Inspirations

Flower Power

Spring is absolutely my favorite season. There is so much beauty popping up out of the ground and from the trees everyday. It is the optimist of the seasons. When I saw all that was bloom in my yard I took out my camera and started snapping, daffodils and crocuses, and a flowering tree who is nameless to me. The growth inspired ┬áme to break out the paint. I haven’t painted (unless it was work related) in ages. I am so happy to be back at it this week. What is growing in your yard or on your street this week? I would love to hear!

coffee & ink

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday while doing a little trolling around at Tuesday Morning. I came upon these amazing Pantone Mugs… in 3 shades of my favorite color! I snatched them up. They make me happy. I filled up PMS 388 C this morning and got to explain the world of printing to my 9 year old this morning. It reminded me of my first job out of design school, I can still smell the ink now.

If it’s good enough for Catherine Zeta-Jones…

… then it is GREAT for Push the Envelope! We were mentioned in the “What to Buy This Month” section of Simply Her magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine for women, published in Singapore. The copy arrived in the mail yesterday & we’ve already received inquiries from potential customers there. Take a look:

red.orange.blue

Jacquard Ribbon on EtsyMy design work has seen the combination of these colors a lot lately. I am not sure why…. but I love it! My retaliation to a surprisingly snowy winter? Maybe. The outdoors has been white & gray for weeks. I know it isn’t time for yellow daffodils yet, so I have found happiness in this little group. Here are some other examples of this awesome power trio. What colors are you seeing everywhere in your world?

custom wrapping paper

Mark Rothko, 1961

whistle while you work

I have to listen to music when I work. I have lots of design/work-related playlists on my computer, a wide range of music. Sometimes I need some New Wave pop of the 80’s other times it is quiet violin, just depends on my workload & mood. This week I have got something new, thanks to Angels and Airwaves free download. Their new album, LOVE, is available to download for free. Try it out & let me know what you think. It is moody, melodic, I like it…

http://modlife.com/angelsandairwaves

Rainy Days and Mondays (or Tuesdays)

I was driving to D.C. on Sunday night in the rain. I thought about complaining about it, slow traffic, flood watch, no umbrella, but then I took a second and looked through my windshield at the rain. The way the lights shined & sparkled in the rain was a stunning site. I looked in my purse to see if I had my camera… nope. It just took a second to stop myself from being negative and really see the beauty in the night. I tried to find some images online that captured what I saw that night. here are some.

http://ethnamp.posterous.com/?tag=night

http://www.betterphoto.com/uploads/processed/0804/0801220556121rain_agai_t.jpg