Archive | August, 2013

CaraBox Exchange: Stage in your Life

30 Aug

Hey guys! For those who have been reading, I signed up for CaraBox Exchange again this month and I was definitely stumped by this month’s theme, which was “Stages of your life”. For those who are not familiar with CaraBox Exchange, visit my previous post with more details! I received my lovely CaraBox from Angie at My So Called Chaos. Check out what I received from her! I loved how she took the time to wrap each item individually with a lovely little note on each item!  My favorite of all her little notes was “Time is both scary and exciting. Treasure every second”. I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much Angie! I loved it, especially the journal and teal rose earrings!! For those who are curious to see what I sent, check out my Chloe’s blog at All That Good Stuff!

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For those who are interested in joining next month’s CaraBox, click the image below! They are changing the CaraBox new policy for the next few months though. So instead of mailing a box every month to your fellow blogger friend, you get to talk and know your blogger friend for three months before sending a box! I can’t wait to find out what next the next CaraBox theme is going to be!

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Parchment Salmon with Lemon & Basil

27 Aug

I tried a new cooking technique a few days ago…. working with parchment paper. I love salmon of all types, especially smoked or in sushi, but I feel like every time I bake it or steam it, I always end up overcooking it. So I did some research on best methods to cook salmon and I found out parchment paper is more commonly used than I thought, so I gave it a shot! I found this awesome recipe online and really just put everything inside a parchment pouch and it cooked perfectly! It was soooo delicious!

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->> Ingredients <<-

  • 1 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • parchment paper big enough to make a pouch
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • Vegetables (I had sliced carrots, tiny potatoes and asparagus)

->> Instructions <<-

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Dice up the asparagus and tiny potatoes to bite sizes. I cut up the veggies first since it takes a longer time to cook the veggies in comparison to the salmon. This way both the dishes will be done at the same time and I could avoid having the fish get cold.

3. I made a pouch for the salmon by cutting a piece of parchment paper a little bigger than the piece of fish. Then I cut out a duplicate size of parchment paper for the top. Place the parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet for easy transport into the oven.

4. I then seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper and basil. Then I added the virgin oil onto the salmon and topped it with two thin slices of lemon.  Once the fish is fully seasoned, I used the duplicate size of parchment to put on top and folded the edges over to “lock” in the fish into the pouch.

5. I used the same parchment pouch method for the veggies to make sure the heat is kept inside the pouch to cook the food faster. I seasoned the veggies with virgin oil, rosemary, basil and salt and pepper. ( I didn’t exactly measure this portion- since different people like to season their veggies differently. I personally love pepper so I put a lot of pepper into mine).

6. Once the oven is done pre-heating, I placed both trays into the oven and allowed the fish to cook for 20 minutes. The veggies took a little longer so I kept it in the oven for 30 minutes total.

Overall, I decided that I love cooking with parchment paper! The fish came out perfect and it wasn’t overcooked or undercooked and it was delicious! I can’t wait to find more parchment paper recipes! What do you guys think? What have you tried cooking with parchment paper before?

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Weekend Shenanigans: Renaissance Faire

26 Aug

This past weekend I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire for the first time and let me just say it was definitely a really cool experience! So many people (both the workers and attendees) were super excited for the event and many dressed up to fit the Renaissance occasion. As promised from my previous post, here are some photos!

I think my favorite part of this entire faire was seeing the cool fairy costumes and also eating a giant turkey leg!

Headless horseman

Knights in armor

The Queen

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Fairies

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Yummy turkey leg

more fairies

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Friday Favorites: Designer Pains

23 Aug

Though I love what I do and I try to design and surround myself in art all the time…..sometimes there are things that are super frustrating when it comes to my job as a designer. Here are a few hilarious/ too close to home videos or articles that I can totally relate to.

1. When your image is off by one pixel….

2. Vague and non descriptive client responses… 

3. But I guess vague responses are slightly better than indecisive clients… 

 

And of course… saved the best for last.

**Clients from Hell** and the crazy things they tell us on a day to day basis.

If you would like to share your designer problems… follow and tweet #designerproblems 

 
How many of these can you guys relate to?

Stay tuned… going to a Renaissance Faire this weekend and I will most definitely be posting photos shortly!

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Adding a Pop of Color

15 Aug

It’s been a pretty slow week at work lately… and it doesn’t help that the weather in Milwaukee no longer feels like summer, which makes this week feel like its dragging its feet.

I decided to add a pop of color to my wardrobe to make this week seem more lively. Red pants! 🙂 though id never picture myself owning colorful pants such as these….I feel like they definitely add a wow factor to a more standard black and white top….sorry you cant really see the pants as well as id like…. if i angled my camera anymore, id run the risk of dropping my phone :/ eek.
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List of lists….25 Things before I’m 25.

13 Aug

I’ve never counted my “half birthdays” before… but 6 months from today, I will be turning 25. Many say that the 20s are the “best years of your lives”….. but all I’ve seen so far are bills and full time careers and feeling like your social life is falling through the cracks. As depressing as that sound, I do enjoy being the age that I am… though I definitely reminisce on being a kid again.  Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the present and forget to enjoy your life. I’m still young… so I should live it up right?  I’m a HUGE fan of list making, so I decided to make a list of things I’d like to accomplish before I turn 25.

