Wednesday Inspiration | Oct 12, 2016


Can I just tell you how much fun I’ve been having contributing to InkTober so far? My latest addition is: This is Alex. I’ve been trying wanting to do this type of project for a while but needed a boost and Jake Parker’s InkTober prompt list was the perfect opportunity. The stories are fueled by the different sides of my personality or thoughts and giving them a name. There’s something kinda funny but also truthful about looking at aspects of my life as their own “person.” I sort of feel like this should be book. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Aug 15, 2016


I had a super severe case of the Mondays this morning as I was getting bloodwork drawn for my routine physical. The lady drawing my blood had the most delightful attitude for this time of day and week that I couldn’t refrain from telling her that she just gave me motivation for my day. She said to me, “Ya know, I can’t complain. I’ve got good health, a roof over my head, a job I can tolerate, and co-workers I generally like.” Totally the mindset I needed for a cuckoo bananas day like today. Thank you blood-drawer lady, for reminding me that it doesn’t take much to change your mindset. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Apr 4, 2016


I’ve been MIA not only from Peety Blogs but also from personal creativity these last few months and it suuuuuuuuucked. Everything that usually gets in the way of obtaining that elusive balance in life just went up ten notches and I couldn’t keep things straight. People were sick. Work went cuckoo bananas crazy. Freelance work was never ending. Sleep may or may not have happened. My husband’s schedule went from demanding to bonkers. Things had to be sacrificed and unfortunately, Peety Draws paid the price. Now, I’ve entered what I’m looking at as a new phase and learning a different way to juggle the responsibilities of every day life. So, I’m trying again and that’s what is most important anyway, right?

With mental and physical exhaustion of the last few months and many things losing priority, I still managed to listen to Season 2 of Serial during long commutes or work. Not as compelling as Season 1 but still interesting. I also carved out time to design the invites for my sister’s bridal shower, mehndi, and created bleach t-shirts for her bachelorette weekend in Vegas (the process of which was stupidly simple and now I want to bleach-design all my t-shirts). And because I was basically only capable of participating in a binge-watch session or movie marathon on the most trying of days, I ended up watching quite a few things: Continue reading

Wednesday Inspiration | Oct 7, 2015

Have you potty trained a toddler before? No? Well, let me tell you – it’s quite exhilarating, frustrating, hilarious, but most importantly, it is EXHAUSTING. So far, it seems that Vee is taking to it like a pro so here’s hoping it stays that way. I’m also incredibly aware right now that being a parent makes GET SHIT DONE because you have no time, literally. As a result, I’m constantly filling rare spare moments with projects, cleaning, errands, etc. and am probably getting more shit done as a parent than I ever was sans child. Ah, the complexity that is life. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Sept 28, 2015

Forget the crisp air and changing colors on trees – the pumpkin-flavored/smelling [insert noun] phenomenon is the ultimate indicator that fall is here. As much as I love autumn, I’m not a big fan of what follows – snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Maybe that’s part of why I’m feeling the impending blues of the wintertime. I’m going to savor the mild weather for as long as I can. In the meantime, you guys send me all the good vibes I can get!

Two weekends ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. It was low-key, as usual, full of movies, books (specifically the purchase of this and this) food and sleep! I love the way we celebrate because after a week of long commutes, work, cleaning up after Vee, and everyday errands, a weekend full of relaxing times with the one I love is heaven. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Jul 6, 2015

How are all you mofos doing?! It’s been two weeks since you last heard from me and with good reason. I’ve had some of the most fun and happy weekends despite one of the rainiest June months I can remember. I had weekends full of friends, lots of laughter, Vee’s hilarious antics, spending time with my husband, and caring less about the house not being perfectly in order or not knowing where my freelance jobs are going to come from. It’s been freeing and just FUN! One of the awesome things my husband and I did was go to Wolf Trap to hear the National Symphony Orchestra play the score to Back to the Future LIVE while we watched it on the big screen. We had been looking forward to going for months. The night was perfect and bonus – Lea Thompson and the composer of the score, Alan Silvestri, were there, too! It was a pretty incredible experience – the wind blowing, the sun setting, and Marty and Doc gunning it to 88mph. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

