Intel 2 in 1: Smart Enough for a Woman (Part 2)


If you were around this past Wednesday, you may have seen my first exciting teaser for all of the goodness that is about to hit www.maddierichardson.com next month. For the past two months I have been planning and creating a new website, that more closely integrates my blog and design shop. I currently have my portfolio available, but I have been a bit hesitant to take on more design work, so that piece of my website and blog have been pretty dormant over the past 6 months, by choice.

However, over the past month or two, this beautiful thing started happening... I started missing my design work! I actually was bummed to not have emails coming in from happy clients, deadlines to get my artwork in, a lineup of blogs to dream up... It was so refreshing to find that my heart and soul actually enjoy this work... A lot. 

So... I got to working on an updated site, and planning out the coming months to get back to work. It has been refreshing, to say the least... And today, you are getting the tiniest little teaser of the new website and blog. Yay!!

Since we received the Dell Insperion 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop, I have been excited to try it out with some of my design work. Mostly because it is so compact, so it is super easy to pop in my purse and use at the dog park, coffee shop, or any other place I find I have an hour or two do dive into my work. So, if Burley isn't busy using it for himself, I will snag it and pack it up to go!

I have done a lot of work on the new site using this laptop, even connecting my tablet & stylus to it, to create and tweak my new logo! Yes... That's right! Super user friendly and intuitive to get my stylus working to either draw or browse. This has been one of my favorite perks by far.

The resolution and quality of the screen has made it really enjoyable to see all of the hard work on the new site come to life!! It's like seeing a piece of your own art hung in a gorgeous gallery (or I guess I imagine this is how it might feel, considering I have never actually had this happen to me before...)

... It makes all of the hard work and long hours reeeeeally worth it.

Here are a few more photos of the 2 in 1 laptop in action, as well as some sneak peeks at the new site, to be released mid-October!!


#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.


Cheers,
Maddie






Maiedae Mixer: Wardrobe Inspiration


This weekend, I've got some exciting, glittery plans coming up. This year, I get to attend the 2nd annual Maiedae Mixer! Huzzah! I was so bummed last year when I had to miss out on all the fun. But this year, don't you worry friends... I am on it like whit on rice.

As soon as my ticket was booked and I was looking forward to this year's theme "Be Golden," I had a minor panic attack thinking "There is no way that gold is going to be easy to find in the maternity section." And I was right. I suggested to the hosts that perhaps a gold bikini and gilding myself from head to toe with paint might be my best option...

But, alas. Full on body paint is probably not smart for a pregnant woman either.

So I had to get a little bit creative when it came to my wardrobe...
And by creative I mean that I am going to put my 22 week pregnant belly into a pant-romper.
Yes... Yes I am.

I can't wait to share photos of the evening with you, as well as final details on my outfit. It might be one for the books... Or it might be one that is really embarrassing and I will have to creatively pretend that I liked how I looked and show you really artsy closeups of only the good parts.

If you are in the Atlanta area, and you are a blogger or creative of any sort, I hope that you will be joining me! I have heard there are a few tickets left, so snag yours today and let's party on Saturday!!!

... If you want to be seen partying with a pregnant woman in a pants-romper.

Cheers,


Bump Things: Surprise!! It's A...

After getting a rousing response from this card, I decided to make it available to you online, if you are in the market for a humorous gender reveal of your own! Check out these Stationary CardsT-Shirts, Tanks, (wow your gender reveal party guests), or even his and her mugs! I can't tell you how hard I laughed, watching this image be placed on all of these products. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 

                                                                                                                                                                

I wish you could have all sat in my dining room over the past couple of nights with Burley and I.
They have been for the books.

Being that both of our families are wildly successful livers of life, and are spread across the southeast and northeast, we had to think long and hard about how we wanted to share the gender of our big little news with them. Despite the distance, we are extremely close with our fam dams, and telling them these exciting things over the phone, not seeing their smiles and tears, it was just too much. We had to work it out.

So we decided to send them the news the old fashion way... Pony Express.
With strict instructions not to open the mail until we were all grouped up on Skype and staring each other in the face.

With hectic schedules, babies and toddlers, different time zones, and varying affinities for technology, Burley and I knew this would be the LEAST simple way to share the news.... But definitely the best.

So we skyped. 
We laughed. 
We tried to get videos showing on the screen for minutes and hours. 
We caught up on a million other things while we waited for everyone to get situated.
We celebrated.
We cried. 
And Burley and I went to bed feeling more loved and more excited than ever for this little one's entrance into the world. Because true love, is love shared. Love poured out. 

What is love without the other smiling face on the other side of the screen?
What is joy without sharing it with a village of hearts who are rooting for you?
What is the gender of our baby?

Oh. Yes. That little fact....

Well.

Mini Burley has been confirmed. He is healthy as a horse, and hung like one too.
What? I didn't say that. 

We are overwhelmed as we can finally refer to our baby as a human and not as a fruit, vegetable, or an "it." He is kicking. He is growing. And he is giving me lots of beautiful heartburn, which can only mean one thing...

He will hopefully be just as blessed in the facial hair department as this stone cold fox....

Burley was kind enough to let me post this photo.
It is a real. Genuine. Candid shot. Of his bad-to-the-bone self.
Can you believe he didn't even try to strike this pose?

Yea daddy.

Cheers,
Maddie

#Creativeweekendgetaway

Are we Instagram buddies? I sure hope we are... Because it's kind of my favorite.

If so, you may have been following along with me and a couple of friends of mine as we had a seriously needed and valuable #creativeweekendgetaway

We spent 2 nights at Habersham Village in North Georgia. I can't really explain how amazing this airbnb gem is. They have a few other sweet 2 person spots on the grounds, which I highly suggest staying at if you are looking for a quick metro-Atlanta retreat any time soon. The owners are phenomenal, the scenery is unique and breathtaking, and the location is primo. No, they are not paying me to say this. I really just had a blast.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had a lot of ideas swirling around in my head, and I was having trouble finding the time or space to put them to paper. So, this weekend was booked and set aside in order to help me and a couple other ladies in the same boat, step away from the norm, and reboot our creative juices.

We ate delicious snacks all day, we took breaks to laugh and chat, but mostly we worked and worked and worked until we couldn't work anymore. It felt disciplined. It felt refreshing. It felt rejuvenating.

There is a lot on the horizon for this here little blog, including a full design upgrade, a switch to a new platform, and the addition of a lot of fun things in the way of blog design! So, get pumped. And, if you are thinking about possibly being in the market for a hot new blog design this fall... I will have a lot of amazing deals headed your way coming October, with the launch of the new site!

But for today, enjoy some lovely photos of this peaceful weekend. And if you are in the Southeast + looking to enjoy a creative weekend getaway of your own, I highly suggest this gorgeous retreat. 





Are you working on any fun projects? Do you have any gears turning, but are having a hard time putting the pen to the paper? I hear ya. Keep on keeping on, and give yourself some grace as you bring your dreams and ideas to life. The good things always take time and patience.

Cheers,
Maddie



If You're Free on Thursday...

My brother will be in town and playing at Eddie's Attic... Which if you have never been there and you live in Atlanta, GA... Then you are in for a super treat. You must go and experience the goodness.

I will be there along with many friends, family, and fans... So come on out and enjoy the show!

You can find his most recent EP release here as well as the rest of his music here

Cheers,