tattoos!

A couple of months ago, I asked some really kind friends if they would be willing to let me draw / practice on them. Amazingly, they said yes and got to pick out exactly what was going to be drawn on them and where. 

Horseshoes, a word that holds specific feeling, a favorite verse, and a wedding date!

Here's to getting to draw some more in the future!

 

p.s. - thanks to my models! y'all were (and are!) great!

weekend recap

It's been a while since I have done one of these posts, so here goes. 

The weekend started with a little photo shoot!

One of my cousins happens to be an extremely talented photographer and graciously came over and worked her magic for Love, Louise Designs. 


a little sneak peek - more to come soon!

a little sneak peek - more to come soon!

And those orange tulips were basically the greatest purchase.  I love fresh flowers and inevitably had them throughout the rest of the house. 

And now that I am back behind the camera instead of in front of it, it's back to work. Four big, fun weddings, so far, all currently in the making for next year! 

 

Thanks, Jo, for your talents! 

Baby Announcements

This past weekend was the first one I have taken off since July, and while it was wonderful to take a little break and even get out of town, this Monday has been a bit of a struggle. Oh, reality! 

Mentioned in the previous post about how fantastic gold is, this baby announcement also shimmers with gold polka dots!

I started off with pink paint and the gold dots were added by hand post printed. 

Complete with a pink envelope! So sweet!

paintings galore

My latest paintings have been full of color...

And before they go to new homes, they have been cheering up my home and studio!

Those shades of orange are easily my favorite! (p.s. - do you spot the ink stains on the table?)

And this last little painting was done for a client for her NAVY bathroom. Love, love a fun bathroom!!!


Gold is good

While gold ink s easily a top favorite, it is better hand written than printed, and that's exactly what I did for this custom order: Hand wrote the recipient's name on all 25 pieces of stationery. Love, love how they turned out!

p.s. - have you ordered your calendar yet?

{2015} calendars!

Last year I created a small calendar and because of their popularity, I am excited to announce this year, there are 3 different ones!

The first two are 12 month calendars and are hand done. 

The calendar will have one of these fun colors {bright coral, hot pink, gold, mint, or navy} which you get to select! (in short - your entire calendar will be one color, not multiple.}

Then, based on your personal selection, I will add the preselected designs. We decided on hand drawn works this year because they seem to be more personal and we emphasize that around here. 

The third calendar is, surprisingly. something I like a whole lot more than I thought I would in the making. 

It's simple and printed on cream paper with black ink and a faded orange 2015, but being someone who needs to see months out - I love this!

 

SIZES and PRICES:

1. 7 by 5 $22

2. 3.75 by 9.25 $22

3. 11 by 8.5 $7

Want one of the month to month calendars with the large one? No problem, the total comes down to $25 instead!

 

ORDERING:

email me at mary@lovelouisedesigns.com with the size and color you want, and I will respond with a time frame of delivery and an invoice!

p.s. - these can be shipped!

Happy Friday, indeed!

FUN baby shower invitations

When this client reached out and told me she didn't want anything cheesy, I knew this invitation was going to be good. 

She sent me a pic of the fabric chosen for the baby's nursery (and omg I want to have it in my home!!!!) and I decided to replicate it with paint. 

And then on the invitation perfectly faded:

And we didn't leave the baby girl's name nor the hosts out!

With a handful of hosts like this, I prefer to list them on the back. I think it looks a little cleaner. 

 

Love this invitation!!

latest wedding invitations

The latest wedding invitations:

While I have worked with a handful of brides and I can say wholeheartedly I have enjoyed working with each of them, I'm pretty sure today's bride is in the top 3 of being most laid-back. If I could just have a snippet of her peace in my daily life, I would be good!

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!