Pickin’ UP Stuff

vintage paper

Another antique market find. The Zanol Product Company made a little bit of everything including needles. Inside of the card is an even tinier envelope filled with sewing needles.

Fell in love with these Victorian trade cards from Dilworth’s Coffee. Edward Dilworth Latta was one hell of a traveling salesman. He built a southern empire in not just one industry but several. Surprised Starbucks hasn’t created ad campaigns like this… collectable trading cards. These are just down right gorgeous.

Vintage Direct Mail


I’m addicted to vintage advertising. I found this piece in a cigar box at the Grayslake Antique Market. The thoughtful design, unique illustration and of course the printed details made me buy the entire lot. It’s all in the details right? Silver shimmery ink for the S. C. Schwartz Co. Must have been some fancy pants.

I’m not sure about the kick in the butt message though.


Back to the drawing board

time to sharpen the pencils
time to sharpen the pencils

After a wonderful year off, it’s time to go back to the other work. Honestly, the boss was a bit of a baby. 🙂 And the new Associate Boss (his partner in crime) is an even bigger baby. I needed to pick this guy up at the antique fair in Mundelein. My  fancy pants pencils from World Market were meant to sit cozy in matching dusty value.

Mustache Bash

For the greatest baby little man in the world, we are throwing a Mustache Bash. We started with the invites and everything design-y that we can do here and there along the way. I finally hit a snag. Our car isn’t large enough to accommodate the plywood needed for our backdrop photo prop. We’ve seen a ton all over Pinterest and our favorite blogs. A Subtle Revelry has one that is fun. This one is what I am hoping to make.

More templates and party pieces here.

Thank you. I appreciate art in every attempt entirely because it is subjective. I don’t get it sometimes. I don’t even think it needs to be a ~think piece. Does it add value or relevance or connect…? That’s it. I appreciate the need for a history. 500+ years of evolution has an impact on more than life itself- the education and communication of art can follow suit too. Mona had her day in the light. Let’s please move forward.


Dancers on a Plane by Jasper Johns

Once again, I feel compelled to address some claims made by the art critic Jonathan Jones at The Guardian.  This time, Jones has written a piece attacking Banksy.  This in itself is not the problem.  The problem is that the attack makes very little sense under close examination.

Here is the crux of Jones’s argument:

Some art can exist just as well in silence and obscurity as on the pages of newspapers. The Mona Lisa is always being talked about, but even if no one ever again concocted a headline about this roughly 510-year-old painting it would still be as great. The same is true of real modern art. A Jasper Johns painting of a network of diagonal marks surrounded by cutlery stuck to the frame, called Dancers On a Plane – currently in an exhibition at the Barbican – was just as real, vital and profound when…

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Chicago’s Dining Room

Chicago’s Dining Room would look like this.

Dining Room Dining Room

Elsa Peretti® Bean® frame & 10” Classic candlesticks from Tiffanys.com

Calico Corners Wayfarer Fabric Collection from

Nate Berkus™ Loden Jute Rug – Blue from Target.com
Parsons Reclaimed Russian Oak Dining Table from Restorationhardware.com
42″ French Library Shelving Polished Stainless Steel from Restorationhardware.com
Looks like a shiny new skyscraper

Magenta Bike Plates (Set of 4) from Nordstrom.com
Stuart Compact Mission Chandelier from Rejuvination.com

Vintage lion’s head door knockers from ebay, etsy & Snapdeal

Cupid’s Kitchen


Candlestick Floor Lamp Polished Nickel with Linen Shade – Restoration Hardware
Rococo Floral Etched Mirror – Restoration Hardware
stainless steel shiny wine coaster – CB2
antique-silver-salt-pepper-shakers – Pottery Barn
Ribbon Heart Plate – Anthropologie
Apron – Anthropologie
Marquee Arrow Light – Urban Outfitters

Just Like You

Small just like you
Small just like you

I’ve started working with local startups in the Chicagoland area and have quickly found that creativity goes a long way. Understanding niche markets or specialized industries and small budgets can separate me from the fancy- pants, name brand marketers.  I get your community. I love your work and I shop where you sell.  It’s nothing new. It is simple and overlooked though.  “Just Like You” campaign focuses on creative marketing and design for small businesses- that I personally like. Over the course of 6 months, I started creating small pieces to display in local hotspots that I frequent like a fabric store, woodworking shop and general art studio. I used to sell life insurance at dinnertime when I was 17.  I don’t like soliciting and cold calling. I know you don’t either. It just makes more sense to do what you do in the environments that you actually like and you’ll actually love what you do.

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