And the Envelope Contest Winner is...

designroots envelope contest

First of all, HUGE thanks to all who sent in envelopes!! Once again, I was overjoyed with all the notes and letters I received for our #drMailSwap17! Checking our mailbox during the month of April became the highlight of my day. I absolutely love snail mail and loved reading all the sweet notes inside. There were definitely a few that stood out to me, but before we announce our winner, we have to show you some of our favorites! 

From watercolor to floral designs... these were fun to see when I opened the mailbox! 

envelope contest
envelope contest

Gold always pops on an envelope, and these two below are no exception. Look how the ink pops on the dark colors! Love the designs and doodles!

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And can we give the most creative envelope flap award to this one!? She used a practice sheet from her calligraphy workbook and created a liner! L-O-V-E!

Check out the artwork on these... this gal sent in her submission with LOTS of envelope samples inside...

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But I had to narrow it down, and these 4 stood out the most... the penmanship, composition, creativity... I love them all! 

envelope contest

But it came down to 2.... 

envelope contest winners

And I had a really hard time... so this year I have a runner up and a winner. The runner up goes to... Brenna Malberg! Girl, your envelope + stamp spoke to my nature heart! 

envelope runner up

Which means the winner goes to... Gracie Clark! Congrats girl! Everything about this envelope was beautiful! Brenna and Gracie, please email me (hello@designroots.com) for details! 

envelope winner

Thanks again for all who participated! You'll be getting some special mail from me soon. And if you didn't get an envelope in on time, please send anyways - we LOVE snail mail! And I will always try and send a letter back to you. #writemore

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Summer Cooking + a Free Chef’s Set from Grove Collaborative

summer cooking with grove collaborative

Summer is my favorite time of year for cooking — or eating, at the very least. Colorful eggplant, juicy tomatoes, and bright berries from the garden are as delicious as they are nourishing. Everything tastes better al fresco, am I right? 

One thing that I don’t enjoy during the summer: shopping for household essentials. Who wants to run to the store when you could be unwinding outside? And you can't exactly pick up dish soap at the farmer's market. So in the spirit of making everything more enjoyable this summer, let me introduce you to Grove Collaborative. Grove is a subscription service that delivers natural cleaning, home, beauty, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule. It’s like having a brilliant personal assistant who keeps your home stocked up on the essentials while you relax and soak up the sun.

Before you dive into the recipes below, grab this FREE Summer Chef’s Set of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap + dish soap + multi-surface spray + Grove Collaborative Bubble Up with your first order from my friends at Grove Collaborative. It’s everything you need to make cleanup effortless, from salsa to full-on summer barbeques.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Summer Chef’s Set for free when you sign up!

  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.

  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

(If you’re already a customer, you’ll get a free set of Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges.)


Now let's get cooking! This easy, healthy pesto (adapted from 100 days of real food) is a favorite in our house. It's so fresh and light, plus I love using herbs from our garden. We put it on anything from pasta and veggies to just dipping carrots for a healthy snack. 

arugula pesto recipe

Next up - garden salsa! This is a new recipe I've tried recently, but I think will become a favorite summertime recipe. Skip the store-bought seasoning packets and make this with fresh ingredients straight from your garden or farmer’s market. And c'mon - salsa goes on everything!

garden salsa recipe
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Don’t spend time running to the store for dish soap when the sun is shining! Grab your Summer Chef’s Set and try Grove Collaborative now! Bon Appetit!

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NEW Spring Pouches are HERE!

FINALLY! You know when you have something planned in your head, but it takes longer to actually execute? These pouches are a prime example. I've had the thought for a while, artwork ready since beginning of the year, and a few hiccups along the way and it's already May! But nonetheless, they are HERE and I couldn't be happier! We are introducing 2 new patterns to our traveling studio line - check them out below and let us know which is your favorite!

