My friend Sam officially earned his FAA certified Commercial Pilot license after 5 years of hardwork and dedication. In celebration, we did a commemorative photoshoot (technically this was meant to be his Christmas present last year -- but now we had an even better reason to finally shoot!). Sam flew us out to a short landing strip in the middle of the nowhere, surrounded by nothing but desert and bare mountains. Such a fun afternoon and so exciting to fly over our beautiful city in this little plane!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Happy Friday everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. I haven't even finished my Christmas shopping yet, let alone started wrapping. But if you're ahead of the game, I've created some freebie holiday gift tags to spruce up your packages. All you need to do is download the file, print it onto cardstock, cut 'em out, hole punch, and tie with string or twine. I have a few different options -- big, small, colored, and lineart only. Feel free to use for all your personal gift wrapping needs!
If you use these these on your gifts, I'd love to see! Upload a photo and tag me on Instagram @stuckwithpins!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This year, I don't want a lot for Christmas *cue Mariah Carey singing*. The practical (work-related) things I really do want are a $2,000 85mm lens and a new $300 Canon printer, but I've maxed out my Santa card in the past and don't expect any of these things to be coming down the chimney for me. Alas, it's the season of giving/getting, and without a wishlist, family and friends constantly complain they don't know what to buy, so here's a little round up of some knick-knacks and accessories I've had my eye on, and hopefully inspire you to support a few of these small businesses during your own holiday shopping.
1 // I'm absolutely obsessed with this adorable bat sleep mask by Appendage. I've never slept with a mask, but I might need to since too much light comes into our cave in the early morning and it's cheaper than buying new curtains…
2 // The Sick Rose by Richard Barnet is a beautiful collection of medical illustrations documenting nineteenth century diseases. To say I need this book in my possession would be an understatement.
3 // San Diego is super spoiled with tons of talented local artisans. JaxKelly is one of those artists and I swoon over all her earrings, including these gold dipped rose quartz, every time I see them at Pigment.
4 // Madame Talbot is an illustrative genius and curio extraordinaire (I don't think there's an oddity shop in America that doesn't have her work on the walls). Her Victorian gothic posters are so unique and stunningly detailed. We already have the Lincoln Ghost Train framed in our middle room and get compliments on it all the time. I'd love to hang The Everlast Embalming Fluid print by our bar.
5 // Surrounding myself with beautifully designed things is important for my creative process -- and that includes pretty office supplies. I'm in love with these gold shears from Target's Nate Berkus collection and would be pretty excited to find them in my stocking -- probably more excited than anyone could ever be about scissors.
6 // Have I told you how obsessed I am with Madame Scodioli? Oh yeah, I have. Well I was ecstatic when she started making spray perfumes, especially of Elyria, my signature scent of earl grey and lavender.
7 // Okay, I don't expect anyone to spend over $200 on shoes for me this Christmas, but I can dream. I'm on the hunt for a nice (affordable) pair of metal toed boots like these Jeffrey Campbell Bentley-2.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far and keeping sane during their Christmas shopping!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Kory & Priscilla were married at Hidden Oaks in Ramona, California in the heat of October. Sila drove up for the processional in an old red Chevy and their outdoor ceremony was beautiful and emotional, full of tears and laughter with the sun peeking in through the shade of the oak grove. I absolutely loved this reception! Twinkle lights and a chandelier sparkled from the trees and candles flickered under the bridge, making for some really magically photos. Not to mention they had one of the best tasting wedding cakes I've ever had in my life! As you can tell by the final photos, my second shooter Suzi and I had a lot of fun with Kory and Sila's friends and family when it came time to party it up. I'm honored to have been a part of documenting this incredibly special day!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Back again with more unique gifts for the collector of strange and unusual wonders! Last year, my curated list for Pinterest's Holiday Giving Guide was a hit, so I've gathered up a few more curiosities to inspire your Christmas shopping for the oddity aficionado in your life. Check out the whole board on Pinterest!
3 // Antique Edison Cylinder Record Canister - AllvintageMan | 4 // Real Vintage Armadillo Purse - Ebay | 5 // Pearl Beaded Roe Deer - Virginia the Wolf | 6 // Genuine Spiderweb Necklace - PreciousCreature | 7 // Antique Prosthetic Eye - The Twisted Eye |
8 // Bat Patch - Gerri Tullis | 9 // Rare Autographed Photo of "Penguin Girl" - diabolic | 10 // Antique French Hair Reliquary - Mercurysmoon | 11 // Antique Medical Lithograph Manikin - TrunkGypsies |
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hello December! The holiday season is in full swing, the Christmas tree Instagrams are rolling in, and it's time to start planning our winter-ish festivities. I'm really feeling this is gonna be a good year. Here are a few things we've got on the agenda for making the most of Christmas 2014 in San Diego:
✓ December Nights at Balboa Park
Kick off the season with lots of holiday spirit (and insane crowds) at December Nights, one of San Diego's most popular holiday events. It's a smorgasbord of art, culture, and general Christmas cheer. There's live music and performances, food and gifts from all different parts around the globe, and the museums are open late too.
✓ Craft Himmeli ornaments for the tree
These geometric ornaments were super fun and easy to make.
