It’s been weeks since I’ve written about polar bears or graphic design. I was going to hit my blog earlier on the topic of my latest graphic design project when my lights went out. Literally. There was no power outage in the area though, so I ended up having to call a local master electrician here. Good thing I did too because you wouldn’t be reading this blog if the power was still out. Sad, I know.
The guy knew his stuff. I not only had no power coming in but I told him about some wonky stuff going on in this place the last few years. First off, I had light switches that would make fizzing sounds (he called them “hot”). That sound always freaked me out. I felt like the place would burn down at any given time. Secondly, I had lights that would decide when they wanted to turn on and when they didn’t. Seriously, I had lights that I could never get to turn on that would just come right on in the middle of the night. Third, I had a ceiling fan that would give me light but no fan – and here in South Carolina, no fan at night is NOT good. Fourth, my bedroom breaker would always turn off when I used a hair dryer or vacuum in certain outlets. Continue reading Electrician Saves Blogger
So I love green. If you’ve been following me, you know this by now. What I’ve come to hate lately is black – more specifically blacktop. Out here on the east coast, asphalt is everywhere. Not sure why it was never big in AZ. It was only on the major streets and highways out there. Here it’s in my yard, well takes up a bit of space in my yard anyway. I have a huge asphalt driveway and it’s pretty old. It’s black, uneven, and cracked in many places which then pools up water when it rains and makes bigger cracks. When it freezes it breaks apart. It’s been bad lately but seeing as I’ll be selling my current home soon, I felt like I needed to make my beautiful yard the best it could be with a better driveway. I didn’t actually get a before picture because I wasn’t planning on blogging about my driveway, but it was something like the picture below. Those are what you call spiderweb or alligator cracks. They were hideous. This was something beyond my green thumb’s capabilities. A friend recommended Paving Columbia SC and I trust her completely so I went with them. This last weekend they came out and can I just say – WOW. My house looks amazing now. Continue reading Green + Black
I really am so amazed that you’re still following me. Thank you, thank you! Did you find my post on typography informative? I hope so. You’re so welcome.
In this post I will explain my last obsession. I love green – like really can’t live without it type of love. I live in South Carolina, but I was raised in the desert. It was brown with rocks everywhere. I’ll talk more about that later. But that’s why green is so gorgeous to me – I lived without it almost my whole life.
Is that picture above gorgeous or what???!!! South Carolina is abundant in greenery. My neighborhood is still gorgeous to me years after moving here. However, the newer neighborhoods have been clearing all the land and leaving no trees! It infuriates me! Why would they take all those beautiful trees down? They obviously don’t know how lucky they are. I’ve had to take a tree down myself, I’ll admit, but it wasn’t just for no reason. My yard was beautiful but had too many trees crammed into a small space and one tree in particular had roots all over the yard. The culprit was a River Birch tree (see below). It pretty much looked like the picture with it’s 3 separate trunks. Apparently they’re not great for yards and should stay close to larger water sources because they drink up water like crazy, killing your lawn. Anyway, I told my landlord that the tree had to go so that the lawn could survive (also green!). He agreed. I had never seen a tree that large come down before. It was something I watched from my window for a good hour (just like squirrels when I first moved here). I never really saw cactus removal in the desert. Tree removal is no joke though. Heights aren’t my cup of tea but somebody has got to do it so I called a pro. Lexington’s Best Tree Service came out and they were awesome and very informative. The guy removing my tree had to climb pretty high and cut huge chunks down hoping not to hit anything below. It was quite enthralling. Now that the tree is gone, I still have 4 remaining and my yard just brings a smile each time I come home. I love to garden and plant flowers. When I have my own place, I will go crazy with local nursery finds and you can be sure to find them on this blog. Continue reading Green…anything green
I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help that title. “Y’all” is one thing that I have adopted here in the South.
Growing up in the desert of Arizona, seasons didn’t truly exist. Technically they did but you never witnessed it visually. I always wished we could see tree lined streets turn yellow with leaves. Actually, there was one street in Phoenix, Central Avenue, that had trees lining it for about a mile. I loved that street in the fall, but it wasn’t enough for me. I love green and I love yellows and reds and Arizona was just 95% brown!
Now, I get absolutely giddy when September comes. When the trees start slowly turning yellow, I immediately decide it’s time to decorate and burn the Bath & Body Works Leaves candle that is my absolute FAVORITE. It’s the perfect combination of apples and spices. I just ordered 4 and they probably won’t last the whole season. Anyway, I’m getting slight off subject here. As you know, landscaping is one of my loves and this is my favorite time of year. The heat dies down and the air gets a bit more crisp, the bugs go away and the trees display their beautiful colors for a few short weeks. Pumpkins and mums start to litter the landscape. It’s just the most magical time of year to me.
