A Lovely November

November is really flying by! I had a very early morning working on a project with a quick turnaround. The mornings are so beautiful in Boston right now!

In November I’m looking forward to… relationships with new clients, sharing Thanksgiving inspired posts, spending time outside, hot coffee, date night and my Thanksgiving in Maine… I’m starting to get giddy about the holidays!

Hope you are enjoying November and don’t forget to check back soon for my two year blogiversary giveaway!

Handwritten Letters – A New Project by Mary Kate McDevitt

I am a huge fan of Mary Kate McDevitt’s work so I am very excited about the new project, Handwritten Letters, that she announced today. She plans to write a letter to someone everyday for at least one year! She will actually draw and send YOU a letter (you know, like, from the alphabet). How exciting! You can read more about her project and sign up for a letter of your own at your handwritten letters. You better believe I already signed up!

Images from Mary Kate McDevitt

The National Branding by Love and War

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this brand for The National – an all-occasion “grand café” inspired by London cafés and French bistros, but with a unique, New York City twist. 

Love and War, a branding and advertising agency, developed the visual identity including a minimal wordmark logo and a beautiful abbreviated alternate. The agency also created the website, promotions, illustrations and a range of in-restaurant materials from menus to tableware.

Simple is extremely hard to do well, but Love and War nailed it and I’m not the only one who thinks so. The agency was awarded a 2011 James Beard Award of Outstanding Graphics for this work. What do you think about this identity?

Photos from Love and War and The National.

Give Thanks – Freebies

MOO is an online printing company that I absolutely love! They can print with your photos or designs stored on certain social sites or you can upload your images directly to MOO. My favorite thing is that printing with MOO means you have the option of a different image on each card or sticker!

Since not everyone out there is a designer (or has the time to create a custom design) I have created a variety of Thank You designs that use Moo templates! These work really well for sending out Thank You’s after a party or for your Etsy shop. You can send postcards or greeting cards, slip a minicard or notecard into a package and use the stickers on packages or to seal envelopes. So many options! You can download the design packages below, head on over to Moo, upload and customize before placing your order. Pick black or teal or both and use only what you like from the sets! One more thing to make this deal even better… if you follow the Moo links from this post you get 10% off your first order! You can also download and print yourself!

Chevron Moo Designs - Teal

Chevron Moo Designs - Black

Note Cards (choose square or rounded edges) 3.46″ x 2.32″
You can customize text for the back of card at moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages. (Select “Business Cards” at moo.com for this option.)

Mini Cards 2.9″ x 1.26″
You can customize text for the back of card at moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages.

Greeting Cards 4.13″ x 5.82″
You can customize text for the inside of card on moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages.

Postcards 4.13″ x 5.82″
You can customize the back of your postcard at moo.com with your logo, text, footers and a mailing panel.

Rectangular Stickers and Labels 3.30 x 2.17″

Round Stickers and Labels 1.5″ diameter (shown below)

Moo Stickers

This post is not sponsored by Moo, I just really like their products. Ciera Design will not be held responsible for printing errors. Please make sure you check the templates for proper colors, bleeds and safe zones, and fonts before printing. I can not offer assistance for using these files but please contact me if you need customized items. This design is © Ciera Holzenthal, 2011. All rights reserved. It may not be copied, resold, made available for download, given away or redistributed elsewhere without my written permission. Please link directly to this page if you would like to share these downloads with others.

Pinterest Picks – Neutrals with a touch of mint

A few of my recent pins to inspire you this weekend. I want my front door to look like that and would love to have that beautiful lace dress!

Pinterest-Picks-2

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 
Unfortunately I can not find the origin of image 3, if anyone knows please share!

Head over to my boards and pins for all of the inspiration that I have been collecting and if you’re on Pinterest, leave a link below so I can check out your pins!

October Favorites – A Recap

This past month was amazing! Experiencing my first Fall…celebrating my two year blogiversary…working on a bunch of new projects and so much more! Here are some of my favorite posts from October…

October-Favorite-Posts

1 // The A-Z of Ciera
2 // Workspace Snapshot 10/5/11
3 // Apple Picking
4 // DIY Jewelry Organizers
5 // Sweet Snack: Cinnamon Apple Chips
6 // Free Faces – Design Resource
7 // Autumn Hues and Some Blues
8 // Two Year Blogiversary and Giveaway
9 // Three Ponds Vintage

I have lots planned for November but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera