Archive for June, 2008
We have a new design for everyone. I am pretty sure I will not able to get all 205 countries participating in the 2008 Olympics on shirts this year, but I am hopeful for next time.
I love these socks! I had the opportunity to try some on at the REI in Redmond, and I was quickly sold on them. I usually have mixed feelings about wool socks since the material tends to be quite itchy on my skin. I am sure most of you have had similar experiences. However, these socks were very soft, and they do claim to keep your feet dry even in wet climates.
I did a bit more research on the company, and discovered that they gave 10% of every website sale to their SmartPrint Advocacy Fund. The fund is awarded to individuals or organizations dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship, healthy lifestyle choices for our young people, and the encouragement of responsible outdoor activity participation. I hope to follow in their footsteps in that department one day.
According to their website, SmartWool is a sustainable, renewable and natural resource. The main ingredient in SmartWool is New Zealand Merino wool, which helps support the sustainable farming practices in undeveloped areas. I recommend heading over to REI and at least giving them a feel. They are very soft, comfortable and sustainable. Have a look at their website as well. It is beautiful.
Just type in the coupon code when you are ready to check out and you get a 25% OFF savings on your purchase of two or more products. Enjoy your summer with a nice and cool organic cotton tee!
This company is wonderful. I love their products. I saw them at Target the other day and I became very interested. I couldn’t really purchase anything to try out because of the move, but I was very impressed. Their products are eco-friendly and very chic.
Preserve Everyday is a company that specializes in designing fun and fashionable table and kitchen ware along with personal care products made with 100% recycled materials. Additionally, all of their products are manufactured in the USA so it takes less energy to transport them. I love all of the colors they chose for their products. I am especially fond of the wasabi green. I certainly recommend giving them a view.
It was a happy and depressive day today. I am very happy to be going, but sad to be leaving my family and friends. Well, on to a new adventure. These are some of the last pictures I took.
It was a mess! We were unprepared. I tried to prepare as much as I could, but you just never know what you are going to need until it’s gone. I planned for this day for such a long time, but I still spent most of the day looking through everything making sure all was in order. Needless to say that by the end of the day Dennis and I were both exhausted.
The movers did an excellent job and were a very entertaining bunch. They certainly made the day go by very quickly. They were very efficient and definitely very experienced at this. I was glad to know that our items were in good hands. Here is what our house looked like the first day.
I read a little excerpt from the Green Guide on this company and I loved it. The artist is Kathleen Plate, and she is an exceptional creative that specializes in jewelry design for her company. Kathleen creates beautiful pieces of jewelry using materials such as glass, sterling silver and silver solder. What I love about them is that some of her jewelry is made from recycled material, and that every piece is hand made. This gives every piece a unique look and feel.
The small earrings above are one of my favorites. They are from Kathleen’s New Recycled Line. I highly recommend taking a look at the site. Her designs are beautiful!
This idea came from the 2008 National Geographic Green Guide I subsequently bought and fell in love with. Hey, I am just glad I discovered it. It is fabulous. Pick one up if you have the chance.
Recycling Tuna Can Sponge Holder
You want to grab any used tuna or salmon can, and wash it out completely. It suggests using this type of can, but any can of a similar size and shape will do. Next, you want to sand down the rough edges, and wash the can again to remove any debris. After the can is dry you want to gently remove the label, and use it as a template to cut out a new label for your sponge holder. I actually like the original labels so I skip this part. You can use old wallpaper, ribbon or anything you can come up with to decorate your holder. Be creative!
I just love this idea. It certainly eliminates the need for daily scrubbing on the counter area the sponge usually sits on. Now, I have a beautiful container to keep that not so aesthetically pleasing but very necessary kitchen tool.
These are just fabulous! One of my hobbies is searching around for really cool design everywhere. I am one of those people that takes picture of cool typography on the side of an alley or on a restaurant corner. I just love looking for great examples of all different types of design especially web design. Web design is something I would like to get more familiar with in these next five years. I have taken to exploring and sharing some great websites I have found while doing research/soul searching online. I hope they inspire creativity in you.
Read the review I wrote on them. Beautiful design and ok cupcakes.
Stingray has beautiful environment and branding design. Sadly, I did not get to eat there because my party and I waited 3 hours for a seat. Additionally, they wouldn’t give us water while we were waiting outside in 110 degree heat. We just went to Buca Di Beppo instead. Service sucks here, but their design is awesome.
Sol y Sombra
This is actually an awesome place. They food is a bit pricey, but it is very worth it. The environment and interior design is fabulous as well as their branding design. I love this restaurant. Their food is marvelous as well. I highly recommend it for an anniversary or small get together.
I just love this website. It is so funky and different. I am pretty new to web design, but this stood out to me. I love it.
I love this place. I went to dinner here yesterday and it was beautiful. The environment design is not consistent between locations, but it is very beautiful. The one in downtown Seattle has much nicer interior design work. Their collateral is not the best, but their website is wonderful. The food is outstanding as well.
My brother and sister have been raving about Sprinkles cupcakes for quite some time now. I had not been able to take a trip to downtown Scottsdale with them until very recently. I picked them up at my mother’s house, we drove down to their location and had a pretty nice experience there. The staff was very friendly, but they were incredibly young. I seem to have that young looking thing down so I was able to blend in pretty well. The kids at the counter very obviously thought I was younger than they were. Its a blessing and a curse.
Nevertheless, they were very pleasant, and they helped us right away. My sister let me know that they usually have to wait around for 30 minutes to get help, but we evidently arrived on a non-busy day. The environment design was amazing, and so were their marketing and branding materials. I’ll post them up once I get images of them to show off. I asked what studio created their collateral, but they didn’t know the name. Their stores were designed by Architect Andrea Lenardin. Additionally, I learned that Sprinkles Beverly Hills was the recipient of 2 AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Awards. Needless to say, I was incredibly impressed with their design and branding. Now I just hoped the cupcakes were good!
Unfortunately, they were nothing too special. They were very good, but for the price I certainly expected more. One cupcake is three dollars, and they aren’t huge cupcakes or incredibly tasty ones either. I would certainly recommend Sprinkles to anyone looking for a nice sugar fix, and I have to say I would buy another cupcake from them. However, they are a bit pricey and they were not too memorable. The main thing I remembered about Sprinkles was their environment and branding design work. That was truly Amazing! Their website is wonderful as well. Check it out.