“My superpower is turning creative ideas into viable products by identifying uniqueness, producing clever concepts, and creating damn good design.”
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.
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 trending flower shop in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Lush & Lovely, I named the business and created all brand elements, I collaborated on interior design, designed the storefront windows, and learned (then taught) floral design. Currently, I co-own a makers space & blacksmith school, Cleveland Blacksmithing, with my husband in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City neighborhood. I have also named the business, created all brand elements, and run marketing, programming, development, and member services. I also forge decorative and utilitarian iron work, and recently graduated from Lincoln Electric Welding School.
But, way before that, back when you could only sell your artwork on Ebay as a self-representing artist (circa 2003), I sold several hundred prints of original paintings and wholesaled them to online boutiques. Following that, I developed a new poster series of illustrated lyrics and sold several thousand posters at handmade markets and art shows from New York City to Cleveland. Then, as creative minds will wander, I opened my first Etsy shop in 2007 showcasing The Near & Dear Gift Collection, 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.
In 2013, I started licensing surface design through art agency, A Fresh Bunch, creating designs exclusively for the stationery, fabric, greetings, novelty gift, and home decor industries currently being sold with major retailers across the country. 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 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 50 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. 🍰
Home Decor, Stationery, Gifts + Textiles
Through my art agent, A Fresh Bunch, I have licensed work as digital photo books, photo cards, memory photo albums, scrapbooks, 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.
Small Business Branding
In-House + 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 concept illustrations and storyboards of products still in the prototyping and funding phase.
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
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™.