A New Year: “Be True to Yourself and You Will Never Fall”

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Starting my 2014 year with working on designs for stationery notecards and gift tags

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I have been silent for awhile, it has been three months this week that I was laid off from my graphic design job. You would think with all the extra hours, I would be posting blogs on a weekly basis. Those hours were spent catching up on rest, getting rid of stuff that clutters your house, your mind, and spending time with friends that were missed. Being a creative person, one needs to replenish the creative spirit. One of the ways I started doing this in the New Year was being around creative like minded people. When I was in Los Angeles I was so excited to attend a calligraphy workshop by the talented Lauren E. from Blue Eye Brown Eye. The workshop was held at one of my favorite blogger’s studio, DesignLoveFest in the downtown Art District. Bri’s upstairs studio is an a wonderful building full of creative artists that compliment each other. The space is called

The Unique Space

1275 E 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Neighborhoods: Arts District, Downtown

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The Calligraphy Workshop

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http://theuniquespace.com

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sonja-rasula-the-unique-space-creative-workspace-tour-198301

http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/the-unique-space-la.php

Desi Arnaz + Lucille Ball and a Portmanteau

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Portmanteau Definition

  • Used to describe a linguistic blend
  • a word formed by blending sounds from two or more distinct words and combining their meanings

In then-contemporary English, a portmanteau was a suitcase that opened into two equal sections. The etymology of the word is the French portemanteau, from porter, to carry, and manteau, cloak (from Old French mantel, from Latin mantellum).[11] In modern French, aporte-manteau is a clothes valet, a coat-tree or similar article of furniture for hanging up jackets, hats, umbrellas and the like.

Pormanteaux Definition

  • Compound words, which do not involve the truncation of parts of the stems of the words making them up. For instance, starfish is a compound, not a portmanteau, of star and fish (a hypothetical portmanteau of these words might be stish).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau http://www.nowness.com/day/2013/9/10/3321/a-dictionary-of-portmanteaux

http://www.christianborstlap.com

Every Leash has a Story…and a Dog


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Dogs have always been man’s best friend, but even more so when you get an animal from your local animal rescue and local shelter. I was in San Francisco two weeks ago and stumbled upon Ryan Dempsey, and his company called “Dog Patch SF”. Dog Patch SF is a small San Francisco based company, focusing on dogs and cats and how to improve their lives through beneficial products and reaching out to a variety of animal charities and shelters. One of their main products are the dog leashes made out of recycling climbing rope,
“Ropes for Rescues”.
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 People and businesses donate their old climbing ropes so that Ryan can make them into custom leashes, donate them to shelters and sell them at art fairs with the proceeds helping rescue dogs. I love how Ryan printed up a paper with a personal vision of the climber’s journey and a tidbit about them.

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Dog Patch owner, Ryan Dempsey and his sweet Australian Shepherd named “Rascal”

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Show Ryan your support for his cause by “liking” his Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Patch-SF/136557566485479

http://dogpatchsf.co

“COWBOYS, just like the word says”~John Wayne

I grew up in Hollywood, so most people when they think of cowboys, think of John Wayne, famous for his slow drawl and distinctive gravelly voice. He is most famous for his Western movies like “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Alamo” (1960), and “True Grit” (1969).

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“Escondido Dale” watercolor by Eileen Tomson

I graduated from college with a BFA in Illustration, and one of my favorite illustrators, just happens to paint images of horses and cowboys. His name is Don Weller and he grew up in Pullman, Washington, his passion being horses and art.

Mr. Weller graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art. He moved to Los Angeles where he spent his time doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, and magazine covers.  Later in life, he ended up moving with his family to Oakley, Utah, where once again he came back to his love of horses. After I graduated college, I had a greeting card company named Jag Graphics, located in downtown San Diego. I received a framed present from an artist who knew that I admired Don Weller’s work. He received it at the San Diego Communicating Arts Group. It has made it through many moves from San Diego, to Seattle, Northern California, Los Angeles, and all the way to Nashville, TN. I must really be fond of this poster! Don Weller would be proud. Below are some of my favorite paintings that Mr. Weller did.  I love the sense of humor in the work with the Marlboro man looking in shock at a cowgirl doing a yoga pose.

