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What I Am Passionate About...

Each capture is a snapshot into someone else’s world. And it’s powerful, to hold the very things in your hands that someone else once cherished. Moments, people, great loves, celebrations, the little pieces that make up someone’s life. The privilege of granting you access into these lives is not one that should be taken lightly. Or at least I don’t think it is. You become a keeper of these moments, even though they were not originally yours, and as keeper your responsibility is consideration. Who were these people? Where was this landscape? Why was this moment so special to someone? Because the people of the past are just like you...they were people. They had a home, they loved someone, they had friends, they had favorite things to do on weekends. To me, these old photographs are a reminder that life is simple and the things that are truly important are universal to us all. So I take a minute to stop and consider the lady in the floral dress or the picturesque lake that someone captured so pristinely. They will live on a bit through me and as I consider them, hopefully it will remind me to take better notice of those around me in the present. 

The Blogging Your Way Bootcamp e-course presented me with the question: What are you passionate about? I decided to tackle the question in a post and share one of my many passions. Photographs are some of my most cherished possessions including vintage ones of people I don't know and places I've never been. I scrounge antique stores for them. I dig out old family albums for them. They inspire me. They make me think about the past and history and how things from long ago can still be relevant in my life, in everyone's lives. What are you passionate about? Does history inspire your creative spirit just like me? Do you also collect old photographs of people you don't know and places you've never been?


Font Love, Vol. XXXII: History of the Ampersand

Happy Friday friends! We've made it through the week. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Before the weekend hits, I'd like to share a little history lesson. It's a fun history lesson (I promise) and it involves a favorite typographic character: the ampersand. I randomly came across the &'s history online and it was so interesting that I couldn't resist making a Font Friday post out of it. Do you know how the & came to be?

The character was not originally called an ampersand. In Roman script it was a representation of et. Et means 'and' in Latin and when the two letters were written in cursive, they linked together to form a shape similar to the & we use today.

The two ampersands on the right really hint at the et origin of the character.

The & shape was actually a part of the alphabet in the early 1800s. Upon reciting the alphabet, one would conclude with, "...X, Y, Z, and per se and." Per se means by itself so it was like saying, "...X, Y, Z, and by itself and." Clearly over time, 'and per se' morphed into the word ampersand we use today.

Super interesting right? Did anyone know this history already? I think I remember hearing about the Latin et but I had no idea the ampersand was actually included in the alphabet for awhile. Fascinating!

Ampersand history by The Hot Word from Dictionary.com.

If you want to see some 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

Cécile ♥ My Paper Lounge

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy weekend!


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.


What I Want...Friday, June 11th

It's Friday again!!  I've had my eyes set on a few cool things this last week and I'm excited to share them here.  Here is what I'm loving and wanting right now:


What I want to { do } :: watch World Cup soccer in South Africa

World Cup 2010 started today and this morning I got to watch Uruguay versus France.  It was kind of a boring game (tied 0-0 at the end) but Uruguay's defense was awesome and they totally prevented France from getting any real looks.  I can imagine they are proud of themselves because they went into the game as the underdogs.  I'm not particularly invested in either of those two teams.  I hope to catch Italy, Spain, and USA games.  Apparently Argentina is going to be great so I'll try and watch them.  Even though I am a soccer fan and I played it growing up, watching it on tv is kind of boring.  But watching it in person is amazing.  While in Europe I was fortunate enough to see two professional soccer games, AS Roma and Real Madrid.  European soccer fans are crazy (they put any US fans to shame, seriously!) and the energy in the stadium totally pumps you up.  Seeing these World Cup games in person would be so cool.  And this new stadium they built is beautiful.  With basketball winding down (go Lakers!!) it will be fun to invest myself in another sport.  The only downside is that a lot of the games air on ESPN in the morning, like 7am or earlier even.  Bloody time change!

