Friday, April 25, 2008

joyeux vendredi

the snow is melting. what a happy thought... after 7 months of winter. sigh. soon the flowers will blossom and the birds will sing again. happy friday friends.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

hearts to coffee cuffs

well, if you do happen to forget your travel mug at home, I hope you wore your coffee cuff! this brilliant idea comes from Veer. and A+ goes to them for sustainable creativity. check out more of Veers merch, they have great gear for stylin' designers.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

love him

looky what I've found, artist Andrew Holder! how lovely are his pieces? I have a strange liking for deer... visiting my granny's house as a child, playing the stare game with the walls lined with deer heads my grandpa hunted... needless to say, I always lost.

I'm infatuated how artists are conceptualizing contemporary art with nature, very nice, very nice. I really want one of these deer heads for above my fireplace, wow.

and we all know how much I just love patterns... and look peacock patterns! even better. so simple yet so darling.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

savor earth week

good day friends. though you might be dearly traumatized by this weeks tremendous snow fall, I'd like to remind you that it's earth week! hug a tree, or rather since it's blizzarding, hug your wooden desk and thank it for dying for you. and perhaps in return you can plant a tree? change a lightbulb? here are some suggestions compliments of the Alberta Dairy Council Milk Container Recycling Program:

Monday: replace incandescent bulbs with compact bulbs.
>> with much discussion with the peeps in my office, there has been debate that these "energy friendly" bulbs aren't so friendly... so perhaps the conclusion is candle light. how romantic. and FYI 100% natural beezewax candles actually cleanse the air... bonus!

Tuesday: leave the car at home and walk or take public transit to work. it will be good for you an good for air quality.

Wednesday: plant a tree in your yard or local park. trees help filter pollutants from the air.
>> being that there is two feet of snow outside, perhaps an option would be to buy some seeds from the local farmers market and plant some of your own herbs. once spring eventually hits, we'll be in the tree planting mode!

Thursday: make dinner from locally grown foods. choosing foods that aren't shipped long distances saves fuel which cuts green house gas emissions.
>> farmers market... hit it up yo!

Friday: try an environmentally friendly cleaning product.
>> I know some of you don't like using the typical vinegar/lemon/water mix... so may I suggest METHOD products... they smell dreamy.

Saturday: take unused electronics to a recycling depot.
>> if they are still working, perhaps you can sell/trade/give-away.

Sunday: take a walk and enjoy a healthier environment.
>> you should do this everyday! try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, your heart will thank you one day.

I know, I know, there is lots of snow outside making earth week a little miserable, but it doesn't have to be. savor it. prolong it. adapt these changes to your lifestyle. love your earth.

Friday, April 18, 2008

joyeux vendredi

start a subtle revolution. laugh over an argument. share some smiles. hug it out. fill your weekend with bliss. spread the love. happy friday friends.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

helping in more ways than you think

hella cool. help strips away all the gaudy elements of medical packaging and the best part is they use recycled paper pulp to create these touchable molded creations AND 5% of profits goes to charities without healthcare to get healthcare! design with a purpose yo!

how brilliant are these? well, I love them. though I haven't actually purchased these little remedy kits yet, it takes me back to good 'ol design school where we had to redesign a tylenol bottle and the amount of medical information in both French and English was unbearable, so it would be interesting to see how help solves this information overload design issue.

be sure to check out their Bored section... you know... only if you're bored.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

royal bison

mmm, spread the word and have your wallets ready... the third royal bison craft and art fair is to be held May 3rd and 4th. check, check, check it out for great goodies from brilliant locals.

Friday, April 4, 2008

joyeux vendredi

maybe it's because it's the year of the rat or possibly it's because I am a rat, that I have a love for these creatures. enjoy your weekend with this little deer mouse from bird vs bird. happy friday friends.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ce' magnifique

I've fallen in love.

Bertrand Salle... fabulous. Whimsical. Magical. Graphic designer and brilliant illustrator. He's inspirational.

I want to dive into his scenes.

I want to fall into his works. I'd like to sit on this roof one day...