CORAL AND CANDY CANES

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Hiya! I am so excited! My Christmas cards came from the printer and they are perfect! YAY! I was a little nervous about the colors turning out the way I intended and that I had a lot of gradients in my design. Moo hit it out of the park again. Thank you Moo! This week I also started working on a Sugar skulls collection. Stay tuned for more. I am really loving making skulls.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. PANTONE’s 2019 Color Of The Year.

2. 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Do you agree with this list?

3. Spector. What an amazing product!

4. How cool is this Gingerbread City?

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

HELLO

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Hiya! This week was pretty chill. How was your week? I hope it wasn’t too stressful. I finished creating my Christmas card. I must admit I am quite proud of it. It is something very different from what I have done in the past. This one will be lettering focused. I did a cool treatment to the text. I am anxiously awaiting the printed cards to arrive so I can mail them off. I am so excited it is December 1st and I am ready to scratch off the first day on my Advent calendar. Woooooo! I am almost finished my new snowflake set and hope to have it available for purchase on monday. I should have done this a bit earlier but I forgot I needed to make my Christmas card as well.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. I made sesame soba and ribboned omelet salad and it was so delicious!

2. I love Vivian Mineker’s illustrations. What a beautiful style.

3. Whimsical Guesthouse Inspired By M.C. Escher’s Optical Illusions.

4. Amazing Street Art by Natalia Rak.

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

THANK YOU

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Hiya! How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was fantastic! I had a wonderful time with my family. My nephew Reed made everyone turkey hands and asked us what we were all thankful for. Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. Thank you to everyone who reads this. It really means a lot! Now it is officially Christmas time, so I am hard at work on my Christmas card. I am sure I will be posting on here in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for that. Hold on, time is whizzing past us at an incredible speed.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Meet the Guy Who Draws Every Great British Baking Show Recipe Illustration.

2. 22 wonderful print magazines for creative inspiration.

3. Iceland’s Christmas advert banned from broadcast for being too political.

4. 50% off sale Nov. 20-26th in my Etsy shop. Come over and take a look. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

SNOW AND A SALE

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Hiya! How did your week go? We got a few inches of snow on Thursday which was interesting. I don’t remember it snowing that much in November. Usually the news makes a big deal about snow and one snowflake falls. This time it was the reverse. I can’t believe we are close to the end of the year. Time goes so fast. Don’t you think?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. How To Win At Rock-Paper-Scissors.

2. Chocolatier Cocoa Jones reveals culturally diverse branding.

3. The 51 Best Free Typefaces Every Designer Should Have.

4. 50% off sale Nov. 20-26th in my Etsy shop. Come over and take a look. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

OKAY

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Hiya! How did your week go? I am still working on my snowflake set. For some reason I thought this idea was going to be fast and easy. That is what I get for thinking that! ha! I have already started preparing for Thanksgiving. I made some pasta today and it is on the drying rack. I always have so much fun making pasta. I have an especially wonderful pasta making partner (my husband). Lets see if I can stay awake for the Eagles game tonight. ha!

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. How do you discover your Sparketype?

2. No-buy challenge.

3. The Bruges Whale.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

SKULLS AND PENCILS

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Hiya! I made this skull for Halloween/Day of the dead this week. I just love the whole idea of celebrating members of your family that have passed on. I think I will make a bunch of different ones and put them in my Etsy shop some day. It was very fun to make. What do you think?

Next week I am going to be making a snowflake set so stay tuned.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. A Visit to One of the World's Largest Pencil Factories.

2. Beautifully designed and creative menu.

3. An Interactive Book Experience for Kids.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

1000 AND YAY!

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Hiya! I am so excited! I made over 1000 sales in my Etsy shop. Yay! When I started my shop I was so afraid no one would buy anything and that I would fail. I am so proud of myself. I have worked so hard learning about marketing, SEO and Etsy’s algorithm. Excuse me for a second whilst I pat myself on the back. Ok, I’m back, phew you are still here. I wanted to thank everyone who purchased something from my shop. I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to my lovely husband for all the support and encouragement.

I have been working on a 3d frame set for next week. A little bit different than what I usually make. Look out for it.

