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san juan 2013


san juan 2013

I can never quite get enough of travel. I've never thought about why, I've just instinctively known that I loved it, and that was the only reason I've ever needed. As I've gotten older, that's not a good enough answer for me anymore. I feel like I owe it to myself to understand why I like the things I do, so I can make sure that positive mojo keeps coming my way.

Last week, I found out (part of) that answer. Fred and I were on a public transit bus in Puerto Rico. We were traveling from new San Juan to site see in Old San Juan. I sat there and stared at the people riding in the same metal can that I was. In that moment, in some way, I felt a sort of connection with those strangers. I thought about the lady sitting next to me. We were breathing the same air, which at the time seemed pretty amazing to me because we live over 1,5000 miles from each other. I was looking at the same exact streets as the young Puerto Rican father who fed his baby while he waited patiently for his stop. He made me think of how I used to bottle feed my brothers when they were little. I shared a smile with the older lady in front of me who reminded me so very much of my Mamaw Lois, a very special woman my family lost only 3 short months ago. I saw these people and I felt like I understood a part of each of them. Everyone of us on that bus had troubles, laughs, worries, and who knows what else waiting for us at our next destination. In one way or another, all of us are traveling...we all have stops and we're all in this life, together. If you sit down and think about it, that's pretty special. 

The Streets of Old San Juan: Kick-ass molding. Gorgeous tile. Unique architecture. Typography. Alleys. Cobble stone streets. Bright colors. Potted plants. Wrought iron gates and rails. Tall doorways and ceilings. These are the things I loved the most whilst traveling the streets ofOld San Juan.

Touristy shops. Creepers who followed us. Those are the things I liked the least. 


Fort San Felipe del Morro.

Nature life in Puerto Rico

Nature, in general, in Puerto Rico was pretty crazy.  For one thing, there were lizards everywhere. EVERYWHERE. 

One thing I really really loved about Puerto Rico was that there were plotted plants all around.  They were around houses, on sidewalks, in front of office buildings, in alley ways, etc. The locals there really find it important to incorporate nature and plant life into their daily lives. It was really, very refreshing. 


They were adorable, but they had some freak feet, so I decided not to touch them. 

During our time in Puerto Rico, we were lucky enough to be able to rent a car to travel an hour away to see El Yunque National Forest. It was there that we saw 2 waterfalls, and we actually even swam in one of them. 

This is my tiny husband in red, Fred, standing in front of La Coca Falls! 

We journeyed a half an hour hike to and from La Mina Falls! It was miserable and hot, but it was so worth the trek. This is what the path looked like. 

La Mina Falls.

The plants and trees in the rainforest were also pretty amazing!  

Beach life in Puerto Rico

Ok, so, doing a post about Puerto Rico is almost impossible without mentioning the gorgeous beaches there. 

This was the beach at Ocean Park, which was 2 blocks from our apartment. 

Another shot of the beach at Ocean Park.

This is a shot taken from a boat of Icaco Island. It was there that we did some snorkeling!

Sketchbook goodies

So, for the past 5 or so weeks, I've been doing a drawing for every day that passes by. I started this for several reasons, really, which I will explain in a later post where I gather all of my drawings and display them together. Anyway, I continued this new tradition while in Puerto Rico and I'm so glad that I did! I'm going to keep this going for every trip I take from here on out. It was really cool to be able to get away from the SLR and iPhone camera and record things by hand. 

All in all, we had a pretty awesome time in San Juan. There were infinite things to do and see there, and everyone we met was so very nice. Oh, and these photos don't even scratch the surface of the amount that I took while I was there, so keep your eye out for more down the road! Happy travels, and happy weekend everyone! 



special type

I've been seeing some pretty impressive typography around town here lately. My favorite is the yard sale sign. No doubt the best one I've ever seen. 



just like being there

When I saw that this documentary was streaming on Netflix, I got pretty excited! I've been slowly building a (small) collection of gig posters over the past 10 or so years, so any opportunity to learn about the history and origin behind this art form is welcomed by me! This documentary, titled Just Like Being There, had some great info and background on the American gig poster. Some of the best and most well known gig poster designers/illustrators were interviewed and had some interesting views about what a gig poster is, what it should be, and what it was. Do check it out. 

