+ Possibly the most perfect ballet flats ever.
+ And with these printable paper cameras I do believe I need to start a papercraft collection!
+ I love this wedding theme like whoa.
+ Definitely making a few of these painted bottles for (much anticipated) spring flowers.
+ Probably these, too!
+ McSweeney’s Open Letter hilarity.
+ Filing this Bicycle Drawing Machine under Wish I’d Thought of That
+ These watercolor holiday invites are lovely. And free.
+ I’m ready to hightail it to Caboodle Ranch.
+ A fantastic garland roundup.
+ Scheming with these prank gift boxes!
+ In love with this winter wedding.
+ If my cards weren’t written out, this holiday card download would be the way to go.
+ It’s cold outside, but these Maple & Squash Pumpkin Pie Popsicles look incredible.
+ My favorite advent calendar!
I’ve had the chance to befriend a lot of talented people thanks to this blog, one of which has been fellow OKC-dweller Kathleen Shannon. And, well, she’s amazing. Both as a designer and as a friend. (See that Design Crush logo up there? Yeah, she did it.) We happen to share a love of Wes Anderson movies, so when I heard she was designing a wedding invitation inspired by The Life Aquatic I started salivating at the idea. She’s lovely enough to allow me to share it with you first, right here right now. And because no one describes their work better than the artist, I give you the story behind the invitation suite in Kathleen’s own words.
Vanessa contacted me for custom wedding invitations after she stumbled across my portfolio on my blog. She and her fiance George met in Iraq working for the Department of State and love traveling. They are huge Wes Anderson fans, love maps, and giant squids. Sounds odd and quirky – so of course it was right up my alley. They had lots of fun requests – along with a giant squid on the invite they also wanted to include pi (you know, mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space), Par Avion written in Persian somewhere, and a map with important places to the couple highlighted. It’s not everyday you get requests like this from a bride and I was more than happy to oblige. Overall, Vanessa and George wanted the invite to spark a bit of curiosity in its recipients and I was up for the design challenge.
The Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies of all time so I used that as my primary source of inspiration. I wanted the invitation typography to feel like opening credits and the RSVP tag to feel like a baggage claim tag. We utilized a limited color-palette of emerald and aqua with a few pops of orange. I managed to include all the requested elements without making the suite feel too cluttered – I think what we came away with was a layered and positively curious collection.
You know how sometimes you’re just going about your own business, browsing through your reader, and you happen across something that’s so you it leaves your jaw hanging open. This ring could not be more me if it tried.
+ I love these DIY flower bulb favors.
+ Yesterday I shared some out of the ordinary wedding rings over on Oh, hello friend.
+ I also answered a few questions for Annie at Poetic + Chic.
+ I’ve been wanting to paint some Mason jars, so this DIY is perfect timing!
+ Sad I didn’t think of this idea when I moved into my first apartment.
+ Every designer, actually every human, needs to read these words from Milton Glaser.
+ Wowed by these courtroom sketches.
+ Web designers rejoice and meet the Gridulator!
+ I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Baked’s second cookbook.
+ WANT: these Maple Candied Apples in my face.
+ One more reason I need to my ass to NYC: FoodParc.
+ Did you know you can visit illustrator Edward Gorey’s house?
+ Looking for a reason to make + wear a fall leaf mask.
+ I want these Raspberry + Goat’s Milk Yogurt Popsicles in my face. Now.
+ Finally! Levi + Alyson’s wedding with mandatory photos and details.
+ I’m officially on the hunt for cool molds so that I can make sorbet bombes.
+ Make your own honey sticks. I used to go gaga for these as a kid.
+ Beautiful life advice to design students from Frank Chimero.
+ Brooklyn Limestone has be insanely thrilled for the month of October!
+ Oh man, now I want an outdoor shower.
PS: Don’t forget to enter the Roll&TumblePress giveaway before Monday at 9am CST! (My answer: Joe McIntyre from New Kids on the Block. Man, I was in lurve with that boy.)
+ Summer Lasagne is on the menu this weekend
+ In love with the colors of Jeremy & Kathleen’s office
+ Quotes + Music = Music Philosphy
+ I’m smitten with these calligraphied invitations
+ Still up in the air on Tom’s new wedges
+ Swooning over these ceramic glazed tiles from Barbara Barry for Ann Sacks
+ If you’re still in morning over Lost, check out these rad graphic posters
+ Brilliantly designed Alice in Wonderland themed invitations from Jag Nagra
+ A life-like DIY crepe paper bouquet
+ Love this article about the palettes of famous artists
+ A stunning concept design for teabag coasters
My completely above average boss has given us both Friday and Monday off for the Memorial Day weekend, so I’m cutting out early this week. I can’t wait to soak up some rays, work on a few projects around the house and spend plenty of time with friends celebrating the unofficial start of summer. What do you have in store?
+ The perfect desktop wallpaper for all your bike lovers out there
+ A pretty yellow sunshine floral card to brighten your day in the free sort of way
+ A bevy of succulents make for a gorgeous wedding
+ No watermelon is complete with vodka
+ I’m holding out until June 1st to turn on my AC, so the less I have to turn on the oven, the better – enter gazpacho
+ Someone has finally heard our pleas for a recipe card generator!
Happy Memorial Day!
+ popbar, you need to open a location in Oklahoma City!
+ I want to make four of these poufs for game nights around the coffee table
+ I’ve always wondered how to spin sugar
+ The ten best documentaries that you need to see right now
+ Big time loving this rock & roll wedding
+ If I had a BF I would have bought this cassette tape tie days ago
+ Sweet CD sleeves and labels for you to download for your summer mixes
Shabby Apple, whom I adore, recently launched their bridesmaid collection. Every single dress is handmade to order down to the details. The silhouettes are flattering to most body types, there’s a huge range of sizes and they’re affordable. Win, win, win. And do chic you don’t even need the excuse of a wedding to add one to your wardrobe!