Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Doodle-A-Day Giveaway

August is here, and another month's worth of doodles in my sketchbook! (With the exception of a few days for vacation)... every girl needs a few days off right?

So, here is my wrap-up of July doodles which I shared on Instagram. If you followed along, thank you so much for always inspiring me to keep doodling :)

The prize for this giveaway is an 8x10 Print of your choice of one of my daily doodles!
If you would like a closer look at them, just click the above photo, or you can view them on the Instagram app with the username @ellolovey or online at this webstagram link.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite doodle is. You will have until Sunday, August 5th to pick your fave and enter. I'll choose a winner using a random number generator and announce the lucky winner on Monday August 6th!

                                                               Good luck dear friends!

XO, Rhianna

Dog Days of August?

August is only one day away! So that means...
Scout Creative's printable August calendar is in! This time you can have fun 
paper-crafting your own hot dog cart.

You can download your calendar...

or join the Calendar of the Month Club and have them sent
to your email too!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Don't You Worry

A friend on Instagram saw my doodle of this and it hit home with her, so she insisted I make a print of it for her. Here is what I came up with :) I hope it lifts your spirits as well! I think I'm going to post this one on Positive Inking too! Got to feed the positivity. If you haven't checked out the Positive Inking site out yet, you definitely want to! So much inspiration.

Have a lovely day!

XO, Rhi

Doodles Lately

Just some doodling I've been up to lately. I had a few days off from doodling when I was in Vegas, and I'm not gonna lie-- it took a while to get back in my doodling groove. That's why I like to doodle everyday... days off make me lazy! Know the feeling?

HAPPY MONDAY lovelies!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

Well the Olympics kick off today and I'm especially happy that they're in
London this year. My favorite city, and I was there when they started setting up for it all! Excited to see how it all turns out and for the sports of course! My faves are gymnastics, track and field and swimming. What are yours? 

Here are some festive posters to get you in the Olympic spirit...

 Dieter Braun for East End Prints

Have a great weekend friends!

xoo, Rhi

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Back From Vegas!

My husband and I just got back from our very first trip to Vegas! We went with with some friends who had been before and were able to show us around and also make some great memories! We danced our butts off to a cover band at Carnavale, saw Purple Reign (this guy looked and sang just like Prince!), ate at Hash House A Go Go, and saw the Vegas sites. Here are a few pics I'll share with you :) ....

Had a blast, but man does it feel good to be HOME!

Good to be back friends!

XO, Rhi

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Moon Day!

Did you know that today commemorates the day man first 
walked on the moon in 1969? What a leap for mankind :) To celebrate Moon Day, I've put together a few Moon Illustrations for you to enjoy...

Go give the moon a big wink when you look up into the sky tonight.
Happy Weekend! I'll be taking my very first trip to Las Vegas over my weekend! Wish me luck! I am not a gambler...

XO, Rhi

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Be Open to Change

Here's another entry I'm about to submit to Positive Inking which I talked about in my earlier post. I just doodled this last week before I knew about the site, but I think it fits right in. This is so much fun! I love contributing and also finding inspiration from all of the other amazingly creative illustrators. Remember that change is GOOD even when you think otherwise. It always helps you grow.

XO, Rhi

Positive Inking

If you're looking for a new blog to read or just need some motivation for the day, you must check out illustrator Alyssa Nassner's new site appropriately named Positive Inking. Alyssa started this project to bring creative minds and talents together to share inspiring words of wisdom. I love the whole concept behind this blog and can't wait to contribute more! Here is a sample of what you'll see. My first entry is down at the bottom by the way...



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ello Lovey!

Look at my new swag! My very own letterpressed tee with my shop name! My Instagram buddy Jenny Sims from Jenny Sims Makes Things is taking a letterpress class and got to try out her skills on making this shirt for me. We both share a love for all things letterpress, so I absolutely loved getting this from her. One day I hope to take some classes on it and fingers crossed... that I could have my own letterpress machine. They are pretty darn expensive though! Sheesh! One day...

Really loved the stamp on the package she sent, and with washi tape Oh My!

