Friday, April 11, 2014

I'm Intense.

Chopped my hair. Cause I'm intense.

A few weekends ago, I had a great talk with my husband, who is currently reading 7 Habits. Oh, you've heard of it? Well, it's turning him into a crazy psycho so I'm warning you... if you don't want to completely change your outlook, your business, your life... don't read it.
Anyway, we were talking about how I feel like I am just on this runaway train with work. Don't get me wrong, I love designing wedding invitations. That's where I started and where I have been graciously allowed to grow with every sweet client we've had. But I have had a constant desire to use my creative energy in other ways, and no time to dedicate to those things.
After a lot of encouragement from Ryan, including some specific "tactics" to use, taken straight from 7 Habits, I decided to call up Jamie and Faith for a Vision Meeting. I shared with them my heart for creating and my desire to move forward, pursuing different avenues within the stationery world. I was scared that the meeting would elicit a "yeah, that's cool... let's get back to work" type of response. This is where I need to give those girls some credit: they're never like that, and I don't know what I was thinking. But, much to my (stupid) surprise, they were TOTALLY on board. Our meeting went on for a couple of hours! We developed plans! We drank coffee! We ate donuts! We dreamed about practical ways to implement a transition from strictly wedding stationery vendor to Stationery and Gifts Designer, and I'm so. freaking. pumped. about it.
So my head has been crazy filled with ideas and excitement and all-of-the-things. When that happens, I tend to retract to my headspace for a lot of my day, wheels turning. I'm sure it's not healthy. I hadn't talked to my mom in at least a week.
She called yesterday to tell me about an interaction she'd had with my family while out to eat the night before. They'd asked how I've been. She told them she hadn't talked to me in a while. Then, the thinking out loud (her specialty) began...
Allie's actually really busy with work. 
Come to think of it, this is the same Allie that took on an extra chemistry class her senior year just because. (I failed, by the way.)
This is the same Allie that wanted to be a surgeon. 
Even though Allie has chosen a career in art, why would anyone expect her to approach that with any less intensity?

She said, "You're intense in everything you do". Yes, I am. And it felt really good to hear that my mom does see value in how I've decided to make a living. She's a very encouraging person, but I think out of my own insecurity, I have taken her encouragement as padronism at times.

I'm intense. It's going to be an INENSE summer as we make this transition with AllieRuth. Not to be annoyingly vague (even though that's exactly what I'm doing), but I've also got a really big exciting project that I am taking on this summer, which also speaks to that intensity in every aspect of my life. It's an awesome feeling to finally be headed "in the direction of my dreams".

Thanks for sticking around as I brain-and-heart-dump onto my keyboard. It's cathartic.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Calligraphy... just in time for next year!

I was so inspired the other day to finally sit down and do some lettering just for fun. I must be feeling kind of lovey-dovey right now, because what became of my calligraphy time was very Valentine's Day appropriate.
And here's where I tell on myself...
If you're in the stationery industry (or really the gifts industry on a whole), you know that product should probably be available for holidays AT LEAST six months in advance. Well, I just love to buck that system. And, when I say "buck the system" what I really mean is "wait until the last minute and call it preparation for next year". So, really, I'm just super early (not extremely late). I've always been an optimist.
In any case, I love how these turned out and will be making this new lettering available on some form of AllieRuth stationery in the very near future. I'll just be getting the jump on Valentine's Day 2015 that way ;)

Is it ok to put emoticons in a blog post?

I don't care... I'm gonna do it anyway.


In the meantime, here's a free printable Valentine's Day card for you! Enjoy!


No use crying over spilled coffee

My morning cup of coffee (well, let's be honest, it's more like 2-3 cups) is a ritual that is most sacred. Ever since Julep's wonderful arrival, I've become increasingly reliant upon it. Having a little one has caused me to have to alter my routine, slightly... opting for a cup "brewed" in my Keurig rather than taking the time to make a superior version in my French Press. But this was a surprisingly welcome sacrifice, shaving at least 4 minutes off of the time it takes to go from grounds to deliciousness, at the same time allowing me to attend to my daughter's needs in the morning above my own.
I say all that to say that while my coffee routine isn't exactly the same since Julep, it's a small thing that I'm still able to enjoy consistently every morning, whether she is awake or not.
That is, until this morning. Sitting at my computer, working, with Julep on my knee. With my coffee inches away on the desk. You see where this is going, right?
My precious little monster, who is growing more and more coordinated by the day, reached for the lip of my mug, and with one swift motion, dumped the whole thing onto both of us (and my still sticky keyboard).
Out of surprise more than anything (and some frustration, too), I yelled "Julep!" and a big bad word. Well, two words. The really bad ones that you DO NOT say.
Over coffee!
Whyyyy did I do that?! It takes literally a minute and a half to make a new cup. I had Ju Ju and myself... and the floor and everything else... cleaned up in just a matter of minutes, and the whole thing was over and fixed.
Except the sinking feeling that lingered within me over my absurd reaction.
Is this how I'm going to react to her when she does things she's not supposed to? What if she had been old enough to understand my words? How hurtful would that have been?
This morning, I am so thankful that God designed children the way He did... that we, as parents, have time to work on these quirks before they are old enough to know the weight of our words when we overreact.
Father, forgive me for taking your name in vain. Thank you for who you are in my life. Thank you for your grace.

And just like that, Julep is back on my lap at the computer as I write this, Wearing a new outfit, chewing on her Sophie giraffe, and all is well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Back at it. Consider yourselves warned.

Wow, where to start...
It's hard to just jump right back into blogging when I haven't posted anything here since July (!!!)
I had almost convinced myself that maybe I was just the type of person that "didn't blog". "I just don't have time for that."
Well, no, I actually don't have that much time... for anything right now. But as I go through this season of just coming back to work from maternity leave and trying to balance that with my personal life (as well as trying to remind myself and make time to to HAVE FUN every now and then), I realized that this is probably the best place for me to work it all out. By putting proverbial pen to paper.
This is about to be a place where pretty meets real life. Real life, especially 'round here, can be messy (I feel like I can say the "especially" part today because I just cleaned up a MAJOR poop blow-out that literally stained Julep's entire back yellow... Yeah).
So, here's your warning. If you don't want to commiserate with me, or aren't interested in reading relatable (hopefully) material, this is not the blog for you. Otherwise, for those of you who can appreciate some #reallife, stick around.
Oh, and I will be chronicling some AllieRuth happenings here, too! So it won't all be gross. Yay!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Merry and Bright Christmas Cards

It's time to turn on the Christmas music, sip some hot cocoa and start addressing those Christmas Cards. We love this time of year, especially the chance to connect with friends, old and new, and spread some Christmas cheer!

If you are tired of the traditional red and green Christmas cards, you will love Allie Ruth's newly designed Merry and Bright Christmas Cards! These rich colors are sure to get you in the Holiday spirit and leave an impression on your friends and family.
Merry and Bright Calligraphy Holiday Card // Single

The Merry and Bright cards are one-of-a-kind, designed from a vintage floral wallpaper pattern with gorgeous pink and pine colors and printed on a minty-colored card stock. We paired the cards with rich colored eggplant and plum envelopes to complete the elegant look.

We are offering a special deal when you purchase a pack of 8 (link here)! You will receive a pack of 8 cards with the beautiful wine and eggplant envelopes along with a gold marker to complete the package!
If you just need one card for that special person, we have the option for you to purchase one card and envelope individually (link here).

Wishing you a merry and bright Christmas!

09 10