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: Cacti

Cacti Flower Friday by Jeff Hamm

I have a secret obsession with cacti. I am not sure why I keep this fascination a secret. It may have something to do with my guilt about accidentally killing a cute little cactus last year. I am definitely one of those people that can kill a cactus. Which is unfortunate because I love them so.

cacti / roundup by Katie Wade

So I satiate my cacti appetite by browsing lovely cacti images on the web. I love the color range found in succulents and so many artists capture the amazing colors of cacti. There is something sweet about the individuality of each cactus but the fact that cacti on the whole have such recognizable characteristics.  I do not become particularly attached to plants but for some reason, each cactus seems to have it’s own personality that draws me in.

Did you know some cacti can live as long as 300 years? You might think that would involve some seriously wrinkled skin but it seems the secret to aging well is moisture retention. (That was a sad little joke. Could I at least get a pity laugh?) For more cactus facts, visit here.

About Katie Wade

Katie is the creative spirit behind Lemon Jitters, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: an obsession with kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.

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: Strawberry

Brownie Pizza by I Am Baker

Strawberries are like the popular middle-school girls of fruit-land. How many times have you seen someone draw a smiley face on a cantaloupe? None. Strawberries are the cutest fruit, right? Don’t try to tell me you think oranges are cuter. No way. Strawberries have held celebrity status in our society for centuries.

And for good reason. They can be whatever you want — sophisticated, cute, sweet, sexy … but I have to admit, I don’t actually like strawberries. I love strawberry flavor/juice but I cannot handle the texture of strawberry seeds (this is the story of my life — can’t handle food textures). This texture-phobia does not stop me from enjoying the sweet, delicious flavor of strawberry. Strawberry jelly + peanut butter on toast? DONE. Gimme, gimme. And I’ll take that strawberry stuffie from Art Goodies, too.

strawberry roundup by Katie Wade

I just learned that the average strawberry has 200 seeds. Sounds like my worst nightmare. Learn more strawberry trivia here.

About Katie Wade

Katie is the creative spirit behind Lemon Jitters, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: an obsession with kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.

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.