Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Advice to live by

A few days ago some really wonderful unsolicited advice popped into my inbox via an email from LinkedIn. When the email subject line said "entrepreneurial advice from Martha Stewart," I felt an instant pang of kismet, as I have always adored Martha Stewart (I even donned a "Free Martha" t-shirt in high school during her insider trading incident) and I am working on a fledgling illustration and design career. 

I had to share her words of wisdom below. I hope y'all find it as inspiring as I do. 


The best advice I’ve ever received was from my father when I was 12 years old and willing to listen. He told me that with my personal characteristics, I could, if I set my mind to it, do anything I chose. This advice instilled in me a great sense of confidence, and despite the fact that sometimes I was a little nervous, I stepped out and did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I think it really often is up to the parents to help build confidence in their children. It is a very necessary part of growing up.
When I look back on the years when I was exploring career choices and discovering my true entrepreneurial spirit, my choices seem rather eclectic. I was barely in my teens when I began taking a bus from my hometown in Nutley, New Jersey, to New York City, where I worked as a model. This work was fun and lucrative. It demanded a certain optimism and a drive that not everyone possesses. Still, by the time I married and finished my college studies in history and architectural history, I was tired of modeling. I wanted to build a career, and I longed to do something more intellectually stimulating.
Armed mainly with my father’s encouragement that I could do anything I put my mind to, I considered my options. I had no capital to start my own business. I did, however, have a great desire to work hard and learn. So I went to Wall Street and joined a small brokerage house where I learned to be a stockbroker. It was an outstanding education in business and often was very exciting, but I never developed a passion for it. I loved houses and landscaping and decorating, so I thought real estate might be a good career for me — but I left the business without ever hosting an open house or buying a single property! However, even my brief time in real estate held an important lesson — I learned that the true work of any job may be much different than what you imagine.
Even before I found my entrepreneurial spirit, one thing I did know was that I enjoyed cooking and focusing on the home. I began baking pies and selling them at a local market. I opened a small gourmet food market called the Marketbasket where I sold my own foodstuffs as well as those I commissioned from local women. Then I took a bigger step: I started a catering business. From the first event, I knew immediately that I had found an enterprise that combined several of my talents, my interests, and some of my business experience.
Catering paved the way for me to find my true passion. If you want to begin the journey to discover your entrepreneurial passion, you must first analyze your own interests, strengths, weaknesses, and desires; and then you must consider carefully how hard you want to work. I have always found it extremely difficult to differentiate between what others might consider my life and my business. For me they are inextricably intertwined. That is because I have the same passion for both. Simply stated, my life is my work and my work is my life. As a result, I consider myself one of the lucky ones because I am excited every day: I love waking up; I love getting to work; I love focusing on a new initiative. There are many, many people who have inspired, taught, influenced, and supported me during the years that I have been visualizing, creating, building, and managing my own entrepreneurial venture — but I’ll never forget the favor my father did me when he instilled in me the tenacity I needed to build a career based on what I love most.
- Martha Stewart via LinkedIn

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's Your Signature Look?

I am working on a new project that is based on research I have done recently regarding stationery trends. I am drawn towards personalization and would like to do a line of cards based on the question, "What is your signature look?"

Let's face it, every woman has a signature look or style; one that her friends, family, and maybe even significant other would be able to easily identify if illustrated. It is my goal to capture these looks/articles of clothing and provide clients and fashionistas everywhere with with a personalized, unique piece of stationery that can become their calling card. 

In this post you will find examples of this new "line" and what the personalized illustrations will look like. Most of these images are from my wardrobe. 

There will be more illustrations and "signature looks" to come!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Missing Summer

It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Savannah, which obviously makes me yearn for summer and have pangs of regret for not making it to the beach more this year. I did a few linocuts a few months back before I got really busy at work and finally sat down to polish them up. This outfit is an homage to an outfit I wore very often this summer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More to Come

Hi Everyone!

I have been super busy recently and barely have time to sleep, let alone post! But, I have still been working on some projects, which I will post soon. But, here is a sneak peek! 

Until next time....

xoxo Lis

Monday, September 17, 2012

Holiday Cheer

For this holiday season, my work is featured on a set of New England Patriots cards and candles. All proceeds go the the DFCI and the Jimmy Fund. 

For more information the cause and to purchase some cards, please follow this link: DFCI

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Perfume Punch

My latest pattern has arrived and I couldn't be happier with it! I have always been a pink and green girl, but I am particularly obsessed with neon hues this season, so this color combo is perfect. The print is a linocut illustration of various different shaped perfume bottles. I accented the bags with a purple zipper for something fun.

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Lis is a professional illustrator based out of Savannah, GA. She is a self described fashionista, former sorority girl, and avid celebrity gossip follower whose penchant for all things feminine and girly is reflected in her work. For more info on the artist, please visit, and to contact Lis, feel free to email her at


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