Things have been so hectic that I haven't had any time to check in here but I have been keeping up with designing so I've got that going for me.

First off, I have participated in a couple Minted Design Challenges recently which have been getting my creative juices flowing. The first one was a stationary challenge. The Minted team requested interesting, personal stationary designs that are worthy of Holiday gifting. I wanted to think outside the box on this one so I decided to have fun with my designs.

The first is an ode to Lionel Richie. I think the design speaks for itself....

Another design I came up with is a common screen that many people will know. I wanted to mimic the look of texting in this stationary. I like how the author can write what they are communicating and the screen shows the response happening.

The next Minted Design Challenge was the A is for Art Challenge. This time the Minted team was looking for art to place in children's rooms or nurseries. In particular, they requested art that was able to be personalized and possibly had the child's birthday.

My submission was an easy one. Who could this be for? Hmm.... I think I will print it out and hang it on the wall for her. My little one certainly loves her rainbows and butterflies. 

I also helped a client design a logo for his new business. After several weeks of back and forth, we finally decided on this one. Strong and bold. I also like the blue and cream colors he chose. 

In other non-ground breaking news, I'm struggling with the entire mother/wife/full time job holder/try to do my own graphic design business thing. Honestly, I enjoy each one so much (especially the kids and husband) that I really wish I had more time in the day to give each more attention. The days are going by at lightening speed and I just want to slow them down. I try to pause in the moments with my family and really soak them in. When I see my daughter hugging my son or sharing her popsicle, even though she was not asked to, it's these images that I try to cement in my brain. I'm trying to photograph these moments in time and realize how much beauty there is in the day to day. Even the messy moments are part of the beauty. The fighting over toys, the whining and countless loads of laundry are all just part of this crazy life we are leading.  We are so lucky to have each other, our health and a roof over our heads.  All the tears and all the love.

Until next time,