My Children's Art Prints at aMuse!

I am so excited to announce that my children's art prints are now available at my favorite (and local!) toy store, aMuse! They are currently carrying my Transportation Series and we have big plans to expand the line to other prints and products. Oh, the possibilities! I love that my prints are alongside so many of our favorite picture books. It bordered on embarrassing how many times Fiona exclaimed, "We have this book!" (I can't help myself!)

The girls and I stopped by the Quarry Lake location today to visit and check out the display (and the toys, obviously!) and we arrived just in time for Story Time! The girls were excited and we will definitely attend again. It is held every Tuesday at 11am if your kids love books as much as mine do.

I think Fiona and Elsa would agree that there are some major perks to having a Mama working with aMuse!

My Print Included in Oh Joy for Nod!

Photo by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod

I am so excited to share with all of you a project that I've been looking forward to for some time. The Oh Joy for Nod kids' bedding and decor collection was released last week and included is my very own illustration, Car Love. See it up there, directly above the yellow bed and below the adorable collection of moths? I can hardly believe it. To have a piece of mine selected by Joy and carried by The Land of Nod is huge!

Head over to The Land of Nod to explore the whole collection, or learn more about the inspiration for the collection on Oh Joy!

I Love You, Baltimore (Bride!)

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The past several months have been an exciting time for House Love in Baltimore. First, my house portraits were included in Baltimore City Paper's Gift Guide, then they appeared in Baltimore Magazine's Holiday Card and Ad, then the season culminated with a full page in Baltimore Bride's Aisle Style section.

When Bride's Editor, Janelle Diamond, asked me to send over some examples of Baltimore rowhouses to be included in the next issue, I was so excited. I pictured one of my house portraits alongside other gift ideas and couldn't wait to see the final layout. When I finally did see the magazine months later, I couldn't believe it. A whole page?! Are you kidding me?! I am still amazed by how positively House Love has been received. It is incredibly special to see my name and illustrations recognized in my local magazines and papers.

Thanks so much to Janelle and everyone over at Baltimore Bride. Being included in your beautiful magazine is truly an honor.

P.S. I know the blog has been House Love heavy lately, but that has been such a big part of what's been happening around here the last several months. I hope I'm not driving everyone crazy. Now that the holidays are over, I expect to be back to regular posting. I have lots of family Christmas pictures to share!

A House Love Holiday at Baltimore Magazine!

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I am so excited to share this recent project I did with Baltimore Magazine. I worked with the lovely ladies there to create illustrations of local houses from three different Baltimore neighborhoods–Federal Hill, Towson, and Roland Park–for their holiday card and greeting page in the December issue. I love the concept and the final product turned out beautifully.

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House Love was born out of a love for my own city's architecture, so a project like this couldn't be more perfect for me. It was also pretty cool to see my illustrations on a full page in my hometown magazine! Thanks so much to the folks over there!

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And now I better get back to the gazillion houses I have to finish before the 15th... December around here is, um, interesting.

Well, look at that.

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I glanced over at Facebook yesterday to find a nice little surprise waiting for me on my newsfeed: A picture of my house portraits on a spread from City Paper. My illustrations were featured in their 2013 Holiday Gift Guide in the Arty Holidays section! (One of the few full color spreads, no less!)

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I've been planning a post on my House Portrait Gift Certificate Packages and I'm thinking now would be a good time. To those of you new to my work, I create custom illustrated house portraits (among other things!). If you'd like to see plenty of examples of my portraits, click through my portfolio. The portraits are quite popular and have been on a wait list for a while now. If you are interested in a house portrait, there are two ways to go about getting one...

The first option is to purchase a gift certificate package. The house portrait wait list is full through the end of 2013, but if you are hoping to have a gift in hand this holiday season, you may want to consider a gift certificate package. I have made a limited number available, so be sure to order before they run out. These lovely packages make really thoughtful gifts and can be redeemed by the recipient any time after January 1st, 2014. They are beautifully printed at the same quality, on the same paper as final portraits, and come with three examples to give the recipient an idea of the final product. They are quite nice, I think. :)

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Another option is to add your name to the wait list, which runs into 2014. Here's how it works: To add your name, email me at miranda@houseloveshop.com. Include your name, contact email and what size print or package you would like to order. I currently offer 8”x10” ($125) and 11”x14” ($150) house portraits. I also offer greeting card packages. These packages include a printable pdf of your illustration to fit your specifications as well as an 8”x10” or 11”x14” print of your illustration. The 8”x10” greeting card package costs $145 and the 11”x14” package is $175. I will contact you when you are next on the list with a link to your reserved listing. Once you purchase that listing, we will move forward to complete your house portrait!

