Feature & Giveaway: Laura Belle

I've admired Laura's style and captivating use of font and color for the past year and I'm honored to feature her on my blog :) As you look through her pictures and work, I think you'll fall in love and discover how special and talented Laura is! xo, LA
Hey there! This is Laura Belle and I'm a freelance designer and maker, living and working in lovely Minneapolis. Here's a little collection of things I love.
I worked in the advertising/design biz for a few years in Chicago. It was alright but it wasn't for me so I moved back to Minnesota and opened up two shops, OhHi and Locality.
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OhHi is full of colorful typographic stitched pieces. I love bringing together a modern aesthetic with such a traditional technique. Lately, I've been making a lot of custom name stitches for the upcoming holidays. I'm planning some fun changes for OhHi in 2011 so stay tuned!

Locality, my other type-based shop, focuses on larger display pieces for your home. All of my paintings are hand-lettered using words, phrases, dates and names from clients to create a totally unique custom painting. This is probably still my favorite thing to work on because I'm able to learn so much about the people and the important stories in their lives. Along with large hand-painted canvases that can go up to 36x48", I also offer smaller digital canvas prints.

Giveaway
Since Freckled Nest readers are the best (seriously, you guys are awesome!) I'd love to giveaway a 4x4 ampersand stitch
How to Enter: Visit Oh Hi and Locality and tell us which item(s) you'd want for Christmas (share in the comments of this post along with your name/email)! We will announce the winner of a 4x4 ampersand stitch in a few days! Everyone can enter :)

80 comments:

  1. Her custom paintings are awesome! I love that they're personalized.

    I think the ampersand stitch would be perfect for an office!

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  2. from OhHi- Love the lollipop thread color!

    from Locality- love the grey and white signs. I think this would be a wonderful anniversary gift for my parents! Bookmarked!!!

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  3. i love the custom name canvas @ ohhi.. still trying to decorate my little one's room, and that'd be perfect.. or the custom pieces as locality... it'd make a perfect gift for my brother & new sister in law! thanks for the chance! have looonggg drooled over oh hi & love the ampersand! :)

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  4. Oooh! Those are so pretty! I want a blythe for Christmas!

    Hanna

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  5. In the OhHi shop I adore the Red Gold and Black plaid piece- so gorgeous!
    I also really like the ampersands! What a great treat it would be to win!

    In the Locality shop I really like the custom welcomes in the Teal- I think because I'm a teacher and it looks like an old school black board.. It's all pretty rad though.

    -e

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  6. oh it is SO hard to choose just one--I love the 'allo(!) or the XO!
    Sarah M

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  7. Such a great giveaway - thank you! I'd love to find the teal, purple and gold plaid stitch under my tree. It's lovely!

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  9. Oh wow - love the colours used in the stitching at OhHi! I love them all, but one that really caught my eyes was the 'yo.' stitch :D

    I also think the digital canvas wrap at Locality is a great idea :)

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  10. I'd love to get the personalized stitch 5x7 for my daughter for christmas! it's her first christmas, and I'm looking hard for something super special. her name is Gwynevire Wonder and I think the word Wonder stitched would be just fantastic!
    xo,
    June
    lovin.tuck.n.gwyn @ gmail.com

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  11. I looove the ampersand stitch, its the cutest thing and would look darling hanging up on the wall!

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  12. It's all so fun! I think the 'hello' 'bye' set is really great. Something neat to hang at your front door for all the people coming and going.

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  13. i absolutely LOVE the a-z alphabet canvas'. Not for me... for my little 9 month old boys room! They are soo cute!

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  14. I love the hello snow on black canvas in the OhHi Shop and from Locality I would love the welcome home for my son.

    Great giveaway!

    Tamara
    tamz_ck@hotmail.com

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  15. I LOVE the teal, purple, & gold plaid! So fun! But, I have to say that the ampersand is my favorite by a mile..

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  16. I really love the stitched pieces at OhHi! I guess my fav would be the XO since I love my hubby so much :) G'day is also great, but this Texan would love to see one that says Howdy! :-D I also like the custom welcome home baby pieces at Locality. Nice work!

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  17. i love the custom canvases with names. What a perfect gift for someone who has everything!


    chelsealexander at hotmail

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  18. Love the personalized stitch from OhHi and from Locality I love the custom photo canvas wrap!

    Actually I adore all of it!

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  19. My favorite items....

    Oh Hi - the xo cherry on neutral!

    locality- 22x28 CUSTOM painting

    They certainly have some awesome art! So lovely! Such awesome wedding and baby gifts! And just because! love them!
    xo

    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  20. Love her work!

    From OhHi, I love the ampersands and the "Hi" canvases.

