Friday, April 30, 2010


Absolutely Beautiful!

Loving this watercolor typography by Sasha Prood! I'm a big fan of processes that take digital type and make it handmade, while still maintaining the subtleties that make it the typeface it is. This is more what I do when making hand drawn type-as I'm not much of an illustrator from scratch, and more of a tracer. This work goes the extra step from just tracing or replicating printed letters though, as it has a lovely painterly feel and I adore the color blending! I would love some of this work on anything from totebags to pillowcases to just a framed print on my wall!

Speaking of Cupcakes!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I'm almost hesitant to post this because it clearly dominates over any cupcake-making skills I may have. But everything about this blog is delicious. The recipes, the photos, even the layout. lovelove. The recipes are pretty unique as is her presentation. Beet-chocolate cake? Fig-filling? Port wine and cherry chocolate? YES PLEASE! I'm definitely jealin' and really want to try some of these out. She also has some interesting cookie recipes up here as well. Check out MingMakesCupcakes!

(special thanks to Zeynep for linking this to me!)

And just for reference/comparison/extra yums... here's where you can find some of my own cupcakey accomlishments

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Speaking of Color!

Found this dazzing chart illustrating the evolution of Crayola Crayon colors over time, made by Steve Von Worley. It was posted over here, on Black Eiffel.

Personally I'd love to have this piece blown up the size of an entire wall in my house. Splash of color? pshhh... Tidal wave of color!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Not that I've been doing any design in my free time lately, but I do enjoy color combos in general and for other uses. I figured a good way to use up some spare time without feeling the pressure to create something out of nothing, would be to make color palettes for possible future use. I think most of the time when I'm inspired by color its more for fashion purposes.
I've been having a not-so-secret love affair with nautical colors for a few years now, as culminated in last years SOHO quest for a simple red tank top (thank you, Top Shop) just to pair with my new navy + white striped cardigan.

Here are two color palettes I created a little while ago that I just enjoy gazing at. A classic red/blue/navy combo and my new favorite combo (sparked by the newest additions to my shoe family - navy blue keds-like sneakers and yellow peeptoe flats).

I think neutrals are in this year, or so I believe I've heard. so i think i may actually break my life-long hatred of khakis and give them a chance this year. boyfriend-style of course.

Monday, April 26, 2010


How great is this set of prints? Here's why these should be on my wall...

  1. Most of the art I already own is animal-related. And pretty much the only things I've ever doodled/painted/sewn in the past few years have been animal-related.
  2. If you know me well enough, you'd know I'm also a huge nerd with somewhat-useless stores of memory with bits of science I learned in high school.
So naturally this combo of animal and mechanics really makes my heart pitterpatter. I also adore the color palette, as lately I've been more drawn to greyed out hues. Which is weird because fashion-wise all I've wanted to wear lately is sequins and sparkle.

Too bad my birthday just passed, so I'll have to get these prints from Poster Cabaret myself.

Sidenote: Mechanical Animal would make a sweet band name.