The Freeing Creativity Retreat

Do not underestimate the power of movement and art together.

After a decade as a creative professional, it's become clear that creativity as an energy is not limited to a canvas or visual arts medium, but rather a power that permeates all realms of living. I've attempted to build a lifestyle that embraces a creative mindset, which centers around living freely, mindfully, and happily. As a creative, I also understand the feeling of being blocked, pent up, stagnant, or “not knowing how.” Sound familiar to you?

Over the past year, I've explored the idea of Freeing Creativity in a series of workshops with movement and simple art exercises with Stephanie Williams, owner of Raise the Vibe Yoga. Stephanie and I are excited to announce that we are co-hosting the first Freeing Creativity Retreat in Elk Rapids, Michigan September 22-24th. 👈 (You know the drill click the link to learn more!)

Minted Tabletop Textiles at Nordstrom

I'm excited to share that Nordstom is now carrying these table runners, placemats and napkins featuring my Tropical Leaves pattern design. The sweet and subtle pattern is one of my favorites and I'm just thrilled to see them in store amongst loads of other fun tabletop accessories! They might be the perfect addition to your spring and summer entertaining spaces. 

(Update) Napkins and Table Runner are all sold out and the placemats are on sale for 40% off here.  All links below have been updated to the Minted website where they are all still available for purchase!


Gorgeous styling and photography by Anchor & Flourish.

Melissa + Austin's Up North Watercolor Wedding Invitations

 Photo by  Katelyn James Photography  and floral design by  Pots Floral

Photo by Katelyn James Photography and floral design by Pots Floral

Things that Melissa and Austin love: the outdoors, tea, bees, fishing, whales and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Melissa and her now husband, Austin, met at Michigan Tech, a university nearly at the most northern point of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Both lovers of the outdoors, she and I connected at a meet-up for local creatives and not long after she inquired about me creating the invitations for their local September wedding. After she described their whimsical vision featuring watercolor paintings of all of the things that symbolized Austin and her, in addition to unassuming hand-lettering, how could I say no? This was my favorite wedding project of the year so far and I can't imagine having more fun creating any future suites! 

Take a look at these gorgeous photos taken by Katelyn James Photography and if you're curious about the rest of the wedding click on through to Katelyn's blog

A New Take on Passport Wedding Invitations

There have been no shortage of passport invitations here in the studio the past few years, since the design of Chelsea and John's vivid, red version and their publication on several blogs and big websites (like Oh So Beautiful Paper and Buzzfeed). I've really grown to love working with couples to customize this design and I wanted to share one of my favorites!

Alyson and Jessica approached me to expand on my passport suite for their Las Vegas, "Lucky in Love," themed celebration with the idea of doing the message in a bottle save the dates. I love how these designs came together over the months. In addition to adding the bottles and customizing the passports, I adapted the boarding pass to be the response card in this case and added in a small shuttle schedule card, as well as custom gold printed coasters. Their palette is so modern and chic – I can't stop envisioning how amazing the final event must have been. 

I can't wait to see how future evolutions of the passports come together! If you're interested in custom wedding invitations, the best place to start is with this form

An Ode to my Homeland – Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The lovely pair behind the Northern Michigan lifestyle blog, Life and Whim, (who's other endeavor Harrington used to be my full-time gig), asked me to lend some Upper Peninsula insight in the form of a guest post! I gladly dove in to my favorite places, childhood memories and painting supplies to craft this post titled, An Alleged Yooper Explains How to Spend 72 Amazing Hours in the Upper Peninsula. 

To accompany the post I decided to create an illustrated map of the Upper Peninsula, highlighting many of the places and things I mention in the post. It's now available on Etsy as an 11x14 or 8x10 print!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this snapshot of one of my favorite places on earth! 

Erin + Craig's Tropical Blooms Destination Wedding Invitations

  All Styling and Photography by   Anchor & Flourish

All Styling and Photography by Anchor & Flourish

Erin and Craig were in the early stages of planning a Key West destination wedding when Erin reached out to me to create their wedding stationery and their celebration day is finally here!  This was one of my favorite projects of last year and I've been anticipating this post for months. Huge congrats and gratitude to Erin and Craig for embracing creativity and whimsy in their invitations.

A few details about the art and process: 
Watercolor florals and tropical foliage illustrations to match the lively celebration, as well as brushy hand-lettering were the focus of our early brainstorms, which opened up a lot of room for creativity across the pieces of the wedding suite. The wedding in Key West was to be a fun, party atmosphere so it was important that the invitations tempt the invitees with a get-a-way with friends and family full of piña coladas, sunshine and revelry. 

Creating the elements for this set of stationery included many sessions of watercolor painting and pages of lettering. The colorful palette of bright aqua, pinks, yellows, orange and mint was incredibly fun to paint with. I wanted the flowers to be playful and suggestive, rather than overt renderings of tropical foliage like hibiscus and orchids, and the style came together rather quickly once my painting started to take shape. 

If you're interested in working together to create beautiful celebratory stationery, please get in touch directly via email at or submit this Wedding Inquiry Form!


Taking the hand-painted elements into a pattern design merged my passion for stationery and pattern for a vivid complement to the invitation, which is also available on Spoonflower as wrapping paper, fabric and wallpaper! Click here to check that out!