9/52

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken February 25, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

This guy has been on a nap strike. We went four days in a row where Raffa did not nap. It was rough, but more so on me that him. It made him a little more tired and cranky in the afternoon, but it shook my sanity a little more. Likely, it is due to some developmental stuff, which is all good. And, I certainly can't me made at this kitty-loving guy. It more makes me worry that he isn't getting enough sleep to feel good. Here's to better napping days ahead...


See all photos in this series here.

Logo Design // Lana Cordes, Realtor

Logo design is always some of my favorite work. I really enjoy the whole process, starting with hearing about the client's vision and translating that in to some initial design concepts. The process can be made even more fun, or maybe just a little easier, when I am working with some one I know well. When I know some one, I typically can "get" their vision even quicker and hone in on what they are wanting easier. Such was the case with Lana Cordes, a friend who I have know literally since I was born. Some use that phrase as a figure of speech but in this case it is the literal truth.

Lana became a Realtor specializing in the residential Denver market in January, and she came to me to help her with her personal Realtor brand. After we talked back and forth and she put together a Pinterest inspiration board, these are the initial designs I sent over to Lana ...
I feel like part of the fun on this whole process is seeing the initial design concepts and then seeing the final product. And, this is the final logo we arrived at:
And that logo is in a classy navy blue, by the way, as dictated by the accompanying brand guide.
And lastly, business cards:

I am super excited for Lana and this new venture. And, to work with her some more on a few more branding and collateral pieces. You can find out more about Lana on DenverSweetHome.com.

The 52 Project 2014 Photo Book

I took the 52 photos from 2014's 52 Project and made them in to a photo book. It was a plan I had all year, and it was exciting to finally put it to print. The quality of the photo book was of utmost importance to me. I wanted the print quality of the photos and pages to be amazing. I also wanted the binding to feel like a beautiful album or coffee table book. I decided to make the book through Artifact Uprising and I am so happy with the result.




I designed the book's pages so that each spread had a photo on the left side and the date and my notations about Raffa on the right. Artifact Uprising has a little bit limited options as far as typefaces go, but since I wanted to keep things modern and clean that was not a problem.
I choose the dark gray cover and put photos on the dust jacket.

I will certainly make another book with 2015's weekly portraits and at this point I would say I am 100% using Artifact Uprising again because I am so happy with the quality of this book.

8/52

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken February 18, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

Raffa started swim lessons a week ago and I was surprised that sometime between the summer time and now he had become a little weary of the pool. Our first swim lesson was a little rocky. We went back to the pool several days later on our own and Raffa was, again, a little unsure. I got cuddles out of it, but I struggle to find a balance between comfort cuddles and encouraging confidence. Less than five minutes after this photo was taken, Raffa was enjoying the water. He especially likes to crawl on the bottom of the pool in the 1-foot deep area with his hands, his legs trailing/floating behind him.


See all photos in this series here.

pizza party

This afternoon all of us here in Denver saw the arrival of what I am calling snowmaggedon - a snow storm that is larger than any seen in the past several years and one that threatens to dump a foot of snow on us by tomorrow (Sunday) morning. So as the storm rolled in, we kept warm and cozy inside by having a homemade pizza party!

We used pre-made pizza dough and sauce from Whole Foods and added our favorite toppings. Just like with cookie-decorating the boys did just as much topping eating as pizza making and Raffa literally hammered the basil shaker into his pizza as opposed to just sprinkling it on top.






The results were absolutely delicious!

And, as always, the boys had an amazingly fun time.




cold brew coffee recipe

I had this assumption that cold brew coffee was difficult to make. That it must be time consuming and involve some precise process that would be easy to mess up. Wrong on all accounts.

Start with your favorite coarse ground coffee, I strongly suggest organic and some filtered water. You'll want a 2:1 ratio of water to coffee. Other supplies you'll need: a cheese cloth or nut milk bag, and two glass jar/container large enough for the coffee concoction.


I usually make my cold brew with 1 cup of coffee and 2 cups of water. Measure out the coffee and add it to the water. I don't have a funnel, so I pour the coffee on to a towel and use that to funnel it into the jar with pre-measured water.
Shake to combine. And then refrigerate for 12-24 hours (I typically leave it for 24 hours). Strain the coffee through the cheese cloth or nut milk bag into a clean jar. The cold brew will keep in an airtight glass jar for up to a week.
When you enjoy this cold brew coffee, keep in mind that it is more like a concentrate. So, you want to add water to achieve your desired taste. My preference is about 1.5:1 concentrate to water. You can serve it chilled, over ice, or you can heat it up.

cold brew coffee concentrate


1 cup organic coffee (I recommend any of Allegro's organic blends from Whole Foods)
2 cups filtered water

2 glass jars - one for brewing and one for storage
cheese cloth or nut milk bag

Measure water and put in to a glass jar. Measure out coffee and funnel into jar with water. Shake to combine. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, strain coffee mixture through cheese cloth/nut milk bag. Store coffee concentrate in an airtight glass container for up to a week.

To serve, combine coffee concentrate with water to taste. Serve chilled or heat. Add cream, milk, or sugar if desired.

book club // the girl on the train


A book like Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which I enjoyed tremendously is always hard to follow. When you read a book you like so much, it can be difficult to move on to another one. I finished Bernadette much quicker than I ever thought possible, a testament to how good it was.

Well, I think I found a good one to follow ... The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, according to Amazon is:
"Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut."
- Amazon.com 

So what do you think? Will you read along?

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