July 30, 2012

Revealing the New Gingiber Logo!

Check out our brand new (fabulous) logo for Gingiber! Designed by the amazingly talented Eric Kass of Funnel (you need to follow him on Pinterest, too!) I've been working with Eric for the past 3 months to find the perfect direction for Gingiber. 

At first I really struggled with what I wanted our new identity to look like. I didn't want to use an animal that would pigeon hole future growth for Gingiber. Also, I wanted to move away from the "nursery decor" focus of the business, because I know there are lots of people who are fans of Gingiber who do not have kids! 

My husband and I had a 4 hour long "brainstorming session" to create the perfect tagline for the business. At the end of that night, the only thing we knew for sure was that the wanted to use the word "zest". After a full night of sleep, I woke up and it hit me: "Zest for Your Nest". It wrapped up what Gingiber is in a perfectly cute (and quirky) nutshell.

Eric went from there and came up with this dynamic nest icon. It has a retro vibe to it, uses a lot of the same textures that I implement in my own illustrations, and looks fantastic all by itself! I chose the colors, but they can be adapted over time as the business grows.

I am so excited for the future of Gingiber! Now that we have a great new logo that will last us YEARS, I am eagerly planning a real website for customers and retailers to visit. I am having cloth tags made with the new icon that will be sewn into all future merchandise (so excited about this!).

Thanks so much, Eric, for working with me and putting up with my indecisiveness :) Somehow you gave me exactly what I was wanting! Hats off to you.

BTW: The Gingiber shop update is LIVE! Hop on over and check out all of the new goodies :)

July 28, 2012

Biggest Gingiber Shop Update EVER: Monday July 30th

 Get ready. Get set. Gingiber is about to have its biggest shop update EVER! We are talking Prints. Pillows. Stamps. Clothes. The works. 17 new items to be exact :)

And we are revealing our brand spanking new LOGO designed by the incredibly talented Eric Kass. You can head on over to the Shop Gingiber Facebook Page and catch a glimps of the logo. And while you are there you can "like" Gingiber on Facebook).
  So mark your calendars for Monday, July 30th for the Gingiber Shop Update (we moved up the update a day or too because we just couldn't wait to share all of the awesome with you).

Please drop by Gingiber 1st thing Monday morning to check out this MEGA update! Thanks and I cannot wait for you to see everything!


Wall of Framed Art

I have had this empty wall in my home for, like, forever. A few months ago I began planning the space. I painted this desk a bright lemony yellow. I purchased these amazing green files from Him + Her. And I finally pulled out all of my random sized frames and hung up some of my favorite prints! 

A lot of the artwork I made, save for an AshleyG postcard, a Fairfield Porter print that was previously in my office, and a linocut from a college classmate.

Here's a closeup of the desk and some prints and the vintage green files. I will take some better photos soon and post a real room tour! 

Isn't it funny how you have to live in a space for a long time to before it really feels like you? This space feels like home now.

July 26, 2012

Did I Show You The Bear Calendar?

Hiya. Sometimes I forget what I have shared on the blog. But I don't think I showed you the finished 2013 Bear Calendar, available for purchase here.

I think it is really cute! I love a fuzzy wuzzy bear.

And, all calendars (bear, owl, and fox) will ship this year with clear display easels FREE OF CHARGE!

I really wanted to give customers what they wanted, which was a better way to display their illustrated calendars. I am wanting to take a few more product photos of the calendar displayed similarly to the owl calendar. But for now I think these look cute.

My favorite months are March, April, January, and December. Which month do you like best?

July 20, 2012

Black Sheep Shirt Preview

Hi! I wanted to share a preview of one of my FAVORITE new items, coming soon to Gingiber. I've mentioned how I am breaking into kid's clothing, and Violet is sporting the Gingiber 100% organic cotton Black Sheep toddler shirt. It is printed with eco friendly water based ink. 

This shirt is amazingly soft! Violet wants to wear it everyday :) 

This adorable design will also be available in onesies. I am rolling out a bunch of new products on August 1st, so mark your calendars!

If you are a retailer interested in carrying Gingiber clothing in your fine store, please send me an email at gingiberdesign (at) gmail (dot) com

July 17, 2012


Lately we've been spending a lot of time with doing family activities. In all honestly, life has been a bit crazy. Jobs have fallen through. Unexpected bills have come up (like our house flooding). Nathan and I feel like we have been put through the ringer.

So spending quality time with our girls seems to be the only way to combat the blues. I mentioned our impromptu visit to Springfield, MO the weekend before last. My mother is simply the best, and spending an entire weekend just with her was chicken soup for my soul. I took her to the Aviary Crepe restaurant on Walnut Street, and we talked, drank coffee, and enjoyed not only being mother and daughter, but friends. I hope to have this type of relationship with my own girls someday. 

