Bon Voyage!

Sophia, one half of the paperhearts duo, is off to Europe with her Greek dancing team. Join me in wishing them all the luck and the stars as they dance their way through Italy and Greece.



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!

Hee Haw!

I’m proud to be from a city where local talent organizes and welcomes designers to come together and make stuff for the sake of making stuff.

The only rules for this poster collection by HeeHaw Collective was to create a poster with a positive message to make someone laugh or smile. I’m not sure why, but all I could think of was cake. Who doesn’t love cake? A poster was born.

The whole collection turned out lovely! Please check it out. Laugh. Smile. And keep your eyes peeled, they will be strung up around town on the 12th!!

Buttons at Bamboo Ballroom

I’m very pleased to say that Bamboo Ballroom is carrying my handmade button earrings!

I’ve had the habit of making these tiny fabric buttons for years now. I find it very soothing and since my mother had so many fabric scraps, I thought why not! I used to just snap off the back hooks and create magnets out of them until I came across some surgical steel flat pad earring backs. I can even wear them with my sensitive little ears.

Thanks Bamboo! I hope your shoppers love them as much as I do!

Wedding Wednesday: Let Them Eat Cake!

Happy Wednesday readers! I was in a cake eating kind of mood, hence the post! I was never a fan of wedding cakes only because the fondant wasn’t my favourite part. From a far they are beautiful, but I would never eat the cake when I would go to a wedding. This was of course before I found out that Whimsical Cake Studio made wedding cakes!! Being a cake lover, this was the best news! Their cupcakes are my absolute favourite! I went ahead and checked out their website to see what kind of creations they have for wedding cakes, and they blew me away!

A beautiful brocade cake in soft yellows.

Everyone’s favourite.. a personal serving of cake, each in their own flavour and bright colour!

A whimsical cake indeed!

You can walk right into Whimsical (8716 109 St.) almost any day of the week (they are closed on Sundays) to treat yourself to a yummy cupcake, then head over to Garneau Theatre for a movie.. before they close it down!!

Wedding Wednesday: Gift Registries

Registries make gift buying a breeze and a guarantee win! I’m attending a bridal shower and the invitation said the bride was registered at Anthropologie! YAY! Finally! Though it’s not your typical ‘bridal registry,’ it’s a wish list, so anyone can register (lucky for us girls who are yet to tie the knot)!

It’s common for couples to register at big department stores like the Bay, granted they are carrying some beautiful lines, but having Anthropologie in the mix is real nice for the artistic lovers.

Anthro has made it real easy to create your wish list. Create an account and click away! The staff is always helpful there too, if you forget the list at home, they’ll print one out for you in store.

Photo via Anthropologie