Monday Inspiration | Aug 7, 2017

IT’S AUGUST, GUYS! August. A few weeks ago, I felt like I had all the time in the world to work on summer projects, plan weekend getaways, etc. And although a lot of that has happened, I can’t help but wish I could’ve done more! Our weekends for the month of August are pretty much booked up, making it difficult to deviate from our plans but I’m sure we’ll sneak in some pool time. Continue reading

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Monday Inspiration | Jun 27, 2016

Laundry laundry laundry all weekend looooong. But I am almost done and it’s thrilling to see the bottom of my laundry hamper. I also made a dent in Season 4 of OITNB this weekend. I thought the season started off kind of boring, same ol’ same ol’. But it’s got my full on attention now. Are any of you watching? I also went to see The Neon Demon. Holy shit, man. Visually, it’s just dropping with such luscious color and texture. I wanna sop it up with some bread and devour it. The movie itself, however… I’ll let my husband put it into words when he writes his review on it for cinemasamurai.net. I still can’t process what my eyeballs endured. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Jun 7, 2016

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I’ve had an overload of inspiration and nostalgia over the last few days. From Jessica Hische to Bob Ross (yes, that Bob Ross) I’m still basking in the high of the weekend and am desperately holding onto it. One of the most exciting things I listened to was Jessica Hische’s talk with GitHub (thanks for sharing the podcast, John!). She talks about the importance of Passion Projects and “procrastiworking.” I share her thoughts on both of these topics and can relate to having so many personal projects and hating that I have a 9-5 a lot of the time. So her analogy explaining the usefulness of your 9-5 was my favorite and something I totally needed to hear. She compares her day job and her personal projects to Bruce Wayne and Batman (18:48). Basically, Batman cannot exist with the help (and funding) from Bruce Wayne. Similarly, there’s no way I could do my own personal “vigilante” work without the help of my day job. I have responsibilities in life that I cannot shed and need money to ensure they are taken care of. And whatever that way that happens, be cool with it because I gotta be Batman after that and my vigilante work is too good to mess that up. But please, listen to Hische explain it because her way sounds much more revolutionary for your mind. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | May 24, 2016

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Sometimes there’s no other word to describe the PC police crazies except for bitchassness. That’s all. Nothing revolutionary to say except that I wish people would have more of a sense of humor. And I guess if we’re wishing for things, I’d love for all this rain to stop because I’m ready for some sort of a spring, kthanksbye. Continue reading

I’m still here.

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Yeeeep. I’m still around. Not around these parts, though, and it’s been eating me up that I haven’t been able to keep up. Life happens and with that, a new juggling act emerges. So, let’s give blogging in 2016 another try and start afresh because the ideas and inspiration don’t stop with change. Monday Inspiration will be back on April 4 but until then, I’ll leave you with this new tidbit I learned in my absence: did you know the phrase is actually “You’ve got another think coming” not “thing coming”?! Mind blown.

 

 

Monday Inspiration | Aug 31, 2015

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Two years ago today, I pushed my final push at 4:59am, introducing the world to Vivienne, who I so affectionately refer to as mini-Peety and Vee. It’s still hard to believe my husband and I are parents. My husband and I have known each other for almost half of my life and although I knew a baby would be part of our lives one day, it’s still incredibly hard to imagine… even when she’s pulling at my legs and head-butting me because in her words, “fun!” We didn’t send out any formal birthday invites but I drew the graphic above that captures everything Vee loves right now and obsesses over, with Mickey Mouse reigning supreme.

Tonight will be full of cupcakes, presents, and laughter. That is the BEST kind of inspiration, am I right? Happy birthday, little Vee Vee.

Inspiration time:

Did anyone ever watch Daredevil on Netflix? I was reminded of it when I watched the opening credits recently. So good.

How to Age Gracefully.

Bah, my introvertedness wins again!

Please let this be true because I need some new Adele for my eardrums.

Owning this sketchbook makes me drool. My birthday is in January but I am accepting early gifts for those so inclined.

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared the work of Dan Cassaro but had to again because I’m always happy when visit his site. I love the simple layout and black and white. This display just works.

Can this cheese platter be for a party…of one?

This DIY piñata could work for any occasion!

I’m always looking for new ways to entertain Vee. These Disney paper bowling pins just might work.

Have you signed up for Lenny?

On repeat: Nujabes – Aruarian dance (thanks to my husband for introducing me to this song).

 

 

Monday Inspiration | Aug 10, 2015

Hey there. It’s been a while. Quite a bit has happened since I last posted. Jon Stewart aired his last Daily Show episode. I started a new sketch series called #peetysketches. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale broke up. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got married. Vee started talking to me in almost full sentences. I’ve been eating a boatload of Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica. I’m sort of, kind of, maybe coming out of the overwhelming haze of life. The dog days of summer are most definitely here and I’m ready for them to be gone. Why is everyone on Snapchat?! So much has happened and I’ve only been gone for a short three weeks! Don’t be mad. I’ll try not to let it happen again. I come bearing gifts. Forgiven?

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Inspiration time:

Can watermelon get any better? Because I think it just did.

Loved reading this article about explaining graphic design to 4-year-olds. I always wondered how I’d explain what I do to Vee when she gets older and I got a lot of ideas.

Project Runway started its next season last Thursday. It’s still sitting in my DVR but I am so excited to watch it.

What a great responsive logo design.

Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. ❤

What! And I was just going to get Vee some pink donuts, a Minnie dress and call it a day for her birthday.

I love looking at The Face Reader.

The creative department has been putting together puzzles for the last few months and I have to say, it’s one of the best things. We just finished working on this gradient CMYK puzzle.

Speaking of gradient, get ’em randomized using this generator.

Hex invadors!

I haven’t read thru all of this but The History of Icons looks pretty cool.

Whoa, these thin sheet metal invites are pretty cool.

 

 

Tuesday Inspiration | Mar 10, 2015

The last two weeks included a visit to Hot Spot, a Bush concert with my sister (kickin’ it back to my ’90s music love), taking Vee to her first toy store, binge-watching House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, making mini-pizzas for nom nom time and much coffee to keep up since Daylight Saving Time is kicking my butt this time around. How are you guys holding up?

And what did you think of House of Cards? My husband and I finished it the weekend it came out. I know many people who are still plowing through the season so I won’t give anything away. I will only say that I preferred the first two seasons to this one. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new one from Tina Fey. It’s only 13 episodes, about a half hour each, so that one was easy for us to consume on a Saturday night. It was pretty funny and Ellie Kemper’s delivery is really good. The show is very much in the same vein of 30 Rock so if you were fans of that show, chances are you may like this one.

Vee’s birthday is six months away (HOLY SHIT, WHAT?!) and she will be turning 2-years-old. To say she’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse is an understatement. If she’s still into him and the rest of the Mickey gang by the time her birthday rolls around, my husband and I are playing around with the idea of a Mickey themed party. I made “Find Vee” favors last year that included facts about foods she liked, what words she was trying to say, her favorite stuffed animal, etc. But this time around, I’m thinking of doing something a little more in-depth, like a Mickey-themed annual report favor based on her exponential growth and progress this past year. It would be a fun design project for me, full of infographic-style illustrations that may or may not include facts about how many times a day she likes to jump on to and off of furniture (all day, erryday) and which of her books get the most love (Pantone Colors and Corduroy right now). Still just thoughts… let’s see what I can do with that evasive little thing called time. 🙂

Let’s get to it. Inspiration time:

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Each Disney movie has been illustrated by Rafael Mayani. I want to own each and every one in print form, even the ones I haven’t seen. Check out his site for more amazing goods here.

Wes Anderson’s use of red and yellow. Equally as impressive is Wes Anderson: Centered.

Check out my review of Still Alice starring Julianne Moore who won an Oscar for her performance in this film.

I’ve made a couple batches of these mini-pizzas and they are so damn good!

I just purchased this font. It’s so preeeeetty.

I started using Wunderlist. It’s taking some time for me to get used to it but so far, I’m diggin’ it.

My two loves combined.

Turning 30 described in charts and graphs. Extremely accurate and very funny.

Just in case you needed to be reminded how awesome Drive is, check out the opening credits. And if it’s your first time watching them, shame on you. Ugly baby judges you.

Oh, hello animated gifs straight from my phone’s keyboard!

This video with Jessica Hische and Laura Victore talk about being pregnant, their work, and future totally resonated with me now that I have a child.

I hope to have the strength this mother did for her daughter if I’m ever called upon like that with mine.

On repeat: Whiplash’s Caravan. I’LL CUE YOU IN!!! My fellow Whiplash fans will know what I’m talking about. \m/ \m/

Peety gets animated

Today, I had a quick tutorial in making animated gifs. Thanks to my talented co-worker and friend, Jorge, he gave me and a few others a snapshot of what goes into making an animated gif – first drawing by hand and then finishing up in Fireworks. I drew five frames and he was able to whip it up into this simple little animation. This little guy makes me so happy!

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Monday Inspiration | Sept 29, 2014

Hello friends. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I had an exceptionally good one – had time with my husband sans Vee (thanks, mom and dad!) and went to Crafty Bastards in DC at Union Market! I’m going to do a write up later this week on the goods I acquired and the awesome stuff I saw. I always feel so inspired when I get back from Crafty Bastards. Did any of you guys go? The weather was absolutely perfect for an outdoor weekend – so I’m glad I took advantage. Can you believe it’s about to be October?! I need to start thinking about my Halloween costume, asap!

Inspiration time:

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Everyone is fundamentally lonely via ADHD on FOX.

20 under 20: Flickr’s inaugural celebration of the 20 most talented young photographers.

Illustration, the finest occupation.

Submit a coloring book page for Doodlers Anonymous!

Work for 52 minutes and break for 17.

I started following History In Pictures on Twitter and they have all kinds of gems. But there is something about this photo that makes me so happy.

IKEA PAPER SHOP! Aaaaahhhhhhh! I love these little disposable cups.

I love me an awesomely design resume. I wouldn’t say all of these are great but I was still very inspired by many of the details each one contained.

Free stock photography! Check out Pexels, which pulls a lot of its photos from Unsplash and Gratisography (both of which are also free).

I’m adding a bunch of books to my reading list, including The Book With No Pictures (by BJ Novak), Yes Please (by Amy Poehler), and Not That Kind of Girl (by Lena Dunham).

Speaking of Lena Dunham, I’m obsessed with #AskLena – she gives some good advice!

Know someone who is expecting? This pillow would make a great gift!

How to finally finish that project, dammit.

I love these bunny notecards via French Paper! I think I might buy them as Thank You cards for Vee’s birthday gifts.