October 1st, 2012
How was your weekend? I was happy to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather we’ve been having. A drive through the country to view the changing leaves was just what I needed, and I’ll be sharing photos tomorrow. :)
I stumbled across artists Marc Johns and Thomas Slater at different times but I just love both of their styles and humor! I have a weakness for clever, quirky illustrations like these.
Marc Johns sells prints and I seriously want his “okay let’s do this” print for my workspace! I also love the “don’t forget to play” print, too. :)
P.S. Happy October (however that happened)!
(illustrations by Marc Johns and Thomas Slater)
September 18th, 2012
I’m so inspired by the illustration and digital collages by Ceren Kilic. Aren’t they magical? Her work is such a beautiful use of shape, color, and texture.
Ceren also has prints available on Society6, if you’re interested!
(art by Ceren Kilic)
September 17th, 2012
I wanted to share some photos from Renegade Craft Fair last weekend in Chicago. We continued our tradition from last year where the guys watch football at their favorite spot while the ladies get to have fun at the craft fair! It’s basically a win-win. ;)
We started the day with brunch with good friends. It was our first time at Feast Chicago, which I’d highly recommend (my veggie burger was delicious!). Oh, and here I am with blonde hair!
Then off to the craft fair! The Vintage Bazaar was also going on nearby, which was fun, too! Here are some of my favorite highlights, which include pretty displays, sweet trailers, bikes, and the cutest dogs…
I wish I could remember each of the booths where I took photos but you can check out the full list of artists here. I do know that the “be awesome today” embroidery is by Ruggles Made. And how cute is that dog in the trailer?! :)
Have you ever been to a Renegade Craft Fair? It all started in Chicago but they’re now in Austin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and even London!
Until next year! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few more photos of Chicago…
August 29th, 2012
I recently made a DIY confetti tablecloth for our Blogs and Books event and I thought I’d share the DIY as a sneak peek before I post photos from the event. :)
I thought this project would be perfect for the book The Happiness Project because rainbow polka dots are just plain happy! I followed instructions from Jenny on Oh Happy Day. It’s really quite simple: purchase a white tablecloth (or white sheet like I did) and fabric paint in the colors of your choice (I used these from Martha Stewart). Then create circle templates from card stock by tracing a small round object and cutting out a circle (or use a big circle hole punch if you’re crafty and have one!).
Paint randomly spaced circles with your templates to create a confetti appearance. If you’re lucky enough to have a big empty room with a wood floor, you can spread the tablecloth on the floor. If you’re in a small space like me, you can drape it over a table and chairs. The trick then is patience: make sure the paint dries before you move the tablecloth to work on another area! I did this over the course of several days.
What do you think? I realize that due to my orderly nature, my dots are rather evenly spaced, but I love how it turned out. :) It’s just so happy and looking at it instantly lifts my mood.
Hope you’re inspired!
August 10th, 2012
Happy weekend! Whew, what a week it has been! I’m not going to lie, there were some serious low points this week. Sometimes the creative journey feels like such a roller coaster. With the signup for Alt Summit that opened on Tuesday, I had to face facts and accept that I’m not going to be able to go this year. I’m really bummed about it because after last year, I thought for sure I’d be back. But sometimes accomplishing your goals is about what you’re willing to give up in order to get there. While I’m not going to be able to spend time with all of the amazing people at the conference, that doesn’t mean I don’t have big plans for moving forward. This really just serves as added motivation for me to keep on, keepin’ on! (Look out goals, I’m comin’ for ya!)
I’ve made significant progress on my redesign this week and I could not be more excited! I know I’ve been talking about it for forever but I’ve finally landed on a vision and I am running with it at a rapid pace! I think it really represents me well and I am seriously motivated to get it DONE! It’s coming together and I think it’s a step in the right direction for my brand! I’m also falling more and more in love with the web design process and could not be more thrilled. I’ve been working day and night and haven’t wanted to stop! What a new, amazing feeling! You’ve all been so encouraging throughout the process and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. It’s my Grandpa’s birthday so I’ll be taking a break and enjoying time with family. Be sure to come back on Monday because I’ll be sharing mood board inspiration for my redesign to give you a sneak peek!
(photo by Sarah Patzak found here)
July 24th, 2012
I stumbled upon the project Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried and I’m amazed by her photography and styling. In this photography series, Dinah Fried interpreted the lives of fictional characters to depict meals from five famous novels. (Shown above are The Catcher and the Rye, Alice in Wonderland, and Oliver Twist.) Isn’t that a clever concept? I just love it! And I can even hear Oliver saying, “Please sir, I want some more…”
(Photos by Dinah Fried)