WEEKLY ROUND UP!

So I love when I can reveal illustrations that clients are gifting after they've been a secret for awhile! With that in mind I'm starting a new feature called the Weekly Roundup! You can also catch a lot of my recent work on Instagram @ckvthesaylum to stay current with what I'm working on and what new offers are coming to the shop!

custom wedding portrait illustration
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custom couple illustration

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!

Catherine

THE ART SHOP IS OPEN!

I literally couldn't be more excited to announce The Art Shop is officially open on the website.

After years of doing custom illustrations and watercolors for invitation suites I've gotten more and more requests to sell prints online. And when I started showing my painting process and some behind the scenes on my Instagram story I couldn't ignore the idea of opening an online shop any longer!

So The Art Shop a shopable gallery of some of my favorite watercolor illustrations all printed on cotton paper and shipped to you in perfectly appointed gift packaging. Each print is available in three sizes, order one or order multiple prints to create a gallery wall.

I will be adding more prints each month and older prints will sell out and may not be renewed so if like something be sure to snatch it up now! Happy shopping girls! Here are a few highlights below for you to check out, let me know what you think in the comments below or pop onto my Instagram...let me know what you'd like to see in the shop.

Cheers!

Catherine

SUMMER 2017 RECAP

Summer always seems to end so bitter sweetly and this year is no different. I was lucky enough to travel with my family but also took some short trips with friends. I always like to recap at the end of each summer to remind myself to be grateful of all the great things I get to experience and the people I get to experience them with.

We kicked the whole thing off with a lot of lacrosse for The Dude followed by some more lacrosse for The Dude. Me and The Big Guy may or may not have gotten a little (or a lot) sunburned for Father's Day while sitting on the sidelines. But on a positive note we finally were able to tell The Big Guy that we were taking him to Colorado and Utah to celebrate his 40th birthday, that was a secret we'd been holding for months.

This will be remembered as the summer we finally completed the patio and pizza oven...this was taken the first day we really got experiment with it. These two ate more pizza that night than I've ever thought possible.

I finally got to have dinner with my girls when all of our kids' activities and schedules finally calmed down in the warmer months. We have been friends for 25 years and it doesn't matter how much time passes, it's like we are 15 years old all over again. There's no one I laugh more with.

Just a few days later The Big Guy, Avy Gravy and The Dude and I all hopped on a plane to Denver, Colorado where we began one of the coolest road trips I've ever taken. Driving through the Rockies, stopping for lunch in an awesome town called Salida and then making one more step at Blue Mesa Reservoir for a quick pic.

We finally made it to our destination, Telluride, CO. which would be home for a few days. My husband has been here several times in the winter to go snowboarding but never in the summer...and it was a first trip for the rest of us. It was such an awesome town and I've never seen such friendly people in my life. And I've literally never done so much physical activity on a vacation ever.

Day One we hiked...a lot. And breathing at 9,000 plus feet is not easy. The Big Guy and Avy Gravy seemed to fair much better than me and The Dude. Then we took the scariest ride I've ever been in the back of pick up truck, 7 miles up the side of the San Juan Mountains to Imogene Pass, 13,000 feet above sea level. Don't worry, I only actually thought we would die like 3 times. I'm slightly smiling in the pic below because I was out of the truck and on solid ground....and was apparently in denial that I had to get back in and good all the way down.

We white water rafted in the rain but spent evenings by the fire at the hotel or in Mountain Village...literally haven't been that relaxed in years.

And on our last day in Telluride we hiked to Bridal Veil Falls which was on this guys bucket list. The following day we left for Utah and that was another unreal drive. I've never been able to see that far at one time and there was literally nothing for miles upon miles.

Now I need to get serious for a minute. Utah is really hot in the desert in the middle of July. Like 108 degrees hot. And The Big Guy was like "let's hike in Arches National Park" and I was like "yeah I don't think so, I want to live" But we did see Delicate Arch from a far and were able to the short hike to see the "Windows."

And then that night we took an insane sunset Hummer tour on the petrified sand dunes in Moab. Not as scary as the ride in Telluride but close. Really freaking close. The next morning we drove all the back to Denver and spent some time with my oldest friend and her little family. We took a short trip to Boulder for lunch...that is a town I could live in! It was definitely and awesome trip and I would highly recommend making a road trip out of it and I'd even recommend the death defying tours.

Avy Gravy turned 13 just 2 days after we got home so we celebrated her and The Big Guy's birthdays with some tacos at our favorite Mexican spot.

