Happy New Year, I hope it is off to a great start!
So many things have been swirling through my mind lately. New ideas, new opportunities and lots of time spent reflecting on this past year and the new year that is now upon us.
But first, with much anticipation and excitement I’m honored to have my art on 48 new greeting cards + product that is licensed through Legacy Publishing. These products are on their way to U.S. retailers as well as now being available to purchase directly through their website. Card purchasing just got easier! You can find all these new goodies here 🙂
Also, a % of every card that is purchased goes towards feeding children in poverty in the U.S. and foreign countries through Legacy’s “Buy A Card, Feed A Child” program. So awesome to see cards and products on mission!
The story of how this partnership came to be still blows my mind and can be chalked up to one of the powerful times in my life where the Lord orchestrated something so unexpected after years of praying for the right door to open for these cards. This was a vision I have had yet took several years to see it actually come to fruition. A vision to see cards that point back to the promises of scripture to encourage and that are fun, inviting, cheerful yet trendy. Simply put though…waiting IS HARD. Especially when you feel such a strong sense to do something. I call it “sitting in the waiting room of life” and I’ve learned over time to just go ahead, pull up a chair and get cozy. Waiting can take a while. BUT, I have seen the blessings that come when we wait on the Lord and His timing. It blows me away. EVERY SINGLE TIME. And every time I experience His provision and faithfulness again it reminds me not to doubt while in the waiting. HE IS FOR YOU + ME. When we live our lives truly believing His promises, powerful things begin to happen. His plans to use our talents, passions and abilities are good ones and all too often I can step ahead of Him and so easily can become impatient. He has shown me over and over again, He wants our hands to be open. Open to give and share our passions, abilities and our lives as well as being open to receive the things He is in the process of leading us to. AND it no doubtably leaves you changed when experiencing it all first hand and so personally. Remembering my many prayers over this and now seeing these 48 cards, journals, coasters, notebooks, bookmarks, list pads, recipe cards and the 2017 calendar that will be coming out later this year leaves me with a feeling I can’t quite put into words. Grateful and humbled is probably the closest words in my vocabulary.
New doors are opening in the world of Tamagrams…
Since January I’ve been refocusing the direction of the business. I’ve been trying to get my designs picked up by national card publishers. This past month, I got contracts for licensing several new greeting card designs. I’m really pumped about the licensing avenue and having the bigger companies rep and distribute my designs! I’m very thankful for the new doors that have opened and excited to see what’s next…
One of my best friends got married last weekend and I wanted to do something extra special for her, something she could keep and enjoy for many years to come. I painted and personalized a bar stool with a monogram of her new last name and used her home colors throughout the design.
I have missed doing those types of projects…I want to start marketing more about offering hand painted and customized products such as step stools for kids (birthday or Christmas presents) and baby showers, bar stools for unique wedding shower gifts or collegic themed graduation gifts, wooden letters for baby’s nursery, custom hand painted picture frames, painted furniture, etc. I love see a creation start from a blank slate (or in this case, raw wood) and then seeing the finished masterpiece for someone to enjoy. It makes my heart smile…I feel so blessed to be in this place to harness the creativity from within and the challenge of coming up with new ideas. Someone once told me, “Creativity is the next thing to divinity”…it is something that comes from above, something God gives to each of us. Thought it was a beautiful concept.
Excited that Tamagrams’ Website received the “Honorable Mention Award” by the South Carolina Press Association on March 27th, in Columbia SC. I really enjoyed creating the design of the site and made me think that website templates could be another cool design opportunity and avenue.
Press Release is below…
SKIRT is another magazine that I LOVE!!! What an honor it was to be featured in their June issue. I love how they used the pic of me and McKenna; she is a little stationary model 🙂 I think it’s extra special that she’s in the picture as she is such an inspiration and source of joy in my life. Also, will be kinda cool for her to have a pic with mommy in a mag to have when she is a little older.
How humbled and honored I am to have another design featured in this wonderful magazine. Stationary Trends featured a Tamagrams Christmas Photocard in their Fall 2010 issue. It brings such joy to my heart being able to do what I do. I am so thankful to God for giving me the passion to create and design…I feel so alive and full when I do. My hope is that it would always add encouragement and vibrance to others lives.
What a wonderful time of year it is…Fall…Oh, how I love thee…I absolutely adore this weather. Fall is and will always be my favorite season. I love the crisp colorful leaves that dangle on trees, the smell of apple cider, the apple orchard and pumpkin farm festivities, the cool breeze that ever so gently breezes against the skin, the excitement of the Holidays that are around the corner and also the feeling of new beginnings.
I feel as if I’ve been a little M.I.A. lately as I’ve been immersed from my toes to my ears the past couple weeks in designing for the holidays. The visions of sugar plum fairies, sleighs and sugar cookies have been having been having a hay-day dancing in my head! 🙂 When those moments of inspiration and sheer excitement to create come on its own, I find myself basking and marinating in every moment of it. Some of my most recent Holiday creations have been photo cards for families as well as Holiday cards for businesses. As always, here is a sneak peek, but be sure to check out www.tamagrams.com to see the entire collection that is available for the Holidays.
Here is a direct link to view all of Tamagrams photocards for the Holidays…
Wishing you all a very happy apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf falling, and cider sipping Fall season!