We’ve really been taking the time to enjoy our holidays and it’s been wonderful. One of the difficulties of having a blog is the pressure to be ‘current’ with posts, which means prepping stuff before it actually happens so you can read it on time. That’s way more stress than I need. Often I have a great post for you, but it’s on reflection, after some event is over. Today I’m saying, screw it.
We put together our Día de los Muertos altar for my father on the day of the holiday, November 1st. This a special day that people remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. I’m still enjoying it in the dining room, so even though the day has passed, I really want to share it with you.
Neither Dug nor Mini Dug had the opportunity to meet my father, since he died when I was a girl. This altar was a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know him, while I was able to celebrate his life and our relationship. This altar came together very quickly, so it probably missing many facets of Dennis, as well as some of the traditional elements like flags, marigolds and sugar skulls. But as I placed each new item on the shelf, I was able to tell my husband and son a different story about life with my father. It was an incredibly meaningful and wonderful experience for us all. I am so happy that they are getting to know him.
I am already looking forward to next year’s altar. Maybe it will even be photographed before…
It snowed this morning. Well, yesterday morning by the time you are reading this post. And my little one and I had the luxury of staying inside all day, being busy and cozy.
For the past week I’ve been second guessing the Restoration Hardware Starlit Tree laying across my dining room table. You all know that I love me some branches. Especially branches are lit with candles or warm LEDs. But I’m trying to spend as little as possible since my working hours are currently limited, and even on sale these branches were an investment.
Today I put together the tree, and let me tell you, I am so incredibly glad I ordered it. Those lights made me feel immediately giddy and even a bit excited for the coming holidays. Dug also said he felt a bit of holiday spirit when he got home, so I know we are going to enjoy it each day.
So, let’s get to it. Of the 2 shots above, which one moves you more? For me it’s glittery glamour versus moody drama.
If you’re new here, (or you just don’t remember because it’s been so long), on Wednesdays I open up the comments for you to tell me which view from a recent photo shoot you prefer. And why. I love hearing what you have to say. You can peruse past Which One? features here.
Just when I started judging myself harshly about not getting back into my work life ‘fast enough’, I went and had a weekend of groundbreaking creativity. Today I’m going to share with you the new business cards we created for David of CawfeeGuy Knits whose artistry you saw on the blog Monday modeled by the spawn. He’s been a sporadic regular here at Tripping on Asphalt, and as the cool weather and holiday season approaches, you should definitely shake some dollars at his Etsy shop (link above). You won’t be sorry.
These fab little cards are half sized, and are one of the many excellent products offered over at Moo. It’s a great place for small business marketing materials, and my experience with their customer service department has been stellar. There’s a banner to the left, and if you order through that banner I get a little thank you.
Right now I’m slooowly juggling motherhood along with several, major, on-going projects that will all show up here eventually. I am fortunate not only to be able to take time with my son (omgosh, I have a son!), but I’m also a little surprised and incredibly blessed to be enjoying it so much. I’ve worked hard the last few years to be able to cherish this time with him, and yet, I often have to remind myself I’m not ‘supposed’ to be doing something else, like working a 9 to 5… or a 7 to 6.
We could have a whole dialog about the state of maternity leave in this nation, but that would just make me tired. I was fully aware that employers and business associates too often discount pregnant women and (new) moms. That was definitely a compelling reason for me to live life as an entrepreneur. What amazes me though, is how quickly we women are to be hard on ourselves, based on the standards and judgements of others. I’d like to find a way to truly support moms find that optimal work/life balance. A balance that clearly should be different for everyone.
Time is flying and the last several months have been a blur. I truly want to thank all of you who are here, still reading and supporting me. I will be spending a lot more time here and I am eager to rekindle our dialog.
Last week we gave you a teaser of CawfeeGuy Knits products at the diner. And Monday Rufus and Chewbacca showed off their hand made CawfeeGuy sweaters.
