy every single precious baby thing you see for the shower.

But Diane is my sister. And not in the way that it's like, "We're BFFs and we're so close we're basically sisters." I truly love Diane as my sister, and I am so thankful for the wonderful, hilarious, and even tough times that we have shared.

Diane and I met when she was in high school and I was her Young Life leader. I remember liking her instantly. Through the years, I've gotten to live with her, go on adventures with her, and have her stand by me at my wedding. And now my sweet sister is all grown up... The high school sophomore girl I met on a bike ride through Bridgewater is now Mrs. Kalinchuk and mama to sweet Baby Kate. I could not be more proud or excited to become an aunt :)

Saturday was such a treat--hanging out in Harrisonburg with a few of my many college housemates (we lived in a big, old, dirty, beautiful house called Narnia, and this is only like half of us.) Getting to share a day with Narnians (and other Valley friends), showering Diane and Kate with love and gifts brought such joy to my spirit. We can't wait to meet you, Baby Kate!

Be All There (Free Desktop & iPhone Wallpaper Downloads)

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Sometimes, you hear something that just sticks with you, you know? I remember reading about Jim Elliot when I was in high school, and stumbling across this simple quote that resonated so deeply with me. And let me tell ya, I have clung to it. He says, "Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." If I had a life motto, this would be it.

So I designed these little wallpapers as a reminder to us all to be all there--to be truly present in our relationships, to say yes to new opportunities, and to be thankful for the here and now. So cheers to being all here, and to living life to the hilt! I hope you enjoy them! Love :)

"Wherever you are, be all there." (Free iPhone wallpaper download)

"Wherever you are, be all there." (Free iPhone wallpaper download)

"Wherever you are, be all there." (Free desktop wallpaper download)

"Wherever you are, be all there." (Free desktop wallpaper download)

65 Degrees and Thankful

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Wednesday was the best day.

I say that lightly, because I have been such a crazy person these days that I just swing from being really bummed (and often sick), to super peppy and happy--in an instant.

So, Wednesday wasn't necessarily the best day because of anything in particular that happened on Wednesday. Actually, it started out pretty rough when I woke up not feeling well after a night of hardly any sleep. So I went right back to sleep, prematurely accepting the defeat of a sick day. 

I got back up a little later, and started to get ready for the day... And oh, how the tides changed. It was 65 degrees outside, and I got out my favorite Rainbow flip flops out of my closet for the first time in months. As I drove to the doctor's office in my Rainbows, with my sunroof open and country music cranked up loud, my heart felt like it was going to burst with gratitude. Now, I know that it might be unusual to be so exuberant while driving to get my hips X-rayed, because of the major hip pain I was still at the moment experiencing, but there was something about the sunshine and fresh air that just lifted my spirit.

65 Degrees and Thankful

The lady at the radiology check-in desk told me I'd have to wait an hour, which gave me an excuse to go right back outside. Josh says we are Vitamin D deficient. Maybe that's why vacuuming my car at a gas station while I waited for an appointment felt like such a treat. I was still in the sun, after all.

After I finally had said X-ray done, I hit the grocery store and loaded up with food for my major crock pot freezer meal cooking session yesterday (thank you, Pinterest). Grocery shopping is also not usually such an exciting task, but I actually find it relaxing. Anyway, once the groceries were put away, I sat outside and got a bit of work and reading done. It was supposed to rain in the afternoon, but it hadn't, and I received the extra hours of light like a precious gift.

Josh got home from work while I was sitting outside, and before he was even able to put his things down or change out of his "business casual", I set in on convincing him to go for a bike ride. Exhausted from my sick/sleepless night beforehand and a busy day at work, he was understandably overwhelmed by my enthusiasm, but he was a good sport and agreed to forgo his nap for a bike ride. Love him.

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A beautiful evening bike ride, leftovers for dinner (no cooking heyyyyy), and getting to be with our wonderful friends from our small group in the evening made for a perfect end to the day.

Josh was laughing at me, saying I was like a puppy dog who was finally let out of the house. Which is not a bad analogy. I've been sick/in pain more often than not this year due to some mystery medical issues, but sometimes the good days come, and I can't help but feel overjoyed--with such simple things as vacuuming my car and going to the grocery store. 

And that is what I am thankful for. For even after a year of spending more time cooped up in bed than I would ever wish on anyone, there are still really simple, sweet, good days. I am learning to be grateful in the small things, and that is a lesson I wouldn't trade. I want to choose this kind of joy even on the dreary, rainy, days when I don't feel well and am stuck inside. I will choose to rejoice and be glad in this day--no matter what it holds.

A Time to Blog.

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Well, it has come to this.

I'm a blogger.

I've been putting off writing this post for days, too unsure of what I fill this little part of the internet with. But the time has come to just start. As I've finally kicked off my own little graphic design business (seriously!?), it's time to start up my little online journal. I'm not sure what this will look like, but expect updates on my work, design inspiration, and some life updates from my life here in Virginia Beach. I hope that we can share this space and that you'll enjoy my little blog as it grows and develops with my business (and life).

So cheers to you, blogosphere. Here we go!