Penny met Santa and she did not like it. The local pet store owner dresses up as Santa every year and people bring their pets for the photo op. It’s super cheesey and I’m into it.
While scrolling through my Instagram feed a couple of weeks ago I saw this post by my friend Julianna and my heart skipped a beat. Julianna Goodman and I used to work together at Kate Spade New York. She was the Digital Art Director and has since moved on to doing her own projects.
Her collages are done on and off screen and I’m so into them it hurts. The shapes and her use of color are dynamite. We recently caught up over brunch and she told me about her process for these beauties.
"I begin with actual paper, scissors, and glue, and spend a lot of time cutting out shapes, looking at scale relationships, and thinking about color. (I spend a lot of time thinking about color in general, so this part is often the most rewarding for me.)
Then, once I’m ready to scan everything in, the computer serves as a tool to continue this process of combination as well as a way to begin distilling the composition by subtracting elements and altering color palettes. Sometimes I will then add elements from other collages, but more often than not I will begin to remove elements and pare down.
Once scanned, I love that what I then see on screen usually feels like a new, fresh perspective on the collage. After spending a lot of time sitting at my desk and looking at a pieces of paper, this new perspective is very welcome! And usually helps direct me further to finish the collage — or at least get it to a point where I feel like there’s a compelling relationship between the shapes and colors.”
Woah baby. I have been full speed these last three weeks with some fun freelance projects and I’m ready to crash. I’ve taken on more projects than I usually would because they were too fun to pass up. It continues to be a learning experience and so far creatively rewarding. I’m managing and producing the creative content on Instagram for a new home accessories brand, working on a big site redesign and update for a wedding template site startup, and working on branding collateral for an interior designer in Australia and a new brewery in Georgia. Woof. Somehow it’s all getting done while still keeping up with my full time roll at Gap. I’m really excited and into the projects so the lack of sleep is okay…for now.
Working from home has had it’s challenges lately. Our dog Penny is still very much a puppy and to her play time is 24/7. She never tires. When I’m working it’s usually from my couch or the bed but lately she just jumps all over me, wants to lick my face, and steps on the computer using shortcuts to change my designs. In the beginning it’s always very sweet but after 5 minutes of playing fetch between key strokes I have to move to the kitchen counter where she can’t reach me. And the worst part is that I have a beautiful desk setup that I just don’t like sitting at. It’s currently being used as a catch all for a place to put random things and mail and coats and projects.
I go through phases of forcing myself to sit at a desk vs. the couch. My favorite is to sit at a coffee shop in my neighborhood and grab a tea but because of the tight schedule and odd work hours it’s not always possible. John keeps telling me to sell it and I think I’ll probably listen to him after the holidays. He is always right.
When it comes to gift giving I get so excited when I find the right gift, but it is also usually a big struggle. When Marissa over on Lady and Prince asked me to put together a gift guide I was happy to but also feeling the pressure to find just-the-right ones. It was also a good exercise for myself to get ready for the holidays. Lately I’ve been more into giving experiences vs. objects. I feel like most of girlfriends can afford to buy themselves what they want so getting massages together has been my go-to lately. My friend Laura and I are going to Aire as our gift to each other. I can’t wait. Check out the gift guide and while you’re there check out her cute kiddos. They give me serious baby fever.
My husband is always showing me the latest YouTube sensation. Here is his latest find. It’s ridiculous. I’ve never participated in Chatroulette but I would cry if this happened to me.
This made my Sunday and I had to share.
Photos by Sidney Bensimon for The Sill.
For the past year or two I’ve been living with one foot in and one foot out of our apartment. I keep thinking about the end of our lease and if we will renew or not. Will we move to another neighborhood? Another state? It makes me not want to put in any effort in making our space a home which makes our place a little wah-wah. I recently decided that I can no longer live with the what ifs. I need to live in the present and stop thinking about the near future and just do something.
Painting is the best and obvious choice for a renter. I painted our living room a light aqua when we first moved in. This past spring when we resigned our lease I wanted a fresh start. I painted over the blue with white paint I found in the basement. My rookie move was not priming first and I ended up painting 4/5 coats and you could still see a little blue coming through. It was driving me up the walls (ha!). Last weekend while John was still in LA I bought a better, brighter paint with primer already in it. I was done within two hours and I felt so much better. Painting is kind of a pain in the ass but I must admit that I do enjoy it. It’s kind of relaxing. You can see the difference in the white on the picture to the right. So much happier, right?
After the living room was done I still had a lot paint left over, the drop cloth down and the ladder from downstairs so I went ahead and repainted the kitchen too. It was a cream color and I can’t believe it took me this long to do it. There isn’t much wall space, but it really made it better and brighter. I also painted the ceiling which was a huge pain in the ass. It’s uneven, it’s decorative and I got paint all over hair that I’m sticking picking out a week later.
My next project is to update our kitchen as much as I can. Our kitchen is small and pretty much your standard rental (but with a dishwasher!). The cabinets look cheap, the counter tops are sad and the faucet is useful but an eyesore. I don’t want to put a lot of money into our apartment but I need to make some adjustments. I’d love to get new cabinet doors, add a back splash, switch out the knobs and faucet and maybe find a way to cover up the dishwasher (it’s old and the first thing you see when you walk in). My sanity depends on it. Wish me luck.