What’s been going on?

freshideasIt’s been a very busy time for us here at VINE RIPE DESIGN™ from t-shirt logo designs to web sites!

I’ll post separately about the launch of our new VINE RIPE CONSULTING, LLC  but it’s exciting times and we’re so lucky to be growing our expertise and capabilities with the addition of VINE RIPE SOFTWARE™.

On The Vine: Custom birthday party invites for Jessica’s boys

Jess_FeedbackImage1_partyInvitesA client interview from On The Vine. We created custom birthday party invitations for Jessica’s boys and now she’s dishing on her experience and the final product.  Special thanks to Jess for being our first official client interview!

Hi Jess, thanks for participating in this interview, you’re such a cool mom and a great friend!  I was so tickled when you asked me to design the invitations for your son’s 8th birthday party.

You’re too sweet!  When birthday time rolled around and I started thinking of invitation ideas, you were the first person that popped into my head to make them.  I knew whatever crazy theme my son came up with you would be able to work with and create something awesome.

My favorite part of the LEGO themed birthday party invites was thinking a little outside the box and I really thought it was so cute to have the LEGO man have a role on the invitation.

How many invite design ideas did you receive and what was it about this one that you liked?

I really had no vision or idea for what the invites should look like and my son simply said “LEGO”.  I looked around at a few ideas online…but none of them used the idea of a model Lego Man.  I liked how it wasn’t using the typical Lego itself…which is what I thought we would be going with.  The Lego Man was different, cute, and I felt represented my son, the Lego Man himself.

As you know, Vine Ripe Design sends the final design files in high resolution digital format, which allows our clients to be in complete control of the print production.

Where did you get these printed and did you run into any problems during the printing process?

I had these printed at Zazzle and had no difficulty uploading the image and having it printed.  The finished product looked great and worked out perfectly.

What did the birthday boy think of his invitations?

I believe his exact word upon seeing it was “Sweet!”  From an 8 year old, that means you nailed it!

It’s great fun to be able to contribute to these special moments and I want to thank you so much for supporting my endeavors.   Do you have any final thoughts that you’d like to pass along?

I had such a great experience working with you!  Ever since you made my son’s birth announcements I knew you were made for this career path.  I had such a great time working with you on these invites.  It was fun, easy, and you interpreted my thoughts beautifully.  You’re always so creative and tackle challenges with an upbeat gusto.  I’ve been passing your name along to as many as I can and will continue to do so!  I cannot wait to see your business grow and am super excited to do what I can do help it along!

Coming soon: Client Interviews

Thrilled to announce that this week I will start to share Vine Ripe Design client interviews.   It’s about time that I had some customer feedback on the website, but I wanted to do something that really showcased my customers.  The client interview that I’ll post this week is from a great friend and one of my longest supporters!


Friday’s inspiration: my favorite flowers

crocusTHE SOURCE:  my favorite flowers

THE INSPIRATION:  the first of the year – crocus, daffodil, iris, tulip, hyacinth

THE STORY:  There’s nothing planted in the flower garden right now, we took everything out at the end of the year, it was just overgrown, and the day lilies had seen better days.  We had a taste of Spring this week, so I took a peak and saw the daffodils had survived our purge and it just made me smile.  It reminded me how much I love the flowers of early Spring, they are most definitely my favorites.

I find the structure and colors of the plants particularly beautiful.  I’m not good at gardening and I don’t really like flowers all that much, but I do love landscape and nature, it offers endless inspiration.  Hopefully I’ll find some time to plant some more bulbs this year because they’re just so cool and are a cheerful reminder on a cold Winter day that Spring is near.

Have a great weekend!

Friday’s inspiration? Not much.

THE SOURCE:   Runny noses.


THE STORY:  I am really struggling to come up with a design inspiration this week, maybe it’s because it’s the middle of Winter, maybe it’s how sick we’ve been the last couple months, maybe it’s the amount of boogies and snot produced by my 2 year old’s nose this week.  I find myself gazing out onto the gray dreary days and thinking Spring cannot come soon enough!

