Did this year feel like it went by really fast to anyone else? I sat down to write this and literally could not remember anything that happened in the last 12 months because it’s a total blur. Going to try my best to dig deep and come up with my top 10 accomplishments/personal excitements though, so buckle up:
First: I wrote and self-published a children’s alphabet book, The Modern Alphabet! This was a bucket-list item for me and I still can’t believe that people are buying it (P.S. you can get a copy right here). I’m hoping to publish a second, more story based book in 2018, so keep an eye out!
2. I completed one of my favorite projects to date, a series of illustrated posters inspired by live music venues in and around Los Angeles. They were originally created as table cards for a wedding, but you can now purchase them as prints right here.
3. I entered a contest to design the new flag for the city of Manchester, NH (my hometown) and sort of won? It’s a long story but the contest ended up being semi-sabotaged by the former mayor and ultimately there was no winner. However, of the hundreds of entries, three finalists were selected and I was one of them. And of the three finalists, my design got the most votes! I’m going to go ahead and count that as a win.
4. We made some major strides with Ruby’s (our dog’s) behavioral issues and I could not feel more proud about it. She was diagnosed with anxiety and we’ve worked really hard to help make her life as stress-free and incident-free as possible. You can read more about that here.
5. I got to work with some really incredible people and businesses, old and new! I took a part-time job with Anne Robin Calligraphy, continued working for Hole Punch Design, designed fabric patterns for Remie Girl (which SOLD OUT!), helped Boondock Sports with their new branding materials, worked on another sweepstakes campaign for Joie de Vivre Hotels, contributed to a book that’s being released by The Crafted Life in May (you can pre-order it now right here!), and even made some custom luggage tags for Sandals Resorts.
(Above: An invitation suite I helped create for Anne Robin Calligraphy. Photo and calligraphy by Anne Robin.)
(Above: The Remie Pocket Dress in the Peony Print I designed. Photo by Remie Girl.)
(Above: One of the campaign assets created for Joie de Vivre Hotels’ Sip of Summer sweepstakes.)
(Above: An illustrated printable created for The Crafted Life. Photo by The Crafted Life.)
6. I completed a series called #30IllustratedAnimals on Instagram, and drew one pet/animal each day for 30 days. Because of the success and popularity of the series, I made custom pet portraits available for sale in my Etsy shop.
7. A wave of inspiration hit me mid-year, and I revived my card line with a bunch of new designs! I’m still working on finishing a few, and have about a billion ideas for more stashed in my phone so plan on this continuing into 2018.
8. I completely sold out of my rose pins from last year, so I designed a new floral pin to add to the collection:
9. One of my goals last year was to design more products and home decor items. To accomplish this, I opened my Society6 shop and have listed a ton of monogram pillows, clocks, and throw blankets. My favorite piece? This blanket that I designed specifically for our new guest room:
10. Speaking of our new guest room…WE MOVED! Selling one house while simultaneously buying, renovating, and decorating a new one was easily the biggest part of my 2017. We started looking at places in early August, moved at the end of October, and are only JUST NOW feeling mostly settled into the new place. We ended up with a house that is more than the double the size of our old one, and because of that I now have my very own home office! It should be fully functioning by the end of January-ish, and I’m hoping that having a dedicated workspace all to myself will make a big difference in productivity and creativity.
We did a “before” walkthrough on Instagram back in October and I think we’re juuuuuust about ready to show you the “after.” Follow me @roymeister to see the results! A couple peeks below (before on the left, after on the right):
We’re off to spend a week in Napa + San Francisco with my family, so I’m signing off until January. See you next year!