I’ve been super drawn to photos of flowers these days. I’m not sure if it’s just the fact that spring is just around the corner, or if I’m just feeling flowery.

Things around here have been super busy, but really good busy! I’ve got some really exciting projects I’ve been working on lately, and cannot wait to share them with you. But in the meantime, I had to stop in and tell you guys that I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and stop to smell the flowers, even if they’re just on Pinterest :)


07. February 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Inspiration, Life | 2 comments

Some Weeks…

Happy Friday you guys! I have to admit, I really thought about not posting a blog this week. But I’m REALLY trying to stay consistent here- so here it is you all. My blog post.

This week I was able to head up to my home town on the Central Coast of California and spend some quality time with my sister. I’ve been working from my laptop during the day, then hanging out with my sis and working on her wedding stuff through the evening. (My sister is engaged!)

I forget how gross the air is in LA until I step out of my car after the three hour drive up here. It smells so good. And you can see the stars at night. They’re so pretty.

I oftentimes take my job for granted, sometimes when it gets hard I  just wish for something that didn’t take me over so much. But then there’s weeks like this, where I can sit in a coffee shop all day, have a view of the ocean, and hang out with my sister. All while continuing to work. It’s an amazing thing that makes me so thankful for technology and the internet.

Anyways, I’ve had my share of stresses these past few weeks, and some days they can really get to me. But slowing down, breathing and remembering what I have is my motto this year. And I have so much to be thankful for. Like this little walk I took this morning. On this beach. Where I grew up. So much goodness.

Have a great weekend friends, enjoy it!!

24. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 4 comments

New Work: AVE Styles

It’s Friday! TGIF people, am I right??! I thought I’d share with you some new web design work for the amazing Alex Evjen of A.V.E. Styles. (If you guys haven’t checked out her Pinterest– go NOW. So much goodness.) Anyways, this project was an extra fun one. Alex had a brand created by the fab Promise Tangeman but needed a new website design. So I got to take the awesome logo and colors that Promise had come up with for Alex, and turn it into a just as awesome website for this lovely lady. Not an easy task, but Alex was such a delight to work with and she made the process SO enjoyable.

You guys will have to check out Alex’s blog for some great fashion advice, and to see more of what this talented lady is up to.

Thanks Alex for being so amazing to work with! You truly are a gem.

You can check out Alex’s full site here, follow her on Twitter here and DEF check out her amazing Pinterest!!

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy the weekend. Cheers!

16. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Design, My Work | 11 comments

Do This Everyday

Happy 2014 friends!!! I thought it would be appropriate that my first blog post of the year be about something I’m planing on doing (*almost) everyday this year, to bring more joy and happiness into my life.

Let me start it off with a little story…

Once upon a time there was a man named Glenn Pickett. That man had a love for music, bike riding, and doing what is right. He had a strong sense of integrity, and shared it with his family and friends. That man is my dad. I get older and realized how darn blessed I was to be raised by a guy like him. This Christmas my dad gave my brother, sister, my sister’s fiance, my mom and my husband all a special gift. He gave us each a moleskin journal with a poem written inside. Each of the poems were written specifically for the person receiving it, about that person. It was a special Christmas morning as he one by one presented us with our journals and read the poems out loud to us. It was especially cute when he started crying while reading the poem he wrote for my mom. *cue water works!

But besides the poems, inside the journal my dad had written down 5 things he himself had recently committed to doing daily, with the intention of bringing more happiness and joy into his life. He asked us to join him in this exercise, using the journals he gave us to document the process. Next year, we will get together and share some of our highlights. We all gladly accepted the challenge.

So friends, I wanted to share this with you to offer it up as something you could do this year as well. No pressure to do it everyday (the exercise one is toughest for me!! Some days I count small things like 5 push ups as exercise!) I haven’t stuck to the everyday habit so far, but I try to do it almost everyday. It’s been awesome to see that there are always things to be thankful for, even on the crappiest of days. I’ve found on the days when I can not immediately think of any moment that would be worth reliving, if I search a bit harder, I’ll find one. Every time. Even if it’s as simple as that moment I looked out the window and saw that beautiful sunset.

I really think that living a life of gratitude leads to fulfilment and contentment in any circumstance. Being thankful for what we have is a habit we need to bring into our everyday lives.

So if you don’t have a specific New Years Resolution, (or even if you do!) join me in doing these 5 simple things each day. See how it slowly morphs you and brings you more joy. And when we are filled with joy, we can accomplish great things. You never know what could happen!!

