poster happy.

I know I’m some what of a design nerd…but please enjoy these posters for me. I needed new inspiration tonight and I got a little help from these, or more like a distraction of amazement. I could, and would have looked through these posters all night if I didn’t have work tomorrow. They’re informative, yet abstract and interesting, they have a good use of color and texture, and the typography is beautiful.

Most of these posters are taken from THIS site I stumbled upon (and just happens to be in Austin). There are also a few old favorites that have been waiting patiently in my inspiration folder to be unveiled! My long time favorite is the red Wilco one…I think its genius. Screenprinted, typeset, letterpressed, digitally printed, they’re all beautifully made.

Take a fresh perspective on life today and be inspired by something new!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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complete & born again.

In my life, I leave too many things unfinished. Projects, books, knitting, crafts, the gallon of milk in my fridge (due to me not eating at home that often). I’m a procrastinator my nature, which means I know I will put almost everything off. On the upside, I know I will complete them, but maybe not in the ideal time . All the things I have mentioned previously I do intend to finish…some day. For instance I finished, with the help of Jill/Mom, Clementine’s dress! It was too big for her when I started it, but Clem’s a growing girl and now the dress is complete and it looks adorable on her (most everything does).

PumpkinsMore projects I left unblogged: My fabric pumpkins. These I actually did finish, but I always intended to write a how-to blog about them. No tutorial for now (maybe next year), but here’s the finished project and I love them! I love the miss matched patterns and it was an opportunity to use some old scraps I had laying around. The pumpkins are fairly easy to make and they made wonderful gifts! I also wanted to blog about wreaths. Yarn wreaths were a trend I could definitely get on board with this year. The one I made is still hanging up! This leads to my next point. Another thing left undone is my Christmas decorations. I will admit, my Christmas decorations are still beautifully displayed in my apartment, and I’m ok with that, but someday (soon) I will put them back in the boxes stored under my bed and await the next change my apartment will undergo.

Its hard for me to move forward when I have left things undone. I’m sure there are many things that are still unfinished in the “Life of Jenny,” but I’m ready to move on. These were a few of the beautiful projects I wanted to share with you before I did. With completion, comes change. With change, comes new opportunities. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but since its still January and lots of things are changing in life, I’d like to acknowledge the changes and refocus my direction for the year (and maybe even finish a few things). I want new inspiration, new ideas, new conversation. To sum things up, I want new things to influence my life so I can be used by God to influence others. Also so I can learn new ways to love others the way God loves me. I’m hardly ever comfortable with change. God has given me way too many reason why we shouldn’t be anxious about change. Change is needed for our lives to actively continue to grow more like Him. He provides what we need for the change and gives us faith for a better future.

Completed in 2011: Finished a book…completely. (What’s so Amazing about grace? Visual Edition, by Philip Yancey)

Changed in 2011: bought a half gallon of milk at the grocery store, rather than a gallon, and hopefully none will go to waste..ha

So far here is my stack of new inspiration for 2011. I hope it keeps growing. Feel free to contribute.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

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you & me.

A long awaited blog post. One that I’ve been mulling over for a pretty good while now. An idea I love that has stuck with me. Not to mention, a smack over the head from God recently, saying, “Duh, Jenny!”

The ampersand (&). Its my favorite symbol! In my dream world, I want to be the typography nerd that knows everything about every type face known to man and the history of how and why it was created. But for now I’ll just stick to loving my ampersand. You could ask me the history of how it came to be, but I’m not great at explaining things like that, so check it out here. I will tell you that the ampersand is beautiful. I love the way it looks. I love the way it puts two things together. PB & J, peas & carrots, this & that, you & me.

Nothing can be alone with an ampersand. I love that idea. To me, the ampersand is God’s little reminder the we’re not alone. No matter where I am, no matter who I am with or how alone I feel, it’s always me & God (…or God & I….I don’t know, I’m not good at the whole grammar thing). It also reminds me of how He puts people in our lives to be our “and.” Meaning, we need relationships, not only with Him, but with the people he has blessed us with on earth. That’s a hard one for me to accept sometimes. I’ll be honest, I like being alone, I like doing things for myself and some days I really wish I didn’t have to make to effort to be around people…or sometimes I’m thinking “can’t I just be around one person?” No. God didn’t put only one person in my life, he put tons of people in my life and I’m pretty sure I need them all (for different reasons) to function. Its beautiful and at the same time frustrating to see how different our “&s” can be. I may want all my relationships to be the same…but they’re not. I pray that I learn to take advantage of my “ands” and not take them for granted. Like I mentioned before I feel like God is hitting me over the head with this idea and I’m excited to see what he is going to teach me in this new year. Life is always changing, people and relationships are always changing, but I know He has a plan.

I wish I could find a better video of this song, but I can’t, ha, but listen to it anyways! You might find me belting this one in my apartment too…most likely alone…which is ironic (:

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you make me new.

I took the long way home tonight…more time to spend in my element (my car) to jam to new music. I’ve been stuck on this kick of finding a song and listening to it on repeat, over and over and over AND over again. I think that is how I learn to appreciate music; dissecting it word by word, phrase by phrase, beat by beat. It’s what I do.

