Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Letter V

V is for Victory!
Well sort of, one of my designs made it to the top 50 of the Minted.com’s wedding invitation challenge.  The top 10 is really what I was shooting for, but this is just a lovely boost to my ego that out of 1480 submissions, mine made number 45.   :)

Now I am gearing up for the next challenge, save the dates.  We will just see what happens.   I have a few designs in the mix at the moment, but am working on revising them and creating a few more.

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row:  Morgan TwentyNine, Budmo Jiggler, Eccentric Standard
Middle Row:  Poplar Standard Black, Guttenberg MF, Tropicana
Bottom Row: Currency, Oliver, Braggadocio

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Letter U

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row: Morgan TwentyNine, Budmo Jiggler, Juniper-Normal
Middle Row: Poplar Standard Black, Solange, Showboat Regular
Bottom Row: DecoCaps, Carousel , Braggadocio

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vintage Posters = Fabulous Decor of Your Very Own

WOW!  I found some pretty amazing custom posters over at the Ruffled Blog.  I couldn’t WAIT to share this with you.

These amazing creations are by Alexander & Co and they sell them as save the dates, posters and more.   The pricing is pretty reasonable for a custom piece of art and even better for the cards and magnets!

Just imagine one of these beautiful posters greeting wedding guests into the wedding and then doubling as a beautiful piece of artwork in your living room after the big day!

And they have some for kids too! LOVE IT!

The Letter T

T is for Thanksgiving!  I know, I know this is totally a late post as thanksgiving was TWO whole days ago, but I have a good excuse!  I was on a cruise and missed out on the actual day, so my family was every so nice to shift this past Thursday’s celebration to Sunday…so I still have thanksgiving to celebrate!

I truly hope everyone had a terrific holiday and that you are all extending it through the weekend!

For now here is the letter T

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row:  Morgan TwentyNine, Carousel, Harrington
Middle Row: Braggadocio, Solange, Showboat Regular
Bottom Row:  DecoCaps, Budmo Jiggler, Oliver

And a little peak at how I spent my thanksgiving day!  (oh, how I wish I could spend every day on a private island!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Letter S

S is for Andrea, I know that sounds a bit strange….you may think that Andrea doesn’t start with an S…well it does now.   On my old phone I had the number for my sister, Andrea, programmed to speed dial when I pressed the letter A.  Well I just got a new phone the other day…I am actually very happy with it but for this one downfall:  On my new phone, the A button is pre-programmed to lock the phone…so now my sister must change her name to SAndrea…(S was the closest button to A, so that just made sense to me).   It will take some getting used to, but in the end, SAndrea is just a single button away, and that is really what matters. 

Typography/Font Roll Call:
Bauhaus 93, Always Regular, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Braggadocio, Solange, DecoCaps
Rosewood Standard, Budmo Jiggler, Guttenberg MF

S is also for Sorry.  I have to apologize for missing 2 days of letters!  AGH…it is a busy season!  What with the holiday week approaching and all that comes with it, I will do my best to continue to post the remaining letters of the alphabet as much as possible, but I may miss a day or two or a few.   Not to fret once the Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, I will be right back on track again.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Letter R

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row:  Bauhaus 93, Amaze Normal, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row:  Braggadocio, Solange, Morgan TwentyNine
Bottom Row:  Tropicana, Grease, Guttenberg MF

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Letter Q

Q is for Quandary

I’ve always been intrigued by this mysterious letter Q.   The letter that tends to be so exclusive and usually just hangs out with the letter u...what is so great about the letter u?  Huh?  Is it just a trophy letter or does it have a great personality as well?  Hmmm...Well I’ll have to come up with something soon if I am going to post about 'u'

On a non-Q related topic, I had a GREAT time at the Pop-Cork Wine tasting last night!   I pretty much listened to the education part of the presentation until the 4th wine and after that...well lets just say I wasn't the only one that stopped taking notes! Ha! 

Anyway happy Wednesday to you all!

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row:  Lucida Backletter, Oliver, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row:  Budmo Jiggler, Solange, Rosewood Standard
Bottom Row:  MaxInitiale, Giddyup Standard, Harrington

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Letter P

P is for Popcorn!  I am a HUGE fan of popcorn, in fact I could easily switch out any meal of the day for popcorn.   AND it is soooo hard to resist.  I could go out for dinner and a movie, stuff my face at dinner on some gourmet dish followed by dessert and still get to the movie theater and as soon as that waive of popcorn smell hits me, I am standing in line to get my popcorn!

