Archive of ‘www’ category
It’s been a busy month+ for me. I went away to the beach, a week after that I attended IRCE 2013. I went to IRCE through work – and it was super awesome because I will always consider myself a student. I love learning and if it were up to me I’d stay in school forever. I was really nervous to basically travel on my own but it was definitely worth it. I learned so much about the internet, and how to think in new ways as a web designer and internet retailer. I met so many great people and learned about new companies out there… that I never would have thought to “google”. It made me realize how wonderful the internet really is! I was also fortunate enough to see some of the beautiful city of Chicago:
Me taking a “Selfie” in the Cloud Gate. Lol. (yes I had way too much fun with that)
When I returned from Chicago… I did a street fair to sell my jewelry… It was not as successful as I would have liked but it got my name out there. Now I have a craft fair another street fair lined up for this year. I’m hoping to do more… I just need to find them. I have about a dozen new post earrings listed on my etsy shop as well.
It was 2005 when I met a boston terrier for the first time. Her name was Daru she belonged to my friend Jessie. She had the greatest spunky personality, and loved you so much when you got home she not only wagged her tail but she practically danced it off!! In 2007 she had puppies and I got to be there when they were just about a week old. (The one I am holding in the picture, her name is Loca) I truly fell in love with this breed and their snort faces! I always said that I would love to have a Boston of my own one day. Sadly, I can’t because my boyfriend is allergic to dogs! Fast forward to 2009 and I made myself a nice twitter account, started making some tweet friends! I met Aireen Arellano, and we chat here and there. She posts pictures of her Boston Terrier named Angel ~ and I live vicariously through her with her love of her dog. She has the most adorable snort face ever – I could stare at her puppy dog eyes ALL DAY! (see below ~ definitely my favorite snortgram pic!)
For the past 6 months Aireen and her husband have been working hard on their Boston Terrier dedicated project!! Combining their passion for design and love for Boston Terriers they bring you SNORTMONSTER.COM. They create bold snort-faced apparel for all snort-loving humans out there! I am super excited to order a t-shirt and I secretly hope to be the first customer They are really truly dedicated to this project and I admire their entrepreneurial spirit. This is their mission:
Since snort faced doggies bring us so much love and happiness, we want to make sure they continue to bring as much joy to other people. That’s why we are commited to donating $1 of each shirt sold to brachycephalic (snort faced ) doggie charities.
This month they are donating to TGC Boston Terrier Rescue. So head on over to SnortMonster.com and grab yourself a freshly printed shirt!! Don’t forget to like them on facebook and follow them on Instagram They officially opened their shop TODAY and are taking orders for shirts!!
Anyone who knows me personally knows about my “Ariel obsession”. It started before I was even a teenager and I was “moving out” of sharing a room with my little brother and getting my own room. Even then I was pretty crafty and creative. People see while walls – I SEE BIG CANVASES for decorating So I thought and about it and I wanted to make my room a THEME. I had some of my old toys left, including an Ariel doll and a case. I decided to make my room into an “under the ocean” / “Little Mermaid” theme. I was 12 then, and I still have those toys to this day!
That’s how it all started… and it never ended. The Little Mermaid Obsession. I went through high school and everyone knew it. Even my teachers. I knew people laughed behind my back, but I didn’t care. It was me – my character. I wasn’t obsessing over N*SYNC or Dawson’s Creek like everyone else, I was doing my own thing. When I turned 16 and I entered my high school’s art program and began learning more about painting and drawing. I decided I wanted to paint scenes from The Little Mermaid movie on my walls. The biggest problem was convincing my mom to let me. It took me a few years but I made it happen… And 10 years (almost 11) years later it still sits in my old room at my mother’s house.
Back then it felt like “oh this will fade, the movie came out in 1989, the 90s will take over and it will be forgotten”. Because in the beginning it was hard to find Ariel-related things. I had to check certain stores every-so-often, and most of all The Disney Store. But today that isn’t the case. It has blown up and now all these kids who weren’t even alive when those movies came out (Sleeping beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, etc) are loving them as if they came out last week. I think it’s awesome.
