Designing A Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


In case you haven't heard we have a new Blog Home. 

You can now read all about our personal and work life journeys on our new blog Grace Notes!

We're just getting started over there but be sure to add it to your favorite blog reader because we have
lots of interesting and fun things planned; including a Weekly Giveaway starting this Friday!
Head over to Grace Notes for all the details. 

Monday, August 4, 2014


We are SO EXCITED to share the new laLa Grace website with you all!

This is the reason it's been so quiet around here.
For the past 6 months Christopher and I have been working to create a site that speaks to our brand but most importantly is informative and user friendly. We wanted to create a site that made the shopping experience for both our retail and wholesale customers as convenient and seamless as possible.

We hope you like the new design but even more than that we hope you'll love the convenience of being able to purchase all of the laLa Grace products right there instead of having to go through Etsy. We will be leaving our Etsy shop up for the foreseeable future but going forward any sales or special offers will only be valid on our website.

And Speaking of Sales, to Celebrate Our New Website We're Offering 20% OFF the Entire Shop from now until August 21st Use Code ENJOY20 

Oh and if you haven't already, you might want to sign-up for our Newsletter. We don't send newsletters our very often, about 1 every few months or so but when we do you can be sure it's about a Sale or New Product that really shouldn't be missed! SIGN UP HERE


We've loved sharing our journey's here on designing a life but we have decided to make things a bit more streamlined so we will be moving our blog to our new site. Be sure to add our new blog, Grace Notes to your Blog Feed and stay connected with us.


When you visit our site you'll notice a few new products, like our new All That Glitters Foil Collection. We are going to be adding many more new products over the coming months so be sure to check back with us often. For more information about all the products to come, check out our new Blog!


Before we began our site redesign Christopher and I sat down to discuss our brand mission. After a year into this business we felt like we had a pretty clear understanding of what laLa Grace is and how we wanted it to grow but we thought it might help to get clear about our mission as well; and while designing the site I decided to hand letter the entire thing; you can see it HERE.


We considered having someone design the site for us but being the perfectionist that I am and having worked as a web designer for so many years prior to launching laLa Grace we just knew that it would be easier to achieve the vision I had in my mind if I designed it but I most certainly did not want to be responsible for the development as well so we were so happy to find the lovely Katelyn Brooke. I met Kate through the blogasphere and shortly after discovered that she lived just down the road from us and after meeting her for coffee and lunch a few times I knew I wanted her to be the one to develop the site. If any of you are looking for a developer I highly recommend Kate she was so pleasant to work with and so patient with our very specific request.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hi All, so I know I have been very quiet of late but there's been a lot going on behind the scenes and unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat. I have been very busy working away on a new laLa Grace website with the lovely Katelyn Brooke behind the development wheel; even though we've been at it for months it's still about a month away until completion, e-commerce sites are a LOT of work! I've been spending my time developing new products for laLa Grace and I can't wait to share them with you!

For now I wanted to take a moment to share our Father's Day Cards!
Father's Day is Sunday, June 15th so make sure to stop by the shop and snag a card or two to send Dad some laLa Love this Father's Day!

First up is one of our very 1st Gold Foil cards (many more to come soon!). Our Favorite Person card is the perfect sweet and just a little bit cheeky card for Mom to give to Dad. 

Our Father Words is one of my favorites and is a great way to let Dad know all the wonderful things you think about him. 

If you're Dad loves Golf then our Fore A Great Dad card is the one for him!

Our No Dad App card is a sweet, funny and very accurate sentiment for the modern Dad.
Message Inside: But You've Done Alright Anyway

All sons look up to their Father's which makes our Half The Man card so fitting for a Son to give to Dad.
Oh and guess what this card is on sale for 50% OFF!

And last but certainly not least our Hipster Dad card is perfect for the super cool and totally hip dad!
And yup this card is also on sale for 50% OFF!

