About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

In a Word: Watermelon

Happy Independence Day everybody! As much as I want you read my post, I sure do hope you are spending some time outside in the sun with friends today. In my opinion there’s no better way to celebrate the 4th then a good old fashioned cook out with burgers, brats, potato salad, cold watermelon and fresh lemonade.

watermelon roundup by Jamie Bartlett

I used to hate watermelon. I thought it was too watery and the texture was a little strange. I would still make myself eat it because I thought it was one of those fruits everyone should like. Plus its just cool how you eat it off the rind and spit out the seeds. That was worth it to me even if I didn’t quite care for the taste. This summer is probably the first summer that I’ve really enjoyed it. I think I have probably bought about 3 or 4 already and I plan on enjoying a few more before fall comes.

If you don’t get a chance to devour any today, here are a few for you to enjoy until you can get your hands on some.

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

In a Word: Shells

She sells seashells by the sea shore.

Now say that 5 times fast. It’s a tongue twister. I can hardly read it let alone say it more than once. Shells have always amazed me; they’re beautiful, little creatures live inside of them and you can even hear the sound of the ocean if you listen closely. Pretty cool, huh? I always have so much fun visiting the beach and searching for shells. It feel like a little treasure hunt. I still have a shell that I saved from my first visit to the ocean years ago. I’m sentimental like that.

shells roundup by Jamie Bartlett

While searching for images for this post I was pleasantly surprised with how many lovely shell things are out there both to purchase and to make. I’m really loving the little shell necklace and you can’t tell me those shell pets aren’t the cutest things you’ve ever seen. They remind me of Marcel the Shell With Shoes on. If you haven’t seen him before you should check him out here.

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

In a Word: Rocks

When I was a kid I used to collect rocks. I would spend my time outside in search of the most magnificent rocks. If they were sparkly, smooth or had a unique shape I quickly snatched them up, dusted them off and placed them carefully in my rock box where they sat for many years.

I have since set my rock collection free and placed them back in nature where they belong — or at least where some other curious little kid can start their own collection. While I haven’t gathered rocks of my own in a while, I still appreciate their unique beauty. I wouldn’t mind picking up all of these rocks for a new collection.

rocks / roundup by Jamie Bartlett

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

In a Word: Picnic

Memorial Day is just around the corner! To me it always feels like summer officially starts after Memorial Day; and what better to celebrate than with a picnic? Growing up my family always got together with a bunch of friends for a big pot luck picnic. I grew up in Michigan and some how it always managed to rain that day. We made the best of it though and had tons of fun anyway.

picnic roundup by Jamie Bartlett

We just moved to a new neighborhood and there is this big park that I’m just dying to check out. One of these weekends I plan on breaking out our croquet set, packing a nice lunch and heading down there for some good old fashion picnicking. Do you have any Memorial Day plans? A picnic maybe? Just don’t forget the insect repellent or those pesky little ants might eat all your food!

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

In a Word: Branches

Twig Colored Pencils from Our Wedding Invites

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of branches branching out into the design world (pun intended). I have to say I’m loving this trend. It’s the perfect way to bring a little bit of the rustic outdoors into your living space. Branches have a lovely color, inconsistent shape and rough texture to them making the possibilities endless. You can spray paint them, wrap them in string, put them in a vase, or even build a shelf with them.

When I first got married (two years ago in two weeks!) my husband and I, like most newlyweds didn’t have much to decorate our apartment. So one afternoon we took a walk outside, gathered up a few branches and wrapped them in yarn to decorated our living room. It was a fun a quick project to do together.

Here are a few branch inspired images I gathered up that I just love.

roundup of branches by Jamie Bartlett

Next time you’re outside doing yard-work or hiking through the mountains, pick up a few branches. I’m sure you can think of something creative to do with them or just look around the internet. There are a ton of ideas out there to inspire you.

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.