TGIF! Random note: there has been a lot of rain this week in Dallas. I have loved most of it. It hasn’t been a big storm or anything, just some rain…much needed rain! I know there have been giant storms in the Carolinas, but Dallas has been rain free since May, I feel like.
1. On Sunday, several of my best girlfriends and I went to brunch and to get pedicures. This was some great much-needed girl time! I went with an Essie color that I am embarrassed to say I can’t even remember the name. (see below for evidence) We had a great time chatting about this and that and the occasional political topic. We were pretty bummed when the rain started and the pool day was canceled…but this was a great second place activity!
2. My friend, Elizabeth, gave me a few Lilly Pulitzer items last week and I am thrilled to have them! This dress has polka dot and check crustaceans on it, what could be better?!?
3. Tried the new Starbucks iced peach green tea lemonade this week. one word…YUM! It really tastes like summer!! (totally meant to capture a picture…but it was so delish that I was distracted and forgot…I guess you will have to take my word for it!)
4. Went to dinner at one of my favorites, Twisted Root Burger with my college roommate last night. So delish, as usual. She is so sweet and treated me to dinner as a belated birthday present. She is such a positive friend and always puts me in a great mood! I went a little non traditional this time…turkey burger…but it was soo good!
5. I learned how to list items on eBay this week. I only have a few items posted as a sort of trial run – so exciting to be on the other side of eBay. I love shopping, so selling is a whole new ball game that seems pretty fun! Take a look: http://www.ebay.com/sch/vls628/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686
This week came and went all too quickly. Did you have that kind of week too?
1. Before my aunt left town we made a trip to City Craft. My aunt is planning to redecorate her kitchen and play up its retro feel. We needed a fabric that looked like a step back in time and full of whimsy. City Craft is by far the my favorite place to snag great quality fabric this is beautiful and interesting to boot. It was tough to leave behind the turquoise and pink print with 1950s telephones on it, but we did find a great geometric print that will compliment her red countertops and is less girly.
2.. Sunday night, my Mama and I got to enjoy her Christmas present….tickets to Wicked! It was wonderful, as usual. This was my fourth and her third time seeing the show. Yes, I’m a musical theater girl, what can I say, it’s in my blood. It’s always fun to have a mother/daughter date and this was no exception. Nothing like a night at a musical to make me miss dancing.
3. Being at City Craft put the sewing bug back in me! I can’t wait to show you the results! Bear with me, I am out of practice so it’s a little slow going. But the machine is out and the sewing has begun.
4. I took a little time for myself this week. With all of the hustle and bustle around me it was great to just have some time to sit, relax, and catch up on my shows. 2 episodes of Smash and 3 of Nashville later, I am almost caught up! Don’t worry, it wasn’t all sitting, there was some sewing time mixed!
5. This is a little bit different for me to share, but I can’t resist. Lauren really spoke to me with her post on Wednesday. Take a moment to read it, you won’t be sorry! Although I am not a cat lady, the message rings true and takes a weight off my shoulders. Isn’t it funny how God can put things in your life at just the right time?
Seriously, I am beyond excited. My long time sweet friend Erika of Erika’s Tea Cup and I swap blogs back and forth. It’s great that we know each other so well that we can read a blog and know that we need to share it with the other. It is also SO fun to read her blog because she lives many states away from Texas these days and so we don’t get to see/talk to each other often. Reading her blog, I can absolutely hear her voice in my head reading the words to me. It’s a new way for us to stay in touch
Is this totally crazy? I hope not.
Anyway, one of the blogs – an absolute treasure – that she introduced me to is One Fine Day. Ashley (the blogger) is just as obsessed with bright fun colors and patterns as I am. Her style is girly and preppy without being tied to one specific style. She has a love of home decor and design. There are many mentions of fonts (which as you know are a big deal to me) and lots of great collage style images. She also makes many references, sometimes super discretely, to Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that never gets old. I may or may not record episodes that replay on cable so that I have something fun to watch when nothing else is on or when I need time to decompress. Each morning when I take a look at her blog, it puts me in a good mood and gets my mind turning with inspiration for both fashion and home design. It is such a treat to read.
She has a weekly series called, Need Reed Greed, where she features different people and their picks in these categories. This week, I am honored & DELIGHTED to be that featured person. Ashley and I have traded emails back and forth and she is just as much of a doll as her blog leads you to believe (if not even more so).
Take and minute to fall in love with Ashley’s One Fine Day (I know you will) and check out my picks. You will NOT regret it!
I have to admit it…I love fonts. I can get sucked into font websites for endless amounts of time. Some of my favorites include: dafont.com & fontsquirrel.com.
I not sure just what it is. Handwriting is something that has always fascinated me, too. I used to change/improve my handwriting all the time growing up. Now, I regret that my handwriting has disintegrated to the point that it is today. I admire those who have fantastic handwriting. I even work to pick up pieces of theirs that I really like for my own handwriting.
But I digress…fonts remind me of handwriting or even sometimes the handwriting I wish I had. They can say so much so quickly. Just the look of a font instantly sets the mood of the image that you see…happy, sad, whimsical, ominous, serious…all without even reading the words.
There is no one specific font that I gravitate to exclusively. I recognize fonts all over in magazines, billboards, store signs, etc. I can recall the name of the font at just a glance. Maybe my love of fonts directly correlates to both my need for things to be pretty (not in a girly, snobby sort of way) in a way that it fits the item/work’s personality or purpose AND my love of graphic prints & patterns in fabric, art, and apparel. The visual appeal of it all really matters to me and I notice it all around.
Have you ever even considered fonts in this much detail? Probably not. Am I way over the edge with my font obsession? Probably so.
All of this being said, I can pin down certain aspects of fonts that make them appealing to me.
straight up and down. These types of fonts do not lean to one side or the other giving the impression that if it was actual handwriting that it was written by a righty or a lefty. They tend to be far more symmetrical than the slanted fonts…this must be from the genes of my electrical engineer grandfather. I feel this way about both cursive and printed fonts.
Serifs. Serifs are the little lines that I feel ground the font (not the technical definition, clearly). Without it, a font can feel to clinical. Serifs harken back to the days of the typewriter. Not the electric typewriters our parents used in school, but the old-fashioned typewriters where you could see the hammer of the letter rise and stamp the page with each letter pressed. I can picture a someone sitting at her typewriter recording the days events in fine clothing in a candlelit room. Have I mentioned my interest in history? There is something special and purposeful about works written in a serif font.
Anything but comic sans. I can’t say for sure if it’s the over use of this font in my late childhood/tween (which wasn’t even a concept when I was that age we just called it pre-teen) stage of life or if it’s complete lack of formality. I can hardly even get through something typed in this font without feeling enraged. Yes, a font makes me enraged. I’m not alone in this…my friends and I have discussed it.
Yes, fonts can cause me to write an entire page about my feelings about them. That’s enough of my font musings for now. Take a look at the world around you and you probably have more font opinions than you thought. I’ve planted that seed…do with it what you will.