I love pulling up all the scraggly summer flowers and starting anew with mums and pansies in fresh soil. Pansies are awesome when it comes to cold temperatures. It’s almost like they hope for the snow. Snapdragons are also a great fall plant. It surprises me though, because my mother always planted them in Arizona. It’s very possible that she planted them in the winter though. Winter looked just like summer there.
For your convenience, I’m linking you up with a site that offers some great winter planting suggestions. Happy planting this fall!
Back to my graphic design love. In my last graphic design post, I talked about fonts. More specifically though, I love fonts with GLYPHS. If you don’t know what glyphs are, basically they are a way to make fonts more custom. A glyph is an individual character. It might be a punctuation mark, a letter, an accented letter, a dingbat, etc. Glyphs can make the same letter look different when used multiple times within one word. They can also add flourishes to fonts. I’m obsessed with these.
Clicking on the sample above will take you to a tutorial on how to access glyphs for this particular font called Samantha.
Unfortunately no good updates yet on depressed polar bear and today I will move on to a completely off the wall topic all together. Vacationing. Well vacationing isn’t all together off the wall but it’s not what I normally blog about. I guess a blog is whatever you want to make it though!
So I live in South Carolina and thought it would be amazing to drive to Kansas for vacation. Who does that right? Shouldn’t Kansas folk be vacationing to South Carolina? Well my sister couldn’t get away from home but I hadn’t seen her in forever. However, I couldn’t fork out the outrageous cost of plane tickets….hence the drive. Thank goodness for apps like apple music and audible! It was 18 hours. 18 HOURS. I know, truck drivers do it all the time. Actually I’m making it out to be much worse than it really was. I actually loved driving to Kansas. It was such a nice break from the day to day work I always do. I also got to enjoy the changing landscapes. Hey, there ya go! Landscape. I said I’d be blogging about landscaping and I am. The changes are ever so gradual but I loved them all from the tall pines and many vines to the rolling hills and farmlands. I would do it over again in a second. Luckily there were no car troubles or hiccups of any kind so I can say that. Well there was one hiccup. Continue reading Changing Landscapes and Hotels.com
So lately the hot weather has reared it’s ugly head and with that brings the storms, which in turn brings the BUGS. I hate bugs. The gnats and mosquitos out here are out of control. Remember, I’m from out west. Very few flying-biting insects out in the desert. Anyway, I recently heard about mosquito repelling plants. Who knew?! I’ll try anything at this point and I love gardening so this is right up my alley.
I’m moving into a new home at the end of the year…a home all my own. This is my plan – hoard mosquito repelling plants and put them everywhere. I found many articles on these types of plants but lets just reference my favorite selections from this one.
Citronella Grass – Not sure I ever heard of it but apparently it’s scented like lemons. And growing up in AZ with lemon trees all around, this will remind me of home. This scent naturally repels mosquitos or keeps them at bay. Low maintenance is another one of it’s great qualities! This plant is gorgeous too! I love ornamental grasses. You’ll definitely see these in my yard. I’ll be putting these them in containers all over my patios most likely.
Apparently my post about Flocke the polar bear was pretty riveting because you’re back! Thank you! But this time I shall move on and continue explaining what will be a fairly random blog about things I love.
As you will recall, one of my other great loves is graphic design but mainly typography. I LOVE typography. I have a trillion fonts on my computer as we speak – so many that I can never find any at all! Figures. I don’t know why I love fonts so much but ever since I can remember, I’ve been able to name most fonts I see around town. It probably started in 4th grade computer lab. That’s when I fell in love with Apple Computer or MAC. I loved their use of fonts back then and their clean interface. So here I am, mid-twenties on my mac desktop and blogging about font love.
So first off, who is Flocke the polar bear, my site’s namesake? Well she’s an adorable polar bear that I followed quite a while back in my younger days. Who am I kidding, it was only a little over half a decade ago. But I was younger. Anyway, Flocke was a huge hit over in Europe, particularly Germany. I came across Flocke for the first time on youtube. Cutest thing I had ever seen.
Zookeepers and public thought there was a possibility she’d get eaten by her mother Vera so they raised her themselves which was very much against policy. Apparently though, another mother polar bear had just eaten both her cubs so there was a huge public outcry about Flocke’s safety when her mother was displaying weird behavior with her. Flocke is German for “flake” or “snowflake”, obviously because of her white fur. Flocke became quite the celebrity and made a ton of money in branding and merchandising. She was so adorable that they actually made a board game after her. I kid you not. I for one, enjoyed see all her firsts and all the cute stuff baby polar bears do as reported by the constant media attention she received. However, soon she was the hot topic among animal conservationists and some legal stuff came into play about damaging effects that the public exposure would give her.