And a few days later I got back in the car and take for the Hamptons with one of my girls and got to visit two of my favorite boys for a few days. Lotta laughs, lotta wine, lotta good food...don't hate me because it was fabulous.

A trip to the shore house with the kids was in order following the Hamptons trip. We celebrated my mom's birthday with a lobster dinner cooked by my brother in law and it was unreal. We spent some much needed time with our toes in the sand and the kids rode the waves and played paddle ball. That is my happy place.

Finally we celebrated a family wedding where The Big Guy and I danced all night...he needs no egging on to get on the dance floor, it's his thing, but I do. But once we were out there together it didn't matter that there was literally no one else for a long time, we could have fun in a paper bag as long as we are together.

Thanks for the memories 2017....you did NOT disappoint!

Cheers!

Catherine

NEW LOOK! NEW WORK!

So it's been awhile right? I'm going to be totally honest....I was burned out from blogging and Instagram was so much easier to get new work in front of my audience with a lot less pressure. My mom texted me a month ago and asked why she wasn't getting any emails from The Asylum anymore, I think she was taking it personally. I had to admit to her and myself that I had let it fall by the way side despite the fact that I know it's important for my business and for me too.

But a break combined with a blog design refresh was literally exactly what I needed to get excited to sit down at my laptop and tell you all about what's on my mind, what's happening behind the scenes and what I'm working on.

And there's a lot of fresh content coming your way! I've got awesome wedding and event inspiration coming your way coupled with a larger focus on what is happening in my studio including videos and how to instructions on stuff I get asked all the time, like literally all the time. And of course this is where you will see all new wedding suites and work before they land on the website. Needless to say I've got a lot to catch you up on before I we move on to new happenings so stay tuned over the next few weeks to see what's happened since I've been gone.

I hope you're as happy I'm back as I am. If there's anything you'd like to see featured on the blog feel free to comment below! And let me know what you think of the new blog design.

Cheers!

Catherine

MY HOLIDAY WISH LIST

In case anyone wants to buy me something...theses are the top items on my list. I'm kidding of course (not really, wink wink) but if you are stumped for a gift for your creative friend, wife or Secret Santa these may spark some seriously good ideas. Happy Shopping!

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VACATION NOTICE!

We all need a little time to regroup and relax so we will be closed Friday March 25 thru April 3! All emails will be answered upon our return and should you have any emergencies while we we are out of the studio we will be checking our email periodically. (You're thinking what kind of emergencies does a stationery designer have...you'd be surprised at how many "oops I forgot to order wedding invitations and I'm getting married in 6 weeks" emails we get!)

CKV 2016! UPDATED WEBSITE!

So with the beginning of the new year I always have plans to organize my house, eat better, exercise more, blah blah blah....but this year I'm focusing my energy on the studio. My first goal is making the website function a little better in general but most importantly on mobile devices. When checking our analytics most people are reaching us on mobile platforms especially first time visitors. So with that you'll see an new format for navigating the WEDDING and BASHES invitations and it will work more efficiently on your phone or tablet. The home page reflects some minor changes and additions as well and more tweaks will come. So if you haven't checked out the site in awhile, give it a go and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

Catherine

SNEAK PEAK! NEW YEARS EVE WEDDING INVITATIONS!

I'm supposed to be relaxing on this last day of vacation but I couldn't help resist photographing this New Year's Eve wedding invitation suite! More to come on this ULTRA thick letterpress suite coming soon.

Green, black and white letterpress wedding invitation suite

Cheers!

Catherine

TOP NINE POSTS ON INSTAGRAM!

Everyone was using 2015BestNine.com to find their top nine posts on Instagram and you know I couldn't resist! This is like the best of everything the studio is about....couture wedding invitation suites, special details, custom illustrations, girly fashionable influences and chic but fun branding.

And if you aren't already following us on Instagram, you should be! @CKVStationer

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Cheers!

Catherine

THINGS I HEART

Yesterday was my mom's birthday! So we had a very quiet and fun lobster dinner at the shore...which included sparklers (and a small burn, everyone's ok) an awesome Potatoe Salad from my brother in law and a Watermelon, Basil and Feta Salad and my version of a Grilled Caponata and Arugula Salad (click each one for the recipe.) We followed all that up with a strawberry shortcake and as soon as we finished singing "Happy Birthday" fireworks went off, no joke! (The golf club across the street was hosting a wedding and it was literally just perfect timing) But my mom deserves nothing less than lobster and fireworks for her day! 

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easy and fast watermelon and feta salad
easy and fresh homemade grilled caponata salad with arugula
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Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you VERY much.

Catherine