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!

North Carolina Art Show!

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. 

large print stationery

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!

custom painting!

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!

IMG_7919.jpg

p.s. - aren't those orange lamps fantastic?!

wedding envelope liner

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!

hankies

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!