For when you need a reminder printed and hanging on your wall…
You probably know by now that I’m a huge nerd for politics, so I can’t let today pass without a quick mention. It’s Presidents Day! I hope you’re celebrating with Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite food (rumored to be fried chicken) or gazing up at Mount Rushmore (and if that’s the case, I’m totally jealous because I haven’t seen it yet!).
Right now you can grab one in green, orange, blue, or gray. Look!
The other day I needed to sign up for a Google Apps email through WordPress.com to use at work, which meant getting a new domain first, and soooooooo:
Welcome, ToastAmbassador.com to the Internet! 😀 (I’m sarah@ there.) I really love toast, and my name is an alias for the cute toast emoji (look!) in our Automattic Slack. (Which leads to someone realizing that for the first time occasionally and going, “Why are you a smiling piece of bread?”)
Anyway! Isn’t that little toast logo just the cutest? And so official! The Kawaii Toast is from Collective Creation & the leaf frame is from Erin Bradley Designs (both on Etsy). I combined them in Inkscape to make my status as Ambassador of Toast super legit. Have you visited the site and joined my toast mailing list yet?
Related: Remember the last time I needed a domain and ended up with tennisballwearingawig.com? (I’ll never forget, Pretty Little Liars. That was just too odd.)
I spent the first day of the year lounging at home, hanging with my BFF before she drove back home to Austin (we re-launched cookiepocket.org!), and getting some art in the frames I got from Ikea yesterday.
And tonight I watched the new Sherlock episode with my husband.
“I’m part of a campaign, you know? Votes for women.” “And are you for or against?” “Get out.” #Sherlock—
Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) January 02, 2016
My 2015 life/blogging/reading recap & a 2016 reading challenge coming up this week!
And now more notes from An Event Apart Austin… Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy (my fav!), presented “Designing for Performance,” and she’s just plain great. (I mean, she celebrates career achievements with donuts.)
She got big laughs for her “four and horse stars” story of the time Etsy accidentally replaced their half-star with little horse head emojis (because it wasn’t document properly) and users starting writing in to ask what was going on. (As someone who works in support, I can very easily imagine how ridiculous/hilarious this would be.)
Shawn Beatty (@sbeatty) October 06, 2015
Chris EK (@cek_io) October 06, 2015
Notes from sessions are being compiled on this page.
True (but also a few other things, including luck).
Print by NotBySightDesign on Etsy.
Working from home means I spend a whole lot of time sitting in our shared home office at my desk, which faces a white wall, and really, really needed some color and fun and inspiration added to brighten my work days. I mentioned the other day that we’re fixing up our house and here are the very first after photos. (They count, even if it’s not a whole room yet!)
I spent some time on the floor figuring out which frames to use from the boxes of them we already had, which led to my very first gallery wall mixing frame colors. (It’s only black & white ones, but still!)
Five of the framed pieces are free/cheap printables I had printed in full color on a heavy paper at Kinko’s (aka FedEx Office) for under $2 a piece. I didn’t want to spend any money on new frames or mats, so the paper trimmer came in handy to get things to fit just right.
I cut out a kraft paper shape for each frame (since I had a roll in the closet) and had heard it can be helpful accurately hanging a gallery wall as planned. (We’ve always measured & eyeballed & sort of winged it before.) The paper templates really helped! Once I had a few pieces up, I even found a way to include another frame that I’d left out when I was arranging on the floor. It’s way easier to decide when you’re staring at it up on the wall, even in just paper stand-in form.
So, here’s the gallery wall in-progress:
And look! Here it is with the frames up:
Here’s where you can find the art pieces (clockwise starting from the round frame):
I love it! (It’s so nice to look up & see bright colors, inspiration, and cuteness.)