In the blink of an eye, spring has gone and summer is here—and I’m certainly not complaining about the idea of lazy pool days, frozen margaritas, and plenty of sunshine. Plus, June’s arrival means you get to download new summery wallpapers! Read on to get the monthly recap of May at Sarah Ann Design, and scroll right on down to get those free backgrounds on your phones.
As May draws to a close, I suppose Sarah Ann Design has survived its first calendar season. My heart is so grateful for these past few months; I love the opportunity to create something beautiful every day, and to serve clients in their walk toward marriage. I am humbled that the clients keep coming, and, almost to my disbelief, this passion of mine has turned into a profitable lifestyle. I’d like to take a moment to thank my sweet clients for entrusting me with their wedding-day heirlooms, and for letting me be a part of such a sacred season of their lives.
May highlights include plenty of graduation announcement designs, several completed semi-custom suites, a fully custom design in the works, two branding projects, and about 400 envelopes calligraphed.
The beginning of the month also included several styled shoots with Brides of North Texas—and I brought some pretty unique designs to the table this season! You’ll have to wait until August to get a peek inside the magazine, but I hope you’ll like what you see… I definitely pushed the creative boundaries this year, and I think you’ll have a lot of fun with the next issue’s designs!
May also included coffee dates with treasured friends, new partnerships (thank you, OnceWed and The White Wren!), and a lot of thought about my brand and where things might go from here. I am trying (and often failing) to take things one step at a time, trusting that if I keep putting one foot in front of the other, good things will come. This month has been a fruitful one, in terms of business and friendships and belly laughs and soul-nurturing.
In June, continued blessings are coming our way. We’re moving to a new home at the end of the month… one that will have a full office space for Sarah Ann Design! (Thank you, my most patient husband, for willingly overlooking a living room constantly littered with handmade paper and silk ribbons and envelopes galore… I think it is safe to say we will both appreciate the upgrade in living space). In other exciting news, I am also welcoming my first intern for the summer! So stay tuned to get better acquainted with the newest addition to my perviously one-woman show.
For now, grab your June freebies below, with my phrase for the month: “The grass is green where you water it.” This month, I’ve really started to see tangible fruits of my labor at Sarah Ann Design. Hard work and tender care and enthusiasm are paying off—all glory be to Him who has given me the passion and talents that fuel this entrepreneurial endeavor. I am grateful to reap what I’ve sown, to see fresh green blades poking up through the earth everywhere I turn.
That being said, envy is a real temptation in this industry of exquisitely crafted work and perfectly plotted Instagram squares. I’ve fallen prey to the screen far too often… but scrolling rarely ever feeds my soul. When I look at everyone else’s grass, my own successes start to look a little less green by comparison. This month, let’s put the screens aside and commit to tending our own gardens; commit to investing our energy in places that matter: in our own creative pursuits, in our relationships with loved ones, and – above all – in Christ.
Enjoy your freebies, and have a wonderful start to summer!
P.S. Love the freebies? Glad to hear it! Did you know you can get even more freebie downloads (including wallpapers, printable quotes, and even more goodies) by signing up for my email list? I’ll also send a few of my best tips and content each month. Hit “Join the List” in my blog sidebar (or below each post) to get access! You’ll get this pretty little wallpaper right away: