The Past Year (and a half); TTC

The Past Year (and a half); TTC

The last real post I made was April 24, 2013. It is now October 2014! Way back then I did not expect to go so long between posts, and now I feel I must fill in the blanks a bit here, primarily for my own benefit as my blog has always been what I’ve used as a journal (in adulthood, at least). At first, I was just taking a few months off to focus on the blog redesign because I just couldn’t take it anymore, and it was already a year overdue. We had purchased the new domain, and I knew I wanted to have more direct control over the layout, so after arguing discussing with my husband, I decided to try to do it all myself. I bought a theme, and for the most part, I was very content with all it offered me! There were a few details I needed hubby’s help with, and a few things I had to leave to him completely. It was those latter things that he didn’t have time to get to (and for the most part, still hasn’t really had time to get to) that initially delayed it’s relaunch. Then, in July 2013, I decided to put everything else aside and really focus on trying to get pregnant with baby #2.

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Welcome to the New Visual Vocabularie!

Welcome to the New Visual Vocabularie!

Welcome to the new Visual Vocabularie ! I’ve been working on this new version since the beginning of my hiatus, which is (partly) why I haven’t actually blogged in a couple of, NINE, 11 months, a year, forever! There is something ironic about spending months designing a blog, but not actually blogging, isn’t there? It’s been ALMOST ready to go since June 2013; so much happened between then and now, but I’ll save that for another, more personal post. I’m excited to be back, and with a whole new layout and new functionality!

New Domain + Spelling Change

Since I settled on a name for my blog, I’ve wanted the domain and the name to match. My hubs insists that domain names are increasingly inconsequential as time goes on, and while I see his point, my desire has not swayed. When I decided that I want (the previous home of this blog) to become my portfolio and resume site, I knew it was finally time to switch domains. However, we always had a little problem with the availability of the domain, which led me to changing the spelling… You may have noticed that I dropped the y from vocabulary for –ieObviously, I take license with spelling on occasion (re: my first name), but this time it’s not just to become the butt of a modern comedian’s joke ^_^;!

There are a few reasons behind the spelling change; 1) A significant amount of people blindly follow my website thinking it’s actually got something to do with learning the English language, or thinking my website is some sort of word game! I think the ie ending will help to signify that my website is not academic in the traditional sense 2) From a branding perspective the ie is similar to paperie, which fits in nicely with my stationery work, 3) However, the most influential reason for the change is also a quite practical one; the domain name was actually available! I inquired about a while back, and they wanted over $4,000 for it! But I think this works out better, right?

What does this mean for old links to my blog from pinterest, etc? Tyler will set everything up so all should forward directly to this domain. Hopefully there will be no issues, but if you can’t seem to find something you are looking for from my old blog, please do not hesitate to ask! The domain will continue to exist as the old visual vocabulary for a short while longer; then I will wipe the blog off that domain, and I will begin to design my new portfolio and resume site.

A new domain does mean that if you want to continue following my blog via a reader or email, you’ll have to sign up again; a link to my bloglovin’, my RSS and an email subscription are on the right sidebar under “follow me“.

New Layout

The biggest difference between the old blog design and this one is the new navigation pages and archive formatting. I thought pretty hard about how I like to look through and navigate blogs, especially when I discover a new one… I particularly like to see all the posts pertaining to a particular event or project, in order to see the whole process. I also like to see images or photos, instead of just text when I do a search. If I’m looking at a home blog, I love to see a layout and floorplan of the home. I incorporated these ideas into this blog design; I edited my categories (more on that later), and gave some of the bigger ones their own page in the top navigation bar.

First is the new about page with photos and blurbs about me and others who might make frequent appearances here on visual vocabulary, and it’s also where you’ll find places where this blog has been featured around the web.


Next we have a direct contact page. Why didn’t I have one before?! So weird.

Third, we have the Home Tour page. It features a very cool interactive scaled layout of our apartment, where when you hover over a room, it will display the room in full color and if you click the link, it will take you to all the posts regarding that room (this feature does not work on mobile or tablet, because it requires a hover state, but you can still click through).

