Drawn: Aubrey’s Family

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Aubrey contacted me way back about getting an illustrated portrait to use as her Christmas card. I adore Aubrey and was happy to draw her adorable little clan. :)

Aubrey-sketch-600pxAubrey was interested in some minimal Christmas embellishments that could easily be switched up a bit in an alternate, non-holiday version for her to hang in her home. I thought that garlands could easily be changed to different florals or even replaced with a banner, etc.

She really loved the first sketch and suggested we throw some hops in the garland to reference their love of beer–I LOVED that! Such a clever detail that makes it so much more personal to them!

I feel even more honored to have gotten make this for Aubrey and Dan now because they just got engaged! This card will now announce their engagement in addition to wishing their friends and family a happy new year. That’s pretty awesome. :)

Sandwich the Cat

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She’s made appearances on instagram and on my Christmas cards, but I haven’t formally introduced our newest roommate! Her name is Sandwich and she’s the sweetest cat in the world. :)

Andrew and I were thinking about adopting a cat for a long time now. My dog mostly lives with my retired parents–I’m an only child and they’re obsessed with him. I feel like I’m taking their other child away! We’ve wanted a pet but were unsure what kind of commitment to make. It’s pretty nice to live a life free of the responsibilities of kids or animals, but I definitely feel an emptiness in a pet-free house.

We had a mouse scare in early fall and between that and the loss of each of our family cats back home, we started visiting cat adoption events just to check them out. Sandwich jumped on each of our laps and was so sweet when we first met her. We went back home and kept thinking about her for the next week. We went back to the PetSmart cat adoption room a week later and she was still there! And still sweet as ever, so we took her home!

She’s truly the nicest cat I’ve ever met. Our family cat, Maddy, was the epitome of a grumpy, unsociable cat (although of course I loved her!) and it’s weird having a cat around who wants to follow us around, sleep with us, meows sweetly all the time, and takes the vet like a champ. She’s a 10 year old lady whose previous owner was either too old to take care of her anymore or dumped her. I’m so happy she has a great home now and our only disappointment is that we didn’t get to share her first 10 years.

OOTD: Pink Coat

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Coat: Kimchi Blue | Sweater, Jeans: Old Navy | Polka-dot Blouse: Thrifted | Heels: BCBG
Crossbody Bag: Michael Kors

I wish I could say I was a coat person, but I’m really not. I appreciate a beautiful coat as much as the next girl, but I admit they’re always an afterthought for me. I throw on my peeling, cheap pleather jacket or tired old pea coat (with all the buttons missing, of course) depending on the temperature and call it a day. I’ve been trying to let myself indulge in a new coat for years honestly, but they’re often such a pricy commitment I can just never decide what to get.

I saw this fluffy, warm, pink bath robe parading as a winter coat on a sales rack a few weeks ago and my eyeballs turned into heart shapes. I’ve always dreamed of a pink coat! This beauty makes me feel fabulous and I mourn for its inevitable stained, dingy fabric. I’ll treasure the pretty pale pink while I can. Haha. ;)

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

Illustrations for Clever Darling

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A few months ago, Zie asked if I’d be interested in contributing an illustration to her senior thesis project, Clever Darling Magazine. I loved her idea of creating a publication for millennial women, by millennial women with a positive, hard working focus and I love the challenge of editorial illustration, so I said yes. :)

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I ended up doing a few spot illustrations for a Girl Power Playlist. I wanted to focus on simple, energetic shapes and use colors that are bright and happy, but not over-the-top feminine. I wanted kind of a rock-n-roll edge, so I experimented with additional textures to rough it up a bit. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

The first issue of Clever Darling turned out so so lovely and I’m really happy to be a part of it! Zie hopes to release more issues in the future, so if you’re a writer or artist, keep your eye out for contribution opportunities. xo

OOTD: 9th & Elm

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Peacoat: Target | Dress: Thrifted | Boots: ShoeMint | Earrings: Beqi Clothing
Flower Hair Clip ℅ Republic of Pigtails via 9th & Elm | Silver Moon Ring ℅ Lizabettas via 9th & Elm
Necklace: August AbroadCamera Bag: Poler

I was recently contacted by the good folks at 9th & Elm to see if I’d like to try out their site and share my experiences with you guys in exchange for some free product. They describe themselves as a “flash sale site with the best handmade and independent designers” so I was definitely interested in checking them out. You know the words “handmade” and “independent” are my kryptonite! 

