Thursday, September 11, 2014

I am never cutting my hair again

I cut my hair last winter and I've been regretting it deeply ever since. I drew this as a little reminder to myself whenever the scissors start calling my name, maybe it'll come in handy for someone else with a similar love/hate relationship (love before the cut, hate for months -- possibly years -- afterwards) with haircuts. Prints are available in my flapper doodle etsy shop here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mini Time Machines to the 90's

My Time Machine to the 90's is now available in a miniature size! These nostalgia kits come in a plastic cassette tape box. They're packed with stickers, trading cards, buttons, candy and more -- plus they come with the same 90's playlist that you get with the larger kits.

So what's the difference between the two sizes? For starters, this one is half the cost and you pay over 50% less postage. They're light enough that they can be shipped by first class mail so I can pass on that savings to you! They're pretty small, so they are perfect stocking stuffers! And if you're been on the fence about buying the larger kit, this is a great way to get a little taste of what you'd be getting.

That being said - the larger kits are definitely more "time machine", whereas these are a bit more "flashback" -- if that makes sense. I can fit larger items (like beanie babies and boy band posters!) in the pencil boxes and, in general, just more fun stuff! The original time machine definitely packs more of a punch. Either way, both kits are great gifts for 90's-loving girls, or a fun indulgence for your own 90's-loving heart.

They're available at Sweet and Lovely here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Birthday editions of the 90's Time Machine kits

My Time Machines to the 90's are perfect birthday presents for 90's kids (or just anyone obsessed with the decade!) so I thought it would be a nice idea to offer ready-made birthday versions of the kits.

This version comes already wrapped in 90's wrapping paper, with a Lisa Frank gift tag. Inside your recipient will find all of the normal accoutrements found in my regular time machines, with the added bonus of a birthday pop-a-point pencil and bookmark, too! They're available at Sweet and Lovely (which just got an ever-so-tiny facelift, by the way!) right here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Evolution of a blog header

I recently completed a new blog design for Solanah at Vixen Vintage (more on that later!) When I was cleaning up my folder afterwards, I realized I had created 13 different images before finally landing on the header used in the final design. I thought it would be fun to share that process here, and a few more of my blog headers from the last year or so!

The design for The Soubrette Brunette started out as a pencil sketch and, remarkably, ended up almost exactly the same once it was finished. Just a few tweaks here and there, like adding the tulle skirt and switching up the way I drew the nose. And adding color, of course. I love fiddling with a design and adding a touch here or there to make it perfect, but there's something to be said for a design coming out the way I wanted it to right from the get-go!

Last year my brother and I took a road trip and documented it on a private blog to share with our parents. Naturally I decided it needed a custom header (and background.. and layout..) and I was so happy with how it turned out. Tilting the text and adding a drop shadow was such a simple touch but I love the effect so much.

My header design for Hello Cat Lady was, like The Soubrette Brunette, another one where my first draft & final copy were pretty similar. I still love looking at the evolution from the pencil sketch to the finished digital image.

Turn any fan club pin into a patch

I've had a lot of requests for fan club patches, so I'm happy to announce that I am now offering sew-on embroidered patches at Your Fan Club! You can turn any pin design into a patch, and I'm also offering 4 for the price of 3, as well! You can check out the listing here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Your Fan Club shop update

I just added sixteen new designs to Your Fan Club. Most of these were requests, but I have to admit, the potato and garlic pins were mostly for me. I'm attending a garlic festival this weekend and I simply had to make a pin for the occasion.

In honor of Robin Williams, all of the profits from the sale of his fan club pins will be donated to one of his favorite charities, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

The pins are available at Your Fan Club here.

New flapper doodle collar clips

Brand new collar clips at Flapper Doodle. I love the idea of the chain being an important part of the collar clip design (like my telephone clips) and I'm working on more products like this, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cover design for Darkness Descends on Princeton

A few months ago I had the distinct pleasure of designing the book cover for Darkness Descends on Princeton, a 1930's murder mystery by Jeff Jacobs. I finally received a print copy and it looks even better than I could have imagined.

The layout was inspired by 1960s mass market paperbacks with small titles on the front and one stark image to represent the story. Being a native Princetonian, I decided to incorporate the iconic Nassau Hall building and Princeton Tigers stripes and colors for a bold cover, and I had some fun with the dot over the building which could simultaneously serve as a bullet or the moon.

My ties to the book aside, it's a really fine work of literature that I highly recommend. The concept is brilliant, placing all of the familiar faces from 1930's classic movies (Peter Lorre, Edna May Oliver, Charles Coburn, etc.) smack dab into a murder mystery set in 1939 Princeton. There's Nazi intrigue, witty dialogue,  clever repartee, and it's exceptionally well written. I personally hope that it turns into a series so I can continue to follow the adventures of the hero & heroine... and maybe design more book covers too

It's available on Amazon as a paperback and kindle download here.