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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Color Run

I hate running. I really hate most types of cardio unless it's swimming. I know I need to do it, but I'm just not a fan. I walked a sorority 5K in see what I mean?
I do like color however. I like pretty much all colors. I'm sure there are a few out there that I don't care for (burgundy, I'm looking at you) but for the most part I like color.
How do these two relate you ask? Well, as a designer who loves color and hates cardio, this Color Run 5K is a happy medium for me. I would do the 5K just to come out at the finish line looking like My Little Ponies sneezed all over me.
It's coming to Nashville in October so there's really no excuse for me not to do this. In fact, it's in several cities across the country and I really wish it were coming before October because this kind of cardio looks like a ton of fun.
Here is the progression of color:

Who's with me?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Home Office

The above is an office at Google in Switzerland. Pretty amazing, huh? I am revamping my home office soon since I am working in there a little more now that there are new projects coming my way. So I have been perusing Pinterest for ideas. Here are a few:


Clean, one color

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Simple organization

Closet style

Nice color pallet

My absolute favorite!

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

What do you think?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Artist Alert: Leanne Shapton

Please look at the hauntingly beautiful paintings of Leanne Shapton. Just discovered her, right now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Living in a Colorful World

As the wonderful brand of Kate Spade says, "Live Colorfully." I thinks sometimes in the winter when things are bleakly gray and white and damp brown, we need to be inspired by brightness. I love the dull colors of winter but must admit I miss the brightness and beauty of spring, summer and fall. I think each season has its own natural color pallet even though all the colors are there...they are just hidden away sometimes. My favorite thing about color in general is the color pallets we come across daily and don't realize it. Here are just a few:

Similarly looking like seashells, these are grains of sand in magnification. If you think God isn't in the small details, look at this for a while. I love the yellows, pale purple and illuminating blue.

Wherever this is, it's amazing.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

An elegant pop of color in nature is so whimsical.

How beautiful are the colors in his feathers?

Nothing gets better than the natural color of the ocean.

I would love to know what lies beyond that door.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bridal Brunch Recap

My first booth at a bridal fair was so much fun! I enjoyed meeting so many interested brides and am so happy to have gotten the contact information of such great ladies so that I can follow up and hear all about their weddings. I have three written down for October 6! Here are my displays my dear boyfriend and his dad built. Everything on the gray part (which is felt) is all velcro so brides could take them off and look at them.
Thank you to my mom and Julie Nicol, who came all the way from West Tennessee to help! And thank you to Whitney Cheshier for helping all day as well! I would have been completely overwhelmed without all of you, including my dad who lent some muscle moving in the walls!

My booth set up the day before the show:

Close up of the work I've done in the past. Everything is completely custom so I showed these examples:

My mom



The samples of pocket folds I offer, but in many more colors!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekend Wonderment

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Another Friday is upon us! I love the relaxation of Friday evenings. Actually I just love the weekend, even though this is a busy and important one for me! Here are some wonderful random things to start your day. The above is a lovely quote from Gilmore Girls, only the greatest show ever.

Something to create ambiance: canvas with decal and spray paint with white lights behind it.

Something personal: Painted chalkboard squares on mason jars for a party where you won't lose your cup!

Something to dream about: Disney princesses in some formal attire. How great is Ariel's?

Something to mimic: A simple t-shirt and chunky necklace with an easy updo for a laid back, sophisticated look.

Something to laugh about: Those crazy policemen and their donuts. This is from a very talented lady I went to college with, Kristi Mcmurry. Check out her fun miniature scenarios. I remember when she started these in a photography class we took!

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Business as usual: my first bridal show