Originally I was going to make a photo-blog of my “Ariel stuff” and in a way I have. I started an instagram, which also updates the tumblr I created: arielfreak.com. It’s pretty simple, because I can update it with my phone. You can also follow my account @arielfreaks on instagram. If you are a big fan yourself please send me any photos of “Ariel stuff” you have or mind come across. I’m always interested to see what others have!
I came across this tumblr that posts photos of random objects organized neatly. The photos are submitted by many users, with all different kinds of objects and subjects. I don’t know why but I’m so mesmerized by it… definitely an interesting tumblr to follow! Follow them here on tumblr. Take a look at some of my favorites:
My latest internet addiction – Wanelo! Similar to Pinterest, only this focuses on products you can buy. Some amazing things from all over are popping up and they are truly unique. My friend sent me a link to a little mermaid laptop decal… and once I figured the site out I was hooked! This might be as addicting as Pinterest, only my wallet might feel a little lighter because of it. That could be good and bad! Check it out: Wanelo.com and also follow me: wanelo.com/candyariels
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Back when I was in middle school/high school I had a huge sticker collection. I’m not really sure what made me want to collect them (probably the lack of internet in my life at the time LOL). But I had a ton, and now that I’m a full time designer I love the fact that I can create basically anything I want and have it printed. I’ve been searching for a company that does sticker printing. Print Runner offers many options on sticker printing but the thing I am super excited about is the fact that they offer them in a roll! Not just sheets of stickers.
Now my only issue is deciding what to put on the stickers. Designing for someone else – that’s easy. Designing for me? It will be the design that never ends! Any suggestions on what I should print on stickers?
It’s only been a few weeks since Instagram was FINALLY released on Android and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. During this time I’ve come across some really amazing products that work with Instagram. It’s interesting to see how 1 person had an idea to make this app and now it has snowballed into so many awesome things! What can I say? I’m a sucker for old photos.
Webbygram was built by Brenden Mulligan, who got tired of waiting for Instagram to build a web view. I’m really glad he did because the interface is wonderful! View my instagram profile here: http://webbygram.com/girloncanvas/
A few weeks ago I submitted an idea to Tattly. What’s tattly you ask? Fun, temporary tattoos made by designers. Back when I was a waitress, and when we had nothing to do I would take the temporary tattoos from the machine and make it stick to the cardboard on the back of my writing pad.
I was reminded of this when I first heard of tattly. So I went ahead and bought myself one of those Moleskin Cahier Notebooks. And had a party with it.
Some tips when applying to cardboard:
- It might be sticky to the touch for a little while, just let dry.
- It might crack and weather over time but to me that’s what makes temporary tattoos awesome!
You may recognize the artist name… or even this painting. I wrote an entry about Mr. Lilley last year. I truly loved his work… contrast just draws me in… and hooks me! [I'm actually convinced I'm addicted to high contrast, if that's possible] Anyway, I had asked him if I were able to purchase one of his paintings. I hadn’t heard from him for a while and the next thing I knew he asked for my address. What!? I am still shocked but super excited. He sent me one of his paintings… the same one I was in love with last year. His “Moo Cow” – Red Devon.
His work is amazing but it is even better in person. I’ve never seen red so perfect before in my life. I have an “art wall” in my apartment and I plan to hang it there next to my tree painting. I’ll post more pictures later on but I wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU to Jayson!
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Make sure you follow him on twitter and tell him how awesome he is! – @iamjaysonlilley
THIS IS FUN! You can create your own beat box! Took me a moment to figure it out, but you drag the icons at the bottom to the character and each one is a different music element. I’m convinced I’m still a kid at heart, because little things like this make me very excited… I think I am going to be emailing this to my little cousins Check it out at Incredibox.fr.
This made me laugh. Click here to see what I mean.