Entries Tagged as ‘LETTERING’

Obsessed // Freelance Whales

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I discovered Freelance Whales back around late 2009 when I saw a YouTube video of one of their subway performances here in Brooklyn (off of my L Train Bedford Avenue stop – whoop whoop!). I remember watching and re-watching that cell phone video so many times (despite the awful sound quality) because I loved the music so much and I couldn’t find an actual track anywhere for it. For those of you who haven’t yet traveled to NYC and experienced the sounds of subway performances, you’ll be blown away by how some of these folks are just. plain. awesome.

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Since then, it’s been amazing and refreshing to see how much the Freelance Whales have grown and developed in their music. I keep hoping that I’ll catch them on a now-rare subway performance one day off the L train (*fingers crossed*). I feel a little ashamed to say that I’ve had their sophomore album, Diluvia, for some time now. Probably almost a year (it came out in late 2012). But I never fully listened to it until about a month ago. I know. You know how it goes – I get into albums separately and then play the heck out of it on repeat…for weeks, sometimes months. So as I was submerging myself in other albums, Diluvia got set on the back burner. As soon as I finally brought it to the front stage of my playlist, I kicked myself for not listening to it sooner. It’s amazing. Of course, we all have different tastes in music, but this album is everything I love, and I speak for myself only. I give credit and much respect to artists whose albums I love in entirety. Seriously, when was the last time you loved an album – the entire thing – from the very first song to the last? Well, that’s how I feel about Diluvia.

Ok, so they’re a little hipster and super indie (in case you’re not into that). But regardless, the album is beautiful and you should check it out. It’s more mellow and calmer than their debut album Weathervanes, but I can honestly say I love Diluvia better. I like the colorful mixture of melancholy, etherial, haunting, enchanting, and dreamy sounds with surprising hooks around every corner, slightly reminiscent of (once upon a time band) Copeland and Postal Service‘s Give Up (another album on my list of top faves…also known as the best soundtrack to my college days). Oh nostalgia, you get the best of me.

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Take a listen. Seriously, I’ve had it on repeat for the past month. It starts off sweetly hypnotic with Aeolus’ “send me to the docks where we met, the disappointed bridge that haunts the egrets” then turns into refreshing Dig Into Waves’ “from the lights in the sky that combine, and arrive in a cloud clarified…” and ends hauntingly beautiful with Winter Seeds’ “over time I will heirloom into, something gnarled for you…” and Emergence Exit’s “you would’ve been better alone, without my love. You would’ve been safe from storm…”

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thoughts // live . learn . love

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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/// A quick thought

I feel like I’m constantly trying to live, to learn, and to love. And at the same time, trying to live to learn to love. Get it? Something to ponder. To love should come so easy in our lives, but often times becomes one of the hardest things to do. I’m constantly learning how to love. A quick thought. A quick sketch. All filled with love.

Just a little update that posts may become just a tad bit infrequent lately as I continue working and focusing on my shop. But I’m eager to share progress, thoughts, and design ideas with you all!

Enjoy your Thursday! ♥


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2014 // Wishes and Resolutions + guest post

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year, friends!!!

I hope the year is starting off wonderfully for each of you! I thought that it would be fitting to start the new year off with some wishes and resolutions. To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a “making resolutions” type of person, but for some reason I feel in the spirit this year!

To help myself with this (and all of you as well), I’m taking part in #making2014count, created by the likes of In Honor of Design, Small Fry Blog, Casey Wiegand, Kelli Murray, Little Baby Garvin, Summer Saldana, and Oh Dear Drea – by answering the following sentence: “I will make 2014 count by…”

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I will make 2014 count by…
Having the courage to follow my dreams (no matter how absurd they are!)

To do so, I live by quotes (as many people do!), and the one above will be my mantra for the 2014 year. “Everything you can imagine is real.” The sky is limitless. Dreams are possibilities. As scary as that is, here is my (short list) of dreams and resolutions for 2014:

// business
Ever since I was in college, I wanted to one day start my own shop that tailored to my passion for hand lettering, typography, and paper products. This year, my big goal will be finally opening up business! So stay tuned and follow along with me!

// yoga
I’ve put my yogi self on the back burner these past couple of crazy months, but with the new year, she’s coming back! The ability to grow in strength, flexibility, breath and yoga postures is a life long passion of mine.

// travel
Travel outside of the country. I’ve never been, so this is the year to start! I’ve got my passport ready, so here I come! Also, I plan to take more travels within the U.S. I’d love to explore the Northeast more!

// happy
Follow happiness. It may sound as easy as it looks, but it isn’t! I hope this to be my true discovery this year.

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Want this as your 2014 mantra too? Print this quote to remind yourself daily!

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How will you make 2014 count? Follow and contribute with #making2014count!

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Print and hand lettering created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo. For personal and non-commercial use only. Not for resale or redistribution. Please link back to original post if shared.

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P.S. I’m also over at my sweet friend, Jacquelyn’s spot on the Internet today! Find me talking about home entertaining for the new year over on the beautiful Lark & Linen – Go and check it out here and say hello!

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Enjoy your weekend!!

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Happy 2014!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014_new year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!! Very best to all of you in 2014, may it be prosperous, happy, healthy and hopeful!

Thank you so very much for all of your support, kindness, and friendship in 2013 – it really has meant the world to me! I look forward to an amazing 2014 with all of you! I’ll take part in a “Resolutions and Wishes for 2014″ post in a few days, so be sure to look out for that! Enjoy the start to the new year!

Happy 2014! ♥


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January 2014 Calendar // Free printable and download

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Wow, was 2013 a blur or what? Enter 2014: A new year, a new you!

I don’t mean to be not-Debbie Downer, but I’m totally stoked for this coming year! I see it as a year of possibilities and dreams. I wish you all the best for 2014 and may all your dreams come true.

I’ll leave you all with a free printable and downloadable January 2014 calendar. Print it to hang above your desk or download it for your desktop, tablet or phone!

My last post of 2013. But I’ve got some great posts lined up for the new year, so I’ll see you all on the flip side (aka 2014!)


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January 2014 calendar via coco and mingo

Wallpaper / January 2014 calendar

Desktop / Download
Phone lock screen / Download
Phone home screen / Download
iPad or tablet / Download

Calendar (8 x 11″) / Printable

I wish you all a healthy, happy New Year!!

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Calendar and wallpaper created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo. For personal and non-commercial use only. Not for resale or redistribution. Please link back to original post if shared.

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