must get my hands on this book

This morning I came across this book on designworklife (one of a few blogs I make sure to check daily).

Amazon has a few of this companies book available, but the pattern version doesn't seem to be there yet. I cannot wait to get my own copy of the Exciting World of Pattern.



holiday gifts: hotdogs & catsup

a friend of mine makes these adorable stuffed puppies and kitties. they come in a variety of patterns and colors...they are super cute!! Each animal is unique and beautifully handcrafted. Email Lindsey for more information, hotdogsandcatsup@gmail.com.



i just received this email

I'm intrigued...but a little sad that letterpress has become so main stream.


New Work: The Most Vintage Brew Line

My boyfriend Matt is looking for a copywriting position. This weekend I helped him create "The Most Vintage Brew Line" which is an anagram of Matthew Livingstone Beer.

I need to take some better pictures but the project turned out really well. Matt wrote all the copy and I did design. Each bottle has his resume as the nutritional information. Printed on brown craft paper, the labels definitely have a vintage feeling. We also included coaster business cards with his contact information.

A side note - the Hot & Honey website is going to launch shortly, along with the Hot & Honey Blog and our etsy shop. Lots of exciting stuff in the works.

Happy Monday!


i want

see more here . it's clever and screen printed in gold...what's not to like?

found via death by kerning


today is full of color

working through a style guide. a long way from finished.


Daily Drop Cap

I have posted about Jessica Hische before...she is an incredible illustrator & typographer! She has a new blog called Daily Drop Cap where everyday she will post a new hand drawn letter. The most exciting part is that they will be available for personal use... I cannot wait to see the G!

via designworklife


I am Always Hungry

I am Always Hungry just launched a new version of their website. It is chock full of incredible design. Seriously incredible.

via fleuron


James Roper

Artist James Roper hails from England. Visit his portfolio to see more colorful work.

via rag & bone


Paper Rings

Tithi Kutchamuch and Nutre Arayavanis collaborated to create these laser cut paper rings, one for each month of the year. I think they are beautiful.

via 3 Sheets


via Lyndie Dourthe


"Just Right"

From the Lagom website:
"Lagom is a Swedish word. It describes a feeling when something possesses "perfect balance" or is "just right". We've adopted this word to reflect the very ethos of our desire to capture this magical state. It may be difficult to attain, but when you do, something inside tells you that it is lagom."

The pattern and color choices on their greeting cards and gift wrap is most definitely, "just right". Bright, bold and clean are how I would describe the design available in the Lagom store. The products represent their concept to a tee.

images via Lagom


lush beauty

Peonies are my favorite flowers. It is sad that they bloom and die so quickly. Being that I am a little cranky this afternoon, collecting these images via flickr made me feel a little better. They are lush, plush and just fabulous.

Major rain storms are headed for the northeast, bleh. Like we haven't had enough rain recently. Goodbye spring, hello summer.

images via flickr judy stalus, lotusfee, linder seattle, jym, becles

Granola Bar Update

For the most part the granola bars were successful. I used dried cherries instead of cranberries. The cherries are a bit sweeter than cranberries, but still slightly tart. I am fairly satisfied with the flavor and overall appearance (still waiting on feedback from friends & coworkers).

I would like to figure out how to make them slightly more chewy. They are very crunchy and a little hard to bite through. Next time I might try more honey & peanut butter. Thoughts?



Well, I hope they will be delicious. I am attempting granola bars from scratch tonight. I went to Whole Foods during lunch to collect the ingredients that I do not normally keep in my kitchen, like flaxseed.

I hope they turn out like the above photo. I am using this recipe, from the kitchen sink recipes blog.

Wish me luck!

images via the kitchen sink recipes

Delicate Elegance

Masami Banman is a very talented jewelry designer. I met Masami during freshman foundation at RISD. Her work is absolutely stunning.

During our 3D class freshman year, we were given the assignment of creating bug sculptures out of wire, her finished piece (which I believe was a butterfly?) was lovely and her craft meticulous. At that moment I think the majority of our class probably realized which major she would choose - jewelry & metal smithing. Masami is talented across all mediums from drawing to sculpture, however, she really found her niche in jewelry. She is precise and has an eye for detail.

Visit her website to see more of her fantastic work.


Beautiful Baby Girl

A custom piece created for a friend's new baby. The design is simple and clean. The colors reflect the babies bedding. I wanted to created a design that was appropriate for a nursery but would still feel stylish as Isabella grows.


Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh is a graphic designer & illustrator based in Yorkshire. I just love her indentity design for Mallard Tearooms. It's vibrant and fun, but the more classic pattern choices hail back to the tradition of afternoon tea. The combination of the simple type and logomark work well with the patterns, neither element overpowers the design.

Sarah's other work is really great, make sure to visit her portfolio.

via design work life


new pattern

a new pattern in the works. here is a little preview.

I have a running list in my sketch book of things I need to post about. Very soon, I promise.

I really enjoyed the national stationery show...and I got to walk through surtex!



This is a short post just to say...I am going to the National Stationery Show this Sunday in New York City!

I am very excited! Something to look forward to at the end of the week!

Happy Monday!


my wish list

I am ordering this book tonight. Looks like a fabulous addition to my design reference library. The Typographic Desk Reference is available from oak knoll or on amazon. Visit the website here.