Friday, February 5, 2010

lamb drawing skills: D+

i get a D plus because i almost forgot the 2nd lamb ear, but then I remembered last minute and so i added it in and i guess i didn't need to tell you that but you know what it's my @*$& blog so I get an A for effort and you get no chocolate cake.

brb, need to eat more baby animals.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

the census is in

I sent a thank you card, 3 weeks ago, to my boyfriend's mom.
Today, a crumply, empty envelope was returned to me with a note from the post office that advised me against watching so closely as my oatmeal spins in the microwave every morning. It was nice of the USPS to sit on my failure for so long as, I assume, they considered the kindest way to break the news of my neurological damage.

"Hey, thanks for the bracelet. So sweet of you to send it. Oh, right, just kidding I'd rather pay for the envelope's vacation and have you think I'm an ungrateful asshole."

Ironically enough, this wrinkled abortion of a thank you note showed up on the same day as my Mensa magazine. I shit you not, I'm frugal enough to use all of the brain's power levels like that. Why would I waste the lower levels for some kind of constant state of logic? LAME.
Not shown: Power Levels 'laughable judgments' and 'talented lies' have been absorbed into other categories according to this year's internal census preferences which I won't be linking to because I've just made them up.

My roommate pointed out that, for all intents and purposes, the post office now assumes there are two different Laura's living in this apartment.

Monday, November 9, 2009

holy crap batman, penguin's here

This morning I stumbled upon the newly U.S.-released clothbound Penguin classics collection. When their creation was originally announced all over the internet last year I thought my wallet was safe from their fury of taste and class since they weren't being sold here. And seriously, shipping books overseas is just silly spending.

It's like ordering eggs and bacon at a restaurant... I know EXACTLY how to cook farm animals in a pan so I don't need Hairnet 'n Beergut to do it for me.

Anyway, if you want to buy them, I suggest Amazon, because you might be tempted by Anthropologie's Classy Vintage Taste by Association feeling, but for $7 less you'd like them shipped straight to your door thankyouverymuch.

P.S. Someone decided the designer, Coralie Bickford-Smith was the person to turn to for clothbound modern-vintage mashup design, so she's also done a number of other book series. This is The Arabian Nights set.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I SEE: vector shadows on type

Wedding Invites by Katie Kirk (via Paper Crave)

Perhaps an effort towards clean and controlled design, these vector drop shadows, specifically on type, are taking over where gradients (ptooey!) have left off in recent years.

Hoboken Pie identity by Decoder Ring Design Concern (via designworklife)

I think they have been primarily found on beer and spirits labels in the past. Actually, anything that gets a gold foil treatment and a ribbon banner has been fair game. But now the effect is being paired up with basic, capital letters and bridging a gap from retro to modern.

Coaster by Mikey Burton (via yay!everyday)

For more examples check out my flickr or, for a total overload, check out Jessica Hische. She uses this design technique like her life depended on it. An amazing typographer and all, but she clearly has her go-to methods ifyouknowwhati'msayin'*.

*what I'm sayin' is that I'm totally jealous and her talent makes me want to
punish myself for not being born her creepy clone with comparable skills.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OMG I NEED THAT: Rock Revolution

Knitting cozies for food is for namby pambys, but hoarding rocks and naming them is for the big time. Furthermore, Pebble Pet accessories are so hard core they blow my mind.

Does Junior want to get involved in the Rock Revolution? Of course he does, the little attention whore. This next book taps into the little guy's imagination with wily-named projects that should embarrass you to say out loud. The tomfoolery on the horizon is palpable, and the possibilities are limited to 10!

Please be advised that painted rocks are neither loving or edible. If heart or teeth should become broken, in part or in whole, due to the impossibly stupid use of these products, please send all comments and complaints to human resources and then allow 6-8 weeks for a response as you are ridiculous and tacky.
High-Definition paint not included.

It'll look like you ACTUALLY painted something!

All images are from the Fall 2009 North Light Shop catalog.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

laura at work.

When I'm not online, I can be seen posing with condiments.

no, seriously. let's talk about this.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I made zee pillohs!

Fabric is from Anna Maria Horner's collection called Drawing Room

Finally used the fabric I purchased a long ass time ago to make these for the living room. Plus I learned how to sew a zipper.

By learn, I mean took 15 minutes to figure out what a 'zipper foot' was and another 40 to flip the pillow shell back and forth with the zipper pinned in different places to figure out what will/won't show when it's finished.

Even if it's a soup can covered in construction paper, making something for my damn self makes me the happiest little laura in the world. I could almost be nice to someone.

all grown up

My living room is at least. not making any claims for myself.

I knew the power of white: The yellow made everything gross and we took advantage of the shelving like it was the drunk girl at the party. Also, it was christmas...or no more than a few months after christmas. shut up.

After: Roommate painted walls & fireplace (which was gross off-white, now brilliant white), IKEA sofa slip covered, her uncle also made that wonderful & simple coffee table, a couple of my projects and BAM, we pass for respectable members of society. Take THAT college!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Once again, SkyMall summer 2009 edition. The publication for winners.


The new slim Casio design is perfect for any d├ęcor! Especially if you live in a corporate waiting room! Be the talk of the town and the center of the love triangle between a girl and her cougar mom.

Do be advised though that you should never hit on your girl’s college roommate while playing. She appears to be cross-eyed. And really, if nothing else, her forearm is awfully disproportionate. Poor girl. Actually, maybe you should hit on her. You know, boost her self esteem a little? I bet she could use a little 'hey i like your...teeth'. yeah, that would be nice.

Anyway, white chicks love plastic keyboards!
OMG buy this!