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Super Bowl Champions!

From Rain to Shine Seahawks Super Bowl Champions
Excited doesn’t even cover how I am feeling. I can’t stop watching game highlights and listening to press conferences. It is a big deal for the city of Seattle and I could’t be more proud of the Seahawks! Super Bowl 48 Champs!
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Font Friday 4.3

In the spirit of the SUPER BOWL this weekend, I thought I’d do a Font Friday dedicated to my team, the Seahawks. Can’t wait for Sunday, I’m having my Seattle friends over, setting up a mimosa bar, and turning off my phone until the game is over! What are some of your plans? Have a great weekend, and GO HAWKS! Go Seahawks! I'm in!
This is an awesome block sans serif font downloadable here. It has a masculine feel, without being over powering.

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December in Review

I think each month starts to go by faster and faster. Here’s a quick recap of my December. It consisted of lots of holiday celebrations, family time and cookie decorating, with UniqueLA, a trip to the PacNW and a fun cocktail photo shoot thrown in! Hope your first full week of 2014 is off to a great start!
From Rain to Shine December in Review

Sunny Seattle

The second portion of my trip to the Pacific Northwest finished up with 12 hours at home. I was so lucky that it was a sunny beautiful day, so naturally, I wanted to head downtown to the Pike Place Market. Sunny, beautiful days are a treasure in SEA and everyone loves to make the most of them. I love downtown Seattle, and am so excited to be going back there in two weeks!
Sunny Seattle
Seattle Pike Place Market
Seattle Farmers Market
How gorgeous were the clouds this day?
Seattle Public Market
Pike Place Market Flowers
The flowers at Pike Place Market are unrivaled, and some of the prettiest blooms I have ever seen. If I lived in Seattle, I know that I would be getting many of my floral needs from there.
Pike Place Market Flowers
I am so excited to go home in only a few weeks, so stay tuned for even more Seattle posts!

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!]

Featuring: Milk + Thistle

FR2S & Milk + Thistle
A combination of clean, interesting, and colorful design is one of my favorite styles, as long as it is done well. Maja, creator of Milk + Thistle, has effortlessly nailed all three categories. Her designs and prints are unique and eye catching, and would brighten up any space. I got in touch with the fellow Pacific Northwesterner (Milk + Thistle is based in Portland, Oregon), to pick her brain about her inspiration and influence. Maybe some of her answers will help you next time you’re suffering a creative block.

1. Where do you find your inspiration? What do you do when you have a creative mind block?
I find a lot of inspiration here in Portland as well as my time spent in Berlin. I’m drawn to patterns, textures and geometric shapes. My style is emphasizes simplicity, and modern art. 
FR2S Milk + Thistle
2. How does living in the Pacific Northwest influence your work?
I grew up just outside Portland, in the vicinity of the Columbia Gorge. As a child my family would often hike trails along the gorge. The natural symmetry found in nature inspires a lot of my work and is a great place to go if I have a mind block. Recently, on a drive home, the sky was a gorgeous array of blues and pinks so I took a picture and plan on creating some photo manipulation with the colors and shapes. I’ve also accumulated a large stack of catalogs from my favorite brands that I enjoy browsing from time to time.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
3. Did you have any formal design training? If so, where?
I’m studying Graphic Design at Portland State University. I look forward to taking more advanced classes next year and having more learning opportunities. Tutorials online are also very easy to learn from and great to utilize when you’re in a bind.

FR2S Milk + Thistle
4. What helps you stay true to your design style?
To be honest, my style can be all over the place. I am constantly coming up with new ideas and projects but I consider this to be growth for myself as an artist. I do prints mostly but at the same time I have a ton of other projects on the side. I’ve been getting into printmaking and carving my own stamps which has been super fun for me.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
5. What are your favorite quotes?
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”
1. Be honest.
2. Be yourself.
3. Don’t worry what other people think.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
6. What is your favorite animal?
Dogs! I absolutely adore dogs. I have a ton of pictures of other peoples dogs on my phone.
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How awesome are her prints and photos? A big thank you to Maja for taking some great photos of her work station and design process for the blog. Head on over to her Etsy shop (Milk + Thistle) to browse all of her beautiful prints (I seriously have to stop myself from buying it all; I especially love the LA print). She also has an awesome Instagram and Facebook page so you can follow all her new work and updates. Keep your eye on this designer, I wouldn’t be surprised if her prints ended up in stores across the country. Thanks Maja, and good luck!