Finders Keepers: Apartment Gardening

March 30, 2012

I think I'd like this. Let me rephrase that...I know I'd like this. You can look inside the book over on Amazon.

Movable Type Truck

March 29, 2012

Photo by Derek Fagerstrom via Movable Type
Have you heard of the Movable Type Truck? Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer from Portland, Oregon, rebuilt a 1982 Chevy Step Van into a mobile letterpress studio. The name and idea is a genius. If you don't know, movable type refers to the system of printing that uses moveable pieces of type such as letters, numbers, and punctuation to reproduce the elements of a document. Kyle drives all over North America, teaching workshops, doing demos, and spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way. I wish I would have known this truck existed when it was traveling around California. She still has more stops to make so be sure to check to see if she will be in your area!

Pretty Pattern

March 28, 2012

I am seeing some pretty patterns in our new apartment--especially the more abstract ones. Maybe I'll try DIYing some bold art. That sounds like a fun weekend project to me. I did read decorating with big oversized things like artwork and rugs in smaller apartments make the room seem larger. Have you heard anything like that?

Velveteen endpaper VELVETEEN RABBIT (1922) William Nicholson via Fox on the Run
Mauve Splashes by Eloise Rapp
Ashley Goldberg
Floral Explosion by Amy Sia
Knit in the Sun by Schumacher

Seems Impossible

March 27, 2012

Vapor Qualquer
I was talking with my friend over dinner last night about how we both seem to a bit overwhelmed and a little worn out by everything going on in our lives. We both have a lot on our plate right now. When that happens I usually have a hard time functioning. There is too much to do so I can't do anything until I feel like I have a plan. Thankfully Jake knows how I get, so after dinner we came home and made a list and prioritized everything. It still seems like a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time, but maybe, just maybe, it's possible.

We're Moving!

March 26, 2012

Remember last week when I told you we were going to look at a townhouse? Well, I have exciting news. Today after work we are signing the lease! We are so excited. The best (and most amazing) part is that our best friends are signing the lease for the unit right next door! We always joked around about how fun it would be to be neighbors, but never really actually thought that would be possible until we found this apartment with two openings.

When we started looking for a new place we knew we wanted an upgrade from our current apartment, and it had to allow full sized dogs. We've had our hearts set on a dalmatian for a long time but most apartments in LA only allow smaller dogs. However, at this new place they said we could have a dalmatian! The townhouse really is perfect for us. It's 2 bedrooms 2.5 baths and has a little patio garden outside of our living room with an amazing view of the mountains. It is also walking distance from Trader Joe's, the local farmer's market and even our church. Did I mention it has a gas fireplace? I think we are going to be pretty happy in this new place. I'm so giddy though that I'm having a really hard time focusing on work. I think I spent all last week just planing out where I'm going to put everything and how I'm going to decorate. This week I really need to focus on getting some things done.

Once last thing. Now that we know we can start looking for a dalmatian, Jake and I have started thinking of names for him. We haven't thought of anything we love yet. I put our current list on our Facebook page. If you have any ideas we would love to know.

Finders Keepers: A Kerning Game

March 23, 2012

Look what I found this week, a kerning game! Ok maybe that's a little nerdy, but it's actually a lot of fun. The website gives you a word and then you move around the letters until you think it is properly kerned. Then it compares yours to the correct one and gives you a score. You can play it here

Hint: My graphic design professor alway told me it helps to squint. That way you aren't paying so much attention to the letters but more to the spacing.

Flag Trivia

March 22, 2012

One of the coolest things about Jake working on Who Knew is that he learns a lot of random, cool facts about anything and everything. Today the episode is about flag trivia. You won't believe this but California's flag (which currently has a bear on it) was supposed to instead have a pear on it!!! The designer misread bear as pear when we was making it. Can you believe that? It seems we were meant for each other. Who knew? I guess back then there was no such thing as a revision process.

Photo by Brian Wilkins
You can watch the episode here.

Update: So it turns out that Snopes made up the whole thing just to see how far it would go. The California flag was never supposed to have a pear on it. So much for that.

Dearest Nature

March 21, 2012

A few months ago Donaville from Discover Paper emailed me and told me about a project she had been working on for a while now. She was starting a blog and online magazine called Dearest Nature featuring all things related to the great outdoors. Sounds lovely doesn't it? But that's not even the most exciting part. She asked me if I would be a contributor to the blog!!! I'm so excited to tell you that I'm now a regular contributor to Dearest Nature. The site launched yesterday and my first post was published today! I write for the In A Word column where I find a bunch of great nature related things based on a word. My first word was Morning. You can read my post here. And don't worry, A Pair of Pears isn't going anywhere.

Oh also Jake and I are going to look at an apartment tonight. We drove by it on Sunday and it's in really nice area and even walking distance from Trader Joe's and the Sunday farmer's market. I'm trying not to get my hopes up. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Wedding Invitation Inspiration

March 20, 2012

Over the weekend I got to sit down and talk wedding invitations with my best friend. I love working with her. We have very similar styles, she gives me a lot of creative freedom to design what I think is best, and while we are brainstorming ideas we sometimes get distracted looking at shoes or plaining how we are going to someday be neighbors. It's a refreshing way to work.

The Save the Dates were sent out weeks ago and now it's time to move on to the Great Bambino of the wedding design process; the invitations. The invitations are my favorite part to any party, as you can probably tell from this party, this party and this party. Before I start a design, I like to take a look around the internet and browse the work of other designers. It gets me in that creative mindset so I can start thinking about the design I need to do. This time around I came across these wedding invitations. They are all so unique and beautiful, just as every set of wedding invitations should be.