I hope you all have had a great start to your year, 2014 is gonna be a good one. I can feeeeel it.

09. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 26 comments

6 Holiday Drinks to Sip

By this time you’re either rushing to finish up work, running around picking up last minute gifts, wrapping, or relaxing cause you’re on top of it and eating something yummy. Me? I’m blogging from my studio then headed home to wrap! I’m all for holiday drinks to sip while wrapping presents or spending time with friends and family. So I thought I’d gather together some of my favorite festive drink Pins for you guys to explore.

Below are each of the links to the drinks pictured above where you can go check out the instructions and learn how to make these things!

Lavender Hot Chocolate
Moscow Mule
Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria
Frosted Gingerbread Martini
Honey Sage Gin Fizz
Spiked Hot Chocolate

I will be blog-breaking it until after the new year. So join me back here in 2014 for some more creative play over here, ok? Can you believe it’s the end of 2013?? I really learned so much about myself this past year. 2013 was very reflective and a time of looking at myself, really thinking about what I want to do with my life and the person I want to be. I’m stoked to have some confirmation come from that time of reflection and I can’t wait to see what comes of it in 2014. Thanks everyone for following along this little journey with me. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful break. Cheers!!

23. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Just Lovin, Life, Randomness | 2 comments

Around Burbank | Quenelle

After getting a great response to this post about my visit / new love for Storyville Cafe, I knew I had to start blogging more about my food adventures. I’ve been wanting to try Quenelle in Burbank since it opened up this summer. Burbank doesn’t have the best reputation for food places when compared to the rest of the LA area, so I was stoked to hear that this place was in my hood. The temp hit 80 this week- and I thought it would be a great excuse to head to Quenelle for a Christmas ice cream outing. I grabbed my foodie friend Rachel and we headed out to get our ice cream on.I am the WORST when it comes to making decisions. It’s something I’m planning to work on for 2014… So I drive myself crazy when it comes to choosing ice cream flavors. Especially when I want ALL of them. Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brûlée, Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallows, and Bourbon Eggnog were just a few of the options! So I got a popsicle. Actually, it was an Apple Pie Ice Cream Bar with this amazing outer shell that had something to do with graham crackers and carmel. Heaven in your mouth.It’s a simple little shop, run by an award winning pastry chef. There are a few books and plants around, but the main focus is on your taste buds. Nothing like tasting great quality food. It speaks for itself! Quenelle’s delicious, creamy and creative ice cream speaks so much for itself, that they don’t even have a website!
You can check out their Yelp page to see the store info and read the good things other people have to say. Thanks to my friend Rachel for snapping a few of these pics- and thanks Quenelle for being so yummy and close to mi casa. If you guys are ever in Burbank and needing something sweet to eat- definitely check it out! And let me know when you go so I can meet you there and taste another flavor!
Happy Thursday friends!

18. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Just Lovin, Life | 14 comments

Just Stop

Oh the holidays. For some reason it puts this unneeded pressure on everything. Buying gifts, finishing up projects, setting goals for the new year, thinking about how fast the year went by… and how fast life goes by… freaking out about how quickly 30 is approaching and what will I have accomplished?? AH!! Pressure from all over the place!! Anyone feel me?? Please tell me I’m not the only one whose thoughts spiral down this rabbit hole!

I bought this print a few weeks ago to hang in my studio. It reminds me to calm myself. Take a step back and stop worrying. Just stop.

As I take a look at the people I admire and what they’re doing in the world, I realized that they are just playing. It’s just thinking of cool ideas to do and executing them. It’s really that simple. Playing smart I guess you could say. All each of us are doing in this world is helping make it run in one way or another. Isn’t that what our work is? Just helping the world run?

It’s a funny thing, talking about playing and being all inspirational and living each day to the fullest. Inspirational quotes are just everywhere you look in this internet land. But how do we live an inspired life when most of our
days are filled with such normal things? How are we supposed to live each day to the fullest if it’s full of emails,
bills, deadlines, taking showers, taking off makeup and watching House Hunters? What does it mean to live an
inspired life??

I don’t have the answers that’s for sure. But I do know that somewhere between the putting on our shoes and deciding what to eat for lunch, there’s a heartbeat. There’s a breath. A blink. Something crazy happening in our brain that is telling us which way is up. Literally. Such simple things happening that are keeping us alive. We are ALIVE people!! Don’t forget it. And be thankful for it.

