Speak for yourself

I have had my business now for just over six years.  I have grown this business to a place of comfort.  I have done MY design, MY way and served clients on visual branding, website design and marketing.

I read a quote today by MLK that says, “You must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.”  Today it rings clear. For years now I have received questions from clients making sure that I was the one doing the design.  I have had people come to me for designs based on drawings that I do just for fun.  People always comment, I always know it is from you because of your handwriting or it is my clean style.  Even at my wedding, my dear florist, Springvine Design, said – you are no longer allowed on Pinterest… You tell me what speaks to you, not what you think others believe to be beautiful.  I ended up with the most amazing wedding that was so true to myself.  So why – why was I pushing myself  to conform to others when all of this talent was in me?

New days are ahead!!!   I have always compared myself to others.  Looked at other designers, followed trends and made sure I was fitting in.  Well now is the time for a shift.  I am giving more of myself these days.  What does that mean?

  • I am following my gut vs comparing my design to others.
  • I will use my years of experience and knowledge, and share that with you.  It may be design tips or what I consider to be a trend – but it will come 100% from me.
  • I will share my art and my passion for design.
  • In hand lettering – I will use my handwriting and my style vs trying to copy what I see as beautiful as I thumb scroll through IG.
  • I will create an email platform for you all to share inspiration and education on graphic design.  I have learned from some of the best through the years and now it is time for me to give back!

With all of this said, Is there anything you would like to hear?  Like to learn?  PLEASE share!  I am here, with my whole creative self for you!

Want to dig deeper and tell your story?  Contact me to get started today with your creative process!!

MLK

Mandi

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Hand lettering Challenge – #letteritjune – Part 2

I will say that participating in the hand lettering challenge by @Jennymaiedae has proven to be very helpful to me and my practice!  I have really enjoyed experimenting with different pens and papers.

A recap of my first half of the month can be seen here.

Now for a few favorites for the end of the month.

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I hope you like viewing these as much as I like doing them!

mandi

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Handlettering Challenge – @letteritjune

I have practiced calligraphy and hand lettering for years, but recently I have put more focus to my practice.  When @Jennymaiedae posted her line up for #letteritjune on Instagram, I knew this was something that I wanted to participate in.  I am about halfway through the month and have really enjoyed how I have pushed myself and tried new styles, techniques and pens.  I have also used a bit of my faux calligraphy, which you can see more on this here.

Below are a few from the first 15 days of this month!  If you do hand lettering I challenge you to join in!  This has really helped me.  Follow along on Instagram or Facebook to see all of my sketches and drawings.

you are so loved don't stumble over something behind you let love grow cheer others on sometimes it ends up differently

 

mandi

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DIY Adventure Nursery for Baby Boy

I have been spending a little bit of time away from writing again… I have a special someone taking up my time these days!

On April 7 we welcomed the most precious little guy!  He has give us a joy we didn’t know could exist.

baby

I had a friend of mine take newborn photos of him and his special space.  So before I go on… thank you to Tiffany Evans.  We love the way everything turned out!

I am a lover of all things artistic, home made, DIY, and creative.  I knew I wanted to make / paint / draw a lot of the things to fill his nursery.  What I didn’t expect was all of the other beautiful things people made for me!  I love every ounce of what is in his special room!

nursery gallery wall

I the picture above you can see all of the items that are included in his gallery wall.  Far left is a wooden plaque I purchased at Hobby Lobby, painted and hand lettered a quote “be brave, little one”  I loved the way it fit his adventure nursery!  Here is a closer look.

adventure nursery sign

The golden “X” is a quick painting I did and above that was a card someone had sent me once – a small golden mustache.  Who doesn’t love a good mustache card 🙂

In the center was a gift from a sweet friend of mine, the arrow was a hand made/painted gift from another sweet friend, and then below that is a painting I did of some gold feathers.  These were a simple painting and then I hand drew some lines in pencil.  I am really happy with how that turned out.

gold feathers home decor

Here is the mobile that I made and a picture for above his crib.  The mobile was made out of painted wooden balls in various sizes, some twine and a cross stitch circle.  I didn’t really have a plan, but started with my vision and I am so happy with the final product!

The sign was my very first attempt at painting on canvas.  I have gotten better, but loved something about the imperfections this one has.  I see it and am reminded of where I came from.  I love a quote I often tell myself from a blog I follow – It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful – The Nester.  If it was made with love, it is perfect to me!

DIY nursery mobile and sign

Here is a picture of the mobile mid process!

DIY nursery mobileI can’t wait to read a book to our sweet boy every night!  I love everything about the idea of story time and him asking questions about the pictures!  These shelves have some artwork I painted, some photos from our maternity photoshoot with Emily Chidester (more on those here), an anchor that a friend made for a shower I was given as well as a tree design another friend of mine drew with leaf thumb prints of shower attendees.  In addition, a bank from grandma and some stuffed animals from friends!  All of my books are gifts or goodwill finds.

Nursery shelves

And finally here is an old dresser that my husband used as a child.  For christmas his parents had it painted blue to match the new room and then I found these adorable drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby.  They are one of my favorite things about this space!
baby boy nursery drawer pulls

I can’t wait to see our guy grow up in this room and let him know that his Mommy and her friends made each little detail so special for him!

mandi

 

 

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