Marin’s Mucha Inspired Invites

Marin’s Mucha Inspired Invites

... yes I used the Simpson's address. I didn't want to transpose another set of addresses!

 I designed these invitations for my cousin’s sweet 16. They invites were inspired by the artwork of Alphonse Mucha, which I can stare at for hours. The party was loosely inspired by art nouveau and art deco, turn of the century france, etc. The artwork in the invitation is definitely art nouveau, but the bob on the girl is more 20’s. I had a really hard time not being bothered by this, so I managed to convince myself that it was just a hodge-podge of eras, and that made it more modern and “inspired”, as opposed to being truly authentic. The girl was drawn by hand, then traced in illustrator, then colored in photoshop, then brought back into illustrator for formatting and text. If you follow me on IG, I posted many in-progress photos. It was a lot of work! And I didn’t want to stop. I tell you, I could have worked on it for another week, and I would still probably not be satisfied! But, they really needed to get in the mail, so… I had to be finished! Isn’t that how it always is? :)

instagrams of my hand and digital sketches

2 yr blog anniversary + 150th post

2 yr blog anniversary + 150th post

March 11 was my 2 year blog anniversary! It’s always a good idea to use these milestones to look back at your progress. In my 1 year anniversary post I discuss how I had really only just started blogging regularly at that point, and how I expected the next year to be bigger than the previous year. I think I was right about that, but I can say that I hope for that to happen again this year!

This is also my 150th post. I thought I would check in on my progress of the 100 goals I made for myself in my 100th post. I said I’d hope to accomplish 80 of them, so let’s see how I’m doing! Today’s comments will be in BLUE! Strikethrough means I have completed the goal and underlined means progress has been made, but it is not fully satisfied yet.

 

BLOG & WEBSITE GOALS

  1. double my posting rate: I’d like to hit my 200th post by July 21, 2012. I would need to have 2-3 posts a week in order to meet that goal. I’ve been capable of doing that in the past, so I’m feeling good about being able to achieve this goal.
    (3/19 update) I’ve been doing well here, but I need to bump it up a little to make July 21–right now I’m at a pace for August. Too many days between posts lately!
  2. add a prints/patterns portfolio
  3. add an apparel graphics portfolio
  4. add a wood toys portfolio
  5. add a web graphics portfolio
  6. add a general graphics portfolio 
  7. add an invitations portfolio
  8. add a photography/photo editing portfolio (?): I don’t exactly consider myself a photographer, but I sure do plan, take, and edit a lot of photos! Maybe I need to include this in my portfolios…
  9. add an illustrations portfolio
  10. add a painting portfolio
  11. redesign my portfolio section; add some neat functionality: Hubs would have to get on board for this; his new career goal is to get into interaction design, and I want him to apply what he’s been learning to my website in general, but I think my portfolio is a great place to start!
     (3/19 update) I can safely say that I haven’t done ANYTHING in regards to revamping my portfolio yet; except some very vague ideas of how I might want it to look. Major sadface. 
  12. start a recipes category: I’ve been thinking about this for a while! I don’t think it would be a super regular feature, but there are a few recipes I’d love to document.
    (3/19 update) I will be getting to this soon! I have a list of recipes I’d love to share! But it might not happen until after we finish up the kitchen. Lots of stuff is happening in there soon!
  13. consider a tips category
  14. add more tutorials
  15. change the features section (I hate it)
  16. update about section (add photos)
  17. increase readership in an authentic way
    (3/19 update) I suppose I have done this, even if it is mainly traffic from pinterest! What I meant by “an authentic way” was that I wouldn’t make posts that were deliberately controversial or something just to increase traffic.  I currently have 400-700 page views a day. 
  18. categorize more efficiently
  19. add tags to posts that have no tags
  20. make graphics for categories
  21. finish my header/logo already!
  22. consider featuring what I wear (might help with the “get back in shape” goal): I already feature Laelia’s outfits, but I have a passion for and a lot to say about women’s fashion as well.  My first blog I briefly authored in 2007 focused on women’s fashion a bit more, as I was so inspired by other fashion blogs out there. I’d love to get back in touch with that part of myself. :)
  23. complete room tours
    (3/19 update) Well, I’m working on finishing up some of these rooms, and when that happens I can do the room tours, so there is a lot of progress happening here. Many other goals must be met before I can satisfy this one.
  24. birthday boards category: Laelia’s first birthday board is very popular, and I loved making it. I would love to make more boards for general inspiration purposes! I think I’ll also take suggestions for boards, or perhaps make custom boards for a small fee.
    (3/19 update) I’ve done a few of these! :) And more in the works.
  25. become more active in the blogsphere: I should totally be cultivating friendships with other bloggers across the land, but I’m not. I don’t think I’m doing my part. Mostly, it’s because I can barely time find to blog myself, let alone read other’s blogs. Also, although I am a confident person, I don’t say something unless I think it needs to be said (this is internet comments only), and I’m pretty reserved when it comes to self promotion, so I find myself reluctant to comment on things often (which is ironic, considering how much I write here). But following other bloggers is something I really want to and should do, and I should make time for it. I also think I should participate in more events.
    (3/19 update) I feel as if I have made some friends in the blogging community! Now I want to go to some conventions, blog meet ups, and read some of their blogs from start to finish! 

