Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Here's some shots I got of my brother this weekend.
snow vomit
yee haw

on the edge

the walk of shame....

wipe out

Mr. Polaris

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Very Merry CARS Christmas

Who says you can't enjoy the North Dakota winter? We found out that the snow makes a very fun place for Lightening McQueen. Mommy was pretty proud that she even made the town complete with the Cozy Cone Inn!! McQueen is currently parked in his snow hole awaiting more fun in the snow today...

I think our cold streak is finally over. Now we can enjoy all the snow! I think mommy likes it more then Lil Man!

The Christmas aftermath

Among the many CARS items that my son received for Christmas this year were some stickers from Santa. Mommy learned a very valuable lesson from this gift. Always watch where your toddler places those nifty stickers. This is the aftermath of what CARS stickers do to a hardwood floor. Takes the varnish right off! And it only took me three more days to discover where all the other stickers ended up...strategically placed on all of our door knobs! Funny how it took me three days to notice. When I asked him where he placed the other stickers, he was able to walk throughout the house and show me exactly where they were! Quite a memory that kid has. Quite a memory we made this Christmas...our floors will be a constant reminder. ;-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You're invited to a Birthday Celebration

You are cordially invited to:

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25but He's always around, so the date is flexible...
Time: Whenever you're ready.(Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!)
Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there. (You'll hear Him knock.)

Attire: Come as you are... grubbies are okay.He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.
Tickets: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone... (He says you wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway...it cost Him everything He had. But you do need to accept the ticket!!
Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a far-out drink He calls "Living Water,"followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!
Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of thosepeople who already has everything else.(He's very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you!)
Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness,Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power,Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more! (All "G" rated, so bring your family and friends.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important!
He must know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table.Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."
Party being given by His Kids (that's us!!)!Hope to see you there! For those of you whom I will see at the party, share this with someone today!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bickham Script: beautiful, but over-used?

I couldn't help but notice Lori Line's re-vamp of her logo using Bickham Script. This font is no doubt beautiful, but I wonder if it is getting to the point of being over-used?

As I was exploring this font more in depth, I realized (even more) that I really have A LOT to learn about type....Latin Capitals, floating accents, Latin lowercase, ligatures, ornaments, stylistic alternatives, swash, etc. etc. etc. Man, do I need to take time to study type.

What are your thoughts? Bickham Script, over-used?

I still love it :-)

Richard Lipton’s Bickham Script is a flowing, formal script typeface based on the lettering of 18th century writing masters, as rendered in the unparalleled engravings of George Bickham. This ornate script lends a signature flourish to invitations, menus, annual reports, restaurant logos, and packaging. With dozens of alternate letterforms in addition to its range of weights, Bickham Script’s personality can range from poised to extravagant. It is intended primarily for display settings.

Lori Line

This weekend I had the chance to see Lori Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra. I had listened to her music before, but this was the first time I had seen her live. It was a wonderful performance and I recommend it to anyone. I was also surprised at how many children were there until I learned of her tradition of ringing the bells. Everyone in the crowd participated in the music by ringing their own bells. There was even a portion of the show where all the kids came on stage and dressed in costumes. This year's theme was Christmas Around the World and it was so nice to hear her spin on holiday music with a Spanish, Chinese, etc. twist.
I have to admit I was expecting a few hours of her just playing the piano, but the show is so much more then that....a true Holiday Extravaganza! ;-)

Photo credit: Lorie Line Music

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dog Thoughts: Part 6

You know what to do. Comment your caption. Make me laugh.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beautiful winter snow

The snow was just gorgeous last night when I got home from work. I got this shot just before the sky went from blue to black. I love the colors.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

We've been having a blast today in the office with our first annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. HO HO HO, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


The other day I made a post about my fascination with hand lettering as a child....so why didn't I grow up to be this gal? WOW. And she actually gets to do this for a living. Jealous.

Once again, thanks to suffix.abuse for finding Jessica Hische!

You must take a look at her blog and website.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nice Logo

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Seasonal Tips

I received this in an email and thought it was funny.

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies or pralines in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fabulous wall decals

I know, I know....why would I promote another wall decal company when I sell Uppercase Living? Well, I just couldn't resist. These are fabulous! Find more at http://www.domestic.fr/

Wall Drawings is a collection of wall stickers designed by graphic artists, designers and artists coming from creative territories and a wide variety of backgrounds. A genuine alternative to wallpaper, the Wall Drawings collection literally hands over to the user, who is invited to convert his interior into an area for expression, and becomes the originator of his own decor. Thanks to Wall Drawings, the «wall space» becomes the place for a game of composition and narration to invest and to invent.

