1. October 13, 2014
    Happy Blogiversary Ciera + life update

    Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

    Happy Monday all! Blogging has certainly not been my forté lately, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate one of my longest blog-friends blogging anniversary! She set up this amazing giveaway, and I’ve partnered with many of our other blog friends to give one of our readers an amazing gift. See the details below!

    While I’m all logged in to my blog and all, I thought I might give a little update on what’s been going on around here. Unfortunately, when I upgraded my phone last month, starting this process led to a string of mishaps with both my phone, my computer, all my files, my hard drive, and just…welll,  a lot of everything that I use to do my freelance work and general technological life outside of work work. I’m still in the midst of getting everything figured out — I’ve made more trips to Apple than I’d like to admit, and every time I think everything is OK something else seems to pop up when I come back home ready to get going again. I lost all my files from the past year and a half, and I’m working on just getting my computer back up and running so that I’m able to re-create some of the projects that I’ve been working on with clients lately. It’s a mess, and well, sometimes this stuff happens.

    On top of the technology issues, I’ve been doing a bit of freelance lettering for the lettering studio here at work (a dream come true!!), and I’ve been working on getting my printing process down so that I can get this new art print shop up and running by the end of the month. This has all been a little hard to manage without a working computer at home, but I’m hopeful things will stay on schedule. So many fingers crossed, and a photoshoot scheduled on Saturday. Computer, please be all better by then?

    Can’t wait to be back and posting more regularly soon. In the meantime, check out Ciera’s giveaway, and I hope you all are having a great October!


    Let’s join in the fun and help Ciera Design celebrate 5 years of blogging this month! It’s such an exciting accomplishment and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. Yep, this isn’t a dream! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

    Ciera Design | Kory Woodard | Yellow Heart Art | Rebecca Lately
    Patti Murphy Designs | Anna Delores | Cocorrina | Rachel The Hat | Fashiony Fab
    Sugar and Type | Squirrelly Minds | High Walls | The Nectar Collective
    The Proper Pinwheel | Ex Vitae | Fry Sauce & Grits | A Ruffled Life
    Pinegate Road | Buckets & Spades | A Girl Named PJ | Sarah Hearts | Tara Victoria

    This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

  2. September 4, 2014
    Pinegate Road reader survey results

    Pinegate Road reader survey results 2014

    You guys are the best. Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out the survey that was posted last week. Your answers and suggestions are helping me brainstorm and plan in so many ways. It’s getting me pretty excited! This will certainly not be the last of the reader surveys, that’s for sure.

    Annnnnnd, here’s probably what you’re really waiting for…

    The recipient of the $50 Etsy gift certificate goes to the lovely Chelcey Tate!

    Thanks again everyone! Hope you’re having a great week. Chelcey, I’ll be in touch with you shortly about the gift card.

  3. August 22, 2014
    survey + $50 etsy gift card giveaway!

    2014 Pinegate Road Reader Survey + $50 Etsy gift card giveaway

    Guys, I’m in some major need of ‘figuring it out.’ Pinegate Road just turned three, and not once have I held a reader survey. Eeep!

    As part of my goals for this year, I wanted to edit down certain things in my life. As Pinegate Road has grown—and turned, and paused—over the years, I’ve never had a great grasp at exactly what has been going on here. That’s just the honest truth. It’s been my little place for experimenting with design, connecting with new friends, and sharing what I’m trying to work through. It’s my hope that over the next year as I continue to settle in to work and my life here in Cleveland, I start to really settle in to what Pinegate Road can bring to YOU. In order to do that, I have to do my research, and figure out more about who you are. I’d love if you could click below and spend three minutes, tops, giving me some invaluable information.


    The survey is 10 questions long, and they are all answers you can click on. Yay! After you’re through, please leave a comment on this post letting me know you completed the survey. Optionally, it would be so appreciated if you left any feedback about Pinegate Road, what you like / what you dislike / what you’d like to see in the future / etc. with that comment. Anything goes. This will help me re-focus and shape Pinegate Road for the future.

    As a thank you for taking the time to give me your thoughts, I’ll be randomly selecting from the comments on this post and sending out a $50 Etsy gift card to one reader. Hint, hint: you could get a lovely ceramic addition from Emily’s shop when she’s back from vacation! While the survey will be open for the next couple months, and I’d appreciate feedback at any time, the winner will be chosen from those who leave a comment by midnight next Friday (August 29, 2014).

