playing models for a day (with rodales)!

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I shared one of these images on instagram a few weeks back, but today I’m going to fill you in on the whole story! Over the summer, Sean and I were asked to participate in Rodale’s holiday photo shoot as the MODELS! It was a very surreal experience for us. We’ve both been on shoots before, but never as the talent. It was pretty cool to sit back and watch while countless stylists, photographers and hair and makeup people rushed around us. It gave me a real appreciation for all that goes in to a big professional photo shoot. It was a fun day, and I’m still so flattered that we were asked to participate!

If you aren’t familiar with Rodale, they are the publishing powerhouse behind magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Organic Gardening and many more. Rodales is their latest jump into retail. They offer a nicely curated selection of apparel, home and beauty products with an emphasis on simplicity and high quality materials. If you’d like to see more smoochin’, there’s a few additional photos from the shoot after the jump!

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My design for the minted holiday card line!

my minted holiday design!

Hi there! Today I’m finally sharing my holiday card design that is available at minted! I designed this back in the spring, so it’s kind of crazy that I’m just now able to tell you about it. I’m learning that this long wait is a common theme when designing for retail, and it is NOT easy for me to keep secrets from you guys! My design, stamped snowflakes, is available in three different color ways and there are a whole bunch of customizations available. I love that minted gives you so many options to make each design customized. Thanks to everyone who voted to make my design a winner, I really appreciate it! If you decide to purchase my design for your family’s holiday card, please leave a comment and let me know which options you selected! Click through to see address labels, envelope lines and more after the jump!

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Getting ready for the holidays (with Martha)!

Getting ready for the holidays with Martha , Preparing for the holidays, Martha Stewart Holiday I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing a blog post about my goals for the year (as in the year 2014 that we’re getting ready to kiss goodbye)! I guess I’ll need to get over my shock quickly to prepare for the first round of Thanksgiving festivities in just a few days! Luckily, my friends at Martha Stewart sent me a package of goodies this week to get me in the holiday spirit. Read more after the jump!

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Halloween means porcelain skulls, of course

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Happy Halloween! What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that phrase? Porcelain skulls, duh! I’ve been eyeing these creepy beauties on etsy for quite a while now, and decided that there’s no better day to share them than halloween! They’re made in Brooklyn by Christine Facella under the brand name Beetle and Flor. She worked previously at the Museum of Natural History, drawing turtle skulls and recreating prehistoric plants. Each skull consists of several molds, and can in total add up to 20+ mold pieces. Once cast and dry, the pieces get fired to over 2200 degrees before 14k gold luster is added on, and then fired once again. I love that the only added detail is a touch of gold. There’s something very cool to me about the combination of the matte white and shiny metallic gold. I think the crow is my fav.Have a nice weekend, I hope your teeth don’t turn to gold from excessive amounts of Halloween candy!

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afl turns 2!

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I’ll be honest you guys, I almost let this momentous occasion slip away. By now, blogging is so engrained. I feel like I’ve been doing it forever, and it’s a bit surprising to me that it’s only been two years. In the past two years I have learned and grown so much. Partly from my career as a designer, and partly because of this blog.
I am so proud of this space, and of everything I’ve accomplished as a result. It’s been a lot of hard work and learning, but I’m so happy to be doing it. I hope that someday, blogging may become my full time job. In the meantime, I’m happy to keep plugging away, and learning and growing with each post.
With this anniversary in mind, I could really use your help. I’ve put together my first survey, to get a sense of how I can improve afl. I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete it for me, it should take about 5 minutes or less.
I thank you so much for your support and encouragement. There have been a few days along the way where I’ve felt discouraged, but your sweet comments and emails always help me to persevere. I’m excited for the future of this blog, and many more years of blogging to come! Thanks for sticking by me!

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happy (frozen) valentines day!

valentinevase Happy Valentines Day AND Happy Friday! I’m normally not one to get all excited about said “Hallmark Holiday,” but something kind of changed after Eva was born. Mr.Stone and I always plan a little special date for the two of us, and I’m particularly excited about this one! We are pretty well snowed in, AGAIN, and the challenge today becomes getting my tiny valentine to her Nana’s house before our evening fun.

Tonight we’ll be attending the valentine’s date night hosted by the clay studio, an awesome organization in Philadelphia that offers workshops and a fantastic ceramics gallery. We’ll be sippin’ champagne and throwing pottery on the wheel. I loved ceramics in high school, genuinely loved it. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my husband who has never thrown on a wheel before. The ghost references are almost inevitable, perhaps if we’re really lucky they’ll even be a reference of the ghost reference 

The clay studio is within walking distance of our house, so worst case scenario, we’ll walk. It might be kind of romantic to adventure there in the snow, with my love, don’t you think?

Find those lovely vases from Heath Ceramics here

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that obligatory resolution post…

new years goals from blog.cleanlinestudio.com A resolution is such a funny idea to me. It seems that word is almost always paired with new year’s, and forgotten by most before the end of January. So, today I’m sharing some of my goals for the new year. It’s nothing so concrete as “loose a pound a week,” or “get 8 hours of sleep every night,” but I want to share my thoughts with you. This is in part for my own accountability, but also in hopes that this reflection helps you too . . .

