handlettered happy hour {4}

Handlettered Holiday Happy Hour | dotted design

Happy Friday! This week’s super simple holiday happy hour concoction is both festive and warm for these chilly nights that are settling in. Chocolate {nice}, peppermint {naughty}, and a hint of cinnamon to take the edge off and you’ve got a mug of jolly.

I can’t believe there is only one full week left before we hit Christmas week. But, I’ve got some fun downloads and projects to share before then, so see you back here soon!


recent work: Lauren Wald website

Lauren Wald website | dotted design

I’m so excited to share a new project today! I shared this moodboard a few weeks back for a web design project that was all about a stylish lady who is a personal shopper & stylist for men.

I could tell right away that Lauren Wald is super chic and passionate about her clients, and I wanted to help her create a site that balanced both her own personal style while maintaining a masculine style to attract her ideal clients.

Lauren Wald Website Home | dotted design

I also got to do some business cards for her – so much fun!

Lauren Wald Business Cards | Dotted Design

I’m happy how this one came together – check out the full site here if you know a man who could use some guidance in the style world!

PS Looking to work on  your brand or build a site in the new year? I’m currently booking for January and February! Drop me a note, I’d love to hear all about it.


handlettered happy hour {3}

Happy Hour on dotted design

Happy Friday! I’ve got another super simple holiday happy hour recipe for you today. This one can be mixed glass by glass, or you can multiple the parts to make a delicious and festive punch for a gaggle of guests at your next ugly Christmas sweater party.

Whiskey ginger is a common drink, but add some ruby red grapefruit and you have a drink with a little more personality. Santa would be proud!

May you have a joyful weekend!


5 holiday wrapping themes

Holiday Wrapping Themes | dotted design

One of my favorite visual aspects of gift giving is deciding my wrapping theme for the year. Yes, I realize it is torn off seconds after it’s received, but I love the design aspect of pairing the paper, tags, and ribbon. Plus, I love seeing all my wrapped creations sitting under our tree.

I can only guess that besides from my love of design, this love of wrapping paper stems from the fact that every year Santa would leave my sister’s and my gifts in our own, personalized paper. We would be almost as excited to see what our paper would be as we were for our gifts. {Thanks, Mom!}

What is your holiday style? Do you love the traditional red and green scheme? Or do you try to mix it up based on what you’re into that year? Here are a few of my favorite ideas…though my final decision is yet to come.

1. whimsical: spearmint paper |  silver satin ribbon
2. modern & playful: gold foil dots paper | clover herringbone ribbon
3. casual chic: blackberry paper | red velvet ribbon
4. a little luxury: mint paper | black and white ribbon
5. clean & cheery:  white paper | gingham ribbon

handlettered happy hour {2}

Cranberry Frisky on dotted design

Happy Friday! I’m back with the second in my super simple cocktail recipe, perfect for your holiday sipping.

I’m an old man in that whiskey is my liquor of choice. Somewhere along the lines, my family invented a great mixed drink we call the Frisky: simply Fresca and whiskey. The citrus and the smokey are a lovely blend. Here, I’m adding a splash of cranberry for a more wintery feel, and because it reminds me of one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides: the cranberry sauce from a can. All you need to do is pour, stir, and find a festive straw for sipping. Cheers!


take note of these 8 notepads

Notepad round up on dotted design

Making a list, checking it twice?

While I’m a constant list maker, the quantity of lists always seems to multiply this time of year. Whether you’re planning your menu for Thanksgiving, tallying up all the niece and nephew gifts, or acting really ambitious and thinking ahead to New Year’s plans, I’ve rounded up this lovely group of notepads for you.

The Collaboreat is all about pie this week, and I wrote a little post all about the delicious Honeypie Cafe: check it out!

And, if you haven’t checked out the newly added holiday cards in my shop, be sure to take a peek!

notepads: 1. checkered market list | 2. dear me | 3. weekly list | 4. hearts & dots | 5. happy note | 6. geometric |  7. procrastinate | 8. get ‘er done