The Opposite of Photoshop

Don’t you love when you see something and have to take a double look to figure out what exactly was going on in the photo? Case in point, finding out this lovely painting is really a photo. Thanks to Peter Kun Frary, a professor at the University of Hawaii, for snapping a photo that uses an amazing blend of body paint, modeling and of course MAC cosmetics. Here’s to another great day of using Photoshop.

{ Image via Peter Kun Frary

22nd, 2010 / Danielle

Bookhou Alphabet

I have found that there are a few things, items per say, that I tend to lean towards when finding home decor. I will admit it always comes back to the designer in me, but I love getting my hands on all things typography. Lately it has been in the form of posters or fonts but now it is very hard to pass up something as scrumptious as Bookhou’s laser cut alphabet set. I love the simplicity, the material and the most of all the font. I want to hang it, display it and just all around love it. And of course like most things on my blog, I will proudly add this to my, “O Honey Please list!”

{ Image BookHou


This week has been a week full of reflection for me. Dreaming up all of the things I have done, accomplished and boosted me to be sitting here right where I am. Most of my day dreaming has been about my college days and so many of the good and bad times I had. Oddly enough one of my most interesting memories was triggered by the beautiful brand design for the restaurant Julian in Kansas City by Jordan Gray Creative. Why you ask? I was simply obsessed with anything muted ( gray/scale and or browns ) that had a hint of bright Lance Armstrong yellow in it. I wanted to use it in everything and never could seem to find a way until my Senior year, thankfully. Regardless, Julian’s Restaurant brand is as crisp as fresh lettuce on a summer day. I just want to “eat” this brand up… and I am confident that if I lived closer to KS I would in fact attempt to do so.

Props to Jordan Gray Creative for being able to create something appealing and extremely sophisticated that makes this Utah gal pretty cheery for an early Wednesday.

{ Images courtesy of Jordan Gray Creative

17th, 2010 / Danielle /

Tim Bjørn

I adore this custom wall illustration by typographer Tim Bjørn for Danish home-wares store Madam Madsen. It makes my already wonderful 3 day long weekend just keep on going.

I hope that all of you enjoyed your Holiday Packed weekend, I know that I did. My super surprise of the week, we finally order carpet after 1 1/2 + years and counting! Photos to follow.

{ Images Tim Bjørn

16th, 2010 / Danielle /

Vinyl Sticker Inspiration

Vinyl stickers to me were always a thing of the past. Something tacky and non designed that was big, bold everywhere. Over the last few years I was happy to see the vinyl market evolve into a more sophisticated arena. Taking something that had always had potential and stretching its use to see what exactly it could do.

I found this amazing gallery of vinyl stickers that make me think twice about some of the “empty” space I have lying around my house. What a clever use of materials and design.

{ Images via

12th, 2010 / Danielle


Amy Moss of Eat. Drink. Chic has me marveling over her packaging design with Access Agency and photographer Marija Ivkovic. McFancy is a new way to make even someone like me want to dabble in the joys of what could be “McDonalds”. The over all concept from Access Agency was a delight to read about. See for yourself:

“Today’s demanding consumers expect even their beloved, favorite brands to step up their game. Many run-away online successes of offline brand “stunts” attest that consumers expect, and get really excited about, experiences that are unusual, fun, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging. With the power and immediacy of social media, surprising offline events and stunts have now turned into truly powerful promotional tools.

For McDonald’s, we envision a cool, surprising and fun mix of concepts. First is McFancy, an upmarket temporary McDonald’s store that launches at Fashion Weeks around the globe — London, New York, Paris, Milan, Sydney, Hong Kong. McFancy is part art installation, gathering spot and, of course, a restaurant that offers a traditional McDonald’s menu but packaged in a way that makes a playful yet stylish nod to the lifestyle of the highly desirable, influential consumers that attend Fashion Weeks.”

This is a hugh step for the marketing master minds of the millennium. Hard to believe where we were, and now where we are going. This is something to keep our eyes on.

10th, 2010 / Danielle

What Is Success?

I am always on the hunt for knowledge, especially knowledge that can help my business grow and flourish. Speaking of flourish, that is exactly what Stephanie Fizer New E-Course is called. For the past week we have touched on many topics and ideas but there has been one that personally struck a cord in my head, this being the idea of Success and what it means to me. There seems to be a lot of movement around this idea, even Grace Booney from Design Sponge answered the questions of “What’s the best piece of advice you have for a struggling artist?” in her formspring me interview.

My hope is that I can always answer this questions. That I am always pushing myself to different levels of success and fulfillment. That I always aspire to be more.

Like Stephanie Corfee’s beautiful watercolor elegantly states: “Who exactly gets the job of deciding if I’m a success?”.

{ image: Stephanie Corfee

5th, 2010 / Danielle

Oh, Honey Please!

Hands down I love am OBSESSED with IronMan. What better way to show me some love, then for me to show him some love.

This is on the “Oh, Honey Please!” list.

{ Skinat via Etsy. Sold Out.

3rd, 2010 / Danielle

The Nerdiest Sweater Vest in the World

This is a corny little find for the week and one that amused me to pieces. It was like stepping back into middle school and sitting in my sewing class trying to figure out what choice “kit” was going to win me the prize at the York County Fair. I needed to be the best, even at this so called “sewing thing” I’d never done let alone attempted before. One very long semester later a cheesy McDonald french fry pillow was completed and all I had to show for it was not having sew any of my fingers together. To this day that was my first and last sewing experience, something I never had a desire to repeat or re-live. That of course my change with this darling Mario Vest Sweater that I am sure would win be some sort of prize, even those prizes you really don’t want. Let us all take a moment for all the failures of our sewing careers and hope tomorrow will always bring us new many more “Mario Geek Vest Sweaters” to look forward to.

{ Happy Seamstress

2nd, 2010 / Danielle