Archive | May, 2013

CaraBox Exchange: NC Bound!

30 May

Hey guys!
This is my first CaraBox Exchange and I was super excited to get started! For those who are not familiar, Kaitlyn at Wifessionals brilliant idea of exchanging gift boxes with other fellow bloggers and non bloggers to broaden our blog network- sphere and each month- the box follows a different theme.

This month the theme was related to our region, while still keeping in mind what our assigned blogger loves and relating it to the blogger.

Here’s what I received from Paige at The Sticky Note Addict from NC! Along with her lovely encouragement note, I also received a picture frame with seashells, a bottle of sand from the local beach, a book of her favorite poem, a crochet hook and accompanying yarn and lastly, the Safe Haven book, since it took place at NC!
Shout-out to Paige for sending me a bit of the beach she experiences every day over to Wisconsin! I’m super jealous that she gets to go to the beach all the time since she lives on an island! But it’s super adorable all the stuff she sent me and I can’t wait to get started with the next CaraBox!!

Carabox Exchange NC Gift! Carabox Exchange close up

And for those who are curious….. Here’s a glimpse of what I sent to my blogger friend Elisabeth to represent Wisconsin!!

Once again- shoutout to Kaitlyn for thinking of such a brilliant and adorable idea! For those who are interested in joining CaraBox– visit her blog to find more instructions!

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Lovely Website Revamps & New Features!

21 May

Don’t know if anyone else is aware…. but two of my favorite websites has new features and a visual revamp!

*Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies- and therefore my post today is not in any way meant for advertisement. As a designer and exploring the fields of interactivity and UX on web, I just wanted to vocalize my thoughts on certain websites and the features I love!

1. Flickr

Flickr's New Face

Thoughts: I’m loving the extra photo enlargement- it really captivates what the website is all about- which is sharing beautifully shot photography! Though I’m not sure how I feel about the stationary top navigation bar…. I feel like it’s too common with every website now and has lost it’s value. One thing I do love and am currently obsessed with viewing is parallax scrolling websites!! They’re so engaging with users (if don’t correctly) and so visually simple and pleasing to viewers (in my opinion anyways).  I also love how they broke up the different features as a wide panel section. It’s straight to the point and it ends with a giant call to action- Sign up for Flickr! I do question why this website isn’t responsive though….

Some other awesome parallax scrolling websites I love!!

Bake Agency

Hotel Business Class

Von Dutch

Energy Drink

Real Cool Portfolio

Mobile App 

All time Fav
One thing all these parallax scrolling has in common: They’re all visually very appealing (whether it’s through strong photography or beautifully drawn illustrations) and they all engage the user by encouraging them to either scroll or click through something to see what would happen next! Also, they’re all not overwhelming with lots of features, but instead much more simplistic and drives to the point.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest Features

Thoughts: I love the new features of product pins, recipe pins and movie pins! I think the one I’ll mosts likely end up using the most is the product and recipe pins…. though I already have a board created specifically for that as my previous way of organizing my Pinterest boards. I’ve always been frustrated whenever I find some adorable clothing on Pinterest, but not have the image properly linked so I don’t know where to buy it! Now that it eliminates my continual search for where to purchase these items- it will be another wonderful/ horrible tool for me to buy more things I don’t “need”. Though I feel like this will also raise a question of Pinterest is catering this to advertisers as another platform for them to promote and sell items to users…..

What are your thoughts? Did you guys like the changes made to these two websites?

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Mother’s Day Gift!

12 May

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers and grandmothers and aunts out there!! Just wanted to share a quick photo of what I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. She looooooves lavendar and lilies, so I decided to make her a wreath full of flowers!

Wreath Project

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Friday Favorites: Inspirational Quotes

4 May

Sorry I’m a day delayed on Friday Favorites…. but I’ve been busy making wall decors for my new place… which brings me to talk about my recent favorites. I love making little signs that have inspirational quotes on it as a motivational and reminder to myself. Whether it’s actually painting them onto canvases or just ink drawing them onto nice cardstock cards, I think it’s zenful to just doodle. Plus it’s a great way for me to explore different typography styles and work a little bit on calligraphy! Here are some of my favorite quotes that I will be making into canvases later. As always, thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration!

 

thinkoutsidethebox

 

alwaysgreener

 

keepinterest

 

wait

 

wastedtime

What do you guys think? What are some of your favorite quotes to live by?

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