The Turquoise Penguin

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shave The Whales! // Design Thursday

A fellow DZ sister, Dana emailed me and wanted me to do some custom work for another fellow DZ sister. How awesome, right? Dana saw the print I did for Claire, here, and contacted me to do something custom for her.

She said that Henry's room is decorated in whales (mainly blues and greys) and we decided that a pop of orange would really be a good accent color in the print. What a cool little boy. Whales, blue, orange and awesome parents. Lucky kid.

I'm totally happy with how it turned out! Can ya dig it?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

10 Years, Are You Kidding Me // Invitation Design

I've been graduated from high school a whole 10 years? I still don't believe it.

Why can I so clearly remember playing volleyball with all my close friends? Why can I still remember the table we always sat at in the cafeteria? Why does the song "Remix to Ignition" immediately pop in my head? Why can I remember that my biggest care was what I was going to wear to the Friday night basketball game? Why can I still remember the smell of that Chicken Fried Steak? Why can I still remember my locker number and combination - wait, that was a stretch...

The weird thing is that 80% of people that I talk to said they hated high school. Seriously? I just don't get it. You were around all of your closest friends everyday. You had no bills. You rarely had to pay for food. I played any sport my heart desired. If I could go back and sit in Mr. Wallace's art class - I'd be there in a heartbeat. Seriously, then this? The REAL world. But, I'm gonna throw this out there - not having a curfew IS pretty sweet, well, and a cell phone! The only thing I knew about texting was that my mom would get mad at me for sending 15 cent text. Well, that was until she blocked it. And look at me now...UNLIMITED. Whit-dogg knows the day I finally got unlimited. It was a grand day.

Sooo - BIG news. My reunion is coming up. Holy Crap. I designed the invite. It was hard to pack all of the awesome-ness that was about to go down in one tiny invite. I'm looking forward to it. Yea, that's right - I'm looking FORWARD to my 10 year reunion. Go Tigers!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Wine Label Friday // Custom Design

Today....I'm hungover.

Hangovers hurt much more as an adult than as a college student. I'm not sure how I could bounce back so fast after a bender. These days it takes me a minimum of three days and about 5 gallons of water to fully recover and feel like a human. Getting old(er) sucks. Okay, it kind've does. I won't knock it completely. But, the paychecks - yeah, those are nice.

How appropriate that I'm posting wine labels on today's blog post. Saying wine doesn't really affect me but the word that rhymes with fin and starts with a G...well, now I want to take a least I didn't dry heave.

Anyhow, I've never actually even met Jessica. My BFF Emily who last year moved to Shanghai recommended me to design her custom labels. So, we properly were introduced through Gmail. That intranets is a beautiful thing.

Speaking of beauty - do you like any of these? The top one was the winner winner - cheeseburger dinner. Crap. Now I want a cheeseburger.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Never Too Old // Bachelorette Party T-shirt Design

Seriously, I'll never get to old for Bachelorette Parties.

Never. You think I will - but I most definitely won't.

Especially when they consist of cramming a cabin in the middle of nowhere with 12 amazing girls. Especially when it happens to be Miss Barb Smith getting married. Especially when the girls are some of the nicest, funniest women you've ever met. And Barb, I love that girl. I love when you can see the love between two people and everyone celebrates it! And I haven't even met her fiance, Chris yet! Her wedding is next month in July and if the bachelorette party was any indication how much fun the wedding is going to be - I hope I don't get arrested!! :)

Since it's not allowed that I post any pictures from the bachelorette party. I'll just show you the t-shirt design that all the girls rocked on a plum t-shirt. I would post pictures of the t-shirt - but, ummm - they don't quite make the PG cut of this blog.

The top design is the winner winner - chicken dinner.

Which one is your fav?

Handsome Gavin // Baby Announcement Design

I'm just gonna say it.

I love designing baby announcements.

There is nothing better than designing the first thing a mother sends out to "show off" their new baby.

I don't get to see Brooke as much as I would like to. It actually has been quite some time since I've saw her and many of my fellow Purdue DZ sorority sisters - but the great part - we can always pick up right where we left off. So, I was thrilled to design Brooke & Grant's announcement of their handsome Gavin.

Take a look!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Design Thursday // My Motto

I don't care who you are - happiness looks good on everyone. I love the feeling of smiling so much that your ears hurt. Yeah, you thought I was going to say cheeks. But, I'm weird like that, and smiling so much makes my ears turn red and get so sore. But you know what they say, no pain - no gain.

SO go on. Be happy. Smile so much it hurts. And if you have any good jokes - send 'em my way!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Design Tuesday | Boys Wall Art

So I have this friend that I like to call Whit-dogg.

We've been BFF's since we've been in kindergarten.

We've been through up's and down's. Definitely more up's though.

She's the kind of gal you can always count on. No matter what. We don't see each other nearly as much as we used to or would like to, for that matter. But, she's the kind of friend that you pick right back up where you last left off every time you see her. And I have mad love for her.

And her little man, Parks.

So, I just thought rather than going and picking out a toy for Parks' first birthday (even though they do have some killer toys out these days) - I thought I'd do something more memorable. Maybe not so much for Parks (I'm pretty sure he can't read his new art) - but more for Whit-dogg. Because she's amazing - and everyone deserves new pretty wall art.

The countdown for NKOTB in St. Louis is on, Whit-Dogg! June can't get here fast enough!!