 

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A Laelia Outfit #29

A Laelia Outfit #29


Bodysuit: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy (same as #15!)
Leggings: Target (same as #28!)
Sandals: Old Navy

Hanging Quilt Before + After and How-to

Hanging Quilt Before + After and How-to

Many months ago I posted about working on the nursery and it was a bit of a teaser post.  We were no longer using our oberland quilt after we got the laelia bedding. I thought “This quilt is too pretty to put in a closet, and it goes in Laelia’s room so well!”. We had just moved the crib to this wall (this was the office wall) and I was feeling pretty stumped about what I should hang here, and then it clicked–hang the quilt behind her crib! And it fits PERFECTLY! We used a cheap curtain rod from IKEA, and suspended it from the ceiling studs, and then I make-shifted some “curtain pockets” with quilting safety pins! And then I was a little stumped on how to finish it off, and it looked like the last photo in the college for many months.
I finally decided to finish it off with thin nails hammered in at the seams. I figured that they were no thicker than quilter’s pins, so the damage would be far less than if I actually sewed pockets in. I think it worked out pretty great, and was really easy! 
I’ll be posting about hanging the mobile soon! :)

Before & After: Lower that shelf!

Before & After: Lower that shelf!

In the past I’ve been reluctant to show a lot of my house, because it’s “not perfect”, but really?! Why?! What I love about other people’s blogs is seeing the transformation over time, and I love looking through old photos of our place and thinking, “oh yah! I remember when it looked like that”! Also, don’t you think it would be awesome to see photos of your parents homes, your grandparents homes, or your great grandparents homes? Maybe my children and grandchildren will enjoy these later. So here is something small I did in a room I don’t love, but it made a big impact:

I put this shelf under the television in our bedroom a while back, but I put it up high because I thought I’d just use it to keep the PS2 and the Wii on (PS2 is our DVD player, and Wii for Netflix).  But I hated it, so I put them back on the dresser and still hated them just sitting there. (Seriously, I want to invent little tabletop stands/shelves that sit over these devices). And it all just continued to just sit there and suck for probably about a year until Monday. After I put together the frames from yesterday’s post, I knew I wanted them to go into the bedroom the artwork from the cards match our bedding so well! I also thought I’d like to put them opposite the bed to bring the color to the other side of the room, and help to balance everything out. I realized they’d fit perfectly on the shelf, but I had to lower it, and I just did it right then. That’s what I’m all about right now, JUST DO IT! I’m tired of having all sorts of things lingering over my head keeping me from the work I really want and need to focus on (I have some pretty cool stuff lined up! Plus a few birthdays, which we decided are happening HERE). Anyway, I think it was just the pop of color I needed on the other side of the room… I still don’t know where exactly to hang the artwork that is sitting on the dresser (paintings I did from college), but I suspect they will find a home soon. :)

The artwork goes so well with our Laelia bedding!

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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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