So don’t worry, ok?? Don’t let the holiday pressures knock you down. (totally talking to myself here…) Take a minute and be thankful that you are alive. That simple awareness can change your day. It may not change the normal events that are happening throughout it, but it will change your outlook and rub off on the people around you. And maybe make the world a better place. With one simple bit of awareness.

On that note… I totally fell in LOVE with this video by my friend Emma Robertson from Emmadime. She posted it on her blog as the first in her new “A Day in the life” series. This one is a day in the life of a graphic designer. I’ve watched it like 8 times!! I think in one way I love it so much because it looks very similar to the life I live everyday- and if you’re a freelance graphic designer it probably looks similar to yours too! But I think what I really love about it is it’s embracing the everyday things and giving them attention. Making them beautiful and creative and awesome. Here’s Emma’s blog post with the vid and you can watch it below.So be alive people. You don’t have to go sky diving to know that you’re a miracle. Just look at your fingerprint and you’ll know.

Enjoy the day peeps- and don’t let the holiday pressure get to ya! Just stop worrying and look at your pupils in the mirror. Those things are crazy.

11. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Encouragement, Life | 18 comments

Desktop Download | Merry Christmas!

It’s finally here! Now no one can get mad at me for dancing around the house to the Amy Grant Christmas album…. (we all have our guilty pleasures!) I’m a real sucker for this time of year. Christmas trees all over, sparkling lights, people baking treats and wanting me to eat them… What could be better than that??

In respect to decorating the house for Christmas, I had to decorate my computer too. Afterall, it is the thing I spend the most time with on a daily basis. I hand lettered this “Merry Christmas” and placed the words “SPREAD LOVE” on the bottom. Just to remind us all about what’s really important this season :)

Also, I’m fully aware that this hand-lettering trend maaay be a bit overdone. I mean, take a look at Pinterest and you’ll see enough to last you for awhile. But let’s be real- it’s SO pretty! I think that as we spend our days on the computer our eyes are drawn to things that remind us that we are humans and we can create with our hands. We crave it. And as much as I tried to avoid it this little trend, I could no longer stop myself. It’s too fun. And this blog is the space where I can do what I want and have fun with it, right?? So here it is friends, from my blog to your desktop- a little Christmas hand-lettered cheer.
I hope you download it and enjoy! Pick out what size works best for your computer OR your mobile device. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays friends!!

2560 x 1440 || 1680 x 1050 || 1440 x 900 || 1280 x 800 || iPhone || iPad

04. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Design, Downloads, My Work | 12 comments

Online Shopping Gift Guide

Three things I’m not a fan of: being really cold, waking up before the sun is up, and large crowds of pushy people. AKA: Black Friday. So I don’t do it. Never have and never plan to. I prefer to do my holiday shopping online. In my pajamas, by myself. With online shops now doing Black Friday deals, and with Cyber Monday in the game, there’s really no need for me to do everything I dislike just to score a good deal.

This year I complied three different online shops that I think would be a great place to find gifts this Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or really any day! These are diverse enough that you should be able to find something that would work for any of your lady friends (sorry guys, these aren’t exactly directed at you, although I do have this one for you from last year!) Enjoy!

First off, we have the lovely Nine Space. Nine Space is an “online home textile and home decor company”. They have some great throws, pillows, kitchen items, bedding and even some classy (so not cheesy) holiday items. I’m a huge fan of soft blankets, so I decided to highlight the Brushed Organic Cotton Throw. I’m also a fan of affordable items that can dress up a room, and this adorable woven hand towel would totally do that for a kitchen or bathroom.

For your work-out buddy there’s an awesome new clothing line called Fabletics created by Kate Hudson. They have a ton of great items on there, including a quiz you can take to see what kind of clothes would work for you and your favorite way to workout. I like this sweatshirt because I get cold easily. I could see throwing this on before a yoga sesh- and I could still wear it looking cute while running errands after the gym!

Jessica Alba runs The Honest Co. which is all about safe and natural products for families. As I get older and more of my friends are having kids, I find myself looking for cute kid-friendly gifts for the little ones. How cute are these bear hats and these hand-carved giraffes? The fact that you can give them to kids knowing that they are completely safe using / wearing them is icing on the cake. They also offer free product trials, and all you have to do is pay for shipping! Pretty sweet.

Where ever you decide to do your shopping this year, I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving. Remember how good you have it, eat lots of turkey and pie. And sleep a lot please. You deserve it.

