Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dirty Typography

I've always really enjoyed typography, and I'm jealous of those who have the talent to actually design typefaces. It must take an incredible amount of skill to come up with a new design that hasn't already been created (how many fonts are out there, anyway?). So I'm even more impressed by those designers who stick with a creative theme for their typeface. One I haven't seen before (until now) - sex. Yep, you don't normally hear typography and sex in the same sentence, but that's about to change.

Effing Typeface by Alex Merto

This typeface is inspired by all things dirty. So if your mind is stuck in the gutter, you'll really enjoy it - just don't use it to type letters to grandma!







Typosexual Mohawk by Oded Ezer

I don't know how this guy came up with this or what the purpose of it is, but it's incredibly awesome nonetheless.





Typography Body Art from TheTrendyGirl

I'm really not sure what this is all about, to be honest, because the article that accompanies it is in French (and I took Spanish in high school). But the picture is neat, and I encourage you to check out the article if you can read French (let me know what it says).

Lovely Weekend Illustrations

Hello lovelies! I hope your weekend has been a good one.

So I spend a lot of time knitting and sewing, and I love it, but it's nice to get back to drawing once in awhile. I forget how fun it is! This week I just started out with two quick doodles, then I uploaded them and messed around with them on the computer for awhile. Here are a few of my favorites.











I'm contemplating making a few of them into prints. Do you have a favorite that you'd like to see?

Oh, and how was your weekend?!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Coming Attractions

A few months ago, a few friends and I got together and started an online literary and fine arts publication called Words and Tricks. We've worked really hard to gather submissions, edit them, and put them together into a really neat package for your artsy enjoyment. Now, it's almost time for the launch of the very first issue!


I'm so incredibly excited. I'm so happy with all the awesome submissions we received. Everyone who submitted is so talented and I'm so glad they shared their artwork. I might even speak with some of the artists and/or editors here in the coming weeks to give you an inside look at Words and Tricks!

The issue will be released on March 15, and I'll be sure to link it up here so you all can check it out. Words and Tricks is a quarterly publication, so the next issue will be released in the summer. But we accept submissions all year long, so if you have some art, writing, videos, music or anything else that you think is creative and would like to share with the world, please submit. I'd love to see your wonderful works of art.

Friday, February 26, 2010

If I were a...


Here's a fun little game I came across while perusing some neat blogs. Pretty simple - the start of the sentences are in gray and my answers are in orange. So if you're interested in learning a bit more about me (in the form of finding out what kind of inanimate objects, etc. I would be), I think this is pretty cool.

(Do you like my Pikachu hat?)


If I were a month, I’d be April.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Sunday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be 4 PM.
If I were a planet, I’d be Saturn.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be an otter.
If I were a direction, I’d be East.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be an antique sewing machine table.
If I were a liquid, I’d be chai tea.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a ruby.
If I were a tree, I’d be a bonsai tree.
If I were a tool, I’d be a tape measure.
If I were a flower, I’d be a daisy.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be 65 degrees and sunny scattered showers.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a kazoo.
If I were a color, I’d be yellow.
If I were an emotion, I’d be happiness.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a clementine.
If I were a sound, I’d be a Motown jam.
If I were an element, I’d be helium.
If I were a car, I’d be a classic muscle car.
If I were a food, I’d be string cheese.
If I were a place, I’d be a park in the middle of a big city.
If I were a material, I’d be wool.
If I were a taste, I’d taste like coffee.
If I were a scent, I’d be coffee.
If I were an animal, I’d be a wattlebird (extra credit for someone who can name what that is a reference to).
If I were an object, I’d be an abstract painting.
If I were a body part, I’d be an elbow.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a sly smile.
If I were a song, I’d be "The Only Living Boy in New York" by Simon and Garfunkel.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be ballet flats one day and Chuck Taylors the next.

Time for Tea

I'm back for another Vintage Finds Friday. If you know me at all, you know that I'm a little obsessed with tea. I drink AT LEAST one cup every single day (usually more), and I'm always trying new varieties and talking to people about what kind of tea they drink. But lately I've added a new tea-related obsession to my repertoire: vintage tea sets. I don't currently own one. I have a few random cups here and there, but one day I'd like to have a respectable collection. Here are some on the market right now that are worth a look.

Silver Plated Teapot from AestheticsAndOldLace ($60)

It's all in the details for this beautiful teapot. It's so elegant and classic at the same time. It's the perfect accent for special tea-related occasions!





Chinese Teapot Pair from lilorphanannie ($7.50)

This decorative two piece tea set is a very classic style with blue and white painted accents. Both pieces are in great condition, and I just love the colors!




Elephant Tea Pot and Creamer from Swoonshop ($18)

These pieces are so unique. I don't know about you, but I've never seen an elephant tea set before. So if you have these lovely pieces in your home, they're sure to get noticed.





Hand-Painted Floral Tea Set from lovesitwantsit ($35)

I really love the deep brown color of this set. And the floral design gives it character and adds a lot of interest.




Piano Teapot by MorningGloryVintage ($5)

This one is so kitschy and fun. If you happen to collect teapots or just funny little knick knacks, I think this needs to be in your collection ASAP.




