Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design. Show all posts

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy 100th Post!

What a way to start the week, with my 100th post. I was going to write a post filled with my future jewelery shoppe, when the hubby said... you must do a recap! (I guess someone has been reading my blog posts.) So I thought, ya that's a great idea, a little more work - as we're trying to get out the door after dinner for the night, but I will do it. So here goes, a recap of what I yammered on about for the last 100 posts:

1. My First Blog Post (November 14, 2011) - Looking back now, it's hard to believe that it all started with a short piece about me and a dream to achieve. I'm still working towards it but that reminder of what I was after gives me the "kick in the butt" I've been needing lately to get things rolling again! Just two short posts later (The Start of a New Business), I created my first product - hoping it would one day meet the world of Etsy.

2. For the rest of 2011, I introduced you to the hubby, began my "Favorites Friday" posts and we were starting to house shop once again, with the possibility of building. Who knew we would be where we are now - in another renovation, but still loving every minute of it.

I shared one of our favorite recipes - MMM... No Yeast Cinnamon Buns!

3. In January, I promised my pinning attempt once a week! What was I thinking? Okay, I'm sorry, I have failed at this... but I want to get back at it starting this week, in fact last night I successfully completed a pin attempt... I will have to share later! As well, the start of the year shared lots of interior photos, favorite items of mine and recipes... I was on a roll.

4. Let's not forget, I started to show you the before and after of the cape cod! And, as the hubby nicely reminded me tonight... I still need to finish sharing them!

My epic fail at making yarn covered earrings. (Pin Attempt - Paperclip Earrings)

5. In April, I took on a new logo design for a local photography company - Fine Photos Logo Design.  In my opinion it was a huge success and one of my favorite logos to date! I absolutely loved the challenge and had fun incorporating all of my client's ideas!

And, of course I shared The Best Pizza Dough Recipe Ever!
Which we will be trying shortly with whole wheat flour, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Looking back, I just fell in love with hundreds of items over again - did I ever tell you I am obsessed with interior design and furniture. Other than that, the rest of the season was quite a blur. I took the summer off because of absolute craziness in our lives and nicely just got back on here with you. But, I can say I'm proud that I have been able to stick to it for 100 posts and hopefully there are that and many more ahead. Here's to another 100 posts... and a thanks for sticking it through with me and giving me a reason to follow my dreams... Cheers!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Fine Photos Final Logo & Other Such Things

Happy Monday!

Okay not really. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know that I absolutely don't mean that - Monday's make me want to work that much harder at martha.anne so that one day I can kick the day job... well at least a full-time one.

While I spent my Monday staring at a computer screen pumping out uncreative (well at least to me) pieces of marketing material, both online and offline... I dream of a beautiful home, cooking, being creative, making things... I dream of waking up and enjoying my work day at home in the most amazing office with my cat beside the computer and my dog at my feet... THEN, I realize I'm at work and reality hits me... and yet it's only 10am. UGH!

I know I'm not the only one that spends the work week dreaming away...


And, tonight I made a step in the right direction. The logo for Fine Photos has been completed and I have put the disc together... I will be dropping it off to one very happy client tomorrow after work! Here's what was decided on (after showing you the different logo designs presented):

And, that's my Monday. And of course, I had a very relaxing weekend, stayed in my pj's as much as possible and went for a second look at a very amazing stone home that we are looking at purchasing. Did I mention it was built in 1836? And, it's complete heaven.

Anyways, try and have an amazing work week! :D
I know I'll do my best.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fine Photos Logo Design

I mentioned yesterday how excited I was to get back to work (martha.anne) and that is definitely what I did. Before I left for Vegas, I was approached to do a logo for a local photography company. After discussing my logo package, I had to put the design on hold until I got back. The deal was, they would get three designs to choose from and after choosing one, they would have five edits they could make. I had them answer a survey about what they were looking for, amongst their answers - colors: black & purple, adjectives that describe the logo: cool yet elegant, attracts your eye, modern, flowing, classic/classy, AND feeling it will portray: professional, established and very creative. Anyways, I've heard back already and they love the designs I came up with. Of course, they chose my favorite, the one with the tree but, tell me below which one is your favorite…

1. The Tree

2. The Owl

3. The Vintage Sign

I will definitely post the final results when I'm finished. But for now, I'm taking into account her edits and making way for the final logo.

For more information on logo designs and other services, please see my pricing.

Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm Dying for a Dream Home

If you follow me on Pinterest, you will notice quickly that most of my pins are in the Dream Home or For the Home boards. I am addicted to houses and can only hope to one day own something so amazing inside. Right now, we continue to push buyers through our home and hope for an offer! On the other hand, we have found the perfect country home, located on 1.6 acres, brick and a large outer shed (currently used for bands to put on shows) that my hubby wants for a wood shop and antique restoration area! Oh I'm in heaven. Inside the home boasts three sets of stairs! There are old original wood floors, at least 10 foot ceilings, original huge trim and more. Did I mention there is a clawfoot tub in the upstairs bathroom and built in cabinetry in the dining room? The character is endless and it is essentially the perfect property for us. And, even better, it comes in well under our next house budget! That means a dream kitchen will be going in shortly after purchase... Ahh... to dream. The bummer, we have to sell our house before they will accept an offer! So, now we play the waiting game and I continue to dream. So, here are a few of my latest pins that will work perfectly in this home we hope to soon call our own.

Bright, Bold & Beautiful

The brick wall in the house is red, but I absolutely love what they have done here with the brick. The way they have framed it, it looks like a piece of art. The house has the exact same character. I love the dining room table as well, and wouldn't mind having one!

Palm Design Group

The colors in this bathroom would be perfect for the upstairs bath. The floors could be updated up there so these would definitely work. It is a large bathroom so the lighter colors will make it seem huge! I would love to put in a large vanity in this color. The best part about this house is nothing has to be done right away, so we can take our time and find the perfect things to transform it into the house we've always wanted.

Jenny Steffens

Oh tray ceilings.... I'm in love. And guess what? No it doesn't have tray ceiling, but it does have beams running run way across the kitchen ceiling! Yay! That means we can either turn it into the ceilings in this picture, or into the ones in the first picture above. Either way, it would look fantastic. Oh and not to mention, this kitchen would look just fine. ;o)


If there's something I love about an old home, it's the mudroom. It seems that country homes know how to do it right and I would love to put some amazing storage like this in the house. Of course, that would be the main entrance we would use, so function is a must. I love how the shoes store behind the doors, it's functional and holds amazing character at the same time.

Pottery Barn
Furniture. I have a list already rolling out for the hubby and this would be a must. I originally wanted a dining room table that would be round like this one, but I think I'd love it for the coffee table instead. Along with a coffee table, a bed frame, dresser, dining room table and even the kitchen dining table are on the list of to do's for this woman's hubby! He is so excited to possible have this huge woodshop and I'm ready to give him a huge list of projects to enjoy it!

While I keep dreaming of the possibilities, keep your fingers crossed that it can one day be ours! The character is absolutely amazing, but I'm actually looking forward to concentrating on the blog, making the Etsy Shoppe products, finally having a garden again and picking up our antiquing love we once had! So, fingers crossed it will soon be ours. In the meantime, have a great week out there and be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baby Shower Photocard Reveal

A few weeks back I shared "It's a Baby Shower Photocard" but wasn't able to show the final card chosen, just in case the expecting parents saw it. Now, I've been given the go ahead and am not waiting any longer. I showed you the other designs I had came up with and then my client shared a link to a design they had liked. (you can see it here) I went ahead and turned it into this:

Too cute! I had a blast doing it and I'm happy to say that my design services are needed again for a business card. I can't wait. If you or someone you know is looking for more information on the design services at martha.anne, be sure to direct them to my Facebook page, pricing information or have them contact me.

Cheers! :o)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

And the Pins Continue...

I was going to do a before and after tonight, but thought I'd change it up and post my last five pins on Pinterest. I haven't had a lot of time on it lately and I really miss it. I can't wait for life to slow down... then again, I don't think it ever will! On the upside, today brought exciting news. As my "work" day came to a close I was asked to travel to San Francisco! I've never been so excited, only I wish the hubby could join me. The problem is, we just bought his plane ticket to join me in Vegas when I go on my other "work" trip. Hmm... We'll see if I can bat my eyes enough to get him to come!! :o) After all, it was only a couple of weeks ago when he said he wasn't going to Vegas again this year... and look at the plans now. Anyways, onto my post, here are my last five random pins on Pinterest:

1. FREE printable labels, templates, cards, etc... Gotta check it out!

everything etsy

2. DIY "Love" Dry Erase Message Board.

a content housewife

3. Amazing open kitchen & living room.

laura lee clark - interior design

4. Simple gray bath, curtain and sconces.

flickr - margot austin window shower

5. DIY Pillow Mattresses.

no rest for the creative

That's it - if you follow me on Pinterest, I apologize for the lack of amazing pins! ;o) And before I forget, we have news on the home front. It turns out if we sell our home, we'll be homeless... okay, not so much. But, the house we had our eye on didn't work out so now we're continuing the search! And, yes... back to the idea of building! Eeks... it's the never ending roller coaster. Anyways, I'll keep you posted. Have a great night.

