a new dream is born!


Hiiiii! Today I turn 26. I am so excited to share with you my newest and most beloved project…
On February 1, I will be opening a boutique called Red Velvet Art! My new shop will be a large & lovely online shop full of independent art, music, fashion, decor & crafty stuff.
In addition to the online shop, I am opening a real life shop here in my hometown full of the cutest indie goods around made by some of my favorite artists in the whole world!
It's a dream come true! I am so excited to share all of the little details with you as the magical day approaches…






I can't wait to share more! Thank you so much for sharing this exciting season with me!! I am so so thankful.

I am off to Kansas City for the day to hang out with Rachel & Silje. I am pretty sure it's going to be the best birthday ever!!!!! XO.e


    wow it looks like its gonna be a really really cool store!!! πŸ˜€

  • YAY!

    Happy Birthday Elsie!

    I hope your day is amazing.

    Can’t wait to hear more about this new season in your life!


  • YAY!

    Happy Birthday Elsie!

    I hope your day is amazing.

    Can’t wait to hear more about this new season in your life!


  • OMG Elsie !! i cant believe this, SOOO cool πŸ˜€ i will be there “online” when the shop opens πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday, hope your day will be wonderful πŸ™‚

  • AHHHHH Elsie!! That is so EXCITINGGG!!!!!! I will have to make a road trip just to go to your shop!! πŸ™‚ You will do such an amazing job with it. Congratulations to you!! How funnn. I hope there is some sort of scrapbooking section in your shop. πŸ˜‰

  • CONGRATS on the new venture Elsie, hope it goes gangbusters for you and you have a totally ace time with it all!!!!

    And hip hop happy BIRTHDAY!


  • AWESOME news!!

    I’m SO happy for you πŸ˜‰

    (I love those windows, now I’m really sure I have to visit Springfield someday!!)

    Happy Birthday πŸ˜‰

  • Wishing you a truly wonderful, exciting, magical, amazing and loving birthday eva!!!

    Congrats on the store too, it looks simply fabulous!

    Pity I’m not close enough to pop on over for a looksie.


    Jodi (melbourne, australia)


    Congrats on a dream coming true, can’t WAIT to have a look at the online store (would LOVE to visit the real life store but there’s the thing of being on the other side of the world :oD

  • Happy Birthday to you!!!! I just fell off my chair to hear your opening your own store. Wow, good luck to you and all that is and all that is to come. I wish I just lived closer so I could visit fl is kinda far. love all you do keep up the good work..

  • Enjoy your day!!! I hope you get lots of fun presents and someone bakes you a big yummy cake:)

    Good luck with the new Red Velvet store. That’s just awesome.

  • Happy Birthday Elsie! I remember that you had this idea already when you were in Holland a few years ago so I am so glad you finally are able to realize this!


  • Happy Birthday to you Elsie, have a wonderful day and many many great ideas which you can share with us one day. I think you take a great step and I wish you the best for everything.


  • Happy Birthday Elsie and congrats on the new endeavour!! I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see it when it opens πŸ™‚


  • Happy Happy Birthday Elsie! and WOW, congrats on your new store, it looks awesome!

    I can’t wait for February πŸ™‚

    Good Luck!

  • Wow congratulations on the new store, and on your birthday =) Hope you have a lovely time with the girls in KC!

    Hugs, Kristin from Sweden

  • Happy birthday Elsie!!

    OMG how lucky the people of Springfield are. Just look at those windows… Good luck with your new shop, it already looks gorgeous!

  • Both sites look amazing! I can’t wait to have a peruse through all those lovely goodies. I can sense my Christmas list expanding as I look at those photos πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations Elsie! With your birthday and with you new shops!

    I can understand how excited you must be. Can’t wait to take a look in your online shop.

    Have a very fun birthday with your friends,girl!

  • Hi Elsie,

    Happy birthday to you !! And congratulations on youre shop !! great new on youre birthday πŸ™‚

    have a great day today !!



  • Happy Bday. Congrats. How exciting to be able to give yourself such a wonderful present.

    Maybe you can give us a virtual tour of the store when it opens.

    Are any of your friends coming to work the store with you? Are you going to have a coffee bar or anything like that inside? Well can’t wait to see more. Hope your day is wonderful, which I’m sure it will be.

