Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Helloooo February! How did we just let January fly by like that?! It's crazy. 
I am in full blown production mode for NSS 2016 and also tending to custom wedding suites for Spring.  Lots of pretty to share soon! 


I'm so excited to start offering a monthly desktop /iphone download. I've always loved this idea but had a hard time committing in the past. I paint lots of little extra florals for various projects and some never get used for anything, I thought I would start turning them into fun freebies when I have the time.  I vow to try my hardest to get them up a the first of every month! 

Hope you enjoy! 

The not so fun stuff: These designs are copyright of Shannon Kirsten Studio and are for personal use ONLY.  Not for re-sale. Please be respectful when downloading and sharing.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


This isn't just any baby shower. This baby shower was for one of my best childhood friends (hosted with our other best, long time gfs).  This last photo above, that's us and sums us up perfectly. Always laughing about something, being silly, and cherishing our 19+ years of friendship. Friends turned sisters. It's unbelievably exciting to celebrate such sweet occasions for the people you love.  I was happy to lend my talents in making this day beautiful and memorable for Heather. That Sarah Tucker,   she made everything happen and opened up her beautiful home for the day.  I painted the flamingo crest and printed it on canvas to welcome all the guests to the party,  a just for fun 'photo booth' that I hand painted on Sarah's dining room floor one evening while planning last minute details.  We did a cheese table with calligraphy painted directly on it, some sweet treats and little sandwiches, infused water, pink champagne (of course). Sarah also secretly got baby photos that were placed about the house on white balloons.  We all laughed at the cute pictures and wondered who Ava will look like.  We are desperate to meet this little girl and it could be any time now with a due date of February 1st! 

Their maternity shoot on my photography blog today


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hello! Just popping in to share a few favorite snaps of some work in progress from this past week.  The above photo seemed to be a hit on instagram. I loved all the nice comments about me switching it up a bit (with my color palette). YES, I will offer this as a print as soon as I have a free moment to clean it up and get a test print made to make sure it looks great before I offer to y'all. I never, ever use orange and yellow. Not because I hate them, I'm just not drawn them I guess. I don't wear these hues much / don't like how they look on me so maybe that's why? Anyways, I am challenging myself to introduce some new color combos into my life (all aspects of it) this year...

 I've also been really into old folk art lately and have been researching various European styles.  I'm not really trying to create an accurate depiction of it, but I like to feel inspired by different types of art and then just make it my own. Hence, the above and below photos. This stool has been around for years and I just randomly did this to it last week, ha.  I'm liking it so much that I am painting part of my spring collection in this style.  I can't wait to share what I'm working as spring and the National Stationery Show get closer! 

A few snippets from my desk and deciding what to turn these guys into...

Finally, my painting area after a long week.  It's not cute but it's necessary to my productivity. I like being able to leave everything out as sometimes I need to go back and forth from here to my computer. Coffee, a million paints, tiny brushes... ya know, all the essentials for surviving around here. haha. 

Hope you all are having a lovely week. It's raining today but Florida is finally experiencing our tiny spurt of winter. Not complaining about putting my favorite sweaters and boots to use that I never get to wear! 


Monday, January 25, 2016


OMG how beautiful is this wedding?! I don't always see wedding photos of the clients so when one gets featured / I get tagged on instagram it makes me so happy.  Hanna looked absolutely stunning on your wedding day.  I created the full wedding suite and menus using hand lettering with gouache.  I love how we switched it up on the menus to incorporate some of the fluffy wild flowers that were used in her bouquet.  Hop over to Style Me Pretty and drool over the rest of the photographs by Karen Hill Photography!  


Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I cannot say enough good things about these two and their amazing wedding this past summer.  Oxford Exchange is beyond and everyone should get married there. ha.  It is always an honor and a privilege to create for friends weddings, it means so much to be able to lend my talents for my friends special days.  Caleb and I go back about 20 years, which is crazy to even type out.  I've SO enjoyed getting to know Liz better over the past few that she has been with Caleb.  He secretly asked me to photograph their proposal over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. We then began with designing their invitations and other stationery for the day of.  I love the varied versions of grey watercolors we used throughout the paper. Complete with slate grey envelopes and white calligraphy. Finally, witnessing and celebrating in this beautiful day was the cherry on top (I took these photos and also got to party with them).  Zac made such a wonderful video that you should check out as well.  There is a plethora of more photos on my photography blog.


Location: Friday night ceremony at Oxford Exchange (Tampa, Florida) /
 Saturday night reception at Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
Florals: La Vie En Rose 
Film: Current Films 
Dress: Romona Keveza
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