I can’t believe it’s already December. I feel like just yesterday, it was warm, sunny, and … summer. But I’m not complaining! It’s been fun to layer up, enjoy the first snowfall, and put up all of those holiday-esque decorations that inevitably come out of their cage this time of year. To help celebrate, I thought I’d put together a little wantlist of things I’ve been eyeing. As I’ve gotten older, making Christmas lists has become less important, but it’s still fun to dream a bit. ;) This year, I’m looking forward to spending time with family. In fact, we’re actually all piling into a couple of cars and driving 24 hours down to Florida to spend Christmas Eve at Universal Studios (Harry Potter World) and then Christmas Day at my Grandma’s. Should be fun, and I can’t believe it’s coming up so quickly! What are your plans??
I’m so excited to share with you all a new project from my design studio, Rowan Made, that recently launched! Kristen Wood is a talented photographer based in San Francisco, California, with a whole lot of experience (ten years!) under her belt. She comes from a background in fine art photography and focuses primarily on shooting in film. It’s textural. It’s tangible. And I 100% fell completely in love with her work at first sight. We wanted to create a brand that felt classic and professional, while seamlessly fitting in with her work. The identity is rather simple, while the color palette brings in hues to match common tones seen throughout accompanying photographs.
Once Kristen’s branding was finalized, I definitely had a blast bringing things to life on screen. Because really, who wouldn’t want to play around with such pretty photos?? We ended up with a grid based homepage (and a rotating slideshow to show off work), accompanied by airy inner pages that are easy to sift through. Feel free to see the rest of the website right here! And a big thank you to Tom Wilz for coding everything so quickly. He’s the best. Oh! And just in case you forgot, the moodboard for this project is shown below. It’s a favorite to date!
If you are a small creative business that is in need of design work,
please check out my design studio Rowan Made! We are currently booking for the 2015 season.
Now’s the time to make things happen. :)
After months upon months of planning, the Be Free, Lance website is finally live AND registration is now open! Up until this point, we’ve kept most of the nitty gritty details a secret (unless you’ve been a part of our weekly newsletters), so it’s exciting to finally have everything out in the open for those of you who are interested. Be Free, Lance is an online workshop (run by myself and Jen Serafini) for creatives who want to tackle freelancing in some way, shape, or form. Because at the end of the day, becoming your own boss is entirely attainable. Our workshop is structured for all creatives, so it doesn’t matter if you’re already freelancing, just starting to think about it, or are somewhere in between. Below, you’ll see a small snippet from our website describing what’s all included in the course!
This four week workshop will be held online and include ten digestible lessons, worksheets, interviews, podcasts, insight from each of us, a Q&A session, and an exclusive members only Facebook group. The cost is $220 (or two payments of $115) and registration will only be open for two weeks. Do note – the actual course doesn’t begin until January 12th, right in time for the New Year and after the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season! If interested, feel free to head on over to our website to learn more and sign up. We’ve put a lot of time and love into this workshop and hope to see you there. :)
life as of late has gone a little something like this
ONE After saying goodbye to a few Fiddle Leaf Figs that just didn’t survive in our house, Michael and I finally bought a few new plants, including these air plants, that have thankfully managed to stay alive much longer. Here’s to hoping they remain alive and don’t go the way of the figs.
TWO There’s a fun little giveaway going on for Be Free, Lance this week! If you’re a creative interested in taking the course and would like to enter for a free spot, head on over to this post and read about how to enter! We launch in less than a week, and I can’t wait to build up this little community of support for creative freelancers around the world. See you there. ;)
THREE We’ll be spending Thanksgiving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this year with Michael’s side of the family, so this past weekend, I invited my family over for a little “fauxgiving,” as I like to call it. A more descriptive title would have been “Pre-Thanksgiving,” but that one just isn’t as much fun. We ate lemon chicken, roasted potatoes, salad, green beans, and a bunch of other goodies. For those of you celebrating, have a wonderful long weekend with family + friends!
I can’t believe this day is finally here. After working under the name Rowan Made for just over six months now (time flies!!), the official website is finally live + ready for all to see!! I spent months designing this website, only to come back with fresh eyes and redesign it yet again. Needless to say, it’s been quite the process. The biggest goal I had going into this was to create a website that 100% reflected the type of clients I love working with as well as capturing Rowan Made’s thoughtfully simple aesthetic. There are a ton of new projects featured in the portfolio section, which you can see more of right here. I will be pulling out specific projects and outlining them on the blog over the next few months or so, as I realize I haven’t had a chance to dive deeply and chat more about the process with you all! It just feels so good to finally be in a place where everything feels just right. It’s taken a lot of patience, but I’m happy to be here. :)
This is the first launch of a big month ahead. For the past several months, I’ve been working hard to not only get Rowan Made ready, but Be Free, Lance (with my biz partner Jen Serafini), as well. Speaking of BFL, we’ve been knee deep in prepping our sell site, which launches on December 1st. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and support over the last few months with all of these new ventures. It’s definitely exciting to finally start sharing them all with you after months of secrecy. More to come, SOON! Now, I’m off to celebrate with a glass of wine. You with me?