Unabashedly upbeat. That’s pretty much the spirit ’round here!
I’m super stoked to share my new gig with you. Power Poppy: Designs for Living in Full Bloom. By sharing positivity and inspiration through my illustrated stamps and somewhat starry-eyed take on life, I hope to help others take charge of their happiness. A tall order? Maybe so. At the very least you might create a unique card with my artwork, find some zenlike downtime coloring, plant a new flower, try a road trip, or discover a catchy song. At the most, well, who knows what a jolt of joyfulness and a kind word can do? Power Poppy appreciates the small moments of life just as much as the milestones, the inspiration you can find anywhere and everywhere. We want to soak in goodness and give back more goodness. With help from incredible friends and mentors, my sweet and encouraging family, and the love of my life, Doug, I’m ready to go for it! I hope you’ll come along and see what good we can do and what fun we can have.
A heartfelt thank you and high fives to the amazing group of women who are helping us spread the good vibes about Power Poppy. Through their awesome artistry and big hearts, they bring my designs into full bloom. Our premier design team is the Bloom Brigade and they introduce our clear stamps in imaginative ways that spark creativity! The Instant Gardeners, equally fabulous and craftily fierce, help usher in our new digital releases on the 15th of each month. Thank you, Bloomies and Gardeners, we love you!!
What’s Your Story, Marce?
I got my start illustrating plants as a teenager in my parents’ beautiful garden. My mother and muse, herself a painter and illustrator for Hallmark Cards, was a constant encourager, teaching me about color, design, horticulture, and Motown. Smitten with skateboarding and music, I learned to skate, got caught up drawing cartoons, photographing the action, designing a skate ’zine with my best friend, soaking up California style by way of magazines, and working in a record store. After getting a degree in Graphic Design from University of Illinois, I went on to design the catalogs for Klehm Nursery, a premier supplier of rare and specialty perennials. After my catalog landed on the desk of the art director of Martha Stewart Living, I was offered a job as her assistant in NYC (I may or may not have fainted, as I had been a huge devotée of the magazine since it launched a few years before). I worked alongside Martha’s visionary team of creatives, designers, writers, gardeners, and stylists.
Being a Midwestern gal at heart, I later returned to my happy place in the middle of the country, and after launching a freelance design and illustration business, was plucked out again to be the art director for Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion start-up in St. Louis. Ten years of passionate magazine designing/decorating/crafting/cooking/styling and working with my idol, Mary Engelbreit, followed. I got married and divorced, had my two superstar kiddos, and started a design/branding company, Marcella Hawley Creative. Working on projects from local to global with equal enthusiasm, we help infuse personality, specialness, and good design into print and web communications for wonderful clients.
It is from this jam-packed, already-not-enough-hours-in-the-day lifestyle that Power Poppy was born. So, here we are. Let’s make some stamps!!!
P.S. Upbeatness is always balanced with downtime. After writing this, I think I have to take a quick nap. No shame in that game. Hope to see you back here soon!