    Thanks everyone! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  4. October 29, 2013
    FROM THE DESK OF | maggie waller of type & title

    From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | PINEGATE ROAD

    Maggie Waller was my first graphic design friend. Truly. After stalking anyone taking the major at Iowa on the early version of facebook, I found Maggie and for some reason she accepted my stranger-friend request. Hah. Thanks for your leap of faith lady! Besides a few short months working in the same studio in Iowa City, our friendship has been mostly of the digital variety. Maggie and I have most recently bonded over our passions for hand-lettering, freelancing, and blogging. She just launched her new studio, type & title, and I’m so proud of all the lovely that she’s been able to accomplish in these past few months. Get it girl! 

    From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | Desk Details | PINEGATE ROAD

    Hello! I’m Maggie Waller. I live in San Diego, where I do freelance design and lettering under the name type & title. I started working from home a few months ago when my husband and I moved to California from Texas for his job in the Navy. I’ve loved words in every form for my entire life, so it only made sense to dedicate my business to the design of type, lettering and communication!

    What gets you jazzed?

    Sharpened pencils, long train rides, a well-designed magazine, a neutral color palette, the ocean, a good postcard, home-brewed beer, knitting, and public art… lately, I’m especially inspired by a well-curated site, blog, store or space. I love finding & meeting people who know their aesthetic and wear (or design) it well.

    Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

    My go-to trick for inspiration is to get out of the house! On a daily basis, that usually means taking my pups for a walk. They’re thrilled to get a mid-day break and it clears my head. I almost always come back with a new idea or approach to a project. Working from home is an entirely new experience for me. I’m learning that I really need regular breaks and interaction to get out of my own head — sometimes that’s a dog walk, meeting a friend for coffee, or even a break to check Instagram… connecting with other creative people can really inspire me to create something myself!

    From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | Ampersand Sketches | PINEGATE ROAD

    Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

    These sketches are the initial ideas for my hand-lettered ampersand tote bag. I’ve wanted an ampersand tote for I don’t know how long, and eventually my DIY instinct kicked in and I decided it was time to design one myself. I tend to be ridiculously picky about typography (which is partially why I’ve gotten into lettering) so I knew I was going to end up with a hand-drawn letterform.

    Ambersand tote by Maggie Waller of Type & Title | GIVEAWAY on PINEGATE ROAD

    How has blogging effected your creative life, and vice versa?

    Blogging and I have had an on-and-off relationship since high school (hello, livejournal) and I keep coming back to it, which is something I’ve never been able to do with a journal. I think putting your thoughts and work online where there’s a potential audience can keep you making work. Blogging makes me feel like I’m contributing to a community  — even if only one person sees my post, that’s one person I’ve connected with. Connection fuels creativity!

    If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

    Do it anyway. I’m still brand new to working-for-myself, but it took me a really, really long time to even begin following my career dreams — I stalled for years because I was scared to act. It seems so crazy now! It’s easy to want to quit, or not even begin, when you have no forward momentum, but you can’t get that unless you actually do something. “I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway” is one of my favorite quotes ever. We’ve all been there! Just do it anyway.

    Thanks again Maggie! Be sure to follow along on Maggie’s journey over at type & title, she’s sure to keep doing some pretty great things. Maggie has been kind enough to send along a tote to one lucky reader! Follow below to enter the giveaway. AND, if you can’t wait for your chance to win, you can get your own here

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

  5. August 21, 2013
    GIVEAWAY | the first snow

    The First Snow | a giveaway on Pinegate Road

    And my heart grows bigger and larger with these prints in the world. Not only is the lettering beautiful, the quotes picked in The First Snow prints are all about love and happiness. Does anyone else have a soft spot for keeping feel-good inspirational quotes around them? Today I’m happy to share that one of your will win your pick of an art print from this month’s sponsor, The First Snow.

    “The First Snow Fall is born of my desire to bring little bits of love and loveliness to each woman’s life and home. I’ve always had a soft spot for weddings because they are a perfect blend of young love, colorful inspiration, and thoughtful whimsy. Plus, as a life-long romantic it’s my true joy to create handmade pieces that add one of a kind character to each bride’s special day. I also offer prints and accessories for the home to bring that moment of wedding bliss into the everyday. ”

    Head on over to The First Snow, and let us know which item is your favorite, and how it might fit into brightening up your life. We’re using rafflecopter for the giveaway, so you know the drill. The giveaway is open for one week, and I’ll contact the winner shortly after the end date so you can bring this special something into your own home! Pick is limited to 11″ x 14″ art prints only, value of $46 or less. Best of luck!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

