Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hand Drawn Type

Loving this hand-drawn typographic poster I came across on ffffound the other week

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stationary Debut

Woo hoo! Stationary is all set for the Martha Stewart Living Craft fair this Saturday 12/4, come say hello! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Craft Fair Saturday

Well, its finally almost here. The Martha Stewart Living Employee Craft Fair is this Saturday Dec 4, 12-6pm. 

As the new year rang in 2010 from crappy 2009, and with a benchmark birthday (25!) I decided this would be a big year for me. I aspired to start a company. 

I took calligraphy courses, letterpress workshops, DIY silkscreen class.. 

all the while gathering inspiration & working hard at my day job (which I love now by the way!). This fall I have spent several Saturdays at the letterpress studio, working on a stationary line that I will debut this weekend.  

I have 750 various Christmas cards, an assortment of colored envelopes, a stamp with my logo & website on the way, and a dad who is helping me finally get up and going. 

While I have a long way to go, it feels really good to be making it happen, to put in the work and be pleased with the product. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vintage Halloween Imagery

Worked on an exciting Halloween photoshoot last weekend. To prepare I did some visual research and fell in love with the vintage imagery from this cute book from Taschen, Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chiquita Banana

My original halloween costume idea was to be the Chiquita Banana girl. I did some online research and found this delightful old commercial:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Moksha Scarf

I love my scarf so much I scanned it. Made by Moksha, purchased at Anthropologie (a few years ago). 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Colors

My darling sister has lent me her Nikon D-80 again.. I'm in love. Strolled through the East Village yesterday, beautiful fall colors.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flower Man

I want this job! 

From my favorite french blog, Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien

Saturday, September 18, 2010

DIY Beauty Products

As conscious as I try to be about eating local & organic foods, I was delighted when my friend Hilary told me about the book & blog, "No More Dirty Looks." It addresses the cosmetic industry in the US and the dangers of chemicals in our products. I haven't picked up the book yet, but have added their blog to my reader. I love the illustrations by Brianna Harden for the post about making your own products from scratch. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kate Spade Playlist

My roommate Melissa is an avid Kate Spade fan and sent me the link to this great mix to download. But even more so, I love the "twirl" typography on the site. So pretty! 


Just saw these lovely porcelain lace cups & heart doily plates  on Poppytalk. So darling!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Marian Bantjes

Amazing TED talk featuring Marian Bantjes. My dad sent this link to me a few weeks ago, and I finally watched it last night. Its interesting because it reminds me of my experience in college as an Art Major, I started out reaching for lofty ideas to express ("experience," "memory") and my work lacked any personal depth, and it also lacked the good grades I wanted to earn. I eventually found my voice and created work that I was passionate about, proud of, and made an A+. 

Lately I've been feeling like I'm back in that same spot, working for big lofty ideas (that I do love & believe in) but without any personal depth.  Slowly but surely, I'm working towards my own company, my own personal satisfaction of creating a product, both for my audience (y'all!) and equally for myself. 

I'm nervous and excited about my first session at the The Arm Letterpress Studio tomorrow. I have paper, ink, and 3 hours booked to get started with some stationary & posters. I have some loose ideas for direction, but am giving myself the freedom to make mistakes to learn from, and to have some happy accidents along the way as well. 

Listening to Marian Bantjes was exactly what I needed to hear, to remind me of the importance of making personal work to put out in the world. She makes the point that all ideas feed off others, and you can find inspiration everywhere, and you never know what your work may inspire in others. I won't give it all away, but hopefully this sincere post will convince you to spend the 16 minutes to watch :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Anthropologie Catalog

While most of the clothes in the Anthroplogie catalog no longer inspire me the way they used to, I'm loving these 2 images from the recent issue. I can't wait to one day have a house with walls full of wooden bookshelves, and also a claw-foot bathtub with succulents surrounding me as a bathe.. also loving that colorful flower painting! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Late Summer Mornings

I've been loving the morning time lately. My job is very demanding, and I've found when I give myself even 20 minutes in the morning to make iced coffee & breakfast, and actually sit down to enjoy it, that my whole day is much better. I had a small party a few weeks back and turned my dining table to face the window, and have kept it that way for the time being. There is something calming about starting my day looking out the window, and at all my beautiful farmer's market flowers and plants.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rockaway Taco & other Brooklyn delights

Yesterday was one of the best summer Sundays yet. Began the day with a bike ride to the Carroll Gardens Farmer's Market. I'm planning to make a traditional Native American "three sisters" soup tomorrow night with my friend Ashley so I wanted to get all the ingredients as fresh & local as possible. In addition to the soup ingredients, I returned home with farm fresh free range eggs & milk - perfect for a Sunday omelette & iced coffee! 

My darling roommate and I ventured out on the A train all the way to Rockaway Beach, which is waaaaay nicer than Coney, and equally easy to get to. An added bonus is that the subway travels over the water so you can admire the view the last part of the way. The weather was perfect. We swam in the ocean and relished the warm sunshine as summer comes to an end. Perhaps the best part of the adventure though, was Rockaway Taco. (The Vinne Van Go-Gos or Shenanigans  of Rockaway, if those references mean anything to you). Best fish tacos & watermelon juice of my life. It was also amazing to see containers everywhere growing fresh tomatoes, chilis, and herbs - hanging on the side of the building from gallon jugs, or up on the roof! 

We reluctantly returned, and not wanting the day to end, I took my bike for a sunset spin around Prospect Park, where it smells as sweet as the south if you can trick your brain into thinking you are not in NYC. 

Basically, I fell in love with Brooklyn all over again. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

flowers in my hair

a perfect lazy sunday. laying on the couch, looking out the windows watching & listening to the rain. had a small gathering of friends over last evening, a garden party of sorts. i made a floral headband, which is something i'd admired since i was young - christmas kirsten and then later when jenny married forrest. also, when i was younger and more free spirited (translation: irresponsible) i would lose things frequently and my dad would fuss, "macon, i'm tired of the flowers in your hair routine." haha well here i am, finally with my own flower headband. i hope its the first of many.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Logo!

I realized a lot of my friends look at my blog via google reader, which is a handy tool if you (like me) look at a billion blogs, and if you go a few days w/o checking it racks up well over 1000+ unread posts. In which case you just make yourself a cute little cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and lazily but efficiently scroll through them all. 

Anyway, for those who use google reader, this post is for you! I finally got around to creating a logo. I'm hoping to launch a stationary company over the next few months and was working on a logo for my own name:

And decided to apply the same style to my blog: