On this Memorial Day my family and I are celebrating our dear friend Ryan Beaupre, and all fallen heroes, by doing what Ryan (center with blue board) loved most: hanging out at the beach with family and friends.
While you’re enjoying your day off, remember those who sacrificed. Please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
My kind of DIY is CIY (Customize It Yourself). While I truly love the idea of DIY, I don’t actually have the time (or the skill) to do most projects myself. I prefer to leave most things to the experts. Which, basically, is why I came up with the customizer technology on our own Delphine website (we provide templates, you tweak the colors, fonts, designs until it’s perfect for you … then we professionally print your designs).
Sooooo, when I saw this Kendra Scott Jewelry Color Bar (via Always a Blogsmaid) I was in LOVE! The basic design templates are fabulous, the colors are lovely, the options are endless, and the prices are sweet, too (just $60 for the earrings I “designed” above). Of course Kendra also offers already designed, beautiful jewelry as well. These are on my wishlist.
I have yet another logo crush. Don’t you just love the simplicity of the Blue Marble Ice Cream logo? I think the bright blue color is awesome — crisp and refreshing and totally different from all the pink and reds that are usually associated with ice cream brands. I spotted one of their ice cream carts at the Brooklyn Flea Market and had to sneak a shot of the scene.
Yesterday I was riding the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan and noticed that I was the only person on the entire train wearing a colorful jacket (bright yellow, no less). But I was able to spot some color on the streets, which soothed my senses.
It’s a certain someone’s birthday (ahem) next week, and this chic lemon yellow and grey Mandala bedding by Dwell Studios for Target is near the tippy-top of my list (along with sunglasses, a flatter stomach, a new car, and an iPad). I actually tried to buy the bedding for myself as a gift, but our local Targets seem to be out of it, and it’s unavailable online. Boo. So I guess I’m not getting it. But I do love it, don’t you? I think it’s perfect summer bedding. Our down comforter is way too hot and it’s not even June yet.
While I have never been to a lobster bake (I’m more of an oyster roast girl myself … think flip flops, jean shorts and cold beers), my alter-ego would simply love a fancy beach party involving shellfish, white wine spritzers, and a kitchy outfit like this.
A few weeks ago I received an extraordinary surprise: a four-tiered box of Vosgeschocolate caramels from a friend. The treats could not have come at a more opportune time … I was in the thick of a stressful warehouse move, re-organization of our studio, national stationery show prep, garage sale prep, client deadline stress, and general malaise. My family and I (and my dear friend/lucky house guest) had a wonderful evening tasting, oohing, aahing, sharing, and arguing over which flavor was the best. My favorite, hands down, was the rose-peppercorn (made with roses and pink peppercorns). Mmmm. We were all (including my 6yo son) impressed with the fabulous packaging … more arguing ensued over who gets to keep the box. I won out and got to keep it (now in my studio, the box is filled with “boring” things like paper clips and rubber bands). Although I didn’t technically buy these goodies myself, it is totally something I would buy first for the packaging, then fall in love with due to the contents.
I just discovered this gluten free page on the Vosges site and am trying to decide which to try first when I visit their chocolate shop in NYC next week. About 8 years ago my doctor told me that I have an allergy to gluten, but only recently have I started to take her advice to lay off it (and yes, I’m feeling much much better). It makes me happy to know that on days I have to pass up a warm baguette I can console myself with a truffle.
Creatives, don’t miss our North County (San Diego) Graphic Designers meetup on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 6PM at Clients & Profits Worldwide in Oceanside, California. We’ll screen the film Art & Copy, courtesy of host Mark Robillard of Clients & Profits. (Thanks, Mark!) Please join us. Mark will be providing snacks & drinks, but please feel free to bring something tasty to share.
And save the date … we’re going on a FIELD TRIP to Los Angeles on Friday, June 4th. Bus and all. We’ll visit three incredible designers at their studios: Mick Hodgson, Jen Bilik, and Petrula Vrontikis. If you’d like to join us, please leave a comment here on the blog, contact me or Kathy directly, or leave a comment on the official LinkedIn group [do a group search for "North County (San Diego) Graphic Designers"] so we can get a headcount and determine costs.
Kindly RSVP about Movie night by May 7th, and about the Field Trip by May 10th. See you soon!