So there’s this song. This song was made for me, or I was made for this song. Either way, I got chills listening to it for the first time tonight. Its a simple song, but it is everything I want out of this blog and pretty much everything I want out of life. Its called Beautiful Things by Gungor, aka my new anthem. I’m new to the band, but I’m really digging this song and I’m excited to learn more of their tracks! They seem pretty awesome and original AND they play the xylophone which is also a new found love of mine! Please listen…..

Beautiful. I love this word, which I have shared with you a long time ago, but this song reminds me of how powerful this word can be.

“You make beautiful things out of dust, you make beautiful things out of us, you make me new.”

God has already created beautiful things, the stars, the sky, the water, and he will continue to make beautiful things daily. Beautiful things out of nothing. He can take a “nothing” of a person and grow them to be beautiful. I love that. I love seeing beauty in other peoples lives, and I especially love seeing it in my own. I want to be a beautiful person. I want to be new in the eyes of my creator.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time…..all come from dust, and to dust all return.” Ecclesiastes 3:11,20

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destination: where are we going?

So I have this thing with maps. I LOVE them! Vintage maps are pretty much a dream to me. The ink, the paper, the technique, the smell….its awesome. Some days I’d like to be a cartographer and sit around and draw maps all day. I got a taste of this at one of my various jobs this past year. Most days during the month of March I would sit for hours drawing and tweeking maps for apartment advertisements. They were simple street views of cities, but I still enjoyed drawing them. I secretly wanted to move to Chicago after working on a downtown view of Chicago for a couple weeks. I learned the streets, did the research of everything and anything to do in Chi Town. The city is artsy and seemed beautiful from “my view.”

Maps also relate to my love of travel. I love keeping track of all the unique cities and countries I’ve visited or lived in. Really getting to know the Metro map in London was a great talent of mine while there. My map knowledge probably saved my mom and I a time or two. (Good thing I knew where the hospital was, right mom?)

The other day while I was at Anthropologie with a friend of mine, we stumbled across an napkin in the sale section. A napkin? Yes, a napkin. Easiest and cheapest way to make a pillow. Its already square and finished out. Sew two together or find some awesome fabric for the backing and you have your very own pillow! What drew me to this napkin was, of course, that it was a map…but not exactly a map. Its a map of all things you would find on a map. Everything is labeled: city, gulf, peninsula, etc. I loved the print and I knew I could find something to do with it! Here it is! It had been awhile since I broke out the sewing machine, even for a little project like this, but it felt so nice to make something beautiful again!

The ironic thing about maps is that they are leading you somewhere and I don’t know where I’m going. Something that is always in the back of my head (that I wish wasn’t there) is that I need to have my life mapped out. The world wants me to know where I’m going and what I am supposed to be doing every second of my life. Right now, probably more than ever, I don’t know where I’m going. God is weird in the way he works and I have faith that he is leading me to a greater purpose. I just pray for open eyes and a push from God when I’m supposed to jump on his opportunities.

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.”      Psalm 143: 8 & 10

So here’s the first picture of myself on this blog (your welcome mom and thank you Jill for snapping my pic on this beautiful day last weekend)…I don’t know where I’m going, but this is where I am right now!

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Hosanna.

(Wow, long time no blog, oops.)

So life has picked up recently and I feel that I haven’t created as much lately, but I still wanted to share something that is beautiful and beautifully made. Check this out:

Music. The pure sounds of someone’s voice to the sick beats in a good song…its all beautiful to me. I’ve been stuck on this song, Hosanna by Hillsong, for the last few weeks and it never fails to teach me something in its lyrics.

“Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me…

…As I walk from earth into eternity”

Its a great worship song and I pretty much leave it on repeat in my apartment and sing at the top of my lungs. (Apparently singing to myself, by myself is weird to my mom, ha, oh well) Give me a song that will make me cry by the end and I’m happy. I get emotional about my music and I’m ok with that. Singing, to me has to be one of the most intimate, joyful and encouraging things God blessed us with on earth. Whether you create it by yourself or with a group, with instruments or acappella, its instantly beautiful.

Have a positive week…and turn up the music up.

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this ampersand that.

All projects are in the works, but I thought I would at least share my latest fabric finds! So my mom and I discovered a new fabric store that is, oh ya know, 3 minutes from my house. You know those stores that you pass by literally everyday and never go in? Well, mom went in, told me about her discovery, then I went the next day. This store has a great selection of designer fabrics, which is what I have been searching for. It was pretty hilarious to compare what my mom and I picked from the store. Our fabric personality is completely different. Ha! So anyways, yay for new fabric and yay for discovering new places! Oh, and I’ve decided I’ll just become a professional fabric buyer. Oh the life.

Tonight I was looking through my inspiration file on my computer and came across one of my all time favorite amersands. Then I realize “hmmm, that looks familiar.” No wonder I love my new fabric so much! Just look at the fabric and the ampersand next to each other. They look as if they were inspired from one another, or maybe just created to inspire me! This should definitely be a “this & that” on Oh Joy! More info on this ampersand and the artist to come! For a sneak peak check out Katie Daisy.

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