November 10, 2010

Air Mail

I picked up these stylish stamps at a local flea market last spring. I love the graphic simplicity of the design. I don't collect stamps, but always enjoy picking mine out at the post office! With minimal research I was able to find a fabulous pictorial history of the U.S. Air Mail stamp on Wikipedia covering stamps as early as 1918. Some samples from the 50s and 60s are below.

November 9, 2010

Musical Pattern

I enjoy creating simple illustrations that appear to be inked by hand. I'm working on a series of musical instruments and assembled my sketches into a pattern. Which is your favorite? What instrument would you like to see?

November 8, 2010


Lovely papercuts by Julene Harrison. In my search for dimensional inspirational typography this evening, I discovered this artist and had to share!

November 6, 2010

Motion Typography Update

I shared the poem, i carry your heart by e. e. cummings with you a few posts ago, and now I am back to share a photo update of how the project is coming. I decided to express the poem as a card with movable panels and parts. The project is complete now and I'll be posting the final photos soon!

The photos below show the card, which was designed in one piece, unfolded, and partially folded.

November 5, 2010

Winsor & Newton Calligraphy

Check out this vintage Winsor & Newton calligraphy packaging. The cute little illustrations are my favorite part. I'm looking forward to breaking out my pens again (it's been more than a year) and trying these fun colors out. I'm especially wanting to dip into the metallic silver!

October 22, 2010

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of a fun new project I'm working on.

October 21, 2010

Autumn Scarf Tutorial

Check out my guest post today on the Yellow Elm Blog.
It's all about ways to wrap up for fall!
(Photo Cred: Anthropologie :: Shrewd Stitches Stole)

October 20, 2010

i carry your heart with me

Inspiration for my next project: Motion Typography

i carry your heart with me by e. e. cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart 

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

October 18, 2010

Calista Finished

Lemon Meringue + Campfire

Last weekend I was camping with a few friends and they shared this fabulous recipe for Lemon Meringue Pies that can be made over an open flame. So if you're all s'mored out this fall, give these gems a try. They're super easy and beyond tasty! All you need are marshmallows, lemon pie filling (canned works great) and frozen crescent rolls. You will also want to pick up a pie iron.
Fill the pie iron with dough

Add lemon and marshmallows to fill up the pie

Toast and enjoy!

October 7, 2010


Here is a sneak peek of a brand new typeface designed by... me!
This face is based on a hand lettered sketch I drew for my niece Calista Celine. It has a sunny, casual quality that would be great for display typesetting. The entire face is still in progress (so far I have 26 lowercase letter forms completed). Hope to have more coming soon!

September 30, 2010

IKEA Cookbook :: Hembakat är Bäst

Keep an eye out for the IKEA Cookbook :: Homemade is Best. I like the new spin on recipe illustrations IKEA came up with. This approach is the kind of thing that would sell me on the book even if I knew nothing about the recipes. (Photos styled by Evelina Bratell and shot by Carl Kleiner)

September 29, 2010

Chunky Beads

I have been noticing chunky beads in a few looks this fall.
I think I like it.

(Photo Credit: Where the Lovely Things Are | YanniCreations | Zasra)

September 22, 2010

Yellow Elm Feature

Head over to Yellow Elm and check out my guest blog about papercut illustrations!

September 8, 2010

Pie Season

For Labor Day I said goodbye to Summer by taking my last (or maybe not) swim and welcomed the approach of Autumn with a homemade apple pie. I love crafting pies with lattice tops and scalloped edges (sorry I forgot to take a picture of mine to share). In the spirit of what I consider pie season here are some gorgeous inspirational pie ideas. Don't you just adore the Pie Pops below by Bakerella?

Also Pie in a Jar from Our Best Bites is sooo cute! Must try these soon.

Plus, check out Martha Stewart's Making Decorative Piecrusts article for more ideas.

September 7, 2010

Frazee Communications Package

Along with the Frazee Dream Center materials from earlier posts I developed a communications package including letterhead, envelopes and business cards.

September 6, 2010

Indie Craft Parade

Be sure to check out the Indie Craft Parade this weekend in Greenville, SC. Don't miss Christin O'Bryan's gorgeous handmade books or Elizabeth Blanton's lovely handmade wearable accessories!

August 31, 2010

Frazee on Facebook

For Frazee Dream Center's Facebook presence I created this profile identity. The icon and logotype were arranged to accommodate Facebook's layout, but can still be quickly associated with the Frazee identity at a glance. If you are in the Greenville area check out their page for volunteer opportunities and other ways you can help the Center!

Frazee Dream Center

This summer I developed a logo for the Frazee Dream Center in West Greenville, South Carolina. I wanted the design to reflect the Center's mission to guide children in character, academics and emotional wellness.

Since 2006 the Frazee Dream Center has purposed to make a
difference in their community. Their slogan, “Life is looking
up”, captures not only the Center’s own desire, but also
describes their engagement of under resourced children in
activities and learning that lead them to look beyond what is
and to dream of what could be. The Dream Center’s presence
offers stability for many neighborhood children, providing
safe and fun after school programs. This mark reflects the
slogan, “Life is looking up”, with the use of clouds. The clouds
represent the dreams and possibilities and are positioned
above the foundation of the Frazee Dream Center’s name. The
colors used also underscore the center’s mission using blue
reflecting dreams and looking up and black providing the
foundation. It is safe to look up when life’s foundation is stable.

August 21, 2010

BE Tour of America 2010

This summer Bare Minerals is Touring the US to educate consumers about their products. A friend and I were lucky enough to run into the Bare Minerals team in Boulder last week on their first stop of the West Coast tour. We were offered free samples and a complimentary make-under! Who could say no to that?

And who can say no to the cute make over van?!

 Our new friend Deborah customized our looks while explaining her product's benefits and features.

 The Bare Minerals team has created a well designed, interactive experience to reach their market. Attractive design, knowledgeable makeup artists and a great product have me convinced! To learn more about the tour or the products visit

August 18, 2010

Deluxe Burger

Check out this super cute burger stop on East Colfax Ave. in Denver! After founding two Denver restaurants (Deluxe and Delite), chef Dylan Moore opened Deluxe Burger in order to satisfy the market for "gourmet comfort foods in a casual environment". Deluxe Burger boasts an exciting menu served up with outstanding design. If you're in the area be sure to stop in and try it out!

Deluxe Burger shares its space with an inviting mid century modern home shop, Mod Livin'.

Say yes to the vintage-y orange fridge as well as the brilliantly basic packaging design! I got my scraps to go just so I could carry out the fabulous sack.

The Denver Burger and Lemonade with a tint of mint!

BBQ Burger

The web design keeps up the retro orange look established in the restaurant.

If you are as impressed with Dylan Moore as I am you'll want to know what he's up to next! Check out the fabulous Deluxe Street Food concept Moore is pursuing and keep an eye out for the truck if you're in the Denver, CO area.