Boston Marathon Muse: Cecille Joan Avila

Boston Marathon Muse: Cecille Joan Avila

With 2014 Boston Marathon being the first year after last year’s bombing, emotions in the city have been running high. Launching our Personalized Boston Marathon print for runners has let me get to know a few amazing women that are running this years race, its been great to focus on...
Watch us make our The Bronx Map Print

Watch us make our The Bronx Map Print

I’m so excited that we finally did this! We took a little video of how we make the maps for our City Maps series. First we draw the neighborhood map (not shown because it takes for-ever), the we make the drawings into clipping paths. Next we import jpgs of our...
mankas' boatsman quarters

mankas’ boatsman quarters

This year my husband surprised me with a trip to California for our 5 year wedding anniversary. The best part…  our sister-in-laws offered to watch our three year old for a night so we could getaway. We decided to drive about an hour and a half north of San Francisco...
the hustle: watercolor trials

the hustle: watercolor trials

One ways I’ve been breaking free from my creative block is stepping away from computer illustration. I love my vectors, but it is time to incorporate more into them. My goal is to take some of my favorite existing patterns / places and recreate them using different methods such as...
moodboard: cape town, south africa

moodboard: cape town, south africa

The Cape Town, South Africa City Print pattern was inspired photos of sunlight glittering on ocean waves. Dancing bits of light in rays of sunshine. Magical right? I can almost feel the sun while imagining it. 
LOVING: kellyn walker

LOVING: kellyn walker

One night, while laying in bed perusing graphic design on Pinterest, (a favorite pre-bedtime activity), I came across the work of graphic designer Kellyn Walker. I was so inspired! I’ve been killing my creative block by incorporating more handmade elements, scanned objects and collage-ness to my patterns and designs. She...
THE HUSTLE: CREATIVE MOVIES online

THE HUSTLE: CREATIVE MOVIES online

Last month I had some surgery, (deviated septum, an adnoidectomy – life changing, email me if you have any questions about having it done), and spent about a week and a half sleeping off pain killers and watching movies. I have been going through a bit of a creativity crisis...
imagine: the st louis Jewel Box

imagine: the st louis Jewel Box

I love that this little greenhouse built in St Louis, Missouri’s Forest Park is named the Jewel Box. I imagine opening the art deco doors and being met with a wave of heat and sparkling, bejeweled flowers. It was designed by architect William C. E. Becker and built in 1936. The...
LOVING: comfy chic

LOVING: comfy chic

YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US T-SHIRT // If I wear this now I’m kind of reclaiming it from those bullies, right? All black and a statement necklace MICHAEL KORS JEMMA SHADES // i don’t know… i just love them ALEXANDER WANG SWEATPANTS // i can’t spend $195 on sweatpants, but...
Atlanta Tour Guide with Sarah Winchester

Atlanta Tour Guide with Sarah Winchester

Our dear friend and studio-mate, Sarah Winchester, happens to be from Atlanta. She was the perfect person to give us some insider tips on what to do when you are in ATL. Eating is always the most important thing to us. Here is where Sarah says to take a seat:...
sparkling peach cocktails

sparkling peach cocktails

Having a liquor store open below our studio has spurned a few more cocktail hours over here. We planned on doing this peach cocktail because we’ve been inspired by our Atlanta pattern and the studio has been a gazillion degrees. Of course the day we made them it is 60...
Frankly My Dear... a free desktop

Frankly My Dear… a free desktop

In 1936 Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind, the story of Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. She tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in.”...
Vivian Leigh's Bitchy Resting Face

Vivian Leigh’s Bitchy Resting Face

  I doubt Vivian Leigh (the actress that played Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind) and I have all that much in common… but one thing we do share is Bitchy Resting Face. It’s all in the eyebrows, a pressed lip and passive eyes. I can’t question anything without...
Erin's Boston

Erin’s Boston

We are all about Boston as we release our new Boston Neighborhood Map Print, we asked our friend (and studiomate) Erin Gates who writes Elements of Style to tell us what she loves about Boston’s neighborhoods. Erin moved to Boston in the summer of 2011 after graduating from college and her favorite neighborhoods are Beacon...
Boston Strong : 50% of Boston map sales to the One Fund

