365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 273

09/30/12

Quote by William S. Burroughs.

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 272

09/29/12

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Introducing: Geraldine! My Latest Font

09/28/12

You may recall the release last month of my first-ever font called Petit Lisa. I am so excited to announce the release of my next font! This one’s named after my mother and it’s called Geraldine. It was another collaboration with Jennifer over at Design23. You can get this fancy script over at myfonts.com. Enjoy!

CATEGORIES: My Fonts
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 271

09/28/12

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 270

09/27/12

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Nordic Adventure // Day 21 // Reykjavik to San Francisco

09/26/12

There is no other way to describe the way I am feeling about my adventure coming to an end & going back home, except bittersweet. I have been feeling really emotional over the last few days — mostly about experiencing all of this stuff (sights, sounds, places, smells) that I’ve only dreamed about for so long. Yesterday I posted this bit of hand lettering — and I feel like I have done that this trip.

I am incredibly excited to get back to my partner Clay and my dog Wilfredo. I miss them both SO MUCH. And I miss my friends. I so looking forward to taking the insane amount of visual inspiration I’ve gotten on this adventure and pouring it into my art and illustration practice over the next few months. I am excited about having my routine back, to eat tofu and kale again, to put my head on my own pillow next to my small family, to breath familiar air, to swim and ride my bike again. I have a wedding to start planning, a book to write, jobs to do.

I am also admittedly feeling sad. Sad to leave such a beautiful, serene place as Iceland (and Scandinavia in general–I loved all of it). I cannot remember feeling as happy and alive as I have over the past three weeks. But, as my mother says, “All good things must come to an end.” And so now I go back to my regular life. I am hoping to take some of the magic of the last 21 days and bottle it up and keep it in my pocket as I go back into what is normal and everyday. I want to hold on to what I got here, how I’ve felt, also this amazing amount of time by myself, to think about everything my life means and everything I want my life to be.

One thing I do know is that travel is now a priority in my life. There is no way I can not do this now, like there is no way I could not make art. I feel like it’s been laying dormant in my bones, this travel bug. And now it’s come alive again. Clay and I are already planning our next trip (this time she’s coming with me — it will be our honeymoon!). We’ll be off to Paris for two weeks in July of 2013.

I’ll write more about this trip, how I planned it, how I got around, what it was like to travel alone, etc. Many of you have been writing and asking about this.

In the meantime, I’m heading out to take one last look at Reykjavik before taking the bus to the airport. Thank you for following along on this journey. It has made it so much more rewarding.

See you back in San Francisco tomorrow.

CATEGORIES: Travel & Adventure
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 269

09/26/12

Today I fly home. But the journey never ends!

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Nordic Adventure // Day 20 // Iceland’s South Coast and Jökulsárlón Lagoon

09/25/12

You may recall yesterday that I got to hang out with some Icelandic horses, which is on the list of things I want to do before I die. Today I did something else that is also on my “life list” (yes, I keep one of those) and that was go to see glaciers and icebergs (!!!). Part of the reason I came to Iceland was to see what I saw today (among other things, but this one was really important to me). It was as amazing and fantastic as I imagined. When we were on the bus (it was a 14 hour tour to get there and back) and the icebergs first came into sight, I literally squealed with delight (and I think I made some people laugh). I have been a bit obsessed with glaciers and icebergs for several years and have made several large paintings of them, though until today I’d never seen one in person.

On the way to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon we stopped at Skogafoss waterfall, which was also pretty incredible. The first set of photos below is from there. Then a photo as we approached the Glacier (which is the largest ice cap in Europe), and then images of the icebergs in the lagoon. We took a boat out for almost an hour floating at the base of the glacier where the icebergs break off and live out their lives. They are between 1000 and 1500 years old!

Tomorrow is my last day here (my flight leaves at 5 pm) and the last day of this Nordic adventure. I cannot actually believe it’s coming to an end. It has been everything I’d hoped it would be and 1000 times more. I feel so lucky to have been here, and also to all of the amazing Scandinavian cities I visited. More on that sometime this week.

And below the Southern-most tip of Iceland on our drive home…

I will miss this place so much. ♥♥♥

CATEGORIES: Travel & Adventure
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 268

09/25/12

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Nordic Adventure // Day 19 // Iceland’s South Coast and Alafoss

09/24/12

Today I got up close and personal with some Icelandic horses, which has been on the list of things I want to do before I die for some time (CHECK!). I spent the day with my friend Anna Lisa’s cousin (Anna Lisa is Icelandic, but has lived in the US for many years). She introduced me to her cousin, who lives here in Reykjavik. Her name is Thordis. We had dinner when I first arrived in Iceland three weeks ago, and today we spent the day together. It was amazing, and Thordis is beyond lovely, easy to talk to, and so wonderful to show me around. Today she drove me to Alafoss and then to some villages on the South Coast. On the way, we stopped to pet horses (they are everywhere on the road side, roaming free) and look at sheep (I wanted to pet them too but they won’t let you get very close). It was another beautiful day, completed by a stunning sunset. I’m now at my Thordis’ apartment, and she’s making me a delicious dinner. Sigh.

Here are some shots from our day:

Tomorrow I go to a GLACIAL LAGOON (I’m excited enough to put it in all caps, yes).

CATEGORIES: Travel & Adventure
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 267

09/24/12

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Nordic Adventure // Day 18 // Iceland’s Golden Circle

09/23/12

{Fine day, hello, you look beautiful; hand made accordion book in progress. Keeping me busy on the long bus rides here in Iceland.}

Hello (again) from Iceland, friends! Today was another spectacular day. Today I saw parts of the Golden Circle, which includes the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysirs. It was raining all day, so visibility was poor, but even a bad weather day is gorgeous in this country. (Also? COLD: 42 degrees with a wind chill factor that made it feel about 25!!)

I’m beat from another very long day and too pooped to edit Nikon shots, so below are some iPhone photos from my day! (Planning something special for my Nikon shots, so you’ll see them eventually!)

Enjoy.

CATEGORIES: Travel & Adventure
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 266

09/23/12

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Nordic Adventure // Day 17 // Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula

09/22/12

{make a wish ::: take a leap}

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I’m cheating a little bit today. Aside from the two photos above, I’m going to post photos below taken with my iphone and not my Nikon. I went on a 12 hour tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula today and I’m exhausted (which means I don’t have the energy to even look at the 200 photos I took today with my Nikon). I’ve already posted most of these photos on Instagram earlier today, but I couldn’t go to bed before sharing them with you again.

Today was a completely awe-inspiring, dreams-do-come-true kind of day. Iceland is more beautiful than I ever imagined. It is also more beautiful than these photos can possibly show. Everywhere you go there are enormous cliffs overlooking oceans, waterfalls (hundreds of them), horses, sheep, rainbows, lava fields, pastures, mountains, rock formations, farms, beaches… It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Today was the day I pinched myself more than I have the entire adventure. Here’s just a little of what I saw.

Many of you have been asking about how I planned my trip here, how I’m getting around, etc. I promise when I return to write a post about my experience and recommendations. One thing I will say is that Iceland + its people make it very easy to travel here. More on that later, though! Time for me to rest up. Another big day of site seeing tomorrow!

CATEGORIES: Travel & Adventure
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 265

09/22/12

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