Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

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Okay, I know the blog title is cheesy but here I am still in Austin and loving every minute of it!  I had the great fortune of working with some amazing individuals over the last three days and feel truly inspired to be creating art with them.  Caroline, from Paloma’s Nest is a kindred spirit of sorts and collaborating was a treasure.   I even had the privilege of painting for several hours on her very own studio table – how cool?!!  My time here has been quite magical, between eating a generous spread at the Famous Salt Lick to having my work photographed by the genuinely talented and sincerely sweet Jesse Ryan, I feel incredibly grateful.

Caroline made me feel completely at home in her studio.
Good music playing and a sunny breeze filtering into the space made for a peaceful few hours of runner painting.

Yesterday, I met up with a long time friend who has called this city home for the last few years.  She was my personal tour guide and is an artist herself, so seeing Austin through her eyes was quite special.  A stop at Whole Foods headquarters for the best salad of my life began the day, then a walk to Anthropologie…I cannot stop thinking about their decorative doorknobs.  We then ventured to South Congress and entered the visual jungle that is Uncommon Objects, which can best be described as an artistically organized haven for rare vintage goods.

Sharing my adventures of the past week in detail is off limits for now but until then have a look at some watercolor goodness fresh my my hotel room!  Brooke from Pollen Floral Art let me take this beauty with me after the shoot and I just couldn’t let it go to waste!  Curious to hear a bit more about #Austinshoot…?

I can hardly wait to be back in the studio to transform this into invitation loveliness.  The Juliette roses and blooming succulents were my favorites to capture; love the shapes and colors of each and how the delicate petals of the roses contrasted with the round, pod-like shape of the succulents.

So thank you again to all who made me feel so welcome in Austin.  I had the chance to meet so many lovely people and work side by side with such good and generous industry talent.  I can see why Austin residents are so proud of their city.  Their is a certain magic here, in the places and the people.  A magic that is already inspiring my next adventure!


  1. April

    it was great to have you!!!

  2. Sandy

    It was so nice to meet you, Kristy – I cannot wait to see the results of your planning and collaborating!!!
    Thanks again for arranging our little (loud) dinner, and y’all come back soon!

  3. julianne smith

    i’m so, so glad to hear that you had a great trip! i can’t wait to see how it all turns out!!