We try to go to the Farmer's Market every Saturday. We browse vegetable and fruit stands, smell flowers, and soak up the morning. Violet and I have a tradition of getting a cinnamon roll and blueberry muffin, sipping coffee and juice, and listening to the local musicians play music. You know that episode of Gilmore Girls where musicians flock to Stars Hollow in hopes of being discovered like the local town troubadour? The farmer's market on a summer morning feels like this. 

And I adore it. The market is the highlight of my week. 

This past weekend we took the girls to the Firefly Festival at the local Botanical Garden. The weather was perfectly breezy, and Violet (who is a hard sell, let me tell ya) enjoyed all of the outdoor activities. She made a noise maker (which Lucy loved to shake, too) learned to hula hoop, and got sprinkled with fairy dust. 2 hours of uninterrupted family time was priceless. 

We made the tough decision to find a new home for our dog, Schroeder. We have talked about it for a year, but we never really had any takers. I know it seems heartless, but we finally put an ad on Craigslist to see if there was a special family who could love our dog. And fortunately a loving couple responded to the ad. The came and met him yesterday, brought their other dog to play with him, and happily adopted Schroeder.

I've had Schroeder since he was a puppy. My sister has his sister pup. But as our family grew it became clear that Schroeder does not do well with kids. We had gotten to a point where Schroeder was either always outside, or in another room by himself. A few close calls with nipping at the kids was the ultimate reason for finding him a new home. Nathan and I are sad, but the people who took Schroeder were thrilled to have him!

Our lives are full. We have our health. Our girls. Our home. A car that runs. Food on the table. And I am thankful. Today I have been watching my girls love on and play with each other. Violet is the only person who can make Lucy laugh out loud. Lucy adores her big sissy. Wallace is inside and great with the girls.

Today is a good day.

July 10, 2012

Get Your Gingiber Razorbacks!

So I have done it. I have given into the forces that be and have decided to embrace all that is Arkansas. This little prickly pig is my salute to the University of Arkansas.

Woo Pig Sooie (can you year the enthusiasm in my voice?)

I really wanted to put the Gingiber spin on this wee pig. Of course he would look lovely framed in a Razorback themed boy's room (as 1 out of every 3 boy's rooms in Arkansas are of the UofA affiliation). Or perhaps he could sit on the desk of a Razorback sports enthusiast? 

I really think my Arkansas relatives would enjoy his pleasant face.

So, Razorback fans. Get him while he's hot! He is officially licensed with the University of Arkansas and only a limited amount can be produced each year. 

Purchase him online at Gingiber, or if you live in Northwest Arkansas, the Mustache will be the exclusive Brick and Mortar store that carries this design.

You like? So do I!


July 9, 2012

The Gingiber Newsletter Goes Out Tomorrow!

Hello! Just dropping in to tell you that the 1st ever Gingiber Newsletter is being e-mailed TOMORROW! There will be an exclusive coupon code for readers, so be sure to sign up today if you want to learn about all the latest Gingiber News AND save some money on your next order!

How do you sign up? Click on this link. Or you can sign up directly on the blog on the left hand column that says "Gingiber Newsletter". Simply enter your Email address and click "subscribe.

So if you are interested please go ahead and sign up!

How was your weekend? I spent mine escaping the chaos of my home (our house flooded before the 4th and we are still working to clean it up) by driving to Springfield, Mo to visit my mom. Sometimes you just need your mom to tell you everything is going to be alright :) We took the kid's to the Discovery Center (the picture above is of Violet experiencing the magic of static electricity hair).

 Lucy really enjoyed her stroller ride through the Discover Center.

Have a great Monday,


July 5, 2012

Coming Soon: Gingiber Bear Rubber Stamps

So I've mentioned the rubber stamps that I have been working on. And if you follow me on instagram (username Gingiber) then you have probably seen a few pictures of the progress of my assembling these lovely stamps.

Well now I can hardly wait to share with you the (almost) finished product! These are my stamps in their adorable kraft box packaging. 

The labels will actually have rounded corners, but other than that I have cut, glued, assembled, and packaged almost 90 stamps! Each stamp is a nice large size, between 2 1/2 and 3 inches tall. 

Right now I am only working on these 4 bear designs, but depending on how these are received I will make a few more collections.

April Bear

January Bear

 September Bear

February Bear

Look for these to be available in the Gingiber Shop no later than September.

Thanks and I hope that you love these!