Happy Monday Bitties! We hope you had an amazing weekend! Now that you are back to the grind, we are here to make your Monday a bit brighter with a new feature. After discovering her talent on Instagram, we now have quite the list going of work we want to snag from this lovely and talented artist. Let's give a warm welcome to Lauryn from Almost Noelle!
TDB: Tell us about yourself.
AN | Lauryn: Hello! My name is Lauryn. I am the artist behind Almost Noelle. I run the shop with my amazing husband. I get the easy part -drawing- while he takes care of the business side for me. I am a first time momma to the sweetest little boy that ever existed. We are proud Utah residents and live in a cozy city called South Weber. Before this year, I was a Kindergarten teacher at a private school, but I took off some time to be with my baby boy. It has been sad to be away from my kiddos, but in my eyes, more important to be a momma. I have been able to get a little teaching outlet at a dance studio nearby. I have danced since I was a little girl and absolutely love it. I'm your average girly girl. I love purple, pink, glitter, art, dance, and clothes. I write a fashion blog so I get to dress up regularly :) and you can pretty much count me OUT of any athletic sport that includes a ball...unless it's Quidditch...anything Harry Potter I'm in.
TDB: How did you get started drawing?
AN | Lauryn: I have been drawing since I can remember, so let's just say I got started drawing when I learned how to hold a pencil! I have always had a knack for art. I swear designs and ideas have been itching to get outside of me since I was a little girl. My parents were divorced when I was really young, so traveling from house to house gave a lot of "down time" or for me.... "drawing time". When I got into junior high I took my first official art class and fell in love. After that, I took art/drawing courses all through high school and in college. Although, I never needed a scheduled moment to draw. I doodled on grocery lists, homework, letters, and to this day sidewalk chalk is one of my favorite pastimes.
A few years ago, my husband gave me a Bamboo Tablet by Wacom (a digital drawing tablet) for our anniversary. I was messing around drawing various pictures and ended up drawing a sketch from one of our engagement pictures. It was kind of fun how it turned out so I decided to draw a couple of sketches for friends with weddings around that time. The illustrations were a hit and Almost Noelle took off right before our eyes. We have been truly blessed!
TDB: If you could be commissioned by any celebrity to illustrate them, who would it be and why?
AN | Lauryn: Well wouldn't that be a dream!? Really, it would be so sweet to be commissioned by any celebrity. I mean, c'mon. But while we're dreamin', my two favorite celebs are T-Swift herself and the amazing musician Lights. Whom both I've already drawn a picture of. What can I say, I'm a devoted fan. But if I could be commissioned by either I would choose Lights. I love drawing families, especially with little babies. Lights has the cutest or rather "raddest" family ever. She has a little girl named Rocket...could you be any cooler?
TDB: What is one piece of advice you would have given yourself five years ago if you could have, knowing what you know now?
AN | Lauryn: This may seem a little cliché, but if I went back five years ago and told myself something, it could have changed the experiences I had that helped me get where I am now. Sappy? Sure. But definitely true. Five years ago I was engaged to my husband and in Goo-Goo-Ville/La-La-Land any way... so really, if I told myself something five years ago I think my younger self would have been much too distracted. ;)
Thank you for spending some time getting to know Lauryn and her adorable brand, Almost Noelle! We adore her and we hope you do too! Make sure you jump on Instagram tomorrow as she takes over and guest posts all day on @the_daily_bits! She also has a fabulous giveaway in the works for #winitwednesday! Don't miss this full week of fun!