As creative director here at Pencil Shavings Studio, I’ve never met a color I didn’t love. Do you love color too? We should be friends.
Pencil Shavings Studio originally launched as a blog in 2008; the shop opened in 2011 with copious amounts of cheer, confetti, and fanfare thanks to my fantastic readership. As a community, Pencil Shavings Studio readers love color, DIY projects, fashion, interiors, hair(!) and keeping it real. Odds are if you’re here, you love all those things too!
The Pencil Shavings Studio girl dreams of swimming in the Mediterranean, painting her house with stripes in every room, living in Paris, and getting new school supplies every September.
press & collaborations
Pencil Shavings Studio has enjoyed a fabulous run. Our highlights include collaborating with national retailer The Limited on a special capsule collection of iPhone cases in late summer of 2012 as well as a special line of lucite trays for Jess LC that fall. Late in 2012, Nordstrom released a selection of Pencil Shavings Studio designs for iPhone as well that coincided ever-so-fortuitously with the launch of the iPhone 5. Early adopters everywhere rejoiced.
Additionally, PSS has been named one of TLC’s 5 Can’t miss Mom Style blogs and was included in the Top 8 Etsy Shops About to Blow up by Complex. We’ve been thrilled to be included at Smart Creative Women along with an inspiring group of creatives, and has also had several interior design DIYs, parties, and projects featured at Apartment Therapy, Ohdeedoh, Sara’s Party Perfect, and CafeMom.
Love to go to conferences? Me too! I’ve also had the privilege of speaking at a few events including the Stationery Academy 2012 and Altitude Summit in 2013. Look for me at AH Inspired and Stationery Academy 2013 later this year.
the backstory is this:
Born and raised in Oklahoma City with an unfortunate haircut, I survived high school to attend Pepperdine University where I was introduced to graphic design. Before it was called blogging, I started my own site where I wrote about my daily life in California for all my family at home in OKC and fell in love with the daily routine of writing and designing. After returning home to attend the University of Oklahoma’s visual communications program, I proudly graduated in 2004 with a BFA & emphasis in visual communications. During the summers, I studied with various programs in France such as Parsons Paris, La Sorbonne, and the Paris American Academy. In 2005, Simon and I were married and I figured it was as good a time as any to launch my freelance studio. Baby Jude was born in 2007, and Pencil Shavings as it is today was born in 2008. In all my free time, I love dragging Simon and Jude to J.Crew to stalk the sale section.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS & ME
Maybe you’re here because you have ulcerative colitis and you’d like to learn more about my experience with UC and subsequent J-pouch surgery at the Mayo Clinic. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with lots of other UC patients and built friendships with girls all across the country who are considering surgery. . Click here to see my page on UC.