Yesterday kind of sucked. Nothing particularly bad happened, nothing really happened at all actually. It was just one of those days where I hated everything I made and nothing seemed to be flowing. You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there, probably more often than we care to admit. Even though it comes with the territory of being creative, it’s still enough to make me doubt everything, most of all myself. I hate days like this. I can have 100 good days and one of these days is enough to make me question if I’m good enough to be doing what I’m doing.
WHAT!? That’s ridiculous and it has to stop. Immediately. We are human, not machines. We cannot produce perfect art 100% of the time. It’s just not possible. There is no shame in that and definitely not worthy of doubting our entire self-worth on.
So, I’ve decided to embrace days like this and try to learn something from them, instead of pretending like they don’t happen.
Our most recent trip was to Oak Island, a seaside town on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Less commercialized than the ever amazing Wrightsville Beach, this is the perfect little town for a relaxing beach weekend. We spent most of our time on beautiful Long Beach, walking for miles with no end in sight. Long Beach allows dogs year round, which is one of the major reasons we decided to visit. We love including our pup on our trips and he loves it just as much. This was his first trip to the ocean and once he stopped barking at the waves he really started loving the beach. He was soaked in salt and sand, spent hours chasing the birds and discovered a real distaste for the pelicans. It might be because I’m not accustomed to seeing pelicans on a regular basis, but I actually really like them. They fascinate me and are entertaining to watch as they plop into the water looking for their next meal.
If you’re in Carolina and looking for the perfect little beach town getaway, this is it. The only thing about this trip that I didn’t like was the fact that we couldn’t stay longer.
I’ve been working on some custom projects lately. This one for a sweet lady who is running an up and coming beauty blog. She was looking for a complete rebrand and let me run free with ideas. I came up with three options for her to choose from, two hand drawn and one in a watercolor brush script.
This was my first time creating a watercolor logo. I usually work only in pen so it took some practice to get it exactly right. Try and try again.
She decided to go with the watercolor version and I’m so glad she did. We’re both just swooning over it. We both really loved the brush script and how it played well with make-up application, her main focus. We used a peacock toned ombré color scheme to play up the peacock aspect without using the typical peacock feather and incorporated a clean sans serif font for her tagline. What do you think? Do you love it as much as we do?
Just a little update to announce all of the new goodies in the shop and also mention that we’re making some changes to the look of the blog. Drop me a comment and let me know what you think. I’m loving how much cleaner the layout is and that the photos are much larger than they used to be.
A couple weeks ago, we went to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. We are on a mission to explore Charlotte and we’re having so much fun while we’re at it. The DSBG is about 20 minutes south of Charlotte, near the NC/SC border, in Belmont. It was a beautiful, albeit steamy day, capping off at around 95 degrees. We were only there a couple hours, but managed to walk all of the grounds and snap some good photos. Our last botanical garden visit was to The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and in comparison the DSBG is much smaller, but still absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the trip.
We’re packing up and preparing to make the move from Detroit, MI to Charlotte, NC. The shop is going to be closed from noon Friday, June 13 (EST) until Saturday, June 21. All orders placed by noon on Friday will be shipped out the same day. We’ve got a long list of things to do, like packing for instance, while we’re waiting for the moving truck to get here this Friday. We can’t wait to get down there and give you an update on what I’m sure is set to be an interesting journey. We’re so very excited for this new adventure. Here we come, Charlotte.
A behind the scenes view at the making of our new Father’s Day cards. I just love the difference between the black and white drawing and the finished art, don’t you? It’s so exciting to see them come to life.
Don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 15th! You can find all of our cards here in the shop and also on Etsy.
So we’ve got some big news. Hennel Paper Co. is moving to gorgeous Charlotte, North Carolina. We are in the process of packing up our cute 4 bedroom house (who wants to rent it?) and trying to figure out how to fit it all into a 2 bedroom apartment. If you have any suggestions on that topic, I’d love to hear them – honestly 🙂 We are very, very excited and feeling a little overwhelmed since this is all happening so quickly. The husband was offered a really great job opportunity with his company that we just couldn’t say no to. Plus, who doesn’t want to move to North Carolina, right? They get on average 4 inches of snow a year in Charlotte. Last winter, Detroit saw over 96 INCHES. It was the winter of all winters up here.
Our move date is set for June 19th. The shop is open and fully functional – (we just released a new batch of cards this week – blog post coming), but we anticipate some down time while we are on the road. It’s a long drive from Detroit with a nervous dog and a sassy little cat. More details will be posted here on shop availability when we have them. Until then, wish us luck packing and finding a tenant. Our house went on the market yesterday afternoon and we have 8 house showings scheduled for today already. Woo!