Father’s Day Gift Ideas by Pinegate Road

Hello there! I’m Kelsey from Pinegate Road, and I was thrilled when Ciera asked me to guest post for her while she was away on her vacation in Maine! I remember going to Maine as a kid with my family…oh man, the lobster shacks you can find when driving down small roads off the coast. I have fond memories of those places. At one, my family and I went to eat fresh boiled lobsters caught out of the ocean, and we were all sitting in the plastic chairs, see. Suddenly, my Dad starts slowly sinking in his chair, and then *plop* all of the chairs legs had collapsed inwards towards the ground and he was just sitting there on the ground at this lobster shack with his entire family in hysterics around him. I still laugh out loud when I think of this story. Anways, I regress.

Speaking of Dads, here is a little gift round-up for things that I’d love to give my Dad for Father’s Day! It’s coming up so quickly, wow. While these items are specific to my Dad, hopefully they can generate some ideas for your very own daddy-o. Mine is huge into hunting, loves getting a little preppy for the workplace (Mom’s influence as of late), and enjoys a good round of golf. On a trip to Italy a couple of years ago I found my Dad a simple leather wallet that he has since fallen in love with. After years of use and abuse, it’s seeing its last days. Much the like the wallet, his Sperry’s are in need of a little refresher. Like father, like daughter, I started donning a men’s pair of Sperry’s to go with my high school uniform. Love them, and the man who influenced me.


Thank you Ciera for having me, and hope that you have a great vacation in that beautiful place of the country! If you’ve never been out to Maine, it’s a definitely must-visit location for sometime in your life. Summers there….oh my gosh.


A huge thanks to Kelsey for this awesome Father’s Day gift round-up! I just love the story of her dad on the ground at a lobster shack, too funny! -Ciera

Meet My Guest Bloggers

Hey everyone! My parents arrive to Boston today from New Orleans and we are heading off on a Maine road trip! Since I’m disconnecting for the week I have some great guest bloggers lined up while I’m away! They are all amazing, creative, ladies whose blogs I really admire. I’d like to give them each a little introduction before their posts start rolling out next week, so here they are!


Bekuh owns The Button Factory, an online vintage boutique and blogs at Secondhand Sundays, a lifestyle blog that focuses on creating a homemade life filled with vintage wares, DIY projects, and home cooked meals.

Allison is a graphic designer and photographer. She blogs about travel, favorite products, tips on blogging and hosts fun photo challenges on her blog, Show & Tell.

Kelsey is also a graphic designer and uses her blog Pinegate Road to document her self-curation as a designer. She shares color studies, outfits, inspiring art and work spaces from other creatives!

Jasmine of Sequin Crush blogs about her personal style, fashion crush’s and DIY projects. She hopes to inspire others to find as much love in fashion as she does. She is also my little sister!

Julie is creator of a greeting card line on Etsy, and blogs at Julie Ann Art as a creative outlet, where she documents all of her ideas, inspirations, handmade projects, Etsy finds and DIY Tutorials.

I’m sure I’ll be updating Instagram and Twitter (can’t help myself) while I’m away so check-in with me there and I will see y’all back here when I return! Thanks so much ladies for helping me out while I’m on vacation!

Homemade French Fries

Okay, this was SO much easier than I thought it would be! And SO much more delicious than I expected too, I couldn’t stop eating them! Check out the simple instructions and photos from my first fry cooking experience!

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– Potatoes (1 or 2 potatoes per serving depending on the size of your potatoes)
– Vegetable Oil (2 to 4 cups of oil depending on how many servings you are making) Overcrowding your fries will cause breakage and uneven cooking. To use less oil, prepare in several batches.
– Salt


– Wash and peel potatoes
– Slice potatoes into strips
– Drop potato strips into 375 degree oil
– Fry until golden brown (about 5 to 10 minutes)
– Remove from pot and drain on paper towels or paper bag
– Sprinkle with salt
– Put fries in the oven to keep warm while the next batch is frying
– Serve immediately

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(as you can see a lot of ours broke into little pieces… but they still tasted amazing!)

A Little Shopping Spree

A few months ago I won a shopping spree from Beso.com and just wanted to share with you guys what I got! I was so excited when I was notified, I never win things like this! Guess what? They are still giving away shopping sprees, all you have to do is sign up for an account to be entered!

Beso Shopping Spree

As a winner I did not have to blog about my winnings but I really wanted to show my thanks to Beso.com for the awesome shopping spree!

Favorite Posts of May and Giveaway Winner

If you missed anything throughout the month, here is a recap of my favorite posts! I have a lot planned for June, including some amazing guest bloggers, but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera

May Favorite Posts


Favorite Posts of May

1 A New Orleans Recap
2 Carolina Avenue Apartment Tour Part One
3 Edge Painted Business Cards Favorites
4 Peachy Keen Moodboard
5 My Favorite Blogs
6 Tips for Managing an Active and Healthy Online Life
7 Monroe, A New Favorite Font
8 Maine: The Way Life Should Be


Ciera Design elsewhere in May

Up and Coming Design Blog on Bloglovin’
Pinegate Road
Show & Tell
Julie Ann Art
Lariats and Lavender

Monroe Font [Friday Favorites]

I have a new favorite font! Monroe by Daniel Hernandez is a contemporary, lightweight slab serif, equally at home making a splash on the pages of websites as it is in printed publications like magazines and catalogs.

It offers a broad scale of typographic possibilities thanks to its plethora of alternate lettershapes, ligatures and swashed upper- and lowercase variants.

Monroe’s generous horizontal width makes makes it an excellent selection for headlines, music packaging, brochures, posters, logos and more.

With a little OpenType magic — its flamboyant flourishes and swashes set it apart from its contemporaries in the modern slab genre.

Description and samples from MyFonts.

Now Accepting Sponsors for June


Sponsoring with Ciera Design is a great way to promote your business or blog to readers who love design, photography and creative outlets. I’m using Passionfruit so sponsoring is super easy! Take a look at my sponsor info page and snatch one up before they are gone! Sponsoring Ciera Design not only means that you get to advertise your business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here on the blog!


Giveaway: Custom Photo Book (closed)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this giveaway from Shutterfly today! One lucky reader will win a 20 page hardcover 8 x 8 photo book! Photo books are a great way to cherish and preserve your memories. Whether it’s a wedding photo album, a baby memory book, a family or travel photo album, Shutterfly has a professionally bound photo book that’s perfect for you. Their one-of-a-kind, high-quality custom books make wonderful gifts for special occasions, but they’re also a great way to keep your favorite memories close, and provide a great option for digital scrapbooking.