Unlike my Italian family who can professionally cook to the nines, I myself am an amateur in the kitchen, but hopefully one day will master the skill! I do, however, find it fun to attempt fun filled recipes including holiday-themed baked goods. The more creative the better! Since I’m not Martha Stewart (yet) in the kitchen, I like to look to others for inspiration and recipes. I tend to focus on the taste and look. I found these relatively easy treats to bake for Halloween at an annual pumpkin carving party with my friends.
The Sugar Turntable
Skinny Momtotal bristol
When I think of design perfection, I think of my gal Holly, social media and brand ambassador for Lamps.com. From her clothing picks to her impeccable music selection, she is a tastemaker in the truest sense of the word. And let’s not forget…no one sets a table better than this gal! (see Instagram). In short, Holly’s entertainment skills are always on point. Holly loves fall and when I say fall, I mostly mean anything pumpkin. So who better to ask to share fall favorites this week! Holly’s picks never disappoint and even though we see pumpkin everything around this time of year, once again Holly effortlessly shows her style through her picks that I have yet to see.As you’ll see below, Holly’s selections may “fall” into a different light, but still manage to evoke the mood of this festive season.
Thank goodness these now come in small portions…. so truly delectable that you can’t stop.
Design Love Fest
Ummm, yessss.Southern Tier
I’m a sucker for pumpkin beer, definitely my favorite. The fridge stays stocked from August – Dec. ;)west elm
Stripes of pumpkin make for the perfect throw/shawl/wrap by the campfire.terrain
Heel kicks abound if this were to show up at my doorstep.Curious & Co.
Because ‘hey, boo’, why wouldn’t you want this cuteness on your desktop?!?Lamps.com
Fall colors to perch upon, indoors or out.Hozier Vinyl
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One of the main reasons 8Balloons was created, is to due my talented cousin Odessa Begay. For those unfamiliar with Odessa, allow me to introduce her: she’s an illustrator, surface designer and graphic designer. In fact, Odessa is the designer behind the original 8Balloons site (four years ago!)before she got too big for lil’ ol’ me! Odessa is the only cousin I have my age and some of my fondest memories growing up have been with her.
Don’t get me wrong, we had our “quarrels” growing up. Even though we grew up worlds apart, as adults we are as close as could be and have the same passions. I’m her biggest fan, not just because she’s family but because she’s done amazing work for some of the sites and companies I’ve been an admirer of for numerous years. To see her achieve the level of success she has is such a proud moment for me personally. So you could imagine when this paper-loving blogger found out Odessa created a “Thank You” card for Papyrus, it was so exciting! It’s so fitting to give “thanks” to people you love during this season.
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Being an admire of all things paper, its only natural that I am a type enthusiast as well. To sum typography up in the easiest way, it is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language most appealing. You may love inspirational prints with quotes, but it is not necessarily the quote that makes the print appeal to you but rather how the artist arranged and designed the type. I have so many favorite typographers and it’s hard not to share one at a time but I wanted to introduce you to the many artists I have come to respect.
Xavier Casalta, a graphic designer in France who uses a stippling technique to produce beautifully detailed lettering and illustrations.
Joshua Harris also known as The A Board Dude, an extremely talented graphic designer I first started following on Instagram for his merging of smart humor and design on numerous business boards.
Nicole Arnett Phillips of Typograph.her is an all around awesome designer with her background coming from editorial and book design.