  1.  Celebrate absolutely nothing. (sometime, it’s important to remember the little things and the small accomplishments)
  2. Eat more healthy and natural foods
  3. Be more positive. Less Complaining
  4. Learn to like deal with the cold
  5. Find my passion and try to do it everyday
  6. Learn HTML & CSS
  7. Go Parasailing or scuba diving
  8. Make a website and build it from scratch (comps >> coding)
  9. Travel outside of the US
  10. Learn to budget my finances better; set up a more efficient savings system
  11. Buy something ridiculously expensive- treat yoself! (Ironic how this is after #10….)
  12. Fight for a cause you care about
  13. Find my favorite type of wine
  14. Do something I never thought I’d do
  15. Watch Star Wars movies
  16. Road trip anywhere in the US
  17. Go to a spa with my mom and sister
  18. Go to a flea market and revamp something I bought from there
  19. Throw a dinner party
  20. Subscribe to more magazines
  21. Try a new (alcoholic) drink
  22. Do the juice cleanse!
  23. Learn to say No.
  24. Try heat yoga at least once
  25. Stop watching TV so late and go to sleep “early”. (I’m a nightowl… so we’ll see how “early” this gets)

What about you guys? What are some things that you’d like to accomplish that you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to?

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Types of Ampersand.

7 Aug

As you all know…. my latest typography obsession inspiration has offered a lot of new insights for me when it comes to design and DIY projects. Today I’m going to show you a tutorial on how I made Ampersand canvases. Here’s how the finished product looks like! Pretty cool huh?

Ampersand Canvases Photos

For those who are more visual learners like myself, I made a simple and straight to the point tutorial.

Ampersand canvas step by step tutorial

This project cost me a total of $20 and now I have four beautifully type inspired canvases hanging in my room! Overall, I think the stencils would work better if I taped them down better…. or used iron-on paper to iron onto the canvas. Though I’m super glad that I had modge podge on the scrapbook paper because it allowed me to remove some of the excess paint that went outside of my stencil while the paint was still wet.

Though these turned out better than I expected, I did have some major takeaways that I would do differently the second time around…..so take notes and learn from my mistakes!

Some major takeaways:

  1. Buy nicely patterned fabric instead of scrapbook paper next time….

PROS:

– The stencils could be iron onto the canvas, ensuring a clean and crisp Ampersand

– There would be more patterns to choose from if I chose fabric over scrapbook paper

CONS:

– Would require an iron….. which…. I don’t have

– If I messed up on painting with the stencils, it would be harder to remove from fabric.

Here are some more photos of the finished products!

Ampersand Coral background

Ampersand Gold

Ampersand Black and Beige

Ampersand Teal

Ampersand canvases

What do you guys think?? I can’t wait to other projects with the left over scrapbook and pretty paint colors I have!!

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Is He my Type? Typography Continuation…

6 Aug

Recently, I came across a website that encompasses my love for design… and also my latest obsession with typography. It’s called “Forty Days of Dating” and the premise is this:

Two designer friends decides to date each other, and start a  40 day experiment, where they document this journey, day-by-day through typography posts on their blogs.  They believe that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit… so they were determined to make this a 40 day experiment, to try and change their dating “rituals”/ or habits. The interesting part is that they are polar opposites. One’s a hopeless romantic and goes into every relationship, thinking she’ll find “the one”, while the other is a commit-a-phobe and prefers to date casually.

But they set up some ground rules… This is what they consisted of:
1. We will see each other every day for 40 days.
2. We will go on at least three dates a week.
3. We will see a couples therapist once a week.
4. We will go on one weekend trip together.
5. We will fill out the daily questionnaire and document everything.
6. We will not see, date, hook up or have sex with anyone else.

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How interesting huh? Maybe the quote, “it’s the ones who have been in front of us the whole time who end up being the right fits” is more accurate than not? I mean, after all, there has to be a reason you’re friends with the people you’re friends with…. there is either some sort of attraction, some sort of similarities, that brought us together to begin with. Do you think this experiment will make or break their friendship? I personally don’t think I’d be able to date a fellow graphic designer…. but that’s only because I’m competitive in nature and that would just not end well for relationship sake. But who knows? Maybe they will prove me wrong!

To hear more about the making of this project, visit here.  And if you’re just as hyped about typography as I am, visit their actual blog to experience the journey with them! And to hear my lastest post on typography venting… check it out here.

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Cupcake Mobile Site Comps…. with a cherry on top!

5 Aug

This weekend I wanted to do a new project for fun…. working with a combination of mobile website designs, Apple’s new flat designs and of course, my favorite thing in the world, cupcakes! So I did a little bit of research on local cupcake stores and their websites and I’m learning not a lot of them are responsive or mobile friendly. I love Classy Girl Cupcake’s (especially their miniature cheesecake cupcakes) so I decided to use them as my pretend client for this project. **Side Note: Because this was a pretend project I did for personal entertainment, all the photos used are commercial free stock photos found from Google and the copy content is from their website as well.** Check it out and please share your thoughts! I’m constantly learning so I’d love some constructive criticisms! Click on the image below to see all the screens! (Now if only I can code these out so it’s a functional mobile website- that’d be awesome!)

Mobile Cupcake site screens

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