The Good Sips Instagram Auction

I was given these mugs awhile ago and they sat in the corner of my loft for months. I wasn't sure what their meaning would be except that I knew that their surfaces would be hit with paint at some point. Then a few weeks ago, still unsure, I finally made the jump without a plan. I wanted their destination to come to me as I was releasing my creative energy into them. And that is just what happened. Some times you don't need a full plan right from the start. Some times you just need to listen to yourself as you go through the process of creating.

Now we are here. Ready to launch our first ever Instagram Auction. But it's not just about selling these hand painted mugs, its about giving back to something that is important to you, our followers, supporters, friends, and family.



The unique mugs feature gold hand lettered and illustration. Every mug was hand painted by me (Brittany) using an oil-based sharpie paint pen. After painting, the mugs were baked in the oven to settle the paint into the glaze of the mug. Mugs are not dishwasher safe and we recommend a gentle hand wash.


Once the bid is open, you will comment under the picture of your desired mug with your bid and email. If you are not the first bidder, you must tag the last bidder in your comment so they know they have been outbid. Examples:

First bidder: "lightruststudio $25"

Following bidders:  "instalove @lightruststudio $30"


We want to give you control over where your money goes. The highest overall bidder across all items will get to chose the charity which Light Rust Studio will donate 50% off the total auction's profits.


Each day this week we will be releasing two to bid on. Bidding will continue on every mug until Saturday at 9:00am est. This means some mugs will have a long open bid time, and others will have less then 12 hours. So be quick to stay on your mug!

Time to enjoy some warm sips while doing good!

What I Am Thankful For This Year

There was a lot packed into this year. I started my own company, I traveled to London and Washington DC, and most importantly, I married my best friend. All those things were changing points and memories I will forever cherish. While the events themselves seem huge, its the people and the meaning that made them so special.

So, with earlier this month marking the one year of Light Rust Studio and Thanksgiving only a day away, I find it only fitting to share the ten things I am forever grateful this year.











I am so grateful for all the support the studio has gained within its first year of being opened. I thank you all so much for the continuous love. Without it, the studio wouldn't have grown into what it is today.

Wishing all of you + your families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Collaboration: Greeting Cards With CardNest

Handwritten cards speak so much louder than a short text or a Facebook post. There is just something special about getting something in the mail to help celebrate an occasion—or better yet, just to say hello—especially when its a uniquely designed card! This is just what the Cardnest co-founders, David Robinson and Oli Gosling, had in mind when developing their company.

Based in the UK, Cardnest is a monthly card subscription that sends its customers three cards a month designed by various artist around the world. We couldn't have been more stoked to be apart of such a fun company. Working with David and Oli has been great and so easy going. They treated us more like friends than business associates—it was truly wonderful.

The two owners have proven to be extremely driven when it comes to their company and have an incredible passion behind artist as they built their collection of cards. And let's not forget to mention their own killer design eye. The site alone is reason enough to sign up!

We hope to continue to work with David and Oli in the future but for now, do yourself a favor and check out Cardnest to sign up to receive further info about their launch!

Collaboration: Designing Coffee Mugs with The Fresh Collective Co

Earlier this summer, The Fresh Collective Co reached out to us to join them in their coffee mug adventure. The Fresh Collective Co partners with designers to create unique mugs that work to promote the designer's style and company. So naturally, we quickly agreed and jumped on board ready to start designing!

If I had to use one word to describe what working with them felt like, it would be ease. From the start they understood who Light Rust was as a company, what we stood for, what we wanted to push, and portray. Creating the two designs for their mugs, was just plain fun and refreshing! We are so pleased with how they turned out and hope to see you all sipping from them soon!

Head to The Fresh Collective Co site to order one of their mugs now!

Refocusing With Hey Sweet Pea

At the beginning of the month, I began questioning what I really wanted Light Rust Studio to be. The studio has become more than I ever had imagined in its first year. The products have grown from new adventures, the collaborations have been abundant, and the passion continues to flow in from such an amazing community of entrepreneurs. But with all the good, I felt slightly lost and I wasn’t sure what to do with this new path. I was in need of some redirection. I needed to refocus what it was my company stood for, what it has grown to be, and the feeling I want it to create.

So, last week I decided it was time to reach for some outside help. On Thursday, I sat down and videoed in on my first online class for the studio. It was time to clear my mind and grow my business. I am so incredibly thankful I chose to book it with Hey Sweet Pea, a company I have been inspired by and following since the start of my business.

The class, Thriving on Instagram, took what I was feeling and translated it into the most elegant answers. I felt I finally had a grasp on things as Elise of Hey Sweet Pea talked with ease and a sense of peacefulness, making any entrepreneur feel like they were not alone. I left the class clear-headed, determined, and oh yes, ready to fully rock this!

As I close the shop soon for a couple weeks for our wedding and honeymoon, I see it also as a time to reflect on the new teachings and come back stronger than ever. Its time to let that energy find its path to regained strength and focus. When we open back up in mid-August, you'll see the studio breathing new life into its art and community.

