Tuesday, May 19, 2015

dreaming big

For the past three days Pen & Paint has been represented at Surtex by Jewel Branding. Surtex is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, and that means my artwork has the opportunity to be viewed by manufacturers and retailers around the world. I honestly can’t believe it! This is a dream come true.

I opened my shop six years ago in May of 2009 as a hobby and creative outlet. I left the workplace to stay at home with my first child. I loved to create, and I started painting for friends and family.  After three years of painting custom canvases and nursery art my work evolved, and in 2012 I began drawing and designing art prints. I changed my shop name to Pen & Paint and began a new adventure. The shop grew and I learned so many things. I finally felt like I was an artist and I knew it was what I wanted as a career. I was no longer a stay-at-home mama who painted and drew, but I became a work-at-home small business owner. Last year my husband and I realized it was time to take Pen & Paint full time. This meant my shop would become our main source of income, and my husband resigned from teaching to help take care of our children and assist with the business. This was the biggest, scariest thing we’ve ever done. What if the shop didn’t bring in enough income? What if I failed? I had dreams and plans, but the fear of the unknown was really hard for me. I had to constantly remind myself giving up wasn’t an option.

One of my goals in taking Pen & Paint full time was to begin licensing my work. I had so many ideas and things I wanted to do with my artwork, but I was limited because I could not produce them on my own. I wanted the chance to create artwork for home d├ęcor, textiles, and so much more. I spent several months looking for an art agent to represent Pen & Paint. I knew I needed someone to handle the business side of licensing so I could focus on what I love – creating. I found Jewel Branding and knew it was the right fit. I was thrilled when they accepted me as one of their designers. Since January of this year I have been working to create patterns, greeting cards, wall art and other designs. These designs and pieces of artwork can now be licensed with companies for products (meaning you’ll be able to find Pen & Paint on a variety of items sold in stores)!  Some of my new designs you will see integrated into the art prints and stationery I sell in my shop as well. I still love running my Etsy shop and the opportunity to share my artwork on a handmade and personal level with my customers. My shop is what supports my family 100%. I am SO grateful for the support and encouragement I receive from my customers because without y’all none of this would be happening!




I share all of this to encourage you to also dream big and make it happen. Whatever that thing is that you want to do, you can do it. There will always be fears and what if’s. There will be failures and setbacks. It will take time and patience and lots of work. It will be HARD and you will want to give up, but nothing worth doing is easy, right?

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, May 18, 2015

Surtex 2015


Pen & Paint is at Surtex! You can find my designs represented by Jewel Branding at Booth 417. This week I'll be sharing a bit more about my journey over the past six years, my new designs, and this wonderful opportunity to create for the surface design industry.


Monday, April 20, 2015

baby moccasins and a few things on Monday


1. We have the sweetest new addition in the studio! Baby Jane arrived on Sunday 4.12.15, and we are so happy to have her here. You can peek at more photos of her over at @pen_and_paint.

2. Jane has her first pair of shoes from Freshly Picked. Y'all, these are the softest, most beautifully made baby moccasins ever! Freshly Picked has wonderful customer service and super fast shipping. Also, Susan, the mama entrepreneur behind the company, has been an inspiration for me for several years now. I love seeing another mama start a handmade business and grow it so successfully.


























I chose these pale aqua mocs for Jane. One day her sweet little feet will be running around in these!

3. See those nursery designs in the top pic and the feather pattern above? Those are some of the things I've been working on for Surtex! Surtex is in a little less than four weeks so when Baby Jane is sleeping I'm finishing up my designs for the show. I'll be sneaking in a few more designs in pics on Facebook and IG from time to time so you can see what I've been up to.

4. I've been overwhelmed with the generosity of others during this pregnancy. From lots of sweet hand-me-downs to diapers to precious gifts we have been showered with so much love.

























This sweet doll is one of my favorite gifts, especially since here dress is made from vintage sheets like my grandmother had. 

5. As we adjust to having a new baby and running Pen & Paint I have thought a lot about a series on the life of a work from home mama. It's a balancing act that requires so much. I never want to give the impression I do it all, because I do not. I cannot and will not ever do it all, but I do want to encourage others on how you can make things work as a mama and a business owner. I don't know when I'll have the time to write that though... maybe during late night feedings, ha!

6. Don't forget about Mother's Day! Mother's Day cards are in the shop and you can order a card plus a 5x7 for $13.50 plus shipping or a card plus an 8x10 for $21.00 plus shipping.

7. As always, something good to thinking about:
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

Friday, April 10, 2015

shop talk

Mother's Day cards are in the shop. This year there are three different designs, all with the simple message of "Happy Mother's Day" on the front and blank inside for you to wish the mamas in your life a happy day.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Let's celebrate!


It's time to celebrate my birthday!
Use the code HAPPY33 for 33% off your order in the shop.
Code is good from 3/27 - 3/29.
Have a happy weekend!

Monday, March 23, 2015

a few things on Monday 3.23.15


hoop from Itty Bitty Bunnies for the gallery wall over the crib

1. The crib is up, our bags are packed, and we are counting down the weeks until baby girl joins our little family. It won't be long until we get to meet her. I still feel a little bit of disbelief we will have a girl in our house!

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen

2. As we prepare for her arrival I'm staying busy with the shop and preparing for something I've dreamed of for a couple of years now - Surtex 2015! I won't be there in person, but I'm so excited my work will be represented there with with Jewel Branding.

