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Currently Admiring…

The Image is Found. I love their work, their style, and their website.

Monday Link Love

– A wonderful, fresh approach to scrapbooking. Love it.

– I found a link to this awesome Mad Men photoshoot. It may be old but how gorgeous is January Jones?

– Adorable correspondence set.

– TCBY gets a new look.

– I love Ashley Meaders work. Her work was used in Max and Margaux’s wedding. Brilliant.

– Have you heard of We Are Hunted? Check it out.

– Richard Renaldi’s work. Touching Strangers.

– And I’m so excited to see Urbanized next year! If you haven’t seen Helvetica or Objectified…do it.

Currently admiring…

The work of It’s Not What I Thought, a graphic design and media production based out of Sacramento, California.

Monday Link Love

Hello world. I hope your short weekend felt longer than usual. The photo above was found via Pinterest but originates here.

Jellyfish inspiration.

– I love Gwen. I just saw “The Talented Mr. Ripley” at the drive in and she’s great. I may also be biased. I’ve seen Coldplay seven times in concert so her relationship with Chris Martin may have influenced me.

– I love her lists. Especially this one!

– Now you can have a secret identity.

– I just bought peaches. This looks delish!

That’s all I have. Follow me on Twitter. I pump out lots of fun links all week!

Monday Link Love

– A useful way to manage your Twitter account and who you follow.

– A blog post devoted to corn?! My favorite food!

– I love Young House Love’s suggestions for keeping mementos and personalized decor throughout your house!

– One of my goals this year is to make homemade pizza crust. I thought this post would be helpful.

– These wedding invitations are darling. I can’t wait to design new sets.

– Another goal for this year is to make two homemade headboards. This post, this post, and this post will help.

– 10 Reasons Why Being Married is Better. This post is amazingly accurate.

– Image above found here.

Tuesday Link Love

I usually share links on Mondays. But today is my Monday and a hot one outside. After a four day weekend, I am ready to get back into a routine and get things done! I hope your 4th was fantastic. Enjoy the links!

– 15 very funny posts & links about freelancing.

– God said, “No.” (via Richard Westley)

– Great links via Pitch Design Union. Incredible video of lightning in Chicago!

Kayla Plosz just posted some new work over on her blog. Keep an eye out for those pieces to hit her Etsy store!

– Best way to store your onions?

Cool beans for your iced coffee.

– Image found here.

Loveable links for your weekend!

I usually pump out links to share on Mondays but I’ve been behind in almost everything lately. My room is covered in dirty (and clean) clothes, I’m battling a head cold and I’m juggling three jobs! Anyways, if you’re bored at work or waiting for the weekend to roll around…enjoy these links!

– Who wouldn’t want the sand beneath their feet all day at work?

– Throwing a cocktail party? Impress your guests with these invitations.

– One of my all time favorite YouTube videos. It makes me want to have a daughter.

– I wouldn’t be cool enough to live here.

– Downloaded this mix over at Pitch Design Union! Love it.

– Check out the shirts at Stymie. Found here.

– I love their use of the chalkboard wall. So clean and visually appealing.

– Buying a return address stamp here soon!

Adam and I just saw Mumford and Sons (isn’t their site design awesome?) recently. AMAZING. Watch this video. Image above from their concert.

One Day : Ross and Makenzie

This post has been a long time coming! With life, work and everything in between I was finally able to connect with MaKenzie and get these fabulous details about their wedding day! This couple is stunning and their wedding day was absolutely beautiful. After a 10 month engagement, MaKenzie and Ross said “I do” in downtown Cincinnati. Their colors, which were navy blue and fire engine red, definitely make their photographs pop. Enjoy this interview and the photography along with it. Seriously, the photography is lovely.

1. Now that you look back on your wedding day (almost 2 years ago), what do you remember most? I was so nervous that day. More nervous than I have ever been in my life – and EVERY feeling of anxiety/stress came from the fact that I was to walk down an aisle with hundreds of people looking at ME! I do not like being center of attention, but on my wedding day I realized how much I truly hate it! My dad even got a little concerned right before we started walking – trying to give me a little pep-talk because he thought I was going to pass out. I truly was not worried about the “new life change”, or becoming a wife, I was just scared to be the person who had to walk and not fall (while smiling at the same time). As cliche as this sounds though, the second that I turned down the aisle with my dad and looked at Ross – every single fear, anxiety and sick feeling diminished. I was almost shocked at how instantly I felt calm when I saw his face. Made me realize even more that it feels so good to have my best friend to lean on. That moment sticks out in my mind when I think back to my wedding because its easy to “think” you realize how much you love someone – or how much they mean to you – but at that second even my own emotion/body/fear recognized that Ross Dykstra was going to take care of me forever.


2. What was the vision for your wedding day before you started planning? I love the style of the 1930’s. I knew I wanted the look and feel of the wedding to be from that era. I also wanted it to be relaxed and casual – not an uptight gathering where everyone refused to cut loose! In our minds, we just wanted to have a huge party with our friends and family.

3. How did that vision change by the time you were finished with the planning? I’m not sure if it did? At least I hope not! The chaos of planning often got in the way, but I tried to hold true to the fact that I wanted this to be FUN and a true portrayal of me and Ross, and make everyone who attended feel special and enjoy themselves.


4. What difficulties did you face while planning a wedding in Cincinnati? Location, location, location – I knew I wanted a downtown city wedding but it was SO tough finding a place that afforded decent parking and was not ridiculously expensive! Thank God though, we were able to find a great church at a reasonable cost – that was a huge burden off when we booked the date!


5. What was your least favorite part of wedding planning? I hated, hated, hated making all the “little” decisions. Like – “What will be the order of events at the reception,” “Do you want ranch dressing or italian for the salads,” “What is the timeline for the actual wedding day?” – ARGH… I’m a more free spirited person so it was tough for me to make all the little decisions that although very important, were boring in my mind!

6. What was your favorite part of wedding planning? Making a guest list.

7. How did Ross (the groom) fit into the wedding planning process? He fit into a 34×36 tan Express suit for the ceremony… and that’s about all the “planning” he did. :)

8. If you could go back in time – what would “married MaKenzie” tell “engaged MaKenzie” before the wedding planning started? Girlfriend – just enjoy this and don’t worry about all the minor details. You’ve got Ross and before you know it it’ll be just you two – so SMILE!

I hope you loved taking a peek at Ross and MaKenzie’s wedding day. All of these photos were taken by Megan W Photography.

A Trillion Plus a Million Ants.

A trillion plus a million. That’s how many things I have running through my head. More to come later (including my new approach to Twitter, new and exciting blog posts, and a new philosophy that I invited. Just kidding about the philosophy part.) Oh and don’t worry–I found those ants outside. Not in my house. Or even near my house.

Monday Link Love

I’m not a banker but I have to say…I was overly excited when I logged into my online Huntington account and saw their new site design (pictured above)! As a designer, it wasn’t fun signing into their old site everyday. I thought I would include a screenshot of what their site USED to look like (pictured below) just so you can see the difference. Exciting, right? Just agree with me.

I had a wonderful time with family and friends this weekend at our friends’ wedding. Below are a handful of links to start off your work week!

– I’m planning on making this for dinner soon.

– Love this design. Peace Corps at 50 identity.

These wedding invites are great. I’ve drawn an illustration the bride and groom before and it’s nerve racking!

– My upcoming freelance work will be influenced by this site and this site. Two very different projects!