Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in review

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This year has been so full… full of puppy kisses and baby snuggles, lots of time at the theater, new cars and new Bibles, road trips and adventures, a new language and celebrated anniversaries, a weight loss journey and a couple new entries into my Hair Diaries. Thank you 2013 for the joys, the lessons, the struggles and the blessings. And welcome 2014…we’re so ready for you!

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What are some of your highlights from 2013?
What are you most looking forward to next year?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Let’s Begin Sewing

It has been my pleasure to work with Rachel of Let’s Begin Sewing on a logo and blog design during the last few months. She was looking for something simple, streamlined, and classic but that still told the story of her blog. She wanted a place where people just starting out with sewing would feel at home and would be able to learn from her journey.

We started with the logo itself and I landed on the idea of using a spool of thread as the basic shape. This logo went through many a revision, mostly because I was thinking about it too much…imagine that! But once I focused on the simplicity of the concept we found something that I think works perfectly. I love the final logo design.

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And then I took this concept, with its fonts and shapes and converted it into a full, but clean and simple blog design for Rachel. She chose a lovely green for her little pop accent color that I think works so good and allows the colors of her quilting and sewing projects to be the life of the blog. I’m so happy with how this all came together. See the site live here.

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Thanks so much for picking me for your logo and blog design, Rachel. It was a pleasure to work with you. I hope you enjoy your blog design for a long time to come!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Lavender hair dreams

I have had a super short hair cut for a year in January, and I am just loving it. I kept thinking I was going to start growing it out now, but I like it so much I figured, why? Right?! But…being the Shaina we all know, I did need to change it up a bit. I don’t know where I saw lavender hair first, but I started pinning a bunch of fun images of girls with purple and lavender hair on my Beautiful Hair board.

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So many fun ideas! That, plus my favorite girl, WhippyCake’s short cut and I had my idea set. Once again I went to my favorite stylist and cousin, Hannah. We have so much fun doing my hair together in her kitchen. We painted nails while the color processed, played with her baby Harper and watched the boys play video games. It was a perfect Saturday. Here are the results…my before and after pictures.

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We started with really vibrant purple knowing it would fade to that really pretty lavender with time. I love how it turned out…the color and the shape. I think it’s a fun way to start the next year. I can’t believe its going to be 2014 already.

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What are you planning on doing to jump-start your new year?
Planning a fun hair change like me? I’d love to hear about it!