lessons learned: how to keep clients from wasting your time

how to keep clients from wasting your time

The past 3+ years have been an incredible learning experience for me. I’d gone from working at ad agencies where I had little to no direct exposure to clients (account executives and creative directors were always the go between), to a world where I’m the one and only person doing the designing, billing, project management, and client relations too! I’ve definitely made some mistakes along the way, and continue to refine my process (and contract) as I go. I hope you can take advantage of this experience and avoid making some of these mistakes on your own. Mind you, the vast majority of your clients will not waste your time on purpose, but setting clear expectations and boundaries can really help. Without further adieu, the cleanline studio list of time saving client tips, after the jump…

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color me monday: papaya, sky and berry

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Summer, it’s officially here! While my swollen ankles and general pregnancy heat intolerance are getting in the way a bit, but summer is still my favorite season. School’s out, the neighborhood pool opens this week, and everything in my garden is starting to bloom. We’re trying to enjoy these last two months with Eva before the new guy shows up. Our weekend was relatively low-key. Yesterday Eva and I made a special breakfast for her Dada, played with the sprinkler in the backyard, and ended the day with smores. It was nice to chill out after several busy weeks and weekends in a row.

With the start of summer comes bright, fun colors! I love how these fit together for the hottest months ahead. I hope you are staying cool and having a nice week so far!

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Simone Massoni synchronized swimmer illustrations

Simone Massoni synchronized swimmer illustrations

I’ve always been kind of charmed by the idea of synchronized swimming. When I was young, I would spend some time with my grandma in South Carolina every summer. I was allowed to bring a friend with me, and Grandma would spoil us with homemade pies, late night movies and downtown Charleston shopping trips. My friend and I always spent a lot of time in her pool during our stay, and we usually prepared an amatuer synchroinized swimming routine to share with Grandma and her old lady friends on the last day of our trip. We weren’t the least bit good, but those happy childhood memories instilled a fondness and appreciation for the sport.

I love the patterns that Simone Massoni has created using this synchronized swimmer theme. Her illustrative ladies are so fun and playful! I adore their swimwear styles and color palette. Check out her website, and more swimming ladies after the jump!

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3 years of marriage, 5 years of eva & so much to celebrate

so much to celebrate

This time of year is always a special one in my house. It starts with my birthday on the 4th, our wedding anniversary on the 9th (3 years yesterday), and then Eva’s birthday on the 10th (my baby girl is 5 today!). We’ve got a lot to celebrate in early June. I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones, the trauma Eva and I suffered a few months back, or a combination of the two, but I am feeling especially lucky and grateful for my life and the people in it this year. Plenty of things in life come and go, but I think the people you share it with matter most of all.

I’m very grateful for my incredible husband who supports me in career and life, works so hard to take care of Eva and I, makes me laugh and feel cherished every single day. He makes me coffee every morning with just the right amount of splenda, holds my hand at scary doctors appointments, and is my loudest cheerleader when I land a dream client. He’s treated me this way for the entire 11.5 years we’ve been together, not just our three years of marriage.

I am also grateful for the incredible little person we call our daughter. In some ways it feels like she has always been a part of our lives, but it’s also pretty astounding to reflect on just how quickly the past five years have flown by. From the 7 lb screaming peanut I met five years ago today, to the chubbiest happiest baby, to the toddler at our wedding, to the bright, articulate, imaginative, funny kid she is today, Eva has brought an unfathomable amount of joy to our lives and our family. I love her more that I ever knew I could, and I can’t wait to see her in her new role as big sister.

Speaking of baby, he makes up that last piece of gratitude pie: we’ve wanted to add to our family for quite a while, and there were times when I thought it might not ever happen. But, here we are, 10 weeks from welcoming our son into the world. The three of us couldn’t be more excited him!

That’s all for today. Go hug the people you love!

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the great girl clothes purge

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It now seems a bit ridiculous, but for the past 5 years I have been saving almost all of Eva’s clothes. We knew we wanted another child someday, and I wasn’t about the get rid of all that baby fashion until we knew that #2 was a dude baby. I’m finally prepared to part with some of Eva’s cutest clothes, but it does make me a little sad! Everything I’m selling online is brand new or gently work designer kids clothing. The sizes range from Newborn to 5. Brands include (a lot of) tea collection, catmini, egg baby, little marc jacobs, baby gap, and more.

