To Appreciate / Design

 

      Hi there! While this candle smells amazing, it was really the packaging that got me. The pretty pink triangles and the font are spot on! 

      Not to mention that it's in a pretty lidded jar. All of the heart eyes! 

      Overall, it's the clean lines combined with the scattered shapes that really draw the eye. If you're going to have candles out on display, might as well pick cute ones! Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend! 

For Design Appreciation

 

       Hi there! Today's Design Appreciation is all about the beautiful packaging of Simply Gum! 

       This gum is the perfect example of clean, modern design. To start, the simple white background set against a contrasting black font and the photo of ginger keeps the focus on the natural flavor you are getting. 

       I also love the square box shape. It sets the gum apart from the usual rectangle packaging of almost any other brand of gum.  

      Lastly, the ingredients and nutrition factors on the backside of the packaging are fairly innovative. The ingredients being so few makes for a fun design challenge. How do you fill space with little to say? Well they do it in the very cool way of having small blocks of the 6 ingredients photographed and presented in a neat line, while listing them below. This way, you can literally see what you are getting, which is so rare nowadays! All that's left is a small nutrition box, and you've got "simply gum". One last cool feature I didn't think to photograph was the gum wrappers they include seperately inside to deposit your used gum in before tossing! So genius! 

      Thanks for reading, and enjoy this snowy (at least here in the Midwest!) Sunday!  

Book of the Month: Discussion

 

     Good morning! Today, we are discussing September's Book of the Month: Walden! I ended up loving it, and it was refreshing to read something insightful for a change. Usually, I just love a good story, but every now and then, it's important to read books that require a deeper thought process than just reactions to an exciting plot twist. Some have called this book boring, and in a way, it is. There's really no dialogue, but once you get past the general expectation that all books require dialogue, you can accept this book as one man's point of view on the state of his life, and read it as an opinion piece on the principles of living.

     Thoreau covers topics whose relevancy is everlasting. Economy, solitude, and self-reliance are all essential to the understanding of what is necessary to truly live a minimal life. Walden was Thoreau's experiment to test his own independence from money, company, and in general, the expected "necessities" put forth by society. Can he really live away from the rest of the world, on very little money (which back then, was even littler than today's living standards), and without the luxuries that most people subconsciously deemed vital? That was the ultimate question. Whether it was actually un-civilized to lead a perfectly productive life alone in the woods was what he sought to answer.

     On economy, Thoreau points out that he built and constructed his own house in the woods, for far less than the average family pays each month to live in an already built house. He makes the argument that if we utilize what's readily available to us, it makes better economic sense in the long run to just do it yourself. Humans are capable of making their own things, but most choose to buy instead, in the end paying more for the convenience than the product itself. Obviously, this is still true today, though I've taken to making when I can and only buying when necessary. Most consumers still prefer to do what's easiest, which is their prerogative, but brings us to Thoreau's point that it's unnecessary. You can build your own house, you can make your own tomato sauce, and you can shine your own shoes. It is possible to live life with very little and get along just fine, which is a lesson I think most would agree is very useful to remember.

     On solitude, Thoreau proves that life alone is doable, but don't expect to not hear voices as your mind adjusts to not hearing any real ones for awhile. It's hard to be alone sometimes, but it's essential to being well adjusted. How can you live a sociable and authentic life, without first flourishing solely on your own? You can't interact genuinely with others until you've been alone with your own thoughts. You must know yourself before you can really know anyone else, and Thoreau succeeds in that aspect. Solitude gave him that, and it also made him go a little insane for a bit. When you don't have anyone to interact with, your mind interacts with itself, which I would venture to say is normal in that situation. It's your brains way of working it's own problems out, and all you have to do is listen to find understanding. Being alone made Thoreau appreciate company in a way that he wouldn't have otherwise.

     On self-reliance, Thoreau learned it's possible to be independent from all of the things society says we should be dependent on: money, each other, the government, etc. It's extreme, but it's true. You can hunt and farm your own food, you can build a house without assistance, as stated above, you can resource and protect your life without help from officials. Minimal existence can be lived, but it's important to remember that you don't have to isolate yourself to achieve some of these aspects of an essentialist lifestyle. Thoreau lives it but ultimately leaves it, having learned what he needed to from that life. Adopting key principles from Mr. Thoreau will do the trick, and in my opinion, that's the point of this book. He's not saying, you have to do all of these things that I did to get there, but he is saying that you can learn from his experience. Live your life with these things in mind, and you'll find happiness in your independence from self-doubt and the pressure that society puts on the public.

    I'm curious to know your own thoughts on Walden, so leave me some comments below or email me to discuss further! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Book of the Month: September

 

     Good morning! Though I may have hinted heavily at this book being my next fall read over on Instagram, it's time to make it official on the blog. Walden will be the book of the month for September, and honestly, reading it has been a long time coming. The only reason I've put it off in the past is because I've heard it can be boring. As is my usual fashion, I've decided to see for myself. Fall is a great time for reflection, and Walden is one big book of it, so let's get to reading!

For Art Appreciation

 
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Hi there! Today's Art Appreciation focuses on this post card made by Hammerpress, which is based out of KC. Last weekend, Bailey and I visited St. Louis with my best friend Cat, who is a local from the suburbs around the city. We shopped at the Galleria, which I've loved since I was a kid (I've always had a thing for shopping), and stopped in the West Elm home decor store. They had a small selection of cards from Hammerpress and a couple of other Missouri-based studios. 

I selected this post card, mostly because I've been following Hammerpress for the last year or so, and try and pick up something of theirs any time I can. I also liked the post card backing on this, and the ornately designed "place stamp here" box. Their designs are hand pressed, and most people don't realize the work that goes into creating hand pressed and letter pressed designs. You have to hand carve stamps, and often times use original machines and equipment made specifically for these small, detailed works. That's pretty rare nowadays, in our digitally manufactured world. 

While I probably won't ever actually mail this, I like having the option to if I want. Who knows, maybe on our next excursion, I'll bring it along and surprise my family with a post card in the mail. Now that I think about that, I realize it's an excellent idea, so mom and dad, be on the lookout for a random post card here or there! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your Sunday! 

For Lettering

 

Hello! This weekends lettering was inspired by a wall mural I saw on Pinterest. It had this phrase lettered out on the wall, and it really struck me as true. I think this is something that every human could care to remember. 

It's easy to forget that we are in charge of our own happiness, but once you remember it, life becomes way more simple. Go do something that brings instant happiness people, you won't regret it!