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“Marlboro Man in Shock” by Don Weller

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“Waitin and Watchin” by Don Weller

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“Family Tradition” by Don Weller

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“Next Loop” by Don Weller

http://donweller.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Weller_(painter)

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Chanel No. 5 +Warhol+Marilyn Monroe

When Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed at night, her reply was

“Two drops of Chanel No. 5”

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Chanel No. 5 is a classic perfume that has been around for almost a century. The fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, launched this unique perfume in 1921 in Paris. The perfume was named after her lucky number, which was five. It was the first designer perfume, and the most famous of all perfumes by Coco Chanel.

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Chanel No. 5.

It has been said that the artist, Andy Warhol, gave Chanel No. 5 a new breath of fresh air with packaging that he designed for Chanel’s 75th Anniversary. Warhol’s contract stated that he would only design the packaging for Coco Chanel’s perfume if the original elegant square shape of the  bottle remained unchanged throughout time. The perfume’s square shaped bottle had a modernity about it, unique to its time of release, with black and white as key elements.

To this day, Chanel No. 5  has the same square shape, never to be updated to anything other.  The famous packaging that Warhol designed helped the sales of the perfume by being bought by many of his celebrity friends that he partied with at his famous New York  studio, The Factory.

The main components of the Chanel No. 5 are four flowers: rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and sandlewood, with jasmine being the most important ingredient.

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The artist Shane Bowden was born in Brisbane, Australia  on March 7, 1974.  Mr. Bowden now works in Honolulu, Hawaii, his gallery is called LeBlank . Mr Bowden has been called Andy Warhol on steroids. His Chanel No.5 series are original hand pulled silkscreens on canvas.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5753104_chanel-no_-5.html

http://www.leblankart.com/gallery

Remember When A Marshmellow Was Just A Marshmellow?

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“I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night,” said Ron. “What d’ya think that’s gonna mean?”
“Probably that you’re going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something,” said Harry.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

It used to be that there was basically one type of marshmellow that we all remembered from childhood. We roasted “Smores” at the campfire site, and loved them between our graham crackers. Well, like everything else that has gone upscale, marshmellows have now made the gourmet leap.

I love to support local businesses, and Nashville has so many creative people that it is pretty easy to do so. The Bang Candy Company is an artisan marshmellow company started  in 2010 by Sarah Souther .

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In 2012 they opened up their first physical location in the wonderful Marathon Building (that is another blog in itself!)

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 The Bang Candy Company specializes in candy for the discerning palette. Their marshmellows are crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients, no preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors or flavors.

The company also carries syrups, in the likes of Celery, Ginger Rosemary, Habanero Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb and Lavender Mint.

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Here is another wonderful marshmellow company in Orlando, Fl.

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Their company name is ‘Wondermade”. They only use cane sugar as the sweetner not corn syrup. They put 16 1″x1″ marshmallows in every box. After being cut to size, they are  arranged in a tidy grid, sealed in a plastic bag and nestled into their signature “Wondermade” 4.5″x4.5″ boxes.

S’more Bar Base
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/3 cup honey
5 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and mix on low until it resembles course meal.

In a small bowl, whisk together the liquids. Add to the flour mixture and mix on low until the dough barely comes together. Pour the dough out onto plastic wrap and form it into a one inch thick rectangle.

Press the dough into the bottom of a 9×13 baking sheet (that is either oiled or lined with parchment paper.

Adjust the oven rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and semi firm to the touch. Cooking times will vary greatly depending on thickness, ovens, and pans used.

Now that that’s well taken care of, make the marshmallow layer

http://bangcandycompany.com/

http://www.marathonvillage.com/

http://nashville.about.com/cs/historicalsites/a/marathauto.htm

http://www.wondermade.com/

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshows/2011/08/smores-slideshow#slide=1

http://smittenkitchen.com