A Shout Out to Girl Power

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I wanted to highlight a new art print coming to the Limn House Shop.  This one is really special to me.  I think I’ve redesigned the text about 7 times now, I just wanted this design to shine!   The prose is a sweet sweet poem I wrote a few months ago that really strikes a key to my heart about empowerment and going after your dreams.  I get discouraged entirely too often.  I find it easy to compare myself to other women in my field and feel like I’m lacking.  I become discouraged when I have 100 more steps to take before I can reach the next big goal.  And I often feel envious about where someone else is on their journey.  I have to remind myself that I can chase my dreams and have big goals, continue on this path and celebrate how far I've come on this journey, right here and right now.  We need to trust and empower ourselves to keep going and rock it on our own paths, our own journeys, ladies! 

The print is available for pre-order in the Limn House shop (as well as the new line of greeting cards and art prints).  New products will begin to ship mid-August.  Have a fantastic Tuesday and continue diving after your dreams!


New Illustrated Greetings Arriving in the Shop

In the aftermaths of a bunch of client work, I’m finally catching up on finalizing a handful of new shop products.  I have several new cards and art prints coming to the shop at the beginning of August!

If you follow along on Instagram, I’ve been sharing my progress on some of these designs as they’ve come into fruition.  The designs themselves are a culmination of a lot of different experiences I've been working through the past few months and new illustration techniques I've been experimenting with.  Look forward to a new blog post coming soon about some of these techniques which include a combination of traditional watercolor and digital painting.  For now, take a look at these new goodies.  Please join our newsletter for the shop update announcement at the beginning of the month!


Find Universal Signs In Your Life

One thing I’m considerably bad at is making really concrete decisions and following them through.  My husband can attest to this.  It takes me time to iron out all of the little details until it finally “feels” right, and sometimes I question the final decisions over and over again, constantly looking for other options, other ideas and never actually settling in.  But, those are extreme cases, sometimes I just feel the good decisions in my bones and know my way forward.  And I’m a big cheesy believer in universal signs that help guide life’s decisions.  

When I was in high school, I dragged my mom to about 8 or 9 colleges, evaluating each one, getting the feel for their art programs, costs, college life, dorms, environments, proximity to home, ironing all of those details and weighing them against one another.  I ended up applying to about 4 schools, was accepted to all of them with scholarships, but just couldn’t decide between two of them.  I was taking a Saturday class at one of the schools before my final enrollment decision was due. The studio building was basically a giant warehouse on the edge of campus that had windows spiraling the building and viewing out towards downtown Columbus.  I had been there many many times, but in this instance, I went to the bathroom, peered through the small window in that room and there it was: a giant billboard with the words “if you’re looking for sign this is it”.  Of course, it was an advertisement for the billboard, but it was staring me in the face and suddenly my decision felt lighter, airy.  I didn’t choose that school immediately in that moment, but I did eventually.  That very literal sign still resonates with me when I make big decisions today.

The past couple of months have included some of the most challenging decisions in my life.  I can’t say that I’m completely settled in, but I can say that I’m finally feeling good and grounded.  I was in a yoga class on Saturday and during a meditation, the instructor guided us to find one word that described how we felt in that moment and the first word that came to my mind was “steady”.  That’s really how I feel -- steady.  Steady in my decisions and not constantly questioning them anymore.  

After noticing a lot of little signs that led me to ultimately make the big decision to jump towards Limn House full time, I began noticing a sweet pair of cardinals chirping outside my office window for weeks on end.  They hung around our back patio, chirping in the trees, perching on the chair outside my office window everyday, popping up when I needed an encouraging reminder.  After seeing them so often, I read a little bit about cardinal symbolism. Their bright red color reminds us to stand taller and step into our natural confidence and to find light and hope in the dark days and energy in the bright days.  I needed that symbol of hope those few weeks when I felt so low.  Recently, I’ve noticed the pair hasn’t been hanging around here, but I haven’t needed them. They’ve moved on to inspire someone else.

As I’ve been building up new products for my shop, these experiences have been small reminders to have faith in my decisions.  I created a few new cards to reflect on universal signs and offer encouragement, which I hope you enjoy.  They’ll be in the Limn House shop at the beginning of August.  Join our mailing list for our our product launch announcement!

What universal signs have you experienced?

Announcement: the Shop has Launched!

I am so excited to announce that the Limn House online shop has launched!  Earlier this week we announced the arrival of our first set of products and we couldn't be more excited! 

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I've been sitting on some of these designs for quite awhile as I've been building my website and setting up a lot of logistical things behind the scenes over here.  But many of these designs are a culmination of some work I did earlier this year as I was trying to define what I wanted Limn House to be.  

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"Make Big Waves" is a card dear to my heart.  It was one of the first cards I made as I was launching my business, really trying to encourage myself to move forward and to push past all of the "scary" things standing in my way.

All cards are hand painted, lettered, and then digitally printed and come with a brown kraft paper envelope.  Cards are available for purchase individually or in sets on our online shop here at Limn House, or on Etsy.  Wholesale options will be offered soon, but please contact me if you’re interested in a larger order.  

I've have several other designs I'm working on over here and I can't wait to get them into the shop.  I hope you enjoy this first batch as much as I do!

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