8.27.2015

Dhvani & Vineet's Travel Wedding Guestbook

Guys...I'm in love. I love my job. Absolutely, head over heels, in love with what I do. The sweetest people across the world ask me to create something one-of-a-kind that they'll cherish for years to come. My customers are the most thoughtful people. They're so patient with my terrible emailing/updating skills. They're some of my favorite people, that I've often never met in person. It's a pretty incredible thing.

A lot of the time, I have to keep my projects secret so as not so spoil the pretty details until after the surprise, wedding, shower, engagement or birthday is done. And more often than not, in the process of keeping it a secret, I forget to share what I made entirely! This album is one of those cases...

Dhvani and I met in Italy years ago when she was a student at Santa Chiara, the study abroad center I worked at. We first collaborated last year when I watercolored some illustrations for their wedding invitations. She then commissioned me to create a guestbook for their special day this past May! 

Oh man, I loved this album! This was a hard one to mail off. An entire book filled with passport stamps, how could I not love it?! We also alternated the stamps with flowers they used on their invitations. 




I'll eventually share some more photos on my website but that's under serious renovation and remodeling now. The blog will be too! Everything in fact... profile photos, shop platforms, prices, bios, overall brand aesthetics. EVERY-DAMN-THING! 

The Etsy shop already had a BIG name change this week! I'm hoping to have it all done and launched by mid September. Want to stay on top of the changes? Sign up for the Sketchy Notions Newsletter or follow along on Instagram! And if you've had your eye on anything in either the Etsy shop or the Sketchy Notions Shop, buy it now before prices go up! 

8.05.2015

So....summer?

Um...where did summer go? It seems just like yesterday and I was cleaning up my classroom and saying farewell to all my students for the summer. And now we are just weeks away from textbooks, notes and new classes! CRAZY!

I still feel like I'm in catch-up mode after such a crazy and busy summer. I'll have to do another post about teaching this summer with Arts Outreach, we did a lot of fun projects that I can't wait to share! 


Here's some of my favorite photos from our family trip to Utah this past week. Still forever one of my favorite places on this continent...





1. The roads out in Utah are pretty incredible. Miles of desert and hills and rock formations and fields with NO ONE around. 
2. I brought all my travel gear with me to watercolor and get some work done while we were there (no such thing as a real vacation anymore I guess...)
3. There were SO MANY wildflowers this summer! This was just a small sample of all of them. 
4. Our grandpa has a few horses on this ranch and they're very friendly and photogenic. 







5. My sister snapped this photo of me while I was sketching on the edge of Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. SO happy to be able to cross that spot off the sketching bucket list, it's an amazing view. 
6. This is my little watercolor of Horseshoe Bend. I was pretty terrified the wind was going to pick it up and carry it all the way to the bottom of the canyon! 
7. Before we hiked out to Horseshoe Bend, we visited Lower Antelope Canyon. INCREDIBLE! I've been wanting to go back here ever since I first visited the upper canyon a few years ago. Lower Antelope Canyon was SO MUCH BETTER! Much longer and fewer tourists. 
8. This was my backpack I snagged during a road trip to Texas a few years ago with all my travel gear. 

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