While writing my thanksgiving post I started thinking about how in grade school everyone used to exchange bracelets or necklaces as a sign of friendship. I have always loved the bright colors of friendship bracelets so I started looking through Etsy to see what was out there. Truthfully, I was not expecting to find so much awesomeness! I mean, look at these bracelets! I think these would make great gifts for any occasion, I want to get them for everyone I know! Do you have a favorite?
I am thankful for my family, the ones who love me unconditionally… for my boyfriend… coffee… my education… photography… my health… yummy food. I’m thankful that I get to do what I love for a living…
I’m thankful for blogging and the internet… everyday I am excited to find and post the things that inspire me. There is so much talent out there that challenges me to try new things and make new connections…
Thankful for friends… new and old… when I decided to move last year some people told me that moving from the friendly South to the unsociable Northeast was going to be hard. Boston is known to be a less social city of people who find it inappropriate to say hello to strangers and ignore their neighbors. But I am happy to report that those people were wrong! I have really enjoyed meeting a ton of new, awesome people that I now call friends!
… then there are my two best friends in the world who have been around for 16 years of fun, laughs, cries, support, adventures, inspiration, traveling, ideas, parties, serious times and silly times… needless to say, I am VERY thankful for those girls! And without further ado, a few photos of my BFFs and I…
Thanks to everyone who inspires me, encourages me and pushes me to become a better and more creative person! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!
November is a month of giving thanks and since last month was my blog’s two year anniversary I want to say THANKS TO MY READERS by giving one lucky person a Golden Half Telepathy camera!
So the cool thing about this camera, besides how it looks, is that it allows for two shots on one frame. You get a cool diptych photograph with the two frames divided by a black line. This 35mm half-frame camera allows a standard 3″ x 5″ photo to be split into half (3″ x 2.5″ frames), letting you snap double the amount of photos.
The design features a plastic body with a wonderful lens, three aperture options and a hot shoe for flash. It’s super easy to carry around since it’s small and pairing the images for each exposure is SO fun. I’ve had such a great time shooting with mine I wanted to share the joy! You can view all of my Golden Half photos here.
ENTER TO WIN:
- One Telepathy Golden Half 35mm Camera
- Five rolls of film to get you started
- Five golden half prints (by yours truly) for inspiration
HOW TO ENTER:
1: Leave a comment below. Let me know why you want to win the Golden Half camera OR if you have something you’d like to see on the blog, feel free to throw it out there!
2: Follow me on Twitter + tweet about the giveaway
3: Become a fan on Facebook + post about the giveaway to your wall.
4: Blog about this giveaway and/or the Ciera Design Blog
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. You can use this short link for sharing: http://bit.ly/sW6nqa Good Luck! Giveaway ends on November 30, 2011 at midnight EST. 4 entries per person max. NOW CLOSED
A new favorite font for you on this beautiful Friday! Populaire, is the latest font from PintassilgoPrints, a two-person Brazilian outfit that specializes in spirited display fonts with a playful, handcrafted feel.
Inspired by the electrifying posters from May 1968 by Atelier Populaire, this dynamic font is flexible enough to bring freshness and energy to a wide range of design applications.
The typeface comes with four exchangeable glyphs for each letter. When the Populaire font is used in OpenType-savvy applications, its Contextual Alternates feature produce a striking random-like effect on glyphs distribution, achieved by cycling through alternates.
As part of the font, there is also a cool set of ornaments and pictures.
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!
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
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?
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!
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)
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.
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!