I feel like I’m back on my blogger game with this one. I’m happy to let you all know that the Pinegate Road shop is being featured over on Gallery No. Eight with my dear friend Britt Douglas. It was refreshing and fun to sit down and talk about this process — one I realized I had never shared around here. Noting something else I have never shared, I go in to the story behind why I named this space Pinegate Road. Head on over to Gallery No. Eight to figure out why! Also, you can enter to win one of the prints from the shop.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
“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?