Gift Accessories

Minted Opens Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco

Minted has opened it's first pop-up shop in San Francisco! The grand opening was last Friday so I thought I'd share a few photos of the store itself. I can honestly say that I am SO proud to be part of this community. They really believe in independent artists and value their talent which is kind of hard to find nowadays with so many online print-on-demand shops. I have some products for sale in the shop and my bio and photo is up on the wall, too, which is SO cool! I wish I lived closer to see it in person!

They have also teamed up with Christy Turlington Burns to donate a portion of the proceeds to her charity, Every Mother Counts, which helps mothers across the world. In Style magazine wrote an article on it, you can read more about the partnership and details here. Another reason why I love Minted! Here are a few pics, you can also read Minted's article and see more photos. And if you're in the San Fran area, go check it out, the store is located at 222 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108; they’re open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All photos courtesy of Minted and Sue Prue

Back To School Label Stickers

I'm completely in denial that school is starting in a few weeks, you? I don't even want to think about it. Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year. I'm definitely a summer, sun, beach kind of gal so the thought of that going away makes me cringe every year. BUT I do love fall, too, so there's that! And if I have to label every little thing in my kids' backpacks, here's an easy way to do it! These new personalized label stickers will save your hand from cramping up trying to squeeze your 9 letter last name on the side of a tiny glue stick. And the best part is that they're waterproof and dishwasher safe so you can throw those reusable water bottles in the dishwasher with no worries! Gadgets is geared towards boys with the headphones and iPhone icons but also comes in yellow and orange for girls, too. And the second, Scripted Love, is a photo sticker and would look great on top of a gift for those endless birthday parties you're running the kids to! Especially for the little ones that can't read yet, all they need to do is look at the picture to see who the gift is from. Genius! Click through the links or photos to purchase directly from Minted. And enjoy the rest of your summer!

Gadgets  personalized label sticker

Gadgets personalized label sticker

Scripted Love  personalized photo sticker

Scripted Love personalized photo sticker

all images courtesy of Minted

Make Your Mark

I recently entered a competition with a UK based creative studio called Tigerprint. They work directly with Marks & Spencer stores in designing their products. Think all kinds of stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags and accessories, as well as pencil cases, notebooks, pens and more. This month's competition was mark making. I had never really done this before. It's simply the process of making marks and turning those marks in to a unique pattern. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to enter and then one Saturday afternoon, I was sitting outside my daughter's dance studio and decided maybe I'd start sketching. So, I opened my purse to get my handy Poppin' notebook (that I always keep on me!) but all I had to draw with was a ball point pen. I started marking a few marks and thought maybe this could look cool. After I got home I got out the paints and paper and made a few more marks. I combined all of those together, added some color and here is the final result! I mocked both colorways up on some gift bags to see what they would look like. Pretty cool, huh? I entered it and a few short days later, I found out that I made the shortlist! (Which sounds kind of weird but it just means I made it through the first round of cuts) Out of 960 entries, they were narrowed down to 71 and the winner was chosen from those. 

Click here to see the full blog post and my design on their site! Unfortunately, I wasn't chose as the winner, but that's ok because I found a new way of making patterns and got a really cool result. Both patterns are available for licensing, just give me a shout if you're interested!