Just My Type

Ouch, sorry for that terrible title pun – it will become evident when you read on – I just couldn’t help myself.

I know I promised a second post yesterday, but well, I just didn’t make it. I’m still sorting our house out after the painters finished. There is a fine layer of sanding dust that seems to keep reappearing over everything no matter how often I have wiped things down, swept, mopped, and cleaned. And I’m still moving things back to where they were and finding new homes for other things. You know when you move house and you unpack all the boxes and you leave the difficult ones to last? The ones that contain stuff that is really just bits and pieces, but it’s stuff that you still want. Sort of. But you don’t know where to put it. Stuff that you can’t be bothered to sort out and make a decision about. Well that’s the bit we’re up to.

And I’m trying to fill orders from my website, get an email/newsletter with some special offers to my mailing list completed and sent, get my new Vintage Storybook Tiles up on the site, meet my graphic design deadlines, do the school run… oh, the list goes on. And on. We all live busy lives, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. So blogging wasn’t one of the things I got to tick off my list yesterday.

On to today’s post. It’s all about beautifully and imaginatively crafted type (hence the title with the bad pun), and it started with the link to Jessica Hische that Anke sent me. Anke was right in thinking that I’d love the retro vibe of Jessica’s hand drawn type and illustration.

These were a series of covers for the Boston Globe “G” magazine. The beautiful colours, images and all the different type styles Jessica created are so magical and fitting for each concept.

Here’s what Jessica says about the Shopping in Marrakech cover above:
A book cover I just completed at Louise Fili Ltd for our client The Little Bookroom. This project was so fun! First, I hand lettered the alphabet and designed the cover in illustrator. Next, I traced it onto fabric and hand stitched everything. This is what the actual piece looks like, no photoshop!
Amazing. Such lovely detail and execution.

Jessica’s website has lots of beautiful examples of her illustration, here. And see her work in progress on her aptly named blog, I Love Type.

Another superbly talented typographer and illustrator with a distinctive style is Linzie Hunter. You’re probably familiar with her spam project. Such a fun idea.

The colours Linzie has used in the first image below just make me swoon. I really admire people who have such a wonderful colour sense. It’s evident in all Linzie’s work.

Linzie’s website
has a wonderful section with pages from her sketchbook (one example above) – it’s really worth checking out.

One last example of inspiring typography is this oil painting by Marion Bantjes for Spanish publication The Creator Studio. The theme was rituals around the full moon and Marion chose to illustrate the word ‘spell’. You can see the ‘incantation’ and ‘curse’, the others in the series, here.

And although this isn’t type, I just had to show you these breathtaking illustrations of snowflakes that Marion did for Saks Fith Avenue 2008 Christmas season. A quote from Marion’s website about creating these incredible and unique snowflakes:
I drew some like feathers, like antlers, with little people, one made all of houses, some like sparkly lights, a hairy one, a few like ribbons, some were complex and three dimensional, others simple and flat …

Oh. My. Goodness.

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a thank you

I bought this flower for you my friend to say thank you for reading my blog.

It’s so important to know you are here reading along and clicking the links I find. I also really appreciate your comments, your input and perspectives on my posts. It’s lovely for me to know you’re there and that I’m not blogging in a vacuum.

I wanted to give a particular shout out to KittyMeow who is one of many who consistently makes the time to leave a little comment. And to AnkeArt who sent me a lovely email on the weekend. Being, in her words, a “constant reader” of my blog, Anke has come to know what inspires me and she sent me a link to something she thought I might like (I’ll share it with you later today).

I really love making a connection with people through my blog. And I enjoy being a part of the whole big blogging community.

All your comments really do make my day, so please put your flower somewhere near by – like on your desk or bedside table – and when you see it or catch a hint of its perfume I hope you’ll remember how special you are to me.

Is there someone you’d like to give a flower to today? Please feel free to leave a comment and include a link to that person too if you’d like to.

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Monday Blogday ~ High 5 :: Photography

Why do I find blogging on Mondays so difficult? To be honest, one of the reasons I began this Monday BlogDay series is because it’s an easy way for me to start the week. I love reading blogs and spend way too much time doing it, so my thought was to share a favourite blog with you each Monday and it would be a bit of a no brainer start for me (and hopefully enjoyable for you!). And yet I still find it so hard to wind up after the weekend. Always.

Maybe it’s because I do have so many favourite blogs that I find it hard to decide on which one I should write about. I’ve been sitting here for ages tonight (Sunday evening) going from blog to blog, getting distracted and side tracked and not comitting to anything.

So today I’m going to give you a list of 5 blogs that I love because – amongst many other things – the [original] photography is so beautiful.

Enjoy your Monday – are you getting back into the swing of it after the weekend?

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New Vintage Storybook Tiles

Phew, at last! My new range of Vintage Storybook Tiles will be available from the red thread website next week. Here’s a sneak peek.

The text on this tile reads:
They all sit down at the kitchen table. And they eat bread-and-butter-and-brown-sugar and drink down big glasses of milk. What a splendid way to finish up a rainy afternoon!

How very of the time!

Thanks for visiting me this week. Have a lovely weekend, see you Monday.
x Lisa

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The Sartorialist Takes Sydney

Did you know that Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist is in Sydney?

Get your glad rags on!

Out of respect of The Sartorialist’s strong copyright statement I’m not going to repost any images, but go visit because, as you would expect there are some lovely shots of stylish folks on the streets of both Sydney and Melbourne.

Edit: Is my photo of the Opera House a bit too obscure or did you recognise it?

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