March 31, 2014

Calligraphy Seal with Antiquaria

Calligraphy by Antiquaria | Grown-up Shoes

I feel like I’ve been writing about the new Grown-up Shoes newsletter for months, but it’s almost here! I’ve been working on the new opt-in and layout and decided I’d like a one-off of the logo as a special seal for the newsletter. Something that still has the spirit of Grown-up Shoes but feels a bit different. I teamed up with my friends Emma and Bailey at Antiquaria and they sent over the most beautiful options! Check out the second page:

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January 15, 2014

Austin Blogshop!

Backdrop by Trilby Nelson for Blogshop Austin |

Loot Vintage and Bird Dog Wedding for Blogshop Austin |

Photos from my Instagram;  backdrop by Trilby Nelson, furniture from Loot Vintage Rentals, floral and styling by Bird Dog Wedding

Putting Blogshop Austin together was so much fun since I got to work with all my friends. I just loved the way everything came together; it felt so Austin-y but not in an over-the-top Keep Austin Weird way, ya know? It was eclectic and colorful and a little bit hippie and folky with just the right hit of femininity. Special thanks to my pals Bird Dog Wedding, Loot Vintage Rentals and Trilby Nelson for doing such beautiful work.

And in case you haven’t heard, Blogshop is now offering the class online—a pretty incredible value and perfect for the gal looking to take her online presence to the next level.

PS: See more photos from the workshop on Design Love Fest!

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December 12, 2013

Austin Calligraphy Classes with Antiquaria


Austin Calligraphy Classes

Today I’m delighted to announce two February calligraphy classes with my friends over at Antiquaria! My love of snail mail and lettering is no secret, but truth be told, I’ve always wanted to bump up my penmanship skills. I envy my friends with the perfect swirly signature or beautifully addressed outgoing mail. Well—no longer! Bailey and Emma are offering two classes in February, one for Script Studies (a perfect place to start) and another for Monogram Design. I love that in the Monogram class you walk away with your own custom monogram that will be digitalized for digital use, and in both classes, students work on a design for their own custom rubber stamp. Not a swirly kind of girl? Don’t fret; you can create a more modern handlettered design if you wish!

This is the perfect holiday gift for someone special or a wonderful treat to yourself. I love the idea of learning to make a beautiful monogram and then stamping it at the top of your notes like your own personal stationery. And how fun would it be to address your holiday cards next year with some handlettered pizzazz?

Sign up for the Script Studies Class!  | Sign up for the Monogram Class!

Austin Calligraphy Classes


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October 4, 2013

Love and Links + #GetFreshCampaign

#GetFreshCampaign | Pins by Go Forth Creative for The Wellgro Co |

So proud of my friends Ed and Kerri for all of the hard work they do with their incredible Wellgro Co. They tirelessly think of and imagine ways to bring healthy, tasty food to kids in schools and their latest project is one of my favorites. They teamed up with Chelsea to make these darling pins (that you can order right here) and the proceeds go towards putting fresh food in school cafeterias. Great pins + a good cause? What’s not to love!

Wishing you a happy + relaxing weekend—fun links from around the web after the jump!

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August 14, 2013

Giving Back // Back to School

Giving Back |

(hilarious photo of me graduating college—photog unknown;)

Sometimes I think I have a long day—a project takes longer than expected; a deadline is creeping up—and then I talk to my friend Jenny. Jenny is a social worker and works in community support for low income children who have severe mental health issues.

I am endlessly inspired and in awe of her generosity, patience and pure ability to do the work she does everyday and it reminds me that even my “long days” aren’t really that long. So when Jenny sent me a request from her work to send a backpack to a child right here in Central Texas who will otherwise not have a backpack to take to school this year (man, just think about the social implications of that in addition to the practical ones) I was moved once again by her thoughtfulness and wanted to share this opportunity with you.

Here’s all you need to do to make sure a Central Texas child in need gets a backpack from you for the upcoming school year!

1. Order this backpack in any color EXCEPT red or blue for only $16.10 + Free Shipping
2. Have it mailed to:

Attn: Jenny Gilbert
1717 W 10th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Jenny and her coworkers will be handing these out to the kids on August 2oth—make sure yours is in the bunch for a lucky kiddo! I just ordered mine and it estimated arrival for next week, so even if it’s a few days late I think it will still make it to a very happy child in time for school. Thank you!!
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July 25, 2013

The Ruby Workshop No. 2

Ruby Workshop |

(All photos by Molly Winters)

Our second Ruby Workshop was held this past Saturday at Argus Cidery and it was an incredible morning thanks to all the girls who attended (were you there?) and our awesome speakers, Camille and Chelsea. We learned how to pitch clients big and small, sipped bubbly cider and made some lovely new friends. I’d love to share more photos with you after the jump!

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July 10, 2013

My Favorite Austin Day Trip

Gruene, TX Day Trip |

This past long weekend Adam and I went on my favorite Austin day trip and I wanted to share it with you, in case you’re looking for a quick, fun summer adventure. It has everything you need in a one day vacation: floating the river, day drinking, good food, live music and antique shopping. My friend Rachel took me on this trip a few years ago for the first time and since then it’s been my favorite fast getaway when we can’t make it to the beach or hop on a plane:) Everything you need to know about your day trip to adorable Gruene, TX after the jump.

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