Coffee Is . . . Print

Are you completely, totally addicted to coffee? Multiple cups a day? Black? Sugar? Creamer? I’m what you might call a part-time coffee drinker. I have family members and friends who drink it all day long, day in and day out. I do love coffee (with decent amounts of cream and sugar, thanks for asking), but not five-cups-a-day love. I actually only buy it when we have company, because Brett doesn’t like it and I don’t want to waste money on coffee for myself. And honestly, coffee is more of a treat when I do get to drink a cup, because that normally means I’m with a friend or at my parents’ house in Ohio or somewhere special.

Coffee actually always reminds me of my church’s youth group growing up. Being with that group is one of my fondest memories of my high school years, and coffee was our thing. We’d be going somewhere, or on a trip, or coming back, (or pretty much anywhere, who am I kidding), and we’d make a Starbucks stop. My youth pastor and his wife would make it for us any time we were over at their house (which was all the time), and they always had the best flavored creamers. I think it got to the point where they knew exactly how some of us liked our coffee and would just bring it out without asking.

This print was created for one of my best friends (Brigitta), who spent an insane amount of time with me at Paul and Gen’s. We totally took advantage of their hospitality and were often oblivious to their tiredness or their poor kids needing to go to bed. (Sorry Paul and Gen, I really don’t know how you guys did it sometimes!) Now Brigitta has the cutest little apartment of her own and is slowly decorating it as she acquires furniture and gets crafty. For one of her walls, she split a huge map into three pieces and put them over canvases above her couch. I’m totally jealous and will definitely be doing that myself someday!

I created this for her kitchen as a Christmas gift with a quote she had pinned on Pinterest. She’d told me that she wanted to make a corner of her [lovely, spacious] kitchen into a coffee bar, so what better to decorate with but some really cute wall art? And the funny thing is, she received two other unique wall prints/decorations from friends for Christmas. So no excuses Brigitta, you have to get that coffee bar going!

Coffee Is .... with Frame

 

And this print is now available on my store! Find it here. Hope you coffee lovers enjoy it!

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Happy Birthday, Mom! An Exodus 15:2 Print

In honor of my mom’s birthday tomorrow (January 18), I thought I’d share what Brett and I gave her as a Christmas present. As most of our family and friends know, she hasn’t had the easiest past few months, and that’s an understatement. More about that here. Needless to say that even though she hasn’t felt like it, she’s been incredibly strong and very inspiring to many, many people.

This verse was one Mom had in the hospital with her, one I read to her often, and one she posted to her Facebook awhile ago. I knew it was a favorite of hers, and even though we didn’t “do presents” with my parents this year, it was something Brett and I still wanted to do for her.

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I don’t normally work with images like this in the background, but this time I wanted something with color and something inspiring. What better than a sunrise or sunset?

MomIt took me a few tries to get the text just how I wanted it (as is the normal process for design). My first thought was “bold”, but when the letters blocked out so much color, I re-thought the whole thing. Outlined letters to the rescue! It turned out exactly how I wanted it, which was great. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, and it just takes a lot more experimenting and tweaking and obsessing. Good thing I love doing what I do!

This is one of my favorite prints that I’ve made. It’s available in my store here, so check it out!

Love Languages

I do not have an aptitude for languages. There are so many people out there who know English along with their native language, and others who are fluent in more than two languages. It blows my mind that people enjoy learning how to speak other tongues, but I definitely admire them. I took French for three years in high school, and pretty much all I remember is “Je t’aime” and “Tu t’appelle comment”, which I think means “I love you” and “What is your name?” . . . maybe. Don’t quote me on that.

Despite the fact that languages aren’t my “thing”, I really love this design. I started working on this print months ago and only just got around to finalizing it. The idea popped into my head one day when I sat down at my computer: saying “I love you” in a way that celebrates languages and how the world communicates love in a very simple design.

Sometimes I think we forget about the rest of the world. It’s so easy to be self-centered and focused on our own problems and trials. This print will be hanging above my desk shortly (when I print it and find the perfect frame) to serve as a reminder to think about others before myself. So many people are hurting. They don’t have food or clean water or roofs above their heads, no access to modern medicine. The world is so much bigger than me.

1picLoveLangThis print is available at my store! Head on over to check it out.

We Belong Together

Well guys, it’s been a few weeks! It’s been a longer break than I intended. Life has been busy lately. I think everyone can attest to that. Between working 35-40 hours a week recently and a bunch of design projects, my time has flown out the window! Don’t get me wrong, I love having design projects to work on. I never take that for granted. However, I’d love to get rid of this pesky day job . . . I work at a bank. I hate it. But I’m dealing with it, and thankful everyday for my side projects that will hopefully, hopefully turn into a full-time gig.

I had so much fun creating the print I’m sharing today. It’s a few months old now, if you can’t tell from the date on the design. Jared is my husband’s roommate from college. He and his now-wife, Linnea, got married on the beach in Cape Cod. It was absolutely beautiful and perfect.  For the past few weddings we’ve attended, I’ve tried to create something unique for each couple. I knew that Jared was a huge coffee lover, and he and Linnea stopped at a coffee shop the night of their engagement . . . what’s more perfect than illustrating with some coffee mugs?Banz_ol

Is there anything better than sharing a yummy drink and chatting with someone you love? Nope, especially with fall here and the cold weather setting in.

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This is available at my store here! Colors are, as always, completely customizable, and this can even be rotated to landscape orientation.

And now I’m craving a hot drink . . . I think I’m off to make myself some chai tea!

A Philippians 4:8 Design

About a month ago, my mom emailed me to ask if I’d create a special card for her. She and my dad would be attending a surprise retirement/thank you party for their pastor, and they wanted to make him a personalized card. I asked her what she would like on the front, and from her suggestions, I settled on Philippians 4:8, one of their pastor’s favorite bible verses. It’s a good one, and very humbling:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

That’s the NIV version, and I like the ESV version too: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about such things.” I love that it uses the word “just”.

I stuck with the NIV version for the card. We had just gotten back from vacation and I had to create this card in a matter of days. I love how it turned out:

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I’ve been stuck on this font for a little while . . . it’s one of my favorites. I just realized the other day it reminds me of the font Chipotle uses on some of their products, like their drink cups in the stores. You can find the font (called KG Skinny Latte) here.

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This is now available on my store as a print, soon to be a card as well. I love the color palette as is, but in my store colors are always customizable! Be sure to take a look.