Friday Footnotes

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1. Freelance Wisdom from Kristen Drozdowski

This post. Love. Needed. Loved. Read it. Once. Twice. Thrice?

Not all work is fun – and during those non-fun times, it’s important to always love and embrace the fact that you’re allowing yourself to follow your dream to do something creative for a living! Even when it’s stressful – you’ll love it all if what you’re doing is something that makes you happy.

Found via June Letters, more on Kristen’s site.

2. 40 Reasons to Love Lettering

I love how of Design*Sponge phrased this in her introduction to 40 Reasons to Love Lettering:

As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings.

I totally agree! Which is all the more reason that I love getting to create so much with lettering in my Etsy shop! I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I loved going through all 40 images of such a wide variety of lettering, from the style of the lettering to the placement of the text! See them all here.

3. Multinational Typeface

I love this new typeface an advertising company in Singapore developed. Representing the flags of countries they do business in, they each remind me of wood cut blocks on old printing presses. Really neat to see the various pieces and flags come together into one cohesive typeface. Found via DesignWorkLife.

4. 271 Years Before Pantone

I’ve been meaning to post a snippet from this book… 271 years before Pantone came out with their “standards of color,” A. Boogert painted in watercolor, variations of color that span 800 pages with handwritten notes indicating how much water diluted each specimen. Truly magnificent in detail! More info here, found via swissmiss.

5. Blossom Type

These floral letters definitely caught my eye as I scrolled through my blog feed, but then when I saw a more behind the scenes photos, I truly appreciated the minute detail and the trained hand it must have taken to assemble such a small and complex piece, times 2+10 numbers! Wow. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy.

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1. Russ & Daughters

My favorite design posts are ones that go through the process of their creations. Kelli Anderson’s process is always so deep and unique per project. Her skills this time even expanded to architecture design as she got to work on the store front of the new Russ & Daughters cafe. Every piece designed for Russ & Daughters is beautiful standing alone, and then brought together they form a truly unique look that goes past the paper goods, through the interior design and to the store front. She even got a look at the creation of the neon sign outside! A dream project executed to perfection. It takes a long time to write process posts, but somehow Kelli makes it look effortless and I thank her for the time she spends on them. I finished the post truly inspired and hope to always apply that much effort to all my own projects. See the post here.

P.S. I also am really craving a charcuterie platter now.

2. Pageant of the Masters

LOVE this fun new blog series, Pageant of the Masters; where floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, Kate Osborne of Kate Osborne Photography and Brittany from The House that Lars Built team up to recreate famous paintings that feature floral elements. They did such a perfect job and I love the bit of process they give behind the creations… like how in their latest piece, Herbert James Draper’s Pot Pourri, its not even physically possible to hold the bowl in such a way so in the photo someone is holding it from below the table. So interesting and so fun!

3. Chrysler Building, Design*Sponge Icon

Ever since our trip to New York City this past summer, I declared the Chrysler Building to be my favorite NYC building. Literally, every time I see it in movies now I nudge my hubby to acknowledge my new fave. So now I’m nudging you… check out the short and sweet post on Design*Sponge for a little history on this beautiful art deco building that has graced the NYC skyline since the 30’s.

4. Joey Chou’s Haunted Mansion

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on my new favorite illustrator, Joey Chou’s site, that he was releasing some new Disney related prints and work. And even though I am so very behind in reading my beloved blogs, I happened to see it just 2 days before he would be at Downtown Disney at a signing event. Since I’m collecting pieces for my Disneyland themed guest room, and was struggling to find a Haunted Mansion piece that wasn’t too gory but kept with my look, I fell immediately in love with his Haunted Mansion piece. Saturday came and we trekked down to the park, of course not going inside the park itself—very bitterwsweet, and got in line. Unfortunately, Joey was very late to the signing and we couldn’t wait for him to arrive but I did get my Haunted Mansion piece! Someday, hopefully, I’ll get it signed! But until then… it will be hanging for all my guests to see! See more of Joey’s new Disney inspired pieces here.

5. Great Dates on a Beautiful Mess

I’m really excited for this new blog series, Great Dates, on A Beautiful Mess!! Their creativity knows no bounds!! See the inaugural post where they enjoy a brunch date followed by a farmers market.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Starbucks Red Cup Design

I read this really cool article on the back story of the annual design of the “red cups” at Starbucks. The post even shares the sketch that started it all… really cool concept and amazing execution across all the platforms from the cups to the coffee bean bags. Found via The Dieline.