3. My work desk has constantly been a mess. I'll have watercolors, shipping supplies, and sketchbooks spread all over. I'm trying to keep things a bit more organized with these little boxes from All Ready Memories. I'm loving my new washi tape holder, and the smaller boxes fit my thank you notes & business cards perfectly. 


Use the code PENANDPAINT for 20% your order with http://allreadymemories.bigcartel.com.
4. My birthday is next week (3/31). I've got my Year of Pen & Paint giveaway and sale still planned. I'm going to be honest, since I feel we are on baby-watch the dates may be a little before or after my actual birthday, but I'm still excited to celebrate another year with y'all!

5. The "You are Doing a Freaking Great Job" book is out! It includes hundreds of pieces of encouraging artwork by fellow artists and myself. You can find the books online, at your local bookstore, and at Barnes & Noble. 

6. April 1st be sure to head over to Natalie Creates Shop. Natalie and I have a fun bundle for sale I think you'll like!

7. Lastly, the shop will remain open and orders will continue to go out regularly thanks to my wonderful team (my mom and my husband). I'm so grateful for their help over the past 8 months and their continued support to keep Pen & Paint running!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

shop talk

Spring has sprung in the shop. I'm officially ready for warmer weather, and it's showing up in my work. Flowers, flowers, and more flowers continue popping up in my sketchbook so I decided spring-inspired prints and cards were the best way to add a little sunshine.
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This collection of prints and stationery includes new watercolor items. Finally after over a year of playing around with this medium I decided to it was time to introduce them to the shop.  I'm really looking forward to creating more.
Enjoy 20% off today and tomorrow (3/5 - 3/6) with the code SPRING20.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello March

Pen & Paint Calendar

Whenever I turn the page of the calendar to March I think of sunshine and flowers and happy times. March has always been a special month for me since it is my birthday month. It also holds our wedding anniversary, the arrival of Spring, and so many other special dates. 

It is a bittersweet month for us as well - two years ago in March we lost our third child and this March we will prepare for a new baby. 

I'm looking forward to this month. It's going to be jam packed with projects and nesting and celebrations. I hope you have an exciting month ahead too!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vita Flex Points [essential oils tips and a free printable]

Day 5, All oils


It’s our last day to team up with Emily of The Anderson Crew & Essential Families, and today we are sharing a fun print that all oil lovers must have!  We hope you’ve learned a little something this week :)



We talk a lot about rubbing oils onto our feet.  Well, it isn’t all crazy talk.  There are vita-flex points located all over the feet, and when we massage an oil into those points, they get into our bloodstream and to the corresponding organ quickly.

Final tip of the week:
Find the corresponding organ on the chart, and massage the oils into the vita-flex point for relief.  My favorite is my big toe, connected to my brain.  I like to rub Lavender, Peace & Calming or Cedarwood on it right before bed, to help me fall asleep.

(insert vita flex printable here)

To download and print your Vita Flex graphic CLICK HERE.  Printable sized as two 5.5 x 8.5 images (print on an 8.5 x  11). Please remember this is for personal use only. You may print it and enjoy it, but it may not be altered, reproduced for sale, or redistributed. Printable created by Pen & Paint, all rights reserved.

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The oils we talked about this week are all a part of the Everyday Oils Collection that comes with the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  If you’re interested in purchasing the kit, becoming a wholesale member, and a part of my team Essential Families, follow the simple directions below!

  • Make sure to select Wholesale member and not Retail customer
  • Enter my # in the sponsor and enroller ID section, if it isn’t already filled out: 2297510
  • Create your account, enter your personal info
  • Select your starter kit (Premium Starter Kit, $150, is the best option)
  • At this point you can order more if you'd like
  • Complete your order, welcome to the family!

Disclaimer- This info is my opinion based on my experiences and resources, please take it as that. Use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  Thank you so much!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Laundry Symbols [essential oils and a FREE Printable]

Day 4, Purification

Welcome to day 4 of our oil tips and free printables with Emily from The Anderson Crew!
Today we are chatting about Purification:


The great thing about all of these oils that we've been sharing is that they are simple ones that we reach for every day. Purification is no exception to this rule. This oil is a great one to help get rid of odors (even armpit odors).  It also may help relieve bug bites OR help you to repel them in the first place!


Purification tip of the day:
Add a couple drops of purification to your wash, to help get rid of odors in your laundry.  Do you use wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets?  If not, you should.  Add some drops of purification to those to help give your laundry a fresh smell in the dryer too.


To download and print your Laundry graphic CLICK HERE.  Printable sized as an 8x10 image. Please remember this is for personal use only. You may print it and enjoy it, but it may not be altered, reproduced for sale, or redistributed. Printable created by Pen & Paint, all rights reserved.


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Purification is part of the Everyday Oils Collection that comes with the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  If you’re interested in purchasing the kit, becoming a wholesale member, and a part of my team Essential Families, follow the simple directions below!


  • Make sure to select Wholesale member and not Retail customer
  • Enter my # in the sponsor and enroller ID section, if it isn’t already filled out: 2297510
  • Create your account, enter your personal info
  • Select your starter kit (Premium Starter Kit, $150, is the best option)
  • At this point you can order more if you'd like
  • Complete your order, welcome to the family!


Disclaimer- This info is my opinion based on my experiences and resources, please take it as that. Use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  Thank you so much!