  6. July 9, 2013
    GIVEAWAY | miriam designs

    Miriam Designs | GIVEAWAY | PINEGATE ROAD

    Today I have a treat. I’ve partnered up with Miriam Designs to bring you some inspiration. Gracie Moakler came up with the idea for Miriam Designs after a chance encounter in a grocery store:

    “In May 2012, I met a woman named Ronza at the grocery store, and left incredibly inspired by her story that began with drugs and addiction and now exudes restoration and redemption. I went home, bought copper discs and a hammering kit, and stamped the word “hope” on a necklace to give to her. This was the beginning of a passion that hadn’t quite found its purpose yet.

    As the year went on, I met other amazing women in Nashville who, like Ronza, survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, and addiction, and wanted to learn to make jewelry. So, I started teaching them. Little did I know how much I would learn from working alongside them… like how to laugh until it hurts, to allow hope to conquer my fear, and to experience the healing that comes through a community that loves unconditionally.”

    I love storys that encompase not only creative passion, but that do so for the betterment of the community at large. Sometimes I think we’re so ingrained to help those far away, that we forget what a difference a little creative attitude can do to those in our own communities. I know I can sure use Gracie’s example as inspiration for my own life! I’ve been researching volunteer work at a local pet shelter. Who knows what creative mischief I could get into there! Anyways…

    Today, I and Gracie invite you to check out Miriam Designs for yourself. You can support the cause by purchasing some jewelry, but you also have a chance to win an item of your choosing. I’m using Rafflecopter for the giveaway, so please click through if you’re in a reader. Follow along below to get started, and best of luck! Be sure to share your inspiring stories with a comment — I think that might be the most important thing here. We can never have enough stories of people helping other people out when they are in need, right?

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

  7. March 22, 2013
    MOODBOARD FOR THE MOMENT | emily of the object enthusiast + giveaway

    Moodboard for the Moment — guest post by Emily of The Object Enthusiast on Pinegate Road

    To wrap up this week, the lovely Emily of the object enthusiast is here sharing a special time in her life—and she has a special treat as well! You all know what a fan I am of Emily’s work, and I’m so so excited that I was not only able to purchase one of her gorgeous new copper pieces, but that Emily was so nice to give one away to one of you! Read her post, oogle over her moodboard, and then skip on down to have your chance at wining some lovely. I styled the vases and took some photographs to show you just how lovely these pieces really are. Thank you, thank you Emily!

    FROM EMILY—The best 6 days of my life were spent in Paris in the Spring of 2008. It rained the entire time I was there, and since then I’ve always had a thing for gray rainy days. Rainy days take me back to the time I spent in Paris, even when I’m stuck in Kansas. On rainy days I like to treat myself to my favorite tea, a flaky croissant, and I grab my boots and an umbrella and I walk around pretending I’m still on those cobble stone streets in the heart of the most amazing city on Earth. My heart swells when I think of Paris – the late night walks, the love that might have been. Words cannot describe the feeling I had when I emerged from the Metro that first day. I dream about wandering those puddled streets again someday.

    Rainy mornings are my weakness. Nothing feels better than savoring the grayness of a rainy morning. I often skip out on my responsibilities on rainy mornings so that I can sit and pretend to be in Paris.

    White and copper vase by the object enthusiast — photography and by pinegate road Copper vases by the object enthusiast — photography and by pinegate road Enter to win a black and copper vase by the object enthusiast — photography and by pinegate road

    One of my girly guilty pleasures is having a vanity—it was my mission to find the perfect one when moving here to Savannah. I was so scared to barter for this one at the flea market that I had a friend take my money and do it for me! hah. Since then, I have accumulated some pretty things to decorate the top with. Antique mirrored trays? You bet! I knew when I saw Emily’s copper vase that it would be the perfect addition to my vanity. I love that I can bring some nature into my beauty routine each morning, and taking this time to relax and be surrounded by beautiful things really makes a great start to the morning.

    Now that you have your chance to win your own, where would you put your copper vase? Do you have a vanity to place it on, or are you going to use it on your desk to hold some art supplies? I think it’s the perfect little pick-me-up to pretty much any surface!

    There are several ways to enter and you have until next Friday, March 29th at midnight to do so. If you’re in a reader please click through to the post to enter the giveaway—I’m using rafflecopter. You also can stop by to tweet throughout the week for extra entries. For US residents only, excluding Hawaii and Alaksa. Good luck!

