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Words to end your week on

Wise words

Friday is here again and hopefully the glorious weather that Cape Town has been blessed with will hold for the next three days (long weekend for us as Alexis and I have taken Monday off too)

Regardless of what the weather is doing where you are I hope that your weekend is a peaceful and relaxing break from the hum drum.

This week’s illustrated wise words are created by Jonathan Ogden (who I have featured before) and are available here.

Happy weekend everyone.

Words to end your week on

This week’s wise words are from an old favourite of mine, Sean McCabe – his hand lettering is so inspiring.
If you, like me, melt at the sight of gorgeously penned typography then you really should follow him on Instagram too. This guy is a genius! I love his work (even though he does make the inside of my moleskin look like a preschooler’s scribble pad)

Sean McCabe

Read more about Sean here and here

Words to end your week on

Friday marks the end of a very busy week. Work has been mad, but mad in a good kind of way – I am working on a couple of fabulous little projects which I cant wait to “get out there”. So watch this space!
Anyhow, seeing as how it is Friday – here are some wise words to end your week on.
This week’s segment is by Clairice from NiftySwank. She has a lovely blog and sells her work on Etsy.Wise Words

Words to end your week on

Friday is here, and another lazy winter weekend lies ahead. I hope that you have a peaceful one.
Remember that there is beauty is the smallest things.

This weeks wise words are from Jonathan Ogden, you can purchase this poster here and read more about him here

Words to end your week on

Words to end your week on

Van Gogh needs no introduction, his wise words ring so true.
Have a lovely weekend people.

(Type created by Seb Lester, you can see more of his work here)

Wisewords

Visit Seb Lester’s website here

Words to end your week on

Friday is upon us again and a relaxing and much needed weekend lies ahead.
This week I simply couldn’t resist posting a bunch of wise words. If you haven’t visited them already you simply must check out Five Words Tell A Story. I have posted about them before here and here.
If you, like me, often need a typographical pick me up, then Five Words should be your port of call.

Happy weekend everyone.

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Lots more inspirational Five Words can be found here

Words To End Your Week On

Simple words to end a busy week on.
This gorgeous example of typography comes from Dan Cassaro and can be purchased here.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Humble Beginings

Scrabble Typography Edition

Scrabble
Scrabble
Scrabble
Scrabble
Scrabble

In a vain attempt to get past the autocorrected and spell checked lives we live, Alexis and I decided we needed to play some Scrabble. Now it had been some time since my last attempt at the Triple Word Score, so locating the trusty family Scrabble board was going to be a mission. After numerous phone calls to my sister and Mum it was discovered that our original family board had gone missing. I had assumed it was with all the other much loved and long forgotten board games at my Mum’s… sigh! I was certain I would see its’ familiar green box hiding in amongst the Monopoly and Cluedo boxes, but alas, no Scrabble (although I think the Hungry Hippos are there still!)

Feeling very despondent we skulked down to our local toy shop, only to be told they had sold out (it was just before Christmas) What… sold out of SCRABBLE? How can this be? Do kids still play Scrabble?

Weeks went by and still we struggled to hunt down the elusive Scrabble (or buy a new one). Then a couple of weeks ago we got wind of a fresh supply that had just come in. I was so excited, finally Alexis and I would be put to the test in a battle of the brains (or lack there of).

Sadly my excitement was met with sheer horror – they just don’t make Scrabble like they used to.

The letter pieces are made from lightweight plastic and the little trays are flipping ugly too. The board is garish and bright and nothing has any old school charm like it used to (It even smells cheap and nasty).
Anyhow, this did not put us off playing, but it did leave us wishing we could find the old family board we used to love.

Like most things in life, as soon as I had came to terms with the ugliness of our new Scrabble board, I spotted the most amazing Scrabble board on Linda’s website One Fine Dae. GRRR!
If only I could have saved the Rands I spent on the butt ugly board and rather invested them in one of these gems.
Isn’t it so lovely? Check it out here

Yah for clever design. Yah for beautiful typography. Yah for (non plastic) Scrabble.

All images from here

Words To End Your Week On

As this is a long weekend and because it’s Easter and because last week I didn’t post a “Words To End Your Week On” and because I simply cant resist – here are three things to keep in mind when relaxing over your mini break.

I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed Easter weekend.

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Words to end your week on
Words to end your week on

You can purchase this gorgeous prints from Wicked Paper Co here

A recipe for the perfect cherry pie

Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie

I have always had a crazy love for typography. I suppose it began while studying Graphic Design at the old Cape Tech. Apart from learning all the theory behind typography we also had to recreate entire font families, by hand!
Nuts, I know, but a vital step in the true appreciation of well set type. Computers and graphics programs simply cannot space letters as well as the human eye, its about feeling the white space around the letters and making it work.
Nothing irritates me more than seeing badly kerned lettering. There simply isnt an excuse for it – it’s just laziness.

Hand lettering is a craft which I am so pleased to see is currently experiencing a huge revival. Being very inspired by ascenders and descenders, kerning and leading, I have hauled out my old drawing pens and note pad, in an enthused attempt to start font doodling again. Thanks to my dear husband, Alexis, who gave me a copy of “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield for my birthday, I really do feel armed to make the most of this artistic whim (so watch this space).

On another note, they say you eat with your eyes first, well if you could make the actual recipe you are reading just as delicious as the dish you intend baking, then you are onto something truly magical.

Inspired by hand lettered chalk boards, Leanda from One Little Bird Studio manages to make your mouth water while reading her Cherry Pie recipe. Her blog is equally as gorgeous, filled with beautiful colours, inspirational posts and fantastic typography (serious blog crush material).

Cherry Pie Recipe

The scrumptious Cherry Pie photos are from another glorious blog you have to visit, Raspberri Cupcakes, but be warned, you may gain a dress size just drooling over Steph’s delicious photographs. This woman knows how to cook!

Hand Lettering by Leanda from One Little Bird Studio
Cherry Pie photos by Steph from Raspberry Cupcakes