Wonder Pets Halloween Masks

My son’s current obsession are The Wonder Pets. He really wants them to come to his Halloween birthday party. So – I made masks (designed to fit on the forehead, above our eyes, and tied with on with a ribbon) for my husband, myself, and his Grammy to wear so that we can surprise him for his birthday. If I feel really ambitious, I will make us capes, too. Here are Linny, Tuck, and Ming-Ming:

Snow & Graham

Long ago when I was just starting to fall in love with both letterpress printing and Chicago at the same time, I discovered Snow & Graham. *sigh* A small start-up business working out of a Northside Chicago neighborhood – complete with a great design aesthetic & lovely letterpress technique. Amazing. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find them online, but now that I have – I am so excited to read their blog and drool over the site often.

Idea Created: Modern Family Tree

I loved this wonderful idea for a modern family tree, and decided to give it a whirl myself. My family has it’s unique challenges as my husband was adopted, but does know his biological family well. In an effort to be respectful of our whole family, there is a third branch of this wheel. I love it and hope my son will someday, too. (Sorry internet, the names are blured to protect the innocent.)


Friday Fun: Collages

These collages are a-mazing. Love these. Like something I attempted to do when I was a little girl, but never was as successful as I obviously could have been. Take a peak! Happy Friday!

Oh, and if you are interested, here is a sample of one of the many collages I attempted years ago. Who knows where most of them live now. Sure would be fun to try again now!

Inspired To Create: Chicago Skyline

I have been an avid reader and huge fan of Making It Lovely for some time. Her and Dooce might just have been my first introduction into the world of blogs. Both have inspired me in countless ways. The most recent was this post by Nicole, where she blogs about the Constructor Craft Fair that took place on June 6. More specifically, this image of Iconic Chicagoland prints from Leslie Hamer:

Now, I wasn’t at this Craft Fair – and I don’t know this artist. I can’t find larger images of these prints online, but that Chicago skyline illustration gave me an itch that just needed to be scratched. Could I create something inspired by this idea? Perhaps using the colors that I intend to eventually paint my space? Why, yes. Yes I could.

First I found a sweet photo of Chicago on Google images.

Then I just doodled and traced that skyline using my favorite software program: Adobe Illustrator, and matched up the colors from my palate.

This is the final result! I love it, and hope you do, too.