If you are like me with a sweet tooth and an eye for pretty things, today's post is for you! I believe cake and flowers are ALWAYS a good idea. Add in a glass of wine and that's Sunday to a tee.
If you happen to be in Adelaide and you have a love for all things cupcakes and cakes, my friend Debra from Brown Sugared Love creates some beautiful (and delicious!) desserts! Her cake decorations are amazing and she can tailor for any event. All cakes are made with love and it is evident from the details and designs that Debra loves what she does.
Her decoration skills are very versatile and she can decorate anything from kids' birthdays to tiered wedding cakes.
If you're after a cake or cupcakes for birthdays, weddings or parties have a peek at her Facebook and Instagram for some cool inspiration.
If you'd like to get in contact with Debra, please send her an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a graphic designer I often receive requests to do websites and branding projects. Whilst I can do those things, I have chosen to focus on and specialise in designing for print such as stationery and invitations. So I thought I'd post a personal recommendation for those seeking some branding work.
Tenille from Allure Creative is an industry professional and can help you with all your branding and marketing needs! She offers a free consult through her website which is worth checking out.
I've known Tenille for almost a decade and we studied at university together. She has extensive experience in the advertising industry and offers bespoke service to all her clients. Tenille is based in Perth, Australia however works with clients nationwide.
Check out www.allurecreative.com.au for her portfolio and some cool design inspo.
Lately I've had an obsession with botanicals. I buy a lot of plants for my apartment and would love an urban jungle + balcony veggie patch + fruit trees + vines hanging from the ceiling. However I don't have a green thumb and only a few lucky plants are still surviving (barely).
The reason behind my plant craze is because a friend of mine is into botanicals and she inspired me to decorate my living areas with plants. Lavinia is one-half of La Vie Floristry along with her friend Venissa. They are based in Perth, Western Australia and create some pretty amazing floral arrangements. What I love about the flowers is that they are unique and very different from your regular bunch of posies.
There is often native foliage integrated into the bouquets which gives them an edgy look. The different play of textures, shape, colour and lines of the arrangements make the flowers and foliage visually interesting and stunning.
In today's technology-driven world I feel that simple old school traditions are easily forgotten. We take a lot of things for granted and the value of having skills constantly depreciates as technology takes over and makes everything "effortless". Whilst this may ease up our lives and give us more leisure time, we are also missing out on the experience of learning and being human.
When I was growing up there was no Facebook, touch phones or apps. Our definition of hanging out with friends was causing accidental mischief, doing arty stuff and using our imagination to play adventure games in the backyard. Being the nerd I am, one of my favourite past times was to copy the alphabet out of The Lettering Book. (80's kids should remember this book!)
Little did I know that this book would pave the way to my appreciation of typography and the art of handwriting. There are literally millions of digital typefaces out there. Some exceptionally perfect and some downright horrible (I'm looking at you Papyrus.) If you are reading this, please for the sake of all things beautiful do not use this font in your branding. Or in anything at all. Despite the range of digital typefaces available, nothing compares to handwritten words.
Novi from Love La Riré in Perth, Australia combines art with typography to create amazing chalkboard displays. Her work carries a beautiful raw feel and is reminiscent of old school simplicity. The irony is that there is actually a whole lot of detail in the work she produces. No matter how advanced technology gets today, it can never replace the elegance and unadorned beauty of human skill and talent.
Check out the rest of Novi's freehand chalkboards on Instagram: @novi_sjahrir
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