Before agreeing  to work with 9th & Elm, I did a bit of googling to make sure the artists who work with them are happy on their end. I’d hate to review a site, give them business and positive reviews, and then hear that they give their artists a raw deal. I found nothing but positive reviews about their commission rates and how it all works.

When you order from 9th & Elm, the artist ships your package themselves, so it felt just as personal and exciting as when you order from Etsy. Each is packaged and shipped in its own unique way. The super cute flower hair clip and full moon ring from this OOTD have been in constant rotation in my wardrobe since I got them! I also got these leather bangles from Distinctively Chic and this beautiful bow bracelet from Laalee. I love that each artist has their own page on 9th & Elm so you can learn a bit about them and never forget that you’re ordering something handmade and/or indepent.

I’ve had a great experience working with the people at 9th & Elm–they’re even a local-ish business from Columbia, Missouri! Go figure! And while I’m happy with what I got and loved the experience, I must mention that I am a bit concerned about the integrity of some of the items on the site. I wish they were choosier with the artists they work with. Searching through the items, I was reminded of my experience on Etsy lately where I have to wonder “Is this really independently produced/handmade or is it cheap goods from China being slightly modified and resold?” I must also note, though, that I’m already seeing much less of this as I write this blog post than when I was picking out my items a month or two ago. Hopefully as they grow, 9th & Elm will be able to be more savvy and picky about who they choose to work with.

I think a new market is definitely opening up since Etsy seems to be opening the doors for more questionably produced items masquerading as “handmade”. I would love to see 9th & Elm step up to fulfill that role in addition to curating a selection of goods matching their aesthetic, which I think they’re already good at. xo

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.
*I was given free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.

Get a FREE Holiday Postcard from Creature Type!

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Last year’s holiday card!

It’s that time of year again! I’m going to be mailing holiday postcards featuring a brand new illustration to friends, family, previous customers, and YOU!

If you want a FREE holiday postcard from yours truly–and to be added to my mailing list for any future illustration postcard promos–please fill out this google form with your mailing address. All addresses will be kept confidential and I promise will only be used to be sent free goodies!

Last year I offered this to everyone, international readers included, but this year I’m keeping my international cards for previous customers only. I wish I could mail one to everyone, but international postage really adds up. :(

Small Business Saturday

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Hi guys! I don’t usually like to make excuses for lapses in blogging–I’d rather continue on with good content when it exists to be shared–but I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the grand jury decision in the Mike Brown case pretty much zapped any desire I had to share happy thoughts online last week. Blog posts and instagram photos seemed pretty fucking silly and even insensitive at the time, so I just sat back and tried to be a good ally. Listened. Grieved. Shared the smartest opinions and insights I could find and most importantly, spoke up in situations where victims wouldn’t feel safe to.

While I’m reserving my anger for the corrupt police system and the real victims in this situation, I still mourn the losses of local businesses to rioters and want to help rebuild any way I can. This year’s Small Business Saturday felt especially important to me, so I wanted to share the little tour I took of my favorite STL shows and shops.

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My first stop was the Rock and Roll Craftshow! This local favorite has been rockin’ for 11 years and is the second biggest handmade shopping event in the area after Strange Folk Festival. The show is curated by organizers department store style, so shoppers collect all their goodies at their leisure and check out at the end all in one stop. It’s always a really fun, inspirational show–I feel like I always discover new makers and artists and am constantly seeing things that make me go “OMG! Why didn’t I think of making that?!” Unique items like swings made from old skateboard decks, tea wallets, handmade cat toys, clever upcycled jewelry… the list is miles long.