Is everyone excited for the Eagles game tomorrow? Do you think we are going to win? Are you making breakfast snacks to eat while you watch the game? Let me know, thanks.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Hermann Hesse on Little Joys.

2. Leftover Women.

3. I want the Mr. Bingo’s Advent Calendar.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

LOVE AND HANDWRITING

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Hiya! It has been a super fast week! I am working on a new frame set for you. I know, shocking right? This one is a bit different. Hopefully I will be able to show you by the end of the week. Chris and I went to an Indian restaurant. I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy. I was told my dish was a level 3 heat wise and it was pretty hot for me. I can’t imagine what level 10 would be like, maybe my hair would catch on fire?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting.

2. I want to make these snowflakes.

3. 20 Influential Creatives.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. 50% off sale in my Etsy shop. Come over and take a look. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

FOOTBALL AND BOO

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Hiya! Yesterday we got the pleasure of watching my 7 year old nephew, Reed play midget football. It was amazing! I was surprised that they used the entire High School football field. The kids looked so small in contrast to the field. He was ridiculously adorable in the football uniform. The Solanco mules (Reed’s team) got three touchdowns and won the game against Hempfield. I hope you all had a great week.

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. I know I am a little late to the party but I am loving The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

2. Thank you HeyAmberRae for the reminder.

3. I made this Chocolate Peanut Butter Reese’s Cake and it was a hit and very intense.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

TURTLE TIME

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Hiya! On Friday my husband and I celebrated 8 years of marriage, 21 years together and 28 years of knowing each other. That is a long time! The great thing it doesn’t seem long at all. The more time I spend with him the more time I want to spend with him. Time has zoomed by since we met at 17 years old. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

This week I have been working on some new border sets. I should have this up for sale in my Etsy shop and stock sites in a few days. How was your week?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Lost and Found: A super adorable animated short film. Totally worth watching. I found it on Hulu.

2. Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs Seconds After Being Auctioned Off For $1.1 Million.

3. A brief history of do-it-yourself typesetting. My mind drifted back to college when I got to the Letraeset section.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

LET'S BE ALLIES

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Hiya! This week’s Goodtype Tuesday’s challenge: we’ve teamed up with lettering friend @psotaball for the #LetsBeAllies campaign. This campaign was created by Chantal Psota Ball to encourage us to focus our time and energy on being allies rather than competitors. Chantal believes that if we all directed our focus more outwardly and used our energy to uplift others, we could make a lasting positive impact. I thought this was such a great idea. Let me know what you think of my design (above).

This week I have been working on a decorative wreath set. It has been fun playing around with making pattern brushes in illustrator. I should have this up for sale in my Etsy shop and stock sites in a few days. How was your week?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Occult Kokeshi: Overly Familiar Familiar. Amazing felt sculptures by Hiné Mizushima

2. The hug song melts my heart.

3. I have been playing this super cute game. Night in the Woods. I love the illustration style and the dialog.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

FALL AND OVERCOOKED

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Hiya! Happy fall everyone! I’m pretty sure autumn is my favorite season. I love all the beautiful colors of the trees, the crunching of leaves under my feet and the cooler air. Summers are so steamy I am definitely prefer fall lately. What is your favorite season? How was your week?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Chris and I have been playing Overcooked and it is a pretty fun and silly game.

2. Warning: Cuteness overload.  

3. These Artists Are Creating Miniature Paper Birds Every Day for an Entire Year. Amazing!

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

A AND A DRAWING GAME

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Hiya! I created an “A” this week because it was my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday Am! I hope you had a fabulous day. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly create one more frame set. Wait for it….Wait for it….I am creating a set of geometric, polygonal, minimalist frames, I clearly haven’t decided on a name yet ha! I am hoping to have these up in my Etsy shop and other stock sites in a few days. How was your week?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. The Combination Man Drawing Game. This looks so fun!

2. The Logo Design Revolution.  

3. I love this! Zen Cat by Steffen Kraft aka ICONEO.

4. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

5. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

SEIZE THE AWKWARD

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Hiya! In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, this Goodtype Tuesday, I lettered "Seize the Awkward"—a campaign by the @adcouncil@JedFoundation and @afspnational that encourages people to seize the awkward and reach out to a friend who might be struggling with their mental health. “Seize the Awkward” provides resources on signs to look for if you think a friend is going through a tough time and tips for how to start the conversation. 

