Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Show Me a Sign

A few months back a friend reached out to ask me if I would do some lettering for a chalkboard sign for her brother-in-law's wedding. I thought this was such a cute idea! The sign will be carried by the flower girls as they walk down the aisle.

I did a ton of sketches to try and decide on a final style. I debated some borders, etc. to spice things up. I also wrote the word "girl" too many times and decided it is a really weird word. Here is a small selection...

I used a chalk marker which was a new experience for me. I also got a chalk pen to make baselines, etc. to make sure things were moooostly straight. When I was done I used a moist Q-tip to erase the guidelines. (Q-tips are good for so.many.things)

Before it headed out the door, I took some test photos to make sure it will look great indoors/outdoors/in photos.

Speaking of outdoors... yay for my flowers blooming in the backyard! #unrelated

Also, I'm messing around with my blog header again because I decided my new/old one kind of stinks. But the colors are doing all kinds of weird things on me so just ignore the "construction." :o)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Faint Glimmers of Civilization

If you haven't already seen the latest Wes Anderson movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, I highly recommend it. Quirky, beautiful movies fall very high on my list of loves so I was inspired to look up some quotes from his movies to write. Luckily someone runs this very handy twitter account so it didn't take me long to find the ones I wanted to use...
I know people put a lot of focus on Wes Anderson's visual style... symmetry... colors... yada yada, but lines like are just beautiful and visual on their own. 
HA. So true sometimes. 
The Royal Tenenbaums is by far my favorite and Margot is also my favorite. I wish I could pull off black eyeliner like that :oP

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Get a Move On!

I love the idea of those little postcards that announce that you've moved and inform people of your new address... I've just never had my stuff together enough to actually send something out.

So when one of my friends was looking up potential moving-card designs, I was like, "Psh, I can do that!" I'm so glad to have a friend who let's me design random things for her.
And here's the back of the postcard. Names and the address of their new house have been changed of course :)
I also made this alternate front:
She plans to print them through Zazzle, similar to how we did our Save the Dates back in the day. I really can't wait to see how they turn out and, of course, I'm thrilled to have another friend in the home owner's club! Congrats my friend!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oh Winter, Why?!

Just when I'm getting excited about Spring, which was feeling imminent, the fickle weather decides I need about six more inches of snow to temper my expectations.

Pretty much the only remedy is some new art supplies and a weather-related doodle. While out picking up snowed-in groceries yesterday, I also popped by AC Moore and got some white charcoal pencils. And since it was snowing today… I drew some snow.

I think we all recall my love of weather-related art when I've been stuck in the house all day. Then I stood outside in the freezing cold and took some pics of it… and a picture of this tree in our backyard:
Actually, this is from the last (the one before the last? the one before that??) snow storm. We've had enough that I've completely lost track. Dear Florida friends, take pity!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hello Spring Wallpaper

Whenever my birthday comes around I know that Spring is soooo close. I can taste it. Last weekend was 60 degrees (it's 14 degrees right now but whatever).

Spring is by far my most productive time so I kicked it off with making myself some sweet new desktop wallpapers from some recent hand lettering doodles. 

 (download "Bonjour" here)
 (download "Howdy" here)
(download "Hey" here)
Right now I have all three rotating on my desk every 15 minutes. It's pretty much like a fun-Spring-wake-me-up-from-Winter-kick-in-the-pants thing. Anyways, feel free to download and enjoy if you are also feeling Spring-tastic!

In other news, I FINALLY installed the Adobe Creative Suite I've has packed away for 2.5 years which I bought at the end of grad school with my student discount. It has Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. I have a pretty good working knowledge of Photoshop (I've been using PSE for a few years), but am thinking about signing up for a membership for lynda.com to learn the other two. Anyone else have experience with it? Any other recommendations for learning?

Yay Spring!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I don't like to use labels but...

Kevin recently entered a home-brew competition sponsored by one of our great local breweries 3 Stars. I felt very strongly, as the self-appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Battery Brewing, that our entries needed some sweet labels.
Sadly the guys did not win, but I'm sure we got special bonus points for style (maybe?). Here is Kevin at the brewery turning in his Chai Tea Wheat Ale called, "Special Tea."
The other beer, headed up by Ed, was "Coco Pow" which was a Coconut Curry Brown Ale. 
I made both labels in Photoshop with some doodles that Kevin and I quickly whipped up. 
We took them to FedEx/Kinkos for laser printing (helps keep the ink from running if the bottle gets condensation on it) and Kevin used rubber cement to glue them on on our way to the brewery for drop off. Several people walked by as he was doing this and gave us very suspicious looks…
Ok, here's one more artsy glamour shot of the bottles. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

My Greatest (Sewing) Accomplishment?

Someone give me an award… this may be the greatest sewing I have ever done and only parts of it were solid luck. I promised Kevin when we moved in to the house (about 18 months ago for those of you counting) that I was going to sew some kick-A roman shades for our windows at some point.

Well, as you can see, these are not roman shades… he got really tired of waiting for me to have motivation, and we bought shades from Ikea instead. But this motivated me to make something I thought would be less complicated (and too be fair, pretty sure it was): valances (look at all the window treatment vocab you are learning!)

I used this tutorial which was pretty easy but I took my time and read it through a kabillion times until I decided that the contrast band and the drapery lining were just too complicated. The most difficult part was doing the math for the pleats. (1.5+1.5+3+hems+allowances+sliiiightly wobbly lines=???)

But look at those corners! Glorious no? Did you see how the patterns match up between the two windows? MATH GENIUS! Anyways, pretty happy with the result and the new paint color in the kitchen. Kevin says I need to pick some non-blue paint colors when the basement is done in a few weeks. BOOO!