Today, I am really very excited to present to you some of a branding and product shoot for CawfeeGuy Knits’ Etsy Store. Now, I generally spend my time shooting architecture and interiors photos for clients, so getting up so close and personal was a different and refreshing way for me to look through the lens.
I took on this project because I really have a tremendous love and respect for all things hand made. And as a knitter myself I appreciate the time and painstaking effort that goes into the creation of every hand knit piece.
CawfeeGuy Knits is a solo custom knitting venture started earlier this year by my good friend David. He does some other job by day that doesn’t necessarily fuel his creative side, so it was completely natural he ended up here. David make intricate and beautiful accessories, often using cabling techniques and color-work. And it all started with his Cawfee Cozies, the ones you see above, which are available in his Etsy shop. Not only does he love diners, but he probably owns shares in Starbucks at this point. And instead of those annoying cardboard sleeves, he’s a proponent of a re-usable knit cozy.
Honestly, I didn’t get it. I’ve never used a cardboard sleeve in my meager attempt to save waste, and my hand never suffered a burn as a result. Then one day I saw a cozy he’d made that I had to have. In fact, I demanded it. And as friends of divas often do, he gave in to me and passed along his favorite cozy. Now, I am not a morning person. People don’t even like to talk to me before I’ve had my coffee. Well, this ‘silly’ little knit sleeve puts a big grin on my face every time I use it. Who knew? So now I ‘get it.’
Those are my most favorite fingerless gloves he made me last winter. You cannot have them. Well, maybe you can, but you certainly can’t have mine. I shot this with CawfeeGuy’s Facebook banner in mind. And the shot below may end up in some logo treatment or on a MOO Card. Gosh, I love MOO Cards. I guess any of these photos could go on the back of MOO Cards since you really can choose an unlimited number of images.
Go visit CawfeeGuy Knits and pick up a Cawfee Cozy at Etsy. It may be too warm today for you to be wearing your hand knit fingerless gloves or a fabulous scrap scarf, but you can admire as well as enjoy your coffee while you decide what to commission for the fall.
My most favoritest fabulous eatery opened across the street from my home today, and I am practically gagging with excitement! Le Pain Quotidien!! It’s ridiculous, but every time we walked by and I saw progress on the construction I was bouncing up and down. I’ve been told the name means something like ‘the daily bread’, but really it should just mean ‘the most awesome everymeal.’
I just love sitting and relaxing there, surrounded by beautiful, awesome smelling bread. Drinking my laté from a bowl. Ordering perfectly prepared soft boiled eggs with crusty fresh bread. I love the assortments of fruit and nut spreads. I love that they use slits in stale bread to hold their menus. I love that for any meal of the day I can order something totally healthy or totally bad for me and have it feel decadent wither way. We have a brunch place! I love sitting and chatting for hours in a place that feel transcendent of time and place.
Let’s go back to that last one: talking for hours somewhere transcendent of time and place, with coffee of course. See, I’m a Brooklyn girl born and raised. And before I ever swooned at the idea of anything like Le Pain, I logged countless hours and meals and disco fries and cups of coffee at THE DINER.
I love a good diner. And that is one of the many wonderful things I have in common with my great friend and newest client, CawfeeGuy. Another thing we have in common is our love of knitting. Knitting and diners. The inspiration for a quick little photo shoot we did to show off a couple of his custom knit design. This was sort of a test shoot but I like the idea, so hopefully we’ll get in a few more diner sessions as he continues to build his brand.
Just so you know, CawfeeGuy did not promote the placement of the Cawfee Cozy on the sugar, but I think it’s darling and I get artistic license on my own blog. If he has a problem he direct it to the complaint department.
You can follow him on Facebook at CawfeeGuy Knits. Next week I’ll have more product shots and a link to his Etsy site. He takes custom orders for fabulous hand-knit accessories and he has a mean set of coffee cozies so you can aid the environment by ditching those paper cup wraps while looking stylish and cute at the same time.