Charting the Beatles

August 31, 2011

I just recently came across these illustrations of the Beatles created by Oliver Barrett for his Charting the Beatles project. Aren't they just lovely? I'm starting to run out of space on the walls of our little apartment, but I think I could make a little more room for these. Prints are available at imagekind.

Morning Brew: Art History

August 30, 2011

If you missed the chance to take an Art History class in college, here is the basic gist of it. In all seriousness though, take some time today to view these artist's real masterpieces. I think it would be refreshing.

Source: In Genial

Morning Brew: Dear Noah

August 29, 2011

I came across this photo this morning. It made me laugh, so I thought I would share it with you.

Finders Keepers: Eco-Friendly Paper Pencils

August 26, 2011

Source: Moxie Pear

Just in time for back to school. They would make me want to do my homework. These pencils are made with layers of 100% recycled paper. As you sharpen them you get to see all the colorful patterns the layers make. Available on Etsy at Moxie Pear.

Knitting 101

August 25, 2011

Lately I've been in a mood for Fall. Fall is my favorite season. You get to start wearing warmer clothes and drinking hot apple cider. I'm getting excited just thinking about it. I love all things Fall! I came across a bunch of knitted items and thought they were so lovely, so in an effort to help Fall hurry up and get here, I decided to learn how to knit (or rather re-learn). I taught myself back in high school, but forgot everything. In my quest to re-learn knitting I found this blog called Craft Snob where there are videos on the basics of knitting. They we so easy to follow that I re-learned all the basics last night! The headband pictured below is first on my list to make. My friend Erika also knits, so I think a knitting night will be in the works very soon.

Source Left to Right: 1. Cozy Blanket;  2. Headband;  3. Men's Tie;  4. Semolina Octopus;  5. Tea Cozy;  
6. Peruvian Legwarmers;  7. Lace Legwarmers

Some of these projects are probably out of my reach for a while, but I can dream. Jake and I are headed to Michigan for Christmas this year. It's the perfect excuse to learn something new for the cold weather.

DIY Vintage Party

August 24, 2011

I had a lot of fun planing and putting together stuff for my vintage birthday party. There were so many of you that said how much you liked the post about my party a few days back so I thought I would share with you some of the things I did. That way if you ever have an urge to throw a vintage party you can plan one too!
  • Cake: We made a delicious snickerdoodle cake with brown sugar buttercream 
  • Food: Watermelon and button butter cookies
  • Drinks: Pop in glass bottles
  • Party Favors: Mini Journals
  • Decor: Bunting cake topper, vintage tins & crates, paper straws, quilted picnic blankets
  • Games: Croquet, ladder ball, horse shoes, and bocce 
If you missed the post of all the pictures and video from the party you can see it here.

For the party favors we made mini journals with animal silhouettes handprinted on the covers. I did three different animals: a rabbit, bear, and deer. Heres how you can make your own.


Step 1: Print your design out backwards on a piece of paper, or you can just draw your design right on the linoleum (if you do that skip to step 4).

Step 2: On the opposite side of the paper, scribble over the design with a pencil to create your own carbon paper. 

Step 3: Place the paper scribble-side down on the linoleum and trace your design with a pencil. Use a lot of pressure in order for the design to transfer well.

Step 4: Now it is time to start cutting. You want to cut away all the linoleum around your design. That way the design is the only thing that gets inked. I like to start with the smallest blade and go all the way around the design. Then I switch to a bigger blade and cut out large portions at a time. 

Step 5: Once you have cut around your design take a pair of scissors and cut as close to your design as possible.

Step 6: Now we need make the journal. Cut a 5"x 4" piece for your cover. Lightly score where you will fold the journal in half. Then cut 8 sheets of printer paper to 4.75"x3.75" for the inside.

Step 7: Stack all the sheets up and center them in the inside of the cover. Turn it over and staple in two spots.

Step 8: Carefully fold the journal in half using the scored line as a guide.

Step 9: On a smooth surface (I use a glass cutting board) roll your brayer in ink until it is evenly covered. Then ink your design. Try not to put too much ink on the linoleum or else your print won't be clear. 

