A star is born.Pin It
Pepsi Vending revamp.Pin It
OBJECTIVE: Create a custom events board to maximise visibility of Union events, and what better way to do that than tap the most highly trafficked area of campus, the vending machines. The deign is based in part on the branding of the Student Union, while leaving enough quiet space to update the rotating poster-style ads.
The office’s new digs.Pin It
OBJECTIVE: Create a web ad that could build on itself to demonstrate the “makeover” process of Schroeder Solutions.
The Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen.Pin It
Prior to starting our GAPS journey, the hubby and I were on a mission to clean up the diet with more organic foods, which have become the main-stay ever since. Going entirely, or in our case mostly (depending on the week), organic is not a cheap endeavor though (thank you government for the over-priced organic labeling….), and so being aware of the produce that has the least amount of contamination is important. To help us keep on the up and up with our shopping, I created these two posters illustrating the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen (based on the Environmental Working Group list for 2013). I’m a big saver when it comes to my pennies, so I’m hoping that by having these posters prominently displayed in the kitchen will help us remember what to buy, whether we’re at the grocery store or the local farmer’s market.
Another aid in our quest for high-quality, fresh food has been the purchase of an additional freezer, which has been on the wish-list for far too long. Whether it’s produce or meat, helping to squeak out some longevity from the food we eat is important. Hopefully, this will help us save some additional dollars down the road, along with me exercising some restraint when it comes to the grocery shopping in general….(I have a tendency to over buy and stock-pile food….).
Some of the other ways we’ve been saving lately, is buying seasonally. What a unique concept I know, but it really does make a difference with the grocery bill. With everything being so on-demand at the grocery stores, I never had much appreciation for the types of foods available during the different times of year. Shopping regularly at the farmer’s market has definitely changed that for me, and has opened me up to so much more yummy food like rutabagas, which I have experimented with a bit and got some pretty awesome results. It really is worth the effort to get to the market if you can, especially if you can find a good organic vendor as we have in the JenEhr Family Farm.
Next on our to-do list is to purchase more bulk meat, like a half or whole cow. I’m so curious and excited to not only play with some more recipes for all the different parts, but also to see just how long that amount of meat would last us. We’ve been purchasing our meat from Ney’s Big Sky, who generally attend most of the local farmer’s markets throughout the summer, and have a delivery system for the off-season. Everything we’ve had from then has been pretty outstanding, so purchasing the meat in bulk is a no-brainer, just gotta suck it up and do it. The difficulty is that there is definitely a large upfront investment, but I’m hopeful that it will be well worth it! I mean, how could having even more delicious food not be worth that little extra effort?!
Cinephile Style: Inspiring the movie buff within.Pin It
I’ve been known to frequent the Apartment Therapy website on occasion (more than occasion), and in my perusals I came across this post for modern movie posters. I was immediately struck. I love movies almost as much as I love design, so when I came across these unique movie posters, I was inspired. I needed to try my hand at creating my very own. It’s actually been one of those projects that’s been floating around in the back of my mind ever since college. I remember doing a similar project for one of my classes way back when, and always thought it would be fun to revisit.
My first attempt is with the movie that is most nearest and dearest to my heart: Kill Bill. Being of the female persuasion, I have a soft spot for those women that can kick some serious a**! I love martial arts, and every time I watch a movie like this it rekindles my fire to continue my own training! If only I could take a break for a few years to study with a master like Pai Mei…..but I digress.
The movie posters that tend to strike me the most are those that are simplest, where the movie’s concept becomes iconified with a strong image and bold yet simple color scheme. Design at it’s finest really, which was my aim in creating this movie poster. Hopefully this will only be the start of my revisionist movie posters, the only question is where I will be putting all these amazing posters once they’re complete. So many ideas, too little wall space!
A quickie snack: coconutmealPin It
I have a new favorite snack/breakfast.
Nothing quite beats a big, warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal to start the morning, unless of course you’re grain-free, in which case, this un-oatmeal, or oaty-like meal is perfect! This was my quickie breakfast experiment last week, which turned out to be quite successful in that it is super simple to make and even better to eat. Just the thing for when that craving strikes for something warm, hearty and breakfasty!
Trying to steer clear of the diary for the time being (curse my sensitive digestion!), I still wanted something creamy to go along with my paleo granola. Fortunately, we had some coconut cream (in block form) on hand, and so I grabbed some fixins of cacao nibs, coconut shreds, and my paleo granola in hopes of making up a little cereal-like concoction to get my work day started. With the coconut cream being in block form, I had to warm up the water in order to make it creamy and milky. The happy discovery came when I got back to my desk and added the rest of my ingredients. The warmed coconut milk softened the shreds just enough to make them feel more like oatmeal than coconut, and the crunchiness of the granola and cacao really heightened the flavor profile, tying everything together quite well. This coconutmeal was delightful, and I’ve been enjoying the continued experiments from day to day, playing around with various fruit and flavoring. Today’s fruit topping: kiwi, which seemed to go especially well with the overall coconuttiness of the dish. So many possibilities, just need more breakfasts to try them all!