Boston Strong : 50% of Boston map sales to the One Fund

I moved to Boston in 1997 to attend MassArt and I have lived here ever since. I have always loved Patriots Day, it is a MA-only holiday and has always had a “skipping class” feel to it. You can watch the Boston Marathon, see a sox game or hang outside...
Ethinic Stencils

Ethinic Stencils

I love stencils, I think it comes from spending our honeymoon in Maryam’s BEAUTIFUL Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech. The stencils at Peacock Pavilions were done by Royal Design Studio. In our last apartment I was inspired by our Moroccan room to do a black and gold pattern on a wall in our old...
this week in the studio...

this week in the studio…

What happened this week… See the thing is, I have a non-sleeping 2 year old at home and I sometimes still need to pat my legs to make sure I have pants on (mother’s of newborns will know what I’m talking about), so these lists are somewhat helpful. - We...
What to eat in Chicago

What to eat in Chicago

  Dear Chicago, your food is so delicious. From the high to the low… I’m always excited to visit and always return to Boston 5lbs heavier. Thankfully I have in-laws and dear friends who live in Chicago, and at least once a year I get to put on a few...
Tour Guide: Pittsburgh

Tour Guide: Pittsburgh

Here is what I’d do in Pittsburgh over a long weekend (besides see a sports game and eat one of those sandwiches that have french fries on them). 1. The Andy Warhol Museum holds an extensive permanent collection of art /archives from the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon Andy Warhol. The collection covers the entire range of...
MixTape: Pittsburgh

MixTape: Pittsburgh

Our Pittsburgh Mix Tape shapes up nicely with an eclectic mix of artists from the Pittsburgh area. Click here to listen to our playlist. Wiz Khalifa: Cameron Jibril Thomaz is an American rapper known for his Pittsburgh anthem “Black and Yellow”. His video for the song was filmed in Pittsburgh and shows off many...
Charitable map prints for NY + NJ

Charitable map prints for NY + NJ

Places that I am close to have suffered terrible natural disasters as of late. First the earthquake in Haiti where I worked for Aid to Artisans, last year’s Hurricane Irene caused a terrible amount of destruction for my family in Vermont, now Hurricane Sandy all along the North East –...
What We'd Wear in pittsburgh : steelers edition

What We’d Wear in pittsburgh : steelers edition

Well I’d have to be dressed up for a Steelers game so black, red, yellow and blue it would be! 1. Here is a handmade Steelers cap for any lady Steeler fan. by Ebowsboutique 2. Retro Steelers scarf 3. A YINZ! tee-shirt by TeeRexSyndicate 4. You have to have a Terrible Towel 5....
Pittsburgh : Our Top 10 Bridges

Pittsburgh : Our Top 10 Bridges

A 2006 study concluded that Pittsburgh has over 446 bridges, beating Venice by 3 – I wonder how many they have 6 years later? The oldest bridge that is still in commission is the Smithfield Bridge (our number 9) which opened in 1883. Many of the cities bridges are painted that bright yellow gold,...
Pittsburgh : Food in da 'burgh

Pittsburgh : Food in da ‘burgh

I love to eat so our food posts are some of my favorites, I have to say Pittsburgh has some very yummy native foods. 1. IRON CITY BEER Every city should have their own beer. 2. ISALY’S CHIP CHOPPED HAM I made one of these sometime ago, (I’m sure the...
Oh Hello Pittsburgh!

Oh Hello Pittsburgh!

3 years ago I designed a pattern for Pittsburgh, PA – mainly because my friend JJ was a Steelers fan. The Steelers won the Superbowl, the print was on Design*Sponge and quickly our medium size print edition was sold out. For a few years we fielded sad emails from people...
Pattern Love : Reef Lobster

Pattern Love : Reef Lobster

Who wouldn’t love a polka-dotted reef lobster?
Home Sweet Home : my new desk

Home Sweet Home : my new desk

When we moved into our new victorian house we realized how little furniture we had. But, (because who needs a new leather couch anyway), we decided to spend 2 weeks traveling in Italy instead of buying new furnishings. I now spend my “free time” scouring craigstlist for pieces with good...
Polka Dot Pea Soup

Polka Dot Pea Soup

Since I was a wee lass my favorite vegetable has been the pea. When I was a young one I would only eat canned peas. Since then I’ve moved on to fresh and frozen. However, I have NEVER had pea soup. Something about it weirds me out. Apparently it is...
Top 10 : Netherlands

