Finders Keepers: Coffee Joulies

September 30, 2011

Source: Joulies

I have this problem; every morning while we are reading our daily blogs, we enjoy a cup of fresh coffee. However, it takes me a good 20-30 minutes to drink my cup. I hardly ever end up finishing it, because by the time there are a few sips left, the remainder of my coffee is cold. I can't stand cold coffee...yuck.

This week's find would solve all my problems, or at least that one. Joulies, when placed in your coffee, absorbe the hot energy to cool your coffee to a drinkable temperature. As your coffee cools, they release that energy back into your coffee, keeping it warm. How brilliant is that? They are still in the production stage, but if you want to know more they have a video on there site. You can check it out here

Just a reminder...If you missed our letterpress print giveaway post, you still have time to sign up! The contest lasts until Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00pm pacific time. You can check it out here. Good luck and have a happy weekend!

Birthday Boy

September 29, 2011

Today is a very special day. Today is Jake's birthday! I can not tell you how much he means to me. I love him so much.

We are having his party on Saturday, but today I'm giving him all his presents. I'm spacing them out throughout the day to make the celebrations last longer. I gave him one last night at midnight (yes, I couldn't wait until morning) and then another when he woke up. I love spoiling him on his birthday.

Jake will have to tell you all about his party on Saturday. It should be a lot of fun.

Happy Birthday my sweet husband.

Our Future Home

September 28, 2011

Jake and I have already decided that eventually we will move away from LA. We had extremely similar childhoods filled with big backyards, puppy dogs, and all the wonderful things that come with the changing of seasons (particularly snow). We are sentimental about those things and we want our children to be able to enjoy and experience the same things we did. We don't know when or even where we will move, but I can tell you that when the time comes for us to buy our very own house there will be a lot of DIYing for the first few years.

I keep coming across amazing projects people have done in their homes. There is only so much you can do in an apartment and still expect to get your deposit back. We are already pushing that envelope. Every time I see something particualy awesome, I save it for when we have our own home where we can do what ever we like.

Here are some of my favorite projects. These ones lean on the more major construction side. If you happen to do any of them or have done anything similar, I would love to see it.

Letterpress Giveaway & New Products

September 26, 2011

We are extremely excited to be able to announce that we have brand new products listed in our etsy shop! We have re-listed our linocut stationery sets, and are introducing letterpress art prints and recipe cards. Each print is designed by us and printed by hand on our vintage Chandler & Price letterpress. Click here to visit our shop.
In celebration of our reopening and as a thanks to our readers, we have decided to give away three copies of our 5x7 "Impression" letterpress print (frame not included)! All you have to do to enter yourself in the giveaway is follow our blog by clicking "Join this site" in the sidebar under the "Followers" section. Then just leave a comment on this post, and you'll be entered! You can enter any time between now and Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00pm pacific time. The winners will be announced Monday October 3rd.

Finders Keepers: Fabulous Fringe Paper Dolls

September 23, 2011

I don't know about you, but we're pretty big J.J. Abrams fans around here. We were loyal Lost fans even until the end (but we won't get into that discussion). When Fringe first came out, we started watching it solely based on the fact that is was created by J.J. Abrams. From the first episode we were hooked. It basically started out as a now-a-days version of The X-Files, which Jake and I are also huge fans of (we even dressed up as Scully and Mulder for Halloween last year). In the most recent season it has started to move away from the X-files-esque structure, but it's still pretty interesting. Season 4 premieres tonight, so I thought it only appropriate to post accordingly.

Source: Fringe Mythology (click on the images to be directed to where you can download them)

Aren't they just hilarious? They are a perfect representation of each character. It would be fun to make them before the premiere tonight. 

Photo of the Week: Beatles Street Art

September 22, 2011

It's been forever since we've posted a photo of the week, sorry! I noticed some new graffiti over by Target the other day so I snapped this one of The Beatles. I'm always amazed by how people can get these up without getting caught. Hopefully we can get back into the hang of posting our photo of the week more consistently again.

Tin Collection

September 21, 2011

Recently, I've started collecting vintage tins. I got them all for a few dollars from different thrift shops and garage sales. 3 out of the 4 tins I have are designed by Daher and made in England. The tins are perfect for storing small items and adding to the decor of our apartment.

Etsy has some really cute tins for sale. Below are some of my favorites. I would love to go on a Fall picnic with the green tin basket

Hitler Isn't Happy

September 20, 2011

As you may already know, a video competition has been going on at my office all year. Any employee can make any type of video and upload it to youtube. The video with the most views by the end of the year wins an all expenses paid trip to New York City for two. I've already made an animation that is currently less than 250 views behind first place. You can watch that here.

Yesterday morning everyone with a subscription to Netflix received an email from the CEO. He explained that the company would be splitting into two separate companies. The online streaming content would remain under the name Netflix, and the mailed DVDs would now be called Qwikster. They will exist as two separate websites operating independently. This split isn't getting a lot of positive renforcement. About 45 minutes after reading through that email, I was struck with an idea for a new video to make for my work's competition.

I can't take credit for the original concept of my video. Hundreds of other versions of this clip exist on youtube already. But with the help of my friends and family, I was able to write a unique and funny set of subtitles for this clip. I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to watch on youtube

Morning Brew: Morning Brew

Source: *Cinnamon

It's been very gloomy the last few mornings; and particularly this morning. When there's not much sunlight shining when you first wake up, I've just got to have a hot cup of coffee to encourage me to start my day. Making our morning coffee is definitely my full responsibility in our home. Sometimes Jamie doesn't even hear the alarm, or falls asleep before I get back from the kitchen. So far I have a perfect record of always getting the coffee. It keeps me honest.

