“Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
I gave this to my mom (former English Teacher and Harper Lee Fanatic) for Mother’s Day, and if I looked closely I think I even saw a tear! It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but the background has print from the first chapter.
(I’m sure sooner or later my family and friends are going to get sick of homemade gifts)
This is a great gift for the new retiree in your life. Inexpensive, easy to make, and thoughtful, too!
Obviously you wouldn’t need to design your card on the computer, but I like to use my graphics programs when I can! All you need is a glass vase, and some mints! (Sweet stripes are my dads fav, so it worked great with the red and white striped text)
I also threw in a pen and a crossword puzzle book..because what else is he going to do now that he’s retired? ;)
My main squeeze is leaving this weekend for a Human Resources Competition (nerd alert, amirite?) And it sounds like it’s a pretty big deal….I don’t really do balloons, so what else would be a good send off ‘good luck’ gift? If you know me, I am one of the cheesiest people, so I love giving cheesy, homemade presents!
So..I was on the prowl for a good luck gift– then yesterday, I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest and designed some new tags in Adobe Illustrator!
My favorite thing about making these gifts was having a bunch of blow pops left!
Well Pinterest, you have done it once again. Made my life..or at least my week…so much easier! A few weeks ago when I was having one of those months where nothing would go right, I found myself leaving the gym at 6:30 in the morning still half asleep, which resulted in me backing into a nice white pole with my nice black car. The white paint stuck out like a sore thumb! I had waited a few weeks and almost forgot about it until a coworker asked me about it. I started asking around for quotes from body shops, and I heard anywhere from $500-$700 to fix the paint job. PUKE! It made me sick to my stomach thinking about spending that much for a ditzy mistake I made.
When I looked closer, I realized that I could almost scratch off the paint with my finger nail, and that it must have just been paint from the pole on my car, not actual scratches. So I did what every red blooded woman would do, and I started a Pinterest search for DIY ways to remove paint from your car. I saw one person share a picture of the Mr. Clean Magic eraser pads, and since I was running to Target anyway, thought I would pick one up and give it a shot….and boy, I am so glad I did!! I eagerly tried to remove the paint in the Target parking lot (didn’t care who was staring) and the white paint came right off. Yeeee-haw!
I hope someday, somewhere, the creator of that original posts sees this one and knows how thankful I am for their Pin!
A former coworker and friend wanted to surprise his wife for her birthday with some new artwork to remind her just how special she is. He approached me with an idea, I made some sketches, and then he he gave me several beautiful words that his wife is grounded and established by. I put it into Adobe Illustrator and added some watercolor brushes and manipulated the text. I am very happy with the way it turned out!
The 4 trees represent their children, and if you’ll notice, they are all connected by love. *swoon*
As a graphic designer,
I know how much time (and money) go into holiday cards, and each year it pains me not knowing what to do with the Holiday Greeting cards fro the previous year. My birthday is also around Christmas, and it also pains me to toss the thoughtful greeting cards that friends and family sent. I would hate to ever throw them away… but the OCD in me Hates having my fridge covered up with multiple years worth of family pictures.
This simple organization idea works great, and you can still have them on a coffee table for display! It’s cheap, and fast!
All you need is:
A $2 bracelet hoop from Walmart (you can also use a key ring or cute ribbon, but I felt like it might wear out the card)
And several greeting cards
I punched punched a hole in the upper corner of the cards, looped them on the bracelet, and they are now on my coffee table for everyone to see!
With Sioux Falls Pride tomorrow, I thought this would be a great time to talk about one of my most recent projects, Equalitees!
A few weeks ago, my friend Josh told me he was moving to Washington D.C. to work with the HRC. He came to me asking to make a design for a tshirt so that he could give the man he was working for a gift. First thing I thought of was that red and pink equal sign that went viral when people changed their Facebook pictures to in support of equality…then I thought of the shape of our state, went into Adobe Illustrator, cut South Dakota in half..and the rest really is history! Josh loved the first idea I showed him (which is probably the best news a designer can hear!). He then brought the idea up to Braden who thought a FEW more people might be interested in the shirt, so we dabbled in the idea of maybe ordering 30…
Well, over 200 shirts later, it’s still rolling! It’s a design I truely am proud of because it’s something I stand behind. As a designer, nothing is greater than seeing people at work, walking down the street, or at the grocery store wearing something you designed..but it puts a huge smile on my face to see SO many people supporting marriage equality.
So, if you are at Pride tomorrow, Look for the booth! Braden will be wearing a smile and selling the “Equali-tees” (see what we did there?)
For more information, and to show some more support, “Like” Equali-tees on facebook! Even upload a selfie in the Tee if you wish!
You probably are wondering WHAT in the heck have I been up to? (Besides not blogging on here!)
Much like my New Year’s Resolution to lose ten pounds this year, I have failed at my goal to post atleast once a month. I keep jotting down blog ideas and I push the little notes to the side and continue to neglect the blog. Well here I am!
I always made fun of people who said this, I really do wish there were a few more hours in a day. Between my full time job doing web design, waitressing to earn some extra cash, and freelance designing…I I sometimes don’t know where I end and I begin; however, I absolutely love my busy, crazy, beautiful life!
Since I have neglected this for quite some time, I have included a few examples of recent projects! Please message me with any questions about them, and I will try to eventually make mini posts about some of them. As much I want to promise that I will be blogging more, I have to admit that I still might not hit my New Year’s Resolution…but just know that I am taking life a day at a time and doing as much as I possibly can!! I have a lot of new exciting things coming this summer that I will be sure and share!
I have finally completed my first freelance website!
I am mainly print based, so it was fun to stray away from the norm a little bit. (Side bar: I try to not do as many web-based projects due to the time they take to make them, and it allows me to reserve my time for more freelance clients).. But when my Sister-in-law, Rachel, said that the facility she works at needed a website, I thought I would be up for the challenge!
I made this website (and logo) for Integrated Therapy Services out of Mitchell, South Dakota. This was definitely a learning experience as I didn’t make it from a template or with a site builder like I had in the past.
The biggest lie would be for me to say I did this all on my own! I would still be pulling my hair out and probably filling up on wine on a nightly basis if it weren’t for my friend and coworker, Chad Phillips. Chad is usually a go-to for web questions at work, but this time he went above and beyond and even defeated Internet Explorer when they tried to ruin our drop down menu! Thank you, Chad for your hard work and putting up with my hundreds, okay, thousands of questions!