Monday, June 30, 2008

a nice diversion

Blogging can be a chance to purge, a way to keep your head in the game, a huge pain in the ass, or a nice diversion. My Dad loved checking the blog everyday and was amazed by all of the amazing stuff on the world wide web. So even though my head is in a lot of other places, I am starting back. And I can, once again, not believe how much cool stuff is out there.

Via Oh Happy Day, I discovered Tall Cow. They create beautiful hand printed greeting cards.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Traveling to see Dad over the next week. Check back the first week in July.

peggy sirota

Everyone reading this post is already very familiar with Peggy Sirota's work. She has been shooting beautiful film (both still and moving) for over 20 years. I had multiple ads by Peggy adorning my dorm room wall. And when I saw her Banana Republic commercials in the late 90s I realized that beauty isn't always in the products being sold. She creates an image. Her work exudes happiness and makes you want to be that person in the picture. Some of it reminds me so much of the pictures of the Kennedy children from the 60s.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


D is turning two on Saturday. We had to cancel his party due to all of the stuff with Dad. Fortunately he's two and will never remember if he had a party or not. This is a piece of the invite we sent out. Just a quick window into D's world.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

too much

So I am having trouble getting motivated to find anything design related. So we are going to have another brain day. Actually ... I am going to share another of my design secrets: The Florida Educational Clip Art Library. They have a HUGE amount of beautiful, free clip art (non-commercial use). All of it is high resolution. And if you're a big dork like me you can peruse their large collection of old medical illustrations.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

the brain

Thank you everyone for all of your kind thoughts. Last week everything changed. And fortunately we still have Dad. We hope for little victories everyday. Our brain is amazingly resilient and just overall out-of-this-world bizarre. How can so much fat and tissue make up who we are? I sometimes wonder if the soul lives in our head. And if our heart lives there, too, for that matter. It is nothing other than divine.

Long ago people thought that by feeling the bumps in our heads they could figure out our personalities. Phrenology is largely discredited today, but I can totally see how someone could reach this conclusion.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

updates on Dad

We have a site set up for Dad:

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

pray for pete

Dad had a stroke today.

Please pray that he recovers and that his brain heals.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

movie titles

Steve Hill has cataloged thousands of movie title screens. They are all screen grabs and pretty good quality. As cool as movie title sequences are in this digital age, there is something wonderful about still white type on a black screen.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I love looking back at old projects. They make me realize that a good client really does know what is best. And that the logo or layout that I was so in love with (and the client didn't pick) was so wrong. That being said, the looks that Green River Films picked for themselves were some of my favorites. It just took me a little while to understand who they were. Makes me miss planners!

Here are some of the logos and web looks that we did. I love where we ended up.

Monday, June 2, 2008

i can't wait

So think of this as a sneak peak. I wanted to wait to showcase my Dad's eggs until he had an Etsy site up and running, but when he sent me his latest design, I realized that I had to share it. This way we can build the suspense.

I am lucky enough to come from two VERY creative parents. Mom spent our childhood being a graphic designer/illustrator and then became a writer/teacher. And Dad is a renaissance man. Throughout my life he has taken on multiple creative endeavors, all while making money as an attorney. He sews, he carves, he paints. But he does it all with such detail and perfection ... it is his true passion. We have seen beautiful wooden screens, national prize winning duck decoys (and he doesn't hunt!), canes, flags, tables ... the list goes on. For the past few years his focus has been on ostrich eggs. He works on each egg for days, sanding, painting base coats, meticulously painting a gorgeous feather (from the real thing ... he has a freezer full of bird feathers) and then coat after coat of gloss. Overall, it is a 40 hour egg. The bases he makes from scratch. Using a lathe and his imagination, the finishes are absolutely exquisite.

The large egg above is his latest creation. The red tail hawk feather came from a nest in a Georgia Pine behind my parent's house.

Dad's designs are for sale in Atlanta at Edgar - Reeves, and soon will be on Etsy under his company name: Bluet Gold Designs. If you are interested in purchasing or showcasing the eggs, please email me at the address on the right.