Hello from Pistols! I currently live in Chicago, IL with my wonderful husband and our little pug. I try to add a bit of wit, whimsy, and an ode to times before in my work--I hope you enjoy! You can view more of my work at www.melissaegandesign.com
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Congrats on your Baby Shower Award!
Hi Melissa, Awesome bank of submissions!
Thanks Melissa, you always a constant inspiration! I admire your work+creativity so much.. so getting any words from you always a thrill and honour for me =D
Hi Melissa, I am glad I had the chance to meet you too! Always love to see the fun illustrations you'll come up with, you're work brings a smile! : )
Hi Melissa, love your work and thank you for your like!!
Hi Melissa, Thanks for the like. Overtime I hear the winter weather report for the Chicago area I think of you and wonder how it's going. Hope all is well with all 3 of you. Sue
Thanks for the sweet note, Melissa! Your work is also great)
Hi Melissa! We love your work, and would like to feature you in an upcoming edition of our new "What Inspires Me" blog post series on Julep. If you are interested in hearing more details, please email me at email@example.com. Thank you! Amy Schroeder, Minted Community Content Manager
Thank you for the likes, Melissa! Your work is awesome!
really??? thank you!
Lots of super designs in the holiday challenge, Melissa!! Great work! Best of luck to you! :)
Hi Melissa Thank you very much for your nice comment! I am so excited!! Congratulations to you also!!
YYEAAAAAHHHHH! Congratulations on your Rustic Special Award - I knew when I saw that design, you had it! xx
And yes Congrats on your win in the Digital Challenge too, I'm just so ecstatic right now,that I'm just replying to all those who wished me...
Thankyou Melissa,your work is beautiful & so colorful, absolutely love your Bella Jar wedding invite,of course the list is endless,but that one distinctively stands out :)
hi melissa, my goodness this is such super late, late reply to the note you left me months ago! sorry..i was busy and was, am, still very forgetful and only saw it recently...again....anyways, thanks so much for letting me know...i hope you are having fantastic sales from all your wonderful designs on minted...i love them all...really! especially your whimsical illustrations....my fave is "rainy day"...and i'm a HUGE fan of your work :) cheers!
Thanks Melissa. Congrats on your wins as well!
I say the same thing about you, every time! thank you for the nice note. Congrats on your 100+ wins, you are so awesome! :) xx
Congratulations on your 100+ wins, Melissa! Love your work!
Congrats on passing 100 wins Melissa!! Whoo hoo!!!! :)
Hi Melissa, thank you for your sweet comment on my design! :) :)
oooooh! so excited!! just ordered Rainy Day for my daughter…. now I need you to make one for a little boy so I can order it for my son too :D
Hi Melissa, I could use some of you expertly expert feedback, too! On this design, if you have a minute: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/167581 Thanks!
Thanks for your ever expertly expert comments, will tinker a bit! ;)
It was really nice to relax with you and just enjoy the night. Please feel free to give me your polls any time. All the best for the challenges
Hi Melissa!! So, so glad I finally got a chance to meet you! Hope you enjoyed your visit to San Francisco. As I mentioned, I LOVE your work and think you are coolest! : )
wow. i just went through your designs for sale, you are incredible.
Thanks Melissa! Your super nice message on my profile page just made my day. I've always been a fan of your work, I even think your name Pistols is awesome. :) Congrats on your kid's wins too!
Check it out. i added a third to the mix as well...
I think I'm going to do a little poll and see what people think. It's pretty hysterical actually! Just not sure if it's too much. Thanks!
Thanks for you comment on my Maids a Milking design. I totally didn't see the boobies until I put the little dots in the "8". I typically don't do "funny" stuff like this. So I trust your opinion. Do you really think I should add the dots...or is that too much? I can post it so you can see if that helps. :)
You have so many amazing wedding designs, Melissa!! That bell jar is so awesome! Great work :)
LOVE your illustrations in the wedding challenge, Melissa!
Oh back atcha! That was truly a lovely thing for you to say, and I'm so happy to be here amongst such great talent :) x
You are one of my very favourite designers Melissa and so I'm delighted for your first place win! Well deserved and congratulations!!
I see this is your first first place! HUGE CONGRATS! (although i cant believe it)
man! loving all you entries Melissa! all will be winners im sure, yay!
Melissa! I laughed SO hard at your comment, I'm so glad you shared! What a funny dream, I do wish I lived in a giant house by the ocean :-) I was really sad to miss out on the northwest meetup last year - if you ever find yourself up in Seattle, I hope you'll let me know, I'd love to meet up!
Thanks so much for the comment on my lettering Melissa! I love to do lettering, but I stopped to think about teaching it (after I stopped being blown away by what you said!) and could even think of a way to teach what I do. But I LOVE and so appreciate you saying it. I am also blown away by your fab skills and the impact they've made on Minted! Thank you!!
lol, thanks so much :) There are a lot of beautiful room decor sets I want for my room! not sure my hubby will let me ;)
Thank you so much Melissa!
THANK YOU melissa)!! I'm so happy =D
Congrats on your wins Melissa ! Your work really inspires, cheers !
Thanks for ur comments, melissa.. challenge without ur fun, creative illos seems empty.. i always looking forward to ur submissions!! congrats on teh late picks on bang bang meow..! cant believe they didn't pick that lol
What a sweet comment, Melissa! I'm such a fan of your work. Your illustrations are always to die for!!
Well- you know I am A HUGE fan of your work- everything you do is so fresh, original and inspired. So OF COURSE I wanted to throw up when I saw yours because it so awesome! And then I thought- she's going to think I ripped her off!!! I just posted an FB thread- I really kind of wish this whole thing was blind until the end and all of our designs just 'appeared'- it would be so interesting to see where the overlaps were even without seeing others work. Ugh! Time to get my brain off of Christmas and back to the rest of life!
