January in Photos


Did you get your free & inspiring desktop wallpaper?


I shared Julia Elizabeth’s final branding elements. Her business cards were so fun, we used 3 different patterns on the back, so when she shares them you can pick your favorite : )


Started a new branding project for a doggy daycare and overnight, The Woodland Wag. I shared a little bit of the beginning phase here. 


My eyes just recently started failing me, so I had to get some new glasses—my first pair are from Firmoo and I LOVE them!! They have so many great frames and at GREAT prices.


The Public House has been working had renovating a space in Lyme, CT and are getting closer and closer to opening day. Be sure to follow along on Facebook to see the renovations.


I got to create a design for Fat Mum Slim’s famous Photo a day challenge. If you are looking for a fun and creative challenge check out #fmsphotoaday. There is weekly prompts and 4 photos a day chosen by @fatmumslim.


Got new cards in stock from Amy Heitman. I discovered her work through Etsy and I am in love with her adorable illustrations.


I also added Paula & Waffle to the shop, her whimsical  illustrations are the perfect fit. How cute is little Wafffle, her dog and logo mark?


Little Maeve had her first visit to the shop!  All visitors welcome, the doors are open Wed-Thurs 12-4pm, Sat. 10am-2-pm & Sun 11am-3pm.


I have been anxious to get some other products into the shop besides paper goods that would make great gifts. I am excited to share Treefort Natural Soaps, that are all natural, made from scratch the old fashioned way with natural, organic & local ingredients. A huge plus is that they are local, from Colchester CT. My favorite soap is the Lavender Orange!


We are all set up for V-day, tons of perfect little prints and thoughtful gifts to give to a loved one.


My new obsession Biologic+ moved into the Velvet Mill. If you are local, give the Berry Detox Smoothie, or Rise + Shine Juice a try. Good thing it is a healthy obsession!


I still have work at the Yellow House Coffeehouse in Stonington through February. Be sure to stop in and grab a coffee or some lunch.


My sister, Kat Murphy had a painting accepted into a juried show at the Bruce Museum of American Art (so proud.) Here is my niece Greta with her painting, “Bloom & Doom.”


Another one of my friends is having a baby, due in March. We celebrated her + the babe this past weekend with the cutest twinkle, twinkle, little star themed shower.


Storm Juno!!!!! This pic was taken at Salt Water Farm Vineyard before the storm and this was taken a few days and more than 2 feet of snow later.


The storm made for the perfect day to assemble some wedding invites. These are for a summer cape cod wedding, complete with illustrated Cape Cod Map. Can’t wait to share the full suite. Shout out the Mystic Knotwork for the rope for the knots.

Other January Things
+ Little Red’s Well Branding Album
+ Launched Megan Forrest’s Website & brandng
+ Branding & Website album for Blue Lane Events
+ Books for Designers
+ My 2015 goals
+ Winter Goals
+ National Handwriting Day
+ follow along on Instagram

See you in February!!


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Weekend Links


Writing Advice //  5 Tips to being Yourself on Paper via June Letters

Type Love // Salt & Spices Pro

Workspace Inspirations // A Dreamy Studio in Costa Brava

Etsy Find  //  Bohemian Harvest

DIY // Yellow Owl Workshop DIY Indigo Textile Kits

Decor  // A Simple Style

Cocktails for the Weekend // Fresh Ginger Lime Tonic

Must Reads // 100 Must Read Books to Read in a Lifetime

Weekend Treats & Eats // 23 Recipes for the SuperBowl • Peanut Butter Oreo S’mores • Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Vegetables

Shopping // All New Arrivals at J.crew • Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Blogging Advice // Staying Productive with Backup Blog Posts

Wish Listed // striped flats (bargain)

Travel // A Travel List via Breanna Rose

Stay warm and enjoy this weekend : )

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Weekend Links


Design Advice //  When to hire a designer for branding via Pinegate Road

Type Love // Lulo Clean

Wedding Inspiration // Gorgeous Seaside Wedding photographed by my client Ashley Caroline

Etsy Find //  Bellatrina Jewelry

DIY // Terrariums

Decor  // Budget Friendly Decor Finds

Cocktails for the Weekend // Winter Lemonade

Movies // Best Sundance Film Festival Movie Winners

Weekend Breakfast // Gluten Free Banana Bread • Single Serve Monkey Bread

Winter Eats  // Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Gratin

Blogging Advice // Essentials every blogger should have

Wish Listed // wedge booties • grey skinny jeans

Travel // 10 of the Biggest and Best Ways to Save Money on Travel

Have a good one : )

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Uncommon Goods $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Uncommon Goods giveaway

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to give away a $50 certificate to shop all of the gift ideas on their website for a loved one, or maybe a gift or two for yourself (I am loving this scratch map or scratch map globe.)

With the holiday gift giving season just behind us, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to gift the unexpected, or maybe makeup for that gift that never was given—this may or may not be my plan. Shhh! They also have a lot of gift ideas that you can personalize for that extra special touch—you can find personalized gifts here. 

Uncommon Goods Gift Ideas

Thought these were some really clever ideas // Baseball Bat Bottle OpenersNew York Times Custom Birthday Book, Succulent Living Wall Planter, Carry—On Cocktail Kit / Old Fashioned, Owl Eye Glass Holder & some more ideas for the husbands!

Uncommon Goods is the perfect place to get some unique ideas. As an artist and designer I always try to purchase gifts for people that are thoughtful, high-quality and creatively designed—bonus if there is a reasonable price tag attached.

What I love about Uncommon Goods is their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Over 50% of their items are handcrafted gifts (look for the blue hand icon) and all are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.

Some ideas to pamper the wifey // Novel Teas, Breakfast for Your Face, Wine Soaps or Calm and Cool Herbal Eye Patch & More Gift ideas for the Wives

Uncommon Goods Gift Ideas

So happy that someone will be getting $50 gift certificate to do a little shopping!

To enter the giveaway use the widget below (be patient while it loads) The giveaway ends Tuesday, January 27th at 12am (Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.)

Good Luck!

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Design Process // Moodboard

branding process - moodboard  Patti Murphy DesignsOne of the things I love about branding small businesses is hearing the stories of the entrepreneurs who start them. Every client I work with is so passionate about what they are doing and It makes me so happy to see people pursuing their dreams and I feel so honored that they choose me to be a part of it.

The excitement for me–always–is making the vision a reality. The moodboards I think are so important in the process. It captures all the descriptors, characteristics, the tone—everything you have researched, shared and discussed edited down to one visual that becomes the guide in creating the final logo.

This moodboard was created for a soon to be dog daycare and overnight. The color palette will be built around a navy. We want it still feel natural so we are going to mix in some neutrals and possibly and olive green. Most importantly we will be featuring a dog silhouette of the owner’s dog and working in some pine trees. The overall tone is modern, classic, professional and welcoming.

I am excited to share more of the process with you over the next few weeks.

What exciting projects are you working on? I’d love to hear from you, tell me about them in the comments.


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Weekend Links


Type Love // Harmen

New Instagram Discovery // @inthefunlane & The 79 Most Popular Instagrammers In The World

Etsy Find //  Love From Cyprus

Travel //  52 Places to Go in 2015

New Print in the Shop  // Drunk in Love

Cocktails for the Weekend // Sake Cocktails

Currently on Netflix // Californication & Pretty Little Liars

Breakfast // 5 Hearty Dairy-Free Breakfast Recipes

Healthy Weekend Snacks  // Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Added to the Reading List // Deliciously Ella

Wish Listed // These slippers • Bill Murray Dot Tee

NET-A-PORTER SALE // Enter 20SALE at checkout! Love this darling dress for spring time.

P.S. I designed the Photo A Day image for Fat Mum Slim’s #FMSphotoaday challenge. Check it out and join in on the fun!

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Get That Winter Style

I am all about comfort, especially in the winter, and I tend to wear a lot of black, so I am loving these simple & chic outfits for winter. I practically am living in these pants, they are highwaisted to smooth out the winter belly : ) and hey have little side and back pockets. They are SOOOO comfortable and you can dress them up or lounge around in them. I think I might have to grab another pair of them, because I can’t wash them fast enough!

Simple Winter Style

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Simple Winter Style

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