Top 10 : Netherlands

So far, we’ve gushed about the beautiful Spring color palette of Netherlands and lusted over the Gouda. Many of my friends have visited, so we think we have a pretty good idea of the must-sees (do we??). Here are some Dutch highlights we’re dying to experience : 1. Prinsengracht (Prince’s...
Tulipomania

Tulipomania

Interest in designing a Netherlands pattern was partly sparked by these images. A kaleidoscope of colors – it’s the perfect scene for a storybook-fantasy, fairy-land and not to mention these photographs are pattern heaven! This perspective is lovely as well: Fun fact… did you know? “Tulipomania” is legit? In the...

Featured Customer: Marcy

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Never know what to do with your old calendars after the new year comes around? JHill customer Marcy has sent us some photos of how she recycles our old calendars! Marcy and her daughter have an annual tradition of recycling our calendar and using each month’s pattern to make cards for grandma!

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Why not try out something similar yourself? Thanks Marcy!

Featured Customer: Ruth

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JHill Customer Ruth sent us some lovely photos of her sister Ann’s trek through Bale Mountain in Ethiopia and we just had to share! We love the contrast of gold and green in the flora of the countryside!

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A beautiful forest. Middle Earth for sure.

 

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(left) Harvesting by hand.
(right) “Walking our final day through small coolies… guide book said “Biblical landscape” and we had to agree.”

 

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Looking back over the pass.


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Thanks Ruth and Ann for these fabulous photos!

Check out JHill’s Ethiopia print inspired by bright mosaics and contrasting textiles.ruth-ethiopia-blog_07

Featured Customer: Kristen

kristen-blog_01Meet our next featured customer Kristen! Hear Kristen’s JHill personalized print story below.

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Kristen (left) and her sister Deanna.

In Kristen’s own words:

On July 9, 2011 my sister Deanna married the love of her life, Jeff. I was honored to serve in the wedding as her Matron of Honor, and my two little kids, Adam and Mae, were ring bearer and flower girl. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding, set on the historical Hendry House in Arlington, Virginia. Family and friends from New England, California, New Orleans, and beyond came to celebrate and dance the hot summer night away–so much dancing in fact that we separated the floor!

I gave the bride and groom my favorite choice for wedding presents: A JHill Print! I chose the Rome, Italy print as they had vacationed in Rome, Florence, and Cinque Terra the previous spring. The personalization is always the best as you can grab little moments of the wedding (if done after the fact) or create a touching tribute that captures the qualities of the couple.

- Kristen

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Kristen’s sister Deanna and her husband Jeff

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Featured Customer: Michelle

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Meet our first featured personalized print customer Michelle! Here is Michelle is on the left with a couple, Jinnefer and Aaron, who received Michelle’s personalized city print as a wedding gift, along with her husband Ray.
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In Michelle’s own words:

I first came across JHill Design on a blog back in 2010.  I loved her “Places I’ve Never Been” series, and was immediately drawn to her Bangkok print because I had studied abroad there, and then lived there for a year after college.  While poking around the website, I noticed the “Personalize” section with examples using different city patterns to memorialize engagements, weddings, births, etc., and I thought that one of these pieces would make such a nice wedding gift!  I love to give personal gifts when I can, especially to commemorate special occasions like weddings.  I gave my first print to a couple in 2010, and since then I would say my now husband and I have given at least 10 prints as wedding gifts.  I love choosing a pattern based on where the wedding is being held, the wedding colors, or something that is special and meaningful to the couple.  And then I try to personalize the text to match the couple as well.  The husband-to-be of one couple even said that the thing he was most excited for about his wedding (besides marrying his fiancé of course) was getting a print from me and my husband!  He couldn’t wait to see what we picked out for them.  This same couple had all their belongings in storage for a few months while house hunting, and their JHill print was the only piece of art they brought to hang in their temporary house.

