Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flower DIY

Thanks to a great link from Melissa I found this fun and incredibly easy DIY project from Martha Stewart.

Friday, March 27, 2009

I Want This.

So pretty. Made by florabond.

Monday, March 23, 2009

SXSW in Brief

Just wanted to make a quick post of a couple of my favorite photos from the weekend in Austin. You can view the rest here. I'll do a more thorough recap of flatstock and the sweet posters we brought home with links to the amazing artists and designers who were there.

For now, here are some fireworks from the explosions in the sky show at auditorium shores, as well as a few other favorites from the weekend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

As Justin Put It...

...profoundly appropriate.

Made by buttonempire.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Childress Special!

Here's a sneak peek at the first website finished at Switch that I designed and Justin developed!

We've also updated the Switch website with a few images from the menus I designed for Maximo.


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here are a few green goodies from Etsy to spread the Irish cheer.

my Irishman loves this bicycle clock

a sweet Irish babushka with Russian roots

for the stylish Irish

if you forgot this year, make sure you have a little touch of green for next!

Handwriting Matters

Read this article and ask yourself, what kind of impression does your handwriting leave?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Summer Rings

If you know my husband and me, you know that we have beautiful custom wooden wedding rings, made by a really wonderful couple, David and Nicola, who live on a farm off the grid in British Columbia. They are some of the most inspiring people I've ever "met" and completely embody the idea of living simply so others may simply live.

But, now that we're getting into the spring humidity of Texas and know of the impending doom of summer, we've noticed a bit of wear & tear on our rings and are a little nervous about how they'll hold up summer after summer until we're old old old. SO, we've ordered ourselves some custom silver "summer rings" to keep our wooden rings beautiful as long as we can.

I'm so excited about our silver rings!
They're both so unique and beautifully handmade. Justin's was made by ballandchain

and mine was made by Hannah Salomon of Kutuu Jewelry, based in the UK.

I can't say enough how sweet and accomodating Hannah has been in working with me in the process of making my ring. The kindness of the handmade community is amazing. If you've never bought handmade or worked with someone on a custom project, I really hope you will soon for a gift or a wedding or anything. Being able to connect with other artists, designers, and craftspeople online is the best part of the internet.

Be sure to check out the Kutuu flickr photostream and Etsy shop, too!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday/Friday Favorites

I completely forgot about Friday favorites this week. Good thing I'm not a professional blogger! Last week's favorites are a combination of flickr & etsy. Enjoy!

This is the funniest lunchbox I've ever seen. An example of truly maximizing potential of the relationship between a product & its use. Made by OnesandZerosFashions.

Completely out of my price range, but I absolutely love this vintage lace dress.

There's an amazing story behind the folks who made this wallet.
Transit Antenna is a mobile living experiment: seven people living and working while traveling the roads of North America. Bob, Dawn, and Taylor Snead, Jamie Self, Seth Gadsden, Josef Kristofoletti, and Amy McBrine live on a retired city transit bus, called Walter, that we converted into an RV that guzzles straight vegetable
oil. By dumpster diving for grease, we're reducing our carbon footprint and avoiding the diesel pumps.
Over the next two years, we will create writings, photographs and videos about our road experiences and our collaborative projects, and post them to our website for your enjoyment.

Another favorite from yodraws' photostream.

This polaroid by sarina cass has been on my favorites list for awhile. The little bit of pink in the corner set against the gorgeous green-blue water is so great.

Half Price Books Loot

Its been awhile since we've searched through the endless aisles of the giant Half Price Books in Dallas. Found some great old stuff.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Nate Williams

Some great illustrative work and a regularly updated blog from Nate Williams. If you've ever been curious about an illustrator's process from sketch to completed piece you'd enjoy perusing his blog. Apparently he also works under the name Alexander Blue.

Hoffice Wedding Buttons

I made these buttons for a wedding-themed party that Switch+NarrowSearch is throwing in celebration of our partnership with each other and as a follow-up to our engagement party that was in November. We had a very official meeting of the Committee for Planning Committees (to plan committees, for party planning purposes) so I made a button for everyone and the committee they're in.
Check it out on my flickr to see which committee each button represents.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Orla Kiely for Target!

I was SO excited last weekend when I saw the tell-tale Orla Kiely brand pattern on some fabric storage boxes at Target, I can't believe its taken me so long to blog about it. I was even MORE excited to find Orla Kiely housewares when I searched on Target's website! For some reason the fabric boxes aren't online, but I definitely saw them in the store, so you might want to go check it out for yourself. Maybe there are even MORE Orla Kiely products! (No, I have no affiliation with Orla Kiely, I just reaaaallly really love these products and I've never been able to afford them before!) All of these images are products available at Target.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

National Student Show Blog

Check out the official DSVC National Student Show & Conference blog! Add it to your RSS feed to be first to get updates on the Show & Conference and inspirational design tips & resources.