The Sketch Book — Birthday

It's March, time to head to the patisserie

Birthday Inslee Inslee By Design march 2014 Patisserie The Sketch Book

 Ok, I'll admit it, I am biased. I think March is the best month. I was born in March. Girl Scout cookies come out in March. The depths of winter are behind us in March and all that is glorious and new is on the horizon... Other fun March facts that we should all look forward to celebrating:March 11: My birthMarch 15:day that Caesar was stabbed to death by Brutus.March 17: annual my-mom-sends-me-green-hanky-pankys-from-Leppie-the-leprechaun dayMarch 30th: the monumental one year anniversary of the proposal which launched the shoe huntSo, with all these wonderful dates of note in this glorious month, I set out to...

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palm beach pink

Birthday grandmother Inslee palm beach pink sumi ink The Sketch Book watercolor

Trying out mixing sumi with watercolor... does anyone know if I'm doing this right?! I'm a little frustrated that I don't know anything about this new ink but its also exciting to see what I can figure out on my own. Today is my Grandmother's birthday, so I decided to try a shocking pink in honor of her. She always loved pink, and "palm beach pink" in particular - the brightest of the bright. She wasn't your typical grandmother. Glamorous and aloof, the closest she came to baking me cookies was letting me dress up in her collection of Pucci...

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Alexander McQueen Birthday California Inslee By Design San Francisco The Sketch Book

Happy Birthday to Lily and Brooke! Lily (above) is simultaneously an avid video gamer and a connoisseur of fine wines.  Don't I have fascinating  friends? She is wearing a dress I made up, inspired by her fabulous taste in feminine silhouettes that usually feature a tiny waist and gorgeous full skirt. She really does have fabulous taste, she's Italian after all. And here is Brooke! She's wearing my very loose interpretation of an Alexander McQueen maxi dress with a belt and large geod ring - a staple of Brooke's jewelry collection. She's a California hipster living the dream in San...

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Birthday Inslee By Design National Stationery Show The Sketch Book

Happy Birthday to Briana, one of my most beautiful friends, inside and out! Back when we were in college she was OBSESSED with the color pink. Shes since grown out of this phase, but I couldn't resist giving her a touch of fuchsia as a nod to the endearing memory of her all pink freshman dorm room! Alright ladies (and gents... are there any gents?) I'm off to the National Stationery Show in the morning and I haven't even packed. I will keep you all up to date with the exciting goings on in NYC with lots of pictures. If...

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Birthday Inslee By Design Kate Spade The Sketch Book

Happy birthday to Julia! and to Maggie! happy (belated) birthday that is. i appear to be slipping up on my birthday illustration punctuality. these are two of my favorite marathon running girls. in fact, maggie just ran her little heart out all over france in the paris marathon. what a way to ring in a birthday, huh? julia and maggie both embody the classic sophistication of kate spade so julia's dress and maggie's clutch are kate originals. happy birthday friends hope it was a happy weekend for you both!!

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