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I stumbled across Instagram’s post yesterday – and was immediately drawn to it. This multi-faceted artist (who is also a baker, designer and photographer) encompasses creepy and creative, in her baked goodies and stages her photo shoots in retro-inspired settings! All my favorites! Her name is Christine H. McConnell. Of course I did some research and found out she lives in Twin Peaks, California. If she doesn’t really, then she should. But I also saw that she’s from Los Angeles, also. I also noticed she’s getting ready to publish a book called Deceptive Desserts [available March 2016, but you can pre-order now]. Too bad it’s not out now but at least I put it in my Christmas wish list. My point? If you like creepy, creative concoctions, styled in a twisted and vintage setting, she is your...

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The Vampire Test


Posted By on Apr 16, 2014

I’m reading this creative book called Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) and the writer talks about this “Vampire Test” that can be used on people, jobs, places or hobbies, etc. “It’s a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is NOT a vampire. Vampires cannot be cured. Should you find yourself in the presence of a vampire…banish it from your life forever.” This obviously made me think of 1 to 2 people and a few activities [watching too much tv! and Facebook]. How about you? What vampires do you need to “banish”?...

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Thankful For…Part 1


Posted By on Nov 28, 2013

So I decided to do this as well, but mainly to realize and remember ALL my blessings [good, bad and mixed]: A temp job – it’s a job, I should not complain, it’s related to what I do, and it’s a paycheck A roof over my head – sure, it’s our last debt, and we are able to pay that monthly mortgage Our paid off cars – they smell and sound their age, and they still run Thrift store clothing because I still get compliments when I wear them; and they’re still ‘timeless’ to me My family for putting up with me / vice versa 🙂 My local and global friends The ability to work freelance and full-time; I know one of these days I’m going to have to stop sitting on this fence because it’s going to get uncomfortable soon. AND, I love where I am right now More to come tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving Eve all! [This was supposed to post last night, but it...

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Design Resources CHS – local


Posted By on Nov 20, 2013

Tonight’s post is about local design resources that I wanted to share. Since I live just outside of Charleston, SC, everything below is within proximity. Tomorrow’s post will about global resources. Thanks for reading! RefreshCHS – is a local quarterly meetup organized by Karl Philips. BarcampCHS – the annual fUNconference of the year Dig South – another annual weekend conference, in the similar vein of SXSW. Ted X Charleston – similar to TEDX. Charleston Digital Corridor – is a “a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming” Charleston Flagship – premier co-working facilities, one of the resources of CDC [Charleston Digital Corridor] Charleston AMA – American Marketing Association, local chapter AIGA SC – closest meetup is...

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The AIGA SC Chapter is bringing artist and graphic designer James White, to Blue Ion this Friday, November 22nd for FREE from 5sh to 9sh [according to Blue Ion’s blog]. All you have to do is RSVP! Here’s a little blurb from RefreshCHS. My favorite images from him are his DRIVE movie poster, Green Lantern “Blackest Night” poster, The Smuggler, The Scientist, and Elle. The time is from 5sh to 9sh, according to Blue Ion’s...

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Cards & Pockets are having their 5th Annual Invitation Design Contest! You can only enter one of your own designs, in either of these categories: DIY or Professional. The invitation must be an actual event this year or 2014.  Contest ends 12/1/13. Here is a link to their Design Blog for inspiration, and to check out a few of the previous years’ winners. Prizes include Crate & Barrel or Cards & Pockets Gift Card, 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $75, and 3rd place – $50. A side note: I’m all about design contests, but I think I’m sitting this one out this time. 1) I don’t have any events coming up that would include having invitations, 2) I really don’t have the time to do it this time of season [seven weeks left of the year!].  How about you? If you were to enter, what would you design? Comments...

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