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Workshop Updates

Wow! I haven’t blogged since July! If you follow me on social media, you’ll probably put two and two together that I’ve been so busy with Jasper and school that I haven’t really had much time to do anything else. I’m literally in my last 8 days of school, trying to write 2 giant papers. Typical me, I like to be stressed when I’m writing big papers like this because it makes me focus and kick some ass to say the least. Really, I write best under pressure. Sure, it makes me a little crazy and I question my methodology, but it’s what I’ve been doing my entire college career. This is my sixth (?) year in school, I almost dropped out my sophomore year because it was by far the hardest season of my life, and I took a quarter off to be with Jasper, but I AM GRADUATING. EWU only has one commencement ceremony for some reason...so I technically won’t walk until spring, but who cares, I’m graduated. Dear Lord, that feels great to say. I’m a BA with an AA and a BA😎 

A little while ago I taught my FIRST intro to watercolor class. I was nervous I was just going to babble on and on and that I wouldn’t be able to constructively teach the skills that I know. But, I’m happy to report that the feedback I received was great! It was so encouraging to hear that my students learned so much and looked forward to taking another class. So I’m thrilled to say: There’s more on the books! 

I’ve planned out the next six months for classes. I’ll be teaching one a month starting January and maybe some pop-up’s in between, as well as hosting an open studio time at Madelia immediately following my workshops. The open studio times will be so you can come down to the shop and work on your own project, get away from your kids and craft, or get some guidance on something that you may be working on. The other ladies of Madelia will also be teaching their own classes as well. Next week, our schedule for the next six months will be posted online. I’ve jump started mine, so if you’d like to register for those click here. I’ve decided to host a variety of skill workshops including making watercolor wreaths, watercolor illustrations, and continuing my intro class. You can also check out the Madelia Makers’ Market here.

Brown Wedding

As many of you know from little updates now and again, I have been working on a dear friends wedding invitation suite. I was so excited when Sara asked me to design them! Her and her fiancé, Connor, will be getting married in southern Idaho at Tamarack Resort outside of McCall, it is quite a beautiful place. They will be saying "I do" in a sweet little chapel on the mountain, which is quite iconic, so I wanted to be sure to highlight that in some part of the suite.

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Navy blue and bright pink are the main colors of the wedding with bright floral accents. It has been so fun going alongside Sara in the design process of both aspects of the wedding décor as well as the invitations. We found a great deal on super cute table runners and used a floral wrapping paper to line envelopes. Lettering and addressing the envelopes was also so therapeutic for me in the midst of a million homework assignments. 

I've designed a few other invitations in the past, but never a whole suite! Making a map was so fun, as I really enjoy watercolors. Seeing these bad boys printed got me all excited to continue this kind of work in the future. 

If you or someone you know is looking for invitation design or envelope addressing, please contact me, I look forward to it!

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For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed antiquing. I started going when I was very young with my mom to local antique markets and barn sales, and eventually found myself going on my own to find old treasures. 

Post cards drew me in. Old notes from long distance lovers, family members writing home from school, bad news sent from afar. No matter what was written on the back I always enjoyed the illustrations on the front of the post cards.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of post cards and decided to letter quotes over them. This had been an idea that was floating around my head for quite some time, and I finally decided to give it a go

Once I started, I knew I would need to buy more post cards soon. Another trip to the antique market and I hit the jackpot. TONS of post cards from a Yellowstone collection. I restrained myself and only bought about 20... After I lettered them I took a couple to a local shop as well as sent a few down to Boise. BeeWise in Boise is filled with local artisans works and I was excited to have some more of my stuff there. I used the Yellowstone series to focus on adventure and I was so pleased with how they turned out.

I find myself staring at the wall in front of my desk after I finish a set of postcards, I'm not sure how I feel about letting them go. Slightly indifferent, sad, but excited for someone else to enjoy them. It's at this same moment that I itch to go back to the market to find more cards. The hunt in itself is something I greatly enjoy. I could easily spend an hour looking for just the right cards, looking for the ones that speak to me.

As an artist, while I do want to make art for other people, I want to make a piece for myself. If I am not happy with how something turned out, or I have a client that has directed every.single. artistic decision, I feel emotionally drained. I get burnt out. And I stop creating for a while. This Spring that happened to me. I stopped making art because I felt like I had been restricted in every decision. An issue with shipping ended up being a huge financial mishap, and I cried as a walked out of the post office because I decided I was done for a while. I made $18 off of a piece of art that I had spent hours on. I'll save that subject for another time, but it wasn't until I started my postcard series that I began to feel good about what I was making again. This is something I'm proud of and excited to share with others. 

Time to sign off,

There's a fresh stack of postcards on my desk calling my name.