spooky address stamp

i had so much fun designing this return address stamp. a dear friend of mine wanted to give a gift that spoke to this couple's love of all things halloween and 'day of the dead'. is it a coincidence that their last name also fits into this theme? i'm not sure, but i sure love how this all came together! happy stamping!

soiree!

i'm so honored and excited to participate as a vendor in soiree events' 'leap into wedding season' event tomorrow night at chicago's fleur de lis florist in river north. the darling tiffany munster, brains and beauty behind soiree, asked me to provide calligraphy for the bridal grab bags - a cute play on the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something.. well, you know. here are the scans of the calligraphy - she'll be printing the e.e. cummings poem on cute little cards, attaching the something borrowed to an adorable little 'emergency kit', and as for the rest, well you'll find out when i do!

for all brides that are attending the event, i'm offering a free custom return address stamp with the purchase of custom address calligraphy for 100 or more wedding invitation envelopes. i'm looking forward to meeting the other lovely vendors, trying some cake, and spending the evening at a decked-out decadent soiree!

 

all you need is love is all you need

if you too live in chicago, then can i just start by saying, my goodness, how gorgeous is this weather? i'm seriously smitten with the sun right now.  and speaking of smitten, here are some lovely love stamps for a love-filled month, available over on my etsy shop. grab one, stamp some valentines, or maybe even your own valentine, and spread the love.

 

 

gifting the stamp: chris and robin wright

i had the most lovely request while i was home in massachusetts two weeks ago: to design a stamp as a gift to a very special sister.  i more than happily spent one of the rainier days inside with my puppy, drawing up different variations for chris and robin wright's columbus, ohio address, and the result was met with smiles on the faces of the sisters; the sender and receiver both.

oh hello new england stamp - schiavi family

my parents came to visit chicago last week, bringing with them my favorite red barn coffee roasters coffee, a six-pack of sam adams, extra yoga mats so they could take my class, and just so so so much fun.  and while they were here, my mum commissioned me to make a stamp for our home back in massachusetts.

i had such a wonderful time with them, and i can't wait to see this new little stamp in it's rightful place on the kitchen counter in milford, massachusetts when i go back to visit in august.

a southern stamp - makenna and yvonne johnston

it was such a pleasure working with makenna on creating a return address stamp for her and yvonne.  originally she wanted a custom initial stamp with both of their first initials, but after a while changed her mind and went for the full address. i think it came out beautifully, and i can just imagine the many envelopes and packages that it will adorn!

a windy city kind of stamp - ashlie and bryan karns

 

i love love love getting requests from people to make a stamp, either on or off my etsy shop, and then seeing where they're coming at me from.  some from far away (a macon, georgia return address is in the works), and some, surprisingly, from just around the block.  ashlie just recently moved to chicago from new york, and wanted her new home address at the ready when she arrived - presumably to use on some 'we've moved!' announcements - so voila!  all wrapped up in jillyink packaging, here's ashlie and bryan's new return address stamp:

 

ashlie was such a pleasure to work with, and i wish her and bryan all the best in their new home - especially now that chicago's warmed up quite a bit!

just get through tomorrow

eeeeeeeesh i haven't been here in a while.  i'm so sorry!  what with getting writing pieces ready for the saic grad critique week and finishing final screenprinting projects, running the mothers' day 5k (i came in 255 out of nearly 2,000 runners!) in grant park and work, i've been up to my ears in busyness.. and business. some good news!  i've recently had two (two!) new purchases from my etsy shop, which i am incredibly excited about.  one of my lovely clients initially decided to purchase a custom initial stamp, however she's since chosen to go the return address stamp route, but i'd still like to show you my designs for the first:

it gives me incredibly joy to have make connections with wonderful people via the online handmade community, and i look forward to continue 'meeting' new people (and hopefully more people) as the summer approaches!

the most productive snow day ever

so you know how i've been saying for about a year now that i'm planning on starting an etsy shop?  and you know how it's been nearly a year, and nary an etsy shop has been in site?  and furthermore, you know how one of my new year's resolutions is to have more integrity, do things i say i'm going to do?  well, you might know, if you watch the news or if you've looked out your window at all in the past two days, that chicago's just been hit with a tidal wave of snow.  which means no school.  which means no real homework to take care of.  which means plenty of time to spend on...

