2014 YEAR END READER SURVEY  |  www.pommellane.com

So today is very exciting, well for me I suppose! This is my first reader survey since taking Pommel Lane full-time. I am so thankful to each and every person that visits this site, every client I get to work with and every person who takes the time to comment, download a background, sends me an email or join the newsletter. I still do a happy dance everyday because of you guys!

The purpose of this survey isn't just to take up your time. I know how valuable your time is so I'm asking for only a few minutes for a few questions to help me, help you! 


As a thank you for your time and feedback I'm going to be offering an OPTIONAL GIVEAWAY to those who enter! This means you don't have to enter the giveaway to submit a survey but you must answer all the required questions before you can send in the survey. There is also A SECRET SURPRISE for those of you who take the survey, but you are just going to have to complete it to find out!

Enter to Win a CUSTOM PRINT!!  |  Take the Reader Survey  |  www.pommellane.com

The giveaway and survey will be open until Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00PM CST
and the winner will be announced the week of Monday, January 5, 2015 via blog and email!
I can't wait to hear from you!!


AUTHOR: Hannah Reynolds
IMAGE: Death to the Stock Photo

THE FINE PRINT: The giveaway and survey will close on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00PM CST. Each survey entry will be numbered and a winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, January 5, 2015. You must include your name AND email address to be included in the giveaway. Failure to complete both of these will mean an automatic disqualification. Failure to provide a name or email address at all will also mean an automatic disqualification. The winner will be announced here on the blog and via Pommel Lane Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as by direct email. Failure to respond within 48 hours will be noted as forfeit of your prize and the winner will be drawn for again from qualifying entries. The prize is non-transferrable and can only be applied as credit towards a custom print with Pommel Lane and does not hold a cash refund value.


Custom Christmas Card Designs by Pommel Lane. Reserve your spot by November 20, 2014!

I'm so excited to be offering two styles of customizable christmas cards this year! You can choose between a traditional flat card with a full image of your choice or a "Year In Review" card with hand-lettered family name and individual names for you and your spouse!

When I first moved to Virginia several years ago and I had a blast making my own cards so I knew this season I wanted to offer something that we be a beautiful piece for others to share with their own families. Find out more about each option by clicking on the buttons below!

I hope you check out the buttons above for purchasing and process information! These will only be around for a short time - Thursday, November 20, 2014 to be exact. That gives you 6 days to decide and purchase. Keep in mind that I am only taking a limited amount of orders due to customization so I may sell out prior to Thursday. Snatch it up if you want one!

But wait, I mentioned a giveaway last week didn't I? Well, here it is! I'm going to be randomly selecting a winner from my newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00PM CST to receive a design* of their choice! You can sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar to your right and you'll also receive our bonus Brush Lettering Clip Art within 24 hours of signing up!



Author: Hannah Reynolds
Lettering & Design by Pommel Lane
Images: Used with permission from clients

*Giveaway is for custom card design only. Printing and envelopes are not included. Financial costs and organization of printing is the responsibility of the winner. For an additional cost printing and envelopes can be arranged through Pommel Lane at time of announcement and shipped directly to the winner upon completion.

taking the leap + an announcement

"You can fail at what you don't love." - Pommel Lane

*Breathe it all in*

*Breathe it all out*

I've kind of been holding my breath for a minute, or six months - let's only talk about the current situation because it could be said that I've been waiting upwards of 5 years. But I've been waiting for the timing to be right, the papers to be signed, and the ducks to all get in their neat little row.

If you've been around the internet during graduation time you've probably come across the commencement speechs done by celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jim Carrey - clearly I have a thing for the comedians. I was tinkering around on the internet a couple weeks ago and rewatched Jim Carrey's speech and it really hit me. He tells of his father, who could have been a great comedian, and his choice to become an accountant. The safe choice it seemed but only until he was laid off and unable to find work with a family to support. This shaped his decision to try a career in comedy because you can fail at something you don't love. 

It's interesting, my experience was exactly the opposite. I grew up with a single father who despite the struggles and chances to have done something safe ended up down a path that had him making art and creative businesses both for others and for himself throughout his life. We didn't have a glamorous life and we spent a lot of time near or below the poverty line but we were happy. As I grew up I, the goodie-two-shoes-go-getter-perfectionist that I am, had decided internally that I needed to be societies definition of successful. I needed to be white collar. I needed to have a safe job, steady income, health benefits and a 401k.

I started working while still in school and got lucky to be offered a position in a bank as a teller giving me a jump on my "professional" work history. Soon after that I went on to work as a receptionist and quickly worked my way to Administrative and Executive Assistant level work. I've spent the better part of 8 years in administrative roles and climbing the corporate ladder in my field. I have learned so much in these years. I've learned so much about running a business by being involved in the details of executive's lives. And while I am forever grateful for every lesson learned and piece of knowledge I've absorbed, this is no longer my path. I've reached a point - living in big cities, sitting in hours of commuter traffic, and dealing with the groundhog day effect that is an adult life - where I'm not growing as a person. I'm not the person I want to be, used to be or hope to be.

So I'm doing something about it, albeit a tiny bit radical and large in the scale of every day decisions.

I started out thinking I needed to follow the path most traveled to be successful in life. It wasn't until I completely lost sight of where I came from that I realized being successful didn't mean a 1,500 square foot townhouse with a corporate job and 2.2 children. I've been told that for a type A, organization freak and planner that I have a hippie soul, a free spirit. I never really thought about it until recently but they are right. While I don't need to live a gypsy life on the road to fulfill my soul, I do need to have endless opportunities to grow and express creativity. Which leads me to the biggest point of today's post.

If you've made it this far thank you for reading my ramble :)

Not only am I launching Pommel Lane in August but I will actually be working on it full-time! When I made this decision I knew it wasn't feasible for me to do this while still living in Northern Virginia. I have loved certain parts of living on the east coast, specifically Virginia. It will always hold a special place in my heart but in order to give this the biggest go...


norman oklahoma

I fell in love with Oklahoma 3 years ago during my cross-country road trip from Las Vegas to Virginia (especially getting stuck there for 3 days due to major flooding and tornadoes through Arkansas and Tennessee.) I've been back to visit since and I fell in love with Norman, a small college town just south of Oklahoma City that I will call home by the end of the month.

I'm really excited to see what this adventure holds. Oklahoma may not be my forever home and Pommel Lane may not be my forever business but I have never been more passionate about creating a creative business. I will definitely be sharing this personal journey here on the blog because this space isn't just for work related items it's about living a lifestyle. I am my business and my business is me.

I hope you will stick around and join me on this next life adventure!