moving spaces


After the New Year, I’ll be moving into a new studio. It’s bittersweet, because as you can see my studio is sun drenched and cheerful, and I will be leaving behind some dear neighbors. But I’m excited about the new space (more on that later!) and change is good. If you or someone you know is looking for a beautiful, affordable artist studio near downtown Durham, North Carolina, let me know!


in the studio: press check


With a new baby around, I decided I would skip out on 2013 holiday work. But, there’s so much happening behind the scenes at Hello Tenfold, even as the wedding invitation work slows down for the year. While Juna naps, when Brendan gets home, and every other spare second I can squeeze out of the day, I’m working on new designs for 2014 (including a baby announcement collection!) and brainstorming some new product ideas. It’s amazing how a little space from work can be so invigorating.

Today while Juna was at the babysitter’s, I ran over to Brian Allen’s studio to check on the color of her baby announcements. I can’t wait to show them to you soon, but here are photos from Brian’s print shop.


After seeing the first printer’s proof, we changed the super-pale pink I chose to a slightly darker, more peachy color, and picked a softer purple brown for the text instead of the black I envisioned. Can’t wait to see these finished. I’ve got some envelope addressing to do!



jefferson, nc


Last weekend Brendan, Juna and I headed to Jefferson, North Carolina. We stayed in a cabin that Brendan and I stayed in last year to celebrate 10 years together (just before I found out I was pregnant)! It was fun to be there again, this time with baby in tow. We hiked, ate s’mores by a fire and sandwiches by a waterfall, cooked a big pot of bbq, and spent long mornings in bed with Juna babbling away. She is so much fun (video below).






wish i were checking in: 21c museum hotels


21c Museum Hotels is coming to downtown Durham! 21c is a boutique hotel company out of Louisville, Kentucky that renovates and restores historic buildings, turning them into gorgeous modern art museums/hotels/chi-chi restaurants. The company was founded by two art collectors who were passionate about bringing art into people’s daily lives in an accessible and engaging way. All of the 21C museums are free of charge, open 24/7, and feature unique installation pieces, rotating curated collections and host cultural events. The Durham location will be housed in the old Hill building on the corner of Corcoran and Main. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Bull City!

21room 21room2 21tree21food 21c locations in Louisville, Cincinnati and Bentonville pictured above.

–Melissa P.

judah ross


My talented friends Oami, Lissa, and Jessie teamed up to do a photo shoot for Oami’s clothing line, Judah Ross (with Jessie as the model and Lissa as photographer). The results are so beautiful I had to share… I want all of those clothes (and Jessie’s hair).







Photos by Lissa Gotwals / Model Jessie Gladin-Kramer / Styling by Liz Esser / Accessories by Map of Days, Haden Designs and Shelter / with thanks to Epona & Oak, Benelux Cafe and Artspace