...my brand new etsy shop!  finally i pulled everything together and put it up.  it goes by the same name as this here ole blog, so you all won't have to remember too many differences.  currently there are four listings:

 

custom initial stamps, as in the one i made for a dear lululemon compatriot of mine this past holiday season

 

custom return address stamps, as in the ones i made for two of the weddings i attended last summer

 

modern invitation calligraphy,(custom, too!) as in all those envelopes i addressed for wedding and bridal shower guests the last time it was actually warm outside

 

i'm incredibly excited, and i've already had a purchase - by none other than the lovely miss knight herself.  so spread the word and enjoy taking a look around at my handwritten wares.  thundersnow - you were good for something!

a new year for letters and letter-writing

happy eleventh year past the new millennium!  i realize it's been forever since i've written, but as a new year resolution, i am resolved to post more often here.  which will require me to upload photos more often.  and then take photos more often.  and then create things to take photos of more often.  and then... well, you catch my drift.  in a nutshell: 2011 will be the year that jillyink really makes its mark on the blogging/design/lettering/all things pretty cool world.

and to start off, how about a peak at a gift i recently gave to a very good friend and wonderful colleague of mine?  you can check nina gardner's own musings about life and living in the windy city over at 'just a chitown girl'.  currently we work together at the michigan ave lululemon athletica, and this past holiday season, for our 'secret santa/hanukkah harry' exchange, i decided to give her something a bit more personal.  as per my last post, i designed an initial stamp - a stylized 'n' that she can feel free to sign letters, cards, adorn the backs of envelopes, or if she so pleases, wallpaper her apartment with.

 

alphabetical stamps

i can't remember what it was, but i was perusing one of the many design blogs that i love the other day, and came across a rather fun and perhaps brilliant idea.  you all know how much i enjoy making return address stamps for people - what if i expanded on that idea, and created custom/themed stamps for other occasions?  currently i'm working on designs for initial stamps - that is, a stamp that contains one hand-drawn letter to represent someone's first initial.  it's the cool, chic way to sign things nowadays, right?  what?  you haven't heard this?  well, it's a good thing you're reading this, because now you can order your own initial hand stamp and be in with all the cool kids.

 

 

here's what i've got so far... more letters to come, and perhaps some holiday themed stamps as well.  when they're all finished, i may even open up that little etsy shop i've been neglecting for quite a while.  what do you think?  is there any interest in custom-designed wooden-handled rubber stamps out there in the world?

 

cheers,

jilly

a new venture

good evening from the midwest!

so here i am in this lovely little city called chicago.  i've been tapping into my writer mind quite a bit (which makes sense, seeing as i'm here to, well, get a degree in writing), and just suddenly realized (with the help of a few persistent friends back east - you're right, you're right) that i haven't been on here in a while.  the truth is, i haven't been producing very much visual work of late, my time being taken up with story crafting and yoga practicing and lululemon lululemoning.  BUT.  i got a nice surprise in the mail the other day (ok, the other week - man time flies by in graduate school).  this past summer, for a few of my recently wedded friends, i designed custom made return address stamps as part of their gifts.  handwritten and consisting of their new names, these stamps were so much fun to create, and to see in their finished state.  so how lovely was it to receive a thank you note with the inked product on the back?  well, it was very lovely, thank you.

i'm thinking of producing these regularly, so if you know of anyone who would like a custom stamp, please forward the message on!  oh, and happy autumn - the past few weeks has been full of pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread... with pumpkin carving to come this weekend.

cheers,

jilly