chambray

chambray

Chambray saves the day for me! My go-to fabric at the moment. I have a few dresses and a few shirts that I feel like I am just rotating. Madewell has some great chambray options that I am loving. Are you chambraying? How do you wear it?
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Workspace/Retail

Oh Damn! April is flying by—and I have not been able to get even close to this blog. I miss it and I am BACK! All moved in to our new house and studio—phew!! I am now located at the Velvet Mill Studios, on the East End #5. Still some boxes lingering around and not quite 100% settled in the studio.

I am still working on how I want to set it up. It is tricky because I want to have a whole portion devoted to retail, so it is finding the best arrangement for the space I have. Looking for ideas for ceiling hangings, wall shelving, arrangement of furniture and product. Thought I would share some inspiration that I have been gathering for ideas for my work/retail space. If you are looking for more workspace inspiration hop on over to my pinterest.

Shop Spaces

Looking for ways to use the center of the studio. Placement of tables or chairs so that it is not wasted space. I also love how things are hanging from the ceiling here.

furniture

This image (trouble finding source, found via pinterest here) is a bit too glam for what I am going for, but I love the white furniture, with the warmness of the vintage items and flowers. It doesn’t have that stark white and too modern of a feel.

Circle Table

Everything I have at the moment is very rectangular or square so I think a circle table, like this one above would work towards the front of the room—perhaps with a few colorful chairs.

Wall desks

This image from Martha Stewart magazine would be a great use of the space I have. I need to have a few workspaces for interns and freelancers coming in to work on some days. Also NEED a flat file cabinet badly!!

Product Display

I am very excited to have a whole wall devoted to my products and eventually other products from other designers. This image just makes me happy and excited me about the potential of the blank wall. This will be the first thing that will need to get a move on. I currently have everything stacked up to one side—such an eye sore.

Wall for books

LOVE! & the Banners hanging towards the top is a nice touch. image via.

Are as excited as I am?!

P.S.If you want some more storefront/shop inspiration goodness I have a board for that too. 

xx,patti

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March Reflection

March like I mentioned here—was full of change and BIG change that is. Pretty much been juggling moving my work studio, living space, managing current work and taking on new and exciting projects. It was the perfect month for spring cleaning and cleansing. I have been getting rid of what seems like EVERYTHING and it feels good to let go and also organize clutter into just a few boxes. I highly recommend it, I wish I had done it sooner and not just because we are moving but it really is a stress reliever. I used the motto ”Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful…”

Here are some March reflections…

INSPIRATIONS:
• I slacked a bit this March with the FatMumSlim #fmsphotoaday projects. I am hoping I do a better job this April because I love the photo prompts. See all my photos on my Instagram.
Inspirational videos for creatives.
Birthday cards & Snail Mail
Meetings at beautiful libraries
Holy Yum Chicken, Cottage Living, Target Dollar Deals, TheSkimm, and Essie.
Spring Fashion
New Hair

Out & About

OUT & ABOUT
• The first weekend of March I mentioned Dave surprised me with a birthday trip to Portland, Maine. I have yet to finish my post to share with you guys, but I will because I have some great places to share with you.
The following weekend we celebrated my birthday with friends we had dinner at 84 High Street  and too many Martinis at Perks and Corks.
Celebrated my friend Glo’s Dirty 30 in Boston. We had such a blast at Fajitas and Ritas and out and about afterwards.
NCAA festivities with friends. Drinks and food at  our favorite Hot Rods and finished watching the game at our place.
Kitchen Little for a lunch with my college roomie and bestie. Next time we go it better be sunny and 7o.
Hogs & Hops at La Belle Aurore. I can’t get enough of these events. Check out her upcoming events here.
Diner date at Norm’s
My nephew turned 4 years old!! time flies. He had the best despicable me cake.
Malted Barley for Beer & Pretzels
• We might just LOVE Moe’s—hey, it is an upgrade from our Taco Bell obsession.
• Broke down and had to get a strawberry cheesequake from DairyQueen.