Monday, May 5, 2014


Mother's Day is this Sunday but it's not too late to order your laLa Grace Mother's Day cards!

All U.S. orders placed by end of day TODAY will arrive ON TIME!
So what are you waiting for? SHOP NOW!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


My friend Breanna posted this blog that was inspired the lovely Cassie of The Veda House. I really liked the idea of stopping and taking a moment to just be in the now so I thought I'd share my observations of the present moment and think it might be fun for you all to do as well.

So here I am...

MAKING good progress on a huge Mother's day illustration project for a fabulous blog.
COOKING a baked potato for lunch.
DRINKING water, pretty much what I'm always drinking.
READING essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less by Greg McKeown
WANTING my husband to come home so I can hug him.
LOOKING at the storm clouds rolling in.
PLAYING my soap opera, General Hospital in a little video in the corner of my computer screen while I work.
WASTING my time doing this instead of work.
SEWING nothing – I can't sew but I'd like to learn.
WISHING the new laLa grace e-commerce website was finished already!
ENJOYING this overcast rainy day.
WAITING for my lunch to be ready, I'm so hungry!
LIKING this print because when your hair is curly like mine you've got to embrace the mess.
WONDERING if I should paint the 2 shelves in my office gold.
LOVING my husband; always.
HOPING to make new friends at the National Stationery Show next month.
MARVELING at all the talented people in this world.
NEEDING nothing, God has graced me with more than I ever even hoped for.
SMELLING the shampoo in my freshly washed hair.
WEARING leggings, a t-shirt, sweater and socks.
FOLLOWING my dreams.
NOTICING that my body feels so much better when I workout in the morning.
KNOWING that God will always provide me with everything I need.
THINKING that I really need to get back to work.
BOOKMARKING clothes and shoes, I hate to shop, but as the seasons change it's time to buy a few new things.
OPENING the box that just arrived from my printer with my new foil cards, so excited to see them!
GIGGLING about how silly my soap opera is.
FEELING blessed.

Hand Lettering by me.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I don't know about you all but I am so happy that tomorrow is the first day of Spring!
And in celebration of Spring New Easter Cards are up in the shop!

Friday, March 14, 2014


Sometime between the ages of 14 and 15 I began to immerse myself in the study of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Spirituality and Religion; I read any and everything I could get my hands on. These studies are what led to my becoming a Vegan and why I started to practice yoga (but that is another topic).

One thing that kept coming up was the idea of living in the moment, to be completely and fully present, to be here now. I think I was particularly interested in this idea because being a creative person I have always tended to live in my head and I sometimes spend more hours in the day dreaming than doing; which is not very productive. Dreaming of course is a good thing but only if you are able to convert some of that energy into actually manifesting your dreams (if not all of them, at least some of them).

I also tend to look back a lot, particularly when I have new idea.
I often find myself bogged down with thoughts of past mistakes, things I wish I had done differently; things I wish I hadn't done at all, and more often than not I find myself wishing I hadn't waited so long to move through the cobwebs of my dreams to get to where I am today.

I find myself repeatedly thinking things like...

Why did it take me so long to get here?
I wish I had known this a few years ago. 
I wish I had realized that sooner. 
I wish I hadn't spent so much time on that. 

And on and on and on.

I am going into the second year of business with laLa Grace and as many of you know we are also trying to have a baby so now more than ever I find my mind simultaneously filled with big wonderful Dreams and what sometimes feels like completely debilitating fears. Many of those fears stem from thinking way to much about past mistakes and my ongoing struggle with letting go of what has passed and just be here now.

My husband is constantly telling me to stop worrying about the past and just move forward. Why is this so hard to do? Do you all have similar issues? How do you overcome it?

Hand Lettering by me. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Miranti Kayess of the blog and shop Pen & Peplum was one of the first ladies I connected with through my blog so it was both a pleasure and and honor to create an illustration for her.

Illustration by me.

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