Monday Inspiration | Jul 24, 2017

This summer has been a particularly difficult one to get motivated. Whether it’s the 9-5, personal projects, freelance work, or keeping Vee entertained, I find myself getting caught up in the dum dum of worry. It does happen less and less and I find myself letting go more often and wondering why I can’t do this all the time. Right now, I can feel myself sort of pulling out from this cuckoo mindset and enjoying silly things like Michael Phelps racing a “shark.” LOL did any of you watch that last night? Continue reading

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.

 

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

Monday Inspiration | May 9, 2016

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Mother’s Day weekend was so relaxing. It started with a morning at the National Aquarium. We took Vee for the first time with many weeks worth of excitement thinking that was enough preparation to go along with her already deeply embedded love of fish. NOPE. I failed to remember how dark the aquarium is in many places and that freaked her out. Only towards the tail end of our visit did she start to warm up to the surrounding water bubbles and people… lots and lots of people. Thankfully, we got out of there in the early afternoon, right when the aquarium was ripe with families and kids under our feet. I did get to touch some sting rays and JELLYFISH. So much squisy awesomeness. The latter part of the weekend was spent at my parents’ house, making Vee a paper dress, and SLEEPING. Holy crap, guys, I got a night of nine hours of sleep AND a 3-hour nap on top of that. I am a new woman and feel like I am capable of anything. Sleep truly does cure all. #blessed Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Apr 25, 2016

 

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No public eff you video can take away the attention of Prince’s death. Just like the rest of the world, I’m so saddened, shocked, and in disbelief. I read an article on Wired about the creation his symbol – floppy disks! Throughout the weekend, my husband and I poured over articles, videos about him and of course, his music. Even Vee danced around a bit to parts of Purple Rain as we watched it. Like the rest of you, I will be honed in on any news reports about cause of death because, wtf?!

The 9-5 work week is going end a little early for me because my sister’s wedding is coming up this weekend. I get to eat tons of delicious food, see family I haven’t seen in a long while, get dolled up, and have a few days off in honor of this momentous celebration. Crossing my fingers this work week goes by quickly. In the meantime, inspiration: 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

Monday Inspiration | Nov 16, 2015

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What’s up, friends? These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions. Rather than go thru everything, here is a recap of the ranting side and grateful side of the last 14 days. On top of that, all the insanity happening in the world has me reeling back in all kinds of emotions. All I can think to do is send good vibes into the world and continue to hope for a better world for the next generation. Hoping all of you out there are safe and your loved ones are, too. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Oct 20, 2015

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So, how many times have you watched the Star Wars trailer? 🙂

Lately, all I want to do is make things. I have too many ideas in my head and I can’t get them out fast enough. I’m trying to keep track of all my ideas so I can somehow morph them into Christmas gifts, presents just because or birthday goodies. Attaching a reason to the things I want to create makes them more meaningful and also gives me more incentive to start and finish. I’ve been referencing a lot of my design and DIY books for inspiration and it’s totally working. It’s also resulted in me selling some goods on Society6! Not too much to see yet but more to come, for sure. Check out The Gang’s All Here in the meantime. ❤

I started using Teux Deux again to help me keep my life and all my ideas organized. Already my days feel much more manageable. As silly as this sounds, I even write down some of the self-care type stuff I’m always trying to do, for example, reading! Although I have a ton of unread books stacked next to my bed, I’m feeling in the mood to revisit one of my childhood favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth. I first discovered this book in the attic of the house I grew up in. I guess the previous owners decided they didn’t want to haul their library of books away and that’s where I found The Phantom Tollbooth and The Giving Tree. I haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth since I was probably a preteen so I’m excited to thumb thru the pages again and hopefully feel the same enjoyment I did when I read it initially.

Inspiration time:

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The Nostalgia Machine. Get your jam on!

I wish I had this article available to me when I was typing up papers in college. May this help someone in need.

The title of this page is NSFW but it does not lie: the best stuff on Netflix right now.

Project Faces by Adobe is making me so excited at the possibilities!

Funniest Amazon product reviews.

Peeeeerfect to wear while I’m reading The Phantom Tollbooth!

How to get over comparing yourself to other creatives.

Did you meet Gil?

Check out the latest episode from Cinema Samurai’s Film Don’t Lie podcast! They talk about The Walk, The Martian and Beasts of No Nation.

This is me probably everyday at some point. Need this.

I cannot stop laughing at the Drake Hotbling dancing memes.

#peetydraws100lyrics complete

The middle of this past July marked the end of The Great Discontent‘s #the100dayproject on Instagram. I participated for a bunch of different reasons but mainly, ever since I discontinued the Mini-Peety drawings as a daily project, I liked the idea of doing something similar but short-term. It wasn’t too difficult coming up with the theme for my project, #peetydraws100lyrics, because I had done a version of this already: #peetydrawslyrics. I hadn’t added to the hashtag in a while and thought it’d be a good way to force me to start it up again. Honestly, I was hoping to maybe get better at hand-illustrating type or discover a happy accident within the shapes and patterns of each illustration. In the end, although there wasn’t any grand revelation in my project, I did learn a few things along the way. Continue reading

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).