I'm proud to present my very first design - mermaid tail! I grew up on Disney movies, and The Little Mermaid was one of my all-time favorites as a child. Granted, today, the mere thought of my future 16 year old daughter running away to be with somebody she spotted once from afar is just plain terrifying, I can still appreciate the movie for what it was at the time.
My original mermaid washi concept involved my hand painted rendition with under-the sea coloration in beautiful shades of deep aquamarine and deep-sea green - I thought the contrast against gold foil scales would be gorgeous:
I searched and searched in vain for a company that was able to produce the complexity of the design. I was told over and over again that this type of printing on washi tape and foil was just not possible with current printing equipment. After what seemed like the billionth email, I decided I needed to regroup and go with plan B. Despite my disappointment, I was thrilled with the beautiful turqouise green color I chose instead. You MUST see this washi in person to fully appreciate how lovely the color truly is -- especially when applied. It literally Pops!
I'm not giving up on my dream of watercolor foil washi just yet - but in the meantime, I am pretty happy with the bright and happy mermaid tail washi that will be available for purchase on December 17th -- this Thursday!!!
My daughter just turned one this past weekend - but her party is actually planned for January once the bustle of the holidays is all wrapped up. This mermaid washi tape will be sealing envelopes and serving as little toothpick banners for her "Shimmer mermaid" themed party. (I have been hoarding iridescent easter grass, and sea themed items since the party's original inception a few weeks after her birth) I'll be sure to share all the little details come January. :)
Hope you all 'just keep swimming' through this week!
Hi all and welcome to the simply gilded blog!
First of all - thanks for visiting! It means so much that you are here supporting my dream and sharing in my passion for all the small things that make life just a little more beautiful.
My name is Irene and I am the one-woman operation behind the company. It has been pretty crazy juggling my family of 2 little ones (Jacob, 3, and Lillian, 1 this coming Sunday!) and a full time job, but I mean this in the most honest of ways - the idea of designing one-of-a-kind washi tape truly excites me and sparks this insatiable passion in my soul! No joke.
I've forever been a scrapbooker, sticker collector, and perpetual list maker. I love making hand-made cards - what better way to incorporate my love of art, fantasy, and design than to literally roll it all into one! I seriously use washi tape on everything - to decorate my planner and lists, to tape notes to the door for the postman, to seal invitations, to create pretty borders in my scrapbook etc.
I have never been a risk taker in life and have forever been terrified by rejection - so I set my artistic brain and my dreams and aspirations of starting a creative business aside for years. However, I'm so glad I took a leap of faith to start this company and to share what I have created with all of you. It is when I am in my creative space that I feel so joyful and alive! I hope that you too will be inspired to follow your dreams or at the very least, carve out space and time to nourish your creative self.
Thank you for joining me on the exciting journey ahead - looking forward to making memories with you all!