Well tonight will be a big treat since I am attending the Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executive’s (GO NACE) Pop-Cork Experience with Sharon Charny with Sun Belt Charmer Group.   This pairs my TWO favorite things, WINE & POPCORN!!!!  Strange you may think, to pair the two together, but apparently the popcorn will enhance the taste of the wine and bla bla bla bla….more wine please!  Well I hope that I pay a bit more attention than that, but we will just see!

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Sudestada, Oliver, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row:  Budmo Jiggler, Solange, Rosewood Standard
Bottom Row:  MaxInitiale, Giddyup Standard, Harrington

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Letter O

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Tropicana, Oliver, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row:  Budmo Jiggler, Bickham Script Pro, Showboat Regular
Bottom Row:  MaxInitiale, Giddyup Standard, Deco Caps

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Letter N

N is for November!

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, I love the colors, I love the fashion and I LOVE the weather.   The 2010 season has not disappointed! 

I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by! 

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Showboat Regular, Mr Sheffield, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row:  Budmo Jiggler, American Typewriter, Tropicana
Bottom Row:  Deco Caps, Giddyup Standard, MaxInitiale

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Letter M

M is for many many things!  For 25 years it was both my first and last initial (and of course it continues to be my first initial, along with my husband's as well – M is for Mike!) 

M is for Minted, my current obsession (please vote for my designs:  THE Couple & Watermark Leaf!!!).  

M is for magazines!  My guilty pleasure.  ReadyMade, Mental Floss & Dwell are among my favorites.

There is an entire list of more M 'likes', but I won’t bore you.

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Showboat Regular, Eccentric Standard, Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Middle Row: Tonight, Oliver, Tropicana
Bottom Row:  Deco Caps, Giddyup Standard, MaxInitiale 

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Letter L

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Showboat Regular, Koch-Antiqua Zier, Grease
Middle Row:  Tonight, Honey PF Championship Script Pro-Regular, Tropicana
Bottom Row: Carnivalee Freakshow, Guttenberg MF, Giddyup Std.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Letter K

K is for Kick Off!  As in two of my designs at the Minted.com’s wedding invitation challenge made it through the 1st elimination round and the voting round just kicked off! 

So here is my plea!   PLEASE vote for me by clicking on the images below!  (Yes you have to create an account, but I promise it will be worth it!)  Please rate me a ‘5’ and hopefully, fingers crossed, should I score high enough, I could earn a spot to sell one of these designs on minted.com!

K is also for Klaire, the daughter of my friend Erika (check out her photography blog here and her crafty-creative blog hereand per her request, these colors coordinate with the letter G, for Grace, Klaire’s twin.

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Guttenberg MF, Tropicana, Giddyup
Middle Row: Braggadocio, Oliver, Showboat Regular
Bottom Row:  Nickelodeon, Christmas Card II, Budmo Jiggler

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Letter J

J is for Jennifer Shears.  

Jennifer is the talented artist behind the JShears etsy shop.  My latest etsy discovery!  This painting is like looking through a window!  

I am a strong believer that everyone should start an art collection of their own.   It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and it is one sure way to add character and sophistication to a home.  Plus it makes feel all grown up!

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row:  Showboat Regular, Koch-Antiqua Zier, Christmas Card II
Middle Row:  Tonight, Honey Script, Tropicana
Bottom Row:  Carnivalee Freakshow, Currency, Giddyup Std.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Letter I

I is also for Impatience!  I submitted some designs to Minted.com’s Wedding Challenge.   A total of 1480 designs were submitted, so before the voting is up, Minted is making the first cut so it is not such a daunting task for people to vote for soooo many designs.   I am very ANXIOUS!  I want to find out how my designs did and I really really really really want to make the cut this time around.   As soon as the voting is up, I will be sure to post about it and beg you all for support.

Typography/Font Roll Call
Top Row:  Tropicana, Lucida Backletter, Christmas Card II
Middle Row:  Giddyup Std., Carousel, Showboat Regular
Bottom Row:  Budmo Jiggler, Dearest Open, the King and Queen Font

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Letter H

H is for Holidays!  

Yep, it is true, the holiday season is upon us!  If you don't think so, just go to your local mall and take a gander at the Christmas decor that is draped from the ceilings and watch out or you may wander into Santa’s village by accident.  

