vela adventures

I have been so excited to share this work! A couple of moms from our elementary school have an amazing business called Vela Adventures. The two ladies were jealous of all of the fun things their kids got to do after school and at camps (ropes courses, archery, trampolines, snow shoeing, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, etc.) so they decided to create a place that women could easily do all of those things. Their outings have been so well received that they have been featured twice on our local news. The actual word "vela" means sail.  It is a constellation in the ship Argo from Greek mythology. They are giving women the sails they need to be spontaneous, fun and adventurous!

I had the privilege to create a new brand look for Vela. Their existing logo was fine, but they wanted it to be a bit more personalized. The first four looks are what were presented. They went with the first (it was close to their old logo) but changed the colors. You can see a few materials that we created after the logo was landed on. Next up ... their website!

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kojo designs

kojo rejects My friend Kirsten is so ridiculously talented. Every party she throws is an incredible "Martha Stewart" experience. From the drink bar to the party favors to the amazing decor, it always look beautiful. Kirsten and her sister run the blog Kojo Designs. I am always so blown away with their expertise on cooking and sewing and everything crafty! Two years ago they asked me to redesign their look. Above are the first four logos. The top brown hexagon below was also presented. They brilliantly combined elements from a few to make an even better brand look. If any of you know the blog world, it is always changing (much like the look of my blog) so they have a new beautiful look since then. I love working for people I love and admire!

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I am having so much fun going through the past two years work. Our son's first friend in Kindergarten was Sophia. She has continued to be a sweet supporter of D while he navigates the social world of elementary school. That is not always an easy task! Sophia's mom, Katie, is an amazingly talented seamstress and has a great eye for cool clothes (all of which she finds second-hand). The amount of Oilily in their house is to die for! Katie asked me to help her with her brand, fabriKate. These are the option we came up with ... fabrikate-logo-page

blowing kisses valentine print

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Thanks to Pinterest, it seems like every holiday is now full of "printables". This is my first venture into this world. I am not sure how I feel about it, but I am happy to make my little holiday girl happy! M wanted to give bubble gum and Hershey's kisses. And she wanted to say "blow you a kiss". We were a bit skeptical about the first two words of that phrase, so we rearranged it to "blowing kisses your way". I love how it turned out!

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To download the PDF, click here >>> blowing kisses printable. There are 8 valentines to an 8.5 x 11 sheet. Each one has small grey trim lines to help you cut. Enjoy!


pure bread shop

PUREBREAD LOGOS for blog We had some sweet friends move away over the summer. They have been greatly missed by all of us. Carrie had a bakery out of her home that made the most delicious bread. The Hawaiian Sweet Rolls were incredible! Tom and I created the name and logo for her company. Another name that Tom came up with (that we both loved) was "The Other Bread Winner". But we all agreed that PureBread fit Carrie and her family. They chose the upper right design. My fav too! It looks like they are still up and running in Liberty, MO. It may be well worth a road trip!

the great indoors

Print Our five year old LIVES for holidays. She often asks if we can join all religions so that we can share their celebrations. Her birthday is the be-all end-all of yearly parties. I dropped the ball BIG time last year and had a small gathering of friends with very little hoopla. So this year we had to make up lost ground. She chose a camping party, which can be difficult in the middle of November. The Great Indoors was the theme. Our fireplace became the campfire to roast s'mores. We made a teepee out of a drop cloth. Michael's had animal masks to decorate. And bead necklaces were a favorite craft. The favors were firefly jars ... mason jars with small dots of glow-in-the-dark paint.

After all the guests left, M said "Mom, what do we do now that my birthday is over?". Start planning for next year. I should actually start planning her wedding. Visit here to see my prep board for the birthday.

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vsco with honors

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset This pic was recently chosen for the curated VSCO grid - "a collection of the finest mobile imagery on the internet". The Botanic Gardens continually amaze me with fantastic compositions.

The pics below were chosen previously by VSCO. Every time they email me, it stokes my secret love of photography.

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more spoonflower fabric


I have decided that I love online design contests because they MAKE me design. It is a constant design challenge out there on the world wide web! If only I had Tim Gunn to cheer me up every week after I lose. I have entered two more fabrics at Spoonflower. Last week was for picnics (get it ... ants marching?). And this week is horses. I am enjoying translating the theme into hand-printing. The ants are carrots and the horse shoes are cut potatoes. Let me know what you think! And vote if you feel like it.


vintage printable


Vintage printable is an excellent site for exactly what you think: vintage printables. The library is well categorized and easy to navigate. The above image is from the science section.

Featured fonts are Duke (another from Lost Type), Baronesse and Barnyard. Once again, the all caps are kerned out significantly. Baronesse is delicate and nice smaller than it's partner. And I am a sucker for a nice silhouetted object in any layout.

More from Vintage Printable below:

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industrial chic

indust-chic-1 Pinterest is a gigantic black hole of fabulous stuff. I hope that the creators are rolling in money because it was a brilliant fix for creative people like me. My bookmarks don't go on forever now! Everything is filed away with a picture.

I have noticed that Pinterest has really allowed me to hone my style. I am drawn to the same design aesthetics over and over. One of those aesthetics is industrial chic. I love that it can be both feminine and masculine; that you can incorporate really old objects with new ones; that the generally neutral palette does so well with pops of color . Some themes that seem to run throughout the "industrial look": a dark/light balance, galvanized furniture or accent pieces, large artwork or galleries, ethnic prints in rugs or fabric, natural/worn wood, black window trim, industrial lighting, old signage or type as artwork.

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To see more, visit my "home" board.

font and image friday

lomax-cover I am a font and vintage image junky. Since the era of the internet (yes .. I am old enough to remember having to go to the library to search for images. Microfiche anyone?) I am blown away at how many sites there are with thousands of digitized images. Library of Congress is obviously the pinnacle of catalogued data. All pictured here are from the Lomax Collection. Aren't they wonderful?

There have always been free fonts on the world wide web, but these days really really good type designers are offering their work for free or for a small donation. Lost Type has gorgeous, incredibly meticulous fonts. Featured here are Wisdom Script and Homestead.

Design hints:

Homestead begs to be in a light color over an image due to the fabulous transparent patterns imbedded in it's display mode. Any font in all caps, particularly a squatty font, should be kerned out. I have Homestead up to 200. All-cap fonts also look great with structured script fonts. Wisdom is perfect as is, or great layered with its own outline. A quick note when using hairlines (like those on either side of "collection") ... always go with 0.5 stroke or lower. A thick hairline tends to clunk-up a layout.

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The shop is open!

Image This week I missed the Minted deadline for entries. After beating myself up for a day I realized that maybe this was a hidden opportunity. I have created an Etsy shop. Currently it is full of children's birthday invitations. All are printable to your home printer or local print shop. All are $15. I have a stock pile of other designs and will keep adding ... so please check back!