Hand Lettering

Design, Lettering

On Sunday Dustin and I were getting our creative on and spent the afternoon working on some hand lettering. I think I would really like to take a calligraphy class but in the meantime I was letting myself get inspired by all of the great lettering online…especially on Pinterest. This is a direct copy, and I inverted the colours, but here is my first go:

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Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/60446819972643992/

I’m back!

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Well, it has been an extended hiatus away from Fine Arts & Freckles but I have returned with excitement. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed in the ‘arts & crafts’ department for a little while now but I am determined to get back on track. I saw something on Instagram a while ago that really hit me:

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…not sure how it exactly happened but so many ideas of projects I want to do just got all jumbled in my head and for some reason I just stopped doing anything!

So here are some of the things I am excited for:

1. Cooking – I am just at the tail’s end of a one week cleanse/eating challenge and while it has been difficult it has really started inspiring me in the kitchen to think about things I would like to make that I never have. Cold rolls are near the top of the list!

2. Sewing – A couple of months ago I decided to redeem some AirMiles points as I suspect I will never have enough for a flight (Aeroplan is another story) and purchased a sewing machine. Not going to start with anything too ambitious but I have been eyeing up our too long living room curtains for about a year and I have a couple of really great pillows that came with not-as-great covers that I would like to attempt to create new covers for.

3. Designing – I am not so sure where I want to start here but I love stationery and notebooks and cards so instead of talking about it so much I am going to carve out some creative time for myself and start designing. 

I also heard about a pottery class this spring that sounded pretty interesting. I think I might be too late for registration but I am still looking into it.

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Alright. Time to create!

 

Rifle iPhone Cases

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Gorgeous…no? Rifle Paper Company has come out with iPhone cases! Which is pretty brilliant of them in my opinion. I love their designs so much and now they can be admired encasing your phone! My latest case was purchased at the beginning of January so it will be a while before I can justify getting a new one. But that doesn’t mean I can’t admire them in the time being…

Invest Your Life In What You Love

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I was just at SXSW for the past week (and spent the week before that packing our apartment and getting ready for SXSW) and am still trying to wrap my head around all of the things that I was inspired by while there.

I am planning to put together a post about my experience there but for now I would like to post probably the most inspirational talk I went to – Tina Roth Eisenberg speaking on her 11 rules to live by. I have been in awe of her for quite some time and was so happy to have a chance to see her in real life and hear her talk about her passion.

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http://www.swiss-miss.com/2013/03/my-sxsw-talk.html

Vizify, my interactive resume

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I have dropped the blogging ball! Jumping back on the wagon though, I really enjoy my blog. Furthering my passions via education this past year has been something I have been focusing on in my spare time, which has sometimes meant long days and studying over lunch hours at work. Right now I am involved in a three week workshop through Queens University all about online branding strategy and it has been great! It is with Sidneyeve Matrix and I have had the pleasure of studying in three of her classes so far and have had such a great experience delving into the world of digital media and strategy. Above is one of the assignments we have had to do so far, an interactive resume using ‘Vizify’. Lots of fun, such a great site to use, and lots of flexibility to make it unique to you. Hope you enjoy my vizify profile, let me know if you have one of your own — I would love to see more!

Work in Progress…

Design

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Updating the Program Planning Guide today and working on one of the first pages encouraging students to connect via social media with Edwards. I always like to think in terms of my design one year ago or even two years ago and I feel so happy to think about how much I have grown. I mean, this isn’t much, but two years ago starting my job here I would have been eager to get started but would have also been trying to put something together in Microsoft Word, instead of PhotoShop/Illustrator/InDesign. Its great to look back at old designs and feel a sense of growth, and that all of the classes I have taken, projects I have worked on, mistakes I have made have contributed to making me a better designer (or aspiring designer). Can’t wait to see where I will be next year at this time!

See Scotty Reifsnyder

Design

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While Dustin and I were in Disneyland over New Years we stopped at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney and both fell in love with the artwork of Scotty Reifsnyder. He had two works in the Gallery, one inspired by Peter Pan (that I am still kicking myself over for not purchasing) and one inspired by The Incredibles (Dustin bought a mug with the art piece on it, he admires it every morn!). His art was so unique and is a style that both Dustin and I really enjoy, I wish I could create art like him! Check out his blog or his Dribbble page and prepare to be inspired for the day!

What deux yeux have teux deux teuxday? TeuxDeux

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Welcome to a fantastic browser based to-do app I stumbled upon today. TeuxDeux is a simple, yet sexy to-do app that allows you to view your whole week and make sure that you are keeping up with that every growing list of things to get down. At work I am constantly scribbling down actions on numerous sticky notes or writing them down on paper but this seems like a great way to keep it all organized in one place and be readily accessible. I do worry that I will revert back to the old paper and pen format but I really would like to give this a shot and see if it works out for me! Have any of you used it before? Any thoughts?

Follow up: My boyfriend was quick to point to me that this website has been around FOREVER butttt I am still new to the game and am still finding great things that I haven’t seen before! I know some of you are in the same boat as me.