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Happy Weekend: Happy Relaxation

Doesn't Yellow make everything better? I agree. This picture describes what I'll be doing this weekend: attending weddings (still need to find a dress to wear), & a little relaxing in between. In a yellow bed.

What are your plans this weekend? Rain or shine?

Whatever they are, have a happy weekend!



Lovely Letterpress: Letterpress Process

I was on the search for a cool, unique calendar of my favorite month, June. Something yellow, probably letterpress, with cool typography. When I came across these very-close-to-my-criteria calendar prints, I got sidetracked with the site's photo gallery of their documentation of the creation of these beautifully crafted masterpieces.

Take a look for yourself into the bits & pieces of hard work & careful decisions that go into printing letterpress prints:

I always talk about getting a letterpress printer of my own someday, but when I see photos like this, I have a pretty good feeling that I'd be in over my head. I have a respect for the hands behind creating & planning such delicate pieces. I can only imagine that if one tiny ink spot fell on an unwanted area, you'd have to start all over again. With that said, you would have to have a deep love for the process.

Seeing these photos reminds me of my printmaking class in college. At the time, it wasn't exactly my favorite class (although I produced some of my most favorite art pieces from it!); I did not like the process at all. I couldn't understand why I'd go through all that trouble to print something I could easily draw in 10 minutes in my sketchbook. Now, I wish I had appreciated it more, because the end product is so worth the involved process. The paper knowledge you learn, the inks you can use, the craftmanship involved is so amazing that it makes prints like the ones above seem so "legit," because of the amount of time & energy you gave it to come alive. There's a sense of pride you get because you can look at that print & say, "yea, I did that."

So, to all of you behind the letterpress printers, we applaud you!



New Inspiration: Pretty Pot Holes

With the big pot hole clean-up project recently going down in Cincinnati, this colorful, beautiful, & creatively recycled idea seemed appropriate!

It's much better than tar.

Happy Tuesday!



Map Monday: State Cutting Boards

How cool!

State pride is a wonderful thing! You can find your state here.


Cookie Creating Inspiration

I have been pulling all-nighters this week like it's my job! I sometimes forget I'm not in college anymore, & I'm paying dearly for it right. about. now. But, when the projects I'm working on are all said & done, it'll be worth the lack of sleep (I hope). Until then, I'll be staying inspired by eating cookies. & most definitely coffee.


The Hive at Poppytalk Handmade

This is something new & exciting--I have a table set up of "The Hive" shop over at Poppytalk Handmade! Go check it out, if you like! There are many other great artists, as well, so be sure to see what everyone has to offer for this month's market!


Map Monday: Royal Wedding Map

I know, I know, enough of the Royal Wedding, already, right? But Look! It's a map of the Royal Wedding, so how could I not be a little extra excited? The Westminster Abbey illustration looks awesome...I'm a sucker for whimsical illustrations, you know me! 

So, are you all setting your alarm clocks for 4:00 AM this Friday morning? 

{Me, Too}



Bird Eggs of Australia

I know I don't live in Australia. I've never even been to Australia. But in the Spirit of Easter weekend, I thought I'd educate you on the Bird Eggs of Australia by using the beautifully & whimsically designed & illustrated Bird Eggs of Australia poster:

Who knew a Black Swan egg was olive green?

My favorite egg is the Trumpet Manucode, I am also a fan of Snicker Eggs, but that's irrelevant. Sort of. 

Which is your favorite?



So French & Pink...

I took my 2nd French lesson yesterday online, & I learned the phrase,
"la fille aime le rose (the girl likes pink)." 

Thus, my post is born...

Such a contrast makes for a very interesting photograph on the first image--I love how the cheerful & chic mood remains under such melancholy, dreary conditions.

Parisian Pink Friendly images from top to bottom:

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Rise Above Prints

My letterpress "Rise Above" lettering prints just came in! They turned out great, thanks to Sapling Press (you're awesome). For a closer look, check them out here.

Happy Monday!