Friday, August 24, 2012

Creative Hodge-Podge

Happy, happy Friday, friends! :)

This week has been filled with lots of super fun projects. I love it when "work" doesn't even feel like work because it's far too enjoyable to fall into that category!

I thought I'd share some of the things that have been going on around my coffee table [a.k.a. "craft studio"] and kitchen to help you get your weekend off to an inspired start.

I donated this sweet little chevron frame to a silent auction for Called To Adopt who, in their own words, are "an organization dedicated to supporting domestic adoption by providing grants and fund-raising assistance to families pursuing adoption". I'd say "love" is definitely a theme running throughout the organization & their mission!

I created these bright, sassy little stickers for a beachy bachelorette bash:

... And baked up a batch of starfish and seashell cookie favors to go along with the theme.

I also worked on a top-secret project that was uncharacteristically un-girly for me, and I have to say it was fun to switch things up a bit! I'll be sharing more about it once I have the go-ahead... but for now, you'll have to just keep guessing. :)

Having creative friends who let me bounce ideas off of them is so appreciated when I'm working on all these projects! In fact, two of my friends recently opened their very own Etsy shops. My super-talented friend Erica just opened the Etsy branch of her photography & calligraphy company, WP inks. She is pure magic with a fountain pen [not to mention with a camera]!

Another friend, Lely, just started up Lely's Creative Corner where she sells everything from pre-made baby gift baskets to hand-made Christmas wreaths.

If you have time, please drop by their shops or Facebook pages [WP inks, Lely's Creative Corner] and show them some love!

Do you have any creative things you've been working on, or have a shop [or know of a good one!] that I should feature?

Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Graphically Smitten

Well... so much for at least one post a week. ;)

Things have been seriously busy lately, especially with the overhaul at The Kitchen Prep (a makeover was necessary!), lots of baking projects, and getting things together for a fun blog feature I have coming up in the Fall.

But the lack of posts over here doesn't mean I haven't been inspired!

Yesterday I posted a link to some cool subway art by Roni Lagin over on TKP's Facebook page. He designed these "Delicious City Prints" as way to highlight the culinary trademarks of a some of the world's best foodie cities... and I, being a huge fan of both food and travel (not to mention typography!), absolutely loved them.


Subway art has been popping up just about everywhere, and I've seen some really creative uses for it. The best part is, it's super easy to design some of your own... so I did!

As I mentioned earlier, my mind has already taken the leap over to the Fall season as I've been preparing for some upcoming projects. And for me, Fall is synonymous with college football!

So... I started playing with some ideas and came up with this Florida Gators inspired design... what do you think?

How fun would this be framed and prominently displayed at your tailgate party, in your game room, dorm, or even on your mantle as part of your Fall decor?

I'm pinning this over on my "Football Season!" Pinterest board to share with my other Gator friends out there (feel free to do the same!)... and who knows, I might be inspired to design a few more! ;)

What other creative uses do you have for subway art? I'd love to hear your ideas!