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If you’ve been following the protests and riots in the STL area, the second neighborhood you’ve probably been hearing about (besides Ferguson), is South Grand/Shaw. There was a second shooting there in early October that brought similar feelings and desires to protest, so it’s become another hotspot for protesting activity–this also means that sometimes things get out hand, people get angry, and shit goes down.

I have a few friends with shops on South Grand, so that was my next stop. Thankfully, broken windows were the worst they had to deal with–besides fear of the rowdy crowds on their doorsteps. Wonderful volunteers have been painting and beautifying the boarded up windows all week–how cute is the little dress form mural at Parsimonia?! My favorite vintage shop still looked adorable and lively on the inside, just a little more dark and cozy. :)

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Autumn at the Upcycle Exchange is a creative genius always and decided to turn her boarded up, broken windows into a faux food truck! You could buy coffee, warm cookies, or make a $10 donation and get one of each, plus a $5 gift card! Is that not the best?

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My last shopping stop of the day was West County Mall to finally check out the new Foundrie location! You guys. It is so pretty. And sparkly. You’d never know it used to be a Claire’s. UPGRADE!

I hope you guys are using Cyber Monday to not just score some sweet deals at big box stores, but throwing some love to small businesses, too. Plenty of amazing artists are running promos on Etsy–get out there and try to throw some money at some hard-working people who really deserve it!

Also, I tried to throw in lots of helpful links if you’re interested in learning more about the situation in STL and why people are so riled up. It’s weird to live here right now and I’m feeling so many feelings. I’m frustrated at our present but optimistic for our future and happy so many people are sharing my feelings of anger, but also of generosity and hope. Black lives matter. xo

FF38: EyeglassDiscounter.com

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1. Kate Spade Amara/S Jaz Sunglasses $199.00
2. Geek V.O. 2 Red Glasses $80.00
3. Kate Spade Demi/F FB1 Havana/Teal Glasses $199.00
4. U.S. Eyewear Scholar Series Boston Green Glasses $30.00 $15.00!
5. Geek 201 Black/Silver Glasses $80.00
6. Heart-Shaped Sunglasses with Mirror Coated Lenses $15.00
7. Leopard Cateye Glasses $19.99
8. Suzanne Midnight Tortoise Sunglasses $30.00
9. Modern Optical Harper Blue/Purple Glasses $40.00
10. Academic P2031 Leopard Glasses $28.99

I was recently contacted by EyeglassDiscounter.com to see if I’d be interested in sharing their products with you. We all know I have a serious thing for discount glasses and I’m obsessed with hunting for the perfect pairs online. After checking them out, I said yes pretty immediately!

Eyeglass Discounter has been operating as a family owned and operated business since 1982. They have a fantastic inventory of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses including frames from Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Tiffany & Co. I love how easy it is to use their drop-down menus to select your prescription, anti-reflective options, lens materials, and more–it makes it easy to track how expensive your glasses will end up being. That’s sometimes a nasty surprise for me after entering my strong prescription!

It was easy for me to pick 10 of my favorite designs! I looove all the colors that are available. They have a great sampling of basically any shade you might want.

They’ve been a great brand to interact and work with! If that’s any indication of their level of customer service, I expect nothing but friendly helpfulness when ordering your frames or sunglasses.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post paid for by EyeglassDiscounter.com

Drawn: Amanda & Will

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I was so happy when my friend Amanda (who blogs at Little Lady Little City), contacted me about making a family portrait for her home. Amanda and Will are a damn fine looking couple with adorable cats, so they were super fun to draw! :)

Amanda was pretty straight forward with what she wanted. Her only design request was that I try to incorporate the stone wall feature from their new home. It ended up making a really fun background texture that was a blast to work on.