Friday Footnotes

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1. Kickstarter Campaign: Tatay’s Gift

I’ve been meaning to post about Brad and Krystal Woodard’s latest adventure… a children’s book, written and illustrated by the Woodard’s…

In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad).

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other… Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

This book is beautifully illustrated, but with each purchase you are also teaching the world about giving back.

With only a $25 payment, you can not only get the book but also a digital copy! And for $10 more you get a second copy of the book… I think that’s what I will be getting. Would make a perfect gift for one of my many “nephews.”

Check out their blog post about the book here, and their Kickstarter campaign here.

2. Feltron Report

For years now, Nicholas Felton has published a in depth infographic of his life yearly. Ranging from how many cups of coffee he has consumed to how many and which documentaries he watched. You can see the 2012 report here.

But now Feltron has released an app that can help you keep track of the random activities in your day. The app will prompt you throughout the day and will only require seconds to place your response to questions like “are you working today?” and the app will also monitor the temperature of the day, weather, etc. for you. Pretty neat! Get it on iTunes here.

Found via swiss-miss.

3. J&B Limited Tattooed Edition

25 limited edition bottles of scotch blend whisky were literally tattooed! Each and every bottle is totally unique… How cool is that?! Found via The Dieline.

4. Plants for Indoor Use

This is the time of year that I normally start buying plants for our backyard and in a very small way, I’m conquering keeping outdoor plants alive… but when it comes to these household plants, I just can’t seem to get them green. I was overjoyed to see this post on A Beautiful Mess which recommended this great site. Thank you Amber for such a great list! Check out her post as she goes into detail on the best light and temperature for each plant! Really great resource.

5. 30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge

Starting on the 1st of April (not as an April Fool’s prank) I want to attempt this 30 Day Ab & Squat challenge! Of course I pinned this (from Heather Price) just days after pinning an “Edible Cookie Dough for One” recipe. ha!

This pin was originally found via Losing Weight, from Tribe Sports.

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.

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. Gulp Milkshake

I think the majority of graphic design students have to illustrate an action word, making that word into an image of itself… after seeing Gulp Milkshakes, they would totally win! Found via The Dieline.

2. G & J Monogram

Seriously one of the best monograms I have ever seen in my whole life. Gorgeous work! Designed by kissmiklos, found via Pinterest.

3. Smart Lids

Another ingenious packaging design: travel lid changes color to show hot temperatures!  Designed by Smart Lids System, found via The Dieline.

4. Presents from the North Pole

Is it too early to be pinning Christmas wrapping ideas?? Because I could not resist seeing this oh so adorable and creative packaging that makes each gift a special delivery straight from the North Pole! Originally from LMNOP, found via Pinterest and Lolalina’s blog.

5. Bird Cage Table

While I am no fan of birds… inside or outside… I do think this table is pretty cool! Designed by Gregoire De Lafforest, found via Looks Like Good Design.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Ryan Hamrick Lettering

Loved this video created in reply to the question, “Where’s the best place to get started in lettering?” And a big thanks to Ryan for this wonderful post on some of the tools of the trade—now I want a felt pen!

2. Nike Air Packaging

Makes me want to buy a pair of Nikes just to be able to pop the packaging! Found via The Dieline.

3. Pipe Shelves

With our office barely done… okay its been months—I am already yearning for a new project for decor and storage! Found via A Beautiful Mess.

4. How to Find Sanity by Separating Work and Life

Found myself nodding and nodding and nodding while reading this article—of course a freelance doesn’t really fit the mold when its over and above the 9–5 job… via Braid Creative.

5. Wedding Placemat Ideas

Let’s come full circle, since we started this post with lettering—looking for creative ways to label the guest seats at the upcoming Pankratz wedding—loving this type treatment and look of white ink on Kraft paper. Love love love. Found via Elizabeth Anne Designs.