Life is busy, and there's only so much time. Sure, you could do some Pinterest DIY projects for that gift, or to spruce up that dull corner in your living room. But you don't have to. I'm here to help.

Here are some ways I'd love to help check things off your list!:


Christmas cards, or birthday cards, or just-because cards can be so much more than a template!

Send cards that really feel like you, capture a special relationship, send anything but cookie-cutter greetings.  You can even have me do an illustrated portrait for your cards!


This is Ethan and my Christmas/ Thank You card design from the year we got married. We thought it was a fun way to sum up our crazy year, thank everyone properly (if a bit late), and wish them a Merry Christmas with our personal handwritten notes on the inside.

Christmas cards don't have to be portraits--they can be any kind of illustration you'd like!

Cards don't have to be portraits--they can be any kind of illustration you'd like!

This family portrait Christmas card was also a moving announcement. The family poses here in front of their new house to send holiday wishes and celebrate their new adventures.



Anything goes for this category!

I specialize in literary illustration, though, which is especially good when trying to find gifts for your bookish friends! Have me do an illustration from your favorite story to bring a little of that special world into the everyday.



These Neverland scenes were a special request for a Peter Pan themed nursery! My client, Megan, and I worked together from a color palette of her choosing and special moments from the story to make her baby's room just right.

You can even customize an illustration I already offer as a print in my shop! Adrienne wanted the words "Tell me a story," added to the illustration Between the Pages.

There aren't a lot of Franny and Zooey (by J.D. Salinger) illustrations out there. I'd love to work with you to bring a friend or family member's obscure literary favorites to life. They'll love that you were paying attention, and having someone share in their love of the story.


#3 Portraits

Always a favorite, family portraits make a truly unique gift for a spouse or grandparent.  My portraits are fun, medium likeness (they still look like you, but in a stylized way) with a vintage flair.

You can even include literary or imaginary characters!



Christy and her two friends resemble the fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather in Disney's Sleeping Beauty both physically and personality-wise--so much so that Christy asked me to do a portrait of them as the beloved fairies!

We got creative in order to fit all 11 members of the family into this 50th anniversary present for Jim and Mary! We even made the flower colors correspond with family units as an extra detail.

"The Isabella Show" is a regular event for this family (including their cat, Perry). We worked together to include their favorite colors, important elements of their home, and am overall whimsical feel that suits the family's personality as a whole.

My new true Beauty Portraits are all about calling out the traits you love so much about a special gal in your life, and showing her the way you see her.

My new true Beauty Portraits are all about calling out the traits you love so much about a special gal in your life, and showing her the way you see her.

Gina's children are very imaginative and playful. This portrait shows them both as they appear to the world, and the way the regularly imagine themselves.



Declare who you are in style--get a custom piece designed specifically to fit your personality and spruce up that space that’s gone stale or has been empty for ages.





Capture your first date with your spouse, or when your parents first met. Keep your family stories part of who you and your family are in the present by preserving them beautifully in illustration.

Need some more Christmas-y decor? No problem! Together we can come up with something in the style and colors you'll love to bring out and show off year after year!

Have a space in the kitchen that needs a little help? Fill it with a coffee cup in your kitchen color palette,  or an illustration of you and your grandma baking together.  Have a family heirloom piece of china that broke? Have it memorialized in an illustration you can keep on your wall where you can see it and remember it fondly every day.


#5 Invitations and Party Extras

Wow your party guests from the very start with completely customized invitations, party favors, and other special elements, designed to fit your party’s theme just right (and not just get close enough with a template!).

Holiday Hint: Fully custom invitations are a great way to make your event stand out, and give your guests a really good idea of the feel of the event--much more than a template would.



This literary-themed wedding invitation features simple illustration along with text design. 

Originally created as a bridal shower gift, this bride and groom portrait would easily be a creative guest book, signed by the wedding guests at the reception.

This bookmark designed for the same wedding tells the a tale of the bride and groom in storybook style. The bookmarks were placed on the guest's seats tied to a honey stick as party favors.



Forget the shoe picture--partner with me to make a splash with actually unique baby announcements that capture your personal style.



This portrait-style announcement captures everyone's reaction to the news... even the dog.



This is the perfect gift for the person who has it all. Everyone has quotes that inspire them, make them laugh, give them hope. And you can't always find them designed nicely.

Or in the way you want them. We can bring quotes to life as prints, cards, a mug, even printed on fabric for use in a quilt!  You name it, and we'll figure out a way to make it happen!

Holiday Hint: Bookworms love quote prints from their favorite books.

You can even get an in joke designed as a quote print for that ultimately fun gift!