Monday, May 28, 2012

Decoration Day

I thought that when I started making consistent Monday morning blog posts that it might be a little challenging at times and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to keep up with it with little trouble. Today, however, was tough. I'm tired from the long weekend and traveling which is why the thought of getting on this computer was not an appealing one. But alas, here I am, sure it's evening, but hey it's still Monday.
This lovely lady has decided to lay her eggs on our shore up at the cabin again this year. She's a snapper but was pretty patient with my stalking her with the camera.
Second time out on my 1901 C&P Letterpress, I love this dry embossing technique, it really worked well. This time around I had my plates made at Boxcar from some of my digital designs.
Here is the what I printed on the other side of the dry embossed sheets, I'll cut these up into business cards but not today. Did I mention I'm exhausted?
This little beggar was chirping for chips while we ate at Pepitos a little while ago. And that, is that for today!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Home Sweet Home

What a wonderful hot weekend to be at the lake, except we weren't at the lake we were populating our yard here in Minneapolis. It's been an amazing pleasure getting going on gardening so early this year with all of this crazy fantastic weather. Our first stop on Saturday was to the Master Gardner's sale in Hopkins, MN and then on to a neighborhood farmers market. What a haul!
Wedding Train Coleus
Kiwi Fern Coleus
Lemon Licorice Helichrysum
Of course Gypsy the cat simply can't let us get anything done in the garden with out positioning herself for a good pet.
And if I'm going to post a caterpillar picture from Florida then I feel obligated to do one from my own yard, especially one with such a beautiful blue texture. I have a thing for blue, I get it from my mother.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Design Reading at AIGA.org

Books have always been a big part of my life and so I am very excited for this new series on aiga.org, Design Reading. I've always felt that empathy is one of the most important ingrediants in the designer-client relationship, reading is a great way to expand my understanding of topics traditionally outside my field of focus but lectures and workshops are pretty great too.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Perot State Park

When my husband and I decided to move to Minneapolis a large deciding factor was the ease with which a person can enjoy the outdoors here. We revel in our ability to get in the car and go to so many great locations to hike, kayak, bike and camp, all within a few hours or less of home. The most amazing thing of all is coming back into the city on Sunday after having been camping out and about and being reminded of all of the bike trails and outdoor opportunities this city has to offer, it's quite possible we'll never do and see it all!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Vintage Books

While on vacation a couple of weeks ago my husband and I stopped by the local library yard sale where I picked up a few vintage books.
I picked up the Nancy Drew Bungalow Mystery because I devoured absolutely every single Nancy Drew book to be had at the local library one summer when I was growing up. I was curious to see if I would find it as suspenseful as I did then and I was curious if after reading this 1930's edition if I could then find a more updated version at the local library and do a style comparison. I haven't yet made it to the library but I can already tell you the difference in tone is going to be distinct.
I picked up The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White because other than Charlotte's Web I'm just not that familiar with E.B. White's work. While traveling not to long ago I listened to a segment on NPR's Fresh Air with the author Michael Sims. Sims wrote The Story of Charlotte's Web and I was enthralled, just look at the description on his book cover. While Sims' book is still sitting in my Amazon wish-list (and I'm now longingly wishing it was on my bed side stand right now), I recall him describing a man so interesting and so inspired by the little things in life that I might just rescue every discarded E.B. White book I ever find at such a sale forever more.
And last but certainly not least is the The Graphologist's Alphabet by Eric Singer. I really don't know what to say about this book except that I love it and it's still available on Amazon, I looked, but the vintage book cover (top) is far superior to the updated one. Just look at this spread, the illustrations and descriptions are fascinating to look at and read!