Friday, August 21, 2009

Banner (Midwest)

A quick post here to show off my new 2 1/2' x 4' banner for my Renegade Chicago booth. I put grommets on it today and had it hanging on my screen porch for inspection. Hopefully, it will be easy to hang in the tent. Oh, and let's keep fingers crossed that the Windy City is sans wind for the Renegade weekend.

Caffeine Fix (West Coast)

Coffee is a big topic in my house, as I am married to a real coffee head. If Alan doesn't have his daily doses at regular intervals, he can be a bear! Lucky for me one of my favorite clients is a local coffee roaster. Lulu Carpenter's has three shops, with a fourth named Coffee Cat. They are roasters of fine beans, and specialty blends. I just finished up new packaging that we are getting ready to roll out in the next few weeks. These bags are hot off the press! I really like the way the matt and gloss varnishes work together. I think they will pop off the shelves at the local grocery stores! Buzz buzz!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Coasters (Midwest)

Recently, I bought a small amount of blank coaster stock to play with. I slapped some of the stock on press last week. Voila. Coasters! I have a few for sale here.

I'd like to order more stock and print up a larger inventory, but they are a bit of a space hog. I'll wait to see if they sell...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Christmas in August (Midwest)

I have loved having a regular babysitter this summer. I have been able to take on a few extra freelance design projects. I'm caught up on my invoicing. And, I've been printing!

This is the first year where I have had all my Christmas cards designed and mostly printed by the end of the summer. I have one more design to print and I'm ready for the Holiday Season. Here is a look at a card I designed last year, but never got around to printing.

I'm happy to have some more typographic designs in my card line.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Work Space (Midwest)

Don't let the title confuse you. This is not a Midwestern Work Space. This is pure West Coast. You can't tell, but there are eucalyptus trees nearby and not a holstein in sight.

I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek at Laurie's home office. I snapped a few photos when I stayed with her last month. Her office is cheerfully filled with inspiration boards, family photos, artwork, crafty bits, etc. It is colorful, but not chaotic. Everything has it's place. It's fun isn't it?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Yee! (Midwest)

Our entire family is finally finished with the summer swim team season. This year our pool hosted the end of season All City Swim Meet. All City is the largest swim meet in the Midwest and one of the 5 largest in the country. Almost 2000 kids competed!

The entire meet was run by parent volunteers. Each family was responsible for 4 half day shifts. I was the person in charge of taking photographs for the website. This was a great gig. I got to view the event from right up front. I had access to the entire venue, even the hospitality suite! It was exhausting, but I really feel like I got to see the magic of the meet.

Here is a (chronologically backward) slide show of my photos from the event. There are almost 200 of them!