Waiting on a baby!

I have no new designs to show off today... All my mind can think about is meeting this person inside of me! Every cramp I feel or movement she makes, I get all excited and crazy, thinking, "maybe this is it?!"... and nope. Still preggo! I'm trying to find comfort in the fact that the Lord already knows the exact moment I'm going to meet her, so I'm trying, very hard, to be patient! :)

Love this print, from happy deliveries...

Happy Monday!

Fridays with Fin :: our week in phone pics 3

Another great week of oddly-warm-weather-for-March-in-Wisconsin! We hit up the Zoo again... Fin picked the Tiger and didn't realize it didn't go up and down until after the ride started, so was a little disappointed when he saw all the other cool animals going up and down! :P Hey, I think its a BIG improvement from when he wouldn't even go near the animals!

Back on the "Zoo Coo Coo" and loving every minute {are you loving on that big boy hair cut as much as I am!}...

We got stuck at the non-animal-related-section of the zoo for WAY too long! ;)

Love those giraffes!

My boy struggles with transitions... did NOT want to leave the Zoo! 

We enjoyed a nice warm day at the Park... And Fin showed me what a dare devil he was going up ladders and things that made my heart drop! ;)

After all the adventures of the park, we needed to cool off with the first popsicle of the year! {yes, that is sand all over his face from having a little too much fun in the sand box at the park!}

And finally, I leave you with our favorite time of the night... Bath time! My little Shark Fin LOVES to "brush" his teeth! ;)

Can you tell that I'm enjoying my "maternity leave"! Still no baby, so I'm still soaking up every last second with my one-and-only FIN!

Birthday Bling Necklace Tag

One of my favorite repeat customers came to me with another great custom design request! Her daughter's birthday was the day after St. Patrick's Day, and she had to send her off to school with a b-day treat, so they came up with a St. Paddy's/B-day combo deal! Check out the "birthday bling" EJ gave each classmate...
I have a fun job, don't I? :) EJ's mama and I came up with the idea to have a favor tag fold over these fun shamrock necklaces. So, I designed it, and mama Heather printed and assembled! Great work Heather! It looks like EJ was very pleased, as, I'm sure, her classmates were too!

Fridays with Fin :: our week in phone pics 2

Fin had another fun week with some great weather! Sunday was the first day of our gorgeous weather, so dad took Fin to the zoo! Fin has a little crushy-crush on the "older girl" on the block, Lucy! Can you see how smitten he is... here they are on the "zoo-coo-coo" {that's "fin" for zoo choo-choo!}...

We had a some rain, but that didn't stop us from heading outside for some puddle jumping! {watch out Fin, there is a giant lady bug coming towards you!}

And finally, I leave you with Fin's future dj promotion poster pics! Oh yeah, he's watching Thomas in the car, rockin' out!
Happy weekend everyone! And, Happy St. Patrick's Day {enjoy a green beer for me}!

Identity Branding :: Alia Morgan Photography

I recently had the pleasure of working with Alia, of Alia Morgan Photography, on branding her new photography business. Her work is beau.ti.ful and I felt honored to be a part of her exciting new journey!  She is a very creative person who knows what she wants! In her words, "I want a shabby chic - blushy - Hampton - feminine logo ... light pink and grey and cream as major colors ...  I love Damask prints and peonys." I love a client who knows how to describe what they want! It makes my job so much easier! Here's the finished product...
Alia wanted a header for her blog, so I placed her logo on two different damask background options...

She also needed a watermark to put on her images, so I toned down the logo a bit to come up with this...

And finally, we are working on business cards to spread the word of her amazing business ...
Go take a peek at Alia's work! I can't wait for our newborn photoshoot we have booked with her very soon! :)

As I mentioned before, I'm currently taking a maternity leave, so am not taking any new clients, but check out my company branding rates and think of me in the near future for your company's marketing needs!

Fridays with Fin :: our week in phone pics

Not too much excitement these days... so I leave you with a couple fuzzy/blurry phone pics from our week! :)

SNOW! It has been such a mild winter this year {its because my hubby bought a snow blower!} but we finally got some snow {which had already melted the next day}, but it made for a very happy boy the day the snow was here!

 Discovering his first taste of snow... :P

Back to the Children's Museum for some more fun... Mini City Bus = Fin's favorite place to be!
 Head first... That's how we roll.
Trying out our new "percy" big-boy undies ... just getting excited about the idea at this point! :) {this gigantic preggers doesn't have the strength to p-train right now!} {believe me, I debated putting this pic up, so embarrassing! ... the internet isn't global or anything, right?}
Have a great weekend everyone! :)

FREE Printables! Easter Party Decor

Because I feel so bad that my shop is going to be on maternity leave during holidays like St. Pat's and Easter, I wanted to give y'all something so you still like me as a thanks for understanding!

Last year I posted about an Easter Printable Party I designed...

I had it for sale in my shop and realized this would be the perfect peace offering for my absence! :) I edited the package by removing the invite and made the food labels/place cards blank, so you all could easily download and enjoy for FREE!

CLICK HERE to download FREE printable Easter Party Decor Package!

Enjoy! Oh, and be sure to download the matching banner I gave away last year as a FREE printable!
CLICK HERE to download Free Printable Easter Banner

Maternity Leave... here I come!

So! I had this whole other blog post written about how I was going to slowly wean "out of business" in this last month of my pregnancy to prepare for maternity leave, starting with taking away printed product from my shop {like stationery and onesie stickers} and then stop taking you-print orders {like invitations and printable parties} and I just selected all and DELETED it! On purpose! This mama is goin' on "Maternity Leave"... NOW! :P
source: etsy
The idea of just closing my shop, whammo, just like that puts me into the cold sweats and itchy hives! What about my customers? What about the people who are in dire need of my St. Patrick's Day Printable Party that they saw featured on Hostess with the Mostess? This is some real world problems people! Or... I wouldn't want a 7 year old to miss out on a seriously cute camping party or an adorably preppy newborn not to have their first year documented with my seersucker onesie stickers!
Okay, I hope you can detect the sarcasm in my writing, I know I know, not the end of the world, but this IS my business and my passion, so it is hard for me to just put it on hold! And then I calmed down {well, for all my friends out there who know the real psychotic nellie, you know that meant lots of tears, and lots of motivation by my mom and hubby} and thought, the world is not going to end because my shop is on HOLD! :)
source: etsy
I realized I wanted to spend this last month {maybe less... hopefully not longer!} preparing for baby #2! And a lot of that preparation means spending good-ol-one-on-one-quality-time with my first born and favorite little guy, Finley Jack!
photo by {tsj}photography
That's my guy when he was a newbie. Makes my hormonal pregnant heart melt! This is it for us as a team of two! Our lives will be forever changed in just a few short weeks, so, I want to put 100% focus on him right now!

So, I'm just taking a little breaksie from the etsy shop! I'll still be posting to the blog with projects I've worked on, family updates and other fun stuff, but I've got to close up shop now to tie up loose ends. As I was telling my mom tonight, "I don't want to be in labor thinking about the customers I left stranded wondering where their Willy Wonka Invites are!" ;P

Thanks for understanding! I hope you will all return to my shop when it re-opens after I've settled in to life as a mommy-of-two! I feel so blessed for the business I have had for this year my shop has been open and look forward to seeing where it will go in the future!