A Little Bit About Brandi. I'm an artist and designer living in North Carolina with my sweet husband and three cats. I've been an artist my entire life and have worked as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for the past thirteen years professionally. I started my jewelry line Creativ*Bee back in 2003 and created one of kind and limited edition vintage themed jewelry. I started my business Ever So Lovely in 2009 as a blog but now I'm designing a collection of paper goods that will be available in April 2011. I'm also merging my Creativ*Bee brand so all of my jewelry will be under the Ever So Lovely collection. When I was planning our wedding, I designed our wedding invitations and a lot of our decorations for the reception which has been a huge motivation to start my own stationary line.
I graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a B.A. in Graphic Design and minored in Creative Writing. When I'm not blogging for Ever So Lovely, I'm a freelance designer for various companies and small businesses designing for both the web and print. I'm also an Art and Design Contributor for Savor NC Magazine in North Carolina where I get to interview various artists around our state. I also create one of a kind hand painted silk scarves in different themes and fiber art. I'm currently working on a line of botanical illustrations for sale in my Etsy shop. I also from time to time work on oil paintings for my series of Divas. When I'm not doing either of this you can usually find me in our kitchen trying out a new recipe or photographing the many birds that frequent our back yard.
When did you start your blog? I started Ever So Lovely in December of 2009. I used to have a blog for my jewelry designs but needed a place for my inspiration and all the artists I found online and Ever So Lovely was born.
What do you love posting about? I love posting about new artists and designers and the various things they create. I also do features on weddings either about photography, style or engagements that have been captured. There are many topics on my blog, but I would have to say my artist interviews are my favorite because it gives you a peek into their minds and studios. Learning more about how these talented people come up with their designs is always inspiring since not everyone has a chance to know what motivates them. I also love posting about weddings. It's very inspiring to me all of the different themes and designs a wedding can take on.
Who in the blogging community inspires you? That's a tough question since there are so many talented blogs out there. Some of my daily reads would have to be Design*Sponge, Joy Cho, and the ladies over at Style Me Pretty for wedding inspiration. I also love Jena Coray from Modish. I've been reading her blog for years and she always inspires me!
What is something You Always have by your side? In no particular order...my husband, my coffee, my iPhone, my macbook, my camera and my cat. He (my cat) tends to sleep in my studio when I work and blog. I call him my sidekick to Ever So Lovely :)
Brandi is doing a giveaway of these lovely Pink Jade earrings! They are wire wrapped in brass and would be a sweet little addition to your jewelry collection.
To enter: comment on this post and tell me your favorite item in her shop! this giveaway closes on February 27th.