New Car

September 19, 2011

This past weekend Jamie and I went out to Norco, CA to look at a Toyota Prius. Not too long after getting married, we decided this was the car we wanted to save for. We loved our Jeep, and couldn't have gotten a lot of the furniture that we have now without it. But At 10 mpg, it was pretty clear that a new car would be a wise decision. Buying a car and trading in our Jeep was a very strange experience. I still don't feel like I own the vehicle. But it sure is a smooth ride.
Farewell Jeep, you served your family well. Soon we will be taking a nice day trip up the coast with the sunroof open and a picnic ready for the beach.

Finders Keepers: Tin Can Lids

September 16, 2011

Source: Dezeen

Aren't these brilliant? I can't help but wonder why hasn't anyone thought of this before. It seems so obviously perfect. These biodegradable lids are perfect for repurposing old tin cans into useful objects. I never knew a tin can could look so good.

Morning Brew: Einstein

September 15, 2011

Source: Volume 25
Let's go with imagination, eh?

Wine Country

September 13, 2011

This past weekend our good friends Jonny and Emily invited us to go up to wine country for a relaxing day of picnicking and wine tasting. If you know anything about Jake and I, we are far from being any kind of wine connoisseurs. In fact Jake doesn't even really like alcohol, but we were more than happy to come along and enjoy the day trip with friends. We've never been to wine country, and what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday then to relax in the beautiful outdoors with friends?

The drive was up was beautiful. It was so refreshing getting out of the crowded, busy city and enjoying nature. We had a fabulous time playing card games, taking photos, and having our picnic lunch. It was the perfect way to unwind before the work week started again.

Feels Like Fall

September 12, 2011

Yesterday it felt like Fall; a cool breeze, a few leaves falling from the trees, and the sun setting slightly sooner. It was perfect.

Love Your Dog

September 9, 2011

Source: Cody Haltom

Cody created this piece for a traveling exhibition and poster campaign. Artists around the country were asked to create works that raise awareness of social and political issues. I love the minimalist approach. This would be a cute way of doing custom dog portraits.

Born to Be Wild

September 7, 2011

Sources Left to Right: Flickr; WEPA; Julien CapmeilFashion Indie

I love baby animals; they are so cute. Elephants are my favorite. For a while now I've been saving pictures of elephants. The ones posted above are some of my favorites. Elephants are really amazing creatures and oh so cute. So when Jake suggested we go see Born to Be Wild, a documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, I was ecstatic. It was probably the most excited we've been about a movie in a long time.

It was showing in IMAX 3D not far from us. I'm really not the biggest fan of 3D, but wow this was amazing! It was by far the best 3D experience we've had. The documentary was so good. The film was only 40 minutes long and I could have sat there for another 40 just watching the beautiful cinematography and cute little orangoutangs and elephants. If it is showing near you I would suggested going to see it, but if you can't, you should at least watch the trailer I posted.

Labor Day Weekend.

September 6, 2011

Welcome back from the long holiday weekend everybody! Did you do anything fun? I hope it was relaxing and enjoyable for all of you. It sure was for Jake and I. Most of the weekend we stayed home and enjoyed just being together. We watched a few movies, ate at In-N-Out ( it was long overdue) and even managed to have some fun printing on our letterpress. On Monday morning Jake woke me up with fresh coffee and breakfast in bed. How fabulous and sweet is that? Thankfully he doesn't make me sleep in the kitchen.

I also made a stop at the craft store and picked up some yearn for all those projects I decided I wanted to do. They didn't have the size needle I needed so I ended up having to order one online. But once I get that I can start kniting my way to cooler weather!

Finders Keepers: Wacom Inkling

September 2, 2011

Source: Youtube

Wacom has been making pressure sensitive digital drawing tablets for over 25 years now. The tablets allow you to use a stylus pen to more organically draw on a computer. In 2009 I purchased my first tablet, and Jamie and I have used it on a number of projects. It's very effective, but definitely takes a lot of practice, and doesn't always look exactly like an actual hand drawn sketch. One of the biggest reasons it's difficult is because you have to look at your computer screen, not your drawing surface, to see what you're drawing. But Wacom's latest model, the Inkling, eliminates the tablet itself and lets you draw right in your sketchbook like a normal drawing! It's a revolutionary concept, and I can't wait to see how well it works.

Featured on Victory Paper

September 1, 2011

A fellow blogger emailed me a few weeks back asking if she could interview me for her "In the Creative Suite" column. Of course I said yes. I had a lot of fun answering the questions and sharing my thoughts with her. Thanks for interviewing me Victoria! You can check out the interview on her blog here

The Face of Type "C"

Last month was  Jamie's favorite, and September is mine. And it's my favorite for the same reason: this month is my birthday! This month's "Face of Type" is our personal favorite, Clarendon. It's a clean, slab-serif font named after the Clarendon Press in Oxford. It was the first typeface to be registered and patented, but expired after three years and was quickly copied by other type foundries.

Font Fun Facts: Clarendon is the first lead typeface we purchased for our letterpress, even before we had a letterpress! We also use it all over our website (the condensed version is in our header). It can also be seen across the U.S. on national state park roadsigns. 

Below are links to download images based on your screen's resolution. If your resolution isn't available just leave a comment with your desired resolution and we would be happy to add another size to our list. I've already put it on my phone's wallpaper and it looks sweet!

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