#16N3RDST Holiday Party!

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Tis the season! Our studio holiday party was Friday and we opened our doors to family and friends to see the space, enjoy some cocktails and share some holiday cheer.

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And it wouldn’t be a #16N3RDST party without a Tarot Card reader and metallic tattoos!

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The #16N3RDST studio mates! Asya Photography, Studio Nine, Kole Made, Iper Design & Ink + Mortar!

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 Happy Holidays from Ink + Mortar!

 

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Ink + Mortar officially turned one in February! I also turn 29 at the end of this month and always feel like this time of year calls for reflection and goals, even more so than January 1.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year and even with its ups and downs, starting Ink + Mortar has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I left my job last year to pursue this full-time, not knowing what my income or work load would look like. I jumped in head-first. There were so many things I wish I had known, but sometimes you just have to take the leap and learn for yourself.

As I reflect on the last year, I am so very proud of the clients I’ve worked with and the work we’ve produced together. Each project has heart and soul and a whole lot of passion and hard work in it. Launching new sites and seeing a business card printed for the first time still has me giddy with excitement and knowing that I helped influence someone else’s passion and future makes running Ink + Mortar priceless.

The last year was quite an adventure and year two is sure to bring even more bumps as well as victories. While I’ve spent the last year with my head in the sand working, my focus for year two is sharing and growing and with my first class underway and more projects in the works, I’m excited to share what I’ve learned both as a small business owner and also as a designer.

Cheers to a new year ahead!

Alt NYC 2013

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I took a wonderful break to enjoy three days in New York and to attend Alt NYC at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. It. Was. Amazing. I liked this smaller, shorter version of Alt so much more than the one in Salt Lake City, which I had made in January this year. The more intimate atmosphere, speakers and women were so full of life and it was much more focused on small business which is exactly what I needed. My friend Lindsey Buck and I took the trip together and stayed in a fantastic airbnb place in Soho. I seriously love that area.

We started off the summit with a dinner sponsored by Bing at Sunday Suppers in Brooklyn and the view, decor and meal were breathtaking.

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Thursday was jam packed with speakers, lots of people to meet and greet and wonderful sponsors and gifts.  I can’t explain the amount of quality, touching speakers there were at the event. I took so many notes and was so hopped up on coffee that my scribbles probably need a full day of deciphering. I took so many great snippets of advice and practical ideas for my clients and my own business and I look forward to sharing more about them in future posts!

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{   Little Martha DIY stations were sprinkled all over the room and I loved the bath salts.
My lavender salts smell amazing!   }

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{   We even got a little bit of Martha as she introduced one of our panels.   }

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{  I just had to share this image by the Alt NYC photographer, Justin Hackworth, with his caption “And then Martha walked in”   }

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{  The after partaaaaayyyyyyy.  } 

After taking in the speakers, sunshine, rooftop deck…

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… and a rooftop photoshoot with Justin Hackworth

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…Alt NYC really made me fall in love with my business and summer all over again. What a great time. 🙂