weekend recap // no.10

wildlife ranch

wild life ranch

wildlife ranch

Sunday, we drove out to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch early in the morning. It was our first time there and it was a very neat experience. The Wildlife Ranch is a drive through African safari experience in the Texas Hill Country. It’s 450+ acres where the animals roam freely. The price of admission comes with food so you can feed the animals outside of your car window! It was misty and foggy and so peaceful. Hard to believe it’s only about an hour or so from Austin!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for St. Patrick’s Day?

first communion

baptism invitation

It’s that time of year where we work on First Communion invitations for clients.

violet's baptism invitation

This year, however, it’s an extra special year. We will be designing + printing invitations for Em’s First Communion!

walt's baptism invite

Shown above and below are our standard Baptism/First Communion invitations and custom Baptism invitations we’ve worked on with clients. 

gemma baptism invite + tag

If your little is having a First Communion or Baptism, we’d love to work with you!

recent work // house illustration – house no. 68

house no.68 / moving announcement

I’m sure the start of the new year is nearly a distant memory. Still, I wanted to share with you these special cards. Sending their new address along with wishes for the new year, D + C sent out these combo cards. I thought they were such a clever idea. Especially after the holiday card rush.

Congratulations on your home D + C. Thanks for working with us on these cards!

recent work // house illustration – house no. 67

custom sketch no. 67

In addition to our custom moving announcements, we also offer 5″ x 7″ house prints which are perfect for framing. And, since both are completely customizable, you can choose all sorts of messages like these two messages that our client requested.

custom sketch no. 67

Thanks so much, M + T! We hope you are loving your new home.

recent work // house illustration – house no. 66

custom sketch no. 66

Hello dear readers! Hope your holidays were wonderful. Here’s a custom illustrated holiday + moving announcement combo that we worked on.

Thanks so much for working with us on these, M + M!

recent work // house illustration – house no. 65

custom sketch no. 65

Happy fall! I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to some cooler temperatures – crisp mornings and sweater weather.

I want to showcase another custom sketch we completed some time back. This time it wasn’t a home but an illustration for a business. And not a moving announcement but a holiday card! For the ink color, Ripple Design Studio chose a custom chartreuse green to match their logo.

It might be crazy talk for me to suggest that now’s the time to start thinking about holiday cards. But it’s true! Typically, custom holiday cards such as these take 4-6 weeks for completion. If you considering moving or you are half-way through the moving process or you have recently moved, these make really special combo holiday + moving cards. Or, like Ripple Design Studio did, one-of-a-kind holiday cards for your business!

Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you, RDS!

recent work // house illustration – house no. 64

custom house illustration // no. 64

Forgive me for being so behind on showcasing our letterpress work! And blogging in general. We’ve been busy designing + printing with less time focused on writing. I definitely need to work on that.

Here’s a lovely 5″ x 7″ custom illustrated house print we work on a while back.

Thanks so much for the opportunity, S!

halloween // 2016 – part two

halloween // 2016

Late much? Yes! So sorry! But, here’s part two of Em’s Halloween costume.

Em wanted to go as a Pokémon Trainer! Lots and lots of searching proved that we needed to make her costume as they didn’t really exist in stores. And, around September/October, online only had adult sizing for pricey custom costumes.

We found black leggings, shorts, gloves and a gymnastics leotard at Target. We attached elastic purple and elastic silver ribbon to the pants and gloves using fabric adhesive tape. The shoes were a score from H&M. To create the stripe on each one, I added yellow felt. The hat was from Amazon, and I also added the yellow felt Poké Ball graphic to it. Her belt was her father’s running belt that holds his phone while he runs. With a little pinning, it was perfectly her size. To it, we glued a wooden Poké Ball that we crafted. Finding a yellow jacket was challenging. I ended up finding one at H&M. It was a lengthy zippered hoodie. My husband modified it to be shorter for her, and we added white washi tape for the stripe on each arm. The backpack was made from scratch. It took a couple of tries but it turned out pretty nice! We stuffed it with some cotton to give it a little bit of a 3D look. For her trick-or-treat bag, I spray painted one of those plastic jack-o-lantern trick-or-treat buckets to look like a Poké Ball.

Definitely the most effort we’ve put into a costume but she loved it! And so did the kids at her school [they do a little pre-trick-or-treating Halloween get together].