Camera Woes

Camera Woes-01

Welp… when it comes to blogging, a blogger’s worst fear is that either A.) their internet goes down, or B.) their camera breaks. I fall victim to option “B” at the moment. I’ve been happily collaborating with my Canon EOS Rebel T3 since 2011, and I have been very pleased. In a turn of recent events it looks like it has to go to Canon’s Repair Services for a light surgery. I will hoping for a quick and safe recovery! With that, posting will be limited on photos until further notice! Please bare until all is resolved and thanks in advance!

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Ten Link Tuesday: 7.14.15


1. Already a decade into design, Shauna shares ten lessons in ten years of graphic design.

2. Here are the top 10 reasons to dye your hair a crazy color!

3. Don’t turn on the television! 5 ways to take your evenings back!

4. Need a day in during your Summer? Watch 21 of these great Summertime films.

5. These DIY hand-drawn tank tops are awesome!

6. An unexpected piece of advice that will help you grow your blog.

7. I want to throw multiple Summer parties full of food from Coco Cake Land!

8. If you are looking to get healthy this Summer, Downtownn on Tumblr is an incredible resource.

9. ENDECeramics on Etsy… this store has been my latest obsession.

10. This woman is complete goals for when I grow up… just check it out.

Photo Credit: MotherDora

Lot’s more links here!

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Candles By Enchantments NYC


Here’s a story for you. In my last trek to Pennsylvania to visit my sister, I planned a spur-of-the-moment-trip to New York which is a convenient drive and hop on a train away from where I was staying. I literally decided the night before departing that I’d be going to the city and I needed to have some sort of idea of what do to when I got into town. I know it would not be difficult to find stimulation in New York(obviously), but I wanted to something more than shop in Times Square and visit Central Park. So, of course, I reached out to my blogging pals on The Blogcademy forum who were New York frequents and asked for some good places to see.

Long story, short: Gala gave me a list of places to visit, one sticking out to me, Enchantments Inc. NYC. She described it as “dark, the floor is uneven and covered in glitter, and cats roam freely.” Of course I had to visit, and I was not disappointed!

Gala was spot on when describing the small shop located East 9th between 1st Avenue and Avenue A. I felt like I walked into a secret coven in the middle of Manhattan! I just began to fish through the shelves of books and smell the candles until I found the right one.

I went home with two beautiful candles that day. I bought one that is supposed to bring in success and happiness, while the skull candle is solely for decoration, but I love both of them! I had not been much of a candle person in the past, but I learning to prefer them over a light bulb while I work in the evening hours.


A calling out to blogger friends had led me to a great buy. I have been trying to find more small, independent shops in Grand Rapids to take advantage of to find equally as valuable treasures, as this one I found in New York. With that, have a wonderful weekend, readers!

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Mackinac 2015


Oh Mackinac… you are one of Michigan’s most valuable treasures. The Straits of Mackinac is the narrow strip of water that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. I have come to be quite familiar with the region because it has been an annual family vacation destination for much of my childhood. Before this trip, I had not visited Mackinac in two years. When I had the opportunity to visit to pick up a friend from school in the Upper Peninsula, I was not going to pass it up!


Of course we had to visit Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by ferry. We had a bit of time on our hands to shop while we waited for the next boat to reach the Mackinaw City harbor.


I found this nautical wall decor very cool! Not my preferred style, but I’ll take it!


What makes Mackinac Island so cool is that there are no cars on the island. If you plan on traveling long distances on the island, you might as well bring your bike! If you don’t have a bike, you are not out of luck as there are plenty, and I mean plenty of bike rental shops!


So many people live on the island during the Summer which is where Mackinac reaches its peak tourism. They stay in many communal living centers like the one above.


I spent much of the afternoon revisiting the shops and places along Main Street that I had not seen in what felt like forever. The magic of it all is that everything was left the same way it was in 2013.


If biking is not your thing… ride on horse and carriage!



Once you get away from the business of Main Street, things become quite peaceful and quiet. One of my favorite things to do on the island is just exploring the small neighborhoods and coveting every beautiful lake house around me.


