Around the Studio

Holy cow.

Let's talk numbers, ok?

In the past 4 days, I have:

  • traveled 5,648 miles through the air
  • driven 216 miles in a car
  • penciled 175 envelopes
  • ran 20 miles
  • guzzled 15 cups of coffee
  • been asked by 7 different people some variation of, "I'll bet you get this all the time...but how tall are you?" (not. kidding.)
  • sat in 5 different planes
  • ran like a crazy person through 4 different airports
  • experienced 2 cancelled flights
  • witnessed 1 wedding
  • ...and am now trying hard to not even think about the negative numbers I am racking up in sleep deficits.

Oof.

I am tired. Actually, I might be beyond tired. Like, maybe not a new-mother-seeing-double-can't-remember-the-last-time-I-saw-the-inside-of-my-eyelids kind of tired, but I'm definitely beyond the college-student-cramming-for-finals-after-months-of-not-paying-attention-in-class. I think I'm starting to hallucinate (Ron Swanson? Is that you? Can you tell me how to go off the grid, please, fast, so I can get some sleep?)

I had great plans for detailed posts this week, but they are just not going to happen. Instead, you're going to to get an up close and personal look (beyond the thumbnails on my Work page) at some of the projects I've been up to lately (while I go pass out in this gigantic bed awaiting me in Jackson, Mississippi, and become reacquainted with my favorite friend on the planet, Sleep). 

Good. Night.

. . .

Hand drawn cards for my best friend's birthday:

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Elegant envelopes for a winter wedding:

Custom verse for a sweet baby shower:

And the funnest envelopes in all the lands:

'Sea Fever' Custom Lettering

Fun fact about me: during the day I masquerade as an advisory consultant, which basically means that I have to dress up every day, I get to boss corporations around, and I have to travel. A lot. Here’s how it works:

I get up at 3 AM every Monday morning, sleepily throw on a pair of heels and a dress, and rush out the door to the airport for the first flight out. I’m somewhere different every week, depending on the client, and don’t return home until late on Thursday nights, leaving me the weekend to do laundry catch up with friends before starting it all over again on Monday.

Yes, it’s exhausting. Yes, I am more caffeine than person 98.9% of the time.

The great part about this whole scenario, though, is that I am able to keep up with so many people I love without worrying about distance. I spent the majority of this year in New York City and was supremely lucky to see many of my dearest friends from high school and college every week, even though I technically live hundreds of miles away. It’s insane to me that I could be grabbing coffee with a friend at Jane NYC one morning and dinner with another friend that same night at the Publican Chicago. Technology, man. The Jetsons weren’t far off.

One of my New York friends asked me to write this poem by John Masefield for her a few weeks ago. What beautiful words. When I started my job I felt this deeply, the wild and clear call to go, see, move. But Masefield got it right. A quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over. I can ask for nothing more.

Welcome

Hooray!

I’m so glad you’re here. I have much to show and even more to tell but for now we’ll stick with what I’ve been working on lately and what I know to be true: that words are meaningful and the written word has power. I hope the power stories is clear in my work, from the smallest place card to the ramblingest blog post.

Here are some things you can do here: you can take a look at some of my work, scratch you head and wonder what I’ll be putting up in the shop, get to know me a little bit better, and ask me to work with you.

And there’s more in store (hopefully), all for the low price of free ninety-nine plus shipping and handing! You can’t pass up a deal like that (I’m Dutch, I should know). So stick with me! I’m excited to show you what’s next.