We can't wait to continue learning, growing, and loving! See you all soon! (And yes, of course, I have already signed up for my next class, Leveraging Social Media with Hey Sweet Pea! And I can’t wait to get right back into it.)

Quote: Live In The Sunshine, Swim In The Sea, Drink The Wild Air

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spotted: Tea Towels At Zooey Magazine's First Workshop

A few weeks ago, Zooey Magazine hosted a calligraphy workshop in Los Angeles. Our lovely Kitchen Tea Towels were styled on their dessert/drink bar. We couldn't be happier to be able to collaborate and work with such an amazing Magazine.

Check out some of their images of our tea towels fitting right in from their post Zooey's 1st Workshop!

Images from Zooey Magazine

Launching Kitchen Tea Towels

Today I'm launching our first every Tea Towels! I created this kitchen design a few months ago to sell as a print in the shop. It was such a hit that I decided I needed to do more with it. A tea towel was the perfect backdrop to really bring this design to life! Head to the shop to order yours now. Only a few available to start!

Boston Strong / One Year

Today is the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. As a company that finds its home in the great city of Boston, we are so proud of how our city as grown and become stronger. We love our city!

"Boston is a tough and resilient town; so are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way."

—President Obama

London Inspiration / March 2014

Last night we landed safely back in Boston after a wonderful stay in London. We had an incredible trip and were inspired by so much. Today will be a day of filling all orders as well as writing and sketching. My head is full of new ideas!

2014 Handdrawn Desk Calendar

In December we added two small unique desk calendars to our Etsy shop. They flew off our shelves quickly to places all around the US including San Fransisco, Washington DC, Maine, Philadelphia, and Colorado. It was exciting to see our designs become so popular here and then eventually taking off to other countries including Norway, France, and Australia. While we have fully sold out of stands, we are still selling our calendars without! Be sure to check them out here on our Etsy shop along with two variations of poster-style wall calendars.

A Reflective Goodbye To 2014 & An Excited Hello Ro 2015!

We have been a little checked out the past couple of weeks. We took the holidays to spend time with family and friends—it was full of mini road trips to warm homes, roaring laughs, refreshing conversations, much needed us time, and of course plenty of food. The past year has been like climbing a really crazy mountain (one out of an animated movie maybe) so we can honestly say we needed this. At the beginning of 2014 I was still working hard at getting my fresh new business off the ground, we were busily planning our wedding, and we were working through a lot of personal challenges.

I learned a lot about myself last year. Most of us say that at the end of each year since, naturally, time allows for growth, but this year was totally different. In the first half of 2014, I learned what I really wanted out of life and whom I wanted to spend it with. In the past, I allowed a lot of negativity in my life and thought it was okay to get knocked down and trampled over as long as it helped someone else through their own internal battle. While we all have them, after so many battles, I learned there is only so much I could take and I needed to put myself first. It was a tough lesson to learn, but once I found my peace, I felt whole again. I felt that weight lift straight up and off allowing me to focus on what really mattered.

As August was approaching, I was feeling so full of life and love and I was happy with how things were going with the studio. While slightly frazzled with wedding planning, I could not wait for our big day! It was the highlight of the year for sure, and not just because I got to marry the love of my life and (for real) best friend, but also because we got to have all the people we love in one place at the same time for a whole weekend. The beauty of watching our friends and family dance, cheer, laugh, and love each other makes my heart feel so full.

And then as the season changed to fall, I made a leap with the studio. We made the transition from a paper goods store to a full-fledged handmade design studio. When I first started, I thought paper goods would be it. I have always had a strong—maybe odd—passion for cards, but as I met new people and was hired to do different projects, it became clear to me what I really wanted to do. I wanted to work with other creative adventurers to build their dreams into amazing realities.

Then we found ourselves at the end of the year. I was working hard finishing up client projects, writing guest blog posts, and dreaming of 2015’s excitement. By the end of it, I was ready for a short break to recover and refresh. I look back on the year and one word comes to mind: proud. I am so proud of myself and what I have built here—a tribe of loving, crazy, adventurous, creative, caring souls. I am so thankful for the people I have met along the way in this winding journey—the people that have pushed me to be my best self.

Now 2015 has arrived and we have some more changes coming, including a very important (a little crazy, but very exciting) dream of ours coming true. We are so stoked to announce that we are MOVING TO LONDON! Throughout 2014 we pushed to get to our goal of living abroad and being more able to travel the world, and my-oh-my, we have done just that. We have just two months left until we make the leap across the pond and start building our new life. I cannot wait to share our journey with you all!

For now we are living in the excitement of it all and finalizing the details. The studio will continue to run as normal until late February. We will be sure to be in touch with what changes the move will bring to the studio, but rest assured that they will be positive!

Happy New Year everyone! May you be full of challenges, excitement, love, and courage!