Month: September 2013

Rifle Paper Co.

Today, I’m obsessing over the designs of Anna Bond, founder and creative director of the Rifle Paper Co. I love her elegant, whimsical illustrations, many of which are cleverly inspired by old-school nature field guides.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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B is for Busy (and Bad Poetry)

B is for Bad Poetry Cover

Oh man, this week has been a whirlwind!

Classes have started, I’ve moved (sort of), and the Euclid Street Shop is now an official business registered with my city, county, and state. This basically means I’ve spent the last couple days running around town buying art supplies, turning in paperwork, and taking care of a million other errands. I feel like I’ve spent every waking moment trying to cross things off my to-do list.

Strangely, I’m happy. I know that’s such a cliche, that being busy makes you happier, but I always thought I was personally immune to that. I was always like, um no, I’d rather sit on the couch and watch TV all day, thanks. But now here I am. And maybe I’m beginning to understand another cliche: that being busy with what you don’t want to do is the problem, not being busy itself.

I’ll have to reflect more deeply on that another day, perhaps. For now, on to the Bad Poetry!

Pamela August Russell’s poems–which are collected in her book, B is for Bad Poetrycame at me out of nowhere. There I am, scrolling through my Tumblr feed, and BAM, her poems run out in front of me like a suicidal deer in the road.

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Experimenting With a Lightbox

I used to think that shipping was the hardest thing about running an Etsy shop, but now I’ve changed my mind. It’s photography.

With shipping, you figure it out once and you’re done. With photography, it’s a repeated learning process. Maybe it’s because I’m still very much an amateur, but I’ve found it’s difficult to take photos in exactly the same lighting (and at exactly the same angle) every time, which means that the editing process ends up being quite varied. The good thing is that this forces me to learn a lot of Photoshop functions. The bad thing is it takes me forever to get any new photo to match the look and feel of my existing photos.

As an attempt to make things a little easier for myself, I decided to try experimenting with a lightbox. I thought that maybe having a slightly more controlled environment would help with producing more consistent shots. Also, I figured that it might eventually be better to use a background that, unlike my current hardwood floor, isn’t tied to where I’m living–since I could very well move in the future.

Below are some test shots (white background) compared to my existing photos (wood background) of some Halloween cards:

Euclid Street Shop Ghost Test Photo

Euclid Street Shop Ghost Photo

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A Day at the Arboretum

Fullerton Arborteum

Over the weekend, I went to the Fullerton Arboretum for the first time. Despite having grown up nearby, I’d somehow never been before. What a shame! I was so surprised that such a vibrant natural oasis exists in an area I’ve always thought of as uniformly drab suburbia. But yes. Scenes like this can be photographed in Orange County:

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In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

I finally watched In the Mood for Love this week, and I have no idea how I put off seeing it for so long. This movie is drop-dead gorgeous. I am obsessed.

Set in 1960s Hong Kong, In the Mood for Love tells the story of next-door neighbors (played by my new idols, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) who start a platonic affair after discovering their spouses are cheating together.

The film is directed by Wong Kar-Wai, whose artistic, evocative style is just…sublime. Aesthetically, everything about the movie–the elegant dresses, the peeling apartment walls, the curling cigarette smoke–feels just so. The color palette, lovely and lived-in, is moodily mid-century.

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10 Blogs I Love Right Now

I love blogs. I love that a blog is a little space on the internet that someone can carve out for herself. I love that blogs can become communities where like-minded individuals can connect.

I also like that what blogs you read can say a lot about who you are. Not the ones you say you read, or the ones you’ve been meaning to read, but the ones that you actually read.

At first, I was a little anxious about writing this post. What would I learn about myself once I took an honest look at what I was reading every day? Would it be totally embarrassing? Would I be reluctant to share?

As it turns out, I think my list of favorite blogs paints a pretty accurate picture of who I am, guilty pleasures and all. And you know what? I don’t mind it. So, here they are: ten blogs that I love right now.

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Thanks A Bunch Card

Thanks a Bunch Card

Here’s a card that’s relatively new to the shop. I’ve been meaning to make a thank you card for awhile now–because after birthday cards, the type of card I buy most often are thank yous! For this card, I knew I wanted to make the illustration a play on the word “bunch,” but my original idea was a bunch of flowers, rather than balloons. Somehow, though, while I was sketching, balloons just seemed right!