new outfits

Check out my new social media "outfits" on Facebook and Twitter. I'd love if you joined me there.

getting a major mini-MBA

For the past three months I've been working diligently to shake the blankets that have covered Thumbprint Trading Cards and give the studio a whole lotta' lovin'. Designs are simmering, new concepts are dished up and I've popped open the site to let the re-design breathe. Basically, I'm ready for a party.

Naturally I was thrilled to learn about A Lovely Venture - Creating your charmed business. It is a mini-MBA program that is so MAJOR! Julie Wray, owner of Olivine's Charm School, has leveraged her entrepreneurial success to develop this four week on-line course. Whether you are in-the-know or need-to-know, this course sounds like a dream for the business owning and business owning adjacent. That's us!

Four-weeks. At your own pace. On-line. Charming not boring. Practical. $97. Sign me up! Sign you up!

You can read about the course details and sign up by clicking on the image below. Join me. It is back to school time, by the way.

feels like coming home

I'm getting ready to re-open the Thumbprint Trading Cards studio. It feels a lot like coming home after being gone a long while. I am excited to re-experience the fondest of my memories, rediscover the forgotten ones and infuse inspirations and ideas I've collected during my time away.

Please stay tuned here. When the studio is open and the website is back up, I'll be the first to shout it from the blogtops!


I've realized that the New Year isn't the only time to look hopefully toward the future and think about intentional changes. The start of my summer has me looking forward as well.

Today I return to being employed full-time outside of the home. I am hopeful that this chapter of my life is fulfilling and balanced.

So today I wish everyone a Happy Mid-Year! Your life is what your thoughts make it.

summer 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

This summer is filled with many places to go, things to see and playdates to coordinate. Though the studio blog will be on the quiet side I will continue to design and fill orders.

Enjoy the start of Summer!

a noteworthy idea for noteworthy ideas

In mid-March I was determined to log my ideas, creative inspirations and hopes for Thumbprint. This isn't about reinforcing big ideas. Those I can remember on my own. The documentation is meant to help me remember ideas that might fall to the wayside now but might eventually become a good idea with additional time and thought.

I take my notes electronically, which includes sending myself text messages. This is a good method for me so I was thrilled to learn about which will take this method from good to great.

Evernote allows you to capture what you want to remember using your computer, the web or your phone. Your information is run through their recognition technology, it syncs up the info from all the devices you use then lets you notate and organize your stuff. You can find things using their search and filter functions.

With Memorial Day around the corner to kick-off the summer season I'm sure I'll be out and about and making great use out of their mobile device platform. Snap. Tap. Send.

one-on-one interview | jack and molly

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
Jack and Molly is a creative business owned and operated by a Graphic Designer (Meredith) and a Writer/Artist (Henrietta)! We named our company after our sweetie pies- Jackson is 1 1/2 and Molly is only a few months young.

Is Jack and Molly a full-time job? What is your profession?
Jack and Molly is unfortunately only part-time fun. However, we are proud to say our response time for projects is pretty darn fast!

Where do you find inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere. Henrietta and I both are collectors of all things- driftwood, interesting scraps of paper, fabric, and, we aren’t ashamed to say, bits of things other might see as trash! Henrietta has a whole stash of wooden roof shingles she is using as canvas. We also do a good bit of photography and other hands-on art forms. We love nature, our families, color theory, typography, recycling, saving animals, vintage delights, and funny stuff.

What are you favorite professional resources?
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst: Honestly, a book any designer should read and highlight cover to cover. A history of typography is necessary to know what you are doing!
History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs: Again, a foundation of what has been successful and visually appealing in the past is a necessity. The images in this book are true eye candy.

Can you describe what types of design services Jack and Molly offers and/or how your artwork has been used in the past?
Oh, wow. Lots and lots of logos, business card designs, custom mixed media artwork, blog banners, mixed media art prints, wedding invitations, custom illustrations, posters, postcards, email blasts, tee shirt designs, and more! We are almost always interested in any kind of design work you throw our way. Jack and Molly is a creative outlet for us- so we enjoy it ALL.

How much of your time is spent exchanging ideas with clients, presenting your sketches, refining your sketches and producing the final artwork?
Every design process is entirely its own. We have many methods for gathering as much data in the initial phases of a project- cutting down on miscommunication. Ultimately, we work until we know our client is not only 100% happy but so excited they show all of their friends, family, co-workers, and clients.

What tips can you provide a potential client who would like to have a digital image illustrated?
Do as much research as possible. Look around. Save links online. Sketch. Keep your eyes open and gather everything into a “visual library”. The more you see what is out there, the better idea you’ll have for your own design.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
We also rescue animals- mostly dogs (maybe an occasional squirrel or cat!) We rescue dogs from euthanizing shelters and then foster them until we find permanent, loving homes. We also donate artwork and design services to animal rescue groups. We are definite animal LOVERS!

Overall, we just want to provide art and design services for reasonable prices to good people. We are constantly growing and changing and adding new services and products. We want to always be fresh, inspiring, kind, and resourceful.

So just how did I find the talented, professional and affordable services of Jack and Molly? I was looking to collaborate creatively with a graphic artist on a thumbprint logo that would mine. All mine!

It was important to me to work with someone who is removed from the everyday operations of Thumbprint. To work with someone who is differently inspired and, most importantly, works on logos a lot. A lot. A lot. A lot.

For those of you bloggers and small business owners who are feeling stuck (graphically), I have to tell you how happy I am with my new logo. You too can have one that is yours. All yours!