  • Wow, that is FABULOUS news! All your goodness in one place… everything is so much better in person, isn’t it?! So very happy for you.. good luck in your endeavor and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Hi Elsie!!

    Happy B Day! Hope the day brings you everything you want of it!

    I wish i lived in the states so i could visite your store!!


  • SO FUN!! Happy birthday, Elsie!

    I am so thankful I only live a few hours away so that when I’m in the area, I can stop by and check out your new store!

    We’re all excited along with you to see whats up your sleeve next


  • Happy Birthday Elsie! I hope you have a great one! So happy to hear that you are opening a Red Velvet shop. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  • happy birthday elsie!

    and holy crap!

    so very excited for this new adventure for you.

    especially since i live in springfield!! looking forward to getting to see all the lovliness in person!

  • Wow I am sooo excited for you! That’s so awesome and I really look forward to seeing your new online store and hopefully someday the real store! Very happy for you. Happy Birthday girlie!

  • Wow. Every day I check out your blog and every day I say to myself, “I want to do that!” You are living your dreams and that is so inspirational to me. I hope when I’m 26 I can say that I’ve done half the things you have! Good luck with the store preparations!

  • Happy Birthday Elsieee!!!

    I am so excited for you! =D

    I’m looking forward to the opening of your store!

    Gooooooooood luck! =D

  • OMG!

    I don’t know if “Happy Birthday” comes first, or “Congratulations”!

    So… “Happy-Congratulations-Birthday”!

  • Congrats and Happy Cake and Candles Day! I have to say- I am so jealous!! I am sure the store will be amazing and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Good luck!

  • Happy Birthday, Elsie. I continue to be amazed by all the things that you can do in a day. Hope you have a birthday to remember forever.

  • happy birthday! i had a feeling that is what your big surprise would be. . . good luck with your shop! I’m sure it will be fabulous.

  • happy birthday elsie!!!

    i’m sooo proud of you!!! and i’m def going to make a trip down to see you! soon!!! what an amazing fun adventure you are going on! congrats!


  • happy happy birthday elsie!!! your new shop sounds sooooo exciting!!! i wish i lived closer so i could come check it out!!!

  • I’m totally jealous, what an awesome experince and idea! Can’t wait to see all the fun stuff!

  • Woweee! It looks like you got your birthday wish! How exciting for you. Best of luck..I can’t wait to hear and see more and have a super sweet birthdays I’m a Scorpio too! Hugs to you.

  • Eeeee! How exciting!!!! I can’t wait to visit and check it out!!!! A couple girlfriends and I are planning a road trip over that way next year to visit a friend so we’ll have to make a pitstop in Springfield!!!! Congratulations!!!!

    Happy 26th Birthday!!!!! I hope it’s the best EVER and you have a wonderful day with Rachel & Silje! Can’t wait to see the tattoos!!! Have a wonderfully happy, inspiring and blessed birthday!!! xoxo -j

  • First things first:


    Oh man, Elsie, I am so excited about your online & real life store! I was hoping that might be your big news!

    Upcoming Road Girl’s Road Trip:

    Visit Red Velvet Art Shop!!!!!

  • Wowee- it looks like your birthday wish is coming true! How fabulous for you. Best of luck..can’t wait to see and hear more about it. Happy Birthday…hope it is full of sweetness..I’m a Scorpio too!

  • Yay! That sounda fabulous. Happy birthday! My 9 year old tried to duplicate one of you drawings on a school project. You inspire her/us!



    soooooooo excited for u and soooo happy i can shop online too hahahhaha




    God bless you and your creativity!! Congratulations in your new project. Its gonna be a total success!! πŸ˜‰

    Have a wonderful day!

  • I didn’t know we shared a birthday. I just love your work and hope you have a great day as well. Mine has started out great!

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing your exciting news! I look forward to the opening of your online store and maybe some day I’ll get to your real life store as well!

  • OMG! happy birthday and congratulations on the shop!!!! I hope everything turns out well for you! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Happy Birthday & Congratulations on your new venture! I wish you lots of success!

  • Happy Birthday to you Elsie! So excited for your new store and can’t wait for the new online store so I can shop there. πŸ˜€

    I hope you have a great day with your friends.

