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New Discovery: Dear Photograph

Hi blog friends! How are you all doing on this Tuesday? I have some new inspiration to share today, a blog I stumbled upon a few weeks ago called Dear Photograph. Have you heard of it?

Dear Photograph
It was 70 years ago when my mother dipped her toes in Lake Cavloc, Switzerland along side her father and sister. Beauty was all around them and so were the echoes of youth. My mother’s view has changed now that she lives in a nursing home. Wouldn’t it have been something if the waters they had danced in had washed the fountain of youth over them… Peter

This project was started by Canadian artist Taylor Jones as a way to remember and pay homage to the past through old photographs. The challenge is 'to take a picture of a picture from the past, in the present.' Originally Taylor was posting his own family photographs but soon he was receiving submissions from all around the world. The photographs are undeniably powerful but each photo also has a corresponding caption that can be just as moving. The author addresses the picture, beginning with 'Dear Photograph' as they recount humorous moments, reminisce about loved ones or even express their own hopes and dreams. 

Eight years ago our world rejoiced when we said “I do”. This year, my first without you here, I know the heavens rejoiced too. I’m so glad I had those seven years with you because those seven years will define who I am for the rest of my life.
Miss and Love You Always, Brandi

This is such an inspirational project and a meaningful way to connect with millions of people all over the world. I have always enjoyed going through old family pictures myself, actually it is quite a pastime of mine. My family, on both sides, is lucky to have old pictures and memorabilia. I count these keepsakes as some of our most important treasures. I had family that was from the Chicago area and also family from Pennsylvania and when I see those old neighborhoods and family houses, I long to visit them. See how things have changed. See how things are the same. Just standing in a spot that a relative once stood in, taking in a scene that someone else did years ago, is such a powerful thing. And this project proves just that.

My father was born and raised in this house in 1946. On his wedding day, in 1971, he bought the house from his parents to marry my mother and raise my sister and I. With hammer and nail, he altered every room to meet all of our needs and wishes. This past September he died at the age of 65 and now the house and his lifework are for sale.


There is something so universal about this idea. Something in all of us is curious about the past. Something intrigues us all about our histories, about the people who are responsible for us being here. I think this is why it resonates with me and with the millions of others who have visited and contributed to the blog. 

Be sure to visit the Dear Photograph blog and see more of the submissions. Each one is special and so personal. And because the blog has been such a success (blogs really do change the world!), there is now a Dear Photograph book. So fantastic and such a deserving project! I look forward to following along to see how Taylor's idea continues to grow and inspire us.


Font Love, Vol. XXVI: Made With B

Happy Font Friday! Today I'm sharing another free font by the talented designer Måns Grebäck. Two weeks ago I highlighted his other design Roskrift Clean because I loved its handwritten character. Made With B has a lot of the same charm as Roskrift but more sketched and shaded details. And it has some pretty fabulous swashes too which make the font seem more custom and hand drawn. 

I found this inspirational quote over on Pinterest and felt I had to share it here. I love that it says that your writing is art. I don't always feel like mine is artwork but type and calligraphy and fonts sure can be beautiful. I think our group of Font Friday friends definitely proves that each week.

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Have a happy weekend everyone. Do you have any big plans? I don't think I have anything scheduled so I'm not sure what I'll do with my time. I got the latest Uppercase Magazine in the mail this week and I have been dying to peruse those pages. So I'll probably relax and read that. Oh, and there are two Lakers games so that should keep me pretty occupied too. Have a great time whatever you are doing!


Renegade Finds: Sass & Peril Screenprinting

Happy Wednesday blog world!  I wanted to share another artist with you that I discovered at Renegade this summer...see, slowly but surely I am getting around to featuring all the cool artists that I found (see the first feature on Shannon Gerard).  Today I want to introduce the lovely work of Shannon Kennedy (another talented Shannon) and her shop Sass & Peril.  Sass & Peril specializes in screenprinted paper and textiles, all unique and handmade.  Her booth definitely caught my eye at the fair because of her use of bold colors and geometric shapes.  Her work definitely has a youthful spirit to it and as she says on her website, she designs for "both kids and kids at heart."  I must be a kid at heart then because Shannon's booth was a favorite of mine at the fair.  It was hard for me to choose a single print but I ultimately settled on this "Love Above All" design:

The font lover in me was super happy with this choice.  What I love about this print is the simple design, great colors, and the strong message.  Artwork at its best!  