My outfit remained simple for the day’s events. I have learned to pick comfort when the day’s endeavors involve long amounts of walking. I got the tank from H&M and the soccer pants from Adidas.



As the day wound down, it was time to make our way make to the mainland. The lighthouse above always catches my eye when I leave the island and it makes me appreciate Michigan so much. Being a city-bound soul, Mackinac makes me really fall in love with nature.


Before making my way back to Grand Rapids, we stopped at the park that has spectacular views of the bridge. I have only viewed the bridge from St. Ignace which is on the north side of the bridge in the past. This was in Mackinaw City, and it made for a wonderful goodbye to one of my favorite locations in Michigan.

Have a good one, readers.

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Ten Link Tuesday: 7.7.15

1. Current photographer obsession; Christopher Mitchell!

2. DesignLoveFest has brought to you some fantastic lemonade recipes for this Summer!

3. Here are things to do when you are traveling on a long journey.

4. YouTube rolls out the perfect video on a historic day for Gay Rights!

5. I am hella obsessed with these platforms by Buffalo from Solestruck

6. The We Are Branch studio is completely jaw dropping. I love it!

7. These black houses are super lust-worthy. Where can I sign!?

8. Stone Currents replenishes your creativity for emotional well-being.

9. Here are 10 ways to create more prosperity and abundance in your home.

10. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know I am completely obsessing over Gala Darling’s book, Radical Self Love which has just recently been released! Get your copy now!!!

Photo Credit: Christopher Mitchell

Lot’s more links here!

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My Art Book Collection


As an artist, I have found that with the growth of internet resources for our work, it is also important to have resources in print. My design and art books that I have collected over the years have all come into my life in different ways whether they were gifts, intentional purchases, or just splurging. Regardless, each have influenced my design/art work and I still refer back to the books I have purchased 5+ years ago. Here are some of my favorites, new and old that I have collected over the years.

Designing For Magazines


This book was my most recent purchase. I had recently come across Jan V. White books and found out very quickly his books are quite affordable. By affordable, I mean free PDF downloads on his website. I got the print version on Amazon very cheap as well. This edition was published in the 80’s! Although the book is aged, the information inside is far from outdated. I have learned a lot about editorial design in this book.

The Design Method


The design method covers a lot of the dos and don’ts in design. It teaches you to not buy into artificial myths and means to create work. The writing has a blunt tone in the work that really lays it out clearly. The work is honest and has changed my perspective in my own line of work.

Paris Rendez-vous


Paris Rendez-vous was an impulse purchase when I was visiting the Louvre in Paris last Summer. After exploring the museum for hours, I made my way to the gift shop and began flipping through books that were thankfully captioned in both French and English. For some reason, this book caught my eye. Its just a collection of old photos of couples in Paris over time. If I am feeling like a complete sap, I’ll just flip through the pages and envy the beautiful French couples who were captured falling in love on the streets of Paris.

Hot Shots


I received this book as a Christmas gift a few years ago and it is still one of my favorite art books! It is a small and simple collection of different types of a photos to take. I frequented the pages much more when I did focused photography but I recommend it for anyone who wants to broaden their horizons in the photos they take or just try something different!

Design School


I purchased this gem when in a small educational library on my last visit to New York. The subtitle is exactly what it is. The book features different projects by design students across the world and discusses the inspiration and motivation for each project. It is the perfect book if you want to give yourself a project to up your portfolio work or to challenge yourself with something new in design.

Architecture Now! 3


This is one of my older books. I have actually had a long time adoration for architecture. I fell in love with it ever since I began experimenting with “The Sims” gaming series. Definitively art or design, I feel like this book makes the cut. While I don’t reference it too much, it is full of some great design which will make for a great coffee table book down the road!

Wish List

In Closing

As mentioned above, I believe it is incredibly important to have textile design reference at ease of access. If you are unsure about where to start in purchasing art books, just head to the book store and start flipping through the pages. A lot of my art books have been acquired over time so don’t feel the need to initiate a shopping spree on books, unless you are totally feeling it, then go right ahead! With that, log off and start reading!

Make your week fabulous.

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