Source: via Leona on Pinterest

I am now four days away from my very first bridal show. Last year when I started this blog, I said I would document the little things of starting a business. Fanciful Ink became official in August of last year. I set up shop to sell Christmas cards at a market in Corinth, MS and was approached in December by NFocus Magazine to be a part of their Bridal Brunch January 22. Starting out a business is exciting but there is one aspect of it that is scary and very real: money. It cost a lot for me and my itty bitty business to be a vendor at this show, but I felt like it was something I really would benefit from, even if it is getting over my fears of not succeeding. I felt like if I met brides face to face I could learn more and show them first hand what I have done in the past and what I can do for them.
As I have been carefully (and sometimes frantically) preparing this past month, the best part has been reprinting several designs that I have done. I ended up having more than I thought I did and I am happy to say that I love each one of them. What I especially love is that they are all different and when I look at them, I see each one of the ladies that hired me in those invitations. I have been fortunate to know each one of my brides and even more fortunate to call them all friends. I am so happy they were the initial brides to help me launch this business. Now I am ready to meet new brides and make beautiful invitations for them and get to know them on a design level.
Enough of the mush...I said I was going to document what was going on. How does someone who has never done a bridal show prepare for it? The answer: No clue. I have no idea if I've done anything right, but I just went with it. My first problem to tackle was a way to display my work. Since my designs are all custom and specific to each couple, I didn't want to have "ready made" invitations to show because that meant that the invitations were not unique, which is what I strive for in my designs. So once I reprinted everything I had done in the past, I knew I had a nice base and good variety to show. How to do that? Well, I scoured Pinterest for ways to display anything at all and put bits and pieces of what I found together.
The result was to display everything on small walls. The problem was that I live in an apartment and having a long wall there to make and then store proved to be a problem. When I approached my boyfriend about it, he suggested making two separate walls that can be stored and transported easily. He graciously built the frames for me along with his dad and those two frame have now taken over my office/guest room. They have been painted white as well as a small part of my cat's fur because she apparently derives crazy powers from plastic drop cloths and is inspired to attack a moving paintbrush.
I bought gray felt and stretched it around the frames like I would a canvas and then nailed a piece of white paneling on the bottom half of the frame, finished off with a white chair rail. To display my samples, I bought cheap white 8x10 frames and removed everything but the actual frame and added velcro to the back so that it sticks nicely to the felt. I am going to do the same to all my paper products as well so that they are framed and arranged nicely on the walls.
The Bridal Brunch is providing me with a table that I am covering with a white cloth and a beautiful topper that has gray rosettes all over it. I want to kept the table simple but elegant. I have some low rectangular vases to fill with flowers for a pop of color amongst all that gray and white, two candelabras that are acrylic and two chairs that are acrylic as well.
Photos to come very soon, hopefully as I finish up all my details and most definitely once my booth is set up. I still have several things to do...and even though I'm not sure that I'm doing it right, it feels right. My first big endeavor is hopefully a big step in the right direction.
I challenge you to tackle something you are afraid of.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Look of Storybrooke

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Storybrooke, Maine is an interesting little town. If you watch the new show Once Upon A Time from some of the Lost guys, you know what I mean. These guys have created another mysterious show surrounding characters we already know, or at least think we do. The synopsis can explain in depth...but the story focuses on Snow White and how the Evil Queen came to hate her so much. The Evil Queen casts a curse on the people of the fantasy world and sends them "somewhere terrible where there will be no happy endings." Which of course means the real world. So flash over to modern day Boston and meet Emma Swan who has lots of issues, one which is living and breathing. Her son she gave up for adoption, Henry, finds her. He shows her a large book of fairy tales his teacher gave him and says that all of these characters and what happens to them are real but they don't know who they are because of the curse. He says that Emma is the only one who can save them and break the curse, giving the characters knowledge of who they are. Henry's adoptive mom just happens to be the Evil Queen. Her real life alter ego is the mayor of Storybrooke and she's not the nicest person on this side of the realm either. Emma ends up staying and actually somewhat believing Henry. It's a fun journey to find out who in Storybrooke is what character and how their lives play into that character in the real world scenario. So far, we have met the Evil Queen (Regina), Snow White (Mary Margaret), Prince Charming (David...yes yes I know that's my boyfriend's funny. Puhlease), Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold), Cinderella (Ashley), Jiminy Cricket (Archie Hopper) and many more.
Not surprisingly, I not only like this show for what it is, but I also love the set design and the way each character has a signature style. Similar to those Disney characters huh? Snow White/Mary Margaret does venture away from the typical red, yellow and blue color scheme she's usually associated with and has more of a prim and sweet look in the style of her clothes. Her precious apartment is shabby chic, with lots of details of birds and the outdoors.
The Evil Queen/Regina does tend to stick with the color palette we associate with those Disney villains: deep reds, blues and purples with a lot of black. That doesn't mean she doesn't look classy even though she's evil! I love the look of her office the best out of all the design on Once Upon A Time. The color scheme of black, white and gray makes the room look icy and a little scary. The wooded wallpaper is perfection too. Simple pops of red throughout the room suggest her affinity for those poisonous red apples too.
Our hero, Emma, so far has a very laid back style and not much more to claim than some simple shirts, jeans, boots and a red leather jacket. I like her simplicity and envy that awesome red jacket. I'm convinced it has a meaning that I can't put my finger on yet.
I put together some interior items and some different clothing styles inspired by the show for you. If you were a fairy tale character and didn't know it, who would you be?


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