  • I. AM. So. Excited. For yoU! WOWOWOWOW!!!! this is SO exciting! What an awesome chapter in your life!!!!! Elsie, you continue to inspire me! :]

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :] i hope its the best one ever!

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY girly :))))

    such great, exciting news on your new shop! i live in rockford, il and would love to come see your new shop when it opens!!!!


  • Happy Birthday Elsie!

    Congratulations on the upcoming opening of your store! I live in Springfield too so I’ll definitely be checking it out! πŸ™‚


    and OMG is right! that is amazing!!! many well wishes and lots of good luck! can’t wait to hear more about it!! you are amazing.

  • YEAH! this is the raddest thing ever. Who knew this dream would come true so soon! I am really proud of you! You are a little stud! Happy birthday, I wish I could see you all today!

  • WOW. Happy Birthday and Congratulations on the new store. I can’t wait to see the fabulous goodies. I’m so happy for you!


    And Congrats on the store ,, that is totally awesome!!!! You rock!!

  • happy, happy birthday and many congrats on this exciting new adventure!

    loads of hugs headed your way today!


  • Happy Birthday Elsie and congratulations on the shops – you continue to amaze and inspire me with your artsitic adventures! Have a fun birthday trip!!!

  • I had a feeling you were going to open a store! It was the next logical step since your Etsy shop is so successful. Best of luck to you! It will be hard but I know you can do it! Happy birthday too!

  • Congrats on the store!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s a good date…my daughter Zoe turns 10 today too!

  • WOW, You already have achievements for your hole life! LOL you have a paper line, you scrapbook a hole lot more than us regular girls, got a great boyfriend… And now a dream store! You deserve it girl! Keep dreaming that you keep achieving… As we used to say when I was a cast member in disney world, Have a magical day!!! Best wishes! kisses Livia from Brasil

  • Oh wow. I can’t express to you how excited i am for you. Your going to be living my future. I will be opening a indie artist gallery and cafe in the next couple years.

    Congratulations!! I wish you best of luck. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you post truly about how it’s going and the ups and downs of opening a shop. I would really appreciate it!!

    Good luck and Happy birthday!!!!!!



  • happy birthday!! love the store front windows! Wish i lived closer to come check it out once you open! best of luck!!

  • Happy Birthday! And good luck on the shop, especially in this economy. You will indeed need it.

  • Ok, it’s official. I’m totally living all my art dreams through you. What else would explain how excited I feel about your new adventure? Very exciting. Too cool! πŸ™‚

  • Happy birthday to you!

    and congrats on the shop!! looks like i will be having to take a trip to springfield next year!

    yay πŸ™‚

  • Happy Birthday!! Hope you have the best day! Your new venture sounds very exciting, i know it will work out fabulously for you!

  • happy birthday again…..so wished we lived near you….nz a bit far away to do some shopping!!! so excited for you ….your shop will be amazing….YAY to you!!!!

    rach xx

  • wowwowow!! Congrats! I am sure everything will be amazing! I can’t wait to see the decor of the store, I am sure it will rock as well!!! Best of luck!! XOXO

  • OMG!! CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s fantastic..I’m so excited for you!! And Happy Birthday!!! Today is my birthday too…although I’ve got you beat by about 5 years..sigh…lol..

    Hope you have a wonderful night and I wish you so many good things with life and the new store!!! πŸ™‚

  • Happy birthday and congratulations with your shop!!! I wish I lived in the states so I could come see it, it’s gonna be the best shop ever!!

  • Happy birthday!!!

    I like the look of your new shop. Can’t wait to see the website.

  • OH Elsie!!! I’m so happy that you can express all the excitement of unknown adventure that awaits for you! You are so determined and deserving of such a great place and I’m proud of you!!


    Congrats on the shop news. I have to say….Your store window display has got to be the best advertisement piece of a store opening that I have ever seen. Someday Elsie I will come to Springfield and check it out. I am very excited about your news.


  • Happy Birthday !

    I wish you all the best with this new endeavor. I believe you will be very successful and I can’t wait to share with you in that joy.