GO ALL IN
It’s been nearly two years now since I’ve made the leap into self-employment. It has overall been a very positive experience, and one that I’ve learned a lot from. However, I’ve really relied on contract work to make my money. Although this has financially made sense, I’m not going to do that anymore. This year I intend to focus wholly on my own business. My own little design studio is where I see long term growth potential, and the ability to create the job I want for myself. I’m looking for a studio outside of the home to call my own, will finally be incorporating my business, and updating my sadly neglected online portfolio (It’s been over a year, which is just absurd, I know).

GET FLEXIBLE
While I do intend to incorporate yoga back into my lifestyle, that’s not really what I’m talking about. I get very set in my expectations, which often results in disappointment. This year I hope to become more adaptable, and not allow an unexpected result to be confused with an undesirable one.

RESIST COMPARISON
I’m sure you’ve heard the Teddy Roosevelt quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I can’t tell you how much that resonated with me, and how much I wish it didn’t. I find myself often comparing where I am to others, and that energy needs to be refocused. I hope to take those feelings of jealousy and dissatisfaction, and put that effort towards raising myself up and celebrating my own success.

Last, but not least, I’m going to take a page from the Joy Cho playbook and also share one thing that I did well this past year, and plan to continue…

SCHEDULING & TIME MANAGEMENT
This time last year, I’d sit down in front of my computer for the entire day, and frequently feeling discouraged by how little I’d gotten done. I’d get distracted by social media, and unsure where to start if I didn’t have client work with a firm deadline.
Over the past year, I’ve realized that I’m actually more productive when I have a full schedule. Having more commitments to work around keeps me motivated, and determined to get things done in the amount of time I’ve allotted. Writing a list of my daily goals helps me do this. For the blog, I try to keep an editorial calendar. I don’t always stick to it exactly, but I find it helpful to have post ideas outlined for the month. I’m proud of how far my time management skills have come in the course of a year.

I’m pleased to kiss 2013 goodbye, and move on to bigger and better things in ’14! What goals do you have in mind to get your year started off right?

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a year in review…

A YEAR IN REVIEW from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hello my dears! I hope you had (and are continuing to have) a beautiful holiday. I’m back to work today, with another break scheduled midweek. Today, I’m looking back over the year, completely in awe of how quickly time has passed. I’m sharing a few of my favorite afl posts from 2013, and feeling grateful and proud of all I’ve done…

1. Although it didn’t happen in 2013, I was honored to have my wedding featured on once wed back in April. I wrote my own post with a few of my favorite photos from the big day. It was one of my happiest, most memorable days yet.

2.  This post is all about murals photographed by me all over Philadelphia, the city I’m proud to call home.

3. This year I’ve made more of an effort to share my own design work; including these wax seal business cards for afl (if I ever see me in person, ask for one, I’ve got hundreds).

4. Throughout the year, I’ve gotten more and more comfortable posting photos of my sweet baby girl. Posts about her have been some of my most popular throughout the year! This one’s about a sweet discovery of pansies coming up through the sidewalk. Man, I love her so.

5. I’m excited to say that work for my little boutique design studio has really picked up this year! In this post I talk about my experience with braid creative, and some of my own conclusions about succeeding as a creative entrepreneur.

6. color me monday has continued to be one of my most popular columns this year, and I’m happy to keep it going. As you know by now, I’m a sucker for mint, so my favorite color me monday post probably won’t come as a shock to you!

7. Eva turned three in June, and we celebrated with a southern style BBQ picnic in our neighborhood park. It was a fun afternoon filled with good friend, good food, and purple decor as far as the eye could see!

8. The extreme popularity of this post was a bit of a surprise to me! Here I’m talking about using safe and natural household products instead of store-bought shampoo and conditioner. It’s easy, cheap, and my hair has never looked better. And yes, I’m still doing it!

9. I haven’t written an Inspired by Nature post in a while, but I plan to pick it up again in the new year. I am a lover of nature and creativity, and it’s always fin to see the two side by side like in this post.

10. Last but certainly not least, is a post about the family photos we had taken in October. We’ve only done this one other time since Eva was born. I’m sure these photos of our little family will be ones we treasure for many years to come. It was such a fun morning of donut eating and kite flying in Chestnut Hill!

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe new year!

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happy holidays & see you soon!

happy holidays from blog.cleanlinestudio.com All the present are wrapped, the stockings are hung, the tree’s decorated, and I’m feeling ready. I’ll be taking a break from the blog this week to be in the country with my family and loved ones. I’m planning on walking in the woods, eating too many cookies, and enjoying the gleeful expression on Eva’s face as she witnesses all the christmas magic unfold. I hope you’re able to spend some time with those who matter most, and enjoy this season to the fullest! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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happy holidays & see you soon!

happy holidays from blog.cleanlinestudio.com All the present are wrapped, the stockings are hung, the tree’s decorated, and I’m feeling ready. I’ll be taking a break from the blog this week to be in the country with my family and loved ones. I’m planning on walking in the woods, eating too many cookies, and enjoying the gleeful expression on Eva’s face as she witnesses all the christmas magic unfold. I hope you’re able to spend some time with those who matter most, and enjoy this season to the fullest! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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