latest in work

WORK
• Matt & Jess’s Wedding invites are in production. The custom monogrammed thank you notes will be finished today, so follow on IG to see these beauties. The envelopes are addressed beautifully by Katie Kerrigan. They are gorgeous! So excited to see the whole suite come together.
• Sierra & Jaime’s NYC wedding invites came out amazing! I will give it a bit of time but will share the full suite very soon, but here is a sneak peek at the proofs.
• I have been hard at work on the Avery Copp House logo. We picked a final logo and are working on some stationery and promotional materials. This project has been a lot of fun. I love researching the history and taking in all the treasures the house has to offer the design process. I of course was oohh and ahhing and the vintage packaging in the medicine cabinets and the kitchen pantry.
• The Mountain inspired wedding invitations for the September destination wedding are getting close. A few more details and decisions and we will be ready to print. I haven’t been able to share the save the dates or any peeks yet. No spoilers here!
Love seeing my clients working & loving their branding. Blissful Events is looking professional and VERY pretty.
Stamps & business cards for La Belle Aurore came in and the look great! Stamps are the greatest thing to have around when prepping for events or taking care of odds and ends. Quick  & cute branding.
Designed this invitation for this special event in collaboration with Slainte Event Planning
• The Beer Cans for Half full Brewery are in production. Soooo excited for these.
• Lots of prints and custom orders through Etsy. The shop has been consistent and I am doing a lot of behind the scenes work at the moment. I added this sweet Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Baby Shower Invite to the shop.
• Kendra & Caleb’s Photo Save the Dates for a late October wedding  & my nephews’ birthday invites are sealed and delivered. Adding to the list of things I need to share. All piling up on me—ahh!
We launched the IFoundFitness Couch to 5K program, the Spring RVSD is next.
• I am working on a logotype for a boat. Pretty exciting to be a part of this process. Now, I want a boat : )

NOTABLE THINGS
Inspired photo shoot about my peony Poppy Barley Flats. 
Irish Blessings Free Wallpaper download
Font Round Up
ShamelessWalking DeadScandal, Started & Finished True Detective, Bates Motel (just another guilty pleasure, I am full if them ) Just started Girls and I am so in love! My kind of humor : )))) yes, I do watch an hour of TV every night if not more. Sorry.

Insanely grateful & HELLO SPRING!!!

xx,patti

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Inspiring Videos for Creatives

Inspirational Videos for Creatives

A few inspiring videos to start your week…

Good Life Project: Lisa Congdon on Building a Career as an Illustrator

Passion Projects // Jessica Hische (Procrastiworking)

and my favorite…

Ira Glass on the Creative Process

xx,patti

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Discounted & Free Fonts // 6th Edition

Discounted & Free Fonts

I don’t know about you, but I have been on a major font hunt lately. I seem to get SO over fonts SO fast lately. It’s almost as if I can’t “re-wear” my fonts, ha! INSANE—I know, but I really can’t help it recently. It’s like my fonts can’t be seen twice.

So I hope you find some treasures here that really give your font closet a makeover. Pick them up while they last * these are only discounted for a limited time

La Chic- 50% OFF - ends April 6th // Oh La La! This is a beauty!!

La Chic 50% OFF - Discounted Font

Coming Home-  30% OFF ends April 3rd – Sweet, Fun & Great Dingbats

Coming Home - 30% off

25 FREE Icons (For Personal Use)Not a font, but could be very useful for you ; )

25 Free Icons for Personal Use

Pinto ((50% OFF)- ends May 9 (introductory offer) lots of unique options & alternates.

Pinto Font - 50% Off Introductory Offer

FREE- PORTO - Would make for a great logo marks!

Porto FREE font

FREE – Blenda - Bold, Vintage Script.

Blenda Free Font

Haneda 70% OFF - until April 8th // Friendly and Fun – Great for invitations!

Haneda Font - 70% Off

xx,patti

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5 Things // March

5 things for March

I know I say it every year, but that was a LONG winter! March is one of my favorite months not just because it is my birthday month but for me it is such a month of change. Change in the weather and change in the people around you as they get excited for spring and summer days.