This reminded me that St Patrick’s Day is around the corner, a day that everyone can claim they’re connected to the Irish in one way or another, sounds good to me!  Especially great is that there’s more green than pink around the stores these days now that Valentine’s Day is over.  Also, I find it amusing when a color is named for the year, for 2013 the color is Emerald, which I think is kind of cool, but I have no idea what that means.  I suppose it gives the creatives some inspiration, but this week’s post isn’t about emerald, so it hasn’t worked for me just yet, but the year is still young and when it does, then I will be singing it from the emerald green treetops!

A healthy Winter weekend to all!

Friday’s inspiration: I love my customers…

THE SOURCE:  I love my customers…

THE INSPIRATION:  … because they have the best projects EVER!

blogthankyous_ColorCallout_45THE STORY: so I feel the need to brag just the tiniest bit about my fabulous customers.  Some of my customers are people I have known for years, some are close friends, some are folks I’ll never have the pleasure to meet face to face because they live far away.  All I know is that I’m one lucky gal, because the variety of these projects has been incredibly refreshing and inspiring.  It’s so much fun collaborating with you all, THANK YOU!

The last 6 weeks of projects:

  • branding for two metalworking shops
  • logos for a gymnastics academy
  • a LEGO birthday invite
  • a bumble bee inspired birth announcement
  • a mother’s handmade quilt inspired birth announcement
  • a website for a professional organizer
  • a vintage concert poster birthday invite
  • an Angry Bird birthday invite

Have a great weekend!

sneak peek: rock’n’roll-red-white-and-blue Valentine’s cards, for kids!

Valentines2013_YouRock_blogIt’s rare that I share a work in progress, but I’m having so much fun I just couldn’t resist!  As someone who is fairly indifferent to Valentine’s day, it was a bit amusing to find myself DIY-ing some Valentine’s day cards for my son to give to his classmates.  It’s certainly sweet for children to learn to love one another, because that’s what the world needs now, is love sweet love.  Right? 🙂

I’m pretty stoked at how my guitars turned out, the design is all original work.   I’m not done just yet, still mulling over the wording and the size/color of the hearts.  I’ll print these at home on matte white 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut them with my cropper.   4 cards per sheet.  16 kids/4 cards = 4 pieces of paper.  I love those number$!

Friday’s inspiration: Vitruvius!

10-16-2008 077THE SOURCE: Architecture


  • Vitruvius’s fundamental principles of architecture: Order, Arrangement, Eurythmy, Symmetry, Propriety and Economy.  It can apply to more than just architecture!

THE STORY: My own design work is often influenced and inspired by my deep affection for architecture. The love affair started in a middle school art class (public school).  Our first project was to build a small house out of clay, and we had to select the architectural details, and know what they were.  I was enthralled with Greek columns (doric, ionic, corinthian), parapets, flying buttresses, and even prehistoric architecture like the “beehive huts” pictured in my photo from Ireland. This is a picture of a prehistoric structure built thousands of years before the Egyptian pyramids, dry-stacked stone construction, the walls are thick and sloped to keep the rain out.  When they were in use, they would have had thatched roofs and a wooden door, kind of fascinating to imagine the people behind these first homes.  As I stood in Ireland, soaked to the bone in the cold pouring down rain with water dripping off the end my nose, I could only think, no wonder they wanted a house with a roof!  (And I’m especially glad they did, because it probably became one of the first pubs too!)

04-15-2008Spain 020Gaudi swept me off my feet during another project in the same class (great teacher), when I randomly drew the building name out of a bowl that read “Casa Batlló”.  I had no idea who Gaudi was except that we’d been told he inspired the word “gaudy” and I thought that couldn’t be any good.  Seeing the building in context on an uncharacteristically cold  and rainy April afternoon in Barcelona changed my impression completely, it’s on a very bustling street, and while Gaudy’s work is clearly the most creative, it sits scrunched together with other beautiful and distinct homes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing able to travel around the world and experience where these structures live and the cultures and people that live with them has been amazing.  I’ve even been to some of the most holy structures in the world, on a trip to Jerusalem I visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and saw where Jesus is reportedly buried, and although I was initially quite skeptical, I left thinking it is entirely possible that He is resting in that tomb!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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