Friday, October 31, 2008

Mad Men (and women)

In the spirit of the oh-so-popular series Mad Men, many of my cohorts in the Bismarck office donned polyester and drank martinis (man, to be in advertising in the 60s) to celebrate the Halloween festivities today. Check out Marnie and it!!

If you aren't familiar with Mad Men, I highly recommend it. You can watch it on AMC on Sunday nights. Unfortunately it runs the same time as my favorite Brothers and Sisters, but you can always watch the first season on DVD,

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men
follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue
advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.

NotStock was an awesome event!!

3 days of printmaking, music and discussions of graphic design...can it get any better then that? Kudos to the team at MSU for bringing such an amazing event to Minot!!! I don't get the chance to hang out with fellow creatives very often, so I was in all my glory taking it all in.

What surprised me the most: WOW, do we have an enormous amount of talented young musicians in Minot. Most notably such performers such as Jazmine Wolfe, Joshua Gagne and Diabolic Octopus. I was so impressed with their talent. Especially since I have ZERO music ability. It makes you appreciate what they can do even more. I highly recommend checking out their MySpace pages and if they have music available to purchase, do it! What a great way to support our local talent. I'm just sorry that I couldn't hear all the performers over the past three days.

And of course I have to mention the artists that spent three days in our fine city. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be here. They were so generous with their time and knowledge and provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to soak in their creativity.

It was also great to hear their presentation yesterday as they touched on so many things that can be so frustrating in this profession. It is nice to know that I am not alone!!! It is good to know that even they have clients that nit-pick and rip stuff apart. And it was also fun to hear their solutions to the dreaded DESIGN BY COMMITTEE. AUGH!!! What perfect timing after the last few projects I've had....

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Miss Amy Jo's work

Here's what Amy is screen printing while here in town. I can't imagine doing this, let alone doing it with an audience.
I think I need to buy this one, too. ;-) B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

Miss Amy Jo

Last night I got the chance to hang out with a lovely lady by the name of Miss Amy Jo while she was in town for NotStock. As one of the few women in the male-dominated industry of rock n' roll poster art, she serves as a true inspiration...and she's a ND native! Her talent is astonishing.

Check her work at and her Etsy store at

Split in Minot

Art Directors and programmers by day. Hooligans by night. If you want to go see some goofballs and have a great time, go check out Split Lickity this weekend at Dae Udder.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Photoshop contest

Check out the Photoshop User Awards. Deadline for entries is December 31st.

Their photo on the homepage has inspired me. I think I will use my new Nebraska photography and produce some imagery. Free desktop wallpapers perhaps??

Retro Wednesday many of you remember Monchichi and can still sing the song? I forgot about these little guys. I'll have to dig and see if I can add this to my "I still have it" list.

Monchichi, Monchichi, Oh so cute and cuddly...

image snagged from here

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Latest

The latest web design
North Dakota Department of Commerce Ambassadors

Monday, October 27, 2008

Big Red football

Well, I finally got to experience Husker football in person. It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Here are some shots of my experience at Nebraska Cornhusker gameday! GO BIG RED!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Designerly Disgust

I'm a little too frustrated right now to make a rationale statement about my disgust with a current project. I'm going to take deep breaths, go on vacation, and come back with a renewed spirit next week. Or I will just take the time to vent when I can gather my thoughts in a less emotional way.

Nonetheless, I've just had two very strong design concepts ripped apart to merely a display of visual vomit.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The latest

The latest web design

Minot CVB

Friday, October 17, 2008

New features on my Uppercase Living website!!!

I'm so excited! The product catalog has changed on my personal Uppercase Living website! Now, you can see the products in each catagory and then click on it for even more details. It will give you the size options (so you can measure your space at home) and prices. It even allows you to choose your background colors and letter colors. Isn't that fantastic? Whoo Hoo!!
At this time, you will still have to contact me to place your order. I am going to gauge the interest of online shopping before I subscribe and start paying for that option. So, if you want to order, you'll still have to either email me or give me a call.
Check it out!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Well, I thought it was an original idea....

So, here I am thinking I had such a clever idea last year with my pumpkins....until I saw this in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine last night. I guess using the apple corer wasn't such an original idea. Oh well. BHG did offer another idea by saving the round cutouts and then placing them in various colored pumpkins and gourds. Very cute!!

Oh, and I did actually take a little time last night to do a craft project after Mr. Man was in bed. I'll post pics soon. It felt good to do something crafty again.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Retro Wednesday

I am a child of the 80s. Ah yes, the good ol' days of Dukes of Hazaard, jelly shoes and leg warmers.

I would hate to call myself a pack-rat, but those that know me well know that I have a hard time letting some things go. I'm too damn sentimental. It has come in handy in some ways. My son's favorite books are now the same favorites I had. I still find it mildly odd that he gravitates toward the Pokey Little Puppy and Little Bunny Follows His Nose, when those were my exact favorites, too. Weird!

