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Baby Your Baby | Jolly Birth Announcement Photo Shoot

Errr . . . I mean . . . what??? ;p


So where DO babies come from?!?



From the Jolly family, of course! That’s right—my best friends are pregnant with their first baby and I could not be MORE excited! There are so many things I love about the Jollys (I mean, the name is rad enough):

  • They balance each other’s personality out perfectly
  • They do things that are uniquely “them”
  • They are both very creative
  • They each have a great sense of humor with a healthy balance of snark, wit, and irreverence
  • They don’t take life’s worries too seriously
  • They really know how to whip up some delicious meals
  • They lean towards more practical than emotional solutions to problems
  • They care about the environment and about getting the most out of natural resources
  • They have hearts of gold that give and serve out of the deepest love

It’s for those reasons and MANY more that I have no doubts in my mind that they are going to raise their child in a beautiful, healthy, safe, and loving environment. Bottom line: That kid is SUPER blessed because his/her parents are a powerhouse team!


Check out those cute cloth diapers!


Not only are they an amazing couple, but their friendship is pure gold to me. So naturally, I was beyond thrilled (and majorly honored) when they asked me to do a photo shoot for their Birth Announcement photo! We headed out to Ravenna Park and got everything set up to create a fun and simple shoot on a more natural (less modern) playground structure. They really wanted it to have a vintage minimalistic look, so I tried to keep the photo style simple and just let the happy couple . . . and Heather’s teeny tiny baby bump . . .  shine through!





We also got some great outtakes from the shoot!



See, they really are SO much fun to be around! It’s no wonder I spend the majority of my free time doing things with them, right? 😉

Once again,
CONGRATULATIONS to the Jolly family!

I’m looking forward to many more family photo shoots (and play-dates) with you!

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Words In The Water

If there’s one thing that gives me nightmares, it’s the thought of shopping during the holiday season, and for me, Black Friday shopping at stores is the worst.  I tried it once and I doubt I’ll try it again. There is just something so scary to me about grown adults fighting over movies and toys and games at 2 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. I’m actually quite surprised that there are no documentaries about Black Friday showing on Animal Planet. It’s times like these that I’m thankful for the internet and the wonders of online shopping.

One of the new design projects I just finished is actually very much connected to online shopping. A few months ago, my friend, Heather Jolly and I were sitting in a coffee shop talking about each of our dreams for the future. One of hers involved starting a small business where she could sell some all-natural homemade soap that she had learned to make. We got a chance to talk about some of the practical steps needed to make that happen and now, she has her Etsy shop all set up and she’s been successfully building her clientele! Through our conversations, she decided to hire me to design the brand collateral for this new business adventure. It was such an honor for me to get to design for her! What’s even better is that she’s also given me the opportunity to try some of her amazing products before they even hit the market—and man, do they make my skin happy! I can’t wait until she releases her lotion line!

In the meantime, I’ll share with you some of the work I created to come up with the branding for Jolly Mountain Soap. We started with some basic color pallets and she asked for a wide range of designs both including and excluding the concept of a mountain. These were the samples I first sent her way to look over:

Muted colors + texture with a fancy logo


Her favorite color featuring a water effect to promote the soap aspect


Smoky color scheme incorporating a mountain


A bolder approach highlighting a mountain logo


After looking over the logos and finalizing details and which look would suit her business best, she chose this design:

The new look of Jolly Mountain Soap!


Part of her package also included a product label to go with her packaging. Now her soaps are sporting this fun little guy:

Packaging sticker!


And of course, a fresh Etsy banner!


It felt great to make something that she was incredibly proud of! Of course, the many bonus coffee date meetings we had to go over things wasn’t too shabby either. 😉 I love spending time with her and listening as she shares her big dreams and creative thoughts. I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful friend who shares my love for art and creating new things. I’m really looking forward to seeing her business take off—the open doors and local consumer demand she’s already accumulated amazes me!

And in case you are a super huge fan of online shopping (like me), stop by JOLLY MOUNTAIN SOAP and use the coupon code “BlackFriday2011” to save 10% OFF your entire order! (Offer expires Nov. 28th)

Still not sure if it’s worth it? Just check out these awesome products:

2.4 oz Coffee ground french press coffee soap


3.0 oz Aloe Vera Cupcake Soap


2 oz Lavender Oatmeal Cold Process Soap