Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three years of Jack.


This sweet, curly-haired boy turned three years old this last week. I can't imagine our home without him in it, yet I can hardly believe he's already lived three years! We often joke that he is the most rewarding, yet demanding child. Always by my side, and most likely attached to me in some way, this boy brings me so much joy. It's a lot of work, but I love our relationship. I've never met another child who will (gently) turn your face towards their own just to make sure they can "wook in your eyes" while you talk to each other.


Over the years, my birthday party philosophy has evolved from all out-shindig, to simple parties with a few fun elements, but a focus on people and simplicity. This time around we made a large and in charge golden whale piƱata, and a few zigzag streamers and called it good.




We also ordered a few extra swimming friends to play with at the party and send home with guests. For the record, it took about 20 minutes for this water display to get out of hand (with Jack leading the way) and be removed, but it was fun while it lasted.




Watching Jack's face and reaction to everything from the cupcakes to the presents was so fun. I forgot how easy it is to knock the socks off of a three year old (it's a little harder with those older kids)!


We love you Jack and can't wait to see how you grow this next year!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Portfolio/01


These days blogging and spontaneous crafting have been a bit on the back burner due to my design work. I've been pretty terrible about sharing some of my favorite design based projects, but now I'm resolving to start a portfolio series here because I would love to have a record of it all somewhere.

One of my favorite projects from 2015 so far, has been a series of paper cuts designed and made for the Playful Learning Studio-a brick and mortar expansion of the website I work for Playful Learning. It's amazing how fun it is to see designs go from screen to paper shapes! I kind of want to do this with every project now.

The most complex piece involved looking at an actual picture of the (adorable!) studio and first making a vector design from scratch, and then figuring out how to combine the pieces so they could be cut out. Here's a picture of the studio...


And here is the simplified, paper cut version!


The rest of the project included titles for each of the different subject areas offered at the studio.


If you happen to live in the Montauk/ East Hampton area, I encourage you to check out the studio! You can find more information here.