a visitor and her stationery

Shortly after I moved into the new space, a dear friend (and second mother to me) came to visit. She walked into my studio and asked if she could snoop? Go right ahead!

She later left with a handful of goodies (read: quotes and rough drafty things done for my own practice), including these two- 

And she also mentioned she would like personalized stationery of here own. Her only direction she gave? - do whatever I want. Um, ok!!

Feminine, tasteful, and soft. Love it! Thanks, WSM!!

prayer journals

This little project has been on my mind and heart for a while. There was about a good three weeks where a handful of different (and slightly random) people asked me if I made these and I finally took it as a sign I should start creating them. 

The notebooks i used are 80 pages, and are either lined or blank. And orders are custom!

Anniversary Gift

The fun thing about my little business is that each day is rarely the same as the day before and craziness can happen suddenly. That perfectly describes last week. But oh did I get to do some really fantastic projects. 

Like this one:

A client who I have worked with before and whose heart is made of gold asked me to create this for her parents' 40th anniversary. 

And seeing as how I am definitely pro marriage, I teared up writing the verse! 

stationery with envelope liner

A standard question I am asked is what my days usually look like, and my answer is that they rarely look the same. And when the weather is close to perfect, like yesterday,  and when the workload allows it, I move my workspace to a nearby park and it is wonderful. Here's to hoping the same can happen today!

Moving on. 

I have an obsession with envelope liner and when I suggested it as a way to pretty up some stationery, the client happily agreed, and the gold, black, and white combo is so regal. 

And I also got to create a return address stamp for her!

Thanks, MTC!

Business Cards

Occasionally, family friends will commission me to do something for them, and I happily do it. I find it funny and also really cool that I get to work with these family friends - friends who are better friends with my parents, and remember me best when I was 12 years old (or younger) and super awkward. It's a different relationship that starts, and both parties find a business and a friend relationship in each. 

That definitely goes for today's post. I gave one of my business cards to a family friend, who later said she loved it and would like some for her. Same size, same feel, same look. I was flattered. 

 

Mine:

Her's:

Out of respect to Betsy's privacy, her last name was erased and her info on the reverse side of the card will not be shown. 

Out of respect to Betsy's privacy, her last name was erased and her info on the reverse side of the card will not be shown. 

christmas cards!

These have been in the making for some time, and I am thrilled to finally debut them!

As for the pictures on the cards - this is merely to "picture yourself here" kind of thing. The cards do not actually come with these pictures. And because I did not want to use pictures of completely random people, I decided to ask my aunts and uncles to send me digital or physical copies of couple pictures of both sets of my grandparents. Plus, I am just a sucker for really old pictures. 

***all cards can be customized and changed. See bottom of post.***

Photo Friendly Christmas Cards:

"Merry Christmas" 5 by 7. Black Ink. 

"Merry Christmas" 5 by 7. Black Ink. 

That's Louise! As in Love, Louise!!  "Joy" 4.50 by 6.25. Red Ink.

That's Louise! As in Love, Louise!!  "Joy" 4.50 by 6.25. Red Ink.

7 by 5. Black ink with dark orange design. Picture does not have to be oval shaped.

7 by 5. Black ink with dark orange design. Picture does not have to be oval shaped.

"Happy Holidays" 5 by 7. Green Ink. 

"Happy Holidays" 5 by 7. Green Ink. 

All photos can be digital or physical!!

 

Non-Photo Cards 

"Floral Merry Christmas" 5 by 7. Black ink with colored design. 

"Floral Merry Christmas" 5 by 7. Black ink with colored design. 

"Come Thou Fount" Fold over Card. 4.25 by 5.5. Black ink with green design.

"Come Thou Fount" Fold over Card. 4.25 by 5.5. Black ink with green design.

"Mistletoe" Fold over card. 4.25 by 5.5. Green and black ink with green and red design. 

"Mistletoe" Fold over card. 4.25 by 5.5. Green and black ink with green and red design. 

"O Come all ye Faithful" 4.25 by 5.5. Black ink on paper bag colored paper. 

"O Come all ye Faithful" 4.25 by 5.5. Black ink on paper bag colored paper. 

"New Year" 4 by 5.5. Black and red ink with gold design on scalloped card. 

"New Year" 4 by 5.5. Black and red ink with gold design on scalloped card. 

All cards will have space for personal message on the front and/or the back, written or typed by either me or the buyer. Whichever is preferred. 

The non-photo cards may be sold as individuals, or in a pack. 

***All cards can be customized:

- by size

- color of paper and/or ink

- font

- making the non-photo cards, photo cards

- adding more design to them

OR: if you have a design in mind, I would love to create it for you! We can come up with something completely different than the cards above.

 

To ensure these cards are sent before Christmas, the last day to order will be Friday, December 12. But if you know you would like to get on my list, email me soon - mary@lovelouisedesigns.com and we'll make sure you're not left!

 

More Paint

This past weekend also gave me a chance to finish up to custom paintings: one a scenic view from North Carolina. The other a bouquet of blue hydrangeas. 

If you ever been to Lonesome Valley, you know how incredibly beautiful it is, and actually, I was asked to go to LV over the weekend, but had to stay home and paint it instead. Sounds backwards, I know. 

The painting itself, was big - 40 by 30. 

Blurry pictures, but the colors used were so fantastic!

And as for the second piece, I was commissioned by a husband to paint something for his wife's birthday, and you know how much I love those types of clients and commissions!

Occasionally, to get in the inspired mode, I paint an entire canvas one color to begin with. This time, I used Barney purple (you can see little specs of it in the first pic), and sure enough it did the trick. 

BRK and PLG, I loved painting these for you!

hand lettered paintings

If you follow me on the gram, you may have seen that while I celebrated turning a year (!!!), this weekend was filled with work. It was quiet around town, which meant it was wonderful to get some projects that have been on the back burner finished...or at least started! That being said, I decided to take yesterday off, although I ended up meeting with 3 clients and delivering two paintings, but it was fun and relaxation happened and I'm not complaining. 

The past couple of weeks, though, I was commissioned to do two different paintings with quotes. 

The first commission was a quote from The Velveteen Rabbit said in her wedding. I used colors that complimented her rug (blues, greens, and yellows), and decided on a large canvas (24 by 30). 

And here it is at its new home!

taken by LCB

taken by LCB

The second commission was for a nursery. The baby's grandmother always said a certain phrase, and even though she is no longer here, her words still live!

I loved this phrase so much because not only did I take my fair share of feminism courses in college, but my aunt gave me the magnet below upon graduation. It's still on my fridge!


new space

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. 

not the best image.

not the best image.

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!