I Quit My Job.

interior styling toronto That's right, I did it.  I am finally a full-time entrepreneur.  I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now.  As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me.  The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).

loveonsunday interior styling

I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me.  It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed.  Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid".  It would consume my thoughts morning and night.  I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision.  Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up.  Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck.  There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity".  I believe this 100%.  I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be.  Now is my moment of opportunity.

loveonsunday working as a freelance designer

After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted.  Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time.  On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands.  On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business.  I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul.  It just wasn't right for me anymore.  My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go.  The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.

loveonsunday interior styling toronto

So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning.  I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way.  There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own.  Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year.  I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life.  It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge.  I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable.  It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world.  I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income.  He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)

interior styling toronto

So things are going to look a little different around here.  I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday.  Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that.  I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!

loveonsunday freelance designer

Be Jolly

holiday art, free printable I LOVE Christmas.  It's less than 2 months away I'm slowly starting to get my space ready.  Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of what's coming tomorrow, Monday November 17th.  The #MerryMag is an online magazine featuring 15 other bloggers sharing their handmade, DIY projects for the holiday season.  So if you haven't started "Christmasing" (is that even a word?!) your home, I'm sure you'll find tons of inspiration to get you started!  So make sure to check back here on Monday for the official launch and to check out another project I've worked on for the magazine.

holiday art free printable

Since I live in a small condo, I don't really have a lot of horizontal spaces to decorate.  I was always disappointed about not having a mantle or a fireplace but now that I have a long console table in the hallway, I have ample space to create some interesting vignettes as the seasons change.  I decided to create simple text art using the words, "BE JOLLY".  It's the last thing I see before I leave and the first thing I see when I get home – a perfect message for the holiday season.

holiday art free printable

holiday art free printable

If you like it, download it.  I've created my holiday art as a free printable!  It's available in 2 sizes:  8"x10" and 11.75"x11.75".  Photo is shown in 11.75" format, using a 20" square Ikea Ribba frame.

Download the Be Jolly Holiday Printable here.

Spun Studio - Spun Goods 2014

spun studio, my daily randomness As a blogger, I get to take part in some pretty cool projects and events but my collaboration with Spun Studio has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far.  On June 10, Spun Studio hosted their first-ever Spun Goods event and as part of the design team, I had the opportunity to create a product of my choice and have it made by the talented women at the studio.  All of our products were original, handmade and up for silent auction at the event.

And just a little background on Spun Studio:  it's a social enterprise of Sistering, a drop-in centre that supports women in extraordinary circumstances.  Some of these women are homeless, suffer from mental issues or cannot find employment to support their families.  The studio offers these women a sense of community and also teaches them new skills like how to weave and sew.  All the women at the studio were instrumental in bringing our designs to life.  None of this would have been possible without all of their hard work.  All the profit from the event went directly back to the women at the studio.spun goods design team 2014

The design team consisted of myself, Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness, Renee Elliot of Re:Creative, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Robin Grant and Shannon Fizpatrick of Hoopla Events.  What an honour to be in such great company!

spun studio 2014 design team

For my project, I decided to design some throw pillows because well, I'm pretty much obsessed with them.  I have way too many on my couch but hey, too many throw pillows never hurt anyone.  My excuse is back and neck support...I need lots of it.

spun studio, love on sunday, pillows

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

I love black and white so I knew my design was definitely going to reflect that.  I decided to go with a textural, herringbone design for one and another was black linen fabric with white stitching.  And yes, each of those stitches were done by hand!   A big thanks to Tonic Living for donating their black linen fabric for my pillows.

spun studio love on sunday

Brittany designed a beautiful set of tea towels made of linen.  And I'm telling you - they are fantastic.  I have many store bought tea towels that repel water instead of absorbing it.  Apparently linen is the way to go for tea towels.  Who knew?!

spun goods, brittany, my daily randomness

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

Renee designed these cute clutches that were made of vegetable dyed canvas and leather.  She dyed the fabric herself and the leather was generously donated by Brave.  So cool and so very Renee.

spun studio, recreative works

Jennifer's rugs were gorgeous.  Scandinavian-inspired, black and white goodness...that's my kind of rug.  My pillows and her rug should totally go on a date.  They would be so happy together.

spun goods, rambling renovators

Shannon and Robin decided to create a wall hanging.  I just love all the colours and textures going on here.  Isn't it lovely?

spun studio, we create hoopla

It was great to see everyone's finished product and interesting that each piece was so reflective of our different styles.

