Entries from June 2010

Ada’s Technical Books

June 25, 2010

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Right after I announced my plans to go freelance Ada’s Technical Books in Seattle, WA contacted me about creating a logo for them. Ada’s Technical Bookstore wanted it obvious that they are a technical bookstore but they also wanted to evoke an image of the intellectual coffee shops and bookstores of the past. Also, their bookstore is named after Ada Lovelace who was pretty much a genius.

So with all of that information to work with I knew I wanted a logo that felt refined and vintage, yet technical. So I paired a silhouette bust I created for Ada with technical lines you may see in technical drawings. I created both a horizontal and vertical version of the logo to be used appropriately in different applications.

I also created business cards (shown) a blog recommendation and Twitter background (not shown) and then came up with the idea that Ada’s should make bookplates for their customers.

I loved working on this project and am excited about the results. I hope to visit if I’m ever in the area.

Unexpected Pop of Color

June 24, 2010

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When I picked up my Local is for Lovers tee at Collected Thread I also came across a bundle of fabric that I instantly fell in love with. This throw pillow is just a mock-up (the fabric is just folded around the pillow form) but I think I can get three big pillows out of the material I’ve got.

And now might be a good time to address the white couch. A couple months ago I had decided I was going to get it – practicality be damned – I’m childless and fabulous and my white couch was going to prove it.

Then I quit my steady day job and decided there were other things I should spend $2,000 dollars on. Like Adobe Creative Suite 5. I also felt like it was a little wasteful – we have a perfectly nice couch. And, finally, that maybe we’d like to have a baby sometime in the near future that would like to have a big old couch to play and puke on.

So my new plan of attack is to make our existing couch eclectic and cozy. Sew leather patches with oversized stitching on the places the cats have scratched. Collect a variety of colorful (or not) throw pillows and blankets. I’m especially inspired by these couches.

But I can’t lie, I still really love that white couch.

P.S. Did you guys notice that that plant in the corner is totally making out with itself in the mirror?

Local is for Lovers

June 23, 2010

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I’ve got a growing collection of Oklahoma t-shirts and have been meaning to pick this one up since it made it’s debut. When Collected Thread tweeted that they were offering 40% off I saw it as a sign to go purchase it immediately.

On a related note – I’ve found that I’ve been wanting to wear my tees just a little oversized lately. Anyone else?

I am the cookie monster

June 23, 2010

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I’d like to think I don’t have much of a sweet tooth – I never really craved candy at all. But I’ll be damned if I can’t devour fresh baked goods. Like cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

When I was a kid my mom and I made chocolate chip cookies (Tollhouse) on a weekly basis. We definitely shared a love for chocolate. Now that I’m a little more settled in my own domestic bliss I’ve been, once again, craving not only chocolate chip cookies but the act of baking them as well. I find myself trying out new recipes almost weekly and am more comfortable than ever improvising with my ingredients.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c almond flour
1 & 1/2 c oat flour (measure oats then grind in food processor)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c butter softened
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/2 c maple syrup
2 eggs
1/4 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup dark chocolate (I use 85%)

Preheat your oven to 375F.

Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix your wet ingredients (and sugar) together in another bowl. Add your dry mix to your wet mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 10 minutes and let cool for equally as long.

And Kathleen

June 22, 2010

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After a lot of careful thought and deliberation I finally decided on my business name: And Kathleen.

Seems obvious, right? That’s a good thing. But it was a complicated decision to make and when I finally settled on And Kathleen I had to celebrate by buying a URL, setting up email (thanks, Hallie!) and mocking up business cards.

Scooty Boots will get one too, of course.

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