la belle vie design


so cute... if I was getting married now I would want Jenn to make my wedding invitations. She uses some of my picture fonts in her designs. Take a look at her etsy shop. She has been written up in the Houston Brides magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings. She can do a custom one-of-a-kind invitation for you. And isn't that what weddings are all about now?


what to charge

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Charging for what I do is always hard to figure out, or at least for me. The talented and sassy Jessica Heshe says it all better than I ever could. Read about it here

And while I have always had a hard time with pricing I have always understood what to do when asked to do spec work. I am ALWAYS insulted and refuse the work. Plz, plz, plz do not do spec work. It hurts us all in all ways. The client gets to ask many people to do free work and then they get to choose whichever artist they want. The rest do not get paid for their work. It completely under values all of our work.

If I had the wall space I would buy Jessica's Should I Work for Free poster.

on the drawing board

Nancy's as yet unnamed Women font will hopefully be for sale by the end of next week.

Waikiki Doodles is just started. If there is something you need in that font leave a comment... It will be a resort font with palm trees and thatched huts, surfboards and kayaks.

Reading and Writing Doodles is mostly still in my head. But I like to think about one font while working on another. Again, if there is something you need just let me know.

Have a great weekend. If you live in Madison remember that tonight is Gallery Night. That is always fun.


new font - frames & banners

15 frames... to use in lots of different ways. Candy labels...or spice labels. Most of these are square or square ish. Lots is similarities and lots of variation. Lots of good mix and match.And 17 banners. I always hate to stop in the middle of a job and draw one.

Check out Frames and Banners to see the full collection.

And don't miss this months FREE Font Hearts and Swirls Too. The download link is on the right. Enjoy!

gift certificates...

I was just asked if I do Gift Certificates and well, of course I do. So if you are looking for something for your favorite graphic artist who likes my work we can make a gift certificate happen. I do sell my fonts through other sites but since you would be paying me (and I take PayPal) the person getting the gift will also have to buy through my site. I have several package deals... 3 fonts for $49 and 6 fonts for $99 and of course 1 font for $29. Use the CONTACT link in the menu bar above to email me.

print & pattern....

120 designers have contributed 750 illustrations from the world of surface design, pattern, textiles, stationery, and greetings.

Compiled by the creator of the blog Print & Pattern, this book documents the work of the best surface designers from around the world and features products that have been embellished with a surface print or pattern, including graphics, cards, gift wrap, stationery, textiles, ceramics, badges, stickers, and wallpaper.

As well as successful commercial designs, the book also showcases previously unseen pattern designs from designers' portfolios. Accessible but with a cool edge, the book will appeal to surface designers, graphic designers, designer-makers and craftspeople, illustrators, and fashion and textile designers.

This is my last book in my recent book buying binge. It is on a pile near my desk along with Aperture. I am dying to get to spend some serious time with my new pile of inspiration... But I am finishing up Cowboy Doodles. Thankfully my sweet husband did the technical part of that font. That is the part I don't enjoy. And he is very good at it.

Anyway from the small peeks that I am allowing myself this is going to be a great book.