I cannot believe it will be November in a couple of days! And my last post was in….July?!? Sheesh! Seems like I have some explaining to do (…I’m not sure to whom exactly – but regardless, here it goes…).
- My last post was about what makes a strong logo. Shortly after that, I had the opportunity to put my knowledge to work and design a logo for All Pro Painting. There was a pretty tight deadline for this project, so while I followed all of the steps that I’ve learned with other freelancing projects – I made some adjustments to expedite the process. As always, I started by emailing the client an identity-questionnaire. This helps me to learn more about the client and any preferences they might have. I then mocked up 6 logo options, but to ensure a quick turnaround this first set was much more polished than usual, and included font & color variations. This proved to be a big time-saver because it only took a second round of mock-ups until they chose their final logo.
Logo mock-ups, round 1Final logo
- Bike riding! Despite a lot of heat and humidity, I got a lot of great rides in this summer. I am now the proud owner of a sweet Motobecane Hybrid bike, which I had to purchase after my original bike took up residence at my office (the York County Rail Trail is less than a block from our building). While Spring/early Summer saw a lot of Rail Trail rides during and after work with my co-workers [best job ever], Paul & I enjoyed many weekend morning rides along our favorite route: Admire Rd.
The beautiful fields and farms around Admire & Pinchtown Roads
- The better part of July and August were spent planning this year’s
vacationadventure out West to see the Rocky Mountains. Paul and I had an amazing trip up to Maine/New Hampshire last summer, and I was pretty sure it couldn’t be topped – but I was determined to try :P So, once again I spent hours on Trip Adviser and other sites, researching our “Rocky Mountain Adventure” for the end of August. I’m VERY happy to report that all of the planning paid off – we had a spectacular time! Our trip included 3 National Parks, over 3,000 miles driven and 3 states. 2,800 pictures later, I need, need, NEED to write a separate post sharing the amazing scenery that my thoroughly-broken-in Digital SLR was able to capture!
Rocky Mountain National Park,
ColoradoGrand Teton National Park,
WyomingYellowstone National Park,
- Of course, I couldn’t go on these amazing trips if I didn’t have my job :P As is the norm, work has also been keeping me busy. But, I’m excited to share that we recently moved into a new building, and I now have my very own office!! I’ve never had my own office before, and I never minded – but that’s because I didn’t know what I was missing! While we have a gorgeous breakroom to hang out in, as well as a comfy dev lounge to collaborate in, it’s really nice to have my own space to concentrate in. Not to mention my large beautiful window, so I’m able to work in natural light, which is such a treat :)
Our logo on the wall of our breakroom, and my new office
- It’s sewing season again! I tend to go on a sewing hiatus over the summer (too much gardening and biking to be done) but in September, I swiffered off my sewing machine and started the season off with a terrific project. The youngest and cutest Giants fan I know [my nephew] turned 1 this September! While I knew his birthday was nearing, I didn’t
have a good ideastart his gift until I saw an awesome football blanket on Pinterest….one week before his birthday party! Fortunately, thanks to this super helpful tutorial & pattern, I completed my nephew’s gift just in time:William with his new blanket, followed by what is possibly the best picture text I’ve EVER received: my nephew all tuckered out and napping on his new blanket :)