Doodle and Type

When I was a kid, I had a book of type that was my absolute favorite. (see above) How funny that I would find such an interest in the beauty of type at such a young age. Of course, I did my fair share of rainbow drawings, too, but there was something about doodling letter forms and trying to perfect my own fonts that fascinated me.

I was reminded of this while paging through my new Herb Lubalin book that I just inherited from our Sr. Creative Director. (Thanks, Bruner) Wow, such a master! I think those of us that have only known a world of graphic design on a computer really need to step back and appreciate not only these masters, but the design world that we only wish we had known.

Hand lettering seems to be making a comeback in the world of design lately. Even websites and blog templates are utilizing this more and more. It isn't a perfected art, but it does express a more natural feel. It makes me want to run far away from my computer, get out a pen and cozy up in the corner...Circa 1984!

Friday, December 12, 2008

2009 Calendars

So, I've decided to make another Floral Calendar for 2009 featuring some photos I've taken throughout the years. It's a cheery way to celebrate each month and Gee, my grandma loves it! If you want to purchase one, just let me know. The images are shown above.

One of the best things about the holiday season

A Griswold Christmas. Classic.

Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.

Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.

Uncle Lewis: Hey Grizz, Bethany and I figured out the perfect gift for you.
Clark: Aw, you didn't have to get me anything.
Uncle Lewis: Dammit, Bethany, he guessed it.

Clark: Since this is Aunt Bethany's 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of Grace.
Aunt Bethany: [turns to Lewis] What, dear?
Nora Griswold: Grace!
Aunt Bethany: Grace? She passed away thirty years ago.
Uncle Lewis: They want you to say Grace. [Bethany shakes her head in confusion]
Uncle Lewis: The BLESSING!
Aunt Bethany: [they all pose for prayer] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Clark: Amen.

Aunt Bethany: Is this the airport, Clark?

Ellen: What are you looking at?
Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn... the clean, cool chill of the holiday air... an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer... [Eddie, in the driveway, is draining the RV's toilet]
Eddie: Shitter was full.

For more classic quotes, GO HERE.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cute Christmas card idea

If you're looking to add a personal touch to your Christmas cards and spend some fun time with the kids, check out these cool ideas from Family Fun! I love this idea!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

NY Times article on ND's economy


Monday, December 8, 2008

Speaking directly to your audience. And I mean directly.

How would you like to be passing by a billboard when suddenly it 'speaks' directly to you? In the form of text messaging, Jameson Whiskey's new campaign does just that. What a cool, innovative concept!

Look who's coming to town...

to New Town, anyway...
His site says he's coming February 13th to Four Bears. I tried to find more info and purchase tickets on the Four Bears site, but it sucked so bad I couldn't find anything.

Anyway, for those that enjoy Darius, now's your chance to see him close to home. Hopefully the tickets will become available on Ticketmaster.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Contemplating color palettes

I have had the same color scheme in our bedroom for over five years now. For me, that's an awful long time! (GG syndrom) I desperately want to re-do it or perhaps create a more welcoming environment in the guest room. I've come up with my most current favorite color palettes. Now which room and which color(s) to choose.....??

Monday, November 24, 2008

For the Graphic Designer on your Christmas list

In the kitchen: try these cute cutting boards. Pixel Apple and COOK!
by one of my very favorites! Chiasso

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tim Hawkins on Parenting

This is funny!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Simple Shoes

These are cool. Does anyone have a pair and are they as super-comfy as they appear?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Good stuff

Photographer Joseph Llanes.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Temper tantrums from a two year old... and teenagers

Saturday: My two year old has had no nap and hasn't been to bed at a decent time in weeks. He suddenly thinks he is a night owl. Despite this, we decided to head to Happy Joes for a little family dinner. All was fine until he spotted the cookie on the counter...the tantrum begins. Laying down on the floor in the middle of Happy Joes, I swoop him up as I feel all eyes on me. Now he's pissed. It's time to put his coat on and get him out of there. Not a good idea. Now he's really pissed. I know the whole place is staring and watching our every move as we attempt to deal with this lovely display of public outburst.

