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I used to make sure I was creating unique content and uploading blog posts daily, making sure you, the reader, stayed interested, but, it’s been almost a year since my last blog post.

Over the past two years, my work has changed drastically. I used to wake up, spend the day at my computer, take the night off and start all over again the next day. Your pretty typical ‘work from home’ entrepreneur. My life revolved around my job. And I loved it. I had no idea what to expect when our baby girl came. We went through a big adjustment, and part of that was with my job. For a long time, I had no creative desire, whatsoever, or drive to get back to what I knew as ‘my creative normal.’ And, I think in part, it was because I was scared that I would never be able to have that ‘normal’ again, so I didn’t even want to try. It has taken me two years to find my confidence within my work again, it was a slow process of finding more and more time to work. Sure, I’m not working as much as I used to, my days don’t revolve around following the latest design trends, or reading all my favorite blogs, but, this new normal is starting to feel like ‘my normal’ again.

Going from an entrepreneur to ‘momentrepreneur’ felt in some ways, like starting from scratch again. But this time, I’ve got the most amazing little nugget trying to pound on my keyboard and steal all my paint brushes, all while secretly cheering me on.

 

Mabel’s Birth Announcement

Here’s a look at Mabel’s birth announcement! It took me a while to get these out so they doubled as ‘Thank-You’s’ on the backside. I can’t believe these photos where taken when she was just 2 weeks old! Time has FLOWN by. They were shot by the amazing Kayla Adams. I’m so thankful that she took these for us, they’re perfect. This photo in particular worked so perfectly with what I had in mind for the announcement.

 

Update!

Hey All! As you can see I’ve been MIA, and I’m sure you know why 🙂

Our little Mabel girl arrived in early March and life has changed (in a great way!) since her arrival. I haven’t jumped back into work yet but I’m starting to get a creative itch, so hopefully I’ll be around more now! Here’s a (fast) update on life in the past few months via Instagram:

+ Our girl arrived March 4th.
+ She has forever changed our lives.
+ Kayla Adams took some Newborn/Family photos of us back in March + we love every single one!
+ We showed Mabel lots of new things!
+ Kayla’s photos + Mabel’s nursery were featured on 100 Layer Cakelet.
+ We took our first family vacay to Hawaii. Babe’s first flight went well!
+ Mabel went swimming for the first time.
+ I finally got around to sending out her birth announcement (three months later) 🙂
+ She’s so much fun!

I haven’t started any full branding or web projects yet, but I’d love to begin with some smaller lettering projects. If you have any fun lettering needs, shoot me an email! I’d love to work together. hello@evablackdesign.com

Photos by Kayla Adams

 

Pregnancy Essentials

The last nine months have flown by! Come thursday we’ll be 3 weeks away from our due date. I know I’ve been so quiet during this time, but I’m hoping you understand why. These last nine months have brought excitement, nausea, exhaustion, planning, happiness, etc. At the beginning between nausea and exhaustion, I felt I lost a lot of my creativity. Or maybe just my desire to create. Then as the second trimester came, I gained my energy back but my focus still remained solely on my clients and less on the blog and personal work. I can’t really explain why! I’m thinking it’s just a new chapter in my life. I’m hoping once baby girl is here that maybe the blog will take a  look back on more frequent posts, but we will see! Thank you all for being so encouraging!

I wanted to share with you a few essentials that I’ve been SO thankful for during this time. It’s funny how so many of these items relate to food, but during the first trimester, my way of fighting nausea included keeping my blood sugar up. Here’s a peek a few things I haven’t been able to live without over the past nine months:

Bump Nest Pillow: This pillow my #1 must have item. I’ve always been a belly and back sleeper and when you’re pregnant, you physically can’t sleep on your belly for obvious reasons and you’re really not suppose to sleep on your back either. So this little miracle pillow helps keep me in the correct position (side sleeping) and comfortable in those positions. It took a little getting used to when I first received it, but I haven’t gone a night without using it since. And because of it, I’ve never had any issues sleeping (which is a common issue with pregnancy).

San Pellegrino: This has been a favorite throughout pregnancy. Whether your nauseous or out to dinner (it’s a fancy way to feel you’re drinking a cocktail or soda, without actually drinking one). My favorite way of drinking is either with some fresh fruit or using a little of the flavored San Pellegrino’s mixed with the plain, that way you don’t overload on the sugar.

Snacks/Food: As mentioned above, my way of combating my nausea was by keeping my blood sugar up. This meant eating crackers before getting out of bed (so I wouldn’t get sick), carrying around Trader Joe’s suckers in my purse (these where SO helpful), and making sure we had Kind Bars for a quick pick me up. My other favorite during my entire pregnancy has been eating smoothies. It’s a great way to get vitamins and tons of fresh fruits/veggies.

Apps: There have been quite a few apps I keep turning to, to watch our baby grow. It’s been so fun to learn how she’s progressing as each week goes by. My favorite for this would have to be the Sprout App — this one is  well designed and they have these really amazing illustrations for each week. Another more recent favorite app has been Map My Walk. I’ve been trying to get more and more walking in to try and stay in shape and this has been a great way to track my distance and time.

Now onto Baby Essentials next! If you have little ones, what have been your go-to items?

 

Nursery: Prints

I’ve been on the lookout for beautiful prints that can add some bright pops of color & inspiration to our babe’s nursery. As mentioned before, I’m sticking with a primarily neutral palate for her room, but I want to bring in some pops of pink to add a touch of feminine and a bit of boho with some artwork and accessories. Here are a few of my favorites — but I really can’t stop going back to Sharon Montrose’s ‘Flamingo No. 1’ Print and Britt Brass’ ‘Warm Geos’ Print! I may need to paint a few patterns for her as well!

Flamingo No. 1 / Pink Fox
Un Deux Trois  / Warm Geos
Sekar Laser Cut Artwork / Solar Pink

 

Baby Girl!

Last week we found out our little babe is a girl! We’re so excited! It really makes things feel more real. Before we even knew what we where having, I had already started planning ideas for the nursery. Like I mentioned before, I’ll be splitting the office with the nursery (like so many of you said you do too!). I wanted the room to flow and match, even if it serves two purposes. So, without knowing the gender, I started thinking about pieces that would work well for us. I really wanted to pick items that would work in other areas of our home (if she outgrows them) or that would work with future babies, regardless of their sex.

I love a mix a of white/wood/gold/bronze, as you can see in this little style guide. I knew that would be the base for the room. From there, I want to find more gold + pink accents, making the room more feminine. We’re also still debating the whole rocker vs glider thing, I just love the design of this rocker! Moms, what’s your preference?

Babyletto Crib /  Nurseryworks Rocker / Side Table / Lamp / Serena & Lily Baskets / Oh Albatross Vintage Bunting / West Elm Dresser