Life in Idaho has been hard to adjust to, but I’ve been adjusting nevertheless. In all honesty, one of the hardest parts about the first week was figuring out where I was. I had a handy little paper map, and Google Maps on my phone, but the paper map was outdated and the GPS couldn’t tell me where I was most of the time. Still, they managed to get me to my classes unscathed.
Getting home, however, was another story entirely. Somehow whenever I would try to leave the way I came, I would only get more lost. My phone was completely useless at this point, and I was too stubborn to ask for directions, so instead I started looking for the temple. I knew where the temple was in relation to my apartment, so I knew that if I could get myself to the temple I could get myself home.
The result of this idea was an adventure. Every day that week I would use the temple as my compass, and every day I would end up going a different way. Some days I cut through buildings and parking lots, some days I wandered through gardens and apple orchards; one day in particular, I thought I had found a shortcut, but instead found myself walking around a giant track with only one outlet far away from my apartment. The path I took each day was not easy or the same, but it was always pointed toward the temple, and I always found my way home in the end.
I don’t like to sound super cheesy, but I’m grateful for the metaphorical lesson I’ve learned my first weeks in Rexburg about always looking to the temple for direction in my life. As I’m preparing to serve a mission, I’m also preparing to make sacred covenants in the temple, and I can’t think of any better lesson I need in my life right now.
I’m so anxious for autumn time. It’s only September 2nd, but already the leaves are falling and changing colors. I’m craving pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Nightmare Before Christmas since last Christmas. Especially as I’ve been preparing for college in a place that’s usually about 20 degrees, I’ve been in a “sweaters and scarves” mindset since July.
I’ve been playing around with some fall designs, and decided to compile some of my favorite “fall” fonts. These fonts would be great with a bunch of other themes, but when paired with the autumnal imagery of our favorite delicious autumn foods, I fell in love with each one of them a little bit more.
The free fonts are only free for personal use, and the others are all pretty affordable and adorable for commercial use.
I identify as a font hoarder. All too often I find myself scrolling through font websites, usually when I’m starting to think about a new project. It’s worse than walking through the grocery store when you’re starving, because if it’s a free font website, I usually end up with about 100 new fonts clogging up my downloads folder.
Today was one of those days. I’d recently purchased a handful of new fonts, and realized I hadn’t gone to any free font websites for a while. I was so surprised and impressed by the quality of fonts I found on dafont.com. And it was all free. Of course, most of these were just demo versions for personal use (I’ll be buying a couple licenses for commerical use shortly!) but that’s still plenty to play around with.
After my escapade onto dafont.com, I went just a little crazy trying to find the perfect pairings for some of my favorite fonts I’d downloaded. The result was this collection of 7 fun, beautiful, new handlettered font pairings. Most of them are free (for personal use) and a couple are well worth the price.
Stylish (Calligraphy) | Design (Abeille) | (Always A) Good Time | Storybook (Who Tells Your Story) | Watermelon (Script) | (Hello) Sunshine | Lemonade (Lucemita) | Daisies (Paper Daisy) | (Better) Together | Smiles (Innuendo) | Friendship (Dankita) | Devious | Starstruck | (Moonlight) Serenade
When I was 7, I had a special notebook. It was black with pink and blue flowers on it. The pages inside weren’t lined and had a pink-tinted border with the same kind of flower design as the cover. Inside, it contained sketches. Not of dogs, or faces, or landscapes. Of websites. The internet was a mystery I wanted desperately not only to explore with, but to create with.
Fast forward 11 years, and my world has been shaped heavily by my experiences with web and design, both independently and together. I’ve created hundreds of really pathetic websites, and a couple really great ones that have changed my life. I’ve designed memes, infographics, tons of weird handouts, and even an entire book.
Despite all of this, there are actually things I still don’t know. My hope with this blog is to find new things to be passionate about, and to share the ways I’m refining skills in areas I’m already passionate about. I don’t really know how this will work out, since I have a tendency to start a website and then forget about it, but I’ve already invested a whole $11 in the domain name, so I better get at least $11 of use out of it.