January 31, 2009

Sale @ Abigail A. Percy

I love everything (everything!) that Abigail A. Percy makes. She's having a sale right now! Can't justify a purchase at the moment, but some day I will. Absolutely.

In the meantime, if you have the money, you should buy some because it's simply beauteous. And you can even see her process and inspiration on her blog, which I think is neato.

Here's what she says on her Etsy profile:

My work is inspired by a personal love and fascination for historical repeat pattern design, particularly floral. I love to spend time sourcing natural imagery to interpret into jewellery, and like nothing better than rumaging for beautiful vintage design at flea markets abroad.

And she's from Glasgow, Scotland, which is just cool in itself.

Abigail's Etsy shop.
Abigail's website.
Abigail's blog.

[image from here]

If it sounds like I have a crush on her, it's because I do.

Hallelujah, America!

Just discovered this beautiful Maira Kalman art story in the NYT, via Lena Corwin's blog. And I'm so glad I did. What beautiful art. I love her typography. And copy. And delightful emotion.

January 28, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On

This feels good right now:

I'm ready to hang one of these in my bedroom. I've seen them everywhere online, for months—even years. Now I think I'm really ready to have one of my own. The message is perfect—and I'm sure many can relate right now. Chin up!

The yellow makes me happy.

[Tippy top yellow from here, middle yellow found here, bottom yellow from here, bottom red from here. Looks like the trusty place to purchase a screenprinted one is from sfgirlbybay on Etsy, for $25. And the history behind the poster is definitely worth reading.]

January 27, 2009


Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie:

Becca just sent me this magical music video. It's mesmerizing and wonderful and soothing and it must have taken a lot of time, patience, and fun.

We're debating whether or not it was created by stringing multiple still digital photo shots together, or if it was originally filmed, and snippets were taken out to make it choppy and stop-action-like. Thoughts?

I miss blogging. And I miss Becca.

But she's moving back to this side of the country so soon!

Graphic Designers in Love

Scott sent me this today:

Though he's not a graphic designer, he knows what kerning is. I'm so proud ; )

[From toothpastefordinner.com]

January 18, 2009


Finished my graphic design resumé today! Click to see a bigger version, and of course, if you'd like to have a high-res version to print, just email me at Sarah.Erin.Rosenthal [at] gmail.com. I can also send you a PDF sample of my design work.

January 15, 2009

Job Hunt

Hey there!

I'm just going to throw this right out there into the open:

I'm on the search for a new job!

Unfortunately I was laid off by Orange Element this week, due to a lack of clients and projects. You can pretty much sum up my wide range of emotions this week with: shocked, lonely, lost, and a little bit excited.

I really loved my job, but I'm convinced I'll find something else to make me just as happy, if not happier. It's going to take some time, a lot of effort, and all the help I can get.

So! If you have any advice, leads, connections, freelance opportunities—please send it all my way.

Also, I'm not limiting myself to graphic design jobs. Though I do have a passion for design, I miss interacting with people more often. As a designer, I sit in front of a computer for at least eight hours a day, with very little social interaction. That's rough some days. (But I'm still not ruling design out, either!)

Some things I've been thinking about—could I teach (elementary? HS?)? Work at a University? In admissions? Student Activities? Event plan? Brand Market? Work in social media? Teach for America? A staff job of some kind at a Non-Profit? Back to school?

I'm not sure what I'd be qualified for. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and I can send you my resumé if you'd like to know more. I can also send you a PDF portfolio with samples of my design work. And if you want to donate a copy of Dreamweaver to me, I can have a website, too.

I got my last job because Garret read one of my blog posts, so I figured it's worth a shot. Hopefully I haven't already spent all of my get-a-job-through-my-blog tokens.


January 14, 2009

Wine Bottle Herb Planters

I was trying to find a thoughtful, inexpensive, green gift for everyone over the holidays, and then I saw this DIY over at Design*Sponge, and I had to try it. Vases made from wine bottles! How cool?! This process got to be quite tedious, but it was fun to try, and they turned out pretty well.

Instead of using them as vases, I made them into little herb planters. I got some little black rocks (meant for the bottom of a fish tank), some soil, and some basil, chive, and rosemary seeds. I put the rocks at the bottom of the bottles so the soil drains properly.

Aren't they cute? Probably cuter with sprouts.

Word has it that the basil and chives have sprouted and are now an inch tall! Keep me posted on their progress, gardeners! I'd love to see photos.

January 13, 2009

RealSimple: Chicken Tomato Sauté

Scott and I made this last week.
It was so easy and yummy! And it only used one pot!

Recipe from Real Simple, but I didn't have tarragon, so we used thyme.

January 12, 2009

Happy New Year!

This year we celebrated the New Year at Kristyn & Mike's place! They have a gorgeous apartment that overlooks the harbor. Sadly, the fireworks were canceled due to wind, but we still had a great time!

I'm excited about this next year. I have a few goals—the overall goal is to be more active. Get out, have fun, ride my new bike, go for walks, spend time with friends, go on a cross-country road trip this summer... If you have any ideas, please share!

And my more specific resolution is to drink at least 64oz. of water a day. I'm going strong, 11 days and counting! How are your resolutions going so far? I decided I'm focusing on one new, specific thing each month for 2009. I'll post more about that soon.

Looking forward to a year full of happiness : )
May yours be happy, too!

January 11, 2009

Perfect Rug Update!

Lookie there! The perfect rug is now in my bedroom, thanks to Mama Zero. This post is long overdue, because I've actually had it since the beginning of December (it arrived as a surprise package at work—I was definitely surprised and thrilled!). It's just taken me till now to get my room looking nice enough for a photo.

Please excuse the mass amounts of green. I decided not to paint my room since I'll only be in this house for a year or so. I like green, but not that shade of green...can't hardly wait to have my own place some day!

Thank you thank you! This was definitely one of my favorite presents of 2008 : )

January 9, 2009

My Mom's Website Launched!

After we collaborated a bit over the holidays, my mom launched her teacher website! I'm so excited for her. I think she has the best one at her high school, not that I'm biased or anything ; )

As her graphic designing daughter, I'm so proud!

By the way, mom, can you please send me all the course materials for your classes? Your website makes me want to enroll in high school again.

Alien Robot Dude

Does anyone know the story behind this little guy? We spotted him just outside the Baltimore Science Center, at the corner of Light Street and Key Highway. Rachel says she saw one in Philly. What's the story?

I love these little mysteries.

January 8, 2009


Taken in the backyard at my home in St. Louis. Mom needed pics for her teacher website. I'll link to it when it's up!

January 7, 2009

Ikea Pots & Vases

Oh, Ikea and your beautiful, inexpensive vases and pots. I love. If only I could keep something alive other than my indestructible pothos plants, but alas, my house is so cold and dry.

No offense to the pothos—I love them, but I just want some basil. I'm so good at killing basil.

The yellow one (top, left) is now perched on my mantle. The color is the perfect blend of mellow and perky.

[clockwise from top, left: OVATION vase $12.99 // FARM vase $1.99 // VARM plant pot $19.99 // KAKAO plant pot $2.99 // FLANOR plant pot $4.99]


Spotted this near Harbor East. Finally took a picture while on my way to lunch with Garret and Rachel. I love walking by it, but it's a shame that so many people have tried to take it down! I can only assume they just wanted it for themselves.

January 1, 2009

Is that a pigeon?

Because I think it's a pigeon.

Bros by Panda Bear.