SO many thanks to all of you for entering this little giveaway. And according to several of you, the comment box wasn't working well - I'm so sorry, but I accepted all emailed and Facebook entries!
I'm excited to announce that the winner (with the help of the Random Number Generator) is:
Congrats, and I'll be reaching out to you shortly!
Happy Labor Day weekend!
In equally true and close second subject line is "365 days of blood, sweat, and many tears: I survived!"
I am so delighted to be posting this today! A year ago, I woke up and officially began my day as a self employed business owner! And I think I lasted an hour before having just the slightest panic attack.
Realizing this is what I am supposed to be doing and taking that leap of faith was the easiest thing I have done! But it's running the business that has callused my skin - and I don't think that is such a terrible thing.
But I think the hardest part of this year has been occasionally losing focus on the big picture and forgetting that at Love, Louise - the work is created out of love, with the intent of love.
However, doing this and working in this environment is the most fun. I thrive not being in a 9-5 work routine and not exactly knowing what each day holds and being able to switch gears every hour or so. Perhaps I have just an ounce of ADD...or perhaps a little more.
365 days later, I still argue that men who are purchasing custom orders for their spouses and girlfriends are my most favorite clients! They all want the "best" but are not great with details. Just this week, I had someone email me and said, "She likes periwinkle. Is that even a color?" Yep!
As of right now, there are four people that help out at Love, Louise Designs on a weekly basis. They are fantastic and help this business gig run ever so smoothly.
And also the smallest (but they deserve the biggest) shoutout to my sweet family, who has not only supported this dream, but also responded to countless emails and texts that usually say "Is this tacky?" or "Would you buy this?" Their honesty is the biggest help and my heart is so full of love for each of them!
The last picture was posted on Instagram recently as part of National Lefthanders Day! I was originally told that left-handed people would not be able to do calligraphy. And to that I say, Don't tell me I can't do something.
A very big thanks to each of you for taking part of this past year with me. Your support and love has overwhelmed me with joy and faith! God certainly is bigger than we are! 1 peter 4:10.
all pictures are my own and are just a small collection of the past year.
The SHOP has been in the making for quite some time and I am thrilled for its debut! Since Love, Louise is primarily a custom order gig, I wanted to have a place where customers could purchase pre-printed stationery and notecards who did not want something custom or personalized but wanted nice and tastefully done. Also in the SHOP - paintings!
When purchased, the products can be ready within a day or two for those in the Atlanta area, and will be shipped within 3 days to those elsewhere.
Be sure to continue to browse - new things are expected to show up every other week!
p.s. - the giveaway ends tomorrow morning! Enter while you can!
As part of the celebration that is taking place this week, we're giving away this painting! Wahoo! It is 12 by 12 and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.!
To enter, please leave your first name and email address in the comment section below! And if you are on instagram, take a picture of where you might like to put her with the hashtag #lovelouisegiveaway or by tagging @love_louise_designs.
You have until Friday morning! Good luck!
Hand lettering rocking chairs easily takes the cake for most unique project. At least this far into the game. But with new and different projects comes so much fun.
And if you happen to find your way over to my church, sneak a peek at these lovely pieces!
ps - this friday marks one year making Love, Louise a full time gig, and we're celebrating all week! Check back for fun posts (and spoiler alert - a giveaway is going to happen!).
These place cards were handed to me with the design on there, and how I have completely fallen in love with them!
And when I was asked what might be best - having the new married couple's place cards say their name, or their new title, I eagerly said the new title. I am such a sucker for that look!
Fun (and long) post today! Almost a year ago, when Love, Louise became a full time gig, I worked out of my teeny tiny washer/dryer closet. And looking back, I am not sure how I did that.
The apartment above me also housed their washer and dryer in the same place, so I became accustomed to doing work while thinking a monsoon was about to come down on me, thanks to a washer's impressive amount of water usage.
But I recently said adios to that space and could not be more excited for LLD's new digs. And to be completely honest, these photos are only 85% accurate - they are absolutely staged, and my desk is never this tidy. Never. In fact, my dad came over immediately following this little shoot, and flat out said, "Wow, Mary, you cleaned!"
The table top was built by my dad (I come from a family that lives up to our last name: Carpenter), and I am excited to be using it.
And these saw horse legs are from Britt Bass Turner. She posted a picture on instagram of several items she was getting rid of, and I was able to nab these fantastic finds!
If you haven't read #GIRLBOSS, I highly recommend it. And yes, I refer to Emily Post more than I should probably admit to. The framed picture started as a doodle and is now on my business cards and somewhat of a trademark of LLD.
This frame was used in my sister's wedding and was about to be chunked when I took it, spray painted it, and turned its tired self into a chalkboard. The board itself is actually plywood with chalkboard paint on top of it.
The dresser is a family staple. Originally my great grandmother's, it has seen many and almost all of the grandchildren's nursery rooms, and has since been dubbed "the baby dresser." It also weighs close to 1,000 pounds. This is only a slight exaggeration.