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Renee Nicolo Photography wrote a beautiful blog post about the wedding we attended last week. There is a photo of the invitations that I designed as well. Beautiful blog and stunning photos. 

2. Enough. 

3. Pantone's Spring/Summer 2019 Trend Report. 

4. Illusion of control. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. 30% off sale this week in my Etsy shop. Come over and take a look. 

7. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

LOVE

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Hiya! Chris and I went to a really beautiful wedding this week at Normandy Farms. Incredible venue! We had cocktails in a converted horse stable and ate our meal in a converted silo. It was a great time all around. I got to hear all Chris' workmates stories about him. That was interesting for sure. Some things I had never heard before. Noel was the most smiley bride I think I have ever seen. It is so great to see people beaming with happiness. How did your week go?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Ten small things to be happy. I probably shouldn't have posted this because my husband will want no. 5 more often and by more often I mean everyday.

2. I think I am going to need to make my own pita bread. The only ones I can find at the store have a long list of ingredients I can't pronounce. I have this recipe saved.  

3. Art Oracles: Creative and Life Inspiration from 50 Artists. Love this! So creative!

4. I am having a Labor day sale from August 30 to September 3 over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

JOMO AND BREATHE

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Hiya! This was from this week's Goodtype Tuesday. The assignment was to use a word or phrase that gives a little encouragement or motivation. I had fun with this one. I am not sure why I chose the "Miami Vice" color palate. I guess I was trying to pick something calming. What do you think? How did your week go?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. I made Minimalist Baker's Falafal, it was soooo good!

2. How to Make This the Summer of Missing Out. 

3. Kid’s Furniture Made From Old Plastic Toys. So great that people are thinking of ways to reuse things. It makes my heart happy. 

4. I am having a Labor day sale from August 30 to September 3 over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

C AND CYCLING

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Hiya! I Hope you had a great week. I had so much fun this week cycling with my husband to Mont Clare, PA. The weather was great. I don't realize how slow I am until I get on the trail and everyone passes me, oh well. I am working on another swirly text divider type file for my Etsy shop. I should be posting it soon. How was your week?

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. Everything is alive. Interesting!

2. Resilience Cards. What a great idea!

3. KraftyKDesign has such cute items!

4. I saved this recipe for Browned Butter Carrot Loaf Cake to my archives. I can see me making this.

5. I am having a Labor day sale from August 30 to September 3 over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

6. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

7. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

BORDERS AND MAGIC

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Hiya! I Hope you had a great week. I worked on a new border set this week. Above is one from the set. I think it turned out quite well. Let me know what you think. I am currently trying to think of what to create next. If you have any ideas for me I would be happy to consider them. 

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. A beautiful pedestrian bridge in Vietnam. Wow! 

2. It's World Elephant Day! I love these creatures. 

3. Where the magic happens. 

4. I am having a 50% off sale over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

5. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

6. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

I'M CHUFFED

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Hiya! I Hope you had a great week. This week's Homwork is to letter an uncommon word. Chuffed: quite pleased delighted. I really like this word. I hope you enjoy it as well. Let me know if you can work it into a conversation. 

Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. We're fluent in the language of pictures. 

2. I am having a 40% off sale over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

3. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

4. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

I'M 5 BY 5

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Hiya! Hope you had a great week. If you get my reference to an awesome tv show in the title, brownie points are coming your way.  The number five was a submission to the Good type Tuesday Instagram challenge. Let me know what you think. I have so much fun doing these challenges. You can literally create whatever you like.

 Here are a few things for you to check out:

1. 100 days of solitude-Netflix. Beautiful documentary, worth checking out. 

2. 30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1988. 

3. Quick, Easy-to-Finish Tasks Build Momentum in the Morning. I have been doing this for a while now. It feels great man.

4. Stop Caring What Other People Think. 

5. I am having a 50% off sale this week over at my Etsy shop if you want to come over and take a look. 

6. Recent addition to my Etsy shop. Check out my shop section to see more places to purchase my work. 

7. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!