That same weekend, I attended my first drag queen brunch. I was scared out of my mind because I wasn’t sure what type of participation they were going to expect out of the crowd. I am no good in “on-the-spot” situations. I get all shy and tense up, then go speechless and suffer from intense “Monday morning quarterback syndrome” on the witty comeback or the perfect answer that now seems so obvious. In the end, I did get called out but no participation was required on my part. Our server at the brunch was Beyoncé and her performance was SPOT. ON.

My sister, Jenny, is getting married next year and gathered her bridesmaids together for a dinner to unofficially start the wedding festivities and to get to know each other a little better. We had dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar and it was so ::: drools ::::. There are no words to describe how delicious. I had a wonderful time hanging out with my sister and talking wedding stuffs. The best was her expression when the girls revealed we had been working together on a keepsake book full of stories with my sis and words of advice on her impending marriage. I designed the book but it couldn’t have been done without the help of the bridesmaids, who are now officially known as #sixshadesofjenny.

My husband and I od’ed on Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. I wasn’t a huge fan of Boyhood but these three movies, I can’t get enough of. We watched the movies while Vee took her nap, before we went to bed, and when we woke up. I guess we were in the mood for that easy, funny, interesting minutia driven conversation between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s characters. They’re both so insanely good in that movie – my eyes are literally glues to the screen. Yes. LITERALLY GLUED.

And finally, 4th of July was pretty low-key. Vee was in a wonderful little mood. We hung out outside (where I proceeded to get bitten up like crazy by mosquitos that can’t resist my dark meat, according to my husband), chased Vee around with sparklers and watched her parade around the house in excitement. We watched the fireworks on TV and Vee couldn’t have loved it more, to my surprise. Next year, we’ll definitely do it up and see ’em in person.

Inspiration time:

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YAY! Time-wasters for creatives!

Must purchase Judd Apatow’s book. He retweeted my tweet about me wishing I had the book and so now I have to make it happen because, PEER PRESSURE!

Drinkable Coke-zero Ad. Reminds me of the “Just taste it” tagline in Mad Men’s whipped cream pitch.

I love Kung Fu Panda! I will be there when the new one comes out. Check out the trailer.

Recently discovering that I do, in fact, like over easy eggs, I will be trying this out next weekend. I can already taste the crunchy and gooey goodness.

I listened to a few podcasts from Mortified. A few of them are pretty amusing.

Speaking of podcasts, my husband just turned me onto How Did This Get Made? SO good.

What can you get for $0.78 these days? A DOZEN KRISPY KREME DONUTS, THAT’S WHAT! 

Mmmmmm. Free font from Lost Type.

Undo that shit!

Still a bit behind but excited to finish my #the100dayproject so I can print posters!

Monday Inspiration | Jun 15, 2015

Who added to the over $500 million opening weekend gross of Jurassic World? I did! I got ready by watching Jurassic Park on Amazon Prime last week. I was never into dinosaurs as a kid but there’s something about that movie that gets me all giddy. Jurassic World was fun for the most part and I’m so happy for Chris Pratt’s success. Who knew Andy Dwyer was going to be such a box office success? My biggest complaint of Jurassic World: WHY WAS BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD RUNNING IN HEELS THE ENTIRE MOVIE?!

Vee is getting effn awesome, guys. Our bedtime reading routine has gotten so much fun and her vocabulary has skyrocketed. Right now, we’re rotating thru Cat in the Hat, Mix It Up and one of her many Mickey Mouse books. I recently bought her an Elmo potty training book in hopes of familiarizing her of all the inevitable bathroom goodness to grace her future. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to purchase Where the Wild Things Are either. I never read this book as a child so I was determined to make sure Vee did as a little one. I’m happy to report that the first reading of the book was a success! Beginning to end, she patiently sat thru each page and giggled at the illustrations. I’ve pretty much enjoyed every book I’ve read with her but this phase is getting much more interesting for me, too. My hope is that she’ll soon want to read The Giving Tree, my ultimate favorite book ever as a child.