- 1/4 cup (or more) coconut shreds
- 1/4 cup (approximately) cacao nibs
- 2tbs paleo granola (my own recipe to come, based on this amazing recipe from the Civilized Caveman)
- Approximately 1/4 cup (or so) of Coconut milk/cream
- Warm the coconut milk/cream. When using the block of coconut cream at work, I warmed the water in the microwave and then added the coconut. If it’s already liquid I would recommend lightly warming in a sauce pan or crockpot (I keep a small one at work for warming my food).
- Add the coconut shreds and mix, allowing them to lightly soften before adding the rest of the ingredients.
- That’s pretty much it. Enjoy!
Fun with resume design.Pin It
It’s been quite the while, perhaps a little too long, since I’ve done much resume work. Fortunately, I haven’t had much of a need as I am (finally) in a pretty awesome job that I love, and have been for the last few years, so working on my resume has not been at the forefront of my mind. That being said, there was something inspiring about this particular project that totally reinvigorated my interest in self-promotion and resume design. Part of the inspiration I’m sure came from the intention of the project, which was to help my recently graduated cousin as she embarks on her journey entering the “real world” and joining the rest of us in the post-graduate workforce. Of course the fact that this was also a well received design may have also helped rekindle that fire I have for design. Whatever the reason, I was happy with the results. I even got to thinking: perhaps there’s something to this; perhaps I could start working with those looking for more self-promotional pieces.
For me, the biggest question ultimately is: do I really want to get back into more freelance work?
While I’ve been doing the full-time thing, I haven’t done much freelancing. Not that I’m complaining, I’ve happily enjoyed the nine to five hours of the full-time schedule, leaving the rest of my time open to explore some of my long-time interests such as fencing, martial arts and improv. Perhaps in once again finding the hobby of design, and taking on more of these types of interesting projects, I might continue to cultivate the inspiration needed to continue making great work all around.
Ultimately design is my passion, but as with most things in life, the challenge can come with keeping things fresh. I’m not saying this resume design was anything earth-shatteringly new design-wise, but it did serve that purpose to get me thinking a little more creatively, especially when the only resumes I’ve ever really worked on were my own. There was something very refreshing about not serving as both the designer and client for this type of project. Working on a resume for someone else removed that added element of self critique, and allowed me to just have fun with the design.
I don’t know if now is the right time to be starting up the freelance work again, but it’s definitely something to consider. I like the idea of a more focussed approach, and working with those interested in more self-promotional materials could be a fun direction to take. Definitely something to consider, but in the mean time, I will continue to have fun in life and design; see where the winds take me, and focus on enjoying the ride!
The Selfie Project: Day 1, The Straw HousePin It
Today is the start of my new project, The Selfie Project. The goal is simple: take and post one selfie per day. The challenge will be in remembering to make those efforts towards not only taking a photo of myself, but to then also post a little something (hopefully interesting) about that photo. It’s been a little too long since I’ve done much with my own photography, and even longer since I’ve written any blog posts, so this will be a good project to get me back in the habit.
So that’s the project, and to start things off, today’s photo finds me in the production shop of First Stage, on what will soon be the set of The Three Little Pigs. I love getting a sneak peak at what’s happening behind the scenes, which is why I will also be contributing to the First Stage blog with more stories about who’s who and what’s what in production this season.
The Selfie Project: Day 2, Yoga breakPin It
After my first attempt to find a nice quiet space to do some yoga had failed due to technical difficulties with WiFi connectivity, I eventually found an open, unused room that did not have the same technical issues. Success and happiness followed, as well as this quick selfie.
The Selfie Project: Day 3, SushiPin It
Tonight the hubby and I are on our way up to Neenah for a weekend of celebration for my cousin’s pending nuptials. On the way, we stopped for a (not so) quick bite of sushi for a little date night to kick off the weekend. This is our second time here at Sakura, having stopped a couple weekends ago on yet another trip up to the Fox Valley. It was a wonderful meal, and the presentation was absolutely gorgeous. Almost felt bad digging into such a beautiful plate, almost.
The Selfie Project: Day 4, Her WeddingPin It
Today my beautiful cousin Ashley marries her long-time sweetheart Troy, in an outdoor ceremony on the waterfront at TJ’s Harbor Restaurant. Things started a little drizzly, but from what I hear (from the hubby), this is actually a sign of good luck as those drops will be the only tears shed throughout the marriage. And the rain was short lived as the clouds broke to reveal a gorgeous sun that brought with it a warm afternoon that lasted well into the evening. It was a day filled with love, fun, and happiness, and my hope is that this is only the start of many more happy years together. To Ashley and Troy, cheers!