Tuesday, March 29

You Dig?

custom holiday gift tags
for vali day, my sister ordered (me to make) cards to go with the trinkets she gave out at sweet p's play date that day. the bag of goodies was stuffed with healthy snacks and a shovel...hence i dig you. isn't that the cutest? i know love day was weeks (months!) ago, but i wanted to share the cuteness.

and, to tell you - i dig you!

Wednesday, March 23

Pomp & Circumstance

as shocked as i am that we're steam-rolling through 2011, i'm here to tell you it's time to get those graduation invites ordered. for college, high school, heck even kindergarten.

the school invites are bo.ring, so order up something custom. We can slap a picture (or 5) on it, invite friends to a celebration after the big ceremony, tell your nearest and dearest what life after graduation holds. Whatever - it's custom, you know.

i just whipped up invites for baby sister's college gradjuration. see how cute they can be?
custom graduation announcements and invitations
and, once all those awesome gifts ($$$) come rolling in, you'll have the perfect matching thank you note to send.
custom thank you notes and notecards

and, just so you know, yes, the waterworks flow every time i hear pomp and circumstance.

Tuesday, March 15

The Process

in case you were wondering how one of my designs comes to life, here's a little photo montage of the process.

set up design based on rough pencil sketch
custom handmade canvas
nope, not right. move design around.
custom handmade canvas
better, but let's see what it looks like with the background.
custom handmade canvas
m'kay, liking it better. how 'bout the whole design.
custom handmade canvas
ok, we might be ready to assemble.
custom handmade canvas
but, wait...maybe the background needs more umph.
custom handmade canvas
ok...we're done...
custom handmade canvas
of course we're not done...it needs more pizazz
custom handmade canvas
ok, just right! NOW we're done.

so, there you go - i obviously forgot some of the process (when did the 'r' and 'g' change to zebra stripe?!), but you get the picture. ha! and, bonus - you get a little "keepin' it real" feel. yep, that's my dining room table, i like to design there and then cart everything back and forth from the basement a million times. whatever!

Wednesday, March 9

Gifts for Every Occasion

in honor of baby sister's birthday today, this post is full of gift-y things you can order from rosita designs. and, they work for every occasion - birthday, mother's day, wedding, just because. you get the idea.

pretty much, if you have something to celebrate, we can work together to create an invite and maybe decorations, and then i can whip up a gift for you to give. (insert smiley-face here) if you are interested in ordering something, email me. some items are in stock (hair flowers, cards, canvases). and, you know, i'm all about the custom.

for the new babies or kiddos birthdays
custom name signscustom name signs
for the fashionistas
custom hair flowers
custom beaded bib necklace
for the writers on your list
custom monogrammed and thank you notecards
good for everyone
custom hand stamped calendar
and, promise, these items will be added to the website soon.

Friday, March 4

Canvas the Area

back when i had my open house, i dappled in some mixed media art on canvas. i had some out for sale, and a few sold, but what i really hoped would happen, did - custom orders. and, now it's a common item shipped out of the workshop. i've made them for wedding, birthday and just-for-me gifts, baby rooms, dining rooms.

i LUUUUUV these. LUV. it's pure get-yer-hands-dirty, handmade goodness. and, i can live for days on the high i get when i deliver one, they open it, their eyes light up, and they say I LUV IT! buuuut, the process is super nerve-wracking for me. (cuz i'm a nutjob.) ask mr. man. poor guy's constantly called to the workshop to talk me off the ledge and have (one-sided) conversations like this:
'do you think this should go here, or here? i'm really nervous they'll hate it. it's going on a wall in their house. they trust me to do something they're going to like. does it look like a third grader made it? what if they hate it. they're going to hate it.'
my sweet cousin LOVES horses and barrel racing, so her mama ordered this to match her lime green and zebra print room. (note to self: work zebra print into decor somehow)
this order was for mother's day. a sweet quote mixed with the colors of mama's house.
mothers day custom canvas artwork
a bare dining room wall, a list of favorite lyrics and a cool idea led to this triptych. (that's for carrie.) talk about nervous nelly. i mean, it's going on their dining room wall! everyone who comes to their house will see it! a few deets: the door to the house is a map of ohio, where mama's from; mama, daddy, and 3 kiddos = 5 birds in the tree; 3 windows for 3 kiddos.
she collects hearts, and she's crazy creative, so she ordered some artwork for her craft room. only criteria: use reds and lots of hearts. success? we'll let her weigh in...
i used their invitation and maps to tie the couple's love of travel into this 'lovebird' wedding gift.
still with me? the possibilities are endless, really. i'll make one for you - order up! don't worry, i'll add them to the website soon - that project is underway.

Tuesday, March 1

The Tunes of March

Phew - do you have a toothache like I do from listening to the sweet, sweet melodies on February's Playlist? Never fear, March is here with some new tunes, and as always, it's a mix of new and old. I tried to make the music march in like a lion, and saunter out like a lamb. (I promise that was a reference to the weather, and not Twilight. Promise.) Let me know if you think I succeeded.

You know the drill - keep me up-to-date on what's crankin' out of your speakers these days. Thanks to Misty, Becky, and baby sister for always shootin' me new tunes!