McKinney Map PRINT

McKinney Map Sketch via Design Roots

Lauren Palmer, of The Art of Living Beautifully, and I met a couple months ago when she took one of my calligraphy classes. Fast forward a couple weeks later and I received an email with a fun idea and a rough sketch. "Could I could help her with a map of downtown McKinney?" she asks. Of course! I was thrilled to do this custom map illustration, and I love how she uses it as an interactive piece within her online digital magazine. Check it out here on her website.  

Want to know some other fantastic news? If you love our custom McKinney Map as much as we do, they are available for purchase! The 8″x10″ map is printed on a natural white card stock and is only $20! Whether to grace the walls in your own home or to send to a loved one far away, we hope your McKinney map will always be a reminder of the treasured memories and landmarks McKinney, Texas holds. 

Make sure to follow Lauren and see what she's up to around town! 

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Travel Pouches + a Summer SALE

We just added our 5th design to the canvas pouch line, and we are thrilled! Meet "safari" - playful and graphic jungle scene on one side and the word "ROOOOAR" on the other. Perfect for that animal lover and just in time for summer. Throw in art supplies, toys, small animals, cars, and snacks. 

safari themed canvas pouch

These bags started out as a way to carry your art supplies on the go, hence the name "the traveling studio" on the original 2 designs. Then I realized these are great for just about anything! My daughter carries art and craft supplies, my son fills his with favorite toys + knick knacks, and mine is filled with pens and pencils for on the go doodling! So, which pouch pattern are you? And what would you put in your canvas bag?


Make sure to enjoy 20% OFF this week with code SUMMERTIME at checkout!


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Summer Bucket List 2017

We have one week left of school for us in Texas, which means the summer countdown has begun! And with the summer countdown comes our tradition of creating this year's Summer Bucket List. The kids and I started this tradition a few years ago, and we're doing it again. I spend an afternoon writing down all the things we want to do over the summer and then create a fun, graphic bucket list to hang on the fridge. Throughout the summer months, we use that list as a reminder to have fun, slow down, enjoy small moments, and live for adventures. Plus, it gives us ideas on days we have nothing to do. So, without further ado... meet our Summer Bucket List 2017! Feel free to print it out, add to it, and then hang on your own fridge. We like to color things in as we do them, but you can come up with your own system. Click on the image below and grab the free PDF printable(this is for personal use only)

And that's not all! If you hop on over to my Instagram page, you will see that we teamed up with Nature Nate's Honey for a fun little giveaway! Click here for details.


Happy Memorial Day y'all!
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And the Envelope Contest Winner is...

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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! 

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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!

envelope contest gold

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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