The Thrill of the Open Road

Well readers, it’s official, I’m as close to being Bermudian as I’m ever going to get. Not only did I survive my first hurricane last weekend (and first tropical storm the weekend before that), but my principle means of transportation is now a scooter. I’d had a rental bike until last week, which you don’t need a license for, but they have very small engines (so you can’t do much damage if you crash, I assume), and their license plates are a different color, so other drivers know to watch out for you.

bikeDriving here takes some getting used to. Sure, I studied the book, took my written and riding exams… but in practice the rule of the road is all together different. For example, morning traffic on the main roads—relatively narrow, winding roads by U.S. standards—is technically two—but in practice four—lanes. Cars move slowly in both directions along the outer edges of the road while bikes weave in and out in both directions in the center, moving back into traffic when a bus or large truck is approaching. Meanwhile, at any red light in town, you’ll see scooter drivers pass by the stopped cars and come to a stop at the head of the line, often halfway into the intersection, or at least the cross walk. It is also incredibly common for vehicles to come to an abrupt stop with no warning for no apparent reason—until you realize they’re letting in another vehicle that does not have the right of way.

Good thing the speed limit is only 35 KPH! (Although obviously no one obeys that either.)

Photo shoots

In the day job that I had for the last seven years, I often styled people, food and product for photo shoots. However, I rarely put that kind of effort into my own photos—until now. I’ve started the massive task of reshooting all my merchandise with two goals in mind: First, higher quality images, truer color and consistency across my etsy shop. The second is to convey style—to further appeal to the type of personality who might want to purchase the piece.

Here are a few of my favorites—can’t wait to hear what you think!

Oh, and of course, if you’re interested in any cards, or just want to see how they look in the shop, find them here!

Let’s Make a Date

date_print_3121I wanted to make something to thank Amy and Jeff for making me a part of their day earlier this summer, and I had been toying around with ways to utilize my set of wood numerals and incorporate more hand lettering for quite some time. The resulting print—featuring the date of their wedding and a cut made from my own handwriting printed in their wedding colors—turned out great and I can’t wait to make them for other couples and even new parents! Get in touch or order them here.