Pearl: Handmade Art & Design

Hello there! I'm Ashley and welcome to my humble abode of crafts, inspirations, sweet treats and design. Read on.

 

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Eco Chic Junk Market
Wednesday
Mar052014

Latest events

As of this afternoon, I have 35 design items listed in my shop and it is such a great accomplishment for my business. I have had this goal since last July when I decided to venture into turning my part-time freelance career into my full-time career. Phew, what a relief!

Here are just a few examples of items listed. There are now birth announcements, party invitations, personalized stationery and a few save the date designs. The fun part about starting this shop is the endless feeling of needing to create and design. It's not a terrible thing to wake up in the middle of night and start doodling right?

Other fun news happening around the office lately are a few fun sewing projects to welcome our new baby that will arrive in May, finally conquering my fear of sewing a zipper and repurposing some towels into new bibs for a very messy 2 year old oatmeal eater. The $1 section at Target is entirely too tempting.

On Tuesday, February 11th I was able to help and be a part of the Rustic Oaks Winter Open House. The location/venue is absolutely beautiful, and every single time I drive out there I dream that I can relive my wedding and have it at Rustic Oaks. Carrie, with Rustic Trunk, decorated and styled the venue so superbly that it made my dream even more intense, ha. Here are a few photos from the event. If you are planning an event this summer and fall you must make sure to browse all of her inventory to make sure to nab some amazing pieces to style your own event.

I apologize for the poorly lit and grainy photo of me sitting in my space. Phone photos are not always stellar. In my space we created Valentine's bunting, super cute.

Along with keeping in touch with wedding clients and starting new projects I was able to work with the West Fargo Public Schools to product graphics for a recent Professional Development seminar. We created a logo, postcard, program and stickers for unique boxes for the staff to fill with ideas. I will post more on the fun event soon.

I also just sent two wedding collections to the printer this week for spring wedding's and it is so nice to see the final product come all together for the bride and groom's big day!

Have a very blessed week and keep thinking warm thougts!

Thursday
Jan302014

Shop opening soon!

With excitement and sleep deprivation I wanted to give everyone a head up's....my Etsy shop will be opening soon! In anticipation for our second blessing to join our family, as well as a career goal, I am working hard at getting it fully stocked with templates and ready to design graphics for my clients.

This is just a quick visual grasp of some of the birth and child announcements that I will have featured. There will also be Wedding Collections to include Save the Dates, Programs and Thank You cards as well as birthday and special occasion invitations. I have a few design art prints for your home, nurseries and children's room to include. I would also love to have some handmade items listed which will come and go.

What would you like to see me include? I'm willing to experiement and test anything that makes life a little bit easier for you, as well as supporting small businesses.

 

Thursday
Jan162014

2013 Card Design Recap

Hey there 2014! Here is a little visual recap on the cards I was blessed to design for some clients this last month. There is something so enjoyable about receiving a Christmas Card in your very own mailbox that you had the privilege of being a part of.

Now we can have the happy mail back? My mailbox contents isn't nearly as exciting anymore! I added my personal family card that we sent out for Thanksgiving this year at the very bottom, along with a New Years card that just went out last week.

Cheers!





Tuesday
Nov262013

Holiday Cards 2013

Hello there Friends and Family!

I've added a few templates for you to choose from for your Holiday cards this year! Let me know if you have ANY questions at all, would like a color/background change, and if your photo's need any editing, I am more than happy to help.

Also, if what I have here isn't what you were dreaming of this year, let me know, custom cards are available as well.

Here are just a few examples, click the link here for the others and there is also a place to link from the right sidebar if you need to come back later :) Have a beautiful and Thankful thanksgiving weekend. We are all so blessed.

Monday
Sep162013

Eco Chic Junk Market // Fall 2013

Hello there! And a big hello to any new visitors that I may have met this past weekend. Despite the numerous rain drops and sloshing of puddles we survived the big day! We did end up closing down early, which I am very thankful for. All of the hard work that goes into re-finishing pieces of furniture, creative custom works and merchandising is greatly affected when the weather doesn't hold out.

Not only is it great to participate in these types of events, but one of my favorite parts is the socialzing and making new crafty and creative souls. I'm pretty sure that I said multiple times, 'That is amazing! I sure wish I would have thought of that!" It was a fun day, as I say that with a lot of my things drying on the front yard.

Here are some photos for those that couldn't join us. This first photo below is the line that had started forming around 8:30 in the morning. The Junk Market was scheduled to begin at 10 o'clock in the morning. These were die-hard junker fans!

This next photo is an adorable vintage baby scale that I picked up from a family member that is also a lover of all things junk. The vintage ironing board sold to a lady who hopes to turn it into her sofa table in her living room. The chevron wood wall plaques on the bottom right were gone in a flash! I think that means I should make more? The rake that is holding the wood frame was purchased and she is planning on hanging her necklaces from it in her bedroom, cute idea.


On a last minute whim I decided to create a few prints to sell at the show. My true love is all things design with a flair for vintage and rusty things and this is something I need to better demonstrate if my vision is to participate in more craft or junk fairs. Sadly, I worried more about keeping them dry than anything else!


And then the rain started, and did.not.stop. This is my friend Megan's feet as well. She brought her amazing work with her to set up in our booth. Check out Megan Hagel Creative!


I sewed this vintage infinity scarves for the June Junk Market as well as just knew I had to bring them along. The yellow bookshelf in the right photo was a beauty. It was hard to sell her. My Mom was a great assistant on a weekend trip to the lake and helped me turn her this beautiful Arles yellow.


Here is a photo of an entire table of soap pump jars, a few of the windows that I have re-purposed as well art and a few shutters. I started the day with four shutters and they flew out of the booth. Great for organizing mail at your front door. Also, the mint stool on the left, was another hard one to let go. Too cute!

Here is the last photo! Another cute canvas bag for library books, quick run to the store or knitting on the go. I wanted to display a few prints throughout the book so customers and shoppers know that they are interchangeable and can be customized. They will be posted in my Etsy shop soon.


Thank you for stopping in! Now I better get back to work. Have a beautiful day :)