First up is a pattern you may have seen over on my IG feed. We call this floral blooms. I created this pattern on paper, and then painted a faux wallpaper on one of my studio walls. And I think it's the perfect doodle to carry us into spring and summer! Use it for all of your art supplies or throw your garden seeds and tools in for safe keeping! One side has the floral pattern and the other side has the words "Bloom where you are planted"

Next up is a super special design because of the little hands that helped me create it. As most know, our daughter (age 7) is a little artist herself and wants to create just about anything and everything that mommy does. As I was sketching one day, I caught her doodling these flowers. I gave her more blank paper and told her to keep going... drawing as many as she could fit on the page. I took her artwork, scanned it in, and created a new pattern we like to call Spring Tulips. One side has her tulip doodles, and the other side has the words "be Creative" - something I encourage with both of our kids. Use this pouch for your own budding artist or for yourself! 

And just to throw out a little teaser... we have a third pattern coming very soon! Let's just say it involves jungle leaves and a safari theme. Stay tuned!

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For the Love of Trees

Some people know me as a "tree lover", and I'm perfectly fine with that. I love trees. Everything about them. From big oaks and tall mighty evergreens to small fruit trees. They breathe life, provide shade, change colors, sway in the wind... you get the picture. Not to mention they are crucial to our environment. Fun Fact: every house that we've moved to, one of the first things we do is plant a new (large) tree in the backyard. It's become a tradition that I love. Well, Friday is Arbor Day, and I wanted to celebrate by giving back in a way that I can. For every order made this week, I will plant one tree through the Arbor Day Foundation. A buy one, plant one sale! So stock up on your favorite supplies, grab an extra notebook and feel good that you are doing something for the environment!

Huge thanks to Marc Melkie and Richard Winston for the beautiful photography in this post. Click on the images and follow these talented photographers! Enjoy!

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Spring Events + Workshops!

You may have noticed a shift in my class schedule this year. I am trying to be more intentional with my workshops instead of filling up the calendar just to fill it up. I want to give you a great class, and create an atmosphere where everyone has fun. So for me, that's fewer classes with more heart put into each one. We have 3 great workshops coming up, so if you've had your eye on a class or have wanted to learn a form of lettering, then I would snag a spot!  

To register, please call the shop at 214.799.5195

To register, please call the shop at 214.799.5195

To register, click here

To register, click here

To register, click here

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Elements of a good envelope

It's National Card & Letter Writing Month, and in case you missed it - we are hosting our 4th annual envelope contest! Writing and sending cards makes everyone feel good, and gives someone a smile as they open their mailbox. And to give you a little encouragement, I'm sharing elements of a good envelope. Keep scrolling to get some pretty and practical letter adorning inspiration! 

envelope inspiration

5 Key Elements of a Good Envelope:

1. Lettering Styles: The easiest way to change up the look of your envelope is to vary the lettering styles on the address. Everyone can write in a form of cursive/script and print/block lettering. And if you need some help, grab the new Fun with Hand Lettering Kit in the shop!

2. Sizes and Shape: Think in different sizes + shapes. You can vary sizes by making the recepients name LARGE and the address small and centered below. Or draw a light pencil curve and address following the curve to create movement and a different shape. Put the zip code on the 4th line and make that large. 

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envelope addressing
envelope addressing

3. Color: No one said you had to use the same color pen or marker when addressing an envelope. Grab a few colors, add shadows, and change it up for interest!

brush lettering envelope

4. Stamps: Don't forget about a fun stamp! This is such a simple detail that can make your envelope look pulled together and thought out. Order some vintage stamps and create a little vignette at the top right hand corner of the envelope. Or put one statement stamp that coordinates with your color scheme. We love ordering vintage stamps here and new forever stamps here. And don't forget - it takes $.49 to send a standard letter!

sharpie envelope

5. Embellishments: Have fun with the extra details. Use your favorite return address stamp, add washi tape to the envelope flap, draw doodles to outline and frame the address. Just remember - there are no rules - it's suppose to be fun!

envelope embellishment

So grab your favorite stationery, favorite pens and add some fun flair to your envelopes! Then slap a stamp on your favorite envelope and mail to us! You have until the end of the month to enter our Envelope Contest

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