I’m doing this as an instagram sale and I’ve created a special account just for the purpose of selling these items, @shopcleanline. To make a purchase just leave your email address in the comments.  I will send you a paypal invoice, which needs to be paid within 48 hours to secure the sale. Shipping is $4 for the first item, free for additional items! If you’re local (in Philadelphia) and interested in anything in the shop, leave a comment here and we can arrange pick up minus the shipping costs. I will be adding more items throughout the week, so please follow me and check back often. And, if you know any mamas of little girls on the hunt for cute/cheap designer clothes, please send her my way! Happy Shopping!

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Our sweet family vacation on chincoteague island, VA

Chincoteague Island, VA

Last week we took advantage of the three day weekend, and went on vacation! We knew this would be the last getaway as a family of three, and wanted to do something that would be fun for all of us. We decided on Chincoteague Island, VA. This Island’s main claim to fame would have to be the wild ponies, but it has a lot of other things going for it! It’s just 3.5 hours from Philadelphia and offers quite a variety of outdoorsy activities; kayaking, crabbing, fishing, biking, boating, and ice cream eating just to name a few. We had a really lovely time! You’ll find a lot more photographic evidence after the jump!

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the new babe’s nursery

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In 11.5 short weeks, a tiny dude will be coming to live with us forever (YAY!). Recently I’ve been realizing just how quickly the past 12 weeks have gone by, and how soon our new babe will be in my arms. When Eva was a newborn, we were subletting our second of three houses, waiting for the one we live in now to finally be ready for us. She didn’t have a proper nursery until she was about 7 months old, and I’m hoping to bring this newbie home to a space that’s completely ready for him.

Because space is tight in our little home, we’ll be turning what is now the playroom into our little boy’s nursery. It’s a bigger room than Eva’s, so I am planning to keep enough open space that both Eva and her little brother can still use it as somewhat of a play room. One of the walls is exposed brick, while the others are a lovely teal color that I think compliments the brick perfectly. I’m planning to keep the wall color as is, and add touches of grey (and maybe a little neon) throughout. I’ve already purchased bedding from dwell studio’s galaxy nursery collection, the flensted mobile, and a few other things.

In general I want the space to feel clean, modern, fun, and practical (kind of like everything I get my little designer fingers on). I don’t want to be too stuck on any one “theme,” as I think that approach tends to get kind of matchy and boring. So, what do you guys think? Are there any other decor items my little dude just has to have for his space? Fill a pregnant sister in! And have a nice weekend!

PS: If you’re interested, you can follow me on pinterest and check out the whole bebe nursery board right here!

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Swimming with wild ponies

Swimming with wild ponies

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m just popping in quickly, basically to brag about my vacation. This morning Sean, Eva and I are headed off to Chincoteague Island for our first (and last) vacation as a family of three! It’s not that we haven’t taken time off, but this is our first vacation together not spent visiting family, or ditching the kid with grandparents. I’m really looking forward to some time away with my two favorite people, soaking up some sun, and getting a peek at the island’s wild pony population! I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend as much as I plan to enjoy mine. I’ll be back soon, ta ta!

PS: This image was actually taken at the Camargue in Arles, France. I’ve been there too, it’s pretty incredible!

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jenny odell: digital collage with google maps

jenny odell digital collage with google maps These images have been making their way around the internets for a while, but I still really like them and wanted to share! Jenny Odell uses primarily google maps to create collages of imagery. It could be anything from sports stadiums to salt ponds, even swimming pools (pictured below). These collages remind me of a certain crazy sculpture professor I had in college. He had a ridiculous Louisiana Creole accent and used bizarre catchphrases like “makes me wanna slap my mama,” but when it came to sculpture, the man knew his stuff. He suggested that when it came to sculptural pieces featuring repetition, you should just keep going until several people told you that you were crazy. In his opinion, the part that makes it so amazing is the scope, volume, and how it all fits together. I think that same idea applies here. Click through to see more examples of Jenny’s work!

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exploring philadelphia: longwood gardens

longwood gardens philadelphia Hi guys, I’m back(ish). It’s been a pretty intense and emotional couple of weeks as Eva and I begin to deal with what happened to us (see post below if you have no idea what I’m talking about). We’ve gotten a ton of love and support which really means more to me than I can say. A big plus is the dramatic change in the weather we’ve had lately. We were out of town for official Mother’s Day, so we took my mom on a little adventure to Longwood Gardens the previous Sunday. I would describe it as Disneyland for plant nerds (hello, this guy right here). Longwood is about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia proper, and boy is it magical. They are open year-round, and from what I hear, they have a pretty awesome Christmas display. If you are in the Philadelphia Area or passing through, I highly recommend a visit!

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