And the Adventure Begins

Heading South / holly marie designs

For the past few weeks you may have noticed that everything over here on the blog has come to a screeching halt. This summer has been a busy one to say the least – with freelancing picking up, in the midst of launching Little Bison Studio, and just the fact that summer always tends to be packed with various festivities and many long days spent outside. And well, to add to the list, my husband and I will be packing up and moving down south in just about a week. Steve was recently accepted into a masters program and we will settling in northwest Texas for about two years.

A few weeks ago we went down to find a place to live and take a peek at the campus – and of course, sample the food! Although Texas is nearly the complete opposite of Wisconsin, I do like it and the heat wasn’t as bad as everyone had warned me. Guess those three winter coats I own will be collecting some dust considering the lowest average temp is 30˚, which isn’t too bad considering we experience winter three to four months out of the year and it’s way worse.

Packing for our new adventure has not been without its struggles, trying to decide what to purge, donate, store, and take – I should have done this months ago! So many memories … and accumulated junk. It’s going to be sad leaving the place where my husband and I both grew up and lived our whole lives, leaving our family and friends, starting completely fresh in an area that’s foreign to us, but the adventure ahead is also new and exciting!

Bittersweet Move

Bittersweet Move / holly marie designs

It feels like it’s been such a long time since I last posted here. With summer picking up things have been busier than ever! I have a little life update for you guys, at the end of this summer my husband and I will be packing up our little apartment and moving. Right now the location is completely up in the air (ha, I know). Steve, my husband, has been vigorously applying to PHD and masters programs all over the U.S. and now we sit and wait to see what happens. Regardless of him getting into school or not, we still have decided to move into a new place, even if that means just moving across town. This has been our first place together and we’ve called it home for the past three years. Needless to say it will be a bittersweet move.

Eventually after we narrow down our potential moving locations, so begins the hectic process of planning, cleaning, packing, and numerous other tasks associated with a big move. As more details surface, I hope to share more of this journey as it unfolds – a new series, perhaps?! I already started makings lists of things that I am looking for in our next place. The first time we went apartment hunting three years back we settled on the first place we found (and I was a complete newbie at the whole thing). So I thought I would share with you a few of the more basic things that I would be looking for as we start to scope out new places:

GOOD BONES  Our current apartment is stuck in the late 80’s, so something that’s a little more updated with some character and charm or simple clean lines would be very welcomed.

LAYOUT  The place should flow well as a whole and be purposeful.

SPACIOUS  This time around we will need to work with our existing furniture and make sure that there is adequate closet + storage space.

BLANK CANVAS  A space that we can easily build upon, preferably something that is clean and white.

OUTDOOR SPACE  Currently we have quite the little garden sprouting on our balcony, so this is needed. Plus, it’s one of my favorite places to read.

If you have any tips for moving and/or hunting for a new place, please share them in the comments section below – I am all ears! Although things are a bit up in the air at the moment, I am looking forward to this next chapter of our lives. Stay tuned!!

( photo by Arden Wray )

Sienna Moon Sneak Peek

Sienna Moon / Following Our Breath, Following Our Heart tee Sienna Moon / Raised on Rock 'N Roll & Dreams teeSienna Moon / Under Her Spell tee

I was too excited to wait a few more days, so I thought I would share a little bit of where I’ve been and why things have been a little more quiet around here than usual. As you may already know, I have been working on a huge project that has been hush hush for the past few months and in just a few short days, all will be revealed!

I’ve been working with the LA-based clothing company, Sienna Moon; designing tee’s for their upcoming summer collection and assisting the shop’s owner various day-to-day happenings. The shop inspired by bohemian vibes and the calm, cool, and collected California style. Jamie Michelle, Sienna Moon’s owner, strives to keep all things eco-friendly + ethically made, which I am excited to say that almost all of the tee’s in the new collection will be organic or hemp!

I am sure Jamie will be sharing more over on Sienna Moon’s instagram over the weekend, in case you’d like to follow along! And this post wouldn’t be complete without giving props to the wonderfully talented photographer behind a few of these images. Jessie Alexise has shot for Sienna Moon five previous times and she envelops the brand oh so well! It’s honestly been a true dream to be a part of this whole experience and just so happens to fit my niche perfectly!

#REALTALK 01

#REALTALK 01

With so much going on at the moment I decided it was time to introduce a new column to my blog. Months ago I did a little reader survey and many of you wanted me to share more about my daily life. And, well, this column will do just that. It’s a time for me sit down, not hold back and to be open and authentic, somewhat of a diary entry. My hope for this column is to bring a sense realness – design, freelancing, and life itself isn’t always simple and straightforward and when we blog it’s easy to hide the struggles and only talk about the positive. But it’s when we open up to each other and be honest is when we can learn and truly experience growth. Now that doesn’t mean each one of these posts are going to be a complete vent session – fun and exciting things will be talked about too, I promise!

Okay, so onto where I’ve been. For the past few months I’ve been working on a secret project that has taken up a lot of my free time. It’s certainly been a challenge trying to find the right balance between my personal life + design life. It’s a process and I am starting to learn what works best for me. I’ve realized that I am not an evening person; I thrive on mornings and afternoons. If work carries too late into the evening, I find myself tossing and turning dreaming about design. On top of my normal 8 to 5 design job, freelancing has been taking up much of my evenings and weekends. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom and variety that freelancing brings and the extra money doesn’t hurt either (especially since we a planning a trip to Florida at the end of the year), but a girl does need some good r+r every now and again. Once this new project goes live (the date has been set for mid-May) I can once again start to put more of my focus back on my blog and Little Bison Studio. Again, sorry things have been so quiet around here; I am on the cusp of a share overload, so please bear with me for the next few weeks!

( photo by Arden Wray )

Mixtape 17: Little Bison

mixtape 17: little bison

Hey guys, I was looking back at some of my most recent posts and realized that it has been a long time since I last shared some music with you. Well, this playlist has been a long time coming + I have been secretly adding to it for month and months. This is my most listened to playlist on spotify and is a good, hearty collection of everything that I love. It’s great for long car rides, when I am deep in work mode, or just hanging around. I am not exactly sure when I’ll be sharing another mixtape, but this one keeps on growing (217 songs + counting)! Feel free to give it a listen via the link below, and if you have any musical artists that you think I’d enjoy, please share some of your faves in the comments. Enjoy!

Listen with Spotify

( photo by kevin russ )