30 October 2009

TGIF Links



October is almost over and I am very much okay with that. It was a whirlwind of a month. I have loads to catch up on, and November is the month to do it. I've got a baby shower this weekend, it's my third of the year. That's a lot of babies. I hope you have a great weekend, remember to set your clocks back and I'll see you in November.


TGIF Links:
Deschanel EXCITEMENT!
Paris greeting cards
Lego boombox
The perfect party dress
Ooo...
Orla Kiely love
Free notecard download
Bookrests
Great illustrations
Nerdy and awesome action figure pics

29 October 2009

Check It: Tuna Everynight



I need a pick me up. On my way to work this morning there was an incident. While driving I spilled coffee all over myself to the point that I needed to go home and change. Awesome. Well I have a link that may just do the trick. Do you find your self having Jim Halpert withdrawal come Friday morning? Now that reruns of The Office is are on every day, has your Big Tuna fixation gotten out of hand? Check out Tuna Everynight for sound clips, quotes and lots of pictures of everyone's favorite Scranton man. Oh Jim Halpert, you are dreamy. This was like therapy. I feel much better now.

28 October 2009

Playlist Wednesday: 2003 Timewarp



Everyone seemed to have fun with last week's ode to the year 2000. Let's try this one more time and go for another big year in my life- 2003. In that year I graduated high school, started college, my brother got married (!!!), I started my first "real job" at switchboard for McDonald's, I highlighted my hair for the first time (which lead to a downward spiral and a freshman year of college in which I was nearly blond, refused to admit it and walked around with wretched grown out roots) and I drove a Nissan Stanza circa '98 that I lovingly named Stan. Good memories. Here are the top songs of 2003, I hope they spark some memories for you

1. Crazy In Love, Beyoncé Knowles featuring Jay-Z
2. Hey Ya!, Outkast (I can't believe this song is that old)
3. Here Without You, 3 Doors Down
4. Baby Boy, Beyoncé Knowles featuring Sean Paul (never liked it, never will)
5. Miss Independent, Kelly Clarkson (I knew all the words)
6. Beautiful, Christina Aguilera
7. Rock Your Body, Justin Timberlake
8. Where Is the Love?, Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake
9. When I'm Gone, 3 Doors Down
10. All I Have, Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
11. Shake Ya Tailfeather, Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee (ha)
12. Unwell, Matchbox
13. Picture, Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow (possibly the worst song ever, at least in the top 10)
14. In da Club, 50 Cent
15. I'm With You, Avril Lavigne (Avril tried to go serious and give us a ballad)
16. Bring Me to Life, Evanescence
17. Cry Me a River, Justin Timberlake (Justin's ode to Britney and how she did him wrong)
18. Can't Hold Us Down, Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim
19. Harder to Breathe, Maroon 5
20. Why Don't You & I, Santana featuring Alex Band




27 October 2009

Clock Roundup




This Saturday night don't forget to set your clocks back an hour. Who doesn't love an extra hour of sleep? Thank you, Daylight Savings Time! In honor of this occasion let's have a clock roundup. Whether you want a rubix cube or an hour glass, I think I've found some fun items.

Clockwise (ha, clockwise):
Bonox Clock
'80s Cube Clock
Silver Deco Alarm Clock
Measured Time Scale

Hour/ 15-minute Glasses
Red Alert Robot Alarm Clock

26 October 2009

Caramel Typography


This typeface was design by pouring liquid caramel on to glass. Mmm! I'd give more commentary, but I haven't had lunch yet, and it's making me hungry. Read more about it here.

23 October 2009

Good Day Links



Today is a good day. How do I know this? Last night, I was driving home and the music was turned really low. I couldn't tell what song was on, so I turned it up. It was Priscilla Ahn, and she was singing 'Good Day.' "I can tell today is gonna be a good day." I looked at the clock and it was 12:00 am exactly. So that song started my day, and that's pretty great. Today continues to go well. I'm going to see Ludo and Ha Ha Tonka tonight, and Natalie is spending the weekend with me. These are all good things. So since I'm having such a good day, I thought I'd share the love in the form of Internet links. It's not cash or cookies, but it's the best  I can do.

Greta from The Hush Sound has a solo song
Weather proof your hair
Him & Her pillows
Kiddieland rides are up for auction
Art In My Coffee
Good to know
Awesome duffel bag
Letters bookshelf
Shoe butter dish
Food Art

22 October 2009

I Want To Stitch.


