The Sketch Book

girlfriends, i need your help

Hello friends. Let’s gossip over coffee. We can talk about our feelings and dreams and about how justified we were for throwing that fit/buying that bag/judging that engagement ring. I’ll convince you to quit your job and you can convince me to go on a juice cleanse with you.

Ok, well we won’t really be together. And there may not be coffee. I will be here, inside my computer and you will be there, inside your computer.

But I do want to have a conversation with you. Because I trust your judgement and love your taste!

I’m working on working smarter this year. And I need your help to do it.

The paper industry is changing rapidly and I need to adjust accordingly. I am going to produce a smaller line of card designs in 2013. Just the cards you need to get through a year full of special occasions and nothing that will lie in the bottom of your desk drawer.

I have a vision of a complete boxed set of my cards that will contain a mother’s day card, a thank you note, a birthday card etc… all the essentials to help the modern woman never come up empty handed on those rare few remaining occasions when we still reach for pen and paper.

I want to only produce the cards you all really really want to see. So tell me what you want to see! So far I have ideas for valentines day, birthday, mother’s day, thank you, bride, pregnancy.

What do you think? Are there other occasions you wished you had a card for? Or less occasions? Do you like seeing my girls on the cards? Or patterns/objects? Do you like text with the artwork?

Comment and help me plan!  You are the wind beneath my wings!

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tassel earrings and pink arugula

When it comes to thinking about buying four hundred dollar costume jewelry earrings, you have to ask yourself two questions:

1. who do you think you are?

and 2. which color is most practical?

These are the types of things I am working through in my new sketch book. But really, what color would you get if you had an unlimited tassel budget? Not that either of us do, but a sketchbook is a place for dreaming right?

Speaking of, last night I dreamed my plane went down in an emergency landing into the ocean, but it was also distinctly taking place in Paris (which, yes, I know is not in the ocean)

Everything was very organized in the dream. I remembered to grab my passport before exiting. And the nice pilot even let me get back on the plane briefly to grab my very attractive pointed toe nude flats with laser cutouts.

What does it mean???! That I’m crazy?

Probably. Here’s something else I sketched in the new book. This is definitely the work of a crazy person…

I can’t stop thinking about pink arugula. I want an entire room painted with pink arugulas. Or at least some over sized throw pillows.

Emerald Fur

Hello! Welcome to the  first sketch of 2013, swathed in emerald fur. I figured what better way to start fresh than with the pantone color of the year?

This sketch is part of a new sketch book I unwrapped on Christmas morning. I immediately fell in love with its delicately gold tipped pages and gorgeous geometric patterned cover.

Which got me to thinking… a sketch book this beautiful before it’s even been used would become a treasure once it’s been filled with artwork. What would one sell a treasure like this for? … What if I started selling sketch books? … Is that a thing? Not a published replica of a sketch book… but the actual physical thing I sketched in, day after day.

I mean talk about a unique coffee table book, right? What do you think?

The wheels are turning. New year, new ideas and beautiful, gold tipped pages to sketch them on.

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Years Eve. It’s almost 2013! Time to release the new calendar girls!

January has a certain confidence in her stride, doesn’t she? Ready to tackle a blank slate full of possibilities. I hope to channel this sketch’s energy as I prepare for the clock to hit 12.

Right now I’m feeling overwhelmed and a little bit more like a sketch that has just run a marathon and is standing, hands on knees, trying to catch my breath… not that I’ve ever sketched anyone like that… my girls are always poised.

2012 was a year for the record books for me and my little business. I literally could cry with joy just thinking about how far I’ve come and about how much love and support and enthusiasm I’ve encountered this year. I really couldn’t be prouder of the milestones of the past year. But with all this accomplishment comes a lot of exhaustion. So, as happy as I am looking back, when I look forward I feel ready to take a nap. Is it really time to start over again, striving to get bigger and better? Is this even possible?

My New Years Resolution is more of a new years wish. So, as I sit in my studio this December 31st, watching the fading light on the Empire State building, I plan to wish on the new years ball that is waiting to drop tonight, glittering into a sea of tourists just a few blocks north, for the courage to continue to grow in this brand new year.

I’m not setting any hard and fast goals tonight. No yoga challenges or flossing regimes or sugar denials here. I’m just feeling grateful and making a wish and letting the clock turn. I have a feeling things will work out with this positive attitude. How zen am I?

Cheers to 2013 and to finding new creativity in the year ahead! Go put on your Furry hats and stride into the future like January here, this year is our oyster!

merry merry

Christmas is here! Time to pop the champagne!

Here’s my holiday sketch for the Layla Grayce Blog. Hope you and yours are merry and bright this week.

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