If you're interested in starting a collection of your own, check out Lonestar Posters. It's where I went to get most of the posters I've collected. They have a really great selection.   


thank you


thank you

I've been sending out a good portion of thank you cards as of late and when I sat down to work on them, my husband gave me a look that incinuated I was slightly out of my mind. That's ok. All I could do was think back to the post I wrote a month ago about doing more to rescue handwriting. I drew these cards because I felt better for it. A part of me will always live with these cards, and I like that feeling.

Also,  making these was a hell of a stress relief! Ha! 




rescue handwriting

I just read this really wonderful article about the dying art of handwriting. I love how the author compares writing things by hand to going for a walk...that the act of doing it is for enjoyment and enrichment in our way of life... 

Sometimes we open our front doors, and go for a walk in the spring sunshine. We might not get anywhere very far in two or three hours on foot, whereas in three hours by mechanical means you can get to Yorkshire (by car) or Paris (by train) or Istanbul (by air). But on the other hand, you’ve had a nice walk in the spring sunshine for very little expenditure, and you feel better for it.

You feel better for it.  

When my husband and I traveled to Europe last year, we swore the food there tasted better than it does here in America. There was also less of it. People rode bikes everywhere. There were hardly any cars. Homes were most often tiny but those buildings had more character than I could have ever imagined. Quality there seemed to override quantity...and that's what I want for myself, too. 

When was the last time you went for a walk? 




Woah! So busy lately! Tonight, I'm enjoying a few drinks and hanging out at my home computer doing some designy stuff. Hooray!

Today was a fun and somewhat relaxing day, though. The hubs and I went antique shopping at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall (recommended by a fellow co-worker). It was awesome and also overwhelming at the same time. There is SO much stuff there-tiny trinkets, furniture, old print items, etc. I felt like I was never going to get through all of it! But it really was a great time! Here are some cool items that I saw but didn't end up buying. 

After antique shopping, we went to IKEA to get some supplies for our 3rd floor apartment reno. We are prepping it to be renter ready here in about the next 6 months or so. Here are some photos of what the place looks like right now. 

This is the hallway of the 3rd floor apartment. Bathroom on left. 

This is the opposite end of the hallway. Kitchen on the left and bedroom and living room on the right. 

Eventually, the outdated wood paneling in the hallway will be painted and the kitchen will also be painted/touched up-along with some other additions. I'll be sure to take some photos when everything is finished!  



lucky #13

A co-worker recently asked me to put together a fun invitation design for her daughter's 13th birthday party. I love when co-workers ask me to do personal things for them because I feel like I am able to be a little more free with aesthetic and layout decisions. 

Anyway-these were super fun to do and it was a welcomed break form the norm. I liked mixing the different type faces and playing with scale. Also-the party colors are pretty kick ass. What 13 year old girl wouldn't love these poppy invitations?! 



my whole heart

So, my brother in-law and sister in-law are on the brink of becoming parents! (See previous blog post). In preparation for the baby, they have decorated their nursery in a robot theme-which is probably the cutest theme for a nursery that I have ever heard of!

In the spirit of the room, I made this illustration print for the baby. It is a robot-esque heart that contains inner workings of a clock, circuitry, and bits of flat and curled metal. I really tried to give this piece an even balance between organic and non-organic elements.

Working on this illustration piece was so much fun! I can't wait to see how it looks in the baby's room!

Imagery by Rebecca Wilson



i need a favor

Ok, so, a co-worker sent me a link to this image and I lost it! Ahhh-I love Arrested Development and if you do to, you will understand why this crest is hilarious. Plus-it is beautifully illustrated. The original design was created by Edman Goodrich, aka edman.