When I was young I used to embroider and cross stitch. Growing up I had gramma tendencies.  Well I no longer need to be ashamed, because embroidery seems to have come back. Companies like Sublime Stitching are making it cool again. Their slogan, "This Ain't Your Gramma's Embroidery" is very true. Gramma would not embroider bacon or a drum set on her pillow. With patten themes ranging from Pirates Ahoy to Meaty Treats Sublime Stitching has something for everyone. I'm partial to the Forest Friends pattern. A little squirrel may be finding his way to a tea towel of mine in the near future.

21 October 2009

Playlist Wedesday: In The Year 2000



Yesterday at the office we got into a discussion about what songs were popular during certain years of our lives. It's really fun and a little embarrassing to see which songs you remember. For today's playlist we are going to revisit a big year in my life: 2000, My freshman year of high school. Listed below are the Top 20 Songs from 2000.

1. Breathe, Faith Hill
2. Smooth, Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
3. Say My Name, Destiny's Child
4. I Wanna Know, Joe
5. Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon
6. Maria Maria, Santana Featuring The Product G&B
7. Bent, Matchbox Twenty
8. Amazed, Lonestar (Hated this song then, hate it now)
9. I Knew I Loved You, Savage Garden (I was slightly obsessed with this song)
10. He Wasn't Man Enough, Toni Braxton
11. Higher, Creed (Remeber this video? Horrible)
12. Try Again, Aaliyah
13. There You Go, Pink
14. Thong Song, Sisqo
15. Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down
16. Jumpin', Jumpin', Destiny's Child
17. What a Girl Wants, Christina Aguilera (Confession time: I still know all the words)
18. Doesn't Really Matter, Janet
19. Music, Madonna
20. Back At One, Brian McKnight


20 October 2009

The Land of Rabbits?


Let's try something different today.  Instead of taking nonsense how about we learn something? My dad sent me an email with all sorts of Geography fun facts. Yes, my family thinks Geography is fun. After some verifying, to make sure these were actually facts, I thought I'd share some with you. Now you can't say I never taught you anything.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there.

  • Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

  • Los Angele's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

  • Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

  • Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

  • Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A : 1%, in Canada : 75%  
  • The term 'The Big Apple' was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression 'apple' for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.
In other news, I'm headed out to Brookfield tonight to hear my brother play! Friends of his have a gig and he's opening. Family love.                

19 October 2009

Typodarium 2010 Calendar



This is a busy week, kids! Tomorrow night I'm playing the role of supportive sister and going to hear my brother play in Brookfield. Friday is the Ludo show at the Bottom Lounge. Natalie is also coming on Friday and staying with me till Monday. I've got places to go, errands to run and an apartment to clean. There's always time for good design though. Check out the Typodarium calendar. Every day features a new font. Forget word of the day calendars, it's time for font of the day! If was compiled by a German designer, so if you click through using the link I provided, you'll find yourself on a German site. If you want to order one and don't speak German, you're on your own.

16 October 2009

Friday Link Party

It's Friday people, drink it in. Regardless of how bad your week was, how bad of a morning you had, just know that it's Friday. I've got errands to run tonight, but tomorrow night I will hopefully get my dance on. Have a fantastic weekend, and I'll have more to say come Monday.

Free music from Urban Outfitters
Calendar roundup
Rivers & Katy Perry? WHAT? 
Pretty bicycle basket 
Daily Drop Cap
Bookworm shelf
Good looking letterpress
Plush ice cream 
Napkin sketchbook
Retro beauty ads

15 October 2009

Shopping Vicariously: I Am A Ray Of Sunshine...



It's cold and gloomy. It's been that way for days, and I'm sick of it. I know it's fall, but can a girl get some sunshine? In hopes of brighter times, we are shopping vicariously today with an outfit I call "I am a ray of sunshine in this gloom we call weather and you better recognize." It's loud, bright, and no one should ever wear that much yellow at once, even if they're trying avoid getting hit on a dark road at night. Regardless, here it is in all it's eye-blinding glory.

Ensemble:
Pea Coat
Boots
Earrings
Umbrella
Cords
Scarf
Sunglasses- cause its that bright

14 October 2009

Playlist Wednesday: The Great Outdoors



Coming off a weekend of camping, why not have an outdoors themed playlist? Well, it's loosely based on the outdoors. I've got some ocean and rain songs in there. It's not quite as woodsy as I would have liked, but when you start to search for outdoor songs things get really country really fast. I've got nothing against country, but listing to songs about your ex- girlfriend's pickup truck in the front yard isn't my idea of a good time. Enough nonsense from me, on with the music:


13 October 2009

The Jimmy Fallon Dip

I hope to be doing some dancing on Saturday night. I'm going to add this to my moves.

