Hello everyone and happy February! Over the past month I had the opportunity to design the construction barricade for our newest location of Urban Home, a furniture and decor store. This was, by far, the largest project I have ever worked on, consisting of two panels that wrap around the perimeter of the future store location. The first panel, seen in the video, is 120 feet wide while the second panel, seen in the photos and poorly executed panoramic shot (it was raining and I was trying to avoid being hit by cars) is a whopping 180 feet wide. Both panels stand 12 feet tall. I have to say, it was pretty exciting to finally be abel to go and see the design in person, after having only seen it on my computer screen up until that point. But I think the best part was hearing lots of people take notice and comment on my design as they walked by. Design is a powerful communication tool and that is my favorite part of this industry.
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice and relaxing holiday season. As I was finishing up some of my last-minute Christmas shopping I came across this children’s book at Barnes & Noble. The contrast of its plain white cover and straightforward title against the surrounding illustration-heavy children’s books caught my eye. Upon further investigation, I was delighted to discover that the book relied solely on typography for visual interest. I found this concept to be extremely refreshing and intriguing. After a bit of research I learned that the book is a #1 New York Times bestseller and written by B.J. Novak, the Emmy award-winning actor, writer and executive producer of The Office. The Book with No Pictures calls for the reader to say aloud every word, no matter how strange or goofy they might be, leaving kids giggling, laughing and I’m assuming begging to hear the story again and again.
Happy November everyone! With the holiday season quickly approaching, retail stores are in the process of implementing their seasonal holiday window displays. As I was strolling through my local mall this past weekend I came across this super cute holiday display in the window of The Open Book, a relatively new family-owned bookstore that specializes in discount books and also hosts reading events, author appearances and reading workshops. I thought the display was creative, warm, inviting and executed well. I’ll be on the lookout for more fun holiday displays as we move into December!
Hello there everyone! Long time no post. I apologize. Life has been keeping me pretty busy, but not busy enough to pass up an opportunity to make another fun birthday cake. Today is my super cute neighbor’s 7th b-day and so I decided to surprise her with a cute Hello Kitty cake. It was super simple to make and I even learned how to make a fondant bow! Happy Birthday Emily!
This week my neighbor asked me to help create ‘First Day of School’ signs for her two super cute kids to hold during pictures. I guess I know I’m in the right profession because I got way too excited to design these chalkboard signs (haha). This was my first experience using chalkboard markers and overall I think they are a pretty neat product. Happy ‘Back to School’ time everyone!
Ok guys, I promise this will be my last cake post for a while. What can I say? I’m obsessed. This week we celebrated my dad’s birthday and in brainstorming ideas for his cake, I decided to create a 7-Eleven Big Gulp. My dad has a very strange diet, with his favorite “meal” probably consisting of a large fountain soda and a Powerbar. That being said, he loved the cake and I have to say, I think it came out pretty cute as well!
Last week was my mom’s birthday and so of course I took the opportunity to play around in the kitchen and make another cake! I wasn’t lying in my earlier post, I really am slightly obsessed with cake decorating. My mom, on the other hand, is slightly obsessed with donuts and there came the inspiration for this fun and easy cake. I used a standard bundt pan to achieve the general shape of the donut, iced the whole thing in light brown buttercream and topped it off with a little bit of pink fondant to resmeble the icing. The sprinkles are, I think, what ties the whole thing together. Overall, it was a very easy-to-do cake that ended up being a crowd-pleaser.