Now, for those moms and dads that have been through this, I hope you feel my pain. This public tantrum stuff is new to me, though, so I have a hard time with it. Being a parent and having all eyes on you is hard enough, but then you add fuel to the fire....a table of teenagers right beside us and what do I hear?

"I'm never going to have kids because you just get fat when you have kids. And then my husband probably won't even like me anymore, because you just get fat."

Are you kidding me?!?!? Oh yes, honey, please point this out while I'm 'enjoying' a toddler's tantrum with him screaming and flailing about. Please remind me that my version of exercise these days is lifting 30 pounds of dead weight off the floor as he kicks and wriggles away. Pleeeeeeeeeeease remind me again that parenting isn't hard enough, but now you have to judge the added inches on my hips and thighs and.......

Little did she know that I would rather be a mommy with a spare tire then supermodel skinny any day. And even though, at that moment, I could have beat her with the pizza box, it's worth every minute.
image snagged from Veer

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thoughts on design

I designed a logo for my friend's massage business a few years ago and now I'm working on some different business cards for her. The top one is the original with a bit more information, but I may see if she would like to go with a more simplified version like the two on the bottom. She usually does back printing for appointments, so I could add more info back there.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Discovering hidden treasures (and meaning?) in art

It seems as if I've stumped someone with my digital art. Exactly where are the pigs? Isn't that the best thing about art? The more time you spend looking at it, the more you may discover...
Here's a big clue: I used the above photo for PIGS. Now go and look at the oak tree again. ;-)

Digital Art

Ok, so I assigned my class a fun digital art assignment. They had to choose five different objects from which they had to base their design. They didn't, however, have a choice of what they got. The objects (chosen by me) ranged anywhere from a pickle, to a pink tutu, a yam, a knife, a garden gnome, etc. etc. The purpose of the assignment was to open their minds and explore their creativity, all while exercising their design ability.
It was interesting to see which path they took to create their piece. Some chose to combine hand drawing with vector, some used complete vector and some used photo manipulation. Some ideas were quite amusing and had a story, (a roller skating hot dog carrying a sword, not knowing his fate of skating too close to the electrical wires!) while others created a piece that was subjective and open for interpretation. I hope they had a good time with it. After all, why be a designer if you can't have fun once in awhile? And as promised, I even participated in the assignment with them.

Pictured above is my digital art using the following items:
  • a fairy

  • a crack in the sidewalk

  • an eyeball

  • an oak tree

  • pigs (yes, pigs)

If you dig digital art like this, you may want to check out Deviant Art's digital section.
For this piece I used various images from istock.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

You know you've been in the biz awhile when...

Have I officially been in the business awhile? Maybe, because I'm forgetting about things I've done!! I was researching for a current project when I came across a bunch of desktop wallpaper designs I did for the North Dakota National Guard years ago. I totally forgot that I did these! It was a fun project. I got to play around with texture and color, which is my favorite. I also got to utilize the wonderful illustrations provided by the Guard. (No, I didn't do the character illustrations...wish I could say I did, but I didn't. I can't even give credit because I don't even know who the Illustrator was!) I'm trying to recall what year these were done...hmmmm. Anyway, see all of them here.

Speaking of texture and color...I assigned my students a digital design assignment. I'm anxious to see what they've come up with. And I actually took part in the fun and did my own. Look for more to come in the next post!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Obama art

Did you know there is a blog dedicated to Obama art? The poster that Dan from Aesthetic Apparatus did a few weeks ago at NotStock is featured there, along with some other very striking pieces.

Pictured above is Dan Ibarra's print. ( I was one of the lucky ones to receive my very own...#23/105!)

Retro Wednesday

I've decided that I need to dig through old boxes and see if I really did keep some of this stuff...I just found a site where Starlite, Rainbow Brite's horse, is going for $95. Seriously??

I had it. Wonder if I still got it?

PS. Hey mom, how come you bought me Rainbow Brite's horse and not Rainbow Brite? Limited income must have meant getting the character doll accessories, not the actual character doll. Too funny. I think my neighbor Nicole had the actual doll. I bet the moms got together and made a plan. "Ok, I'll buy the doll if you buy all the crap that goes with it." Good plan, moms.
image snagged from here


Yep, I think I miss my 4x4...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Winter wonderland on my lunch break

Quick shot of nature's splendor yesterday by the airport.