While I am a fervent believer in no holiday decor before thanksgiving, I am also a planner at heart!  Now is the perfect time to place your order and get ready to send out a lovely card to family and friends just to make them feel special!  If you need a little help, let me know and I am happy to design up a few options for you!  (With photos or without, totally up to you!) And if you perish at the thought of writing all those addresses, just mention this blog post and I will print your addresses on your envelopes for free!

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top Row: DecoCaps, American Typewriter,  Kino MT
Middle Row: Juniper-Normal, Bauhaus 93, Solange
Bottom Row: Hobo Std Medium, Currency, Marcelle Script

H is also for Hudson!  

Hudson Grey is turning1!  Can you believe it!  Hudson’s mother is a great friend of mine and an excellent client as well! (Hudson's first year includes an array of fabulous paper designs including birth announcements, baptism invitations and a housewarming party invite, well those were more for his parents I guess).  So, in the celebration of his 1st year, here is the latest design created for Hudson Grey! (Once they are printed, I will be sure to snap a photo to share!)
Front of Invite

Back Design of Invite

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Letter G

G is for me!  Well for Gilligan, my name by marriage.  A name that I fully embrace, despite my aversion to writing the letter G.   I am even a proud owner of some vintage rocks glasses with Gs printed on them. (I am drinking out of now right now!)

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top: Tropicana, Guttenberg MF, Christmas Card II
Middle: Braggadocio, Cocktail, Showboat Regular
Bottom:  Oliver, Baskerville Old Face, Budmo Jiggler

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Letter F

F is for FABulous.   And just for the record, ‘Fabulous & Fab’ have been my catch phrase since WAY before the orbit gum commercials.  They must have gotten the idea from me! (hmmmm)  I will admit however, that I do wish I had the figure and the BRIGHT WHITE teeth of the lovely Vanessa Branch (the Orbit Gum Commercial Actress). 

Typography/Font Roll-Call
Top: Charlemagne Std Bold, DecoCaps, American Typewriter
Middle: Showboat Regular,  Bauhaus 93, Braggadocio
Bottom: Oliver, Tropicana, Budmo Jiggler 

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Letter E

E is for Erika, my favorite...well, and only...big sister ever!  Not sure if this is really up her 'color ally', but I am just loving the mustardy yellow color next to the mauve and navy. :)

Font/Typography Roll-Call:
Top Row:  Carousel, DecoCaps, Prestige Elite Std Bold,
Middle Row: Showboat Regular,  Bauhaus 93, English 111 Presto BT
Bottom Row: Budmo Jiggler, Rosewood Std, Oliver

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Letter D

Well just a few days into this letter project, and I am loving it.   I actually enjoy figuring out the color schemes for each letter and so far this is my favorite...probably because blue and orange are my favorite complementary colors.

Font/Typography Roll-Call:
Top Row: Carousel, DecoCaps, Prestige Elite Std Bold,
Middle Row:  Showboat Regular,  English 111 Presto BT, Bauhaus 93
Bottom Row:  JaneAusten, Rosewood Std, Oliver

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Letter C

Font/Typography Roll-Call (From Left to Right)
Top Row: Oliver, DecoCaps, Bauhaus 93
Middle Row: Carousel, Parisian BT,  English 111 Presto BT
Bottom Row:  HibsNibs NF, Rosewood Std, Blackoak Std 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Letter B

Font/Typography roll-call from left to right:
Top Row: Oliver, DecoCaps & English 111 Presto BC
Middle Row: DellaRobia BT, Desdemona & Bauhaus 93
Bottom Row: Marcelle Script, Rosewood Std & Budmo Jiggler

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Letter A

This post brought to you by the letter A

I am pretty excited to be going through the alphabet as my current project, even if it is only to feel like I am on Sesame Street again!  Ha!  (Next thing I will be posting about the "1, 2, 3, 4, 5...6, 7, 8,  9, 10...11...12" song!  One of my personal favorites, but that is a whole other topic, so it will just have to wait.)

Well, lets get back to the letter of the day:

Font/Typography roll-call from left to right:  
Top Row:  Budmo Jiggler, Rosewood Std & Londonerry Air NF
Middle Row:  Juniper-Normal, DellaRobia BT & DecoCaps 
Bottom Row: Jane Austen, Currency & Marcelle Script

A big shout out to my little sister Andera for raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association and running in the ING NYC marathon this weekend!  Please click here to donate to such an Amazing cause!