CUSTOM DIAMOND MONOGRAM COMING!

I know we are coming to the end of summer, but I just love this peachy, melon-y, light coral-esque color. This is the new diamond monogram with three letters a wonderfully classic shape, a little preppy but graphic enough for those that like modern lines. I have a two letter version and some alternate variations of this shape coming. I used the technique I mentioned last week of running the ink pad along the envelope flap for a hint of color.  I think it would be pretty to create a suite of stationery in multiple tones of the same hue, so a lighter version and darker of this ink.  I believe if you have your stationery at the ready you will be more apt to write that spontaneous note or send your thank you as needed. Did you know that it is never too late to send a thank you?  It’s true! I am so happy with how these monograms are coming along, it adds a touch of elegance to your world. You don’t have to use these for just letter writing, you could print your monogram on cloth napkins (make sure to heat set), get a special one made to use for embossing cookies, personalize your coffee mug for the office, the options just go on and on. The winner of this monogram is Mrs. Maria Elizabeth B., congrats!
P.S. If you want to try to win your very own monogram, check out this post for details, good luck!

I LOVE FALSIES::MASCARA REVIEW

I know the copy on my photo could be misconstrued so let me rectify any potential misunderstanding and let you know that ‘Falsies’ is the name of the mascara that I am loving.  I bought it prior and liked it, but that was when we were vacationing in San Francisco. Back in the City of Angels it didn’t work as well, but here in the deep country of the Carolinas it’s working mighty fine (and it is H-U-M-I-D here). I don’t have a need for extra long lashes in my remote corner of the world, unless of course to try to keep my shirtless husband attracted to me, but he actually likes me without mascara (go figure?). The truth is I like having Daddy long leg-like lashes, it makes me feel prettier and that has to count for something right? Now if I could only get rid of the back fat, I would be golden. I have recommended a lot of mascaras in my time and you may wonder what this one does that the others don’t, well it gives a little curve to the ends and it both thickens and lengthens. It’s super inexpensive for such a good mascara, horrible name (but gets the point across) and I could do without the purple and aqua packaging but it’s deep in my make-up drawer so no one has to see it but me and my long lashes.

GLAM MONOGRAM IS COMING!

I wanted to try something different when I showed off the new monogram designs here.  This is my version of a monogram to room inspiration board. I feel like this monogram is modern yet glamorous and the platinum ink fits with the design effortlessly. The person who chooses this monogram would like both traditionally glam items like the antique french mirror but also appreciate modern design. A monogram by nature is classic, but in this shape it gets an update to the 21st century. This monogram belongs to an individual who prefers sleek to frou frou, but has no qualms about something with a little sparkle. It’s unique and not everyone would have it and that’s exactly how she would like it.  The winner of this monogram is Michelle P., congrats Michelle!  
P.S. If you are wondering how you can win your own monogram you can visit here

DARE TO FAIL BY LISA MANN DIRKES

I love this illustration to the moon and back. I saw it on the interwebs and went on a mad hunt to find the brilliant artist who created it.  I wanted a print for my office ‘like yesterday’, alas when I finally found the source the artist had sadly passed away last year of breast cancer.  I don’t know why, but I felt such a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach that someone so incredibly talented could not be with us anymore. I love this image and the sentiment and it will forever hold a sweet spot in my heart as I don’t think there was ever an image as charming + motivating as this one.

NEW MONOGRAM FOR COUPLES COMING…

I was working on a branding project and quipped to my friend that it was too bad that the Swiss cross was already in the world because it’s such a perfectly simple, clean yet quietly bold design, thus re-creating a Swiss cross wouldn’t work for the new branding we were working on.  Oh, well. Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, this monogram is my ode to the Swiss cross.  This is a modern + industrial couples monogram for Denise D. and her hubby Bobby. It’s masculine enough when printed in a color like black, red, or gray to work for the hubs, but print this in pink, coral, yellow or aqua and you can easily make it more femme; It will look great in gold, silver or white too!  Endless palette possibilities! I have a classic monogram coming up tomorrow, but I am still choosing potential monogram candidates via this pin (just repin it and leave your initials in the comments) or signing up for the newsletter. You can choose either way to enter to win as I am choosing candidates from both sources. I also need to mention in case it’s not a ‘given’ that your stamp will come pre-loved as I need to use it for the photo shoot, but on the up side it will be cleaned + conditioned and your monogram will be displayed on the interwebs for many moons! Good luck!