Short Post & Wedding Program

I'm back from camping and I had a blast. Yes, it was cold. Very cold. In fact, it snowed for a bit on Saturday. That just means you make the campfire bigger. I've got a lot to catch up on today so no big posts. I will add, if you haven't seen last week's episodes of The Office, watch them! If you have seen then, watch the last five minutes again. I'll be back tomorrow with a playlist. Until then, let's revel in this amazing, illustrated wedding program. 




09 October 2009

Pre-Camping Friday Link Party



I hope everyone is making the best of this dreary Friday morning. Despite the weather I'm trying to stay optimistic, for I will be spending the next three days in the woods. I've got hoodies and hats galore to bring with. Let's hope everything goes well. If not, I will take solace in providing you with some internet entertainment:


Piano stairs!
Insane paper skills
Orla Kiely camping
Shower curtain of awesome
Comfy wooden chair
Draw on your walls
National pretzel month
Dog Boomerang
Andersonville Dessert Crawl
Owl tea party

08 October 2009

Check It: Sequin Embellished Bow Dress

Look at that bow. That is a whole lot of dress. If a Barbie from the 1960s went to cocktail parties and drank martinis, she would wear this dress. There isn't much else to say. Just look and take it all in.


07 October 2009

Playlist Wednesday: Loose Leaf Love



Yesterday, I made some convoluted connection between The Office and paper. My thought process didn't make much sense, but I'm standing by it and sticking with the theme. Let's keep things going with a paper themed playlist. You can make up your own witty banter about the songs today. I'm rather tired. This morning, the coffee pot went off at 5:00 instead of 7:30. It threw off my internal clock and I'm still not sure what time it is. I'll cope, but if I end up leaving work 2:30 instead of 5:00 I cannot be blamed.
 



06 October 2009

Paper Anniversary

Now that it's October, I've officially been in my apartment for one year. In fact, if we check out the blog from one year ago today, I was busy painting and moving in. In my first year, I've blown numerous fuses, set the smoke alarm off several times, had an invasion of ants, nearly grappled with a raccoon, and cleaned the house with poison. Never a dull moment.

The traditional first year anniversary gift is paper. I could have done some sort of paper roundup. Too expected, too easy. In honor of paper, let's talk everyone's favorite paper company, Dunder Mifflin, and the upcoming Office wedding. Thursday is the big night, but I won't be home to watch it! Sherry & I are going to see the Decemberists (It's okay, that's why hulu was invented). I'm not a tv junkie, but I love The Office and I love Jim & Pam. I cannot wait. Check them out on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.



Adorable, and John Krasinski is just dreamy in a tux. For more fun, watch this promo at People.com, and check out the official Office Site. So happy anniversary to me. Yes, I will go on the record as saying John Krasinski pictures are a much better present than talking paper. You agree? Why thank you, here's one more for the road.


05 October 2009

Weekend Recaps and News

Happy Monday. I hope we all had good weekends. I did a lot of walking, had dinner with the family and went to the movies with the girls. We saw Bright Star. If you're into penniless English poets from the Romantic movement who fall into impossible relationships and have fragile health then this movie is for you. It just so happens that all those things are right up my alley, so I enjoyed myself.

Epic literary comeback alert! Winnie the Pooh has a new adventure. Return to the Hundred Acre Woods was just released and features a new character, Lottie the Otter. I say this is epic because this is the first new Pooh book in roughly 90 years. Yes, Disney has taken the Pooh franchise in different directions, but this book is the first authorized literary sequel to the books A. A. Milne published in the '20s. When I was young, I loved Winnie the Pooh. I hope this gets a new generation interested in Christoper Robin and company.

In other news, my new business cards arrived! I really like how they turned out. For printing, I used Moo, the same company I used for my Watch It cards. For small batch orders and paper stock, I don't think they can be beat. Since I still haven't ordered my new camera charger, I had to use my computer to show you what they look like:


02 October 2009

Happy Weekend Links



Chicago lost the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. I'm really okay with this. If you're torn up about it, I'm sorry. Make some plans for the weekend and enjoy yourself. I've got a family dinner and some movie plans. I've also got links! Happy weekend:

The music in Apple's Ads
Hot air balloon necklace
Secret bookcase entrance
Paper Jewelery
Micro donuts to go
15 wonders of the Lego worlds
Well-designed cocoa
Coat love
Weezer/ Lil Wayne collaboration makes me cry
Raccoon Umbrella Shirt

01 October 2009

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