Star and Stars

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with stars. I have a neglected Pinterest board of star projects. (I have an absolute love-dislike-hate relationship with Pinterest. A post for another day). It all started with this star hair clip from the Fall 2012 Rodarte Fashion show. Beautiful, that hair clip was. I haven’t gotten around to making one but there have been a ton of DIY’s about it. In addition to wanting to make that star clip, I have two boxes full of star Christmas ornaments. I have tons of star stickers and strands of festive star garlands. I have some acrylic star buttons and a star cookie cutter for the cookies my son refuses to eat. And a set of star sheets for our bed, as well as some cheap-o star lights I bought on clearance at Ikea. I think I have some star stamps, too. What can I say, my eyes are full of stars. (Wait, is that a quote?  Can I make a poster of that?)

Anywho, the star clip got me to thinking about a quote I saw on a greeting card. It said, “We are made of stars. -Hungarian proverb”

  1. First off, I thought I bought it to save and display. Can’t find it anywhere.
  2. If you try to Google, “we are made of stars”, two things come up. That song by Moby and a quote from Carl Sagan. Not quite what I was looking for.
  3. No way, shape or form was that Hungarian. I tried all sorts of variations and nothing even remotely matched.

I’ve been looking for the source of that damn card for years now off and on, whenever I’m bored and I remember to look. Finally, last month or so, I found it! It’s actually part of a longer Serbian proverb. It’s actually a lovely sentiment.

Here’s the poster I did with the proverb:

Click photo. Right click to save or drag to desktop. Use and enjoy.

I tried to use a stock photo from NASA’s public domain of their universe photos but I couldn’t get the visuals and text to work in a way that I liked. This is not quite what I had in mind but it comes close. I might redo it in the future, haven’t decided yet. I still like it though.

Please use and enjoy! Have a spectacular weekend!



French Motivation

Continuing with my word posters…My mom worked at a bank when I was growing up. They were throwing out a bunch of those corporate motivation posters. Ick. My mother brought some of them home so that we could decorate our rooms and I choose one with this desolate-looking tree. I mean, it looked like it was straight from a nuclear blast site.  I can still see it in my mind, all barren except for the sad tree. Above the tree was this quote,

* “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” 

Now, I was only like eleven or twelve, and I had no flipping clue what that could mean. I had so many stupid questions about that poster that kept me up at night: Was it saying that summer was gonna be awesome, that I was gonna be awesome, that I was only gonna be awesome in the summer? What does invincible mean? Why is the tree dead? Why do I have a dead tree on a poster on my wall? And who is this Albert Cay-mus person? And so on, and so on. I stared at the poster for years and now I intensely regret that I threw it out for whatever boy band poster I replaced it with. (See, I can’t even remember what boy band! Oh, the folly of youth.)

Fast forward to a few years ago when I read The Stranger and a bunch of other essays from Albert Camus for a French literature class. That quote is staring at me in French! All those memories came flooding back. Suddenly, that quote isn’t so foreign anymore. It’s quite profound. I’ve used that quote as an email signature for years now and every time I see it reminds me of so much hopefulness that is within us and within the world.

When I made this poster, I initially wanted to recreate that poster from my childhood but the image that came to mind was more, well, it was more the lack thereof of images. I kept seeing the words on a colored background. Not too much work to make this but feel free to download it and be inspired.

Click photo. Then right click and save or drag to desktop. Use and enjoy.


*  (P.S. Holy shit! You’ve got to love the internet! I found a picture of the poster! I had to re-edit bits of this post because of the discovery. It wasn’t quite as I remembered.)

Words and more

Since starting my new job, I’ve had the opportunity to use the latest version of InDesign and Photoshop and it brought to mind some ideas that I’ve been mulling over. One of them involves something that The Boy said that made me teary-eyed. I’m not gonna share that with you until I perfect it. If I can pull this one off, I want to have it printed as a poster. But the other projects, I don’t mind sharing. They involve taking words and phrases or pictures and turning them into posters.

As you can tell, word phrase posters are all the rage right now. Everybody and their cat have done a take on the “Keep Calm” posters. I don’t necessarily want to create that exact poster with my own witticism but I am drawn to those posters. I think it all goes back to being in a bookstore in Switzerland ten years ago.  I bought something, not sure what, but the bag that they put my purchase in was a this tiny, little plastic bag, with about thirty, forty French verbs, arranged in a mute colored, justified rectangle. Some words were green, some red, some yellow. All the verbs were emotional, like, to love (aimer), to read (lire), to enjoy (s’amuser), to dream (rêver), etc. I loved the look of that bag!! I kept it for many years until it was lost in a move. I’ve put together many advertising pieces for work based on that bag. Now it’s time to make something for me.

Here’s the first one.

Click photo, then right click to save or drag to desktop. Use and enjoy.

I wanted to share some photos of our trip to Cannon Beach but quite frankly only a few came out as anything you’d want to look at. Like this one above. I ran across this word and after looking up the definition, I kept thinking about the ocean. The waves, the calm and peacefulness, how you can be on a crowded beach and the only noise you hear is the waves. (Have I mentioned how much I love the ocean?). I had already made this poster using a stock photo of water that I found in Word but when I saw that my own picture of the ocean looked better, I went with that instead.

Anyway, I hope you like it. And if you like, you’re more than welcome to download it to use it as a desktop photo. This is my first time putting up something that (I hope) can be downloaded.  I’ll be testing this, but please let me know if it came out alright or if you have other suggestions. I’m gonna go ahead and put up the other two that I have.