Step 10: Put the inked design face down on the cover of the journal and use something with a flat bottom to press the design. Keep going over it until you feel like you have gotten it pressed evenly. You can even take a peek underneath to see how it is printing. If there are un-inked areas keep pressing.

Step 11: Take off the linoleum and let dry for a few hours. Then wrap with a pencil and string!

The cake bunting is really easy and adds a nice touch to your cake.

  • Xacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers
  • String
  • Double stick tape
  • Bunting design

Step 1: Once you have downloaded and printed the design, take a ruler and xacto knife and start cutting out each flag. 

Step 2: Continue until you have them all cut out.

Step 3: Take the skewers and tie string in between them the distance you want.

Step 4: Lay a piece of double sided tape on a flag and place the string down the middle.

Step 5: Fold the flag in half over the string and press the two sides together.

Step 6: Continue adding more flags until the string is full. You can also add another string above the first one and fill with even more flags!

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I hope you enjoyed these tutorials! If you decide to use them we'd love to hear about it. Send us an email at so we can see how it turned out!

Wedding invitation

August 22, 2011

You might have already seen this invitation in our design gallery we put up last week, but I wanted to write a post about it too just in case you missed it.

I love it when people come to me wanting wedding invitations. It's such a different feel from the more corporate designs we do, which it why I love it. The Bride was such a pleasure to work with. She came to me with an idea of what she wanted, but for the most part let me have creative freedom to design something beautiful for her special day. She loved them and even told me that after she sent them out, her guest were calling and texting her telling how much they loved the invitations! That's what I like to hear.

Movie in the Park

August 19, 2011

We've had so much going on this week and so much to post about, I almost forgot to tell you about our movie in the park. Most everybody there were parents with their little kids. I noticed a few of the kids came dressed in there pajamas; it was so cute!  We got there two hours before the movie started to claim our spot in the grass. It was a good thing we did because it got packed pretty quickly. Here a some pictures we snapped before the movie.

We had a lot of fun and Rio turned out to be a really cute movie. I can't wait for next time!

Pleasant Surprise from Poppytalk

August 18, 2011

A couple weeks ago Poppytalk blogged about redesigning their site. They were asking for the readers options. If you left a comment you could be selected to win a $25 gift from their handmade market. So of course Jake and I left a comment, but I really wasn't expecting to win. It seems to me, I'm one of those people that never win anything. To my extreme surprise, we won! So we got to pick something from their market. After much deliberation we chose a screen printed poster by Fifi Du Vie with a quote on it that say "oh darling let's be adventures. I thought it was cute.

I completely forgot about it and when I went to check the mail there was a cardboard roll covered in old looking stamps in our box. It was such a lovely, unexpected surprise. I loved the stamps so much I took a picture to show you.

I thought it was a nice touch.

Come Visit Traverse City!

August 17, 2011

One of our favorite places to buy t-shirts,, is hosting a themed designed competition right now. The theme is "Your City" and you're supposed to design a shirt that represents your favorite city. Well, Jamie and I have been wanting to design something for Traverse City (my hometown and where we were married) pretty much ever since our wedding. So we took this opportunity to create a fun t-shirt promoting the Cherry Capital of the World!

And here's what it would look like on a shirt:

It was a lot of fun to design, and Jamie even got to get some good use out of our wacom tablet. I'm always blown away at how naturally shading comes to her.

Normally, Threadless only prints one shirt from their design challenges, but since this is such a specific theme, they're printing 10 designs. Each designer that is chosen wins $2,000 plus $500 store credit. Their decisions are influenced by user's ratings, so if you have a Threadless account, please consider scoring our design! Click here to score our design.

A Vintage Birthday

August 16, 2011

My birthday has come and gone and I'm yet another year older. Remember back in July when I was trying to think of a theme for my party? Well I had decided that this year I would throw a vintage party! I had such a fun time planing everything. I even sent out invitations in the mail (which I haven't done since I was a kid). Mail is always fun to get and I don't think just a Facebook event invitation would really fit well for a vintage party.