Also, here’s a recap of the shops and items above:

Nine Space
Brushed Organic Cotton Throw
Aegean Hand Towel

Kingston Sweatshirt

The Honest Co.
Bear Hat
Wooden Toy
Free Product Trial

27. November 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Gift Guide, Just Lovin | 4 comments

Storyville Coffee Co. | Pikes Place, Seattle

We all have our things. You know the things I’m talking about- the things we do when we’re nervous. Some people pick at their fingers, some people twirl their hair or blink funny. Some people hide behind their phone. And me? My thing? Hiding behind my coffee cup. It’s like a security blanket. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee, a lot. But I’m not one of those real coffee people. I put too much cream and sugar in my cup (something I often get dirty looks for) And I can’t taste much of a difference between light and dark roasts. I’m sure it’s there, but with the massive amounts of cream and sugar in my cup, it’s all the same to me. (Please don’t hate me coffee peeps!)

What I actually love about coffee, what makes me keep coming back to this caffeinated drink time and time again is how it makes me feel. The smell, the warmth coming through the cup and onto my hands, the way it looks, the routine of heading into the coffee shop in the morning and small chatting with the friendly baristas. That’s what I love. It’s this whole coffee culture that I’m a fan of.

So being that my husband and I were going to be up in Seattle, a city known for it’s delicious coffee (and the ability to cultivate the coffee culture experienced the world over) I was excited to visit the cute coffee shops that litter this place. I had heard about one in particular that recently opened up in Pikes Place, one of my favorite areas of Seattle. I was excited because although I love Pikes Place, I felt like I had seen all there was to see. I had already purchased my “First Starbucks” mug, seen the flying fish, and tasted far too many apple samples. So a new coffee shop sounded perfect.

So we headed to Storyville Coffee Co. to see what this new place was about. Long story short- I loved it. So much. I think it showed all over my face being that one of the guys working there commented on how excited and happy I looked when I walked in. So much for a cool poker face.

You guys, this place was branding perfection. I mean, just take a look at their website and you’ll get it. The way they designed the space is so welcoming.You walk in, and instantly see coffee grinders. The counter is circular, so you don’t feel like the baristas are incredibly separated from you. It more seems like they happen to be making delicious coffee while hanging out with you in the space. Their tagline, “Love Everybody” shows through every detail.
My husband and I were instantly greeted by a young fellow with a friendly smile and a handlebar mustache. Super hipster – but really, did you expect anything different? It’s a hip new coffee shop in Seattle… I mean… Anyways, he showed us around, asked what I normally drink. I confessed that I drink coffee with massive amounts of cream and sugar. It was like word vomit- he was the last person I wanted to tell about my non cool coffee person drinking habits. I was expecting to get a dirty look and be told something like, “our coffee is such amazing quality that you don’t need any cream or sugar.” To which I would pretend to agree while inside thinking how I really don’t care how good it is, I still want cream and sugar… But I received no snarky remark from smily mr. handlebar. He simply smiled and told me that they had really good handmade syrups with some great tasting flavors that he thought I would like. He also told us about the variety of warm, freshly baked treats they had for sale. As if I wasn’t sold already.

I ordered a non-fat latte. Nolan ordered an iced Americano and a cinnamon roll that I may or may not have made him order…

We sat down on a comfy seat near the fire place. Did I mention that it was cloudy and cold outside? It was, and this California girl was in heaven. They have these large windows that overlook the Elliot Bay and let in just the right amount of natural light. My latte was of course, Instagram worthy and the cinnamon roll was near perfection. It was gooey and warm – just the way it should be. I did put some Sugar in the Raw into my latte, but I tell you what- there was nothing I could do to ruin that thing. That was one of the best lattes I’ve ever had. I could actually taste the difference. If it wasn’t so expensive (for a cheap-o like me) I would have bought another one to take with me.

We finished up our meal, chatted and shot the breeze with mr. handlebar. It was such a relaxing environment that I really wished I had brought my laptop so I could spend the rest of the day working there. But after about an hour of hang time in the shop we had to head out.

We said our goodbyes and thank you’s and headed down stairs, back to the bustling streets of Pikes Place. But even after leaving the shop Storyville was still blowing my branding mind. I looked over about a quarter mile down the road and saw the Storyville logo repeated on the side of a large building. No words, just symbols. “They are just too good,” I thought to myself.
So, needless to say, this girl, who is in love with how coffee makes her feel is hooked on Storyville. I highly recommend going there if you’re ever in the Seattle area. Here’s their website. Here’s their Twitter. My one piece of advice? Order your own cinnamon roll. You won’t regret it.

21. November 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Design, Inspiration, Life | 17 comments

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