Moving Day

We've moved!

Check out the continuation of this blog at www.ellebydesign.net.



Fun with flowers

A little fun with flowers for Mother's Day. Happy spring, everyone!


Resolution time: New year, new blog!

What a busy time it's been since my last entry. 
2011 will bring big things for Elleby Design. I'm working hard on a new blog site and cool freelance projects I can't wait to share. 

When I get up to speed, expect a new URL and several fresh posts a week - there's a lot of fresh design goodness to share the year ahead.
Happy new year!


Puppy Love

Today is a very big day in my house. In celebration of our anniversary, my husband and I blissfully welcomed home our very first puppy. 

 I'd like to introduce you to little miss Toki!

If I'm not online much over the next few days, it's because my weekend's full of treats, trips to the back yard and the world's most perfect fuzzy-nosed kisses.

Have a great weekend!


Elleby Mood Board: Late summer 2010

I've been taking a super wonderful creative blogging e-course led by Holly Becker of decor8 fame, which has been endlessly inspiring. One of the class challenges was to create a mood board to capture the essence of your blog. So behold, the first seasonal Elleby Design mood board. It captures the snips and textures and colors that have inspired me this summer. Stay tuned for a fall update coming soon!



The Sketchbook Project

There are few things more exhilarating, intimidating, and overwhelming than a brand-spanking new sketchbook. 

I am presently sitting curled in my favorite chair, staring petrified at an 80-page Moleskine with my name on the cover, and a DEADLINE by which it must be filled.

Today, friends, I am thrilled to participate in the 2010 Art House Co-Op Sketchbook Project. Today, my brand new book arrived in the mail.
The Sketchbook Project: 2011

The idea is pretty simple, and VERY cool. Creative folks around the world pay to have a barcoded notebook sent to them, with one of 20 assigned theme topics ranging from "Dirigibles and submersibles" to "...... you'd be home by now." Each participant fills their sketchbook however they're inspired and returns it to the Co-Op. Next year, the Co-Op will take the entire collection of thousands of books on tour around the country, before logging them all into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library and making them available for public view. 

Can you imagine the magical countless hours you could spend exploring the finished collection?

Since signing up last week, my mind has been popping with ideas for my book -- the theme is "Boys and Girls" -- in quiet elevator moments and while parking my car. My brain's been going full tilt boogie writing high-school poetry and dreaming up glorious fun ways to fill this book. 

So right now, I'll take a moment of silence to enjoy the glorious emptiness, the blank possibility of what a sketchbook can become. I'll share it with you along the way. But in the meantime, don't you want to join the project, too? Sign up now!


Vintage Cool

Tonight I'm working late on a freelance graphic design project, but wanted to take a minute to share this awesome vintage photo which inspired a few designs lately. It was taken in the back garden of a speakeasy in Washington DC in 1921. I love it entirely: the composition and tree-filtered light, the brazen attitude, the awesome boozy tree-fort afternoon among friends.

Image available from Shorpy.com -- Please visit and buy a print!