It’s Mandi… We are so excited to be back here on Sunny Slide Up! We took a little time away, but I will tell you it was for good reason. We all had a full plate and today I am happy to be able to share with you what I had going on.
As you all know, I have been running my own graphic design business, Dry Ink Designs, for almost 4 years now! It has been an amazing journey that continues to grow. I love design, I love everything logo and brand, and I love working with clients of all shapes and sizes to communicate their best selves graphically.
However, in my free time (we all have plenty of that, right) I caught myself drawing, experimenting with new pens, ink and paint. I continued to push my hand lettering and calligraphy. I wanted an outlet to be able to share these with others and Etsy felt like the right fit! It is a platform that allows me to easily sell world wide and I have had the most amazing luck so far! Please go and like my page for all new items that I put up there!
As we get closer to the holiday season, I have had many people ordering these custom gifts for babies with first christmas, for loved ones with quotes and as gifts! They turn out great who doesn’t love custom, one-of-a-kind items!
I love packing off things to ship to their new homes, I love getting custom orders and work with people on making something special for their home!
I have also partnered with Little Ornery to do custom shirts for mamas and babies! These are just to cute and you are going to want to snatch up one of everything! How cute is this little one for Thanksgiving?
Here are a few more – I literally could live in these sweatshirts!
With all of this, you wouldn’t think it could get more exciting, but I tell you… I have had the most amazing year not because of shirts or business, but this one special amazing little boy.
I didn’t know my heart had this capacity to love. I didn’t know a smile so small could be so big and warm me to my core. I didn’t understand that I no longer did for myself, but that I would do everything I do, with every ounce of my soul, for another person. I love who I have become, I have fallen in love with my husband in a new, unexperienced way, and I live for each moment I get to see his special face. I live now to see him live, see him grow grow and watch him learn. He has all of our heart!
How can he not with that face, right!
It is great to be back and I look forward to sharing more of our crazy journey and things that are happening!
In the meantime – follow my personal journey on Instagram and Facebook through Dry Ink Designs.
We have a great giveaway here for you to wrap up our birthday month celebrations! One lucky person will win the two Marissa Borelli scarves below.
These are not your average scarves people! This is a giveaway you don’t want to miss out on! The winner will receive both of the following: (more…)
Let’s get to know Corey, creator of Sans Map!
Q: You have such an interesting name for your company. Where did that come from?
A: The name Sans Map, ‘sans’ meaning ‘without’ in French, means Without A Map. I’ve travelled a great deal and have lived in many different places (and countries) which has greatly influenced many aspects of who I am. My husband is French so a big part of my life is speaking the language and enjoying French culture. I’ve always lived in a way that isn’t overly planned or mapped out…living life as it comes, enjoying and embracing the unexpected paths in life!
Q: How do you choose the fabrics for your bags?
A: I am always drawn to certain fabrics like wools, tweeds, natural fibers and woven fabrics. I often drive my decisions not by sight alone but by touch as well…Vintage fabrics (and garments that I repurpose) have a certain tactile quality to them that is hard to find in a fabric shop. I love searching for the diamonds in the rough.
Q: What’s your most popular, best-selling item?
A: My most popular item is my Messenger Bag. The perfect size and versatile to carry everyday!
Q: You used to live in Brooklyn, NY. What brought you to the south?
A: We really loved living in Brooklyn and were sad when we said our goodbyes…But life in the south offers us sunnier skies, more space to run and play and the opportunity to pursue our passions in a way that we couldn’t have in NY. Happy to have our feet land on this southern soil and looking forward to what the future brings!
Q: What is your favorite place to shop in Charlotte?
A: I spend a lot of time searching for fabrics and vintage garments to repurpose (and much less time shopping for myself!). I frequent the many thrift stores and vintage shops that Charlotte has in plenty.
Q: What’s your idea of the perfect day?
A: Life certainly is busy when you run a small business and have an energetic 2 year old boy!…so my perfect days are those that I can relax, spend time outside in the sun and fresh air and have nothing planned at all – foregoing the usual routines and letting the day take me wherever I please!
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. And then sometimes, you start your own clothing line. First things first, I’d like to ask your forgiveness for such a desolate existence on our Sunny Slide Up blog but when you’re being a nut, or not, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important – you guys. Having said that, I’d like to introduce you to www.georgeandfran.com
That’s right, I did it. I feel like Andy Samberg when he was on that boat – anything is possible. Of course, I couldn’t have done it alone so let me get my “thank yous” out of the way. Without my two beautiful models, Dyce Danger and Decker Darling there would be no one to try my clothes on and take pictures of. Perhaps the best part of their support is the fact that they have no choice. And, without the love/support/charming-good-looks of my husband, Brad, there would be no one there to listen to me tell stories of how difficult designing (and sewing) clothes can actually be. Plus all those irresistible little drawings you see on our website… straight from his dome.
We went live on September 1st and without question this has been the most nerve-wracking/stressful/soulful/exciting/rewarding month of my life. I love writing and it’s always been such a great outlet for me but I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Having gone to college to study the fine arts I wanted something people could see, not just read. I never thought of myself as a great writer but then again, I never thought of myself as a great sewer either. So, left armed with nothing more than desire and commitment I set out to develop a whole new set of skills and options for parents wanting their children to stand out in a crowd.
Our slogan is “for the offbeat child” because that’s our dream(s) for our children and that’s what we want to encourage in other parents. In a world of normalcy, we want to be there for those folks that try to break the mold. To borrow a quote from Chris Martin, “we live in a beautiful world” and we’re just trying to do our part to make it prettier.
In the spirit of making things pretty, I’d like to tell you guys about a giveaway we’re offering here on Sunny Slide Up to celebrate two amazing years of awesomeness!
See illustrious illustrations below for more details and as always, read more Sunny Slide Up and outfit your children in more George & Fran.
Love, Jenn. XOXO
One lucky fan will win:
Metallic Leopard Print Elastic Headband Set ($12.00 value) and Mod Leopard Leggings ($36.00 value)
from George & Fran new kids fashion line!
TO BE ENTERED TO WIN YOU MUST… (more…)