slightly different blogging...

You may (or may not have) noticed my new cleaner look. And my use of my webfonts - Cordially Yourz and Drop Cap One. Following my newer look it seems like my content should be different too. Last week I had coffee with my Gang of 4 graphic artist group and we talked about how designers often created design driven product rather than thinking more about their message. So the month of August will be a test for me to try and do that. I've always been unsure what my message is... maybe it will be me just chatting with you about random things.

Of course what would a blog for a artist be without visuals so I am also going to do...

Susanna Conway is suggesting that people sort of take a break from regular blogging for the month of August and post a photo each day. So while I think about my message I will try to put up a photo daily with the above badge.

Enjoy Summer... it feels like it is slipping away fast... and have a margarita at Laredos. That is Summertime fun.

i heart pugly pixel...

Pugly Pixel is a delightful website FULL of blog palettes, layouts, blog stock, brushes, clip art, fonts, textures, tips, and tutorials. Much of this goodness is even free. Katrina also has premium blog bling for an amazingly low price of $5 a month. Totally worth checking out. While surfing her site I found Desktop Notes... a much improved version of Stickies. More on that next week.

Free 100 Business Cards!

to tweet or not to tweet, that is the question...

I guess I don't tweet... well I sort of tweet. I have it set up so my posts link to twitter. If you want to follow me there I am raejk.

I blog and that blog is also a website, I have a facebook page and a biz facebook page so I just can't tweet too. But on some level I guess I think I should. But if I did then I would not have any time to actually go out of the house and do anything to talk about.

But for those of you who want to understand how twitter works here is a great link at Jessica Hische's site.

pretty in pink bracelet...

I love to get things from Etsy. Everyone always packages things so well. It always feels like a present arriving. Granted it is to me from me but getting a package like this makes it even more special when...

you open it and this is what you get! I mentioned Blue Moss before. I love their jewelry and it inspired me to make jewelry again, but well, I haven't. So I treated myself to this. Check them out... in fact I see that there is another one almost like this one...

blog crush... fantasy floral designs

Oh my how I love these. You much check out this fabulous blog Fantasy Floral Designs. For the right bride this would be a show stopper. Check out the all white/pearl/rhinestone ones too. Spectacular.

And this inspired me to buy a gold leaf broach for $1 at a tag sale in hopes of someday amassing enough of these to do something. My guess is that won't ever happen. I'll just check back in at Amanda's site from time to time for some stunning eye candy.

i heart this blog...

I am enjoying this relatively new blog... 3 creative girlfriends Carrie, Megan and Morgan from Kansas City have a passion for design and a love of color and they blog about it.

I am particularly charmed by their use of type and color two things that I obsess about. Check them out.

I SO heart this blog...

I am completely enamored with this blog and etsy store called Missed Connections. I love the lettering and illustrations and the whole idea of it.

Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down.
Sophie Blackall lives in Brooklyn, New York. She reads the personals on Craigslist and then illustrates them.