Command Love

Mike and I have a wedding venue! There is light! With our wedding now slightly over a year away, we’re slowly getting our stuff together. I’m of the mind set that if we do little things each week, each month, we won’t get this giant bill next September. Am I right? Or am I just getting too excited to start my wedding tidbits?!

Regardless, I designed some wedding seals from for a wedding invitation that I designed earlier in June and I was just so tickled with them, I jumped the gun and designed and ordered some for our wedding! I have a look and a feel for our wedding in my mind, but have yet to actually get anything down on paper. My future last name will start with an “H,” my least favourite letter to draw… I came up with almost 10 seal designs with an “H” incorporated into it, but none were great. Mike and I couldn’t agree on a design. So we scrapped it all together/I scrapped it all together and came up with command love. Simple. Cute. To the point. Pun to MAC users. And to be honest, it wasn’t until I opened the box that I thought, what do PC users use as command? Is it alt? That little window icon? I can’t even tell you the last time I used a PC keyboard. Oops. My apologies in advance for those who receive our invite and don’t get it. Or is the command symbol well known enough for everyone to get it? This is why we user test, isn’t it…

Too late! Below are our beautiful gold seals for our envelopes which I don’t know the colour of, and for the invites that are yet to be designed. But this little detail just melts my heart.

envelope seal, wax seal, command love

handlettering, command love, drawing

instagram username: @pooting


dream boy

Time is moving so fast!

It’s been a rather stressful few days.

I’m looking forward to next week, however, 25 hours on an airplane to visit our other home, with my dream boy. Best.

Getting Ready for Love

Instagram is my new fb, it’s my twitter in images. I’ve actually considered not hiring a photographer for our wedding and just getting our iPhone friends capture our day of love with this fabulous app.

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Whether you like it or not, I hope you feel loved.


Happy Friday!

For some reason I decided to go book happy this week, and ended up splurging at Chapters on Whyte Ave. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favourite past times is grabbing a coffee from the upstairs Starbucks, and browsing books for hours, but I tend to splurge at places like Lux Beauty Boutique and buy countless amounts of Butter London nail polish! I am a huge book collector though. I have a thing for coffee table books. You know, the ones that you barely look at, but are just so damn pretty sitting there on your coffee table, and cost more than you should spent on them? Needless to say, I have the weekend ahead of me and I cannot wait to bury myself into these new purchases. Let me share them with you!

‘Let’s Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By’ By, Lesley M. M. Blume

This book was too adorable to not buy. My best friend and I both picked it up at the same time and when we realized that we both picked up the same book, we figured we not only needed to buy it, but that we are clearly two peas in a pod! This book is both whimsical and witty and includes nostalgic past times like, evening strolls, double features, Bette Davis, courtship, laundry chutes, libraries, the list goes on. All these things bring a smile to my face, I can’t wait to re-educate myself with the artful ways of living.

‘Scripts: Elegant Lettering From Design’s Golden Age‘ By, Steven Heller and Louise Fili

This book has been in my basket on my Amazon account for a while now, but when I went to Chapters earlier this week I saw it on the shelf, practically begging me to pick it up and find it a new home in my room. So I did. It is filled with of breath taking scripts from all over the world. The woman who was ringing me through even mentioned that I was buying books with such beautiful type on the covers. I am so excited to sit out in my backyard with my sketch pad and this book. Oh and the sun (it’s about time!)

Why am I so drawn to libraries and books? I find them to be so magical, and darn right beautiful. I don’t even mind the smell of old books.. weird, I know! Anyways, I encourage you all to find one thing this weekend that you love so much and take some time to do it. Hopefully it includes being outside, because what little summer we get, we need to act on it as soon as it happens. Happy Friday all!

Found Letterers

I came across what are new to me, but I am more than sure that their hard work has had them known in this crazy world of design for what they do best, and that is hand drawn type. A letterer to be exact. I want so badly to just perfectly scoop and swirl my asenders to meet their neighbours descenders. Ya know?! Okay, maybe I lost you after scooping and swirling, but the point is that it makes looking at the cover of a book much more fun, or the postcard you got in the mail with your name sweeping the entire front of the card. Who says the world has to remain in Times New Roman? I was so over that typeface in junior high. Writing too many papers on PCs did it for me.

via Darren Booth

Not only am I Steve Martin’s number one fan, but can you please tell me how beautiful this book cover is? He is the ultimate cool, plus he got Darren Booth to design his book cover, I knew we would be good friends!

via Darren Booth

So similar in style, as is all of his work yet undeniably beautiful, with the perfect colour combination’s. Obviously Janine at Uppercase loved it so much she made it the cover on the first issue of Work/Life. Darren Booth’s work has been seen all over Canada and the US, and it is so nice to see something that you can recognize instantly.

via Dana Tanamachi

Next up is Dana Tanamachi who I actually came across almost a year ago, but forgot to bookmark her website but thankfully found her again yesterday! I kid you not, I have had dreams about this very piece. It is so amazing! And she got to do it for Wes Anderson?! Very cool! Her website does a really good job of showing her process, which as a fellow designer I often check out other designers processes.

via Dana Tanamachi

Another great thing is that she get to work with such a large scale, which when it comes to typography, I can’t imagine that it’s easier than sketching out on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.

via Dana Tanamachi

I totally thought that this was a prop for the photoshoot. Wrong! This is a real life Dana Tanamachi at the Ace Hotel in New York, where you can actually go and stay and have this adorable chalk rendering above your head as you sleep!

via Jessica Hische

And finally the sole reason that I love typography and hand lettering, the very talented Jessica Hische. She is pure typographic amazing-ness! It is through her that I have been able to discover so many other talented typographers. (Thank you, where ever you are!) She has made me want to become a better letterer. In the mean time though, let’s look at another on of her masterpieces.

via Jessica Hische

She even makes the bottom of a pool look beautiful. But seriously, how hard would it be to make that?? It looks like a real pool! I often stare at this and imagine what layer I would even start with!