And of course, no event would be complete without some delicious food and wine:

spun goods event, food and wine

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

The Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita was a perfect match for the delicious hors d'oeuvres that were being served.  Santa Margherita is a sustainable organization that supports Canadian environmental projects year round.  Also, their Pinot is Carbonzero Certified which means the greenhouse gases created while producing the wine have been removed and/or offset by environmental initiatives.  So not only does their wine taste great, they are also finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  I love that.

spun goods event sponsors

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and purchased our products.  I'm happy to say that all the product was sold.  Every single one!  That means all the women at the studio were able to get paid for their hard work so THANK YOU.  Also, a big thanks to Lindsey who spearheaded this entire project and organized the event.  Thank you for letting me be part of the design team!

I promise you'll hear a lot more about Spun Studio in the next coming months.  And if you see anything that tickles your fancy above, please don't be shy to reach out to me, or the studio directly.  They are taking orders and all the money goes towards a great cause.  So go ahead and order yourself some throw pillows!

spun goods event

 

 

A Fresh Start

a fresh start Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I have some exciting news to share, something I've been pretty stoked about for weeks - I started a new job!

But first, here's some background so you can get a better feel of my excitement: my previous job had minimal creative work and to be honest, the work I was creating didn't really excite me. I absolutely loved the people there but I didn't feel challenged or fulfilled. I needed a change. This had been my feeling for quite some time. I've been taking freelance jobs for over a decade, trying to expand my portfolio in order to help land my dream job or something that was a huge step in the right direction for me. I worked my butt off & spent countless hours behind the computer.

fresh start

Now I feel like my hard work has finally paid off because yesterday was the first day of my new job as Designer for Joe Fresh, e-commerce! It's a great Canadian company and there will definitely be challenges and so much to learn from this growing team! Also, I'm now commuting to work via GO train, something I've never done before. My office is a gorgeous old building with tons of natural light & since it's in the heart of downtown, I'll finally get to explore a little more (the restos might be dangerous though).

a fresh start

So please excuse my grammar/spelling mistakes as I will probably be posting via cellphone...on the train...like right now.

And I'm off to work now, have a great day everyone!

The Happy Blogger Photography Workshop + A Winner

the happy blogger studio I love photography.  And I'm talking about real photos, not the ones you filter and post on Instagram.  It takes real skill, a good eye and years of training to capture beautiful, high-resolution photographs which is why I really respect artists who do this for a living.  Being a blogger and designer,  I obviously love the perfectly styled photos that you see in magazines but what I also find fascinating are images that tell a story.

So when my girl Melissa from The Sweet Escape decided to hold a photography workshop with the crazy talented Maya Visnyei, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about this craft.

the happy blogger studio

The Happy Blogger Studio

The Happy Blogger Studio

Of course we had some fun photoshoots and some yummy treats to devour...

happy blogger studio

the happy blogger studio

The Happy Blogger Studio

The happy blogger photography workshop

via The Sweet Escape

I've had my camera for several years now so I do know my way around it pretty well but I was eager to pick up any tips and tricks from a seasoned pro.  Maya was so helpful and answered all of our questions no matter how basic they were!  Some things I did take away from the workshop were how to manually set the white balance on your photographs with a grey card (what a difference that makes!) and how to set up a simple light box in your home.  Maya's studio has amazing natural light so it didn't take much to get me inspired.  Here are some shots I took that day:

The Happy Blogger Studio

the happy blogger studio

The Happy Blogger Studio

The Happy Blogger Studio

Overall, I had a great time and it was fun to be around other individuals who were eager to learn more about photography.  Thanks Melissa and Maya for such a great workshop!

If you missed out on this one, you can stay in the loop by checking out The Happy Blogger website.

