Happening Packaging

I seem to keep finding lovely, inspiring and beautiful packaging everywhere. Check out these four products and the awesome packaging they come in.
Packaging and Patterns
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Seaside Getaway

I Love PacNW
Every year, since before I was born, my family has gone to this adorable beach town in the Pacific Northwest called Seaside, Oregon. Seaside is like my second home. It’s comfortable, familiar, and always brings back great memories. This year, I took a few days off of work to go and spend some much needed R+R with my family (and pup!) in my second home. We totally lucked out with the weather, as it is super unpredictable what you will get. It is hard to leave Seaside feeling anything other than happy and at peace. See the snapshots below for a glimpse into this year’s annual trip!
Seaside Oregon
This sign has been up for as long as I can remember!
Seaside Oregon Cove
One of my favorite parts of the beach: The Cove. It is great for finding seashells and looking at some awesome tide pools. (The weekend we went was severely lacking in seashells and tide pools, but there have been years where there is an abundance of both).
Oregon State Park
Definitely got my fix of the fresh, clean air. How could you not when you’re surrounded by the ocean and all these trees!
Seaside Carousel
This carousel is synonymous to Seaside in my mind. Every year, it was tradition that I would take a ride on this carousel. Over the years, I have grown up, but this carousel is exactly as it was when I was a little girl. How can you not love it!?
Seaside Arcade
One of the thrills in “downtown Seaside” is the arcade. Fascination is a game I have never seen anywhere else, and has been a staple of the arcade for years. When my grandmother used to come down to Seaside, it was only a nickel to play! Now, it is 25 cents, with specials at different times of the day. The premise of the game is to roll the red ball and light an entire row. The first player to achieve this wins tickets! (Tickets are used to cash in for a prize at Prize Redemption). It is a fun, fast-paced, and highly addicting game!
Seaside Oregon Prom
There is an awesome walking path along the entire beach called The Promenade. On the other side is the most adorable beach homes I have ever seen. It is family tradition to walk up and down the entire Prom at least once. We passed this adorable wagon in someone’s front yard. Such a cute idea!
Seaside Beach Oregon
We only had one day where it was super foggy and rainy, but it provided many interesting photos. This is one of my favorites that I took. I cannot wait to get back to Seaside, where all troubles seem to melt away. Have any of you ever heard of or been to Seaside, Oregon before?
[Check back next week for the second half of my trip…the 12 hours I had at home in Seattle!]

Font Friday 3.0

Happy 30th Font Friday! I haven’t done a script font in a while, so in honor of my 30th Font Friday, I picked one that is thin, yet legible. I have also been feeling pretty nostalgic lately, and I thought this quote was a nice reminder to remember your past, but focus on your future.
Happy Friday!
Font Friday
Castro Script is has a great line weight that doesn’t compromise readability. You can download it here. Enjoy!
[image from Flickr]

Sugar Skulls + Cupcakes

I have a serious love for cupcakes (gluten free, of course), and for Halloween. What better way to combine the two than with Sugar Skull Cupcake Toppers. I am a huge baby when it comes to scary things (think zombies, blood, monsters, bugs…yuck!) and prefer the cutesy, more fun Halloween elements (dressing up, candy, fun decorations.) Thats why I designed these colorful sugar skulls. They are festive, fun, happy and free to download below!

–Thicker Paper
Printable Sugar Skulls (download here!)

They are super easy and quick to make (the skulls, that is. The cupcakes make take you a bit longer). Simply cut the skulls out around the light dotted line and fasten a toothpick to the back. Voila! Cupcake toppers.
Sugar Skulls Halloween
I chose black and white cupcake tins to compliment the pastel orange frosting and colorful shapes of the skulls.
Sugar Skulls Cupcake Topper
Sugar Skulls Cupcake Topper
To get the pastel orange frosting, we added tiny amounts of red and yellow until we found the shade we liked.
Sugar Skulls Cupcakes
Enjoy these cupcake toppers and have a wonderful Halloween!

Special thanks to my roommate for her baking and frosting assistance!

Rock n’ Roll Ride

Recently, I was getting a lot of requests in my Spinning® classes to play some rock n’ roll classics. I compiled a list of suggestions for which songs to include and the playlist below is the result. I created a class that was entirely throwback and it went really well. People of all ages really liked the class!

Rock n Roll Ride


Last week, while sitting at my desk, I created a fun typography + icon for how I was feeling about it being Monday. I kept that Illustrator file open all week, and every day, added how I was feeling about the corresponding day. The result is below.
Days of the week
How do you feel about the days of the week?

Font Friday 2.9

For this week’s Font Friday, I realize that I have already done this font. BUT, I really like it, and think it is pretty versatile! So, incase you missed it a few months ago, here it is again: Champagne & Limousines.

Champagne & Limousines

Trophy Cupcakes in LA

I look forward to the parties that Urbanic throws every couple of months. Last night’s party featured a delicious Seattle-based company, Trophy Cupcakes, and celebrated release of their new book, Cupcakes & Parties. We sipped champagne, ate some adorable mini cupcakes and created an adorable badge. Take a look at some of the photos from last night.
Get Crafty
Trophy Cupcakes
Get Crafty
You can see the badge I made (from cupcake tins!) on the bottom left! Such a fun evening!

Font Friday 2.8

Happiest Friday to you all! It is my favorite day of the week! Enjoy this week’s font, it totally reminds me of a typeface you would find on a vintage post card.

It has a retro feel which I think would also look great on an invitation for cocktails! Southern Aire can be downloaded here. Have a great day and weekend!

[image from flickr]