THE MAGPIE STRIKES AGAIN!

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No one can pull me out of a blogging hiatus faster than Jess at Magpie Paper Works.  I was lucky enough to be gifted this font for Christmas and I have used it here before and shortly after had about 500 emails (easy) asking “What was that font you used in the post the other day do tell puh-leeze .”.  The only problem was that it wasn’t available and I wasn’t even sure if it was going to ever be available, I was hoping it was because it it garsh darn amazing.  If Anthropologie was a font I think it would be Woolen, it has that weathered, charming quirk to it, classic but not serious and definitely on trend. Oh, Magpie where do you find the time and how on earth are you so talented?  Do any of you know how hard it is to create a font?  Not just the design part but the actual implementation of it? It is mind boggling tedious and difficult, to be able to create so many fonts that are all winners and actually super functional (for lack of a better word) it is near impossible.  I am in awe of Jess and so excited to be able to share her newest addition!

ELLE’S LIBRARY | THE QUIET BOOK

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I love to read and I am hoping to instill that love within my daughter.  I have been reading to Elle since she came home from the hospital and truth-be -told in hindsight I wished I read more children’s books in the early infancy period (0-4 months) that I would enjoy (like the end of the Harry Potter series), because she really didn’t care about images (in fact I think I may have been overstimulating her, not a god thing before bedtime) and she really just enjoyed being close and the the sound of my voice. Now that she’s more interested in the picture books I have started a collection of favorites. I know there are classic baby books that seem to be universally enjoyed like Good Night Moon, which my husband LOVES and I have learned to love because I think it’s hilarious how much my husband loves it, but the story isn’t the greatest and the proliferation of orange and green? My eyes are bleeding just thinking about it.*

The Quiet Book on the other hand, now this is a visually gorgeous book and the story (well as much of a story as a baby book has),  I give it a thumbs up!  Written by Deborah Underwood with exquisite (no exaggeration) illustrations by Renata Liwska . It goes through all the different (and charming) types of quiet there are, like ‘making a wish quiet’.

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There’s a lot  more to like about this book, it’s a board book which I have started only investing in to get me through the ‘grab and put in mouth now ‘ phase, it also has a soft padded cover, just little sweet touches that make this book even more endearing (and practical) for this new mommy. How does Elle like it?  She is mesmerized, but who wouldn’t be? It’s a keeper.

*Please note I am well aware that baby’s like & need some good contrast.

 

THE KERNING GAME

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I know this won’t appeal to everyone but I sure hope it appeals to those of you that have a love for type, or want to know more about why a certain graphic piece looks so darn good, sometimes it comes down to a bit of kerning (adding some space/breathing room between your letters).  Even if you aren’t a graphic designer, playing with your kerning could take your project from ‘meh’ to ‘yeah’ in seconds!  Speaking of kerning, I found this Kerning game last night and had some fun with it and thought maybe you would too it’s called Kerntype, I felt like I won the Lotto the first time I got a 100, have at it my friends!

P.S. There’s also a letter shaping game, bezier curves, oh my!

FEAST BY ALISSA MAZZENGA FOR GREAT LAKES LETTERING

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I was trying to pack some parcels for the shop and in the midst of doing so something rolled across my screen that made me stop in my tracks and put down the packing tape!  A new font my friends, designed by the ever talented Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy. I had featured Alissa a while back, I am a big fan and I have to stop myself from hitting the like button on all her images when she posts on Instagram (it’s embarrassing to be that effusive and maybe a little scary for Alissa, lol). She teamed up with the great Molly Jacques Erikson founder of Great Lakes Lettering to bring you her signature hand.  I am so beside myself with glee, I just adore her style, I do!  All the loops are in all the right places, girly but NEVER cutsey, sophisticated. Yes, if you could see me right now I would be jumping and clicking my heels together with happiness! I hope you enjoy my find my friends, she’s at #39 right now in my favorite font shop but I am hoping she shoots to #1 shortly, they both deserve it!

P.S. Find those confetti brushes on our download page.  Yes, I write our, besotted blog is turning from a me thing to a we thing, super excited!!!

A PRETTY SANS SERIF

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I get asked about the sans serif fonts I use so many times a day, if I were smart I would have A) written a post on it earlier or B) had a canned email prepped.  Since I obviously am not, I had neither ready.  I decided today I would rectify that situation pronto, being that my time is limited now and the few precious moments I do have to myself  I want to be using them for sleeping.  I thought that I would start with introducing you to Sweet Sans, I love it’s versatility and it’s amazingly legible even when I go super tiny.  Most sans serifs feel very masculine to me, but there’s a little roundness to this one that keeps it from being to sterile, I use it often and get lots of compliments on it. Century Gothic is a also something I like, I probably shouldn’t admit that in public, a lot of designers aren’t too keen on it, but I am mentioning it here because it does come standard on a lot of computers and it may be a nice sans serif that you may have overlooked previously,

And of course, you’ll probably want to know what that delicious cursive font is, it’s a beauty (add a whistle here), I so agree with you, it’s thin but curvy and is definitely a looker, it’s one of my faves by Sudtipos, it’s called Business Penmanship, if you don’t have it already they are currently running a sale, get it you won’t be sorry you did!

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