I continue to give JHill prints as wedding gifts (three weddings this year!) and hope to be able to continue the tradition as our friends start to have babies, anniversaries, and special trips.  It’s so fun for me to choose something personal for the recipients, which is easy thanks to the variety of prints Jennifer has created.  And I know our friends appreciate the time and thought that went into choosing something unique just for them that no one else will have.  Then each time they look at it, they can remember the special day and the celebration with all their loved ones.  The only downside is that no one has given one to me and my husband!  Maybe I’ll get him one as an anniversary gift one year. :o)

Thank you!
-Michelle

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Boston Marathon Muse: Lauren Pedigo

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Meet our next Marathon Muse, Lauren Pedigo. She too is running for the One Fund and is almost at her goal of $12,000 (so amazing) help push her over the top here. Looking forward to making Lauren’s Personalized Marathon Print after she flies over that finish line! GOOD LUCK LAUREN!!

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Lauren in her One Fund uniform. GOOD LUCKY LAUREN!

In fifth grade, I ran my first race. It was the Miracle Mile at Southeastway Park in Indianapolis, an annual tradition where students who participate in intramurals at the Franklin Township elementary schools come together to race one another. I ran a 7:04 and placed fifth – I remember being completely exhausted and so proud of my shiny medal. After that day, I was hooked.

I ran track and cross country through middle school and high school and played basketball. One race during my senior year, I was ‘spiked’ in the back of my calf and my right shoe fell off midway into the 5K. Of course, I couldn’t let those girls pass me, so I picked it up and ran the last half with a single shoe.  Somehow, I set a personal best time! My Nana still the picture of that race – me in my FCHS uniform, running with one shoe and carrying the other — on her refrigerator. During track season, I was the chick volunteering to do the 2-mile race – that’s 8 laps around the track.  Distance running was my thing.  I loved the feeling of outlasting the competition, holding back at the beginning and knowing I’d catch ‘em by the end.

Throughout college and afterward, I continued running and have done three half marathons. Being from Indianapolis, running the Indy 500 Mini Marathon had to be my first.  Completing a marathon never really appealed to me until I moved to Boston.

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seriously, how cute is this little girl?

 

I moved to Boston shortly after I graduated from Butler University in 2012.  Indianapolis had been my home since the day I was born; Butler is a 25 minute drive from where I grew up.   I set my sights on a new adventure in Boston and in the sixteen months I’ve lived here, I’ve met people who will be lifelong friends. Boston gave me my first job, my first apartment, my first blizzard, my first lobstah roll and more New England escapades than I can count. It’s taken me by surprise how quickly this vibrant city found its way into my heart.

Last year, I was at work on Marathon Monday. Heartbreak didn’t pour into my life on April 15, 2013 like it did for thousands of other people. Yet, still, I received such an outpouring of support, just for living here — countless emails, text messages, hours of phone calls, cards, hugs and so much more. It felt like I wasn’t justified to receive such an immense amount of love. Other people needed it so much more than I did. But, there was a way to harness all this good and share it.

After the tragic events last year, I knew I had to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon.  It’s been an honor to be a member of the One Fund team. Long runs through Wellesley and 6am workouts on the icy New England streets have prepared me for Marathon Monday. But, witnessing generosity from people I’ve never met, feeling the undying support from my family and friends and seeing our team of strangers turn into close friends has made this experience so much more than I ever anticipated. Thank you all for being a part of this marathon journey; you’ve made it all worth it. At the time of this writing, I’m 88% to my goal of $12,000. If you’d like to make a donation to One Fund, you can here.

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Boston Marathon Muse: Cecille Joan Avila

MARATHON-MUSE-1_01 With 2014 Boston Marathon being the first year after last year’s bombing, emotions in the city have been running high. Launching our Personalized Boston Marathon print for runners has let me get to know a few amazing women that are running this years race, its been great to focus on the happiness around this Marathon. This week we are going to profile a few of the runners that we are doing personalized Boston Marathon Prints for, I’m so excited to have them share their stories here. With that… I introduce you to Cecille Joan Avila.

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Cecille Joan Avila in her 2014 Boston Marathon One Fund Shirt. Amazing and adorable.

 

Training started in January, and because I personally can’t do more than a mile on a treadmill without feeling like I’m totally losing it, I’ve been out running in the ice and snow and rain, so finally having nice weather has been a welcome treat!  This will be my first time running Boston, but it’s my fourth marathon and I’ve never been as diligent about running through the winter as I have been this year, so watching the winter melt away has been incredible and beautiful.  Some of my favorite runs have actually taken place during one of our many snowstorms, because the few people who are also out running ALWAYS exchange huge smiles as you pass.
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photo by Cecille

I currently live in Cambridge, so my daily runs take place along the Charles River.  I’ll either run towards the city or I’ll run towards Watertown, depending on how I feel.  Running along the river is nice because you don’t have to wait for as many stoplights or weave in and out of pedestrian traffic, and when you’re running between 4 – 8 miles before work, you just need to be able to get out there and go!

