Banner Happy

A while back, my nearest and dearest friend took part in a design contest that involved designing a Michigan-centric postcard. While supporting her work, I stumbled upon the work of another Michigan-born, now California-based designer, Angela Duncan. I loved everything about Angela’s designs, so much so that I sent her work to a family friend who owns a rental property in her home town of Beulah, MI.

At a certain point, I decided to invest a bit more in my blog, which meant giving its banner a facelift. Angela took my weak direction and came up with designs that articulated what I couldn’t — an aesthetic that was part kitsch, part Kirsch.

Courtesy of Angela Duncan

She included the above design proofs on her site here, and if you like her work at all, you should consider hiring her, too. She was beyond easy to work with, her work is creative and clean, and I could not be happier with the end result.

Halloween Bling

Image courtesy of Dina Manzo via Facebook

I enjoy Halloween just as much as the next person (despite having dressed up as a french maid for the past three years). That being said, it wasn’t until last year that I carved my first pumpkin. While I enjoyed carving my actual design, cleaning out the pumpkin was an activity I would be happy to pass on. It was when I was perusing Facebook that I found an awesome idea from Bravo’s Real Housewife of New Jersey, Dina Manzo. She posted a picture of her October-themed tablescape and it featured some blinged and bedazzled pumpkins, which are a perfect idea for the not-so down-and-dirty crafter.