Please feel free to get in touch with me at miranda@houseloveshop.com if you have any questions. Thanks again for all your support! Now, I better get back to work. :)

shop update! new work!

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I am so excited to introduce you to some new work I've just listed in my shop! I've been wanting the broaden my focus since opening House Love Shop and I'm thrilled to be taking this first step.

These illustrations were inspired by simple, special parts of life that mean so much to all of us. From the Bees (above) and Remember the Sea (below) are the beginning of a series called Gifts from the Earth. As a city dweller, I have to be mindful about my appreciation for the earth and all it provides. These illustrations are celebrations of that relationship. We use honey in our tea, muffins, body care products and more, all thanks to the bees, and Remember the Sea is inspired by the peace we find near the sea and a reminder from the earth to bring that peace home with us. The gift tag reads, "remember me, the sea." 

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I've also started a transportation series. I like the idea of creating a story with each illustration, so you can imagine a family spending the day on the water with their dog, a young couple heading to the beach, or a Saturday morning spent biking around town, running into neighbors and shopping at the farmers market.

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I've been wanting to create these architectural learning charts since almost the inception of House Love. I've always had an appreciation for architecture, but wasn't very knowledgeable about the specific styles. This set, Rowhouse Love, is inspired by a love for my own urban neighborhood architecture and the many beautiful custom rowhouse portraits I've illustrated over the last year.

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And last, an illustration especially for Squamies. My own experience at the Taproot Gathering was so meaningful and I wanted to create a little memento to take home a bit of the peace found at Squam Lake.

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All of these greeting cards will be available as 8"x10" prints as well, but they haven't been listed yet. Look for that next week! (Or email me at houseloveshop@gmail.com if you're in a hurry and I'll set up a listing for you!)

As always, thank you so much for the support. I look forward to working with all of you in this new way. Creating illustrations that connect with people means so much to me and I feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I'm doing. Thank you.

The Art Fair!

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My last night at Squam was spent as a vendor at the art fair. It was my first experience as a vendor and it really was the perfect first fair. It was short and sweet; only two and a half hours. I was so busy the whole time, it seemed to be over in a minute! I was nervous going into it and so happy at how well received my work was. It's a scary thing, being out there like that. I'm glad I just went for it. The people were so kind and it was lovely to chat face to face with customers. It kind of felt like a party!

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I split my table between House Love and Miranda Makes. On the Miranda Makes side, I had a lot of new art prints and greeting cards for sale. I sold a ton, even running out of one design! I plan to list these in my shop in the coming months. On the House Love side, I had my portfolio of house portraits along with a few gift certificates for sale.

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The weeks leading up to Squam were pretty intense. As is my typical style, I was in a bit over my head when I first committed to being a part of the fair. There were a lot of late nights and last minute preparations, but it was so worth it. I know that this is a direction I want to move in and I'm glad I got my feet wet. Or, you know, jumped into the deep end. ;)

I am finally catching up on portraits after a super productive weekend. I can't believe I'm saying this, but my House Love wait list is full through the end of the year! I will be making a limited number of gift certificates available in my shop in time for holiday gifts, so watch for that if you're interested. If you'd like to add yourself to the 2014 list, please do email me at miranda@houseloveshop.com!

And today being the 29th of September, it would be remiss if I didn't say happy, happy birthday to my very dear friend, Kimmie! I cannot wait for her visit in a couple weeks. Hooray!

Wishing you all a perfectly ordinary, beautifully uneventful week!  

house love lately

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A lot is happening behind the scenes around here. A lot of progress, a lot of changes. I am anticipating my first solo trip since the girls were born (or ever?). I'll be attending the Taproot Gathering at Squam in September. Oh my! I'm turning 30 that very month and this seemed like a nice way to celebrate that milestone. I also made the decision to apply to be a vendor at the Squam Art Fair while I'm there. I am proud that I was accepted but I have a lot to do to prepare for my first art fair EVER. Ahh!

I've also been chugging along on the House Love wait list, and I'm just going to say it, no matter how ridiculous it feels to be talking about the holidays in August: My holiday order list has already started growing. If you want to guarantee that you will have a house portrait in your hot little hands in time for Christmas, please add your name to the list as soon as possible by emailing me at miranda@houseloveshop.com.

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Pictured are some of my favorite houses completed in the last couple months. Quaint, cute or grand, I love them all. Wishing you all a lovely Monday and a peaceful start to your week.