Office Plants for Creatives

Spring has sprung! Actually, these past few days have felt like we may have skipped a season altogether. Nonetheless, it’s been giving me a hankerin’ for gardening that I’ve never had before—Hi, my name is Jill and I’m a plant killer. So yesterday I spent my lunch hour meandering the aisles of Home Depot’s outdoor garden center wondering where to begin. Feeling the eyes of the regulars judging the horticultural naivety that was radiating off of me, I contemplated which of these poor little sprouts would be my next victim.

By the end of this adventure there was hose water in my shoes, sunburn on my shoulder (that’s right, just one of them) and a newfound knowledge of the difference between Moroccan Basil and Sweet Basil—who knew?

Whichever part of the creative field you stem from (see what I did there?), I’m now convinced that as artists we need plants that are on our level. Behold! After a bit of research, here are my suggestions as to which leafy greens best align with a creative lifestyle:Plants

1. Succulents – Working long hours calls for plants that are nearly indestructible. Got wrapped up in that new project you’re super pumped about? No worries! Storing water in their leaves is what these little guys are all about, so missing a little watering may not be quite as detrimental as it would to other plants. So go on with yo’ creative self! The succulents can wait (at least a bit).

2. Money Tree – Let’s be honest, as artists there are few people in the world who truly appreciate not only the beauty, but the value of our work. Also known as the “Good Luck Tree” a Money Tree sounds like something every Creative should have in their office for those pesky clients that just don’t “get it.” Bonus: it promotes positive energy, so chin up!

3. Bonsai – Attention to detail is a must in the design industry. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt that small flutter in our chest as a printed piece arrives hot off the press and smelling of fresh pulp and ink. You examine it closely, fingers crossed that everything is exactly as it should be. The Bonsai tree is a perfect way to promote focus and effort in our everyday, creating something that also becomes an item of contemplation for both its audience and the grower. Hopefully that focus will make its way into the rest of our work as well.

4. Croton – This one was new to me—I couldn’t help but notice its pop of color among the sea of green. With yellow veins and subtle hints of red and orange, I am loving the variety of colors in this plant. Need a natural pop in your office? Grab one of these beauties and keep her near the window; the more direct sunlight they get the more their colors shine!

5. Mint – Mint leaves make a phenomenal addition to ice cubes. I’m a big tea fan, so popping one of these frozen treats into my glass gives it that extra kick of flavor…which, in turn gives me that extra kick of motivation. Then, after a long day of releasing the creative genius from within, happy hour arrives—mojito style. Fresh mint is the key ingredient to a fantastic mojito; take a long sip and revel in the day’s success.

Happy Tuesday! Don’t forget to water those plants…
J.

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Office Sneak Peek

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The spaces where most of our time is spent should be those that also inspire us the most. I’ve spent the past two months renovating what is now the brand new TDco office. Its just…about…there, but due to the fact that I’m a borderline insane perfectionist, I’m only ready to share this little sneak peek. I took a ton of photos throughout the entire process, documenting all of the minutes spent making decisions that have turned it into my own creative sanctuary.

I found this fantastic chair from Joss & Main (above) in an almost too-good-to-be-true shade of Tomahawk purple, which also happens to fall right in line with the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I like to think of this as an excellent sign to have opened the doors to TDco in 2014 with a brand that is so—you guessed it—fierce.

Stay posted for the big reveal!

Cheers,
J.

Food Type: Spicy Chicken Pizza

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Today’s Food Type ventures in a slightly different direction. Rather than a typographic restaurant review, I’ve started to dabble in typographic recipe creations! Meet Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s nothing better than a nice, hot, homemade pie. I did in fact make this delicious creation, feeling the need to test out the concoction before whipping out a work of art based solely on something that was not-so-tasty. It turned out phenomenally!

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Check out that crust, golden brown and baked to perfection. Sigh, give it a whirl! It’s worth it, I promise—would I lie to you??

Cheers,
J.

Friday Sip & Sit: Relaxation

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Some Friday nights all you feel like doing is staying in and taking a nice, long bubble bath. Unfortunately for me, I don’t currently have a phenomenal soaking tub to retreat to, so this evening I’m simply dreaming about it.

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Today was my final day at the agency where my career began. After nine hours, a few tears and a hell of a lot of courage, I walked out the door, pulled out of the lot and said goodbye to so many great people and memories. As I drove away I thought about the ones in your life that come and go. It’s like cold water to the face when you wake up and realize that the past four and a half years have formed relationships that helped you grow SO much, yet—as much as you hope they will—probably won’t matter when you look back after the next four and a half.

Cliche moral? Of course I have one, don’t you worry! Enjoy every day—every moment with every person that has even the tiniest glimpse into your life. They have something to teach you; find that something and hold onto it so that when you look back you know exactly why they were there.

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Obviously, today’s sip is champagne-based! A mighty little toast to the future—to new beginnings and new people and new stories to tell.

Clementine Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

8 oz Champagne, chilled
1 ripe pomegranate (for juice, about 3 oz)
5 oz clementine juice, freshly pressed
1 1/2 tablespoons Limoncello
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly pressed

2 tablespoons cane sugar (or simple syrup to taste)

Combine clementine juice, pomegranate juice, lemon juice and limoncello.
Add champagne and sugar cane (or simple syrup) and mix.

Serve immediately.

Thanks to In Good Taste for today’s recipe!

Amazing changes intermittently happen in our lives. We must embrace them, hope for the best and work hard. But just for tonight? I’ll be relaxing in my imaginary tub of bubbles…while sipping on some real bubbles.

Cheers!
J.