I personally have some HUGE changes happening in my life and it is all happening SO fast. I finally feel like I can share because it is all very official. Dave and I are moving out of our studio loft downtown New London, to a small cottage in a more rural scenic area, Stonington, CT. My business is moving with me too! My new studio will be in the Velvet Mill just down the road from where we are moving. So lots of moving, scheming and decorating ahead!

These 5 things having been keeping my March very joyful and productive.

01// eating: Holy Yum Chicken – Addicted to how good it tastes, how easy it is to make and how many dinners you can make out of the recipe if you are just cooking for two people. Holy Yum is the perfect name for this chicken recipe – tho, you must love mustard! Check out my cuisine pinterest board for my yummy ideas.

02 // planning: Cottage Living - So excited to get rid of so many things and redecorate and work with some favorite things that I am keeping. The living change is going to be such an adjustment for us but we are happy to make the change. I have pinning my thoughts here.

03 // buying: Target Dollar Bin - Who else is obsessed with picking up some dollar gems? The stationery (obvi) caught my attention and they are so bright and cheery and such a steal, I can’t resist. The cadbury mini eggs caught me at the register. They are sooo addicting.

04 // reading: theSkimm - I hope you already know about this daily newsletter—but if you haven’t get on it asap! I am loving the new clean design, makes for easy reading in the morning while I am still laying in bed.

05 // wearing : Essie {Borrowed & Blue } – I am obsessed with this color! It just brightens my day. Do you have a favorite color at the moment? Would love to hear about it, I am always having a hard time making a nail decision.

xx,patti

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Local Happenings this week

Save-A-Suit Fundraiser

1.  Save-A-Suit Fundraiser // Wednesday, March 26 6-8:30pm
A Speakeasy themed fundraiser taking place at the Katharine Hepburn Theater raise funds to help suit up our vets! I am thrilled to be a sponsor for such a good cause (I designed the 1920′s themed invite above.) Slainte Event Planning is coordinating the event. I hear a lot of excitement around the {BLACK VELVET} signature drink that Gourmet Galley Catering will be serving at the event. Just 2 more days to purchase your tickets! Purchase online at
http://saveasuitoldsaybrook.eventbrite.com./ This is an event you won’t want to miss!

2. Hogs & Hops at La Belle Aurore // Wednesday, March 26 7pm
My client, La Belle Aurore Bistro, (remember, I shared the recently finished branding) is putting on another one of her amazing foodie events. I seem to never miss one! Feast on 5 courses of the freshest & cleanest pork around and sip (or guzzle – we don’t judge) some of the freshest & and most interesting + tasty locally brewed beer. Meet the brewers from Beer’d and Farmer Brie from Terra Firma Farm (Beer from Beer’d and Pork from Terra Firma Farm) Get a ticket before they are sold out!
$50 ALL INCLUSIVE – even tax and Gratuity!! Sip::taste::chat::learn::enjoy
WARNING: this event not suitable for celiacs, teetotalers or vegetarians.

3. From Couch to 5K with IFoundFitness – Thursdays 5:30pm – Meet at Valley (still time to join!)
If you have always wanted to run a 5k? Now is your chance. IFoundFitness introduces our Couch to 5k program beginning March 16th. This 9 week program will ease you into a running program gradually. If you can walk briskly, for 30 minutes, you can join the program! We will meet twice a week with our goal running for “Matt’s Mission”, a 5k in N. Branford, Sunday, May 18th. You will receive tons of support (personal and email and information for new runners. The 9 week/twice a week clinic is only $125. The race entry fee is $22 and goes to an awesome cause. More information on Matt’s Mission. To join: EMAIL donna@ifoundfitness.com

xx,patti

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Sweet Poppy Barley Peony Flats – Short Story

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

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Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Short Story Written by: Jennifer Lozier
Photographs by: 4EverandEver4
Art Direction: Patti Murphy
Shoes : Poppy Barley Limited Edition Custom FlatsStyle // Classic Point Mary Jane (limited quanties, get them while you still can!)
Dress: H&M
Ring: Marc Jacobs Perfume Ring

Poppy Barley Custom Peony Limited Edition Flats

Huge Thanks to Oh My Handmade Goodness for offering this giveaway last year. I am in LOVE with my peony flats!!

xx,patti

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