I am the girl lucky enough to be raised by creative entrepreneurs, and I am the woman who is smart enough to follow in their lead.
Raised by a clown and a country singer, and I'm also a printmaker's daughter. I spent my childhood twisting balloon animals at picnics, line dancing at county fairs, and loving the smell of paper and ink. Born into a family bursting with creativity, I was always encouraged to find creative solutions to everyday problems. So, I did just that.
Professionally, Throughout my career as a designer,
I have created and successfully launched 7 different product lines and opened two brick-and-mortar locations. First, in 2015, I co-founded, Lush & Lovely Floristry, a trendy flower shop and boutique in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, I co-own a makers space & blacksmith school, Cleveland Blacksmithing, with my husband in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City neighborhood. But, way before that, back when you could only sell your artwork on Ebay as a self-representing artist, I sold several hundred prints of original paintings and in online niche boutiques. Following that, I started a new series of work and sold a few thousand illustrations at handmade markets and art shows. From there, I opened my first Etsy shop in 2007, and continued to design, sell, produce, and ship globally 27,000+ uniques pieces of personalized art prints with unprecedented results. This particular series has been featured in several magazines and I’ve had life-changing amounts of PR through gift guides and lifestyle blogs.
I started licensing my designs through an art agent and I've created designs exclusively for the stationery, fabric, greetings, and home decor industries which are currently being sold in big box stores. I have also launched 2 successful single-product businesses; one being a handmade woodcraft, produced and shipped from the barn in our backyard. The other being a print-on-demand drop-ship t-shirt company currently in it’s infant stages, but quickly gaining exposure.
Throughout these experiences, I have gone through the process of obtaining a copyright, a trademark, and seeking enforcement insurance coverage. I have branded over 100 companies and product lines independently and as an in-house designer. I have created the marketing collateral needed to sustain those companies from business cards to billboards, including social media graphics, web design, and content creation.
AND, PERSONALLY, I LIKE CAKE. 🍰
Cake aside, (what?! never put cake aside…) all this means I can help you from idea to grand opening. I have experience in location consideration, renting commercial space, storefront signage and display, vendor relations, and even the platforms, softwares, and cloud apps you’ll need to setup internal processes so your business can run smoothly! And the most awesome part is that most of these business are still going strong. Some I still own and operate daily, others I have exited and left in capable hands, and a slight few have faded due to bigger and bolder ideas. Point being, I’m able to use a mixture of my skills and experiences to help you create a business you love.
“It takes years of practice to learn how to identify uniqueness, push creative boundaries, and communicate visually in the most compelling way possible.”
Textiles, home, stationery, office, gift and tableware products
Through art agency, A Fresh Bunch, I currently license my work as digital photo books, photo cards, and invitations to CVS Photo. Greetings and stationary with Design Design, GreenEnvelope, and Garven Design Group, as well as, wall art with Artehouse and Americanflat currently being sold at Wayfair.com, Home Depot, Joss & Main and more.
Business naming, branding, and Web design
In-house and Agency Design
Professional design for the health & beauty markets, food & beverage, and alternative energy industries. I've had the experience of designing everything from spec sheets to catalogs - business cards to billboards - storefront signage to retail packaging - digital marketing assets for social media campaigns to illustrations of products that haven't even been prototyped yet.
The Near & Dear Gift Collection
Nearly 8 years ago I had an idea that started with my own need to give a unique, yet thoughtful gift. As occasions came and went, I created gifts for the people in my life and quickly saw the possibility to document moments through iconic imagery and bold design. I established The Near & Dear Gift Collection in 2011 and being one of the first personalized art print gift shops on Etsy, business was booming.
I’ve been featured in US Weekly Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, MSN Living, Cleveland Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Grey Likes Weddings, Style Me Pretty, AND featured by Etsy several times, The Near & Dear Gift Collection has been the bread & butter of my little family with 25,000+ unique made-to-order designs sold and ranking as #31 on the top Etsy sellers list of handmade art out of 600 registered shops.
Each Ring Counts
Countable Tree Ring T-shirts
A One-of-a-Kind Gift for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Birthday - Created for tree-huggers and life lovers alike, our illustrated tree slice features an exact count of annual growth rings where each ring represents one year - just as in the life of a tree! No matter which birthday you’re celebrating, a tree ring t-shirt from Each Ring Counts™ is a completely unique way to say Happy Birthday! By counting tree rings, or counting candles on a cake, we are essentially counting blessings - which is exactly why we celebrate birthdays in the first place. For almost any birthday, a tree ring t-shirt is a “natural” gift. Because when it comes to the best years of our lives, Each Ring Counts™.