Monday Inspiration | Oct 9, 2017

The movies were our calling this past weekend. Audy and I took Vee to see My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters. She wore her Rainbow Dash hoodie and took two of her pony stuffed animals to wave around while watching the movie. I never thought as an adult I would actually get into this show. I didn’t care for it much as a kid but these ponies have got a gumption I don’t remember seeing in my childhood version. I love being able to get excited for the things she loves. It’s all about building those core memories! Continue reading

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Monday Inspiration | Jul 10, 2017

 

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I’ve had a draft of Monday Inspiration since January 30 of this year. I’ve been trying to get my brain right with a ton of changes I’ve gone through along with my family in the last year. Every time I felt like I could handle shit, here comes something else. I haven’t been doing well with the constant change. I’ve prepared to write a post a ton of times but it always came in second to a Netflix binge-watch or the ultimate winner: sleep. The good thing is, I’m starting to find pockets of time that are becoming consistent with a set routine. And that is exciiiiiiting! Even though I’ve been gone for a long ass time, I have managed to do more than just sleep.

This past weekend was spent at a local waterpark with friends and a trip to IKEA yesterday. I need all kinds of organizational ideas for our home but really, I was feigning some Swedish meatballs and man, did they deliver. So, in the end, I’m ready to try and see if I can start this sharing and encapsulating my life thing again on Peety Blogs. Thanks for sticking around and for those just joining, welcome welcome.

I’m getting so obsessed with enamel pins. They remind me of the band and punk buttons I used to collect in high school. Here are a few I want to add to my collection: 1) Draw Something 2) Nah 3) Nap Queen 4) Introvert and 5) Fuzzy Legs.

This book has been out for a while but it doesn’t make me want it any less.

This is me except I need to get the whole waking up early thing happening. And this supports that.

I love this visual essay by Debbie Millman.

People are sharing photos of real-life places that look like they belong in a Wes Anderson film.

Love the idea behind this notebook.

Currently listening to this audiobook.

I’ve bookmarked this article on change so I haven’t read it, yet, but it looks like a good one.

Pre-order Adam J. Kurtz’s book available October 2017.

Check out the new typeface on Lost Type Co-op.

 

Wednesday Inspiration | Oct 12, 2016

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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

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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

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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 jmelliott.design@gmail.com, 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?

I WANT TO HAVE ALL THE KEYTAGS!

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.