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Friday
Jul082011

Font Love, Vol. XVIII

Happy Font Friday blog world!  Today I have old movies on my mind.  I would love to spend my afternoon curled up watching a few old favorites, wouldn't you?  I absolutely love seeing the old costumes and sets and being taken back to a world of old Hollywood glamour, a time when men always wore suits and ladies looked so fancy and sophisticated.  Cary Grant is one of my all-time favorite actors and his witty charm always steals the show for me.  I have been desperately wanting to watch To Catch A Thief lately.

Ok, I guess Grace Kelly doesn't hurt either.  She was so gorgeous and classy.  All of her costumes in this film were amazing.  The costume design was done by Edith Head, a famous Hollywood designer who won eight Academy Awards for her work.  But the show stopper has to be this white dress (the one on the right):

This is a favorite movie of mine and no matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.  The sweeping shots of the French Riviera appeal to the traveler in me and only increase my ever-growing wanderlust.  There is something about those beach shots though.  I can almost feel the sun and beachy breezes.  Oh my, and don't those black and white umbrellas look familiar!

Ruby's umbrellas look pretty similar.  A little bit of the French Riviera made it into our Southern California cake party apparently!

At this point in the post you may be asking, "Umm, when are we going to talk about fonts?"  Right now!  I do have a font to share today and it is inspired by the old movie titles (see, I tied this all in).  Let me introduce Lakeside:

Lakeside, a 1940s style script by Mark Simonson Studio, is "inspired by the hand-lettered titles in the film noir classic 'Laura'."  The font features three different cap styles so you get plenty of options with Lakeside.  I love the old-time feel.

Lakeside is so nostalgic and it makes me want to pull into a drive-in movie theater and eat popcorn.  Yum!

Want to see more font loveliness?  Check out my friend's font picks on their blogs:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki ♥ Vicki Designer & 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

Lucky me, I just got a Barnes & Noble coupon in my email.  I may just head down there and buy my own copy of To Catch A Thief.  Happy movie watching for me!

Have a great weekend friends!  See you next week.

Friday
Jul012011

Font Love, Vol. XVII

Happy Font Friday everyone and happy 4th of July weekend!  I cannot believe it's July already?!  We are in the full swing of summer and at least in my neck of the woods, we will definitely be feeling the summer heat.  I think a jump in the pool will be necessary...as well as a barbecue...nothing says Independence Day like BBQ fare and chlorine water.  What are your long weekend plans?  

I don't necessarily have a Font Friday pick today, I just wanted to share some pretty font inspiration.  Lately I have been super intrigued by calligraphy and have been meaning to try my own hand at it.  There are some amazing calligraphy artists out there but two current favorites definitely are:

Betsy Dunlap

And Lauren from A Fabulous Fete:

Both have very different styles but I appreciate their artistic talents so much. 

Yesterday I couldn't resist any longer so I made a stop at my local Michaels for some supplies.  I bought the cheapest set I could find for beginners, a single nib and pen holder and a single bottle of ink from Speedball.  Today I spent a relaxing morning testing out my new supplies.

Well, I'm definitely no secret Betsy Dunlap but it was really fun and I will continue to practice.  Hopefully I can get comfortable enough with it so that I can make some simple cards and tags in the future.  I was listening to Damien Jurado music so I started copying his lyrics...this was after writing my name a hundred times.  I felt like a 4th grade girl writing my name out that many times.  Don't tell me I'm the only one that did that?  

I found this calligraphy practice sheet that explains how to make each stroke.  I printed it out to use as reference.  It was helpful.

Be sure to check out the awesome picks of my other font friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki ♥ Vicki Designer & 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

Happy weekend friends!

Friday
Jun242011

Font Love, Vol. XVI

Happy Font Friday everyone!  It has been a couple of weeks since I posted a type favorite and it feels good to get back into the swing of things now that Confetti Lab is over and normalcy can resume.  The last few days have been busy ones for me (I was pretty much dead to the internet for a few days) and in typical Lauren fashion, it was down to the wire as I finished up all the last-minute details for the party yesterday.  I had so much fun and everything turned out great!  I was super happy with my display and I cannot wait to share the pictures with everyone next week.  I have a lot of fun, crafty ideas to share so get ready for some inspiration next week.

My font pick today is a freebie from one of my favorite sites, Font Squirrel (sigh, what would I do without Font Squirrel?).  And not only is it free but it comes with a few variations.  So instead of one thing for free, you're getting an even better deal of a handful of things for free.  Even better!  Here is Ostrich Sans:

Ostrich was designed by Tyler Finck and other than Font Squirrel, you can also find it on A League of Moveable Type with some examples of how to use it.  It is a simple sans-serif but that's what I love about it.  Clean and legible.  

I also wanted to highlight this gorgeousness:

The other day my Mom and I went to Home Depot to buy succulents for Confetti Lab and my Mom walked away with this amazing dahlia plant.  It is so beautiful!  I had to document it because my family doesn't have the best track record with plants and I'm afraid this beauty might be dead in a few days.  But now there is documented proof of how lovely it was in the beginning.  It has been super hot (in the high 90s) where I live so I'm afraid the extreme heat could do this poor plant in too.  My dog could potentially destroy it too (she loves getting into plants) so clearly the odds are against this dahlia.  But I hope it hangs in there because it brightens up my day when I see it.

Happy weekend friends! 

*Oops, I almost forgot...check out all of my other talented font friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

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

Friday
Jun032011

Font Love, Vol. XV

Happy Font Friday friends!  

As I have mentioned here before, I am particularly drawn to thin fonts.  I will never tire of Strangelove and LiebeErika and their skinniness.  That is why I was particularly drawn to Alt Lautus when I spotted it on the front page of MyFonts.  

Lautus was designed by Andreas Leonidou, and it comes in 10 variations: thin, thin italic, light, light italic, regular, italic, medium, medium italic, bold, and bold italic.  See more examples of Lautus in all its minimalist glory here.

The thin is definitely my favorite although the price tag may have something to do with that.  The thin and thin italic versions of Lautus are free from MyFonts and the other eight variations are only $5 each, $30 for the entire set.  Also check out the other fonts by Andreas Leonidou: Retro Typeface, Matey Typeface, and Tiwo Typeface.  

For more font loveliness today, be sure to visit my friend's blogs:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

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

Happy Friday and have a great weekend.  My friend will be in town (the one who is getting married in September) and so we are going to be doing a lot of bridesmaid/bride activities.  Should be fun!  It will be a welcomed change from last weekend where all I did was work.  Take care all!

Friday
May272011

Font Love, Vol. XIV

TGIFF!  Happy Font Friday everyone.  This week zoomed by and already it's the end of the week and we're discussing type again.  I must admit that the fonts really do make my Fridays even sweeter.  This week's font pick came about when I found this inspiration on Pinterest...

Isn't that font great!?  This print comes from The Love Shop on Etsy.  This Aussie designer has some fun and inspirational prints, all with great type.  

So I did a little font research and discovered that this print was created using Adam Gorry Lights.  Adam Gorry has two versions actually, Lights & Inline, and both are inspired by theater billboards from the '40s and '50s.  Lights to replicate giant light bulb lettering and Inline to be like neon tubing.  I love the retro feel of these two fonts but they also work perfectly in a simple, more modern design, like above.  And the best part about them...and this is your treat for the weekend...they are free from MyFonts for personal use (only $25 for commercial use...still a great deal!).

What could be better than that?

A fun little font video that I found on Vimeo...

The Alphabet from n9ve on Vimeo.

 

  For more font loveliness, be sure to visit my friend's blogs.  

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

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

Happy Friday and have a great holiday weekend!