I love it when a couple has a vision and enough lead time for me to create something custom.   Julia and Richard are getting married at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in Chicago.  They wanted to incorporate a tree on their invitations and an overall Art Deco feel.  The first place I look for inspiration is the wedding venue itself.  Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get of your Big Day, so if you can tie in the venue / setting in the little details, it makes for a nice added touch.  The Driehaus has an incredible domed stained glass window with trees on it.

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From there I created some abstracted versions…one a little “leafier” than the other…

Abstract Tree Drawing

Julia & Richard really wanted a folded invitation, which allowed for the tree to be center stage!

Driehaus Museum Inspired Wedding Invitations

LOVE their wedding colors and how they add to the overall stained glass feel of the tree.

Here’s a look at the full suite….

Art Deco Tree Wedding Invitations

Thank you Julia & Richard!  It was wonderful working with you!  Hope your Big Day is spectacular!

 

 

 

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Meet Jane Sloss,  architect and watercolor painter from the great Windy City.  (catching the similarities yet? with exception that I’m  just an architecture enthusiast…)  Jane stumbled upon my work a month or so ago, and was kind enough to show me a little love on her blog, A Good Day’s Work.

North Avenue Beach watercolor by Jane Sloss

I’m so glad she found me, as I can’t stop drooling over her Chicago land and city-scapes.

Belmont Harbor 2 by Jane Sloss

I especially love her muted color palette.  It carries the mood of Chicago, but in a good way.

Chicago Christmas Light Watercolor by Jane Sloss

Jane finds the calm in what is typically a hustle and bustle, fury of activity, and it’s quite refreshing.

To see more of her work, including lovely and  quite affordable wedding invitations, visit her Etsy Shop.

I’ve also added her to my blog roll so you can check in on her work, once in a while….many thanks Jane!

All artwork in this post is ©2010 Jane Sloss.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010

No pumpkin carving contest this year.  Sad.

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The trade off:   a fabulous trip to Chicago during the most beautiful time of year, fall.  I have a new species of tree I’ve been hunting, and they grow like mad there.  Any guesses?

Diva-dog-attitude…

February 23, 2010

We have a real problem on our hands with Miss Vayda.  It all started a few months ago, when she decided that she would no longer eat or drink from her stainless steel bowls.  I guess after five years of the same dishes, she wanted a change of pace.

Since she never seems to have a problem cleaning our dinner plates, we presented her with a much more civilized ceramic plate and bowl.  The newness wore off, and  in about 2 days, she was starving herself again.

Nick’s brilliant idea was to buy the cheapest plastic bowls he could find…in a terrible, shiny-blue-ick color no less (I later found out he had the option to buy red) but by then the dog was eating from them…so how could I take them away?

These ugly bowls satisfied her  for about a month. Until last week when she decided that her outdoor water bowl had the tastiest water.  She begged and begged for us to let her outside.  We begged and begged for her to drink indoors.  The dog won.

Now I have one more piece of Bears memorabilia INSIDE my house.  She is without question, a Daddy’s girl.

Holiday Recap

January 2, 2010

Hey everybody!  We’re back from the “North Pole.” While we enjoyed our white Christmas,  it’s good to be back in the warm South…(even if we did bring a few sneezes and sniffles home with us)

Nick’s home in the summer vs. Nick’s home in the winter…

and no, I did not shovel one bit of that snow, nor did I make a snow angel…

but I did take a chilly walk through the forest preserve to capture some snowy pics.

I’m thinking a new painting or two is in order…in fact, that is part of my New Year’s Resolution…find more time to paint for me.

Hope you all had a lovely Holiday Season with friends and loved ones…tomorrow I start posting all the fabulous Christmas commissions I’ve kept under wraps for so long…so be sure to stop by…and a very Happy New Year to you all!

hugs ~ h

Chicago Shower

October 21, 2009

Our summer road trip took us to Nick’s hometown of Chicago, where we were to be showered by my newly acquired Mom, Peg.

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Peggy is a crafty gal, and her centerpiece was a real stunner!  I loved it so much, I couldn’t bare to disassemble it…instead, I opted to have my poor brother-in-law drive it all the way back to Savannah, so I could reuse it for the wedding.  (Imagine having those branches in your rear-view mirror for an 18 hour drive…I love you Chris!)

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Each table was decked out with my beloved Gerber Daisies centered in delicate nests…

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Even Aunt Mary got in on the DIY action, and presented us with a towel cake, stocked full of utensils, towels, and even some martini glasses..

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We were treated to a fabulous meal at Luigi’s, and of course showered with many generous gifts.

A very special gift came from my Mom (of whom I would post a photo from this day, but the two of us couldn’t seem to keep our eyes open for any of the pictures)  Anyhoo, she passed down to me my Great-Grandmother Liz’s wedding band.  It was a teary exchange, and an honor to have her band as my “something old.”  Even more special was knowing that Grandmother knew about this gift, given just 3 weeks before she passed.  Mom, it means so much to me.

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On a happy note, we received a glorious handmade quilt by Grandy…it’s a spectacular design, the fabrics of which were picked by Nick last Christmas.

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She even went so far as to have one of our favorite photos printed on the back, along with her signature and the date.  We’ll cherish it always!

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Oh and let’s not forget cousins Becky and Dani for making the matching throw pillow and pillow cases…love you girls!

Aunt Sue not only captured our shower in photos, she also gave us a handmade cross-stitch to treasure.

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(P.S…Aunt Sue, love the new frame!)

Katie was in charge of making a rehearsal bouquet of all the ribbons from various packages…a fine job she did!

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The whole day was splendid!  Can’t thank you enough Peg for all your hard work…we had fun…maybe a little too much fun…

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As fast as it all came, it went…and Nick and I found ourselves on the way back to Savannah.

We had been so excited to get to Chicago that we nearly drove straight through, but on the way home, we took a night to reflect in the mountains, while staying at one of our favorite mid-way stops.  It’s a Hampton Inn in Caryville, TN.  What makes it so special?  Amongst a slew of other things…LLAMAS!

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Yes, they live there, and I LOVE THEM!

Oh and then there’s the view…

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The perfect way to top off a wonderful trip.

I must be in Australia mates!

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Speaking of food…I sold three Foodie Prints yesterday!  No more Lemon Tree. I’m a little sad, as this was always a favorite, but I feel confident it will go to a nice home.  Get yours now before they are all gone!

*Photo courtesy of Rebekah Stewart