I know it took me a while to have the time to pos about Conner's birthday party (it was actually last month) but better late than never!! I had so much fun planning his party, specially since I haven't planned a party since our wedding!
The inspiration for the party started with Conner's invitations from Minted, before we looked for invitations I only had the idea of having bright colors, but that was it. So when I saw “the big one” invitation by Jennifer Wick in the Green option I was sold! it was so perfect!!
I am not going to lie, ever since I was in college I dreamed about having a car with an awesome logo all over, like big-in-your-face decal. And of course not any logo, the logo of the business I was going to build.
The first car I had in the USA was a Jeep Wrangler, when we bought it I though about adding something to it, but then I got too busy to do anything to the car. After Conner arrived the Jeep was no longer functional so we decided to start researching for something that would fit our new passenger better.
We welcomed my new car 4 months ago and since it is my first brand new car, I immediately thought about researching a way to add my branding to it. I was super lucky to be contacted by the people from Dezign with a Z the day after I started researching (talk about good timing) to work on a review of their decals, I explained my idea and they loved to collaborate and create a custom decal for my car!
As a small business owner, I think is very important to take any opportunity to advertise your company, so adding my new shop's URL (soon to be launched) to my car was the best “local” advertisement I could think of. The color of my car is already bold and bright, so I decided on a contrasting color, with the lines of my logo expanding to the edges of the car.
The design process was super easy because I already had the logo, I took pictures of the sides of the car and played on illustrator with different sizes and positioning. After I showed them to Ken, we both loved the same one. I measured the car and sized the image with the logo to the “real” measurements, erased the image and exported the artwork as a .PDF so the designer at Dezign with a Z could work it to send me a proof.
Today's round up is all about Fall and Halloween! One of my favorite things of this season are pumpkins, well actually it's pumpkin chowder soup AND how creative people get with their pumpkin decorations, so I wanted to share some really cool tutorials to embellish your house with fall/halloween decorations:
1- Silver Leaf Pumpkin by Katja of Shift Ctrl Art
2- Spooky Halloween terrarium by Chelsey from The Paper Mamma
3- Faux aged canning ring pumpkin by Kristi from Lolly Jane
4- Chalkboard word find pumpkin by KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
There has been a lot of buzz about copyright Infringements on the web lately, mostly small artist getting copied by big companies. And in all of those cases I think it's very clear to distinguish right from wrong. Inspiration and copy are two very different things, for most people the line is not very visible and that's when trouble can knock on the door.
The whole inspiration v/s copy issue is a huge one, but it's not what I want to share with all of you today (that issue itself requires a separate post). Because of this ongoing rips off that's I've seen online, I've had long conversations with Ken about “what would I do” if something like this happens to me, so I started researching Copyright Law and in my attempt to “protect” myself I found out that some of my work (the lettering I've done of someone else's quotes) could have been infringing Intellectual property/copyright/Right of Publicity laws.
I felt super ashamed and VERY sad that I was so uninformed. As all of you know Etsy is full of artwork created from quotes, songs and movies, so I never questioned the issue, because I saw how many people do it I assumed it wasn't wrong, but now that I've read and researched, I've realized that it's a lot more complicated than what I initially though. I started wondering about the issue when I started sketching for my HowJoyful calendar. Halfway into the calendar I realized that some of the quotes I was planning to use had been copyrighted, so I could not use them.
The legal part of all this can be very confusing because each quote and author *might* have a different Copyright, Trademark or Right of Publicity. So each one should be researched and “cleared” in order to be safe to use. And trust me I've tried to do this research myself and it has been crazy, so a Copyright Attorney is the right person anyone that want to do this should consult with.
During my research I came along this great article written by Bruce E. Burdick on the Use of Famous quotes and also AVVO‘s list of questions about the use of quotes as the base of your work, this was super helpful because the ones responding are real lawyers specialized on the subject, what I learned from reading many -many- questions and all their answers is that: Read more »
Last summer we talked about having a set up in our back deck to have dinner/lunch and just chill enjoying the trees. It took us a long time to finally do something about it, one year to be exact. This summer we started searching around for pieces to try and set something up, but (like every project in our house) we couldn't spend much on it, so I was very pleased to end up with this set while staying in a budget.
We enjoy having dinner and lunch outside and many of the sketches I posted on Instagram this Summer, came from me drawing out there, Conner loved to play outside and I'm super excited it's not so big that it would take all of our limited deck space (this is the second smallest deck we have)
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I know I've been promising a studio tour for a long time now, it seemed like I always had something I needed to finish before the official “reveal”, but last week I decided that I've been waiting too long (and you too) to call it “done” when realistically I'm always going to change and add things around. So I cleaned up a little bit and decided to share my “happy place” with all of you! I'm dividing the tour in two parts because my studio consist of two rooms, so today you'll get to see my office space.
In this room is where I work on all my Design projects, I store all of the items from my supply shop and my main shop, at times it also works as our guest room (well, actually we've only had my Mom stay here) and here is where I prepare all my orders, so the shipping station is here too.
Almost a year and a half a go I showed you guys what this room looked like when we bought the house, to refresh your memory, this is how excited I was about having this space (and I was 2 months pregnant with Conner too)
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