Fun Questions, Fun Answers: Websites, Trends and Quotes

For this week’s Inspiration Wednesday post, I thought it would be fun to share  answers to a few fun  questions, which hopefully includes some inspiration for you:

Current Favorite Websites::

They Draw and Travel – illustrated maps and They Draw and Cook – illustrated recipes

Skillshare – a great website for taking classes from learning how to draw to software to fashion design to calligraphy to business, marketing, web design, and more. The classes offer lesson plans, PDF reference materials, and videos from the instructor. There are assignments to keep students accountable and a forum to submit your work for feedback.

Creative Market – handcrafted fonts, graphics, themes, articles, tutorials, and design resources

YoutheDesigner – design trends, tips, tutorials, inspirations, articles and design resources

Design Work Life – graphic design inspiration

Adobe Kuler – color palette generator

Design Sponge – all things design

A Beautiful Mess – a lifestyle blog full of fun DIY projects, recipes, photography tips and more

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Current Favorite Design Trends::

  • Hand–written fonts and hand lettering, combined with illustrations. Hand–drawn icons are especially popular now.
  • Infographics and Illustrated Maps – they are everywhere now.
  • Patterns, especially on branding and identity collateral, such as coffee shop packaging.
  • Arrows, feathers, ribbons that hold text, travel quote posters, DIY and free printables.
  • Swag, like buttons and stickers. They are fun give-aways to accompany a business card.

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Favorite quotes and why?

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
~Simon Sinek
This is a good self-check when I’m stressed about the day job. That’s when it’s time to step back and ask if it’s what I should really be doing.

“Live in the sunshine, Swim in the sea, Drink the wild air.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote makes me feel free and relaxed. It’s active and encourages diving head-first into the experiences life has to offer.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you, the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~Harriet Tubman
It’s important to keep growing, and in order to grow you need to dream and learn.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do that by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~Mark Twain
Going outside your comfort zone is always hard, but it makes life so much more interesting. Seize the day!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday Favorite – Bento Box

I have been trying to pack something different for lunch besides the usual, boring sandwich. I used to love sandwiches, but I’m getting really tired of that routine. We’ve been experimenting with different kinds of bread, but I don’t eat wheat, tortilla wraps or pita pockets, so that eliminates a lot of interesting breads.

Instead, I’m trying to pack more fresh food, like hard-boiled eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, fruit and sliced veggies. I always feel better when I eat more fresh food and less processed, packaged food.

Bento Box

I need a Bento box.


Friday Favorites – Wedge Boots

Since I can’t wear my Chucks to my current job, I’m on the hunt for more adult shoes that will be comfortable to walk in and warm enough to wear in winter.

I’m thinking these wedge boots will be stylish and fun to wear with all sorts of outfits. I like that they are ankle boots , making them easy to slip on. I was surprised at how easy they are to walk in, considering I haven’t worn shoes with heels in a few years.

wedge boots

from Famous Footwear

wedge boots

from Victoria’s Secret

It’s fun to be funky with shoes, don’t you think. Hope you have a great weekend!


Fall Favorites

I have never met a person who didn’t like Fall. Except maybe my husband, who doesn’t like what comes after fall.

burgundy mums

There are so many wonderful things about Fall:

Warm sunshine and crisp temperatures

Hiking trails

Finding acorns and other treasures in the woods

Pumpkin spiced lattes

Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-flavored anything

Carving pumpkins

Decorating our house with colorful, weirdly shaped gourds

Sweet potatoes and acorn squash

Soup cooking all day in the crock pot

Caramel apples

Apple crisp

Changing leaves

Leaves (already) raked into a pile

Mums and asters

Layering with long-sleeved shirts and cardigans

Wearing wool socks

golden mums

What are your Fall favorites?