Along with a bunch of prints (some printed on paper, others printed on wood), the Sass & Peril shop sells screenprinted cards, journals, pillows, totes, and baby onesies.  Here are a few of my favorite designs:

The animal prints would be so perfect as baby shower gifts.  And or gifts for myself...that yellow lion tote is awesome.  The heart print reminds me of the snowflake craft you learn in elementary school.  The one where you fold paper a couple times, cut out some shapes in the middle, and when you open it up it looks like a snowflake.  Do we all remember doing those in school?!

Screenprinting is a really fascinating art to me, one which I don't know much about yet.  I would love to learn more eventually and try my hand at it.  If you are interested in the process like me, I think you will enjoy this photo series on Shannon's Flickr, showing the various steps in the screenprinting process.  See the full set here.  

I love when artists share the process that goes on behind the scenes.  It reminds me just how special my print is...how it is completely unique and that Shannon put a lot of time and love into each piece.  This is the reason for shopping handmade.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Sass & Peril's fabulous work today.  Please visit their site and blog to see more.

Sass & Peril :: blog :: shop :: Facebook :: Twitter

I adore my new piece of artwork.  I really need to work on hanging all my stuff.  I have so many pieces propped up around my room, waiting patiently to get a spot on my wall.  Am I alone in this?  Why does it take forever to hang stuff?  

Happy Wednesday everyone!


What I Want...Friday, July 23

This post is definitely a little late coming but better late than never right?  I was ready to write it sooner but I got called into work and after a LONG shift, I wanted to relax, eat some dinner, drink a glass of wine, and then finally write this post.  This Friday I have another lovely edition of “What I Want Fridays.”  Of course, I really enjoy writing these posts because it is easy to brainstorm ideas…I always know what I want!!  Here are the seven things I’m craving right now. 


Where I want to { go } :: Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy

So one of my best friends from college is getting into furniture and lamp design and I could not be more excited for him.  He is really passionate about it and being the good friend that I am, I believe he will be the next Philippe Starck (I know you love this comparison Pat).  My friend mentioned wanting to showcase his stuff in the furniture and design exposition in Milan, the Salone Internazionale de Mobile, which is held annually.  I completely support this dream because (1) it is a really awesome exposition and great exposure for a young designer’s work and (2) if his work appears in the Salone then I definitely will be on the next plane out to see it (this is the more important reason because it means I get to go to Italy again).  I had heard of the Salone before but after talking about it with my friend, I did some searching on Flickr and got to see some amazing, and crazy, design concepts from previous years.  Some pieces are totally conceptual, some are very practical but everything is interesting.  Make this happen Pat…Italy is calling us again.

Photo: LUXLUXLUX lamp collection


What I want to { do } :: letterpress

Letterpress is such an art form.  I do not know much about the logistics of letterpress but from the little that I do know, it is complicated and requires someone very skilled (and patient) to pull it off successfully.  I have such a respect for those that do it.  But once someone has learned how to do it and purchased an expensive letterpress machine, then beautiful things can be created.  I have always been fascinated with these indentations in paper and I pretty much thought these were the coolest things ever (I still do, I want one).  Also, the letterpress blocks are fabulous and I want some to decorate my room (oh yeah, and to letterpress with, duh).  I would love to own a tabletop letterpress machine sometime in my life and it would be fun to create small projects on it.  I sort of want to buy this personal-use, cheap letterpress machine but I have read reviews and apparently it has a lot of problems.  I guess I just need to go for the real thing.

Photos: Old Tom Foolery Flickr


What I want to { eat } :: rose cupcakes

Joy the Baker is definitely a blog I have perused before and everything on it looks so scrumptious.  My never-ending list of “recipes to try soon” keeps growing and this blog does not help the problem.  But these rose cupcakes pretty much stopped me in my tracks.  First of all, you can NEVER go wrong with cupcakes.  They are easy and delicious (try to eat just one!).  Secondly, the rose is such an exotic touch that it begs to be tried.  I have seen rose flavoring in macaroon recipes recently and I am definitely intrigued by this unique flavor.  Must try these cupcakes! 

Photo: Joy the Baker


What I want to { buy } :: artwork for my room from Etsy

I am currently in the process of redesigning my room…or thinking about it at least.  When we first moved it was very hectic and I just threw my stuff into my room without much thought.  But now that I’m settled, I would like my room to be more of an expression of me.  I want color schemes and furniture to change and for pieces to blend together better.  I want a contemporary feel but with a great mix of vintage elements.  And the color…well, I haven’t 100% decided on the colors yet.  I have been scouring blogs for inspiration lately and compiling a folder of all my favorites.  I definitely want to add to my small art collection and for that I turn to Etsy.  So many great artists sell their work there and you can find very reasonably priced prints, which are perfect for someone on a small budget (me!). 