Six Word Story Every Day

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I stumbled upon Six Word Story Every Day in my usual inspiration web wanderings and was immediately drawn in. Combining the art of writing with the art of design? Yes please, I’ll take it!

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In 2010, Anne Ulku and Van Horgen discovered the genius of using language and typography to create a six word story…every day. Each post is unique—some using photography, some using illustration, some using nothing but bare-bones typography—and they all cause the mind to wander somewhere different for each viewer, sparking inspiration for every new set of eyes.

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My favorite part about this project is that it shows how complex and impactful words can be, yet it’s portrayed in such a simplistic way. People can write novels—thousands of words—that tell marvelous stories and draw you in with their characters or plots; but people can also write a single sentence that creates just as much, if not more, of an impact on our lives. 

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With this fresh new link for the inspiration archives, I’m feeling ultra creative. I think my six word story for today would be: “I just really want some adventure.” How about yours?

Happy storytelling,
J.

 

 

Food Type: Bluegrass Tavern

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Located in charming Federal Hill, Bluegrass Tavern is a home away from home for southern folk with a sophisticated palette. From their classic, airy atmosphere to the whiskey and wine selection, there is nothing to rival the uniqueness of this Baltimore gem.

Stop by in the warmer months and enjoy a weekend brunch at one of their outdoor patio tables, or enjoy a romantic dinner in their intimate dining room. No matter what the occasion, you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers,
J.

 

Firefly 2014 – Vote!

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Firefly Music Festival, a four-day event full of great music in the great outdoors, is rapidly growing in popularity along the East Coast crowd. But the festival isn’t solely about the jams, attendees are engulfed by an atmosphere that I like to refer to as all-out “woodland merriment.”

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A Firefly ticket comes with so much promise for a weekend full of frivolity. There’s something mischievous about being among the trees, allowing just enough sunlight to seep through to let you know it’s still daylight. But even after the sun goes down the vibe doesn’t falter; The Pathway is an under-the-stars light and video installation that keeps the energy going all night long, creating the ultimate nighttime retreat.

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An outdoor arcade? A hammock hangout? A forest cinema? These are just a few of the things you’ll find throughout the weekend if you need a break from the crowded main stage music scene. The festival has plenty of opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, including yoga and an on-site wine bar.

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The anticipation is rising as June approaches and the list of performers solidifies my gut feeling that this year’s festival is sure to be just as fantastic as last. For 2014, Tomahawk Design Co. submitted an entry into the poster contest (see top). We used a few of our fave Festival highlights to create a kaleidoscope-type image full of wonder. The bright colors capture the bubbling atmosphere, against a backdrop of the dark blue night sky and forest silhouettes. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a quick second and vote for our design! 

Hope to see you there in a few short months, sporting your hand-painted TOMS with a smile on your face and a beer in your hand.

Cheers!
J.

 

New Beginnings

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Sometimes a fresh start is in order! In honor of mine, I’ve compiled a list of “New Beginning” necessities for the following…

1. Peace: A slight breeze through these beauties are sure to ease the soul.

2. Calming: Bubble baths are my jam.

3. Luck: Not only is the horseshoe itself gorgeous, but I looove some quality packaging!

4. Strength: Obviously can’t resist something with an axe on it; although manly, this soap promotes circulation and contributes to the release of toxins.

5. Extra luck: Because you can never have enough!

6. Success: As a girl with an awful green thumb, this simple bamboo plant in the office suggests that my success will [hopefully] live on.

7. Bravery: For those moments when you just need to stop, take a breath and soak it all in.

8. Creativity: always, always and always. New notebooks for new beginnings.

9. Fun: Because if bubble baths don’t do the trick, wine surely will. Make your mark on your new start.

10. Rejuvination: Detox tea full of natural goodness.

Hope you enjoy and can use some of these gems when committing to a fresh start of your own—may it be big or small.

Cheers!
J.

Friday Sip & Sit: Bday Love

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Wednesday was none other than my lovely day of being welcomed into this world. In honor of this once-a-year anomaly where people you haven’t spoken to in ages supply some Facebook love (to which I am grateful, don’t get me wrong), this Friday’s Sip & Sit includes, of course, a fabulous champagne toast.

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Champagne Mint Julep

3-4 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
3 ounces of Cavicchioli 1928, Sparkling Wine, NV, very well chilled

In a champagne flute, add the mint leaves (twisting them as you add to release their flavor and aroma) and the bourbon, and muddle with the end of a spoon. Top with the chilled Cavicchioli and enjoy.

Simple enough! Thanks to The Kitchn for this week’s bday cocktail.

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But of course, what would a Friday happy hour treat be without an equally fantastic place to enjoy? I would love to soak in some afternoon sun on this boat—a day filled with friends and warm weather is really all it takes to satisfy my celebratory notions.

Apologies to all of my friends who are reading this in hopes of a surprise birthday getaway on my yacht; the bowling alley will have to suffice for this evening! #stayclassy

So happy birthday to me! Here’s hoping the big 2-7 will be filled with happiness and success—perhaps someday we’ll actually enjoy our Friday Sip & Sit overlooking the lapping water and smelling the wonderful salty air.

Cheers!
J.

 

 

Unsplash

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I recently stumbled upon this awesome site, offering 10 new, free, high-res photos every ten days. I love it when a great resource just falls right into your lap. These work spectacularly as blurred backgrounds, a break from work to do some daydreaming, or simply as good ol’ solid inspiration. Today, I was of course drawn to the ones reminding me that warmer days are right ahead.

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That last one was for good measure—because if you don’t love an adorable puppy there is clearly something wrong with you.

Not only are the photos themselves great, but you can certainly get lost in clicking the links to each photographer, delving into a ton of new creative outlets. Enjoy!

Cheers,
J.