Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Etsy Hearts: Backyard BBQ

1) Patriotic Garland by Studio Mucci 2) BBQ Postcard Invites by Girl In Gear Studios 3) Over Here Sign by A Velvet Leaf 4) Cork Coaster Set by LuLu LaRock 5) Stamped Salad Servers by Milk and Honey Luxuries 5) Mason Jar Tumblers by Poppy and Pearl

Can you believe it's almost July already? Unreal. All year I've known that July was going to be the craziest month (and most fun) and now it's around the corner. We had hoped to be in a house by now but things are just taking longer than we thought. I'm bummed that we'll be missing out on the chance to have some backyard parties this year, but usually early fall is still warm, so all hope isn't lost. 

Since I can't throw a 4th of July party, I gathered some of my Etsy faves that would have made it onto my table. Although, I might have to get those nautical cork coasters anyway ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

June Weekend

Made in the 216 opening party, Friday night at Dredger's Union – ran into SO many awesome people from WMC / Kent / around town – great to see everyone!

Prints clipped on a string installation

An awesome outdoor dinner at Hodge's post-party – great mojitos!

Summer bracelets

Biked to Clifton Arts Fest on Saturday – a guy was sculpting this out of sand – incredible!

Stopped into a vintage store by the fest – I almost bought this clock

Biking home with refreshments ;)
Bike Windsor Oxford | Shorts J Crew | Sandals Dolce Vita

My last few weekends have been absolutely crazy getting ready for/participating WMC Fest, so it was wonderful having the whole weekend to relax and do some fun summery things. Did any of you locals make it to Made in the 216?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WMC Fest 2012 Wrap-up

What an insane weekend. I honestly don't even know where to start! Not only was this weekend really big for me personally, but I was also just so psyched to enjoy the fest like last year—in the presence of some incredible people, design, and music.

I wish I saw enough talks to give a play-by-play of the speakers like I did last year, but with working a table both days, it was very tough to be in two places at once. However, I can at least share a bit about my experience and what it was like to be on the other side of the fest. If you're looking for some great write-ups, check out here, here and here (you will also be able to see the true fluorescence of my pants somewhere in there).

This was my first time speaking {ever} and I had so much fun. I can't wait to do it again. The first time is always the hardest - but the ice has been broken! My talk was called Side Hustle, and was aimed at encouraging young designers to continue working for themselves even after getting a steady 9-to-5. It's so vital to remain relevant outside of your job, and I gave some tips about how to make this process less overwhelming.

After the talk I made a beeline for the Happy Dog to get some food (and a big, cold beer! woo!) and then we checked out some of the bands at Saigon Plaza. You can tell I'm pretty relieved at this point ;)

I had a vendor table set up in the iLTHY Workshop gallery both Saturday and Sunday, and we had a great little crew. It was a tight space behind the tables so we all got reeeeal familiar with each other (occasional ass bumps will do that).

We had a great crew in the gallery - behind me was Dan Cassaro, Nate Utesch, Dan Christofferson, and rocking the other side was JenBrandon Rike, Aaron from OKPANTS, Oliver Barrett, and Brian Jasinski from Grey Cardigan

I met so many amazing people – who were either working with me or passing through the gallery – so that was a benefit of being at my table all day on Sunday. I don't think I would have met half the people I did if I was just hanging out seeing the bands/speakers. 

The fest was amazing as always, and it was incredible to see the amount of people who came out this weekend – WMC is definitely growing and gaining some serious momentum. It's just proof that there's such great strength and energy in the creative community, and that "if you build it, they will come." So if that doesn't give you a swift kick in the ass to get your latest project off the ground, I don't know what will. There isn't anything we can't accomplish with our passion, networks, and relentless hard work.

Big thanks to all my friends and family who came out to help, support, be there, etc. You guys are THE BEST. And thank you to Dean for taking these photos – I pretty much blinked and the weekend was over, and had barely any pics to show for it.

So did you guys attend WMC? Who was your favorite speaker or band – and what did you love about the weekend?

Friday, June 8, 2012

WMC Fest Weekend: Let's Do This!

IT'S HEEEEERRRREEEE! I have been working like crazy to get ready for this weekend and it's finally arrived (although it feels too soon). This is probably the most important thing I've done in my career so far, and I'm really excited, a little stressed, but totally ready to kick some ass!

I want to thank all of my family, friends, art teachers, followers, and blog buddies for your unending support and interest in what I'm up to. It means the world to me and I would NOT be here without you! I know that tomorrow I won't be up there all alone, you'll all be with me in some way ;) I am speaking on Saturday at 4:00 in the Reinberger Auditorium if you're local and want to check it out. There are so many incredible speakers so be sure to check all of them out too. I will also be across the street in the iLTHY gallery with a Shore Society table of goods, so stop by and say hello! More info about tickets and directions can be found here.

Hope to see you this weekend, but if not, you can follow my updates on Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Recipe: Cheddar Beer Pull-Apart Bread

As if you don't already know I have a thing for beer, or any combination of beer and cheese, and this is further proof of my passion for hop-influenced cuisine. I had to take a break yesterday from the WMC Fest frenzy that my apartment has turned into, and I decided to make this break for a late night snack.

The recipe is actually quite long so I'm afraid I'll just send you over to the source for the proper directions. I found the bread came out just right without any adjustments - although, I was expecting the Worchestershire flavor to come out a bit more, so I might add more in the future. This was time consuming but totally worth it if you have a few hours on a lazy Sunday. Recipe via Smitten Kitchen.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beer Sweet Beer

Summer doesn't officially start for a few weeks, but it's June 1st and to me, that's as official as it needs to be! I'm back from vacation and ready to kick off an awesome summer — there are so many things to look forward to this year.

Last week, I finished this beer print and it's now up in my Etsy shop. The art was all hand painted with acrylics and then detailed digitally. I LOVE beer and it was almost impossible to only choose 12 to paint, but I tried to do a variety so everyone has a favorite represented :)

In honor of summer/beer season beginning, I am offering 15% OFF all prints in the shop until Friday, June 8th. Simply use the code JUNEBUG at checkout!