    Be sure to check out Emily’s shop for more goodies!

    All giveaway photos taken by Kelsey Cronkhite for Pinegate Road

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


  8. December 10, 2012
    GIVEAWAY | fresh tangerine

    fresh tangerine layering bracelet giveaway

    Do you remember my lovely sponsor that I introduced you to last week? Well, Fresh Tangerine has graciously offered to give one of you your pick of three layering bracelets from her shop (value: $54). These would make a perfect addition to your bracelet collection, or as a sweet gift to a friend for this holiday season. I love the idea of pairing up a couple colors to root for a favorite team or to celebrate a holiday. With twenty-seven different colors to choose from, you could really go crazy!

    The giveaway will be open until next Monday, December 17th at midnight. I’m using rafflecopter for this giveaway, which means you can keep coming back throughout the week to enter again. Best of luck, and big thanks to fresh tangerine for the giveaway!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    PS: I have one last giveaway for this holiday season! It’s my own personal giveaway, and I’m excited to share something near and dear to my heart with you. Look for that next week, and then we’ll be going through a giveaway detox at least until after the new year.

  9. December 7, 2012
    REVIEW | the Day Designer by Whitney English

    Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road

    About a month or so ago I reached out to Miss Whitney English about her recent creation: The Day Designer. This quarter, as many of you know, I unexpectedly was moved to all online courses, started working with a couple more freelance clients on top of my regular day job, and was trying to keep up with the growth of the blog and some other surprise personal projects. To say the least, my old organization routine of keeping a teux deux list was just not going to cut it with all of the future planning that I needed to work out on this chaotic schedule. When I heard about a planner that was catered specifically to the creative entrepreneur, I was intrigued. After a little over a month of using The Day Designer, I can definitely let you know that it’s been a game changer in how I work.


    • For the first section of the planner, you’re introduced to some unique tools that help you find your personal passions and goals. What?! I’ve always been one to have goals to work towards, but writing these down, and planning your schedule around meeting these goals was something that I had never done before. While I’m still on the journey of meeting my goals, keeping these in mind daily really helps keep them in focus, and you can do little things each day that will add up to meeting that goal in the long run.

    • The set up is easy to understand, and you keep your priorities straight by having a month in review throughout the planner to keep those larger goals broken up into manageable aspects.

    • There is a large page for each day. This is key! I love having enough space on each day to write notes, and add tasks as they come up. Keeping it all on one page helps you focus on what you need to do for that day, rather than looking at an entire week and feeling overwhelmed.

    Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road

    • It’s aesthetically pleasing. Come on, who doesn’t love hot pink and black and white stripes? The quality of The Day Designer is amazing. You feel like you’re really working with something special.

    • It combines a traditional to-do list—that I was already familiar to working with—and combines it with a schedule and priority system. Each day you pick your top three items from your list that you need to complete. This helps make the to-do list less daunting, and helps you feel accomplished when you do get all three of those done for the day. By pairing this system side-by-side next to a schedule, you can see where your daily tasks can fit into your schedule in one day.

    • Quotes on each page bring a smile to my day.

    Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road - GIVEAWAY

    So, are you intrigued?  You can get your own day designer HERE. Also, lucky for you Whitney has offered to give one of my lucky readers a Day Designer of their own! The giveaway will be open until next Friday, December 14th, at midnight. I’m using rafflecopter for this giveaway, so follow along below for your chances to win! You can enter multiple times, so head on back throughout the week for more chances. Good luck!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

  10. November 28, 2012
    GIVEAWAY | rethink design studio

    After my last giveaway for the Lentement Project, I had the wonderful opportunity to hand-deliver a shadowbox to one of the winners—she happened to be living just down the street from me! After that weird coincidence, I headed over to meet up with EMK over at Rethink Design Studio to get a look at the place and deliver the prize. What I loved about this experience—beyond getting to know a new local friend here—was how versatile this local design studio really is. They focus mainly on interior design, but they go way beyond that. Recently, they have launched a line of powder-coated kitchen utensils in their shop that have my kitchen yearning for some color! Luck for you, they’re giving away this gorgeous pink whisk to one lucky reader.

    There are five opportunities to win! Just click through below to follow Rethink Design Studio and Pinegate Road on twitter and Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know what holiday treats you’re hoping to whip up with this season. Remember to comment separately for each entry—the winner will be randomly chosen from the comments. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will be open until Wednesday, December 5th at Midnight.

    Best of luck, and remember to check out Rethink Design Studio, their blog, and their shop!



















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