We had the party outside at a park. It was a beautiful August day. All my friends came dressed in cute sundresses, bow ties, and button down shirts. We played Lawn games all afternoon, ate homemade Snickerdoodle cake and Butter Button Cookies (made by Jake and I) . We also had fresh watermelon and of course beverages in glass bottles. Here are some pictures my lovely husband took (I took the one of him)

These are the vintage style invitations I designed for my party. I love designing stuff for other people, but there is nothing like creating something for yourself. It can be exactly how you want and you don't have to worry what anyone else is going to think, just yourself. Jake and I also made mini journal party favors for everyone with printed animal silhouettes on them (tutorial coming soon). 

Jake shot and edited a video of my party too! I love him! It turned out fabulous and really captures the vintage feel and fun time.

A Vintage Birthday from A Pair of Pears on Vimeo

The party was a lot of work but completely worth it. Jake's birthday is the end of September. Hmmm, better get planing!

For tutorials on how I put together my party go here.

A Pair of Pears Design

August 15, 2011

Well it's a long time coming, but over the weekend Jamie and I put in about 20 hours of work to officially finish our very first design gallery! You can go check it out by clicking the design button up on the navigation pane, or by clicking here. Here are a few screenshots of a couple of the pages.

Since these pages aren't part of blogger, I had to recreate the code from scratch. It was definitely a challenge because I've never taken any up to date classes on web design. But because I forced myself to get it done and to do it right, I learned SO much in the process that now I want to keep doing it! (Jamie can't believe I would ever say that).

If you take a look you'll see that there are a handful of new designs that we've never talked about before.  Plus we have projects in the works that we're very excited about. We are also now offering our design services to all. If you're interested in having something designed, just shoot us an email at and we can get you pricing information. There's just so much new content coming to our blog! We hope you enjoy it!

Client Work: The NAB Triennial Conference

August 12, 2011

Thank goodness it's friday! It's been a busy week for us. Jake and I have been working on getting up a gallery of all our design work on our blog. It's been a long time coming, but my super savvy husband has been able to code most of it in the evenings this past week. We still have a little more work to do but that will be up soon. Needless to say, I didn't get to post pictures from my birthday party this week. Hopefully the weekend will give me time to catch up.

Also this week we finished work for a client. Don't you love it when you're done with something and can check it off your list? I sure do. It was a logo for The North American Baptist Triennial Conference that will be taking place next summer. We finalized the logo yesterday. What do you think?

Tomorrow Jake and I are going to a vintage sale over in Fullerton put on by Oh, Hello Friend and then in the evening Rio is showing in the park. That should make for a nice weekend. See you monday!

Featured on August Empress

August 11, 2011

Jake and I put a lot of thought into our blog design. It's come a long way from when we first started the blog and put a banner together in 10 minutes. We're proud of what we've done and we are proud that it was featured on August Empress for the design and color/colour combination. Jo described it as rustic, organic and rich. I think that's about right. What do you think?

There are 6 blogs featured. Be sure to check them out. They are all really lovely. In fact take a second to mosey around August Empress. I had never heard of it before we were featured, but I think it just made my daily blog list. You can never have too many blogs to read.

Birthday Aftermath

August 9, 2011

For those of us that get post birthday depression realizing that you are once again ordinary. Not anymore my friends, not anymore.

Source: Kate Spade

Birthday Girl

August 8, 2011

Today is my birthday!!! I think that deserves a few exclamation points. I'm a whopping 23 years old, although I still feel 19. We had my party yesterday. It was such a fun time with friends. The weather was beautiful and everything was just lovely. Jake and his brother Aaron took some good pictures so I'll be posting some later this week. Tonight Jake is taking me out to dinner and our good friends, Jake and Erika are coming too! My birthday can't get any better. I'm so blessed.

6 reasons why I love birthdays (all birthdays not just my own)
  1. You're automatically the winner at any game, or at least people will go easier on you.
  2. You get whatever you want just by saying "but it's my birthday"
  3. Presents of course
  4. Yummy Cake
  5. A good excuse for a party.
  6. And best of all you feel so loved by all the Happy Birthday wishes.

Finders Keepers: Words of Wisdom

August 5, 2011

Source: Departika

It's the weekend! Do you have any plans? Monday is my Birthday, but we are celebrating it on Sunday with friends. I can't wait! Jake is going to hopefully make a video and we both will take lots of pictures. I'll be sure to share them with you sometime next week. It is going to be so fun! Did I mention I love birthdays?

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Take time to enjoy it! It might even make Monday A little better.