Thursday, September 30, 2010

a cup of tea.

today might as well be called a random thursday post. one, being because i know you guys look forward to what i have to say and there's not a whole lot for me to blog about... unless you care how much i've run around and worked this week :)

so... a cup of tea. what does that mean to you? to me... its relief from a headache. a long chat with a good friend. its a chai latte. a great closing to an autumn day. a stress reliever. today its more than one of those for me... and its black current tea that i have on tap :)

so, a few thoughts from my mind... i'll leave you with a few things i'm crushing on right now:

how adorable.

heaven in necklace form can't decide what color. or which style... headband or earrings? argh.
cute 2011 calendars love.
pumpkin spice coffee can't get enough.
quite possibly one of the cutest dresses ive ever seen
how awesome. something similar to etsy and just as fun:
a great new blog i've been reading

that's all my dears! stay tuned to tomorrows post! yay for fall!

Monday, September 27, 2010

my two favorite things.

these are two of my favorite things, all wrapped up into one.
coffee + a good pattern

this is one of my favorite coffee mugs. simply because my hubby's is the opposite saying "her better half." i think its one of the best wedding presents we've gotten. i tried to look for this set for friends but haven't quite found anything like it.

so why?
i'm always attracted to pattern. especially those who resemble nature, just like this coffee cup. and coffee? need i say more?

my current favorite brew (other than pumpkin lattes currently) is hazelnut. you can't go wrong with it.

of course, lots of cream and sugar [splenda :)]
how do you take your coffee and what's your favorite mug?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

orange crush.

so its fall and its most our favorite times of the year. ive been thinking about orange and how it plays into our design for this time of the year. its one of my favorite colors for so many reasons:
-clemson football. yes i'm one of those who sport the orange and purple!
-fall harvest - pumpkins and lots of fall leaves... i'm now on search because they aren't changing around here yet.
-trends in fashion & nails
-bold color designs

so i put together a little inspiration board of some of the things i'm currently into. source links below the image.

ballet flats orange ruffle tank autumn earrings flower purse orange autumn afternoon

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

handmade cards.

Just another glimpse over at my handmade shop there's going to be quite a few listings coming. Since I got the old gocco back and running... its bulbs and screens are mighty expensive, I'll be adding lots of fun new things in the shop. After I finish up two custom orders, I'll be taking custom request via my etsy page (link above). Since the gocco process requires burning a single image into a screen, you can only use the screen once. Therefore screens are expensive... and limited at this point. However, I will be using them to create my own tags and packaging for my handmade cards. How awesome is that?

Also... soon enough I'll be selling my work in DK Boutique & Spa in Spartanburg, SC and working on a list of other retail stores. Of course, the benefit of picking up supplies there would be free shipping!

So, here's my most recent project... all with fun girly flowers. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

quirky me.

I decided since I love love love reading bio and info from fellow designers, I'd do one on myself. I hope you find it as fun to read as it is to figure out myself! I'll also follow up with myself as a photographer.

At age nine, what did you both want to be?
A teacher. Every year on "career day" I dressed up as a teacher. In highschool I explored art. Loved it all. Thought about being a drafter for a good year, but soon realized it was not for me. I couldn't be creative enough and I love pure color so much I couldn't stand it.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I guess my mom and grandma tried to tell me this for years. I remember being in elementary school over at my grandma's house drawing on left over mill paper. And in church, drawing things and passing them on to little men that sat behind us. My grandma and mom always saved my work... never knew why. My grandma told me she always knew I'd be an artist... and its funny the colors I used back then I still love. But designer vs artist? I love fashion, and its my quirky way out of it. I knew when I realized how excited I was studying fonts, and color relationship and shapes.

Do you have any formal design training?
Yes. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Pretty crazy and strategic program there that was very difficult... but well worth every tear and stress.

What tools, techniques, and mindsets do you find absolutely essential?
Visualization. That's the first key... to know in your head what you have in your mind. I've found if I go with that first its normally the best starting point. I'm not one to start with a blank canvas and throw stuff on there. I'm all about conceptualizing and planning. I usually have a color scheme in my head going in to it.

Do you have a favorite font?
Favorite? I have several. Right now I'm really digging Hypatia Sans Pro. I love Champagne and Limosines, and Futura. I love mixing serif fonts w/ sans serifs. A few of my favorite serifs are adobe garamond and adobe caslon.

What are the easiest and the most difficult aspects of the design process for you?
Easiest... Layout. I usually have in my mind what I'd like for the design to look like. I worked a lot in college about size relationships and teaching graphic design classes (now that I think about it) seems like that's all I harped on. Hardest... Sometimes I wish I were more edgy about my work... but some projects don't allow it. So, the hardest part is... "Staying back." Being a little more conservative and being ok with it.

