I haven’t been posting, and I haven’t updated the site in longer than I’d like to admit. I’ve been working on a HUGE project, and it recently came to life. Pun intended.

My husband and I recently welcomed a healthy, happy, baby girl into our lives. Everyone, meet Lola. She’s pretty badass. We’re still figuring out the schedule around the tiny human, so I hope to get back to updating things soon!

I like to doodle during meetings, and lately I’ve had the same sketchbook handy while doing so, and this group of sketches have come to life. Random brain dump… aka, weirdness. I think my favorite is the waffle section. I’d rock a shirt that said ‘the syrup runs deep’ on it; I might have to make that come to life. #meetingnotes

Lately I’ve been obsessed with #neon. Half of my appreciation comes from the amazing skill it takes to actually make the delicate and bold messages out of glass and gas. Apparently the trade of ‘tube bending’ is not as big as it once was. I’d honestly LOVE to take a stab at making my own sign one day, but I know my chances of that happening are slim to none.

Artists, historians and preservationists are fighting to save neon, and I sincerely hope they keep it alive and well. You can learn all about how it came to be, and how it exists today in the amazing TUBE BENDERS episode from 99% Invisible.

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

I dare you not to dance/sing along to these…

Find a few songs that get you feeling the groove and keep them in your arsenal. Music is so cathartic, and healing. If you ever get the opportunity, take 15-20 minutes to research music and the affect it has on the human brain. It’s amazing what causes those synapses to fire! Who knows what will pop into your head when they do.

Brain_Scans

It may be that summer is here, or that we’ve all been spending a lot of time outside… I can’t help but draw inspiration from nature. Our world is a gorgeous place and we move so fast through it we often forget to stop and admire.

Thanks David Guetta & Sia… #rallycry #getit #igotthis

Barn quilts have been around for hundreds of years, and most that are still around from the earliest days have their own unique history. Quilt blocks began being painted onto squares of wood and adorned on barns once paint was readily available and affordable. People chose certain blocks to reflect particular meanings. In the early 2000s, there was a resurgence of barn quilts, and most likely the ones you see today.

If there is a barn quilt trail near you, I highly recommend taking a day to road trip and document. The history of certain patterns is inspirational, and I dare you to come away without feeling inspired…

 

Honesty moment:
I have never finished a sketchbook, cover to cover… Until now.

I know it’s a waste, and if you combine the sketches and notes from all of them into one journal, I would have multiple completed. There’s just something in me that loves the blank slate. That’s why I’m so excited to have finished my first, cover to cover.

I like Moleskine journals for my doodling and sketching needs. I find the 9 x 14’s with the Art Plus pages to be best for my pens and inks. I like the thickness of the pages, and the way it takes the ink for the most part. It scans well, and when you want, you can lay it flat to utilize both pages in a spread.

In our home, there are Moleskines tucked into nooks all over. In the past, if I felt compelled to doodle, I’d just grab one. The unofficial rule is that you should always carry a sketchbook with you… but I’m either a rule breaker, or just plain forgetful. When I started my latest #365Project, I was travelling a lot for work and family events. This forced me to keep one of my Moleskine journals with me at all times. Soon, it became like my shadow, and I was taking it to work with me every day, even if I didn’t have time to take it out of my bag. I adorned it with a trusty sticker, and it became a totem for me. Last week, I filled in the final page… 

I plan on keeping up with the momentum, I’ve already begun working in my latest Moleskine and continue to carry it with me. I even added another sticker to it to keep with the theme of the last one. We shall see what happens…

Moleskine Journals by Abby Sweet

As a creative person, there are a lot of people I admire. Being a creative person in Kansas City, I am surrounded by a plethora of talented people. Kansas City is the home of a major amount of midwest ad agencies, amazing startups, and an insane amount of people making a huge mark in the culture. Some of these people I am blessed to call my friends. One such person is Andrew Chen.

Andrew and I have never actually met. We’ve worked on the same projects through third parties, and we’ve emailed a few times in support and admiration. The dude is super cool, has great skills, and a super talented wife who has a gorgeous voice. It’s an honor to live in the same city as talent like this. If you have the time, check out his work.

AndrewChen

He’s also participating in a #365Project with illustration! He posts updates on his Instagram.