April at Leontine

April 04, 2013 18 Comments

Happy April from Leontine Linens. This blog should be re-titled the "Leontine Linens Official Fan Page" as it seems like half my posts are about them.

As I mentioned in a previous post, when I first spoke to Jane Scott, the company's founder, she offered to help me design monogrammed linens of my own and I forlornly told her I wasn't ready yet for my "official" bedding.

I mean, whats the point of getting your maiden name monogrammed on your bed when you've spent the past five years doodling a certain someone's last name with your own on scrap paper?

Well, that certain someone made all my dreams come true - both in the monogramming linens and true love departments - this past weekend by presenting me with a very important piece of jewelry!!!!

So look out, Jane Scott! It's time to start monogramming!

And look out everyone else, it's time to turn this blog into a wedding planning forum! Or... more likely... it's time to try to remember to blog at all despite all the excitement.

Posted in Bride, engagement, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, leontine linens, monogram, The Sketch Book, wedding

pass the sangria

March 14, 2013 5 Comments


Here's a bridesmaid luncheon invite I recently designed. The hosts told me they planned to serve sangria so I went with that theme. Look closely, we even gave the disembodied hand here a canary diamond, just like the bride has. Get in touch with me to commission your own shower invites!

I thought this would be appropriate to share today as I have bridal celebrations on the brain. I'm packing my suitcase and painting my nails neon pink, I'm off to a bachelorette party in Miami this weekend.

I hope to tap into some great ideas for bachelorette weekend invites while I'm soaking up the South Beach lifestyle or at the very least some colorful blog material for next week. Stay tuned!

Posted in bachelorette, Bridal Shower, Bride, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, invite, miami, south beach, stationery, The Sketch Book, wedding


August 24, 2012 1 Comment

Another lovely bride in honor of blog-bride-week! I think Lindsay has such a resemblance to her portrait I just had to share... I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Posted in Bride, Inslee, lindsay, portrait, The Sketch Book, watercolor, wedding


August 22, 2012 4 Comments


So I have decided the official theme for this week is bridal. I'm moving into my studio and don't have time to sketch up new blog posts, so I figured, who doesn't love brides? So... I will share another bride in the absence of a new blog sketch.

This is Katherine, isn't she a dream? I loved the pictures I got to work with for her painting. This one in particular was so sweet - her mother's locket as a zipper pull...

I wish I could have seen her at her wedding. Sketching Lily from memory at her wedding was so meaningful. I think I am going to start making my bridal commissions invite me to their weddings for research. I mean they invite the photographer, they should invite the illustrator. Right?

Anyway... Check back again this week for more of bridal week on the blog!


Posted in Bridal, Bride, Inslee, The Sketch Book, watercolor, wedding


August 20, 2012 4 Comments


I'm feeling very end-of-summer camp this morning. Fall is creeping into the air in NYC and I just got back from a weekend of swimming in a lake and dancing out under the stars in a field with all my friends at a beautiful wedding. Above is a painting of the bride, Lily and her darling flower girl who everyone affectionately calls "ya ya"

The wedding took place at a gorgeous farm called Devotion. How perfect is that for a wedding venue name? The lake was my favorite part, and also the painting used for the Save The Date for the weekend:

  Saying goodbye to the bride and groom and their friends and family at the end of the weekend was just like the end of camp - a glamorous, grown up camp. The feeling is definitely a little bit melancholy but tempered by that crisp anticipation that only fall can generate. Especially in NYC. Everything feels shiny and new again in September here. I suddenly really want a dramatic new hair cut and to switch back to hot coffees in the morning. These are the two things that signal the start of the new season to me most of all. What starts the fall for you?

Posted in devotion, fall, farm, lily, NYC, The Sketch Book, wedding


April 13, 2012 5 Comments

This is Melissa, a recent bridal commission. Isn't she lovely? And that train!? And here is how it looks framed (with fabulous flowers)... Oh I just love bridal projects. I think one reason why is because it gets me out of drawing feet! I hate drawing feet. Well... and of course I enjoy all the eternal love and fancy dresses too, but a "no footer" is definitely a plus. and with that.... Happy weekend!

Posted in Bridal Commission, Bride, Inslee, portrait, The Sketch Book, watercolor, wedding

bride season

February 28, 2012 7 Comments

spring is coming and do you know what that means? wedding season! i'm excited for lots of new bridal portraits this year. here is one i did recently. shes a bit more ornately adorned than the usual white dress/bouquet combo which was fun to illustrate. (look at that arm party!) isn't she lovely?

Posted in bridal portrait, Bride, Inslee, The Sketch Book, wedding