This past weekend I got to experience the Walt Disney Family Museum—finally! We made a trip up to San Francisco, just to make it in time to experience the Mary Blair exhibit at the museum. With only 2 hours in total to spend there, we started with Mary Blair as the thought was, the Walt Disney Family Museum will always be there and we can always come back. So that's how I ended up spending a whole hour in Mary Blair world and had to rush through the Walt Disney Family Museum at lightning speed. Yes, rush, as there are 11 galleries to experience and each one is pretty big and unique! I really didn't get to read much but just get the overall impression of each gallery and move on
1. A Paper Forest I am so behind in reading my favorite blogs so I am only just now seeing this Paper Forest by Kelli Anderson for Tiny Bop's PLANTS! app. Kelli and her team created thousands of itsy bitsy paper objects to create a vignette of the forest to illustrate the life of plants
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
Today my Disneyland pass expires. After having an annual pass to the Happiest Place on Earth since Christmas of 2004, I am so heartbroken to not just be able to head down there whenever I want. Looking back over the years, I feel so blessed and am so thankful for all the little moments and celebrating all the major milestones. It's the place I fell in love, it's where friendships were strenghtened, its the place where my little nieces and nephews saw a whole new world with a sparkle in their eyes. And oh my gosh, I miss it already. On the other hand, Disneyland to me has always been a creative and artistic masterpiece. Every single nook and cranny has been thoughtfully executed down to the smallest detail. It has been crafted with love and a passion for the ideals of one man, Walt Disney. Walking down Main Street, I am just filled with so much creative juice that my heart just feels full and my mind is racing with ideas. And while I am taking a break from having a pass for awhile
1. Jeff Roger's McDonalds Ad I love putting a face to a design that I've known and loved. I had seen this McDonald's ad awhile ago, loved the painted textures and typography but never knew who created it. THen I ran acorss Jeff Roger's portfolio. And his behind the scenes process images! And then I loved this ad even more. It's just gorgeous work! See more of this campaign and more of Jeff's work here. 2. Seasons Cover by Eiko Ojala I'm obsessed with the intricacies of paper cutting
Many people are shocked to find out I only truly fell in love with all things Disney[land] just when I met my hubby 10 years ago. I grew up on Disney's movie magic and loved the random trips we took as kids but it wasn't until Andy pointed out the random holes in the wall on the Pirates of the Carbibbean ride and asked if I could see the Hidden Mickey—that my love for Disney grew into a passion. From there, my obsession with all things secret—and even mythical—about Disneyland began. I found an outdated website with Hidden Mickey sightings, printed out pages and pages and went through the park marking them off one at a time. Yeah, Andy kept his distance from me on those days. :) What kept me so entranced by these hidden gems is the artistic detail the park Imagineers tended to. All this "hidden stuff" is just bonus fun to an already amazing place to visit. It's what kept me going back trip after trip, year after year. It's these small details that place the quality of Disneyland over an other amusement park. So I just wanted to take some of these little gems and share them with you!
In Southern California, it seems like everyone—at one time or another—has had a Disneyland annual pass. And I have had a Disneyland pass for a solid 9 years now. But the plan right now, is when my pass expires in May, to not renew it. We just aren't able to go nearly as often as we used to