How many iterations does it take for a design to become final?
Depends... usually a good 3. This is great though... it forces me to be better at what I designed, push it and really solidify the design.

How do you come up with such different stuff?
I read blogs. I look at inspiration... I get inspiration. I love anything nature related and the colors you find in it. Trends in fashion also influence my designs as well.

Did you have any other paper products in your wedding?
I did. I designed our save the dates (printed with my own gocco printer) on recycled paper. They had a funky fun finish. I designed our wedding invitations (which were gatefold and had a fun belly band.) Also, each candy card at the candy bar, name tags, and gift tags for the candy bar. My favorite was our programs. I think my hand still hurts from punching all those holes.

Favorite design tool?
I really stand strong with a mix. I love photoshop for the fun things you can design and make... and accidents that become some of your stronger work... but then illustrator for drawing... and indesign simply because of all of your printing options. i suppose i couldn't pick just one.

What designers do you really admire? Do you have a favorite graphic designer? Fashion designer? Furniture designer?

Jessica Hische. She's fantastic with her typography... something I wish I could get a better grip on. I love simple, fun clean designs.

What advice would you give a new designer?
1. Push the envelope. Its better to be pulled back than to be conservative about everything.

2. You have to be able to take harsh criticism. At the time I hated it, but thank you Winthrop for running all our designs into the ground. I wouldn't be able to stand up for myself or even know what I was doing had I not had that experience.

3.Design for you, not for the "world." Its hard to do this sometimes but you will be happier with the end result.

Do you have an online shop?
Lots of fun things added often... cards, stationery, and custom designs. Check it out!

Monday, September 20, 2010

:: snippets of fall

so my favorite time of the year. its come. its starting to show its face and i can't tell you how excited i am about it. theres only a few things i look forward to... really...

-pumpkin (ANYTHING) mostly breads, candles, smells, coffee (ok i lied there's many things) too bad you don't get a picture of my first pumpkin bread endeavor... its almost gone.
-leaves changing colors - amazing bright reds and oranges
-crisp air, just enough for a cute scarf or some boots
-hot coffee (see typically i have a special place in my heart for iced coffee... but nothing beats a pumpkin spice latte when the air is chilly)
-apple... everything... pies, spice drinks, etc

Although the weather here in SC hasn't really transformed itself into fall, I'm still excited. Mornings are just cool enough to ride with the windows cracked and for an evening walk with my pup. We started off this new week with a walk around the "lake". We watched ducks, took our baby Max down to the water and let him play, and just enjoyed the weather on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

bridal : sneak peak

This weekend was a gorgeous one in Greenville, SC, and so was the bride for the bridal shoot in Reedy River Park. The wind hit at just the perfect time, cooling us all off from our climbing on rocks, battling the people, and long walks. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Here's just one fun photo from our shoot... can't spill too much because their wedding isn't until November! Can't wait to experience it with this lovely bride!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally Friday!

So, the week has finally come to an end. As I spend my Friday night (like I would prefer) I'm making new jewelry products, new felt brooches, and taking my mind of graphic design for a minute (which doesn't happen... only to go to the form of another art for an afternoon) kind of refreshes me. I'll be posting some of the fun things I'm working on and the new handmade cards that I've been doing for a custom order.

To leave you with a fun little before after, I'll have to preface it by saying... This is a great friend of mine's work from college. She and I have collaboratively grown in our work together and are always looking for fun new things to do. So, we grabbed a few girls together for a before and after shoot. Mind you, my friend Whitney of Whitney Miller Designs is fabulous. Be sure to check out her blog as well (link above)

Feel free to drop me a comment!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

.. up to lately

Well hi! Its been quite a while, I know. I'm sorry for all of you guys who faithfully look forward to my post.

So what have I been doing? Transitioning. I've been working as a full time graphic designer with my side stationery/photography business. Its fun and full of lovely art. I wouldn't have it any other way.

So, here's 2 of my past projects.

First off, all the blue. The bride wanted a pretty light blue flower worked into all of her designs. We had so much fun with the paper stock. Its hard to tell, but its a stark white metallic paper. Such fun. It was backed with a cardstock and then assembled with the embossed "M" stickers on the back. Such a cute and creative finish to their custom wedding stationery. I was also given the priviledge to create their save the dates (previous to their invitations) and their wedding books as well.

Secondly, the beach wedding. What a gorgeous wedding this was. Sunrise, mimosas and all. The theme was the sand dollars and rich browns. Turned out great. The bride gave me the honor of creating wedding invitations, thank you cards, and tags for the gifts. Such fun.

To leave you with two bands/songs I'm crushing on right now...
Phil Wickham's music.
Sanctus Real : Lead Me
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