Pretty consumed with love and coveting over every holiday card you've submitted.
Aw, thanks Melissa for your super sweet comment! It means a lot! I'm so happy you joined the community - you've contributed such an inspiring energy. I know what you mean - I feel like I have grown so much b/c of Minted - and found a love for stationery I didn't realize I had. Not to mention a wealth of inspiration and the nicest designers on the planet ;) Congrats again!!!
Congrats on your win and picks Melissa ! Awesome stuff !
Thanks for your warm comment!
Love your work!
Major congratulations are in order for your amazing holiday win! You single handedly raised the bar on the snowflake. Sending you the highest of fives! x Brandy
thanks for the nice note :)
Hey Melissa was wondering if you had any info on the freelance stuff you posted in the forum... is it still happening? just curious..
hey, you've been missed around these parts! thanks for checking him out!! I feed him popsicles regularly - he's a cool guy, after all!!
hey melissa, someone really creative and a great illustrator once told me I should seek out my inner child. Can you see if he should stay inside me when you get a chance? Obviously, drawing is not my forte but I'm trying. http://www.minted.com/design-rating/64677 Thanks!!
ahahah crashing my computer is a small price to pay for your beautiful works. no worries at all :)
Thanks so much for the compliment!! It's an honor coming from such great talent! Your work is always amazing - and so fun none the less!
Ha Ha Melissa!! Thanks! It doesn't have snow but I can add some for her...lol
thanks, Melissa! :)
Congrats, Melissa - 2 for 2! Your designs never disappoint!
Super excited that "Susie Homemaker" got an editor's pick, Melissa! It was one of my favorites then again I don't think you can design that isn't fantastic!!
Congrats on your wins! Your illustrations are always so fun!!
Congrats on your wins Melissa !
Congratulations Melissa! x Brandy
Thank you! And congrats to you, too! You really clean up! ;) Love your work!
Wow Melissa I am honored that your husband likes my work :) Especially when his wife has so much talent ! Send him my best ! Good luck in the holiday challenge, you have already many beautiful submissions !
Melissa, i just love everything you submit! Your creations are so much fun i have to smile! :)
Thanks Melissa for ur offer.. Will surely email u sometimes next week.. Hahaha...
Thanks Melissa.. congrats to you too.. I adore your style actually.. and would love to learn more how to draw from u! LOL.. Every artwork from u are always amazing!
Congrats chicka on littlte bo. Although, i had it pegged for first,,,,
hey melissa - congrats on Wiener Dog! that was one of my favs!
Saw your post on the forum for freelance work. Thought I would drop you a line and say hello & also to forward my info in regards to any illustrative/design opportunities - www.mandygordon.typepad.com
If you're interested, contact me from the contact link. Thanks! :)
Thank you so much! and a big congrds to you too! :D
Hi Melissa! (Is that your name? I don't want to get it wrong :-) You are sweet to ask, but I think it's fine... it is hard to know the "rules" for posting a design that is similar to another one, but we're all working behind the scenes and can't possibly know what everyone else is doing too. I'm never totally sure either, I just have to evaluate each design separately I guess. BTW, I just noticed the Princess and the Pea design you did and therein is a great example... I saw the one in the nursery art challenge too... Anyhoo, congratulations on your work and have a great evening! :-)
Thanks for your note "Pistols". Congrats on your travel journal win as well. Your work is amazing!!
Grats on your win!!! many more to come!
Just stopping by to say how much I love your work. Can't wait for Little Bo Peep to go on sale. Your illustration for The Old Woman in the Shoe takes me back to my "Golden Books" reading days.
Thanks for the sweet comment! That really means a lot! :) I guess it's just a reflection of the encouragement I've received over the past few months. Anyway, keep up the great work. I sense you will be winning a lot more awards in the near future! :)
Thank you of your comment - I just loooove your work. Your style rocks!
I love all your designs so far. You're so talented!
Loved your submissions in this last challenge. Beautiful illustrations.
Congrats! You have some AMAZING illustrations. I can't wait for more.
Congrats on your art wins - love your style!
Big congrats on your art challenge wins! I'm a huge fan of your illustration style and can't wait to see what else you have in store for Minted :)
Please feel free to crit my stuff as well. I could use extra pair of eyes myself!
sorry, my friends call me the "kern queen" so I guess I am a bit of a type nit picker...but also very much a type lover! Loving all your submissions! Always wanted my mom in a floral dress and pearls, ha!
Thanks Rebecca! We used to go skiing with this family growing up and they had a moose head called Ralph in their cabin. I wanted a "Ralph" of my own so so bad, and haha never got one, so I made my own :)
i think it is HYSTERICAL that you have submitted a moose to hang on the wall. I just recently bought a white moose head for our living room and he is the best thing ever. I call him Marty;) Love your work!
love your seasons prints - hope you win the challenge!
Hey Melissa! So cool that you're from Oklahoma as well! I lived on the west coast for a little bit in college. Love it out there. I love, love your Save the Date entry and your illustrations! Best of luck to you in the challenge!
Welcome to Minted Melissa! x Brandy
Hi Melissa - sorry for the late reply! Thanks for the note on my profile page! You and your husband have such an awesome sense of humor - so cool! :)
Melissa! I absolutely love your illustrations/style. Can't wait to see more!
Hey Melissa! I checked out your friends flickr page - total awesomeness!! Love it!! Oh, btw, LOVE all your illustrations - you're super talented!! I'm sure you'll do well here at Minted!! See ya around :)
Welcome to Minted, Melissa! Love your Lil' Cowgirl design. Good luck to you!
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