inspired // 3

inspired-grammy

The story: I recently visited my parents in North Carolina and while in my father’s studio, I found this image of my mother’s mother, who we called Grammy. I love this image in it’s simplicity, her beauty, the roses in bloom. My Grammy was an amazing woman and I miss her dearly. She had a grace about her and this photo is the perfect view of how I remember her. Thank you for always inspiring me, Grammy!

inspired // 2

old-city-building-1

The story:  I’ve been in Old City for the last few weeks on a job and have absolutely loved coming to this historic part of the city every day. The detail in the buildings is mesmerizing and I miss this kind of architecture in the newer areas that are popping up everywhere. These shots are of the Corn Exchange National Bank, which has insane filigree and carvings all over the front and sides. This is the kind of detail I aspire to bring to my work. The small notches in the banisters, the ornate flowers and ribbon details. Even the roof has greened copper edges. Truly inspiring.

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inspired // 1

I find inspiration in the most random of places and have a phone full of images and moments that I don’t want to forget. I wanted to start cataloging those moments right here and since I love hearing the stories of where others find creativity, with each photo there will be a little story to explain how each moment inspired me.

matchsticks

The story: My boyfriend and I bought cigars on a whim one summer night and sat outside my front porch puffing away. It was a gorgeous out. The sun was setting and as I looked around, I noticed how pretty the matches were against the grey cement of our stoop. I loved the color combinations and the soft light the setting sun gave them. I couldn’t help but snap a picture to hopefully use the color combination one day.

success is slow

strive-to-be-of-value

painted type and photo by Ink + Mortar Design Co.

Starting a business has taught me an immense amount about success and value. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in what I should be doing on social media, my blog, promotions, the list goes on and on, and it’s overwhelming. When you work for yourself, there isn’t an end to what you could be doing for your business and it can be detrimental to why you got into this in the first place!

I used to get wrapped up in what I should be doing, but I’ve stepped back to refocus and the goal for Ink + Mortar is quality and value. I have put my focus on growing my business from the inside out and while I struggle to subdue my need for immediate gratification sometimes, I’m so glad I’m taking the time to do things right and to build my company with a strong foundation of systems, processes and exploration. I think this is key to a really strong start, even if it’s a quiet one!

I hope this quote inspires you as much as does for me. Have a wonderful weekend!