    From Locality, I love the look of the long (18X36) custom paintings.

    It's all lovely though! :)

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  21. I LOVE the red gold and plaid from OhHi, and those custom welcome home baby are the cutest baby announcement anything I've every seen. Beautiful stuff.

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  22. Ah man, I've been a fan of ohhi for ever so long now, and I basically just want everything. Everythiiiiiing! But more specifically, I'd like a row of the ampersand ones in each color, seeing as I'm obsessed with ampersands. (my blog is called a is for ampersand! obsessed much?)

    Wee! Thank you!

    Amy M.
    amymorby@gmail.com

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  23. i think the ampersand is actually my favorite!

    i really love the personalized pieces from locality -- the 18x36 in grey/white especially!

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  24. mmm they are all so pretty! i'd love the ampersand in lettuce one! i love that color! :)
    xoxo
    Lauren
    theperfectpearpair {AT} gmail {DOT} com

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  25. I am going to get the mpls poster for my husband for x-mas! I love being a MNsotan!!! I am also impressed with the modern stitching!

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  26. Everything in her shop(s) is super cute but I love the ampersand the most. I would love to give it to my husband. He's an english professor/poet and I think he would love it for his office on campus.

    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  27. oh man! i love the names that look like an explosion!! SOO pretty!

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  28. I love the "hi" canvas in marigold! Perfect!

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  29. Love love love the simplicity of the snow on coral "hi."

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  30. Oh so cute!
    love all your stuff!
    I especially would love one of the big Locality prints re: Los Angeles .... I hope you'll be expanding the series!
    xo
    -A
    amy@lemonandraspberry.com

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  31. Oooh la la! I'd love the 14 x 18 custom print from the Locality shop (love the name, by the way).

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  32. I've been eying this ampersand piece ever since I saw it on another giveaway a few months ago. I LOVE ITTTT. I also love the g'day print & the red & white heart. Everything is so darn cute & spunky!

    suburbansweetheart(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I love this spotlight!

    I'm putting the Red, Gold, and Black Plaid piece from OhHi on my Christmas wishlist and the MPLS canvas print on the to buy list for my friend who just moved to the Minneapolis area, perfect!

    jessa.vida@gmail.com

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  34. I would definitely go for the ampersand in either blue or orange--I'm a bit of a word nerd.

    And I follow Laura's blog. She's fantastic!

    squirrelgonutz [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  35. Love the Hi Snow on Coral & the XOXO Print.
    Thank you!

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  36. Oh my gosh! I have loved the stitched letters/words for a few months now.

    My favorite thing in the OhHi Shop is either the ampersand in marigold or the entire alphabet on mini canvases.

    <3 Lora, feltslc@plu.edu

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  37. wow i Love these shops! The exploded initials really float my boat but loving the ampersand.

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  38. I love the ampersands! I'd pick the aqua one, but white would just as lovely!

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  39. How are you featuring two of my favorites in one place? Ah-may-zing.

    So my secret dream - don't tell my husband - is to get two locality pieces done - one for where I used to live and one for where my husband lived before we got married with one common location - our first place together when we got together. Then I want to hang them over each side of our bed and stick Laura Belle's stinkin' fantastic ampersand in the middle.

    pop-pop-pow! That was your brain exploding with the awesome, right? BADOW!

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  40. I love her custom paintings and I love the "hi" snow on coral and all of the ampersands. Lovely. :-)

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  41. I love LauraBelle's personalized name stitches. So cool!

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  42. i really really like the hi in marigold! i love the little renegade stitches! nice work! XO

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  43. What a fun fun fun place to visit! I just looooove that & in green!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/60417249/ampersand-in-lettuce-ohhi-shop

    Savannah O'Gwynn
    sbmmhoover {at} {yahoo} {DOT} com

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  44. Oh my goodness I adore the personalized touches of names and paintings! I adore her work! Such talent!

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  45. So cute!!!

    I'd love to have OH Hi's ampersand in white. I love the subtly of the white on beige! I also like the "yo" one!

    I could also rock the 8x8 photo print from Locality. I would just have to come up with a photo and text....

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  46. I have been in love with Laura's art and style for a while now! I love seeing it featured here at one of my favorite blogs!

    I'd love the white ampersand for Christmas. I think it would look amazing in my office!

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  47. Oh, I have had my eye on that store for a while. I love it all!! The stitched pieces are probably my favorite.
    emily
    goldlionaz@gmail.com

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  48. I really love the OhHi Hi canvas. In any color:)

    Emily Anne K.
    emily14680@yahoo.com

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  49. I love the personalized letters, I would get an M for my son Malakai's room.I also love the customized welcome home baby signs.

    shanleann1 at gmail dot com

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  50. I LOVE the "XOXO" canvas. Takes me to my early childhood as my Grma would always sign every single card, note, letter, etc. with XOXO, Grandma.

