January 31, 2008

Pottery Barn :: Subway Sign & Rooms for Rent Sign

While not nearly as romatic as picking these up at little antique shop, I'd still love to having this Subway Sign and "Rooms for Rent" sign {would be so cute in a guest room} up on my walls.

January 30, 2008

Jonathan Adler :: Needlepoint Pillows

For those naughty or nice.

Mark Cutler Design :: Tableaux Cloths

Mark sent over these fun Tableaux Cloths, available for purchase right here. Thanks for sharing, Mark!

January 29, 2008

Inside Urban Outfitters

A peek into Urban Outfitters corporate headquarters from Metropolis; download a full pdf right here. (via HOWblog)

modernradar :: Typo card

Set of 4 hand-drawn design and hand-printed typo cards from modernradar on Etsy.

Marian Bantjes :: new work

A favorite of mine, Marian Bantjes just updated her site with amazing new work.

If you think designing in Illustrator is hard, try sugar:

Gorgeous cover design, love the copper foil on the pink (surprisingly). Hint, hint, this would make a great valentine's gift for your graphic designer sweetheart.

January 21, 2008

Circa Ceramics :: Lidded Bowls

The newest piece from the folks at Circa Ceramics: the 9 oz lidded bowl.

January 18, 2008

Karen Hilton Designs :: Union Jack Pillow

Would love to have this pillow. . .and a British accent.

Isaac Mizrahi for Target :: Drew Print Ballet Flats

The last thing I need is another pair of shoes, so I'm just admiring them from afar.

January 17, 2008

Magnolia Moonlight :: Jardin

A great gift set including a calendar, pins and notecards from Magonlia Moonlight. I love that each of these plants are not just stock illustrations, but based on photos taken by Christina in her own backyard.

I'll take one of each

One of these:And one of these {handmade manila folder notebook sleeve for MacBook Air}

January 15, 2008

Griffonage Series I

Gigi sent in a link to these gorgeous Griffange Series {The word griffange means illegible script or scrawl. The designs are a fusion between the expressive nature of graffiti and the painterly elegance of calligraphy} prints from Seattle artists Marianne sao and Deborah Crump, available at their shop on Etsy.

Love quote reads: “All you need is love” -John Lennon

Passion quote reads:“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it” -Julia Child

Giraffe Measuring Spoons

Spent some of my Christmas money on giraffe family measuring spoons from Anthropologie.

Pep Art

This Pep Art salt and pepper set was in my Christmas stocking. . .lucky me!

Mango Lassi

Thought I'd share a super easy mid-winter pick-me-up I made the other day:

Mango Lassi
1 cup yogurt (I used kiefer)
1 mango (I used fresh, but frozen or canned would probably work)
Sugar/sweetener to taste (I used one packet of Stevia)
Throw it all in a blender and serve over ice. Makes 1 large serving. Enjoy!

{Yes, it looks a bit like scrambled eggs in the pic, but trust me, it's delicious!}

January 08, 2008

Untitled (Black Blocks), by Todd St. John

Untitled (Black Blocks) by Todd St. John available over at 20x200.

January 04, 2008

Domestic / colette / Work in Progress :: Vinyl letters

Adhesive vinyl letters in an "absurd alphabet from the lexicon of Self Service typography." (via work in progress via design observer)

Michelle Borrell :: Linked Tree Lace Pendant

Love this Linked Tree Lace Pendant by Michelle Borrell (of the popular pop-out pendants) and the earrings are pretty cute, too. Of course, I'd probably buy it in black, but it's also available in stainless steel, red, and turquoise. I also wouldn't mind seeing this pattern printed on a journal cover or on a set of foil-stamped notecards. . .design inspiration can come from anywhere!

Pottery Barn :: Metal Typography

These would be great year round, but the best part about them being a holiday item is right now they're on sale!

P.S. They're no longer available online, but I picked up several packs of ornament hooks at brick and mortar PB {they had tons of them}, on sale for only $3/box of 50. They are metal, available in silver or gold, and "s" shaped with a small little orb on each end, much, much prettier than those cheap wire paper-clips turned ornament hangers.

Paloma's Nest :: Craft Peace Ornaments

For next year's tree. . .lovely little newspaper dove ornaments at Paloma's Nest on Etsy.

Hedwig Bollhagen

Beautiful ceramics by Hedwig Bollhagen spotted over on Design Milk.

Paula Scher :: New York City Ballet

Stunning new identity and promotional campaign for the New York City Ballet designed by Paula Scher with photography by Nick Heavican.

January 02, 2008

My 8 for 2008

(image: Pentagram 2008 Typography Calendar)

It's been a busy start to 2008 and with 365 {well, now 361} more days ahead of me, here are a few creative goals I'd like to focus on for this year:

1. Take more pictures and learn how to better use my camera {Canon Rebel XT} settings.
Whenever we get back from a trip, I always wish I had taken more pictures. This kinda hit me over the holidays while spending time with family. We also tend to have tons of pictures of buildings {husband = architect} and signage {me = graphic designer}, but not very many of us in the places we've been.

I might also like to get a small point and shoot to have with me at all times as I don't always take the "big one" with me. I'm dreaming about a Leica D-Lux 3, but hmmm, maybe we'll have to see how Goal #8 goes.

It's been a long time since my Intro to Photography class (where we processed film ourselves, imagine that) and I just haven't made the time to brush up on the basics. As a result, we've got lots of blurred and washed out photos. Anyways, along with goal number 1 above, I'm hoping to freshen up my photo skills.

So, the more the merrier and practice makes perfect!

3. Print more pictures
I'm sure many of you can identify with this, but I've got thousands of photos and a handful of prints since I started using a digital camera about 6 years ago. Sad to say, our wedding pictures aren't even printed. I'm considering doing hardcover photo books versus prints and finding albums. iPhoto and blurb seem to be the most promising as far as well designed templates; any other suggestions?

4. Get my sewing on
This is pretty embarassing to say, but a couple years back I was given a very nice Janome sewing machine for my birthday and I've maybe used it 2 or 3 times since. I've got lots of fabric stashed away for various pillows and small projects around the house. I'm really good at starting new projects, but not so good at seeing them to the end.

5. Write {and blog} more often
Writing is not a huge strength of mine, but if find that the more I write, the easier it is. I'd also like to keep up with posting on black.white.bliss more often.

6. Keep my home office organized
This is sort of related to creativity. . .I tend to use our second bedroom/my home office as sort of a collecting and organizing space. I pick up all over the house and it all usually gets dumped in that room to eventually be sorted. And eventually never comes. A tidy room means more space of creative ideas to flow!

7. Get my recipes organized
There is just one word to describe the current state of my recipe "box". . .chaos. I also have a very bad habit of not writing recipes down. I've memorized lots of my mom's best recipes and I'd like to be able to pass them on. As much as I dream about designing by own template pages and book covers, I know the reality is it won't happen {see Goal #3, no wedding pictures printed}. I recently came across Tastebook where you can make your own custom recipe books and they seem to have some pretty nice templates. I'll let you know how it goes if I ever get it a try.

8. Start a small design business.
This is something I've always had this filed in the "eventually" folder, but with resources like blogs, Etsy, etc., why not now? I'll probably focus on paper goods {maybe get my Gocco out more often and fire up my tiny little Sigwalt letterpress} since that's what I know best, but who knows, I gotta just take that first step and get out there.

Whoa, so there it is! I think this just might be one of the longest posts I've ever done. . .looks like I'm already on my way to accomplishing #5!