• Throw another awesome ugly sweater white elephant party
For the last couple years, I've hosted ugly sweater parties centered on watching a horrible movie. Last year we watched the Star Wars Holiday Special, and in previous years we've done horror films like Santa's Slay, Jack Frost, and even an Evil Dead II zombie themed Christmas party.
• See the lights at the zoo
Renew our San Diego Zoo passes and walk around at night during Jungle Bells when the park is open late and illuminated with colorful animal lights.
• Buy new leather pants
To rock with oversized sweaters all winter long.
✓ Bundle up and head out to Julian
Grab some legendary apple pie and do a little antiquing in the historic mining town. And maybe see some snow if we're lucky (my favorite part about living in Southern California is having the perfect warm weather all year round and crisp mountain air just an hour away when we need it).
✓ Concoct a new Christmas cocktail
I'm thinking a hot buttered rum, or a festive white russian.
✓ Partake in our traditional annual Elf fort night
Every year we get together with friends, build a blanket fort in the living room, and watch Elf inside it -- like all 20-something & 30-year-olds should.
• Sew our own stockings & fill them with fun little gifts
My mom always gave me fancy new underwear for Christmas and it was my favorite, haha. Dave might be getting some underwear in his stocking this year…
• Shop local
Buy gifts from small businesses in our artsy little neighborhood of North Park.
• Celebrate Krampusnacht
Really bummed we won't be able to make it up to any of the Krampusfest events in LA again this year. But if you're in SoCal, check out some of the happenings in celebration of the folkloric Christmas devil.
✓ Throwback with Christmas(-ish) movies we haven't watched in ages
We started with Batman Returns and Home Alone. Next up… Just Friends and Edward Scissorhands.
Now I want to know what you guys have going on this season! Any unique plans, favorite holiday movies, long-standing traditions, or go-to recipes for the best Christmas cookies? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I'm not usually one to get ultra prematurely excited for Christmas. But this year, something's gotten into me, and I was ready to start adorning the mantel with garland the moment Halloween was over. The housemates and I agreed to wait until after Thanksgiving, but that hasn't stopped me from pinning a zillion holiday decor ideas in the meantime. Here are some style moodboards I've put together in preparation for the upcoming season.
Dreaming of a Natural Christmas - I know I don't have to tell you, but I am not a red-and-green-and-plastic-santas kind of xmas decorator. Instead, I like bringing natural elements into the house (scrap cuttings from the tree farm, pinecones, branches) and wrap all my gifts in brown Kraft paper with jute twine and a sprig of pine.
Get the Look - This is such an easy (and potentially free) look - which is why it's always my favorite. Gather pinecones to display on your shelves, in a bowl, or even make your own ornaments. Take home scrap cuttings from the tree farm (most trimming stations have a trash bin they'll gladly let you scavenge from) and stick them in vases or make your own natural wreaths and garlands (check out Molly's DIY triangle wreath tutorial).
Sugar, Spice, & Fur - I love the warm cozy vibe of glowing candles, deer pelts, and deep brown tones everywhere. Makes me want to bundle up under a fur throw and sip chai by the fireplace while waiting for a batch of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven.
Get the Look - Okay, maybe this look is a bit dreamy and out of budget for most. But if you've got it, arrange luxurious natural elements like pelts, antlers, drift wood, and feathers around the house. Collect an assortment of candles and votives. And of course, constantly have fresh baked cookies lingering in the air.
Glitzy Copper Christmas - Dave and I have been obsessed with copper this year. It seems to be popping up everywhere now, so why not try to incorporate some penny into our Christmas look?
Get the Look - A few metallic accents can really go a long way. Try Rachel's DIY copper foil branches or check out this super easy DIY for glamming up those tea lights you probably have a million sitting in a junk drawer. It's also always good to have a can of metallic copper Rust-Oleum around to give a spray paint makeover to any kitschy Christmas figurines you might find at a thrift store.
Hope some of these ideas have inspired your Christmas decorating style for this year! I'd love to hear your favorite looks or crafty DIYs for the holiday season. Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Woo! I'm so excited to finally share this project with you all. Over the last couple months, I've been working with the (previously) A3D Labs team to develop a branding system and front-end UI design for a 3D printing app they're in the process of engineering. The BrewPrint app will allow users to manage their print jobs, buy and organize models, and reward usage with "BrewCoins" that can then be used to purchase more filament in their store. The actual app is still in development, but here're the designs I've created to get them started.
For the brand identity, they wanted something fresh, energetic, people friendly, and approachable -- something that would help make the technology feel more accessible, easy to understand, and also fun to use. The playful organic hand-drawn lettering was inspired by contemporary beer branding and craft breweries, while the nice clean lines of the symbolic mark acknowledge the technical preciseness of 3D printing. The circular symbol depicts a wheat stalk (a literal interpretation of the word "brew" that also symbolizes creative growth) with expressive lines radiating on the other side to convey a sense of "bright ideas" and energy.
I wanted to stray away from the typical 3-dimensional design elements commonly used by other 3D printer companies, and instead used very simple flat lines for the logo and supporting icons. The bubbly feel of the icons and the energetic color palette help make all the technical information feel less like a sterile device manager and more like a mobile game.