Handpainted Miniature Teapot from CollectorsHaven ($22)

This one is definitely a more classic style. The blue, yellow, and pink accents are so beautiful and this teapot just reminds me so much of spring (speaking of... where is that little devil?).





Tea Set for Four from JungleSupply ($16.50)

This set is definitely less classic, but still pretty cool. The colors are neat and it is a necessary addition to any '70's themed tea party. ...Hmm, I've never been to one of those, but I think I'd enjoy that.




Porcelain Tea Set from OldVintageAntiques ($55)

But if you do decide to go with a more elegant approach to your tea party, this silver art deco set might be up for the job. It's so very classy and shiny!




I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Next Friday I'll be collecting hats, so you'll have to check back to see what kind I'll focus on. Til next time!



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shop Local: Detroit

Howdy, Blog-readers! I hope you're having a lovely week. Today I'm starting a new feature here called Shop Local. I hope to eventually come up with a snazzier title than that (so if you have any bright ideas, please share), but for now we're going with the straight forward name.

Anywho, Shop Local is just a compilation of finds from shops in a certain geographic area. Today we're starting with my hometown of Detroit. If you don't live here (or even if you do), you might think there's really not much of note going on here in the Motor City. You may be right in certain respects, but there's definitely a spunky creative community here and you can be sure that the artists here have a fighting spirit and a passion for what they do.

So if you're a Detroiter or just someone who wants to support the artists of Motown, take a look at some of these incredibly talented artists and their work.


White Owl


I really love White Owl's unique lace jewelry designs. They use upcycled and reclaimed materials in most of their products, which makes them even cooler.








Little Paper Boutique





Little Paper Boutique is a shop that sells personalized stationery, cards and other paper goods. They even carry gift tags and recipe cards. This shop caught my eye because of the clean-looking, colorful designs. Take a peek at the shop for more.






Tree Paintings




The name of this shop pretty much gives away what they sell. Yes, Tree Paintings sells tree paintings, very beautiful tree paintings, I might add. Some of them are just trees and some of them are specific trees (some of those trees being from Michigan!) So if you like trees and paintings and especially if you like paintings of trees, definitely take a look at Tree Paintings.








Peanut Tree Designs



I really enjoy Peanut Tree's simple textiles and eco-friendly knits. I love her shop description: "As a mom, I need things that are practical and durable. As a designer, I need things that look cool. As a resident on this planet, I need things that are kind and gentle on the environment." That pretty much says it all! 













MelissaHappyStuff



Melissa has some really neat knit accessories in her shop. Hats, scarves, bags - all of her products are so unique and sure to get you noticed.








So that's all for Detroit (for now). If you have a suggestion for where I should go on my next Shop Local journey (or if you have a more creative title for this feature), please let me know.

Love!

I can has minimalist TV show posters?

Did I mention my birthday is on Tuesday? As you may have already read, I'd really like a penguin corkscrew. But I ran across some posters today that also struck my fancy.



These minimalist posters inspired by TV shows are available on Blanka, and I absolutely adore them. Something about the incredibly simple artwork really catches my attention, and I think they're so sleek and hip.











The ones here are just a few of my favorite shows, but there are a ridiculous number of posters available on the website. Take a look (and remember my birthday *nudge*).

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ain't to proud to beg

So I've never done a giveaway before (I know this blog is pretty new, but I've never done one on a previous blog either), but it does seem like a fun way to get people involved. Unfortunately, seeing as this is a new blog, I don't want to do a giveaway if no one is going to enter. So I decided yesterday that I will wait until this blog reaches 100 followers, and then I'll come up with some kind of epic prize to offer.

That's right - double whammy! Not only will it ensure that someone will actually enter my giveaway, but it will also bribe new people to follow this blog (insert evil laugh here). Yep, I won't beg you to follow me, but I will bribe you!

In all seriousness, I have this blog because I love design and I love to write and I hope someone out there gets some kind of enjoyment from reading or looking at this blog. And in just the two short weeks that this blog has been around, 21 (I think) of you have already started following. So even if this blog never reaches 100 followers, I'll keep doing it because I love it (but the world will never know what kind of epic prize I have up my sleeves).

Anyway, thanks to all of you wonderful people who follow this blog or even stop by occasionally and take a look around. I really do appreciate it.

If you are interested in a giveaway, take a look at my shop (http://wattlebird.etsy.com/) to see what kinds of things I make. I'm not going to necessarily narrow it down to one of the products that I sell, but if you like a certain category or type of item, let me know!

What I Want Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! I'm quite busy today, so this What I Want Wednesday is going to be a bit shorter than usual. But my birthday is coming up, so I'll definitely be sharing some of my birthday wants with you throughout the week to make up for it.

Anyway, here goes...

1. Black Blossom Cardigan from JCrew ($88)


2. Record Player with USB from ivg ($116)



3. Tagalongs from Girl Scout Cookies



4. Dahlia Necklace from White Owl ($29)



5. Walk Original Collage from Be Happy Now ($85)


So that's all for me today. What is on your Wednesday wishlist?
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