  • I knew it, I knew it… Congratulations on your new venture. I wish you all the success in the world. Have a wonderful birthday too…

  • Happy Birthday, birthday girl! Such exciting news! I’m so happy for you. You and your art make this world a better place.

  • How exciting!!! Congrats! Darnit, now how come I can’t live closer to you so I could actually check out your physical shop! Happy belated bday! Ah, to be 26 again! LOL






  • elsie, that is so great! i am so happy for you and so jealous! that is such an awesome dream to have fulfilled. congratulations and happy birthday! may your day be full of all your favorite things!

  • Happy Birthday!!!

    I have to make a trip to the store once it opens!!!

    – Loving you in St. Louis

  • I truly is amazing when you’re able to pursue what you love. I can’t wait to check out the shop when it opens.

    I hope you had an amazing Birthday πŸ™‚

  • AHHHH!!! That’s SO exciting I can’t even believe it! Congrats and i’m so happy for you elsie!


  • happy birthday to you lovely πŸ™‚

    Ummm….Springfield, Missouri…Here I Come!!

  • happy birthday love!

    hope you have an awesome day….congrats on your new adventure!

  • If only I lived closer……

    So excited for this new adventure Elsie. How fun!

    Happy Birthday precious soul.

  • Ohmigoodness….yay! Happy birthday, and happy new endeavour! πŸ™‚ That sounds super-fun and exciting and amazing all rolled into one! Have a fab weekend!

  • Elsie:

    Congrats on your new venture and best wishes!

    You are making Missouri famous. Yay!

    I will have to stop in sometime when I take a road trip from here in St. Louis.

    All the best,


  • happy birthday and congratulations on your new shop! I cant wait to see it when it goes up!

    oh, i also wanted to tell you, if you havent already, go watch the new paramore “decode” music video. the girl from paramore so reminds me of you!! πŸ™‚

  • happy b-day and CONGRATULATIONS!

    i was racking my brain, trying to guess the big secret, but ALL i could come up with was that you were going to start designing a line of greeting cards for Hallmark!!!! this is WAY better! have SO much fun!

  • AHH!!! I’m originally from St. Louis, and after February when i go back home to visit, I”M SO COMING to visit your store!!! That must be so exciting! Congrats on the new business adventure and Happy Birthday!


  • AHH!!! I’m originally from St. Louis, and after February when i go back home to visit, I”M SO COMING to visit your store!!! That must be so exciting! Congrats on the new business adventure and Happy Birthday!


  • oh, congrats elsie and happy birthday! you are an inspiration to so many of us! i hope you have a super fabulous day, and that this is the year in which many more of your dreams come true!

  • that’s a long trip for me but some day I’ll have to make the trip for some happy shopping. congratulations! i know it will be a fabulous store.

  • IΒ΄m a bit late – but hereΒ΄s my congratulations

    you are only 10 years younger than me;-) IΒ΄m not sure if that make me feel old ore not;-)

    You use your time and your youth to make things Elsie – and to make your dreams come true – I love to bee abel to have a look on everything you do!!!!

  • happy birthday and congratulations! i can’t tell you how inspirational you to me. i’m just a year younger than you and also have aspirations of having my own shop. i can’t wait to hear and see all about it! congrats again!

  • WOOT!!


    YAY! Red velvet is so awsumm!! WTG!! πŸ™‚

    <33 your window art!

  • Happy Birthday, Elsie! To be young and to be already living out a dream of yours – what birthday gift is better than that?? Congrats on your soon-to-be-open store!

  • Oh, wow! This sounds way cool! I’ll be checking out your online store for sure. I wish I could come to the brick & mortar store, too. Congrats and best of luck to you. I hope this new venture is wildly successful! And happy birthday to you, too. Love and hugs!

  • Happy Birthday Hun & many congratulations on the birth of your new venture!!!! I know exactly how you are feeling as I was very lucky enough to open my own piece of heaven in July in the form of a craft/gift shop, hope you have fun & enjoy every min of it, love Ger from Bonnie Scotland πŸ™‚

  • omg elsie! i am so excited for you!!! I wish I lived closer so i could camp out at the doors of your new shop b4 it opens! So jealous and so so happy for you. Congrats on your dream πŸ™‚ You deserve it, and I cant wait to see and hear more about it!

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