January 19th 2012

Custom Illustrations and Letterpress Design

I was recently looking for letterpress prints to hang up in my newly painted office.  I wanted something fun, a little whimisical and pet related.  While I didn't find many prints that struck my fancy, I did come across some really fabulous card sets.  I've purchased letterpress cards before and then just framed them to hang on the wall.  Not necessarily their intended use, but it works just the same.

Sweet Harvey offers ready-made gorgeous original illustration letterpress and screenprinting designs and I've fallen head over heels. There are prints, pillow covers, even embroidered hoop art, but what caught my eye were the notecards and greeting cards.

The cuteness. The simplicity. The whimsy. The clean design. They have it all. I kinda want one of everything, but Sean would flip out if I did that.  I've yet to decide which to get, but the Fox and Owl are high on the list.

Here a few other noteable mentions as well.

How cool is this vintage typewriter?

And this pup with a little red eye patch? *dies*

And of course, this sweet pumpkin!

I'm not sure I'll be able to decide. I think it might be easier if there was a package of 10 assorted cards to choose from (*hint**hint*), but for now I'll have to pick just one because they are simply to lovely to pass up.

January 14th 2012

Color Palette #3: Black Raspberry Sorbet

When I’m choosing a color palette for a web design project, I find inspiration in so many places. Finding the right colors is an important aspect to the overall tone and feeling a website conveys.

I love how colors influence how people feel and it should be an important aspect of your branding message.

Today my inspiration came from a simple and delicious snack I whipped up between some SEO work and some brand positioning research that I’m doing on a new project.

web design color palette

A mixed berry & banana sorbet, which also happens to be completely dairy free (my thighs are thankful). I love the play of purple here. I don’t always love purple, but I think this palette comes together nicely, not just for eating. The richness in the purple meshes well with the softness in the pink and peaches. I’m ready for another scoop!

January 10th 2012

Color Palette #2: Peppermint Snowflake

Another thing I love is baking. I spent a good portion of our winter break baking all sorts of festive treats.

Sean’s favorite Christmas treat is Peppermint Bark which his mom makes for him.  She gave him a big bowl for his birthday on December 10th and then another batch on Christmas.  I’ve never been a huge peppermint fan. I like the occasional candy cane, but I really need to be in the mood for it.  However, I tried a piece (or 3!) of the Peppermint Bark and loved it.  So I decided to try to turn the idea of Peppermint Bark into a cupcake.

Behold, the best chocolate cupcake ever with Peppermint Swiss Meringue Butter Cream.  It was heavenly. And it’s my inspiration for today’s color palette.

Peppermint Snowflake

If you’re interested in the actual recipe for this decadent dessert, here ya go…

Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes
Peppermint Swiss Meringue Butter Cream

January 9th 2012

Color Palette #1: Found Everywhere

It’s not really a secret that I love color. I love fonts more, but color is right up there at number #3, right after Fonts and Sean smile

I was over on Pinterest today, filling up on some daily inspiration when I my eye caught this pin. I won’t discuss my love for Container Store because that would take another post and a few hours. But these adorable CableDrop Cords inspired me today.

With the grayness of winter upon us, and the shorter “daylight” days, I tend to be drawn to brighter, warmer, happier colors.

Plugged In Party

The pink and orange scream summertime and sherbet. They totally make me happy. And the greens balance out the brightness/cheerfulness a bit to bring together a well-rounded palette.

What’s your favorite color/color palette?

January 7th 2012

Adding your Pinterest feed to ExpressionEngine

Super easy and totally painless.

First you’ll need your Pinterest RSS feed url, which you can find on your Pinterest profile page. Ours is http://pinterest.com/emtwo/feed.rss

Next you’ll need to install the SuperGeekery Tag Stripper plugin so we can extract the image url from the RSS pinterest feed and get rid of the rest of the html added by Pinterest.

You’ll also need the Magpie plugin (which ships with current versions of EE) so we can actually display the feed.

On to the code:
{exp:magpie url="http://pinterest.com/emtwo/feed.rss" parse="inward" refresh="720" limit="5"}
{items}{exp:tagstripper:tagsToSave tags="img"}{description}{/exp:tagstripper:tagsToSave}{/items}

All you need to do is change out the URL parameter to your Pinterest feed url and adjust the refresh rate (in minutes) to your preferred rate. You can adjust the limit to show 1 item or all your feed items, like we do here.

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