All in all, my weekend felt full, not too exhausting, with a lot of quiet time and reading. YES, READING! Vee’s nap was pretty long on Sunday so my husband and I took advantage of the opportunity to read – film books for him and Issue Two of The Great Discontent for me. It was glorious. We’ve made a vow to make more time for reading and so far, we’re making good on that promise. It’s all about making the time, right? With that, I’ve also decided to begin freelance work again. That’s right, peeps, yours truly is back on that freelance game! So if you know of someone who needs anything designed or just some consultation, holleeeerrr. Design inquiries can be sent to, my design alter ego. Alright, let’s get to it!

Inspiration time:

My husband sent me this clip last week and it pretty much sums up how I feel most of the time. Oldie but a goodie.

Pretty cool site for food recipe illustrations.

Thoughts on the redesigned logo for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert?


Is there anything Dave Grohl can’t do? Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Yeah, I can definitely relate and always need time to recharge.

Free vector goods. Yaaaaaaaaaa!

Free font. Yaaaaaa!

I need to make some custom packaging tape, ASAP.

On repeat: Vee’s new favorite obsession is a French kids’ show, Trotro. Please help me get the song out of my head.

Monday Inspiration | Jun 1, 2015

Well hello there, Monday. I am on staycation this week, friends. I have a few things planned that I’d like to try and do but other than that, I’m filling up my weekend with naps, lunches/breakfasts with friends, and random errands here and there. My goal? To do whatever I feel like doing. Naps? I’m game. Vegging out? Done. Clean? Hm, only if I’m feeling ambitious. I’ve spent the morning finishing up the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie and now I’m watching Top of the Lake. Let’s see how things go from there. Hope everyone else has as restful of a week as I do!

Inspiration time:

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I think Barely Blair may be my new favorite.

Woo! Seasons 2 and 3 confirmed for Serial!

Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola and Christmas?! Yes, please!

I may be a bit interested in Jessica Hische’s new book.

I’m really wanting to try this recipe. Anyone baked anything like this before?

I like browsing Society6 for artwork. I’m not into cats but I like this throw pillow. Although, this one speaks to me more truthfully.

This faux fur mirror is freaking me out.

Super simple DIY teepee. I need to make this.

Majesti Banner font from Lost Type.

Wednesday Inspiration | May 27, 2015

The first day back from a long weekend is always the hardest. I took an extra day to soak in the sun and spend time with the fam. Hence, the Wednesday Inspiration. Vee was with my parents for half of the weekend so my husband and I spent it eating Blue Apron foods (that you’re lucky to see the pics of, here and here, before we devoured them), sleeping, and watching older seasons of Mad Men on Netflix. I’m going through a very public withdrawal that the show is now over.

The second half of the weekend was spent watching A Goofy Movie (I knooooow. We’re still on that kick – so much so that I’m contemplating being Powerline for Halloween.), visiting the playground, taking walks outside, and browsing the bookstore. It was the kind of outing on a weekend that you hope each summer weekend to be. These last few weeks feel like they’re defining the summer we’re about to embark on. Change is in the air and I’ve got hope that good things will come along with it… and hopefully soften the blow of Vee’s inevitable temper tantrums. Which, by the way, I’m getting a glimpse of and am pretty sure she is going to live up to every bit of being a Terrible Two. On that note, let’s delve in, shall we?

Inspiration time:


I’m super stoked that I finally gave in and bought the second and third issue of The Great Discontent.

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak are writing a book. Yay!

Legos + Grand Budapest Hotel = love

Check out this great interview (90 minutes!) with Matthew Weiner on Mad Men and other goodies.

Pretty cool freebie from Creative Market.

Up your food photo game.

I love this cover so much.

I forget that CD packaging still happens. I love the layers, softness and colors of this one.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 6 airs June 3.

Waaaaant these mini fortune surprise balls!