Floor-Plan-Color_V2 After the home tour page, we have the gallery pages; one for events and one for projects. The Event Gallery page gathers all the posts pertaining to one event under a single header, for ease in exploring each event! Large thumbnails of a featured photo for each post make the subject of the post much more viewable.

The Project Gallery organizes all my projects; big, small, painted, crafted, cooked–what have you!

The Laelia’s Outfits category also gets its own full gallery page, to easily see all her outfits side by side!


Finally, there is the Design Services + Shop page which I plan to have a price list for various services and downloadables listed, and I reserve the right to never actually move beyond the “under construction” status of this tab. But in my dreams I’ll have enough time to create patterns for the few quilts I have made, digital wallpapers, prints of my paintings, etc.

New Categories

My old method of categorizing my blog just wasn’t really working for me anymore (I’m not sure if it ever did!). Now I have eight basic categories, and subcategories within them;  be inspiredblogging + elsewhereevents, home tourlet’s get personalmy work, outfitting laeliaprojects + diy. Some of these overlap with the new pages and some don’t, but they all have an image based display, which I find much easier to search through, and much more fun!

The new design and layout has some more finessing to be had, and I know of a few bugs, but it’s been so long I think I just need to publish. What do you readers think?! What do you like? What is confusing, or should be changed? Did you find a bug? Is there anything else you’d like to see? Please let me know it the comments below!

Our Bedroom: Progress

Our Bedroom: Progress

Hi! I took last week off to use the time to prep for Laelia’s birthday! Her actual birthday was on Wednesday and we went to the grove with Aunt Kristina and Beth, Orion, and baby Fawn. We got her a bitty baby from the American Girl store and went to lunch. We bought sprinkles cupcakes to bring home for dessert! Then her party was on Saturday at Beth’s house. I’ll be sharing the photos just as soon as possible! But today, I’d like to share our bedroom progress, before the whole thing is totally finished!



Bedroom2013We laid out a new rug from Rugs USA, which we got for a great deal! The wardrobes are all set up and organized. Now they are ready to be styled and have the drawer fronts put on. PAX_wardrobe wardrobe1I put two large baskets at the bottom for laundry and blankets. They work great!
mirrorThis mirror is AMAZING! It’s so great being able to see your whole self in a mirror! I didn’t realize what a difference it made until we brought this mirror home, and suddenly I’m more inspired to work out and put more effort into my clothing. As a reminder, this is the tiny “before” mirror: back_of_door2closetThe blue tape here is because I still need to paint a small detail in the frame, and I just haven’t gotten to it yet!DresserThis is the most pathetic view of our new bedroom; the TV works but is broken and we haven’t decided whether we want to replace it or just buy an iPad, which is why it has not been re-centered and we haven’t hidden the wires yet. Also, we are going to strip the black off this dresser soon!TopView

So, we’ve made a huge impact pretty quickly! We love-love-love it. We kinda want to do everything in our new room! However, I’d say our room is not nearly complete!

Here’s our bedroom to do list:

  • PAX Wardrobes
  • Paint
  • Rearrange room
  • New Curtain Rod
  • Hang the curtains higher
  • Knob for mailbox
  • Mirror
  • Light above Mirror (still isn’t properly wired)
  • Artwork above closet
  • Curtains for closet
  • O’verlays for the doors
  • Drawer Fronts
  • Strip & Repaint Dresser
  • Paint Closet
  • Night Stands
  • Light Fixture
  • New Lamps?
  • More artwork
  • Replace or remove TV
  • Style shelves
  • Re-upholster or replace ottomans

I’m probably forgetting a few things more things I’d like to do in there, but you get the idea. I’m really hoping to be able to find a good brass sputnik lamp that is NOT thousands of dollars (I’m hoping more like $2-300). Wouldn’t a sputnik lamp look AMAZING in here?!! If anyone has a good lead, please let me know!







On the first day of spring, we went to balboa lake to celebrate with a walk through the cherry blossom trees! It was a weirdly muggy and overcast day, but it was still beautiful!

A Laelia Outfit #47

A Laelia Outfit #47


This is all from Old Navy, except the tank! The tank is Sweet Ivy.


Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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