Friday, February 17, 2012

It's "Favorites Friday" | Ikea Kitchens

An extra long weekend for me, I thought I'd get my Friday post wrapped up early! This weekend brings all final touches to the house, a massive cleaning and moving of unneeded options to the in-laws basement! You guessed it, the listing agent comes Wednesday to take pictures and put the sign in the front lawn. It's hard to believe it's already here. So, while I missed my pin attempt this week, I certainly can't miss Favorites Friday. Last weekend we stopped by the new Ikea in Ottawa and I fell in love with a few pieces they have, as well as a few kitchens... so, today's subject is five favorite Ikea kitchens. Enjoy!

Trendy Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Designs

White Ikea Kitchen

Chad Eisner Trendy Ikea Kitchen Cabinets Design

Family Kitchen Design by Ikea

White Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

Okay, so if you haven't guess it I'm pretty much a sucker for white kitchens... although gray is slowly growing on me! The second picture is my absolute favorite, while it came up as an Ikea Kitchen, I'm not 100% it is after analyzing it... SO, I apologize if it isn't... but it's just so beautiful! And of course the last one with the mix of grays and white is beautiful! Have a great weekend out there... if I find time I'll try and make up for my missed pin attempt post and do it on the weekend... if not, see ya Monday...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's a Baby Shower Photo Card!!

So I was approached the other night by a certain someone requesting a baby shower photo card. I'm not sure if it's a surprise or not, so I've changed all information and names on them. They requested sheep and pastels at first, so I put together this one:
Baby Lamb Photo Card
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Then, my hubby thought why not use the babies current nickname and make a really fun one that is completely different, so I came up with this one:
Baby Duckling Photo Card
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Then, I spoke to that someone one more time and she pointed me to a website that had an invite in browns with sheep. She wanted the same colors and idea. So, I turned it into my own interpretation and can't wait to share the results... (it's a secret for now!!)

She loved it! So excited, I haven't been promoting my design/marketing business at all this year and I was very excited to fulfill the challenge. Now, if I could only get more ambition to create these more often without the requests! I will post the chosen card in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for it!!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Love It or List It

Based is Toronto, Ontario, Love It or List It is my absolutely favorite home show. The only default about it is I wish they had more episodes!! I'm addicted to the designs and seeing inside all of the homes. If I were to choose anyone to design my home, it would be Hilary Farr and her crew! Anyways, enough said, if you haven't caught it yet, be sure to look for it. Until then, here are a few of her designs... (and a little peak at heaven!)

Barrett Family

Dan & Rich

Shaver Family

Coughlan Family

I'm totally obsessed. Now, if only there was way to get them to come to where I live. :o)
Anyways, Happy Monday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Target Design by The Yellow Cape Cod.

As I logged into Facebook this morning, I received this blog post in my feed from The Yellow Cape Cod: Design Plan - Target Style. At first I thought there is no way this is going to look like a high end design with such a low cost, but I was fooled. A design made from Target, West Elm and Ikea.

Design Plan - Target Style

I adore the gray and white pallet with a splash of yellow. Of course, you could swap out the yellow for any color, but those yellow flower pillows are to die for. I think they add a splash of fun to a such a sophisticated design. I absolutely love everything about it and to tell you the truth, my husband is very lucky we only have Ikea in Ontario! :) So, for now I'll just share and dream. Go ahead and check out the post for yourself.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Beautiful Nursery.... From Jenny Steffens Hobick

I know I don't have kids or any plans for one in the near future, but I couldn't help but go gaga over Emma's Nursery by Jenny Steffens Hobick. Soft & cuddly, pale blue & cream, lambs & sheep. It's absolutely adorable with that baby feel in a modern cozy setting. Anyways, I'll stop bragging about the beautiful work she did and just show you a few of my favorite pictures she posted. (Be sure to go over and check out her Beautiful Nursery Post for yourself!)

A Beautiful Nursery by Jenn Steffen Hobick
This looks so cozy, I want one for myself.

Love this wardrobe!
Soft & cuddly, pale blue & cream, lambs & sheep.
Love the bag!

Okay... for all you expecting mothers out there, I hope you enjoyed these pics as much as I did... or even those of you who just love exploring through the cute baby ideas that are out there!! :o)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen.

The heart of the home - a big beautiful white kitchen. When looking at a house it's all about the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. With so many ways to design and make all of these areas masterpieces to share with the world... yes even the room with your toilet.... I can't help but to obsess over a white kitchen. So, here are a few I've found lately that have me day dreaming...

White Kitchen with Coffer Ceiling
White Kitchen with Butcher Block Top Island
White Kitchen with Gray Walls
White Kitchen with Subway Tile
White Kitchen with Dark Wood Island

And there you have it... some of the greatest white kitchens out there! Now I must go and dream a little more! Be sure to share links to your favorites kitchens in the comments below!