I just love getting happy mail when I least expect it! Don't you?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Positive Street Art


Mademoiselle Maurice spreads peace with colorful origami street art

Sweet messages left behind by Color Me Katie

Always a good reminder :)

Reverse graffiti by street artist Moose

Wall carving by Russian artist Vhils

I love it when I find a random positive message in a public place. It just makes me smile and changes my whole outlook on the day. I think I'm going to do this form of guerilla art very soon to brighten someone's day. I might just share it with you guys, we'll see...

Anyone else find these positive messages in public places? If you have any ideas for creative ways to do this please share in the comments! I'd love to do some brainstorming and maybe you could join in with me!

Happy Monday Lovelies! :)


Friday, July 13, 2012

Staying Creative

VIA Ed Hall

I try to practice most all of those :) My weakness is my messy workspace. Lol.  
I do bring my sketchbook with me all the time so I can do my daily doodle when inspiration strikes. Here's my latest...

I wanna know how you stay creative! If you have any odd or helpful tips, do share!

Happy Weekend dear friends :)

xox, Rhi

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

You are truly living when you embrace your talents and share them
with the world. Don't ignore the gifts you've been given because Amazing 
things can happen. Live courageously.

Just thoughts :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hand Stitchery

Embroidery has made quite a stylish comeback, and I'm loving it!
I've tried my hand at hand-embroidering paper and well... I need some more practice :) I appreciate those that do this craft and get it right. It takes a lot of patience and it's not too friendly on the hands to be honest! A very delicate process indeed.

So, here are some of my favorite
hand-embroidered cards all found on Etsy...

I love that each one took so much time and is completely one of a kind.
Hope you enjoy these and appreciate them as much as I do :)

Also! A special Happy Birthday to my husband Mike!!!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Feature: Robin of Something Nice Designs

 I'd like to introduce you all to Robin Sheldon! She is a wonderfully talented illustrator and designer for her own line of prints, cards and more Something Nice Designs. She also does wedding design and planning with her family. This girl can do it all! I've been dying to know more about her creative life, so I decided to ask her some questions and share them with you guys.

Without further ado...

 1. Tell is a little bit about yourself.

I am an Illustration and Design major from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I come from south east Wisconsin, but currently reside in Minneapolis, MN. I have been surrounded by art my whole life. My parents are both high school art teachers and my brother is an illustrator/animator. And now if that's not enough my best friend/fiance is also an illustrator. I have always loved making crafts, using stamps, and found my love for making art on the computer at a very early age. 

2. How did you get started illustrating and designing for your shop Something Nice Designs?
Well after college and job hunting my mom and I decided that this was the time in our lives to take the time and chance of starting our own shop. It stemmed from my senior project where I made illustrated products and set up a mini shop. We are just beginning and are very excited for future art fairs and business ventures. 

3. I know you grew up in quite the creative family, so what was it like growing up in that environment? And how do you like working with your family? :)

Haha this is in my intro, I should have read ahead ;) ! Well it was pretty amazing. I had endless supplies of stamps, markers, pens, glues, art cd-rom's, and more. I really pull from my early childhood of doodling Wisconsin prairies on our camping trips and sketching at all the different art museums my parents took me to. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a family that appreciates art so much. And working with them has be amazing so far. :)

4. As designers, we are always evolving our creative style. Describe how your style of illustration has evolved to what it is today.
Wow. It's funny because this is so true. After my first year in college my art was nothing like it was in high school, and my last year there my work had finally started looking finished and professional. But even since graduating I have evolved into making better compositions, color choices, and starting collections. I hope to keep evolving and really work on my character designs and type!

5. Where do you find creative inspiration?
I really love looking at other illustrators/designers works and their process. There are so many talented ones out there that inspire me to try new things. I also love going to local coffee shops. I love living in a city that has so many coffee houses with completely different feels and filled with interesting people and spaces.

6. Do you have any advice for other people wanting to start their career in graphic design/illustration?
Network. I can't believe how inspiring and helpful it has been connecting with people. Plus it feels great to get feedback.

7. You have also done some work for weddings. How did that start and what's your favorite part of being involved in that realm?

I have done work for three weddings now. It honestly started with friends being super supportive of me and giving me a chance to do things for their weddings. I have made custom invites, table cards, signs, thank you notes, and decorations. I was even a wedding planner for one. My favorite part has been probably the custom invites, I love capturing the couples personalities! 

Thanks so much Robin for letting us in on your world and sharing your advice! So great to know more about you!

See more of Robin here:


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