I have been noticeably absent from the blog lately, so instead of prolonging the silence I wanted to report that I will be taking somewhat of a blog staycation. I will still post, but with less frequency than previously and my posts will be smaller (quick little snippets of design, pet, products I love, etc…). So things may look and feel a little different!
Wow! I am so bummed that I have been absent from the blog for a few days. I have been quite busy with school work, some design projects (will share when the time is right), business-y stuff (trying to get *hello there, design* to grow), and with preparations for a baby shower I am hosting this weekend.
So, first things first in this little catch-up post …
School has been filled with lots of reading. I am taking an information design course – User-Centered Information Design to be exact. It is not design in the creative, aesthetic, artsy-fartsy sense. It is about designing information; organizing, filtering, structuring information so that users get the ultimate usability and understanding from it. Interesting stuff, but requires a lot of reading.
Secondly, design projects! I have been working on some very fun design projects for clients, which I will share here when the time is right. Some are business-related (for clients’ businesses) and one is a super-fun project that will be a father’s day gift – can’t wait to share that one!
I have been working to get the word out there a little more about my hello there, design etsy shop. I placed my very first ad on a design-related blog … check out my little ad on hello there friend, you are loved. If you aren’t familiar with Danni’s blog, it is a great way to whittle away some time, I must say. It is one of my favorites, and now that I have a Pinterest account, I can tell I will be excessively pinning from that blog!
Along the lines of other hello there, design news, I hope to get some photos up in the etsy shop of my remember the day canvases. I am rather inept with a camera, so I am looking for help photographing the canvases. If you are handy with a camera and want to help, please let me know! I also hope to finally get my Mark Twain bike quote print up in the etsy shop along with photos. I will be selling it as a fine art print or as a print mounted on plywood (so cool – wait til you see it).
If you saw my recipe testing in the past couple of weeks (here and here) – those were for the baby shower I am co-hosting. I will not be making either of those recipes, instead I will be making vanilla cupcakes with lemon frosting and an apple tart. And, since the shower is 99% good-to-go (which is more than I can say about some of the other projects I have mentioned), here is a visual of some of the shower plans:
So, I may be a little MIA here and there over the next week or so, but I will certainly try to check in. I am working on a pet portrait today, so I will be sharing that in a post soon. I also have some more really great sounding dog books that I want to share (and perhaps eventually read), so I will probably post about those soon too!
Apparently not; it is snowing this morning.
Clockwise from upper left:
| AG Adriano Goldschmied Ruched Back Tank | LAMB Stripe Racer Tank | Joie Striped Linen Slub Nia Tank | Enza Costa Loose Stripe Tank | American Vintage A-Line V-Neck Tee in Vermilion | Brandy & Melvile Mona Sweater | Joe’s Jeans 29″ Ankle Cargo | J Brank Houlihan Zips Cargo in Sharkskin |
All available from Revolve Clothing … visit MyRevolve Clothing Boutique
1. Sweater with Elbow Patches: Marc by Marc Jacobs Ingrid Elbow Patch Sweater $136.80 OR 2. Enza Costa Loose Scoop Sweater with Elbow Patches $294 3. Scarf: Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf in Espresso $88 4. Socks: Smartwool “Corduroy” Sock in Herb Heather $18.95 5. Clogs: Dansko Clog in Oiled Black $115 6. Statement Ring: “Forever is Composed of Now” Ring $118 7. Jeans: Levi’s Made & Crafted Pins Skinny Jean in Pure $198
(Photos above courtesy of respective retailers’ websites. Main photo courtesy of The Satorialist.)
artsy and design-y links
from around the web…
Watercolor artist of a different kind…
I came across a watercolor artist and illustrator via Oh Joy!’s blog. Bernadette Pascua is based out of NYC and chronicles her illustrations in her online blog/portfolio, DECADE. She does beautiful fashion-related work, including fashion designs and commercial work for magazines and fragrances.
Piece of artwork I am loving…
I came across the piece below by Australian artist, Dale Frank. I want it for above my bed. If you click the link and read the text below the piece on the roslyn oxley9 gallery page, you may be quite surprised by what you find – I was. I still like the piece, but I am going to just forget what I read.
Salvador Dali sometimes scares, but not this time…
I am interested in Salvador Dali’s work, however, many of his pieces are strange to say the least. I recently came across one that I REALLY like, though. For some reason it immediately reminded me of my great friend, JL. Not sure why. The Dali Museum has a beautiful giclee print available for purchase.
Should I order now for future offspring?…
I came across Stella McCartney’s Kids collection, now available for purchase from her online kids boutique. Some of clothing in this collection is SO incredibly cute, it makes me want to purchase it for when I eventually (very eventually) have a little one. It is THAT cute. I was surprised at the price points; they are not as high as I expected. Certainly not cheap, but not high fashion prices either. The little models are a group of BEAUTIFUL little kiddos, too (with adorable, unique names as well).
The Ingrid dress is my very favorite:
Not your average photo calendar…
Now this is a photo calendar worthy of hanging in your home! Pinhole Press has some great calendars.
If I were to do it again…
And, I am LOVING Joy Thigpen’s logo!!! Great inspiration!
That’s it! Happy Saturday! I am looking forward to a run later on this afternoon in the crisp, chilly November sunshine.