Four Month Old Isaiah

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Considering you will be 5 months old next week, I’m a little late in posting this. Thankfully I took good notes and wrote this out a few weeks ago because you have changed SO much since you turned 4 months. Every day brings us a new joy and discovery… but for now, I’m enjoying taking a look back on the month before:


You’ve found your hand, your fist and then your thumb. But you kinda prefer to alternate them all and end up with lots of eye pokes.
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For a time, you’d like to throw your right arm out and above your head, but end up with smacking yourself in the face. In just this past week, you’ve really figured out how to grab and hold things whether it’s a teething toy monkey or a blanket.
You’ve found your voice. Chats with you are my favorite. You rarely even interrupt but are always ready with a lengthy reply.
We heard your first laugh. It came and went so fast and I couldn’t wait to hear it again.
You’ve had your first Disneyland experience. Something I’ve been waiting for for as long as I can remember. We took you on Its A Small World for you first ride. Walt Disney and Mary Blair would have been proud! You seemed to like it at first, after all we are on a boat (another first!) and water is your favorite, but then your sleepiness kicked in and you kinda lost your cool. Your sleepiness overtook you for your second ride as well: Winnie the Pooh. Being able to take my very own baby to a place I’ve loved so deeply was so magical. Being part of the stroller pushing mamas, wow! I can’t believe I get to do that now!
You still get super excited about things and flail your arms up and down when you do. Add in your super big “crazy eyes” and we can’t help but get excited too! You love your Nemo jumper, especially when Sheldon the seahorse says a hearty “Hi Isaiah!” It almost guarantees your gummy bashful smile in return.
Bath time is still a highlight of the day. You’re almost growing out of your tub though so the kicks and splashes haven’t been as frequent! Now that you don’t hate getting out of the tub as much, snuggling up in your towel has become a lot more fun!
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Being your mama, son, is a privilege and an honor. Why God chose me for this joyful task, I will never know, but I will never stop thanking him for choosing me to raise you. Your smile and spark are contagious. Your curiosity in the smallest of things, like the polka dot lining on the Boppy, makes me wonder and makes me so excited to show you the world.

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.

Friday Footnotes

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1. Jasmine Star’s New Site

And she did it again. The amazing photographer Jasmine Star and designer Promise Tangeman just launched a redesign of the already amazing site: jasminestar.com. With gorgeous photos to display, the website vertically scrolls (y’all know I love that feature) showing off the details with top notch typography. And of course, Lindsay Letters created some custom lettering work for the site. Basically all 3 of my favorite female work idols busted out a gorgeous new project and I am in awe. See the site here.

2. Flourish Forum

I get so so excited over every single purchase made through my Etsy shop—like seriously overjoyed—but when someone purchasing something hand lettering I get so much more excited to bust out the pens and write away to my heart’s content. And I know there are so many more people who feel this way. So many that a forum has been created called the Flourish Forum. How awesome is that? Thanks to Besotted Blog for the tip!

3. Bookjiig Bookmarks

How I love these typographic chalk designed bookmarks! I think I need one or two, or five. Designed by Russ Gray, found via The Dieline.

4. Screen Print DIY

Oh man, I so want to do this. Not this print exactly, but make my own prints. Oh the ideas… can you imagine the creative cogs in my brain grinding away?! Full DIY post on A Beautiful Mess.

5. Tangled Restrooms, WDW

With very limited time this week to read very many blogs, I did take the time to read this rather long post on the new Tangled bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Why do bathrooms get a whole post and get featured as a Footnote here? Well they’re awesome. And I want some Tangled restrooms at my home park, Disneyland. Complete with a stream, bridge, charging (yes charging, not changing, for phones and whatnot) stations, and hidden Pascal’s. Plus the womens’ restroom looks like Rapunzel painted the whole thing. It really is awesome and is just one of the many reasons that Disney rocks at theme parks. See the rest of the many photos and all the glorious details here on Micechat.

Friday Footnotes

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1. Ticketmaster Ticket Redesign Concept

I just adore personal projects… the detail and passion behind them really shines through every time! Hey Ticketmaster! Check this out!

Dear Ticketmaster,
It is time to redesign the master of all tickets.

From the size to the reformatting of information, it’s truly a great new look. Created and designed by Medium, found via designworklife’s Quick Links.

2. First Birthday Infographic Invitation

I’m amazed at this birthday invitation for 2 reasons… 1. How awesome would an infographic be for your baby’s first year… what a great way to remember all the little firsts and victories in their lives… and 2. how in the world did this baby’s mama have time to create this special little momento? Kudos to her! [Another find] via designworklife, designed by Misty Manley.

3. Media Kits

Great article from We Are Branch on media kits: why they’re needed and what to include in them.

4. Paper Maché Maps & Globes

Sweet maps and globes all made from paper maché and found and recycled materials! Created by Sara Drake, found via Brave the Woods.

5. Big Brush Pen

I’m somewhat addicted to buying art pens… like every time I see a new post or recommendation on one, I just have to have it. So it’s a given when one of my favorite lettering idols (1canoe2) posts about one, I needed it, like, yesterday!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Everygirl Site

You know those days where you just get lost in the Internet, going from one page to the next? Well that’s what happened to me this week after seeing a pin of this print from The Everygirl. I saved it for a later Monday Musings post and as I perused the website, I just loved the design of it. Especially the drop down menus. Seriously amazing and beautiful design so I just had to know more. After going through a few Google pages, I found the designer! Alaina Kaxzmarksi and her team just launched this site this week funny enough! So here’s a huge shout out to them… and seriously go check out the site. So many fun finds around every turn and click.

2. Gin Script

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful G’s I have ever seen… I seriously got lost in how the flourishes wrap around the word and the circle… #nerdalert… Found via The Dieline.

3. Galena Illustrated Map

And another design goody that I gawked at for a few minutes. So many details without overpowering the usability of the map. Plus the colors, flowers, type, all of it just made me really happy. Just gorgeous work with a few more images of the suite hereFound via Pinterest.

4. ToGo Burger Packaging

Apparently I did some more “gawking” at my computer screen because this design super impressed me too! What a marvelous idea! Seriously, some people are pure genius! Designed by Seulbi Kim, found via Looks Like Good Design.

5. Embroidered Wallpaper

Beautifully intricate embroidery work created on wall surfaces: wall panels and wallpaper murals; using leather, silks, and vintage papers. So pretty… Created by Claire Coles, Found via Mint Design Blog.