28 January 2010

Le Book: Marriage of Print and Digital

English LeBook Tutorial from LE BOOK on Vimeo.

Some say print is dead.... To quote the famous rapper, LL Cool J, "Don't call it a come back! I'v been here for years!" Print will never die it will just be used differently. The tactile qualities of holding a book, catalog, magazine, card, letter, etc... are attributes the web experience can never provide.

Print designers and Digital designers in my eyes are dating. We are forming new relationships, new rules and redefining levels of interaction. Who knows what our courtship will bring. This puppy love age of print colliding with digital medium is exciting! fresh and limitless!

I can't wait for wedding! When print and digital campaigns are so blurred that we have a new name... something like prigital... or digprint...

25 January 2010

20 January 2010

Hotdish Hump Day: 1.20 | Cook: Kym


I was going to title this post: It can happen or Kym's almost didn't happen hotdish hump day.

At 11:15 am, I stopped by to see if Kym was all set for hotdish and if she need anything before hand.

Kym:"Oh no! I knew I was forgetting something! I made a note for myself at home but Travis cleaned so I didn't see the note."

Michelle: "Well. Umm."

Kym:"Shit. Shit. Shit. I shoulda switched days. Shit. Shit. Shit."

Michelle: "Well. We could delay it or do a make-up day!"

Kym:"No! The people have to eat." What can I make in 30mins!"

Michelle: "I don't know! What are we going to do?"

Kym:"I'm call my mom for back up. She will know what to do!"

In the end it was really good! Kym did a great job in such a short time. Which totally proves our hotdish point. They are easy and quick! I went into the kitchen and found baking dishes, set the oven for 400 and hoped by 12:30 pm we would be good to go.

It all worked out! Chicken, veggies, can of soup and Bisquick! A more detailed recipe coming soon!

Hotdish Hump Day: 1.13 | Cook: Peter

Peter chose a great recipe complements of Paula Deen. It was so good. This dish could be used for dinner or breakfast.

Complete Recipe

Nice Blog: Vizualize

While I'm not a huge fan of the backgroud graphic...all the info graphics posted are really interesting.

Logo Design: Roger Oddone

Interesting to see how Roger has created this mark. Nice.

Illustration: Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut 1
Alex Trochut 2
Alex Trochut 3
Here is Alex's solution for the New York Times article, "The Americanizing of Metal Illness".

VIA: llreps

Photographer: Koto Bolofo

Koto Bolofo is high fashion. The sets must be fun to work on.

19 January 2010

2010 Studio On Fire Letterpress Calender & Helping Haiti

SOF 2010 letterpress calendar

SOF 2010 letterpress calendar

Today, C.B. aka "The Incident" announced Studio on Fire donating proceeds from their 2010 Letterpress Calendar to Haiti relief efforts!


Visit their shop! Studio on Fire
Lovely Color

Ahhh yes.
If i could only get my husband to realize that there are other colors other than blue, navy blue, light blue, red, gray...oh and lets not for get black & white, to wear.

love this.

Via: The Sartorailist

How to Make a Baby

Now I know what to do!
I've been doing it all wrong.
No wonder.

VIA: I Heart You

Embroidered Alphabet Letters

Etsy Alphabet

Etsy Alphabet

Abbykins is going to love this! Which reminds me, I need to do a post on her advent calendar she is making for little one. Amazing.

ABC's: I wonder if i could make this? Evgie has done such a nice job!
Etsy: Evgie

Baby Names: Great idea!

Found Via: A Cup of Joe

Illustration: Fiodor Sumkin's drawings for Nike Athlete Book

Fiodor Sumkin Illustrations

Fiodor Sumkin Illustrations

Fiodor Sumkin Illustrations

Found Via:Behance

Altelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Posters

Atelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Poster

Atelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Poster

Atelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Poster

Atelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Poster

Atelier Martino & Jana's Jazz Poster

Found via Behance

Website: Design of Today AKA DOT


Love the illustration on this firms website. Really fun navigation.

Early Morning Leads to Little Sleep

Early Morning

I woke up super early this morning due to a meowing cat, soar throat and a to-do list longer than I'd like. After I woke up, I couldn't fall back to sleep. I stay up thinking about all the things I'd like to accomplish, have to complete and don't really want to do.

Needless to say. I just love my cat. Even though he was the cause of my unrest at first, he is also the reason why I think my blood pressure is lower. It is so much fun having him in our family!

New Year (Res)Solutions are underway. I wanted to read more to improve my spiritual life or in greek "Zoe".

Side-bar: In greek there are two words that mean life. "Bios" is life of the flesh (hence it is the root word of biology, etc.) Bios is the life of the physical that be taken from you and that is designed to decay and wither away. "Zoe" is life of the spirit. It is life lived abundantly and given to us to either accept or refuse. It is the life that can not be taken from you, that is designed to never decay and to have everlasting.

So I started 3 books.

