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    Fun and Games with Typography

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    I love good typography. Perfect kerning and a beautiful typefaces in just the right color can make a good design, great! Which is probably why i find typography games so fun and addictive. I really enjoy playing the Kerning game (KernType) where you can try your hand at creating the perfect space between letters on a variety of fonts. My average score is 93, let me know in the comments what yours is!

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    Another really fun game is Shape Type, where you can practice shaping a letter form by dragging the handles of an anchor point, much like you do in adobe illustrator to draw the exact shape you need. It might take a bit of practice, but its really satisfying to see how close you can get to the original letter!

    Memorial Day Outing!

    campingThis Memorial Day Weekend, we headed to Central New York to visit family. We spent one afternoon, enjoying the outdoors and all the splendors of camping, without actually having to camp! My brother-in-law were camping at a lovely state park and invited us all over to their site for a cookout. And of course what cookout would be complete without S’mores!

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    After lunch we all decided to go search for a letterbox. If you aren’t familiar with letterboxing (we weren’t until they told us about it) it’s a cross between a treasure hunt and an arts and crafts project. It is sometimes confused with geocaching, but instead of GPS coordinates, you have to follow a series of clues to find the hidden box (or multiples boxes in some cases), and instead of swapping small trinkets with the ones hidden inside the box, you take get to make an imprint of the hand-carved stamp into your log book, and leave an imprint on your own personal stamp inside the logbook hidden in the box. You can find out more about letterboxing at Atlasquest!

    It was the first letterbox find for my niece and she had such a great time, when we returned the box to its hiding place, she wanted to go find more treasure. Have any of you ever tried letter boxing or geocaching?

    Etsy Goes Public! And I was there!

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    I was so honored that Etsy invited me to help celebrate the launch of their IPO (initial public offering) when they started trading last week on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Honored, isn’t even the right word. more like shocked! I have been a seller on etsy since 2008 with my shop Peppersprouts, and I opened the chattypress on etsy 3 years later in 2011, but i never thought they would invite me to be part of something so big!

    I drove down from Massachusetts on Wednesday evening, had dinner at etsy headquarters in Brooklyn ( and waved to my old apartment fro the BQE) and then spent the night in Times Square, which is really weird if you have ever lived in New York before.

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    In the morning I took part in the bell ringing ceremony at the NASDAQ in Times Square, and got to meet so many amazing sellers, and members of the etsy team! It was a little surreal and so much fun. There was also a market set up in belly of times square, where many of my fellow sellers were able to sell their handmade and vintage goods! It was just incredible.

    I truly am thankful and honored to be a part of this occasion, and once in a lifetime moment. I hope this new chapter of etsy makes the best kind of history.

    Lettering Love with The Little Mermaid!

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    I love disney! I love hand lettering! So this week i decided to combine two of my favorite things and do a little hand lettering exercise from one of my favorite Disney Movies, the little mermaid. It started as a pencil sketch, and i brought it into illustrator to add the color! Hope you like it!

    the four

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    I saw this really cute idea over on the Easily Entertained Blog and I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know the real me a bit more. The list of fours.

     

    4 NAMES THAT PEOPLE CALL ME
    Jen
    Jenni ( I think only my sisters call me that)
    Jen Pepper ( My ex-boss loved calling me by my full name)
    Peppersprouts ( when you are at craft shows people refer to you a lot by your shop name)

    4 JOBS I’VE HAD
    (I have had a lot of jobs – here are 4 not many people know I have had)
    Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker, Cone Dipper, Burger Flipper
    Working in a toll booth at a state park
    Paint Your Own Pottery Sample Maker/Kiln Operator
    Candy Shop Clerk ( I don’t care for taffy or fudge anymore)

    4 MOVIES I’VE WATCHED MORE THAN 4 Times
    (I’ve seen at least a hundred movies more than once, but here are some favorites.)
    Dazed and Confused (alright’ alright’ alright’)
    You’ve Got Mail
    National Treasure (1&2)
    Goonies

    4 BOOKS I’D RECOMMEND
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ( This book will change your life)
    The Perks of Being A Wallflower ( My favorite book from Highschool)
    Scott Pilgrim ( A great graphic novel to read if you have never read graphic Novels)
    Bridget Jones’s Diary (the book is so much better than the movies)

    4 PLACES I’VE LIVED
    Lewes, DE (Hometown)
    Boston, MA (Freshman year or College)
    Newark, DE (Boston schools are expensive)
    Astoria, NY ( First Apt in New York City)

    4 PLACES I’VE BEEN
    Portland, OR
    The Outer Banks, NC
    Disney World (my heart lives there)
    London

    4 PLACES I’D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
    Disney World
    Monet’s Garden
    Disneyland
    The Smithsonian

    4 THINGS I DON’T EAT
    Raisins
    Animals with 4 Legs
    Yogurt ( unless it’s frozen)
    Spaghetti Squash

    4 OF MY FAVORITE FOODS
    Burritos
    Baked Zitti
    Mushroom Pizza with Ranch Dressing
    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    4 TV SHOWS I LAST WATCHED
    Parks and Recreation
    Modern Family
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Jeopardy

    4 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR
    Designing Wedding Invitations
    The Snow Melting
    Making a Quilt
    My Knitting Group Growing

    4 THINGS I’M ALWAYS SAYING
    Seriously?
    So, I was listening to NPR…..
    Are we serious right now?
    Well, that was a choice.

    And now I’m tagging all of you! Let me know if you play along so I can come by and read your answers!