Archive for March, 2011

March 21, 2011

Book covers and other fun designs

Today, I discovered The Book Cover Archive, a website completely dedicated to excellent book cover design. And I’m smitten.

I love to see book covers that use type as part of the design (there are plenty of covers out there that rely to much on illustration or photography, particularly when it comes to independent publishers, so this is a welcome change).

I’m always looking for inspiration. While perusing The Book Cover Archive, I stumbled upon a couple Nevile Shute covers that reminded me of a wedding album cover I’d seen before. And since I can’t remember where I saw that album, I just threw together my own version of it. It’s probably too busy with all those books in the background, but I’m going with it anyway.

There’s always something fun to do with wedding photos! The sad thing is, according to my genius friend Chezley Royster, most brides are content with just a CD of their images; they don’t create an album or buy any large prints. Posting your photos on Facebook is great and all, but sheesh–you didn’t just pay $5k for a new Facebook profile pic, did you?

So I want to know–what did you do with your wedding photos? Buy a large canvas print? Order a fun wedding album from your photographer? Create a photo display? I’d love to hear about it. And I’ll even share what Jon and I did with ours! Coming up next.

March 17, 2011

For Japan With Love


For Japan with Love

Jon has been sharing images and comments from one of his friends who lives in Japan, and I can’t even imagine what they are going through. My thoughts are with the people and families who have experience this disaster. As the images continue to come in and the devastation worsens, my heart goes out to all that have been affected. Tomorrow’s bloggers’ day of silence is the very least I can do, in addition to texting REDCROSS to 90999 (which charges a $10 donation to my phone bill–it’s easy and quick, and every little bit helps.)

For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to their fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of the first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Please check it out and whatever you can contribute will be so appreciated.

Anyone that has a blog can help out with this one.The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.

The guidelines are simple:
1. This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2. Blog about this beforehand.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet this link:
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan. Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated.

March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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March 12, 2011

One little change can light up a whole room

Today we made a little progress in the home improvement category. We finally found a great statement piece to hang on a blank wall in the foyer. And I’m so excited about it I had to share it with you tonight:


Thank you, Pier1!

March 10, 2011


It is apparently Thursday…I’m not really sure where the week went, especially since I spent Tuesday in bed sick. So to make up for the lack of a Wordless Wednesday post, I’ll shut up now and leave you with something pretty.

Photo credit: Deb Schwedhelm