Motherhood Press

Last summer I got an email from a woman who had admired my work for the Blessed is She advent journal. She wondered if I would be available to help her re-brand and launch her business, Motherhood Press. When she told me that she lived in Indianapolis, I couldn't believe it. I was going to be there teaching a class the following week. 

It turned out that we even knew many of the same people. And moment after moment, we saw how our lives were already intertwined. That began the journey of the past eight months working on her story, brand and product development. 

Kate is the mother of four children and has so much experience to share with other women who are looking for order in their lives. We are so excited to launch her Orderly Days® notebook on her brand new website. 

You can read more about her story here and grab some amazing products that we designed for her in her shop!


Photographs by Christa Hitchcock Photography

Beginner Brush Lettering Class at Makers Mess

We had another great class at our local art studio, Makers Mess. The sun was shining in as everyone arrived and got their glasses of wine and cheese. 

With an intimate group of ladies for the evening, we really got to know each other and have some laughs. 

Here Erica was showing them how to get an ombre effect with the watercolor paints. 

We are so in love with our brand new Brush Lettering Workbooks and were so excited to see them in use!

If you're not in an area that has in person classes, you can purchase a brand new kit with all the supplies in our class in our shop! 

All photographs by the ever amazing, Rebekah Lemire

The Cyclical Pattern of my Dating Life

Every once in awhile, I share about my dating life on Verily. I've spent most of my life as a single woman so I'm really good at that. So when I try to date or do date or decide not to date anymore, it's gotten to be pretty funny. 

My most recent realization is that I download dating apps when I'm fertile...

"I downloaded Tinder when I was living in New York in 2012, right when it came out. My guy friends who told me about the new dating app helped me pick out my photos and come up with something super-witty to say in my brief description. Then I was off to swiping on my own. I recall my dad asking me why all of a sudden I was using more than half of our family data plan. "I’m trying to find love!" I told him"

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Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class at Makers Mess

One of my all time favorite parts of my job is teaching calligraphy classes. I love meeting new people and sharing about my craft. It was so wonderful to spend an evening with everyone who came out for the Beginner Modern Calligraphy class at Makers Mess last Thursday night! 

Our next class here in Los Angeles at Makers Mess will be a brush lettering class on April 6th.

There are also upcoming classes across the country! Be sure you tell your friends. Here's our current schedule: 

3/22 - Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class - Dallas

4/6 - Beginner Brush Lettering Class - Los Angeles

4/20 - Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class - New York City

4/27 - Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class - Washington D.C. 

5/18 - Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class - Los Angeles

5/20 - Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class - San Diego

Tickets can be purchased for these classes on our events page. I can't wait to meet you!

All images by Rebekah Lemire

 

Oh Baby Shower

Gillean is six months older than me. We grew up side-by-side and carted our baby dolls around and imagined our futures. One of the biggest reasons I moved from Brooklyn to LA was because I knew that she would get pregnant at some point sooner than later and I wasn't going to be able to stand being across the country from her - only able to see that baby once or twice a year. 

I was in NY for her bachelorette party and her bridal shower so when she told us that she was pregnant (I was one of the last to find out because she knows that I can't keep a secret for the life of me), I called dibs on throwing her a baby shower. Our other cousin, Colleen, wanted in, too, and then the grandmas wanted to help and then my mom is my right hand woman, so she helped, too. 

Gillean and her husband, Eric, picked out gray, pink and gold for the nursery and he has the same obsession with triangles that I do, so I threw them in like confetti.

I hand lettered the invite and had them gold leaf pressed on pink paper. 

We held the shower in my parents' backyard in Phoenix and had the most perfect weather.

To play off of the gold triangles of the invitation, I purchased gold triangle decals on Amazon. The best part is that they are re-usable so they are totally worth the money and not a one time use. My mom painted a palette white to make a nice backdrop for the cake table.

I had an Oh Baby! cake topper made to match the invitation and loved it so much that I made more so that I could offer them in the shop! My mom made a delicious zuchini cake and gluten free / dairy free cupcakes (both recipes you can find on the mama-to-be's own blog!) and we wrapped the cupcakes in cute gold cupcake wrappers.  She also bought the coolest gold luster dust to put on the desserts to make it look like gold leaf. 

I went with simple florals - my dad cut a branch from a tree and I added a few extra greens and carnations.

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We created a mom-osa bar (because CUTE!) // champagne for those who could have it and then various juices, sparkling water and berries to top it off.

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The blessing beads were one of my favorite parts. I am not a fan of baby shower games - they have always made me so uncomfortable - what very pregnant lady wants to be measured in toilet paper? I am so lucky to be in a family where we discuss our spirituality and relationship openly with each other. I thought about the total miracle that giving birth is and how it would be so special to make the celebration prayerful and meaningful. I looked up different ideas on the internet and saw an idea where each guest brings a bead with them, says a prayer with it and then a necklace is made for the mama to wear in labor.

I couldn't really see Gillean wearing such a thing, but it led me to this amazing idea! I bought silicone chewy beads like those used in all the teething necklaces I see at all my friends' houses. We gave one bead to each guest for them to say some prayers for Gillean and baby Emma. Then, I made a teething necklace for them to use over the next couple of years as Emma grows and she can carry all the prayers of her community of women around with her!

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Since the present opening was going to be the main event (who doesn't love to see all the cute baby clothes!) I wanted to make it extra special. I got gold letter balloons with Emma's name and a clothing rack from Ikea. We got gray hangers to hang gifts (plus they were on her registry - win/win) and I decorated the corner of the rack with a pretty floral piece. Gillean sat in my grandmother's old rocking chair and I paired it with a cute faux fur rug from Ikea as well.

In between the gift opening, we had toasts given by Gillean's mom, her mother-in-law, her husband's grandmother, her best friend and my mom! We prayed over her, gave her motherly advice and reminded her that she's not in this alone. 

She had lots of helpers to open all the gifts!

The other activity that we had was a wishing chandelier. My mom cut all the fabric pieces and hung them on a circular cooling rack. We had more strips of fabric so that each guest could write a wish/prayer for the baby. Those fabric pieces were hung in the center of it and then it will be hung as a mobile above the crib in their nursery.

We added a gold triangle onto small votives to give to each guest. I created a tag with a prayer to Saint Gerard, who is the patron saint of expectant mothers. When Gillean goes into labor, everyone will be notified, so that we can all pray for an easy delivery and healthy baby. 

Now we just wait for Emma to arrive into our family that already loves her so!

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