Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : SOUTH CAROLINA IN PICTURES






















We spent Memorial Day weekend (and some) at my grandparents house.  They live in a tiny town in South Carolina where my grandmother grew up.  I love visiting, as it's always relaxing, slow, and quiet there.  No wifi, barely any phone service, the woods, and farm animals. love.  Greenville, South Carolina is only about an hour away, we usually will spend a day there when we go.  Main Street in Greenville is filled with fun little shops and restaurants that we always love visiting.  Although, we seem to return to Tupelo Honey to dine each time because it's just so darn good there.

I take similar photos each time we visit, although depending on the season they always feel different. New plants and flowers in bloom, new baby animals born, a new area in the woods to explore...

I'm having a bit of a hard time jumping back into the week after a long weekend! Although  I've wrapped up a few huge projects this week and last, now I am looking forward to another weekend away in Orlando.  West Elm is hosting me and some other makers at their store on Conroy Road! If you are in the Orlando area please stop by and say hello.  The event is Saturday May 30th from 12pm-4pm.

XO

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : THIS AND THAT







Some scenes from my weekend : 
1. painting special projects with Camilyn Beth  // 2. My greeting card collection in progress and another recent crest design // 3. Dinner and drinks at Social in Sarasota on Saturday night // 4. My new "bye" clutch that really makes me laugh and this long sleeve maxi dress from H&M that I could literally wear everyday // 5. My paint palette after a couple weeks, I love how they look // 5.  My gardenias are blooming! I love wrapping presents with something "live" on them, I snipped some leafs for my friends bridal shower gift (which was on Sunday) 

This was definitely a packed weekend, one of the first ones in awhile that I didn't have a shoot or wedding though.  It was fun to visit with friends, do a little shopping, eat good food and drink some craft cocktails and beer.  Plus get a little painting and editing done in between. 

It will probably be a little quite around here this week, we are going to visit my grandparents tomorrow in South Carolina for several days.  I always love being at their place and never mind a good road trip.  The scenery is so beautiful where they live, I'll surely be posting on instagram while I'm away.  When I return, I'm gearing for a fun event and working hard to finalize my new stationery collection.  Lots to share soon! Have a great week. 

XO 

Friday, May 15, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS


Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

A few things I loved this week: 

*Bought this fun swing dress in red 
*Obsessing over this patterned skirt 
*J.crew has tons of cute stuff on sale, with an extra 40% off online (it was 50% off in our local store). I probable need these pants.
*My friend launched a new line of eyewear accessories, check out the amazingness here
*Sophia Webster on the Coveteur, just when you think you have an amazing collection...
*This card made us LOL
*This dress slays me and serves as paint-spiration 

XOXO

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

RECENT WORK : A HAPPY CREST FOR A NURSERY



The colors of this bright, happy crest have to be some of my favorite so far.  This was created for Summer of Grey Likes, to print large scale in her baby girls nursery. LOVE! We based the idea off of the crest that was originally designed for her wedding by Mae Mae & Co.  We used the same animals and crest shape with the addition of my bright florals and their family motto. 
She's just the sweetest and this was so much fun to work on! 

See more in my shop
XO

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CUTE INSTAGRAM MINI BOOKS


Thanks to chapbooks for this adorable book of my instagram photos.  I was pleasantly surprised by the paper quality and love how the date and geo tag is printed above the photos.  Super cute.  This prompts me to make more, something I've been wanting to do for awhile. 

Chatbooks is offering your first book for FREE! Use my code "shann932" to order. 

XO 

Monday, May 11, 2015

RECENT WORK : COLORFUL CREST WITH FLORALS AND A BULLDOG



Making a crest is always so much fun. This one was nothing short of the usual bright, fun, floraly style my clients request.  The first photo is the one we decided on for the final artwork.  The last one was one of the first proofs, I always like to design the crest with different layout and lettering options for my clients to choose from.  There's so much you can do with these and I love seeing how couples incorporate them into their design and decor. 

You can shop custom crests in my Etsy shop and view more examples of them in my portfolio

Have a bright week!

Friday, May 8, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME LINKS


Whooo TGIF! 
I'm shooting at the beach today and have a wedding to shoot tomorrow, I'm pretty excited. Also looking forward to relaxing with my family on Sunday for Mother's day. 

Here are a few things I enjoyed around the web this week: 

*This Mara Hoffman swimsuit is everything 
*pink sandals seem necessary for summer 
*Fun bags are taunting me lately; this watermelon, sharks, and of course a cat (possible beach bag?). I finally pulled the trigger and got this "bye" one (it sort of represents an inside joke so it just cracks me up)
*Lusting for this embellished maxi, would be pretty for a formal wedding
*My friend made these tangerine mojitos for Cinco de Mayo and they were amazing.
*This DIY lip balm looks easy and cute
*I love every recipe and word that Local Milk posts
*I've become very interested in the National Stationery Show, enjoying Nole's sneak peeks of some vendors showing this year.
*This really fun illustration series on the Jealous Curator

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
XO

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SHANNON KIRSTEN ON SOCIETY 6






I've tried to be better about updating my Society 6 shop because, lets be honest, the products they offer these days are just plain amazing.  So quirky and fun! Here is a sampling of what artwork I have on there, there's lots more so stop and check it out! 


XO

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!


Happy Cinco De Mayo! 

I'm excited to do a celebrating later tonight, it's my friends birthday as well (fun birthday to have, right?).  The themed food and drinks I keep seeing on Pinterest are mouthwatering to say the least.  Definitely looking forward to some fancy, fruity cocktails this evening! 

Hand lettering done with gouache paint! 

XO

Monday, May 4, 2015

HELLO MAY

HI. 
I'm still here. 

Stopping by to say hello and share this illustration, a sneak peek of the current card collection I'm so desperately trying to finish up! I can' wait to share all the things I've been working on.  I'm really looking forward to expanding my stationery collection and branching out into more wholesaling. So that's basically where I've been hiding, along with wrapping up client projects, and an exciting collaboration.

May is here and it sort of marks (for me) slowing down for a month or so.  I don't shoot as much over the summer (for obvious reasons since I'm in Florida) so I am excited to hopefully find some free time to finish up the card collection and bring some fun projects to this little blog. 

Hope your Monday is trucking along. XO

Monday, April 27, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : WINTER PARK


















What a crazy month this has been.  I have had a slew of projects, both illustration and photography, that have kept me extremely busy lately (like head spinning, can't keep up with my inbox busy).  It's been great though and I will get to sleep one day. ha.  People always ask me what I like better, painting or photography, it's a question that's nearly impossible for me to answer.  Especially in busy times like the Spring when I have so much wedding related work, I feel having both honestly keeps me more sane.  Almost like they are still creative outlets and not my full time job since I get to switch it up.

I'm definitely ending April on a high note with the weekend that just passed.  I went out of town Thursday to photograph a wedding in Winter Park on Friday (Orlando, Florida).  I had been in communication with the bride for over a year so it was so much fun to finally see all the planning come together and celebrate with them. I also created their invitations and stationery (which I will share here soon).  My mom came with me so of course we did a bit of shopping upon our arrival.  We stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel and it was amazing.  The perfect location to walk and explore all the surrounding cuteness.  Before heading home on Saturday we went to the farmers market and breakfast, where most of the above photos are from.  We also got to pop in to the West Elm by Mall at Millenia to see my prints there!

I came home to a beach day with family for Hunters birthday.  We watched the sunset and went to one of our favorite spots for dinner and drinks.

Now to hop in to Monday and paint away!

XO