Friday Footnotes

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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…. it’s truly remarkable. Click through to see a wonderful and awe-inspiring behind the scenes video. My favorite parts are of course the variety of textures created with the paper like on the tree trunks, but also the way they used the various sizes of paper, like when the badger digs in the snow and bits of white paper pour up and out. I also loved the digital vignettes and the way they added a whole other layer of the roots system. Seriously A-Mazing!

2. Little Braver of the Woods Shirt

I feel like I feature something from Brave the Woods in each of my Friday posts lately… but their content is just too good not to share and re-share. This time though, I’m posting about some of their own illustration work being produced on t-shirts. I think I’ll need one for each little nephew! More info here and more info to come once these are produced!

3. New Logo for SAM

sam at SAMWhen I got my first chance to go to Seattle back in 2008, I just had to visit the Seattle Art Museum, or the SAM. Because, well, my name is Sam. I never actually made it into the actual museum but I perused the gift shop and stalked the entrance taking photo by each place SAM was written. And now the SAM has just revamped their branding with an all new logo. See a full post on the identity change in this opinion post on Brand New.

4. Little Free Library

Last week, my friend Kathleen, posted about the Little Free Library, a “a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” Well now that just sounds divine… I looked them up in our area right away and since we basically live in a giant hole of nothingness, the nearest Little Free Library is 30 miles away… Anyway, this is just such a cool idea! Hope to find one soon and get to leave my own book while taking another!

5. The Brand New Club 33

Just last spring, we had the honor to have lunch at Disneyland’s historically mysterious Club 33 restaurant in New Orleans’ Square. I am still so thankful for the experience, but now all the more so with these drastic changes that have just been revealed to the public. With a brand new entrance, renovated dining rooms, and a brand new jazz club expansion, it’s almost an entirely new attraction. See all the changes for yourself in this photo tour on MiceChat.

Friday Footnotes

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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.