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It seems like such a great deal. FREE FONTS. I think “Wonderful, I can find a new font for this project I am working on and it will have a whole new look and feel.” Then I go around and do some of my favorite inspiration finding and I see the font I downloaded over and over again. This is how the discussion goes. Why buy fonts when there are so many free alternatives?

For a while I was the amoeba I didn’t feel one way or the other about the situation. Downloading free fonts, using fonts that were installed on my computer. But now I am firmly decided on my opinion. I think when you are looking for the perfect font for your composition using a free font is just too common. People put a lot of work and effort into creating a font. I want to reward the people who made the effort to produce good quality type.

I really like how a font that isn’t free seems more unique even on simple projects. I am gearing up to purchase my second font and cannot wait. To illustrate the differences here are two posters I am working on one with a purchased font and one with a free font.

Fonts used

Belinda – purchased

Apple Chancery – installed on my computer

Futura – installed on my computer

Bellerose – free

New things are coming to the blog I hope you are as excited as I am.

Have a great week!


I have never been one to keep a journal, to record my daily life in a diary or post tweets every 2 minutes about the sandwich  I am enjoying. Something changed in 2011 when I moved into my apartment and started looking around online for DIY decorating ideas. I found a whole world in the blogosphere I didn’t know about. The Crafters, the DIYers, the decoraters, the cooks, the list goes on and on; after months of reading and thinking and enjoying I wanted to try it. I brought my dusty old blog which started out much like a diary and I am string to rework it building it up with post about things that are of interest to me. I thought it would be nice to pay hommage to the blogs that I have enjoyed reading and which have inspired me the most.I love discovering new bloggers to read and my list is ever changing here are my most recent top 5.

1. A Beautiful Mess – Everything this girl does inspires I hope that I can craft my blog into such a beautiful place of personal expression as the writers over here.

2. Pugly Pixel – I really enjoy how she shows you inspiration from the real world and takes it into the graphic design relm. Her tutorials are easy to follow and fun to read.

3. Pioneer Woman – I want, I want, I WANT her lodge kitchen and pantry. I think I could craft beautiful meals like her if I had that kitchen. She offers lots of information on photography another topic I am passionate about.

4.  Indie Jane Photography – She has a blog filled with very inspiring portrait photography. I love her use of the great outdoors and the sun to make images that feel fun.

5. Hair Romance – I am a sucker for trying new hairstyles and she has a lot of really fun looks in her ebook.

I hope you all enjoyed this list and had a great weekend with family and friends.

Hello, my post for this week is a successful mini photo shoot. I did it in celebration as the weather finally improved and spring is on it’s way. I used my boyfriend as the subject and took some spring pictures of him outside in the beautiful weather. Below are a couple of the shots we had a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again. I am looking forward to shooting my nieces 6-month photos this next weekend and I will keep practicing and getting better. 

“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.”
– David Ogilvy

Make it a great week!

This last weekend I spent the weekend with my family. It was WONDERFUL and while I was there I challenged myself to create an alphabet out of found objects. I made a long list of all the things that I could think of in the kitchen to make an alphabet. I chose to write my letters in salt it took me back and my mom and I talked about her teaching me how to form letters using much of the same method. I have other alphabets I would like to make but with my large family those were a bigger mess than I could handle so for my first found alphabet I went with salt. I produced pretty standard letters but as many of my projects go my mind is now filling up with all the different things I can do for next time. I plan to keep challenging myself with this and pick a different room to do an alphabet in and see what I can find. Maybe my next room will be the living room. I encourage you to share your ideas or your found alphabets I am always excited to see others’ creativity.

It is the last day of February and I am really excited about sharing this with you. I have launched my own online portfolio.

For me it was the next step in starting my own graphic design business. I am really proud of it because I did it all (with a little help from Gunnar, but it was mostly me). My blood, sweat and tears (there were tears) created the design, the HTML and the CSS. I knew there was a lot to learn going into this project but even after all I did learn I see how much more there is to know. And I am sure that in 6 months to a year I will want to change the design again because I have learned new techniques and have seen my skills improve enough that I want to show the world. For now I am completely in love with it. I like the colors and the logo I have done for myself as well as all the elements I pulled together to create the design. I know that having a solid brand is important to growing a business and having success with return clients. I hope at this stage in the game I can be more fluid in my brand while I sort out and search what really is me.

In this website I used a hand drawn logo as the basis of the entire design making it simple and unique. So go check it out, spread the world and feel free to contact me if you have a project in mind. I look forward to the new adventures having my portfolio online will bring me and the new friends I will make along the way.

February is finally here. I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time. About 2 weeks ago I decided I was going to participate in a month long photo challenge and have been dying to start. I came across the photo challenge on Raising Monkey, Loving Sarge and really liked the challenges. I’ve already brainstormed how I am going to accomplish some of them. I still haven’t decided if I will try posting them all once a day, doing a post of my favorites at the end, or tweeting them all and doing a large wrap up post. If you choose to participate, choose some one or all days to take photos and let me know which one was your favorite. Remember as always to have fun and make it your own.

Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed how much I have improved in my knowledge and skills about design. The more tutorials I do and the more I spend time practicing in photoshop the faster I complete the projects I am working on. Although at this point in the game I haven’t decided on a specific focus inside the design world, I’m still soaking it all in and enjoying the ride.

Typography has become an interest to me in my design path and I was lucky enough to attend a Master Lecture on Typography this last week. It was interesting and reaffirming to know what I have been spending my time researching is really what others who have official training are learning.

Since my last post I have completed two projects one personal and one for work. Yay! I actually have gotten paid to do some designing! My supervisor came to me because she knew I was starting to work with design and asked me to create a promotional coupon for customers during our grad fair. My personal project was my own Christmas E-card to send out to friends. I am really excited about this one because it will show the important people in my life what I’ve been working on for the past couple of months.

I still have a bunch of ideas and projects I would love to start working on but doing too much will not increase the quality of my work or my knowledge of design. Its best right now to stick to one or two things a week. I look forward to another week full of learning and rich experiences.

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” -Les Brown