Photos: Lovely Sweet William and Nan Lawson


What I want to { read } :: London by Edward Rutherfurd

I just finished reading New York by Edward Rutherfurd and LOVED it!  Anyone who likes history, historical fiction, and New York would love this book.  It was a Christmas present from my Aunt and Grandma, who have been encouraging me to read Rutherfurd’s novels for sometime now.  Now that I’ve read New York, I do not know why I waited so long to jump on the Rutherfurd bandwagon.  His writing is superb.  He tells the history of the city of New York through these different characters that are all interconnected.  He begins with a Dutch family pre Revolutionary War and ends with a modern day family affected by September 11th.  His characters are richly developed no matter how long Rutherfurd focuses on them, sometimes a few chapters, sometimes only a couple of pages.  I started reading another book of his London and already I love it like the first.  I knew less about the history of London so I am learning as I go.  I have always loved reading and this author is definitely one that keeps me lovin’ it!

Photo: Amazon.com


What I want to { watch } :: Inception

I know three things about this movie: (1) Leonardo DiCaprio is in it so it must be good (has this guy done one bad movie in his career?  I don’t know, they are all pretty solid).  (2) It is about dreams and dreaming about dreams and being inside of other people’s dreams.  And (3) it is freaking balls-to-the-wall AMAZING!  Or at least, this is what I’m interpreting from the reviews.  I don’t think I’ve heard one bad review yet.  Everyone loves it hence I must see it. 

Photo: All Movie Photo


What I want to { hear } :: Coeur de Pirate

I randomly happened upon a video the other day which was playing Coeur de Pirate’s (meaning Pirate Heart) La vie est ailleurs (meaning Life is Elsewhere) as the soundtrack.  It was so upbeat and fun and French!  I then checked out her website and browsed videos and other tracks and decided that this music was incredibly awesome.  Her music videos are totally fun too and whoever styled them is ingenious.  The music is so refreshing and new (at least for me) and I’m so excited I stumbled upon it.  Maybe I need to broaden my horizons and listen to foreign music more often.  Here is one of her awesome videos for Comme des Enfants:

And Ensemble (I love the outfits and the color and the hairstyles...so fun!):

Photo: Coeur de Pirate's last.fm


Anthropologie Summer Display

Last week I was given the opportunity to help the display team at the Rancho Cucamonga Anthropologie (the store that I just started working for).  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity!!  It was so much fun meeting and getting to know the display team (which consists of a display coordinator, the job I want, a visual manager, and a merchandiser).  Everyone was so nice and great to work with.  I helped cut pieces for this sculptural curtain that would then hang from the ceiling.  The display coordinator chose all these fabulous materials that had different colors and textures and I think the final outcome is absolutely beautiful.  Once again, the Anthropologie display team has done a great job.  Here is the art that I helped make that is now adorning our store:

(these pictures were not taken with my DSLR so they aren't perfect but they give you an idea of what the store looks like)


I really love a lot of the other displays in our store right now.  Everything looks really fantastic.  My favorite is this corner of the store:

This display concept was inspired by Maxime de la Falaise, a fashion icon and model in the 1950s.  Once I saw pictures of her New York apartment I understood how she inspired this space.  I'm not sure what I love more: the framed bookcases or the huge wood cabinet.  I also love the eclectic, random mirrors at the top too.  If this little corner could transport itself into my bedroom I would be 100% happy.  One big problem would be that cabinet, which is a "found" object and for sale in the store.  Yeah, it's $26,000!  I'm sure it is from somewhere cool though and it is definitely beautiful.  Here are a few more shots of my favorite space:

I really love how the shelves are contained inside of the old frame and then at the bottom they created a little desk.  What a unique idea!  


I found some pictures of Maxime de la Falaise's NY apartment and, like I said, Anthropologie did a great job of interpreting the spirit of Maxime's space.  This woman clearly lived a very interesting life and her apartment was filled with amazing treasures.  I do not know how one becomes a "fashion muse" but I think everyone can agree that this woman was living the good life.  Here is Maxime's world:

Photos: Desire to Inspire

Ok, these pictures are straight out of an Anthro catalog, no joke.  This is one of those spaces with clutter but AMAZING clutter!  Normally, clutter reminds you of Hoarders but this is bohemian, artsy chic.  All of the great finds remind me of a flea market.  Maxime, you were one lucky woman.