 

On the weekends, I’ve been joining my fellow One Fund teammates at the Marathon Sports stores in either Brookline or Wellesley and running along the course.  The first long run that I did back in January was out and back over the infamous Newton hills, so by now, the hills feel like old friends. We’ll see if that holds true on Marathon Monday though!

 

I grew up in Arlington, so I’ve always known people who were running the marathon and I personally have always wanted to run the Boston Marathon, even when I wasn’t interested in running and definitely thought people who ran 26.2 miles for fun were totally crazy.  I’m no speed demon, but I’ve always said that I was going to qualify for Boston under the strictest time qualifications and then run it.

 

Last year, I was working for the Boston Globe as a photo researcher.  The Globe always has photographers over every part of the course, and last year we had two photographers, as usual, at the finish line of the Marathon.  They did an incredible job both bearing witness and capturing what happened at the finish line with dignity and respect.  I’ve seen every single frame that all of our photographers took, from the excitement at the beginning in Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton, to the chaos and fear at the finish line.  I think those images are always going to be with me, and I knew I had to turn that into something positive or it was going to consume me.

Boston 2014: for The One Fund from Cecille Joan Avila on Vimeo.

 

So, even though I swore to myself that I was only going to run Boston when I had qualified, I decided that I was going to run the 2014 Boston Marathon no matter what.  There was no way I could run a BQ though, so the only way I was going to be part of this race was through a charity spot.  But while I supported all of the charities, I didn’t really feel connected to any of them enough to apply.  So I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do, until around Christmas, when I got an e-mail from Marathon Sports that said they were forming a marathon team to raise money for One Fund Boston.  The minute I read that, I knew that was the team I had to run for, because I wanted to help the people whose faces I’d never forget, and whose lives would never be the same again.  I wanted to run for One Fund Boston because running was something I loved, and if I could do good and run, especially when there were some people who wouldn’t be able to just get out of bed and run every day, why not?

 

I have a fundraising goal of $10,000 – which sounds like a lot when you’re 23, but in the grand scheme of some of the worst injuries suffered last year, it’s really nothing.  To date, my teammates and I have raised over $500,000.  And all of that money will be distributed to help survivors of last year’s bombings with follow-up surgeries, replacing prosthetic limbs, remodeling homes, and countless other things that I can’t even begin to think about, but that all need to be done to help get their lives back to some semblance of normal.

 

Running a marathon is a totally incredible experience, and I also think it’s totally insane.  There’s so much time that goes into training!  It’s also so hard on your body. But what’s incredible about marathons is that I really do think anyone can run one.  It might not be fast, and it might not be pretty, but you just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going, no matter what.  Especially with a course like Boston, you’ll find people – both on the sidelines cheering and fellow runners running – who help carry you through the moments where you think about stopping or quitting, until you can keep going by yourself.  It’s kind of like life.  I’d like to think you can really do anything if you want it badly enough.

 

Cecille’s Donation Page  /  Cecille’s Running Blog  / Follow Cecille on Twitter
THANKS CECILLE! Can’t wait to cheer her on from the sidelines on Monday!
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Boston Marathon Art Print

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Our studio is just a couple miles from the Boston Marathon finish line, it’s one of the things I look forward to every year. Especially this year when there will be more fans cheering on the runners than ever, (this year I’d hug every single runner if I could).

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We have been asked for a few years to add a Boston Marathon Map Print to our Boston Sports Map collection, and we are finally doing it. The cool thing is that we are personalizing our Boston Marathon Map Print for the runners. For the month of April we are offering free personalization on the Boston Marathon Map Print to runners (and those who want to give them a gift) with the code “RUN2014″.

