Archives for category: Design

I’m over the moon with these personalized journals and notebooks from Minted.  I had a very hard time picking just one to feature on here, there are over 200 amazing designs.  At $16, even if you personalize it, this is an amazing gift idea for just about everyone.

I’ve been reading up on Dayton Fashion Week (DFW) lately, and I was bowled over when I found out that one of their charitable partners is Hospice of Dayton!  I am so impressed that this event will be benefiting such an amazing local charity.

I would love to join in the fun come July!  Each day will feature a different event, here is the official schedule from their website:


Official Schedule

Tuesday: July 24, 2012
DAY 1 – Fashion Launch Gala @ Packard Museum– On this day fashion lovers from all over will be able to network and meet the showcasing designers of DFW plus a silent auction with proceeds going to our charitable partner Hospice of Dayton. We will also have local celebrities walking the runway.

Wednesday: July 25, 2012
DAY 2 – Fashion In Downtown @ Court House Square-Come out and see local bands perform while DFW Models gets transform into the glitz and glamour of fashion.

Thursday: July 26, 2012
DAY 3– DFW Kids Runway Collective Showcase @ Bainbridge Hall – Lights, Camera, Actions: It’s  all about the kids on the runway wearing designs by one of Dayton’s own –CUPCAKE COUTURE and International design house AM VICTORIOUS.

Friday: July 27, 2012
DAY 4- Emerging Designers and Ready to Wear Showcase @ Dayton Convention Center – Fashion Avenue opens at 5:00p.m. Runway Show starts at 6:30 p.m. – visit DFW exclusive Fashion Village including vendors like Coins For Me,  AfriqGlam Nail Lacquer, Gilmart & Co, AM Victorious and many more………

Saturday: July 28, 2012
DAY 5- Grand Finale Runway Showcase @ Dayton Convention Center – Fashion Avenueopens at 5:00p.m. Runway Show starts at 6:30p.m. – International, Local, and National designers on the runway. – visit DFW exclusive Fashion Village including vendors like Coins For Me, AfriqGlam Nail Lacquer, Gilmart & Co, AM Victorious and many more………

At work, I use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. multiple times a day, sometimes for hours at a time.  If there’s one thing I wish I could do sometimes it’s slide letters this way and that because of the deplorable kerning you get from these applications sometimes.  Here’s a game that allows you to do just that!  That’s right, a kerning game!!  I shouldn’t enjoy this as much as I do but it was fun to match wits with people who really know what they’re doing and see where I stack up.  Try the Kerning Game for yourself, it’s surprisingly challenging.

Ok, so I’m a perfectionist.  No matter how perfect something is, I will always find the flaw (which in and of itself I consider a flaw…but now we’re entering “play within a play” territory so I’ll move on).  This personality trait makes it difficult to select home accents and decor because there is always something missing or one thing too much that ruins the whole effect for me.

So you can image my thrill in discovering SpoonFlower – an internet destination where you design your own fabric!!!  I can’t wait to try this out.  It’s not terribly expensive either ($16.20/yard, $5/swatch) considering the relatively small quantity you’ll be ordering.

Design: Tham & Videgård Architects. Photo: Peter Lundstrom, WDO

The only thing I could think of when I first saw this was “I want one.”  Basically this company comes to your property and constructs a prefab mirrored treehouse on one of your trees.  I think this is what I always imagined the future to look like – all of us living in little mirrored treehouses and having very few but very high-tech possessions. 

If you happen to have an eye for the minimal aesthetic, a large tree on your property, and a pile of money you have no plans for, maybe give these people a call.

Read this article to learn more.

Did I ever tell you how awesome and creative my sister is?  Yesterday?  Ok, well then I’ll make this quick.  Take a look at these amazing website cards my sister made me!  They are so fantastic and I can’t wait to hand them out.  If you are looking at this and thinking to yourself, “wow, I sure wish I had someone to make website or business cards for me,” then get over to Weeks Design now and she’ll be happy to help you.

My sister made this from one of my previous posts and it’s making its way around the internet.  I love it!  Visit her blog, too.

I love big, bright costume jewelry as much as anyone but when you work in an office environment, sometimes wearing an oversized, clunky necklace can be a pain by the end of the day.  I’ve had my eye on the jewelry designed by thealteredchain on etsy and decided on The Little Gold Nugget Necklace  for $22 + shipping.  I couldn’t be happier with this inexpensive, simple, pretty necklace.

Now that I own a house, I have something like 9 rooms to decorate and furnish (see the Apartment Flood of 2011 for more information).  This has proven to be a daunting task to say the least.  It’s particularly hard for someone like me who hates making decisions.  The room I’m most excited about is the attic because I have some neat ideas for it. 

The look I’m going for in the attic is ethereal and earthy.  Here are some things I’ve found:

All of these beautiful items are available on

Butterfly Orb Mobile:  ButterflyOrb

Flower Photographs:  Lori411

Vintage Book Garland:  hoopdaloop

Birch Hooks:  VermontBranchCompany

Mourning Dove, Hydrangeas Print:  unitedthread

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

– Steve Jobs addressing the graduates at the Stanford University Commencement, June 2005

There is something particularly humbling and terrifying in the death of a visionary.  We end up asking ourselves, “if he had lived, what else would have been created?”  With his guiding light extinguished, how can we continue to advance?  Will we improve, progress, adapt, and further technology or will we stagnate?