2. Greg Lauren Limited Edition Fragrance

I haven’t a clue how this fragrance smells but the handmade packaging already makes me want to buy it!

Each bottle has the same feel but no two are exactly alike. ‘I wanted the bottle to feel special,’ says Lauren. ‘To do this I made the labels out of various materials. I used paper, fabric and even small scraps of vintage military fabrics. Then each has my hand-written name on a torn piece of classic masking tape. The labels are then stained with everything from coffee, ink, pencil and pastels.’

Found via The Dieline.

3. Chic iPad Cases

My husband asked if we could get an iPad as a joint Christmas present to ourselves. So what am I most excited for? Getting an iPad case of course! Thanks to Design*Sponge for their well timed article…

4. Kelly Moore’s Home

I really love this home, featured on A Beautiful Mess. And I really love the way she’s (Kelly Moore Clark) printed large scale images of her children, and their family, making each print into a piece of art really. When can I move in? 🙂

5. “Halloween Haters” Decor Tips

I have definitely said that a few times this season, “I hate Halloween.” But just as this article mentions the demons and skanky girl outfits, I would say I wholeheartedly agree. On a whole other note though, it is a welcome into Autumn which is definitely my favorite season of them all and this article has quite a few darling decorating tips! Read it in full on The House that Lars Built.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Pixar Logo Animations

This was fun to watch, seeing how far one the greatest (next to Disney of course) animation studio ever, Pixar, has come over the decades. Found via Brand New.

2. Lesley Barnes

I was really drawn to the illustration work of Lesley Barnes. Each piece made me smile, from the characters to the saturated colors. Found via Design Work Life.

3. Mohawk Paper

Another Design Work Life find, shows such an inspiring video to get to work, with your hands, making high quality crafts. See more from Mohawk Paper. What will you make today?

4. Biz Ladies Profile: Dana Tanamachi

Yet another week where I have to mention Dana Tanamachi, but this girl is just all over the place. And she is such an inspiration. In response to a question regarding starting your own business, she said:

Know your strengths. If you’re good at something, you’ll usually be passionate about it. Typically, we look at it from the other way around, but sometimes (and if we’re honest) we’re not that great at everything we’re passionate about. And in starting a business, we’ve got to be realistic. Both passion and skill have got to be there!

Read the whole interview here on Design*Sponge.

5. Art Display Frame

I love this concept for a frame! Such a cool and easy way to display art, and it would be easy to switch out different pieces. Found via Brave the Woods.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Austin City Limits

Andy and I have always dreamed of living outside of California, in either the Pacific Northwest or in Colorado… but with my husband’s undying passion for all things BBQ, Texas has now been added to the table. So when I saw this adorable and so very cool illustration of all things Austin, I just had to save it. I may one day need to post this Invisible Creature’s graphic in a someday blog post titled “We Are Moving to Austin!” But until that day I will just admire the many details of this illo, from its colors to its creative use of all things geometric from my office in southern California. Designed for Austin City Limits Music Festival by Invisible Creature, found via Veerle.

2. Ann Shen’s Alphabet Print

In July, I posted about our weekend away for Kathleen’s bachelorette party… while at the Renegade Craft Fair I discovered the work of Ann Shen… and I seriously fell in love with her style. Especially this Storybook Alphabet Print that gives a giant nod to Disney without being ” too Disney,” plus it includes so many more storybook characters. Which is totally me, I do after all want a storybook themed baby shower… and I kinda want a baby to justify having to buy this adorable print. But until then, I have saved it in the back of my mind for whenever that day comes. But seriously, check out Ann’s Etsy shop, so many cute cute things. Next on my wish list would be her Once Upon A Time print, notice the theme?

3. Warehouse Wedding

When we got married 6 years ago, Pinterest wasn’t a thing and it was just at the beginning of the “wedding blog phenomenon” Okay, wedding blogs totally could have been a thing and I just didn’t have a clue. I also had no sense of style and left wedding planning to my husband, mother, and amazing florist. Anyway, after seeing this post on Green Wedding Shoes, I think this may be what my wedding would look like today. In large part, this wedding’s decor reminds me of my house but in wedding form. They even have a giant [pirate] ship! Oh man, I’m in love… See oodles and oodles of more photos here.

