Katie’s first birthday

Little Mew Mew, my niece,  is having her first birthday party this Saturday. So for the invitation, my sister requested to incorporate the squirrel on the invite as her middle name, Saloli, means squirrel in Cherokee. On occasion, I will do custom jobs for individual Paperless Post clients, so James over at Paperless  kindly allowed me to create the invite borrowing one of their backgrounds, and send my custom job in their name. Thanks James, and Happy Birthday Katie!KatieBirthday

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designer’s chaos=wedding bliss!

If you have planned a wedding yourself, or been a part of one, you know that leading up to the wedding is absolute crazytown. Especially when the bride is a designer. And I’ll be the first to admit, I’m pretty anal when it comes to my design. So naturally, I’m doing everything myself: save-the-dates, invites, programs, tissue wraps, decor, and the overall art direction of the event. Here is a printed compilation of my life over the last 6 months, and boy am I glad to be finished. You can get a larger view if you keep clicking on the image. Martha, relax, I’ll send it to you.WEddingPortfolioMED2

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I love doctor drawings

So the day after our wedding reception, at which I smoked an ENTIRE cigar, naturally I was left with a serious sore throat. However my somewhat-hypochondriac nature was telling me that I was just getting sick- in which case I asked Ryan to look at it, and I wanted to take care of it before the honeymoon. He shoved a flashlight down my throat and found nothing in the painful area, but then discovered a “big black spot”. Oh shit, WHAT? Considering I have smoked for a number of years, albeit moderate amounts, this was definitely a contributing factor to my anxiety over the honeymoon… ugh. I went to my PCP, who said, ‘ yeah you should definitely have an ENT take a look at that.’ Great. Honeymoon is 2 days away, can’t get an appointment until we get back, and I’m vacationing with the notion that I may come back to throat cancer.

When I was finally able to see the ENT, (very impressed with him btw) he made me say ‘aahhhh’, and asked me to clarify where I was seeing the spot. I told him and he flipped off his flashlight. “Go about your business, Laura. You have a hole there. It is not a black spot, it is a SHADOW from a hole.” Well ok, Whew! But wait, why do I have a hole in my head? “It must have formed that way after you had your tonsils out. Here, I will draw you a picture.”mouth
“The top left is inside a normal mouth with tonsils, the top right is normal with no tonsils. The bottom two diagrams are your mouth, with a hole in the top left. It’s fine and will not be any trouble for you at all, it’s just a matter of aesthetics.”

Sweet. Who gives a damn about aesthetics. If having a hole in my head means I don’t have throat cancer, then I will love and nurture that hole.

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Born is the blog. Or blahg?

I am a blog virgin. So bear with me as a acclimate myself to showcasing my illiteracy on these here internets. I’m going to put stuff on here that I’m working on currently- there is so much of it that people never see, and I always forget to tell people about it- and anyway, who wants to hear about it? People want to SEE!! Whether it’s designing handbags, doing some weird little illustrations for freelance projects, doing some pro-bono work, sleeping in museums, or getting married, here are all things design/art related in my world…

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www.paperlesspost.com

This is the main company I have been designing for- now for almost a year. It’s an online stationary company comparable to e-vite, but fancier- started in 2006 (i think?, no one quote me) by a couple of handsome Harvard grads. The are just beginning to break out, with an article in the Times a couple of weeks ago (woo hoo!):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/fashion/11post.html?_r=1

They have shot a large selection of card backgrounds, from which I choose and then create the graphic elements that go on them. I am given a theme (i.e. Summertime, 4th of July/Labor Day,) and I generally come up with the content/idea, unless they have a specific idea. Here are a couple designed for 4th of July/Labor Day:

Bomb Pop4thJulyMC_Blue~Pinwheels

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