    I also really like the baby signs. What a neat idea and great baby gift.

    You do great work!
    Allison
    allison22_23 at hotmail dot com

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  51. !! :D i love the personalized stitch 5x7 canvas and the digital print canvases with lettering on top :D
    double giveaway madness!! :D

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  52. I would love a custom photo print from Locality AND the A-Z alphabet..... :)

    kristen.nicholls@Hotmail.com

    FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

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  53. Hello,
    I am absolutely sprung on the alphabet set pictured here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51143209/a-z-alphabet-mini-type-canvases-ohhi

    the brilliant pallette and simple design make this an amazing statement piece that I would love to have in my home!

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  54. i looooooooove this ampersand piece!!!!!!! <3
    its perfect!!!!!!!!


    xoxo
    hilka*

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  55. Those pieces are so adorable! I love the 'allo!

    -Lindsay

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  56. my most favorite is definitely the "St.Paul Custom Print // 16x20 Texture // Locality". st. paul is my "second home" as the place where i spent the happiest year of my life as an aupair in 97/98. the twin cities will always (!) have a special place in my heart!!!

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  57. How cool are these shops?!

    From locality I would like a custom order about Kansas City. :)


    At oh hi, I do love the ampersand, but I'll go with the xo on this one.

    Cute cute cute.

    cheryl_birkey@yahoo.com

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  58. i loooooooooove the ampersand!

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  59. I would love to have my name done with ohhi and with the locality I love the photo wrapped canvas!

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  60. I really like the custom name plaques at oh hi. My daughter always laments that her name is never on name items in retail stores, so she would think this is wonderful!

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  61. i would love one of those custom name pieces. they are so unique and just darling. :)

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  62. I'd love the 5 mini canvases so I could gift them to my newly engaged friend with their initials! What a perfect present that would be!

    Marisa at thesetlist@yahoo.com

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  63. I actually LOVE the &! So sweet! What a cute idea!

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  64. I have to say that my favorite piece is the & in lawn! absolutely adorable!!

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  65. I added ampersands into my wedding theme and lime green is my favorite color, so I would LOVE the "Ampersand in Lettuce" from OhHi! But I also love that "8x8 Photo Canvas Wrap with Type" from Locality! Wow, such talent! :)

    Lauren
    lauren(dot)nygard(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. Oh gracious I cannot just pick one any of her creations would be an amazing gift.

    ~Mish
    oreo(dot)fairy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. on locality i love the "welcome home" pieces. that would be perfect for my soon to arrive nephew!
    and my favorite OhHi piece is (ironically enough) the ampersand! i think it would be perfect for engagement pictures.
    taylor
    taylorebarnhill@yahoo.com

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  68. I really do love the ampersand best from Oh Hi!

    And from Locality, I love this idea: http://www.etsy.com/listing/45387919/85x11-custom-photo-canvas-wrap-with-type

    (leecindermoon at yahoo dot com)

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  69. Ohh I love the 22x28 CUSTOM painting So pretty! Such a creative and amazing idea!
    And From Oh Hi I lovelovelovee the Teal Purple and Gold Plaid piece!! <3 so amazing
    *fingerscrisscrossed!*
    xxo
    Taylor
    taybeelou [at] gmail [dot] com

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  70. i like the hello snow on black from OHhi and the custom digital canvas print would be awesome.

    -Kaitlyn
    jaded_anthem@yahoo.com

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  71. i love the stores! I'd love to have a personalized stitch version of my name (it'd be the perfect touch to my office!) and the photo canvases are gorgeous!

    allison
    amblakeley@gmail.com

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  72. I'm glad you are living your dream! You are so talented! I love them all, but the xo cherry on black really caught my eye in Oh Hi. I love the custom idea of the test paintings in Locality! So clever!

    Thanks! RobbieLee
    robbielee {at} chickiedee {dot} com

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  73. my absolute fav is the xo-- ohhh want one
    craftygirlmdi@gmail.com

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  74. Oh wow I'd want the ampersand soooo badly!! I collect all things ampersands.

    & from Locality I'd love a custom sign. :)

    Cara-Mia
    caramia_t@hotmail.com

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  75. Love her shop!! Her embroidered names have been on my wishlist for awhile! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  76. From Locality I'd LOVE one of the custom welcome home baby paintings, for my new baby girl :) And I also totally love the ampersands in the OhHi shop! :) Such awesome things. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Jen
    jenna.jewel@gmail.com

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  77. I love these your all set's , its really creative job, I never seen before this type of any art, so I will give you full marks, very nice post, thanks

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