Photo: FIFA


Where I want to { go } :: Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair will be in Los Angeles July 24th and 25th and I couldn't be more excited.  Renegade is a large-scale fair put on in cities around the country that feature independent and local artists and crafters.  I see it as "Etsy + real life shopping."  Like Etsy, Renegade encourages all things handmade.  I love supporting independent artists and crafters myself and it is so encouraging that so many others feel the same way and that it has become a trend in our society.  The fair originally started in Chicago in 2003 but since then fairs have been held in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and now Austin.  The only problem I foresee with this place is that I will leave with no money in my bank account because I will literally want to buy everything I see.  And there will be about 250 vendors there so all the more reason for my bank account to start crying now.  Admission is free so everyone should go because it will definitely be full of visual delights!

Photo: Renegade Craft Fair Flickr group 


What I want to { buy } :: Japanese washi tape

OMG!  Keep me away from this tape...I literally want every color, every pattern.  I don't know exactly what makes this tape so special or different from other tape but the colors and patterns are just heaven.  Just type "washi tape" or "Japanese washi tape" into Flickr (example here) and you'll see all the cute things people do with it.  It is a particularly great alternative to wrapping paper and traditional packaging.  I have always been a sucker for paper goods/office supplies kind of stuff and this tape is no exception.  I have been restraining myself from buying any because I'm afraid to walk away with 50 rolls of tape (once again my bank account weeps) but I don't think I can resist much longer.  This stuff is almost too good to be true. 

Photo: Cute Tape


What I want to { eat } :: Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches

There are a couple of reasons why I need to try Coolhaus.  (1) The company was started by two young architecture students who wanted to combine their love of food and architecture.  Architecture plays an equally large role as the ice cream treats in their company.  Their desserts are even named after famous architecture icons (ex: Frank Behry [Frank Gehry], Mintimalism [Minimalism], Mies Vanilla Rohe [Mies van der Rohe], Richard Meyer Lemon Ginger [Richard Meier], and Oatmeal Cinnamoneo [Rafael Moneo]).  (2) They don't have a store but instead a trendy, converted postal van that they cruise around LA in, Twittering their location to their customers.  And (3), these desserts look absolutely freakin' amazing!  I think the marketing behind this company is spectacular and as an architecture student myself, I appreciate the unique use of their degrees.  If I was getting married or having an event I would totally hire these guys to come out and I think I would probably have to try every flavor.  I also love that the desserts come wrapped in custom edible wrappers.  In the future they want to introduce edible spoons so that no waste will be produced.  Ingenious...and yummy!

Photo: Dwell article about Coolhaus   


What I want to { read } :: Pia Jane Bijkerk's blog and Paris: Made By Hand

There is a book called Paris: Made By Hand that I have been wanting to buy for awhile.  The book was written by Pia Jane Bijkerk, a stylist, photographer, and author.  I recently discovered her beautiful blog and have gotten addicted.  Every single picture and post is just lovely and I instantly want to transform myself into her world.  She lives and works and splits her time between Paris, Amsterdam, and Sydney (lucky, lucky, lucky!!).  While in Amsterdam, she lives on a houseboat (so cool, although I kind of hate boats, but in the calm, Amsterdam canals, I think I would be ok).  Her most recent book Amsterdam: Made By Hand just came out (I will also need to get this) and she is working on a third book.  Right now I am just excited to peruse her blog and soak up all the beauty.  I want this girl's life...it is like my dream future!

Photo: Pia Jane Bijkerk blog 


What I want to { watch } :: The Pacific

History was probably my favorite subject in school and even now, I love reading historical fiction or non-fiction books and watching historically accurate movies.  I have always been drawn to stories centered around the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.  Band of Brothers still remains one of the best war movies I have ever seen so I was super excited when I heard about The Pacific (to be completely honest, part of the love is because Tom Hanks is associated with the project...I love him!).  I got to watch the first part of The Pacific recently and I can't wait to see the rest.  It seems like it is the same caliber as Band of Brothers.  I commend Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for honoring the soldiers in the Pacific theater as well. 

Photo: HBO The Pacific