Hello August! Zander and I have collaborated again and have an August desktop wallpaper for y’all!
July was a busy month, I shared lots of travels with you guys and updated my blog design! If you missed anything, here is a recap of my favorite posts! I have a lot planned for August, and some huge news coming up!
Favorite Posts of July:
1 Home Tour: Bedroom Details
2 Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
3 Julieta: A New Favorite Font
4 The Old North Church Tour
5 Boston Common and Public Garden Tour
6 Juxtaposed 01
7 A Collection of Maxi Skirts
8 DIY Travel Map Cork Board
9 Awesome Driftwood
Ciera Design elsewhere in July:
When we arrived to Lincolnville it was a little too early for dinner, but all of the little shops around were already closed so we decided to walk along the water. While we were walking we found this amazing piece of driftwood and decided to stop and explore it further. The sun was at the perfect spot in the sky and the colors and textures on the wood were so beautiful.
These rocks look pretty harmless in the photos but they were incredibly tough to walk on (especially with my inappropriate shoe choice for the day).
Check out all of the photos from my Maine Road trip!
The Old North Church, in the North End of Boston, was built in 1723 and is the oldest active church building in Boston. It is also the location from which the famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal is said to have been sent. This phrase is related to Paul Revere’s midnight ride, of April 18, 1775, which preceded the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution.
Check out the rest of my Boston Photo Tour!
I am so so so happy to share my new branding and blog design with you guys today! It’s been a slow process but is finally live and I’m loving it! I have been incorporating my new colors and fonts into my posts for a few weeks now, but finally got the final push out! I have also updated my Twitter and Facebook pages to keep my brand consistent. I’m sure there are still a few more things that I missed but it will all get done with time! Another thing crossed off of my 30 before 30 list! If you are in a reader click out and let me know what you think!
I ordered some new stickers and business cards will come next!
What do you guys think? Any suggestions to make my site easier for you to navigate?
Since we moved up North, Zander and I have been doing quite a bit of weekend traveling. I really wanted a special way to keep track of the places we have been together (and our bedroom walls were bare) so I decided to make this travel map cork board! It was pretty easy once I figured out the logistics… so now I’m going to share the how-to with you!
1. Decide what size your map needs to be to fit in the center of your chosen frame. Print out and tile together a map of the US. My map is about 20″ wide for a 18″ x 24″ frame. The map I used can be downloaded here: US Map
2. Once your map is tiled together, tape it to a piece of cork just big enough to fit the map. Work on a cutting mat and trim around the outer border with an exacto knife (making sure to trim all the way through the cork). You will not be able to get very detailed here, and that’s okay (as you can see I chopped the little hook off of Massachusetts all together)!
3. Once you have cut around the entire map you can go back in and cut out any additional details. Remember, it is easy to cut more away but not to add back on!
4. Trim your next piece of cork into a rectangle that fits snugly into your frame. I used the cardboard backing that came in the frame as a size guideline. 5. Bring the trimmed rectangle outside and paint one side white. 6. Once the paint dries, use spray glue to attach the cork map to the center of your (now white) cork backing. Remember, spray the backside of your cork map only!
7. Place your map board into the frame (using the cardboard the frame came with as a backing). You can glue to the cardboard to the cork back if you prefer.
8. Print out and trim your title and location flags. 9. Fill in your flags with places you have been and places you want to go! 10. Add your title and destination flags to the cork map with pins and your done! You can download my template here: Map Flags
The measurements above are what I used for my frame, but make sure to measure yourself, as frames will differ. You know the saying, measure twice, cut once! And please be VERY careful with the exacto knife, I actually cut myself while working on this project!
Summer is in full swing and I have been sharing my summer adventures here on the blog like crazy! Hope you all have been enjoying! I also have some VERY exciting news to share in August, it is going to be a hectic but exciting month!
I have also decided to continue my summer sponsor sale! All of my small and medium sponsor spots are 20% off! Just enter the code “SUMMER2012″ when you checkout.
I’m using Passionfruit Ads, so sponsoring is super easy! Check out my sponsor info page and snatch one up before they are gone! Sponsoring Ciera Design not only means that you get to advertise your blog or business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here on the blog!
Thanks to all who entered the Shabby Apple giveaway AND THE WINNER IS: DEANNA! Congrats Deanna, I’ll be in touch with you soon!
Okay, I know Maxi skirts and dresses have been on trend for quite some time now, but for some reason I’m just getting into them. I’m kinda short so I just never thought I could pull one off, but I’m gonna try it out… as soon as I can decide which to buy first! Here are some that I am looking at. Do you have a favorite maxi style that I should try out?
Here we continue on the Boston Photo Tour! The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country and the Public Garden is America’s first public botanical garden. I just love meandering the Public Garden’s paths looking at the lagoon, monuments, fountains, musicians and the swan boats! When my sister was in town, we picked up lunch from a food truck and brought it to the park to people watch.