The past 3+ years have been an incredible learning experience for me. I’d gone from working at ad agencies where I had little to no direct exposure to clients (account executives and creative directors were always the go between), to a world where I’m the one and only person doing the designing, billing, project management, and client relations too! I’ve definitely made some mistakes along the way, and continue to refine my process (and contract) as I go. I hope you can take advantage of this experience and avoid making some of these mistakes on your own. Mind you, the vast majority of your clients will not waste your time on purpose, but setting clear expectations and boundaries can really help. Without further adieu, the cleanline studio list of time saving client tips, after the jump…
Summer, it’s officially here! While my swollen ankles and general pregnancy heat intolerance are getting in the way a bit, but summer is still my favorite season. School’s out, the neighborhood pool opens this week, and everything in my garden is starting to bloom. We’re trying to enjoy these last two months with Eva before the new guy shows up. Our weekend was relatively low-key. Yesterday Eva and I made a special breakfast for her Dada, played with the sprinkler in the backyard, and ended the day with smores. It was nice to chill out after several busy weeks and weekends in a row.
With the start of summer comes bright, fun colors! I love how these fit together for the hottest months ahead. I hope you are staying cool and having a nice week so far!
I’ve always been kind of charmed by the idea of synchronized swimming. When I was young, I would spend some time with my grandma in South Carolina every summer. I was allowed to bring a friend with me, and Grandma would spoil us with homemade pies, late night movies and downtown Charleston shopping trips. My friend and I always spent a lot of time in her pool during our stay, and we usually prepared an amatuer synchroinized swimming routine to share with Grandma and her old lady friends on the last day of our trip. We weren’t the least bit good, but those happy childhood memories instilled a fondness and appreciation for the sport.
I love the patterns that Simone Massoni has created using this synchronized swimmer theme. Her illustrative ladies are so fun and playful! I adore their swimwear styles and color palette. Check out her website, and more swimming ladies after the jump!
This time of year is always a special one in my house. It starts with my birthday on the 4th, our wedding anniversary on the 9th (3 years yesterday), and then Eva’s birthday on the 10th (my baby girl is 5 today!). We’ve got a lot to celebrate in early June. I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones, the trauma Eva and I suffered a few months back, or a combination of the two, but I am feeling especially lucky and grateful for my life and the people in it this year. Plenty of things in life come and go, but I think the people you share it with matter most of all.
I’m very grateful for my incredible husband who supports me in career and life, works so hard to take care of Eva and I, makes me laugh and feel cherished every single day. He makes me coffee every morning with just the right amount of splenda, holds my hand at scary doctors appointments, and is my loudest cheerleader when I land a dream client. He’s treated me this way for the entire 11.5 years we’ve been together, not just our three years of marriage.
I am also grateful for the incredible little person we call our daughter. In some ways it feels like she has always been a part of our lives, but it’s also pretty astounding to reflect on just how quickly the past five years have flown by. From the 7 lb screaming peanut I met five years ago today, to the chubbiest happiest baby, to the toddler at our wedding, to the bright, articulate, imaginative, funny kid she is today, Eva has brought an unfathomable amount of joy to our lives and our family. I love her more that I ever knew I could, and I can’t wait to see her in her new role as big sister.
Speaking of baby, he makes up that last piece of gratitude pie: we’ve wanted to add to our family for quite a while, and there were times when I thought it might not ever happen. But, here we are, 10 weeks from welcoming our son into the world. The three of us couldn’t be more excited him!
That’s all for today. Go hug the people you love!
It now seems a bit ridiculous, but for the past 5 years I have been saving almost all of Eva’s clothes. We knew we wanted another child someday, and I wasn’t about the get rid of all that baby fashion until we knew that #2 was a dude baby. I’m finally prepared to part with some of Eva’s cutest clothes, but it does make me a little sad! Everything I’m selling online is brand new or gently work designer kids clothing. The sizes range from Newborn to 5. Brands include (a lot of) tea collection, catmini, egg baby, little marc jacobs, baby gap, and more.
I’m doing this as an instagram sale and I’ve created a special account just for the purpose of selling these items, @shopcleanline. To make a purchase just leave your email address in the comments. I will send you a paypal invoice, which needs to be paid within 48 hours to secure the sale. Shipping is $4 for the first item, free for additional items! If you’re local (in Philadelphia) and interested in anything in the shop, leave a comment here and we can arrange pick up minus the shipping costs. I will be adding more items throughout the week, so please follow me and check back often. And, if you know any mamas of little girls on the hunt for cute/cheap designer clothes, please send her my way! Happy Shopping!