NEW ITEMS IN THE SHOP

5.31.2015



If you haven't checked out my Society 6 shop in a while, you definitely should! I have added a ton of new designs recently, and I think a few of them might just be my favorites yet. This pillow is first on my list, it would look great with my grey couch.

Pillow, Shower Curtain, Phone Case, Tote, Card, Print

DOODLES

5.29.2015



Just a few doodles that I needed to get out of my brain. (Follow along on Instagram here.)

Happy Friyay!

GET IT GIRL

5.28.2015



One of my pet peeves is when people talk about how much busier they are than you. Don't get me wrong, I've been known to do this too, but recently I've been trying to be much more aware of the annoying habit of starting every conversation with how much work I have to get done this week. We are all running around getting ready for events, finishing work, starting businesses, taking care of kids and just living. Life is supposed to be busy, a blur of emotions and goals, work and fun.

So, my challenge to you is next time you want to talk about how busy you are, talk about how happy you are with your crazed whirlwind life instead. You'll feel more charged and inspired, rather than drained from telling everyone about your to-do list.

Now go get it girl!

Pint available here!

LEADING LADY

5.19.2015



Check out the fun illustration I did of a Doris Day inspired leading lady for Leading Lady Lager, now available at Cinerama in Seattle! It felt so great to bust out the watercolors for a work project, check her out in action here (The tap handle on the left).

FAV SEATTLE SHOP

5.17.2015



You have to check out the Moorea Seal shop in Belltown, it is my go-to place in Seattle for gifts and accessories. The perfected curated boutique has beautiful local handmade items, along with some favorite brands. If you are in Seattle check out the shop, otherwise shop online here!

Shop my current favs from above: keychain (out of stock online), rings, bracelet 1 & 2, facial oil, necklace, earrings, sunnies!

SPRING BLOOMS 2

5.05.2015



If you haven't figured it out yet, Spring is my very favorite season. I am pulling all the inspiration I can from the flowers blooming in Seattle. There is a new warmth in the air that puts a little Spring in your step.

Print now available on Society 6.

ARTFUL BLOGGING FEATURE

5.02.2015



Exciting news over here, the newest issue of Artful Blogging just hit stands and Work Play is featured! I was over the moon excited when the magazine asked me to share my blogging story, so please check out the full article and magazine spreads below or pick up your own copy by using the Artful Blogging locator

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the article, so make sure to comment!

About a year ago, I had been out of college just long enough for the novelty of a steady paycheck and a new city (Seattle) to wear off.The paycheck all goes to rent, food, and student loans anyway, and the new city quickly becomes routine. I spent hours reading advice on how to be a successful twenty-something. Desperately trying to find anything in those articles to point me in the right direction of who I was and what I should be doing with my life, I was left feeling nostalgic, scared, and even more lost than when I started. How was I supposed to be carefree and living it up at the same time I was supposed to be working toward my dream career and keeping it all together?
Once I saw through the fog around me, I sat down and asked myself what I really wanted, what was I good at, and how I could use those talents to make myself happy and successful. As a graphic designer, I’ve loved watercolor for as long as I can remember, but it is hardto find time and inspiration for your hobbies when you’re exploring that new city, making friends, working a full-time job, and still trying to be spontaneous and adventurous. Finally, I realized I was just making excuses. No one was ever going to see what I could do if I didn’t sit down and make the time to do it. Most importantly, I wouldn’t know what I was capable of or where my art could take me, until I tried.

I started the blog,Work Play, before I even broke out my watercolors from the depths of my closet. Suddenly, there it was in front of me, this blank blog staring at me — a place where people could find and fall in love with my work; a place where people could critique and tear that same work apart.

Scared would be the only word to describe the way I initially felt when I started posting toWork Play.A public blog — what if something actually came from it? What if people looked at it and expected me to fail? What if people thought I was just another silly twenty-something trying to follow the thousands of other young adults making a name for themselves by blindly posting to the Internet? But no one said these things, no one except me. My own self-doubt was telling me I would never succeed, but my pride and desire told me to keep going. 

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