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The idea came after my friend Holly had us do a series of Personalized Map Prints for her Marathon-running sister-in-law. It was really fun to do and the story the prints tell of travel and athleticism is really inspiring. We loved making the above prints for Tenely, here is a little about her running life:

“I’m Tenley Ludewig, 39, and I’ve been running since I started track in middle school.  I ran my first marathon at 28 when I learned a number of my friends had run them and I wanted to see if I could do one as well.  My first was the Marine Corps Marathon in my hometown of DC and it was memorable not only because it was my first but because my family all came out to cheer me on.  In the last five years, I have trained with Capital Area Runners, a group with a very established coach.  I have completed three more marathons during this time.  I hate training in the winter, so I have not raced Boston yet, but I will one day when I get a thick skin.  I enjoyed the last six miles of Boston helping my friend come in back in 2012 and that was exhilarating.”

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My favorite thing about this photo is that you can see Tenely’s running shoes.

 

For the month of April we are offering free personalization on the Boston Marathon Map Print to runners (and those who want to give them a gift) with the code “RUN2014″. There is also a unpersonalized version of the Map for those who love the Marathon as much as I do to add to their collection.

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Watch us make our The Bronx Map Print

The Making of The Bronx Map PrintI’m so excited that we finally did this! We took a little video of how we make the maps for our City Maps series. First we draw the neighborhood map (not shown because it takes for-ever), the we make the drawings into clipping paths. Next we import jpgs of our patterns until the whole map is bursting with bright JHill pattern. Here you can see how Juliana made our new map for The Bronx.

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Here is a look at the final The Bronx Map Print. We also just finished maps for St Louis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Coming up next… Austin and Dallas! Which city would you want a neighborhood map print for?

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Fear of Flying Hypnosis App

How I beat my fear of flying with hypnosis
I’ve dealt with anxiety issues my entire life and my fear of flying is an extension of that. At one time it was about being trapped in a metal tube, but now it’s more about me being a control monster, (if I could just sit in the cockpit and know what is going on I’d be fine). I spent my last flight quietly sobbing with every little plane movement. So… you can imagine how EXCITED I was when my husband surprised me with plane tickets to California for our wedding anniversary!

Last year a session of hypnosis with a therapist helped me with a sudden panic attacks while driving on the highway. I thought I’d try this for my flying fear / control issues. I called a hypnosis clinic in Boston and was quoted $2k – $3k. That price may have knocked the flying fear out of me right there.

How I beat my fear of flying with hypnosis

So I turned to iPhone apps. Most concentrated on learning how planes fly. This didn’t help me – I’m not an idiot and I know flying is super safe (despite disappearing planes). I understand how planes work and that they don’t fall out of the sky. I know what all those noises are. I know turbulence happens mostly over mountains and water.

Then I found this Fear of Flying Hypnosis app and it was FREE. I listened to it 3 times before we flew and then while we were taking off and periodically when we were in the air. I was calmer than I’ve been on Xanax at anytime in my life. So calm that it freaked my husband out. The women’s voice is kind of crazy and awesome. She leads you through a relaxation exercise first. Then she does a visualization exercise of you being at the airport, getting on the plane, flying. She talks about the pilots being trustworthy, that you don’t need to worry about anything… I was able to get into it and relax and it totally worked.

I was so calm that when I saw another plane flying next to us out my window at 35,000 ft I only thought “COOL! “and not… “ummmm should I be able to see another plane out my window?”

I enjoyed both the flight there and the return flight. I loved looking out the window. I loved the moon-like rockies and the patterned fields of the midwest mixed with snow. I was really happy and it made a huge difference in our vacation. I don’t know if I’m “cured”, but I don’t fear our next flight and I plan to use this app in the future. If you have a fear of flying I suggest you give it a try, or find a therapist who does hypnosis in your area.

 

mankas’ boatsman quarters

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This year my husband surprised me with a trip to California for our 5 year wedding anniversary. The best part…  our sister-in-laws offered to watch our three year old for a night so we could getaway. We decided to drive about an hour and a half north of San Francisco to Mankas in Inverness. After calling and having the rooms described to me (which I LOVED having done) we decided to splurge and stay in the Boatsman Quarters and it didn’t disappoint. We also had dinner at their sister restaurant Sir and Star in Marin, which was delicious.

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A six foot clawfoot tub, frette robes and dim lighting.

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The painted floor in the bathroom. I love how the stencil was done with stain so that the natural wood texture peeks through.

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This little resting nook reminded me of the sunroom at my Gramma’s where she would go “lay on the divan to rest her eyes”.

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View from the bathroom

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Sitting quarters. Those chairs were incredibly comfortable, we’ve already sourced them for our living room.