The Happy Blogger Studio Photography Workshop

via The Sweet Escape

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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who joined the $100 Minted giveaway.  The winner is Tricia!  I will be in touch soon to send you the $100 credit.  Happy Shopping!

Things To Do + a $100 Minted Giveaway!

minted giveaway, love on sunday January was a pretty busy month for me.  I'm talking de-cluttering, organizing and a never ending to-do list.  I also happen to be planning my wedding which by the way, is 6 months from now.  But in order to simplify things and to keep me sane, I have highlighted 2 main goals I hope to tackle in the next couple of weeks:

1.  Complete art wall   and   2.  Finalize wedding colours

For my art wall, I came across Minted's selection of art prints.  From abstract to black and white photographs, there's an endless selection of goodness.  They also support independent artists so I can get behind any company that does that!  Here are some of my favourite  prints:

minted art prints

1. Rooftops of Paris    2. Desert Diptych    3. Block Printed Arches    4. Deer Flirtation    5. Abstract Brights    6.  The Moderne

Next, my wedding colours.  I've hemmed and hawed about this decision for months now.  I've always gravitated towards soft colours and when I saw this gorgeous wedding shower on Minted's blog Julep, it pretty much sealed the deal.  I'm in love with the soft blush tones mixed in with tons of white and natural hues:

minted julep blog

minted wedding shower DIY

julep wedding showers

Just gorgeous!

And now for the fun part.  In order to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is complete 2 simple steps:

1. check out Minted's art prints and pick your favourite

2. leave a comment on this post, stating your favourite print

and that's it!  The winner will be announced on Monday, February 10th.  Just in time for Valentine's Day, so get on it people!  Good Luck!

 

 

 

Love Notes: A Free Printable

I'm not big on Valentine's Day but that doesn't mean I won't show some extra love on that day.  I'm a sucker for love notes - and that's anytime of the year.  In fact, I still keep a shoebox that holds all the origami-folded notes from my high school girlfriends.  I mean, who wouldn't love finding a sweet little note tucked into their purse?  I'm sure some of you send sweet messages via text but a handwritten note is so much more meaningful, don't you think?

valentine's free printable

Last valentine's day I made a card for my sweetie which listed some of the many reasons I loved him and what I was thankful for.  Those 3 little words are spoken on the daily but I wanted to sit down and take the time to thank him for all the little things that he does to make my heart happy.  I think there's so much to be thankful for and we should always be grateful for the little things that often get taken for granted.   That note inspired me to create this free printable set of love cards for all of you today.  So send them to your lover, a girlfriend or a special someone in your life.  I hope you enjoy them!

valentines day free printable

valentines day printable

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Letterpress Business Cards

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have got a sneak peek of my new business cards yesterday.  In all of my 7 years of working as a graphic designer, I was never able to convince my clients to go with letterpress.  It's an ancient printing technique but I think they are so classic and I LOVE the feel of debossed fonts on a thick piece of card stock.  Ahhh...a graphic designers dream I tell ya.  What can I say, I have a thing for fonts and pretty paper!  So with Blogpodium coming up as well as tea with Sarah, I decided to treat myself!

I'm a fan of minimal design but still wanted my card to stand out so I went with gold foil text and painted edges in gleaming pink.  I love how they add colour to my desk and they look so pretty tucked in my wallet.  I was originally going to go with black painted edges and I'm so glad I went the pink route.  They're so much more cheerful!

The lovely people at Cotton Paperie did a fantastic job in such a short timeframe.  I literally could not sleep last week because I was afraid the cards wouldn't ship on time or they would get held up at customs. Also, I'm pretty sure their entire staff knows me now since I called like, every day.  I'm NOT even exaggerating. Well, they pulled it off and I couldn't be happier!  The quality is fantastic and I highly recommend them.  If you want to see more of their work, you can check out their website here.  Check out the labels on their boxes too, so darn pretty:

So what do you think, folks?  Would you do letterpress? And who's going to #Blogpodium?  or tea with #SarahRichardson?  Are you ready?!

Have a great day everyone.  xo