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I’m Katie, a graphic designer who mostly somersaults through life. My blog is all about things that inspire me – be it art, design, or other snippets i find along the way.

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seek and you shall find

this is how i’ve felt for the past 8 months – seeking, searching, looking to find my place again after being laid off. and finally, after countless interviews and far too much stress,  a new opportunity fell out of the sky and landed right into my lap. lesson learned: good things happen when you are patient and have faith.

as promised, here’s some details about my new job…

#1. it’s located in a renovated house on Grand Avenue, that was built in 1913. i LOVE houses with character! oh, and they share the house with an architect firm. how cool is that?

#2. it’s a really small firm, with only two other designers besides myself. they have a really good reputation in the design community, and work with some really great clients including Django, Raccoon River, Centro, Hotel Fort Des Moines, Gateway Market, Principal Financial Group….To view examples, check out their website at conyersdesign.com

#3. and last but not least…i’m so excited to be designing again! Yay!!!  :)

creative block?

creative block, you say? here’s a link to some great advice from some fellow creative souls: ISO50

kudos to chocolate

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not only does Theo Chocolate come in the most perfectly designed packaging, but is also the first organic and fair-trade chocolate factory in the U.S. to top it off, they use green energy practices and sustainable packaging /printing. who says that chocolate can never be guilt-free?

calendar love

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these new seasonal calendars from Elum would be just the ticket to jazz up a desk space. and what’s not to love about letterpress.

notecards

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new notecards up in my Etsy shop! more artwork to be added soon. you can check it out here.

craft saturday

I manged to convince Tony to hit up the Craft Saturday event with me this past weekend. We braved the rain to have breakfast at Centro [best food EVER!] and then made our way down to 4th and Court to check out the handmade wares. OH MY GOODNESS for cool stuff. I was in heaven and spent far too much money for my own good.

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Some of the goods include scarf from Urbanestics (see pics I posted from flickr below), a sweet apron from Rustbelt Fiberwerks, and some jewelry from LTj designs. Anyways, I think they hold these a few times a year and you can be sure I won’t miss the next one! It totally inspired me to go home and create more of my own work. who knows, maybe someday I’ll be the one setting up a booth… :)

i (heart) this

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It’s true love all the time at Dahl & Dane. How cool would it be to have a custom t-shirt made?! Although their shirts are a little pricey, they vow to cut and stretch the silkscreens from scratch and to use only organic cotton. That’s what I call spreading the love! I just might have to cave for an ‘I heart DSM’ tote bag.