Under Consideration
The Hungry Workshop
Studio on Fire 
Oh So Beautiful Paper

Smile Today

March 19, 2012

via Fab
Just one reason to smile today.

Finders Keepers: Universal Phone Dock

March 16, 2012

Universal Phone Dock from Jonathan Adler
I love little things like this. It keeps cords neat and tidy while looking cute at the same time. Of course Jonathan Adler thought of it. He's pretty brilliant.

I Love My City

March 15, 2012

When Jake and I decided we would start our married life together in Los Angeles, we always had it in the back of our minds that when we wanted to have kids or buy a house, we would move out of California (or at least Los Angeles). It wasn't until about a month ago that I really started loving California. I heard that it takes a person about 6 months to adjust to a new city. It took me a little over a year and a half. Don't get me wrong, it has beautiful weather and is a wonderful place to live. It just didn't have that homey feel that I grew up with. I kind of felt like an outsider. Now when I come back from a trip, the city feels familiar. It feels like home. I might just want to stay here forever. LA, I never thought I'd say this, but I love you.

City Print by Judy Kaufmann

DIY Round Up

March 14, 2012

I don't know if I mentioned it, but Jake and I are planing on moving in the next few months. We want to be a little closer to our friends Jake & Erika who are getting married in July! We aren't moving too far, but let's face it, 3 miles in LA can take over 30 minutes to drive sometimes. Because of this I have kind of put a halt on doing any of the bigger DIY projects. We don't know what kind of place we will be living and if the stuff we make will even work in the new place. Yes, it's a lame excuse. I just feel like I'm done making this apartment our home and anymore time decorating it is a waste. That hasn't kept me from hoarding DIY inspiration though! Since I'm probably not going to make this stuff until we move, I thought I could at least show you what projects I've been swooning over lately. Who knows, maybe you'll want to make a thing or two.

Practice Lettering Skills for gift wrap from Tobias D. Albert

Door Mat from Sincerely Kinsey

Chevron Chair Cushion from Design*Sponge

Rock and Wire Photo Display from Daily Danny

Vintage Camera Night Lights from Jayfish

This Industrial Coat Rack from Apartment Therapy would fit in nicely with our work table

Hand Lettering

March 13, 2012

If there was one thing I could be better at, I would want it to be hand lettering. It's so beautiful and organic. I think that's part of my problem though. When I try drawing my own type, I tend to only see its faults, when in reality it's the slight inconsistencies that make it beautiful.

Chris Yoon
Alison Carmichael
Sarah Watson

Kony 2012

March 12, 2012

Sorry this post is coming so late in the day. I had some stuff I had to take care of for work this morning.

Today I want to share something with you that is really important to me. You might have seen it on the news or posted around the internet this past week. It's the Kony 2012 film by Invisible Children. Way back when I was a freshman in College (ok not wayyyy back, but a few years ago) Invisible Children came and spoke to our school about the war in Uganda; a war that has been going on since before I was born. Their first film was very moving and very effective to start the process of ending the war. However the rebel leader Joseph Kony is still out there abducting innocent children and forcing them to be soldiers. Through their work, Invisible Children have made the Ugandan child visible to the world, but Joseph Kony is a name still unknown to many. The goal of this project (Kony 2012) is to make Joseph Kony famous. Not in a good way, but as a way to raise awareness about who he is and the atrocities he is committing. It's time this war was put to an end. So watch the video, become aware and share it with a friend.

Finders Keepers: Lomokino

March 9, 2012

Jake came across this camera earlier this week called the Lomokino. You can shoot a movie of 144 frames on any 35mm film. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play around with. They have example videos on their site you can watch here. It's pretty reasonably priced too. I don't think you can ever have too many cameras. Do you have a favorite camera (film/digital) you like to use? Believe it or not I have film cameras I have still yet to try. Maybe I should play with what I have first before I start adding to our collection. 

Pantone Tarts

March 8, 2012

Yesterday was all about CMYK. Let's switch it up and do Pantone today. French Food designer, Emilie de Griottes put together these dessert tarts that resemble Pantone color swatches. It's color you can eat right up!

My favorite Pantone color is Pantone 2738C. I could see that as some kind of blueberry lemon tart. Do you have a favorite Pantone color? It's ok, let's be a little nerdy together.

CMYK Wedding

March 7, 2012

The key to any great party is a good theme. I would say Rebekah and David have the theme of all themes. What could be better than a CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) wedding? It really is perfect for any design couple who wants to show their inner art nerd. They applied the theme in such fun and clever ways too!

All images and more can be found on Rock N' Roll Bride 

The Story Behind Keeping Calm

March 6, 2012

Yesterday I found a great video explaining the history of one of my favorite WWII propaganda posters.  I could go into more detail about it, but the video tells you all you need to know!

Until yesterday, I had no idea the poster was never displayed until 2000. I love learning about the story of art that has inspired me. I've been a fan of the poster ever since I discovered it during college. I bought this shirt parodying the design, and in my college printmaking class I even made a parody of my own (which is now available for purchase as a letterpress print here). If you go to the bookstore's website, you can even download an app to customize your own version of the poster.

Quill & Fox: Easter Cards

March 5, 2012

Quill & Fox never disappoints. Their Easter line is as cute as can be. They always use the best color combinations too! I'm not sure who I would send an easter card or invitation to, but I sure want to buy one even if it's just to hang above my desk for inspiration.

Confessions of a Designer

March 1, 2012

Designer, Anneke Short took the words right out of my mouth. Her Confessions of a Designer poster series consist of quotes I think all designers experience or think about at some point in their career. It's kind of like a right of passage. Although I do think the 8 year old girl is a little too old to still be using Comic Sans. You've got to correct poor behavior while they're young, right?  

You can check out all the other posters in her series here.