And the large paint palette is another score from Britt Bass - and the two smaller are mine.
My grandmother's calligraphy set.
The painting corner. As explained in the previous post - the tarp was without question.
And lastly, this little corner. By far, my favorite painting I have done.
What's not seen: a really messy closet full of unused canvases and pieces of wood, and tons and tons of paper. Come visit!
As mentioned, I made the trek up to North Carolina this past weekend (Cashiers, specifically) and was in a small show.
Most of my art was new, but of course, I had one piece that didn't sell at a previous show (but did at this one!), one piece that I have had in my home for years that I through in last minute, and one piece that was not for sale - pretty sure my mom would disown me if I sold that cow,
The last painting, "Subtle" has the best, heaviest, and thickest canvas, and is still for sale!
And because we're talking about paintings - my new space has a painting corner!
The canvas tarp was a nonnegotiable.
Yep, that would be a big spill in the previous home. I should have been frustrated, but really, I was just impressed that it spilled in a question mark shape.
Last week was busy! I managed to plan a move the day before I left for North Carolina to attend an art show, and I can honestly say that was not the smartest planning on my part. BUT - it all went smoothly and successfully, and I welcomed the chaos with open arms.
While the new studio (!!!!) gets set up, all things are back in routine here at Love, Louise! (more details coming soon on the show and the new space!)
However, just before things got crazy, I met with a client who has proven she has exquisite taste and is fun to work with!
Her vision for her personal stationery was big, bold, and basic - yes, please!
With her name falling off the cards like that - I mean, so obsessed! We played around with font thickness and size and ended up going in the thicker direction and I think it absolutely makes it.
Great vision, G!
During an art show this fall, I met a couple who recently reached out about creating something custom for their sunroom. Their house itself is amazing, but their sunroom is easily my favorite room - it's quaint, bright, and peaceful. I immediately fell in love during my first visit.
The couple wanted abstract, and with several orange accents scattered in the room, I went with a base color of blue.
And here she is at her new home!
p.s. - aren't those orange lamps fantastic?!
I have an obsession with envelope liner - it is easily my favorite thing about an envelope and my love for it continued when a recent bride used chevron printed liner for her laid back wedding invitations.
The font she chose completed her invitation suite!
"Henry" in green ink!
I know I have talked about this before, but I just love love love a pretty handkerchief.
The back story is I managed to get a whole stack of my late grandmother's hankies after she passed. And other than the plain, 4 sided, white hanky, her's have a combination of lace and are delicate and so feminine.
I have started designing monograms on them with an ink pen and can't help but love them!
This verse was done for an expectant mom and her soon-to-be baby girl. I used pale pink paper, along with gold ink and simple embellishments.
This verse never fails!
When a recent bride reached out to me about addressing the invitations, I knew she was going to be fun to work with because she had two different invitations: one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. I am all for a smaller wedding and bigger reception!
The actual wedding envelopes:
They were addressed in navy ink - as was the invitation itself. I also wanted the name to be a little bigger than the address.
And for the reception invitations:
I LOVE a good gold ink and this was no exception.
Many thanks to this creative bride for letting me play!
Annnd we're back! I am pretty confident that the hardest part about returning to the office after a little time away is checking email. It should be done slowly, like entering a haunted house. But alas, I did it and survived and if you emailed me, I'll be getting back to you SOON!
Right before I left, though, I met with sweetest client and worked on a baptism gift for her dear friend's baby. Other than wedding calligraphy, baby gifts are probably the second most popular category for Love, Louise.
This hymn is sung after the baptisms in the Methodist church, and while it was my first time using it, I'm sure it will not be the last!
Love, Louise is on vacation this week! Look out for new posts starting back on Monday!
My sister recently celebrated a birthday and requested some Love, Louise work - and that I did!
She loves horses, well, really, any and all animals, so instead of doing the standard monogram look (which I do love), I decided to go on a different route.
And I did lightly and in a very small font add her monogram, because it's just such a nice, personal touch.
Usually when a client comes to me wanting stationery, we go back and forth on what she (and he!) might want it to look like - style, font, color, etc etc. Then, once the design is laid out, I use my scanner and printer and go to work.
However, this project was a little different because she asked me with not a whole lot of time to spare, and I just so happened to be at a favorite paper shop - and the ideas started flowing.
I purchased chevron designed stationery and then hand wrote on each card - with about 8 different styles, rather than running it through the printer. While I typically like to come up with the design, this was ideal with the very short time frame, plus the recipients who will get her cards will be able to feel the textured calligraphy ink and I love that!
p.s. - a bride whose wedding invitations I addressed, as well as did the table place cards is featured on Haley Sheffield's blog!
For a baby girl!
It's fair to say that anything baby related is usually delicate and innocent looking, but these announcements may have stolen my heart. I always love meeting and working with new clients and help make their vision come to life.