Anyway, today I share with you something that I admit I still have.
Garbage Pail Kids cards.
Still got 'em. I always thought the 80s were such an innocent time, but have you really stopped to take a look at these things? It's funny I never had nightmares waking up to my real Cabbage Patch doll at night.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A logo I like

My friend and colleague has a company, Wild Inspire, and one of his brainchild branches is a business that provides team trivia. He recently went through a name change, which included re-branding. A new logo was developed centered around the 'team' trivia aspect. He also provides a resource for trivia hosts to build their own trivia business. And what do they need? A trivia toolbox of course! This is the new logo established for the Trivia Toolbox. I don't know who the designer is, but it is a great logo that really stands out from the rest. To me, the color scheme is reminiscent of "simple simon" and that just brings back memories of games and fun. The question marks tell the tale of trivia, while the ridges/bolts display an added effect representing the toolbox. I just think this logo is well thought out. Sharp. Kudos to the designer. I wish I could have helped, but I think he/she pulled it off much better then I could have!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The latest

The latest web design

Friday, October 10, 2008

So may things to love about Darius Rucker

Well, it's official. Hootie and the Blowfish's frontman, Darius Rucker has gone country. And in a big way! According to his website, his first country solo album LEARN TO LIVE took the #1 spot on the country album chart the same week his debut single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" grabbed #1 on the singles chart.

Of course this news is a few weeks old, but it took me until a few days ago to listen to the whole album. I must say it has now become a favorite! Drinkin' and Dialin' just cracks me up! My friends will appreciate it...

Cause i have been known after tyin one on
to call up a couple old friends
tell em that i love em,
or maybe don’t cuss em
when i’m drinkin and dialin again

so the next time you think
I’ve had too much to drink
and you tell me i should not drive home
oh when you take my keys,
oh i’m beggin you please
Go on take my cell phone

...if you’ve ever heard,
me slurrin my words
on your voice mail around 4 a.m.
you’ll have to forgive me,
and blame it on my whiskey
I was drinkin and dialin again

I must also mention in this post, not only do I like his music, but his website design was solid, too. Check out the typeface used on his mast. Yummy! images snagged from

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Speaking of creative ideas...

C4: Candy's Creative Crafty Concoctions

Every year I try to do something different with pumpkins in the fall. One year I carved our house numbers into the pumpkin, leaving just a thin enough layer so the light would glow through. Then I stacked them into a topiary for display on our front porch. (swiped that idea from BHG) All of that carving proved to be too time consuming for me once the little one came along, so last year I got back to my design roots and went for simple patterns. Stripes, dots, etc. I came up with a quick trick for perfect polka-dots. It was fast, simple and easy on mom's hands!
    Use an apple corer with a plunger like the one pictured above. It is just sharp enough to cut through the pumpkin and the plunger makes it easy to discard the leftovers.
Maybe I'll rack my brain and share some other things that I've come up with in the past. Lack of time and energy have put a halt to my craftiness this year. I'll have to dig in the vault for more ideas from years past.

Family Fun magazine

Once again, I ran across a great magazine while waiting in the doctor's office. It's called Family Fun magazine, from the Disney Family. While Wondertime (also from Disney) is already on my list of favs, this is sure to top it. It is full of fun ideas and creative crafty projects. Now that my lil' man is in his toddler years, it will be fun to start doing crafts for him and with him. I can't wait for pumpkins this year!! I'm sure once we dive into the slime of a pumpkin, he will be less then impressed with the 'mess' but I'm still anxious to start such traditions.

anxiously awaiting my first issue of Family Fun....
image snagged from Family Fun

Norsk answers

I'm a little disappointed in my fellow Norskies who didn't take my word scramble quiz. Uff da.

Here's the answers:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A story worth watching

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What's playing today

The boys from Fargo.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Were these the notes she was looking at?

I know, I know, we're all really sick of Palin-bashing by now. I try to avoid anything political on this blog, but I just had to share this. Whether you love her or hate her, you have to find this amusing.

You can even purchase gear here.

Thanks to Green Olive Yuk for finding this....originating from

CB loves the CB2

Oh how I love CB2. I love their products and I love their site. I must share the love just because I love them so damn much.

Friday, October 3, 2008

To work at Hooters: Got the hooty or the booty?

Let me explain where my post is coming from today. We had quite the lively discussion the other day in my class about the topic of the Hooters Girl. Pre-topic conversation was about the fact that we are getting a Buffalo Wild Wings in town, in addition to a Buffalo Wings and Rings. There is also a rumor that we may be getting a Hooters. I guess we'll have enough buffalo wings in this town for everyone...

Perhaps it wasn't the most relevant or appropriate conversation in my classroom, but it soon turned to the famous Hooter Girl. What is really most important to the 'powers that be' in hiring these girls? According to some opinions, an ample sample in front didn't seem to be as important as a the way your assets fit in the daisy dukes.

So, I ask you, what do you think they base it on? According to their website here's what they look for:
There is no set requirement in order to be a nearly World Famous Hooters Girl!
We look for the All-American Cheerleader / Surfer-Girl-Next-Door image to fill
our restaurants. In other words...Very bubbly, outgoing personalities!

Of course! That's it! ;-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Test your Norsk knowledge

In honor of the Norsk Hostfest in town this week, I have a fun word scramble for you. We played this at Optimist Club today and I was the winner with 17 out of 21! vidunderlig!









8. EIURGNRTLMS (I didn't get this one?!?!)













21. NNMGFTTAIA (I didn't get this one, either!)

And a bonus....

Hint: The main reason I go to the Hostfest each year