project 365 | days 111 thru 126

I’m taking a break from all the Cooper Young Festival art updates for a different kind of update.

Yes. I’m still plugging away on Project 365. Since I’m way behind on the recap, there will hopefully be another Project 365 post later this week. To catch up on all my Project 365 posts—starting at day 1—you can go here, scroll down to the bottom and select older posts. Today we’re starting with Day 111. As always, click on images to enlarge.

Day 111, I think these types of towels are manufactured to see how many times they can make adults go “awwwwwwwwwwwww!” Like, you can’t look at my little nephew here and not absolutely fall in love with him. Unless you have no soul. And this just in: Babies. Weigh. A. Lot. I can’t hold that little chunker for more than five minutes before I have to pass him along to someone else. What? I told you. I’m not good with babies. Day 112, dinner and drinks at Slider Inn, whose slogan reads, “Nice and Easy.” Slider Inn. Nice and Easy. There are so many different ways I could go with that (insert that’s what she said joke here), I would rather just allow you to use your own imagination.

 

Day 113, I’m a woman. Of course I saw Magic Mike opening weekend with a group of 14 or so friends. Obviously, we all loved it. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough Matt Bomer. You can never have enough of perfection. Day 114, this is what the side of my parents’ pool looks like when my four year old nephew goes over to swim. We have more water guns than total members of our extended family.

 

Day 115, as a graphic designer, I have a really hard time sticking with one blog design. I get sick of it after about two or three weeks and decide it’s time for a re-design. I can’t help it. It’s ingrained into my DNA. I’m actually surprised this design is still currently on the blog as of this post. No promises if you check back in a week. Day 116, this is what my office parking lot looked like the day before the July 4th holiday. I was literally the last person there. I guess it’s because I’m just such a hard worker. Yeah, we’ll go with that one.

 

Day 117, Happy 4th of July! I celebrated with friends, family, lots of hyper children, BBQ, enough random dips & appetizers to feed a small army and of course some Coors Light encased in my Alma Mater. Hail State! Day 118, every time I paint, I use the same acrylic art palette to mix all my colors. When the paint starts to get too thick and clumpy and distracting, I simply scrape it off with a razor blade and it’s like I have a brand new palette. By the look of it right now, it’s about time for a scraping. Oh, and apparently, the last thing I painted was the color of diarrhea. Either that, or Mulligan (seen here lounging in the background) is very sneaky.

 

Day 119, this was the week my sister went out of town to visit friends in Nashville and took the terror puppy with her. Similar to the previous picture, Mulligan reveled in his unlimited freedom. He finally got rid of the slobbery hyper thing with big paws and rank breath (not you, Kristen)! I don’t think he was very pleased when Maddie trotted back in after only a week. Day 120, whenever my mom has dinner/evening plans that don’t involve my dad, my sister and I take him out so he won’t end up sitting at home with a Hungry Man Dinner or a chicken pot pie. With Kristen gone, I ended up taking him to Genghis Grill so he could escape the ladies night of daiquiris and wine taking place in his kitchen. I cherish my father-daughter date nights and I think he was very thankful.

 

Day 121, I love my lazy Sundays. Lazy Sundays without the puppy dropping slobbery duck squeaker toys and rubber tug of war rings in my lap every five minutes? Perfection. Mulligan agrees. Day 122, I got my latest book from Barnes & Noble in the mail: Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. I can’t say enough how ridiculously awesome this book is. If you’re tired of the poorly written mommy porn currently sitting atop the Bestseller list, go out and buy this book. Immediately. Beautiful writing, real characters, humor, suspense, shocking twists & turns that manipulate and guide you thru this amazing story…if I hear another person rave about 50 Shades of Suck, I will smack them atop the head with Gillian Flynn’s masterpiece of a novel. At 415 pages, it’s a pretty hefty hardcover, so watch out. Read it.

 

Day 123, have you heard my sister and I have a booth at the 2012 Cooper Young Festival? I’ve been working non-stop designing some typography prints to sell. Here, I made a Cooper-Young specific typography “city print” full of places and things around my wonderful neighborhood. It’s listed in my Etsy shop here and I’ve blogged about it before here. September 15th can’t come soon enough. Day 124, since I was planning on opening up an Etsy shop and needed new business cards for the art festival (and because I call myself a graphic designer), I figured it was time to get serious about creating myself a personal logo. I’ve toyed around with various designs in the past, but could never decide or stick with one (cough, like my blog design, cough). I think I’ve finally found one I really like. It incorporates my initials (LEA), my art (paintbrush) and my writing (scroll pen tip). Hopefully, I’ll be able to stick with this one for a while.

 

Day 125, I officially launched my Etsy Shop. Thank you everyone for the wonderful feedback and please keep shopping :). Day 126, ah…the terror puppy. The cute-adorable-little-devil that recently chewed up my fairly new Toms. I’ve written before about Maddie’s talent for tapping out SOS messages on our back door (go here). For some reason, she thinks the only way to get our attention to let her inside is to jump like a track star and fling her entire body into our glass door. I mean, why go with a simple bark when you can display your olympian level high jump skills? Why go for a simple scratch of the paw when you can leap high enough to collide the entire underside of your body with the door? She’s so talented. Are there puppy olympics? Because I volunteer Maddie for the High Jump. And if there is a category for Who has the hardest body of puppy steel, I volunteer her for that one, too. Bring home the gold, Maddie.

 

That’s 16 and done. Since I’m currently on day 146, I’ve got more Project 365 on the way this week. Stay tuned!

– lindsey archer

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  1. Shu

     /  August 26, 2012

    Lindsey, totally loving the typographic prints you’re making for CY-Fest! Wanted to know, where are you getting these printed? They look really nice, and I have some postcards I want to have printed for a fall bazaar. Thank you!

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