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We were lucky and the bottom of the house wasn’t rented, so we got to use the pier.

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Two words will get me to spend a lot of money… “outdoor shower”.

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Their acclaimed breakfast dropped quietly at your door.

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The view from the outdoor shower. It was a little cool outside, but the sun was shining, the water was warm and the air smelled of our wood fire. I could have stayed in here all day.

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Globes et poisson.

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turn down service avec carmels.

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The best bedroom nook. The bed was like sleeping on magical clouds.

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Morning fire

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This view…

rested and refreshed.

LOVING: sweaty wisdom

sweaty wisdom

I’ve seen this “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce” mug everywhere and I love it. It is created by Sweaty Wisdom, (witty remarks from the yoga mat), visit their Etsy shop where there are more treasures to be had. I need to remember that “Oprah Wasn’t Built in a Day” and I would like someone to whisper “Your Fear is Full of Shit” in my ear on repeat as I am flying (and TERRIFIED) home from San Francisco today .  *ps… still listening to ‘Yonce’s visual album on repeat. current favs: Mine and Flawless.sweaty wisdom

the hustle: watercolor trials

watercolor painting

One ways I’ve been breaking free from my creative block is stepping away from computer illustration. I love my vectors, but it is time to incorporate more into them. My goal is to take some of my favorite existing patterns / places and recreate them using different methods such as watercolor, paper marbling, and printmaking.

dr ph martins watercolor

I started with watercolor. Here is what I learned:

1. It’s hard

2. I’m a massive control freak

3.There is no controlling watercolor (for the beginner at least). It’s basically the opposite of working in illustrator for me.

watercolor painting

As fate would have it my new studio mate is illustrator extraordinare Julia Denos. We have spent afternoons painting together, with her teaching me painting tricks and I educating her on InDesign and going to a spa.  I have loved every minute of it. I’ve scanned these watercolor paintings and work will them into a totally new design for the Fairbanks, Alaska pattern – an imagined vacation to see the aurora borealis. And I’ll keep on painting, because I’ve barely scratched this surface.

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moodboard: cape town, south africa

cape town south africa travel print cape town city print

The Cape Town, South Africa City Print pattern was inspired photos of sunlight glittering on ocean waves. Dancing bits of light in rays of sunshine. Magical right? I can almost feel the sun while imagining itcape town city print cape town city print

LOVING: kellyn walker

kellyn walker graphic design

One night, while laying in bed perusing graphic design on Pinterest, (a favorite pre-bedtime activity), I came across the work of graphic designer Kellyn Walker. I was so inspired! I’ve been killing my creative block by incorporating more handmade elements, scanned objects and collage-ness to my patterns and designs. She does it so very well. Check out her very inspiring Pinterest boardskellyn walker graphic design kellyn walker graphic design

THE HUSTLE: CREATIVE MOVIES online

creative movies netflix and amazonLast month I had some surgery, (deviated septum, an adnoidectomy – life changing, email me if you have any questions about having it done), and spent about a week and a half sleeping off pain killers and watching movies. I have been going through a bit of a creativity crisis and watching so many great process movies and biopics has really helped (God bless my Netflix, HuluPlus and Amazon Prime accounts). Here are some of my favorites that I watched while convalescing.

1. BILL CUNNINGHAM’S NEW YORK // I’ve watched this multiple times and never tire of it. “Fashion is the armor to survive the everyday life”. (netflix)

2. BASQUIAT // The story of Basuait’s rapid rise to fame. Plus David Bowie puts in an amazing performance as Andy Warhol. (netflix)

3. SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S // The history of the store and the making of their holiday windows peppered with interview from fashion’s frontrunners. (netflix)

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4. GREGORY CREWDSON, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS // The process behind the making of Crewdson’s elaborate movie-esque photos. (netflix)

5. MARC JACOBS + LOUIS VUITTON // My favorite all time process movie. Watch Marc design multiple collections and throw a killer halloween party. I’ve watched this a billion times. (youtube)

6. THE RACHEL ZOE PROJECT  // I am SO SAD that this show was cancelled. I love how honest Zoe is, especially in the last season as she becomes a working mom, insecure in her work and trying to balance everything. I totally relate. Plus she is quite funny and the fashion is to die for. (amazon)

Any creative documentaries that I missed that I need to see? let me know!