Orthodox Saints Vol 1

Orthodox Saints Volume 1 by Fr. George Poulos. Buy it here. I only know of a few saints and their lives. But recently this idea that so many before me could offer examples how to face the most of difficulties and do it without fear, made me want to know more.

The book is divided by days of the year with each day touching on a few saints. There are 4 volumes total (4 quarters in the year). I just started this weekend so I have some days to catch up on. So far these people I'm reading about have felt so distant in time yet so close in spirit. (That sound strange but I'm not sure how else to put it.) Very inspiring right now. Each one is so different and they all have such different backgrounds but all lived with their whole being for the love and closeness of God.

The Great I Came's of Jesus

Most of you have heard of the "Great I am's" of Christ in the bible, but what about the reason why he came. Fr. Anthony Coniaris (my teacher at St. Mary's GOC in MPLS), has put together a great short read on this topic. I've just started this book. He makes it tangible to today's examples while making great parallels to the bible's gospel passages. I think this will be a book I cherish for years to come. I'm sure I will read it again and again. Buy it here.

Study Bible
My mom gave this to me back in 2005. I've used it only for daily meditation until now. In the back there is a study guide on how to read the new testament in one year. I'm a few chapters ahead of schedule. Lately for me, once I start reading it is hard to stop. I'm currently in Matthew 14. So far my favorite take away is Matthew 5 and all the beatitudes. All so powerful but my favorite of the moment is: Blessed are those who are peacemakers for they will be sons of God.

In the old testament it was an eye for an eye, who begot who. That is why you hear some people say "my god is an angry god". But Christ came to correct this idea. Through his sermon on the mount (also Matthew 5), his instruction is to turn the other cheek. To forgive and not have revenge. To love and not have hate.

Or what Joel Olsteen says... be the thermostat not the temperature. This is super hard to do and takes humility and prayer to give forgiveness and to ask it those who you feel have done you wrong. Even some of my own family members have not embraced this idea. I catch myself at times. I think that is why it is my favorite take away right now.

Daily Meditations for Christmas Season

I also picked up this book late in the Christmas season, but I plan on using it every year. It gives a reading, epital and then a mediation for the day. It only takes a few minutes out of each day and it really helped bring the meaning of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany back to the season.

Hotdish Hump Day: 1.06 | Cook: Soina

Hotdish Hump Day | Sonia

So I'm a little behind... but not forgotten!

Sonia's first dish was amazing. It was the first with 2 different meats in the same dish. She didn't disappoint!

Sonia's Monte Cristo Hotdish:

6oz. Uncle Bens wild (wild/white combo) rice box
1.5 cup cooked turkey or chicken
1.5 cup cooked ham
1.5 cup American cheese

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour (stir into melted butter)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
- heat on stove and stir until thick and bubbly

NOTE: cook rice first (as directed by box)

grease 9x13 pan
layer rice, meat and cheese
pour sauce over everything
cube English Muffin bread and put on top (top layer)
melt 1 stick of butter and pour on top
back uncovered at 350 for 40-50 mins

18 January 2010

The Green Patriarch

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

This is next on my list. I can't wait to watch this DVD.
Al Gore, who named him the "Green Patriarch". Bartholomew is the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Buy it here.

Orthodox & 60 minutes

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I will never understand why Turkish Muslims hate Orthodox Christians. And that is putting it kindly. Orthodoxy, the oldest Christian religion, established in this region well before the Muslims took control.

13 January 2010

Thinking of Valentine Promo


I'm thinking Mr. Hemingway wants to share his love this year. Valentine's Day is around the corner and I've given him a few ideas.

He just loves this reindeer toy my friend Lara gave him. He grabs it, licks it and then throws it around the house. It is one of his favorites.

Illustration: Kyle Pierce


Illustration: Lotta Nieminen


Loving surpise a couple weeks back in my inbox. Pekka sent a lovely promo for Lotta.

What type are you?

Pentagram's holiday card What type are you?


I am Van Doesburg... not surprising.




12 January 2010

Mr. Hemingway's 1st Christmas


Mr. Hemingway has been with us since mid Nov. This was his first Christmas with us in his new home. He is such a love. I think I was just meant to have this cat. We are still working on getting him fully adjusted but he has settled in nicely.

11 January 2010

Rest in Peace

Resa: I will miss you.

I can't stop thinking about all the hopes and dreams I had to grow with Resa. She was more than amazing. One of the most intelligent, funny, witty and charming ladies I ever had the privilege of calling a friend. But she was different. Her passion for Orthodoxy was contagious. She inspired me and surprised every time we met. Her angelic voice was worthy enough to sing with the angels. She dedicated her life to Christ and the church fulfilling her dream to be a choir director at St. Mary's OCA.

I believe she is in Christ embrace. Resting. Waiting. I will not forget all that she taught me. But most of all her witting sense of humor and down to earth personality.

I know she wouldn't want anyone to cry over her, but for the past few days I just can't help myself.

A wonderful compilation of video and photography was put together by Emily Pilancinski.