In America, anything is popsicle.
From the top of the pile of things made in-house this month.
1. L&R ad for Revue Magazine
2. Best of Creston - Thank You! "sticker"
3. The Original Back to the 90's Party (#3)
4. The Rushouse @ Best of Creston - 8.19.17
5. Logan's Alley - WMEAC Green Drinks
6. L&R - We're Closed
7. Logan's Alley - 2nd Annual Harvest Festival
8. The Original Back to the 90's Party (#4)
After the last few weeks (months?) I am now seeing the world in shades of blue. I don't want to upload the full weight of everything I've made for the Best of Creston event coming up this Saturday, but I still want to show off some of the stuff from the top of the pile. Everything about organizing this event has been an incredible learning experience, both in how much a dedicated group of people can accomplish against the odds and in a pretty short amount of time and how much I am capable of taking on, on my own, all at once. I've touted the phrase 'Do Everything' for a lot of years and, for the first time, I think I've got a grasp on just how much everything I can do. I am so proud of this event and everyone who put in the time to pull this thing together. The Creston neighborhood in Grand Rapids, MI is an incredible place with a vibrant, enticing history that is just begging to be explored, re-imagined, and preserved.
Years ago, in the midst of pulling my life back together on the other side of an illness that knocked me down for longer than I would have liked, I got a job at Graydon's Crossing. At the time, I seriously thought it was a dead end job in an unfamiliar part of town, far away from everything I had known for the last few years. What I say next, I mean with deadly sincerity: I couldn't have been more wrong. I came to Creston directionless and without ambition, wandering around wondering what I was going to do next. Cut to now, and I'm on a career path that envelops my whole heart, I've met friends that I will know for the rest of my life. I've experienced love and loss and inspiration unmatched by almost anything I have felt before, and it is all because I walked into Graydon's, resume in hand, on the right day and asked for a job.
I think everyone should take that chance. There is nothing more invigorating than not knowing what you're walking into, and that is exactly what we're offering this Saturday in my favorite neighborhood.
I am so proud to be among the Best of Creston.
I got to design a GIRL SCOUTS BADGE! Lions & Rabbits got the opportunity to create our own Art Merit Badge which will actually be earned and worn on sashes and everything. I took inspiration from some old ones I found on the internet (after getting lost a while in the “vintage scout badges” Google image search). I left out a lot of detail and leaned on simplicity wherever possible in planning for the size of the stitching on such a small patch. While I was working on it, Harper (who turns 8 next week) came up and wanted to draw what I was doing, which seemed pretty fitting for a project like this.
I love this little guy. I made up this package over the last two days for an event Logan's Alley is having with Paws with a Cause and Dogfish Head brewing later this month (actually a really awesome sounding event, even to someone who doesn't drink, because dogs.) The very first things that happened in my imagination when I was going over the event info was this new best friend trotting up to my mind's eye with a weird, fishy smile on his face like it was last call at the bar. A little weird? Probably. But I love my new drunken fish-dog.
(Click my tipsy little buddy for the full package. I came up with the event title myself and I am way too proud.)