I just completed a graphic design project for The Peacedale Congregational Church of RI. They are organizing a community outreach program committed to serving children and their families, the alone and the hungry to come together at The Peace Dale Dinner Table. All are welcome to this table regardless of where they might be on life’s journey.

Their design criteria was to limit the logo colors to black, white and one other color. It will be used on stationary, flyers and a sign.  If the program is successful it may be applied to  aprons, cups, bags  etc.

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This past week Derek had to go to Austin, TX for work and I was lucky enough to join him. The city’s incredible energy reignited my creative fire and I absolutely loved every minute of it! To top it off his company was kind enough to put us up at the chic Hotel San Jose. I immediately felt at home amidst the harmonious blend of rustic gardens, natural materials, and urban modern decor.

I love the story behind the space as well. Liz Lambert, originally a New York trial lawyer turned hospitality designer, transformed this 1930s motor lodge into an urban bungalow-style hotel with a communal outdoor courtyard, lounge, and pool area. Located in downtown Austin it is the perfect oasis to retreat to at any time of day.  I loved walking out our bedroom door into an open garden, filled with native Texas plants, rustic pathways, and tucked away seating areas. I am more than ready to go back and stay there again!

(Unfortunately I forgot my camera and wasn’t able to document the space so I had to go to the trusty internet to find images. In doing so I learned the Hotel San Jose has Polaroid cameras for guests to use!!)

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14_Jos-coffee-from-seedsandfruit3We ate breakfast every morning at the adjoining coffee shop, designed by Liz Lambert.

{images via Seeds and Fruit, Free People Blog, Remodelista, More Ways to Waste Time, and Claudia Bravo!}

 

 

 

 

This past summer I made my first piece of custom clothing, for someone other than myself…for my amazing sister-in-law. She is very fashionable and loves to wear creative and unique clothes. This made it really fun to play around with different designs and styles. The final product is this zipper down shirt. Thank you Amanda for being my guinea pig!

Yesterday was a beautiful day on the Vineyard, crystal clear with a slight chill in the air. We spent the afternoon in Chilmark at a friend’s party and then documented my latest piece on their gorgeous property. My husband did an incredible job capturing the lighting, the setting, and my jacket.

I am 23 weeks pregnant and was in need of a comfortable yet stylish jacket that could be worn with my expanding belly yet wearable post pregnancy as well. Last week I finished designing and sewing my first piece of maternity wear.

Wool jacket with lining.

The jacket went perfectly with the sterling silver bracelet I made this summer.

I knitted a soft wool scarf to finish off the look for a chilly day.

Hand-etched sterling silver barnacle bracelet that I made this summer for my art show. For sale at etsy karenblackerby.