4. 25 Great Cake Stands

I’ve made a few cake stands, but I don’t actually own one myself. I think I may need to add this to my wish list next year… even though it’s not a “stand,” I really like the one toward the end of this Design*Sponge list, the mercury “glass-esque” one (Victorian Cake Dome).

5. Courtyard of Angels – Now Closed…

Back in January, I posted about my favorite spot in Disneyland: the Courtyard of Angels. And since then, they have decided to close that spot and reopen it as the entrance to Club 33 (I’ve totally been there!!). While that will make the entrance to the club more epic, I will miss my quiet little corner of the park. But its more than just a quiet corner, I enjoyed this article on Micechat, I think he summed it up quite well by reminding us that Disneyland was created to flow like a movie:

One of the things Walt Disney loved to do was to add little surprises throughout the park that guests could stumble upon. In filmmaking they were known as interstitials, events between the major events. Within the best films, you need occasional pauses in the action to catch your breath. If you remove them, the film would be a chaotic jumble of raw emotions. Disneyland and Walt Disney World were designed with interstitials in mind and that is why they are not a Six Flags style amusement park.

Read the full article here.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Type Deck

These are the most beautiful playing cards I’ve ever seen! Now that I’ve learned how to play poker—have I shared about that yet, Internet?—I’ve been on a playing card spree. Mostly just collecting them as souvenirs during our trip. Anyway, these gorgeous cards have already been fully funded on Kickstarter but you can still get in with a pack for putting up $15 toward the start of the project. Found via Mr. Cup.

2. Our City, Our Home Mural

Hand painted on brick… it’s just gorgeous! Love the behind the scenes images of this installation. Created by Bryan Patrick Todd, another find via Mr. Cup.

3. That’s So Crazy It Just Might Work

Go check out this Kickstarter (yes another one)… it has an awesome video (rant/ that I can’t play here… WordPress.com, please support iframe! /endrant) that you should check out. Basically, its a webshow that will interview people who have done the impossible… showing how they got from square 1 to square 70. Found via Swiss Miss.

We want to do a web show about creativity, entrepreneurship, and uncertainty. And we need your help to do it.

4. 26 Ingenious Home Ideas

This post from Design*Sponge had me smiling at the computer screen for a good 5 minutes! So many great—and easy—ideas! Of course I am showing one of the more “boring” images but its so simple, hence the label “ingenious!”

5. Custom House Portrait

Just last week I posted about Emily Henderson and my new following of her blog… well here she is again, already!

I love this concept… and to have your house in a stylized portrait would certainly make it a great memory down the road.

Just send a snapshot of the house to Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) and boom, there she goes making it into art!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Progression of Storytelling

Really enjoyed this short video found on Brave the Woods! Joe Sabia has great storytelling skills—all using his iPad to supply the visuals. Just watching made me so excited to create and read and learn and share! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or at least I hope it brings a smile to your face this Friday morning!

2. Once in A Lullaby

Adorable poster by The Heads of State (and congrats on the new site!)… Love how they created the telephone wires into music notes.

3. Emily Henderson

I’ve always been a fan of Emily Henderson after seeing her compete and win HGTV’s Design Star. I watched her show as often as I could but now—thanks to this Design*Sponge article—I have discovered her blog! My favorite quote in this write up was her response to “what’s the best business advice you’ve ever received:”

Sell a product/service you’d actually buy yourself. Seems like a no brainer, but there are so many times that I could have done something cheap and easy or just kinda generic, but I always ask myself  ’Would I want to live in this room? Would I buy this pillow for this price? Would I read this blog?’ And if the answer isn’t a total ‘yes!’ then I change it. I consider myself my best customer because I know that so many people need the same things at the same price point as I do. I’m not sure if this makes it the most profitable that it can be, but I’m almost always really proud of what I’ve done.

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4. Heidi Swapp

Working on my brides’ scrapbooks last year made me find within myself a love of scrapbooking! Obviously I love to create, but after years of seeing my mom scrapbook, I never had much interest in making them myself. But oh how I love it! It’s more freeing and forgiving than graphic design! All that to say, I have developed a strong relationship with Michael’s and am loving any and all of the products in Heidi Swapp’s line… I gasped when I saw this pin from her on handwriting! My two new loves combined in one: scrapbooking and handwritten goodness!