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The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

I hope you had a great week! We’ve been having an extra hot, long summer here in Portland so I’ve been escaping from the office to visit food carts and walk around a bunch of different neighborhoods. It’s always awesome to rediscover the place you call home and it’s my last hurrah of the season before heading to San Francisco, Orlando and New York in a little over a week.

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These are some things I’m loving at the moment including new treasures from Darling Disctraction — more on this brilliant little store soon!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

In between summer explorations, I spent a lot of time here kicking off the next issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s funny how that works — the issue we just wrapped isn’t even on newsstands yet but we’re already onto the next. Publishing is relentless but it also provides some of the most creative design opportunities. I’m one of those people who gets bored always doing the same thing so I’m welcoming the three-way split between branding, web design and editorial these days.

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I’m still loving the new Branch business cards! Some of you have asked where to get square cards from and UPrinting.com does a great job. These are the 3 x 3 inch size.

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Never, ever enough cacti!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Chubs, is that you? Haha. I love how whenever anyone spots something squirrel related, they send it my way! So cute.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Have a great weekend, friends! Also, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your kind words on my 8th blogging anniversary post. It’s been a long road with plenty of bumps but I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been so awesome getting to know all of you over the years. Here’s to many more! xo

The Week In Pictures: 8.21.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I feel like this Summer has been all about transitions and taking responsibility. In between client work, I’ve been pushing hard to make some creative courses I’ve always dreamed of doing a reality and though that has meant less time for fun and relaxing over the last few months, I’m excited to finally be accomplishing things I set out to do years ago. It’s a good reminder that even if some of your dreams may be a little dusty, it’s never too late to put them into motion.

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My idea of a good time: making weird still lifes. I’m still doing #stilllifefriday and it’s such a great opportunity to experiment every week with new ideas. Join in the fun!

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Ahhh, the most citrusy perfect bikes ever. Spotted these in Downtown Portland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My office has been full of flowers over the last few weeks while I work on a client project and I’ve been taking full advantage of the leftovers. Flowers for DAAAAYS.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week: joined the #pdxmeet hosted by Portland Gear. It’s an awesome hangout sesh where you get to meet like-minded folks, most of who are into photography and art and then you visit a unique venue to practice shooting photos of your own. This time around, we got early access to the under construction Society Hotel. The history inside the building is pretty amazing.

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I’m digging back into work before heading out to dinner with my dad tonight but I wanted to wish you a great weekend! xoxo

The Week In Pictures: 8.14.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, I hope you had a great week!

The recurring themes of my week revolved around getting out of my comfort zone (gotta keep trying new things or else life becomes stale), exploring, reaching out to people I admire and making new friends (including a few animals — see below!) Thanks for reading!

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Last year, I clicked on a link and ended up in the shop of Debbie Carlos, spotting this massive poster as I scrolled down. It was a bit odd yet beautiful in its unfiltered simplicity. Then, I promptly forgot about it until I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend. What a nice surprise! There’s something so satisfying about filling up blank walls with art you love.

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My new go-to lunch spot is Marmo. It’s cozy, has great service, delicious Italian food and lots of marble surfaces if taking photos of your meal is your thing. Haha. If you’re downtown, add it to your list!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week was go to the fair. It was so much fun walking around with my dad, visiting all the cows, llamas and alpacas along the way. We stopped by booths, ate lots of junk food and finished the night watching Steppenwolf play Born to Be Wild. So much awesomeness in one day. And, I couldn’t resist sharing the profile of this handsome fella with you. 😉

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Fresh flowers on my desk, always. Though, they tend to droop quickly due to the heat!

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The current book rotation at Branch featuring many of the titles recommended in this post.

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Obsessing over the pristine selection of typewriters at Oblation.

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Having a little too much fun at the Ace photo booth with Erika Ellis. I love this lady!

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Have a great weekend, friends. I hope you’re squeezing in some last-minute summer adventures! I’m signing off with this photo of two alpacas at the fair that I desperately wanted to adopt. SO CUTE! AHHH!

The Week In Pictures: 7.7.15

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Hello from the trenches! I’m stopping in to quickly wish you an awesome weekend and share a few bite-sized moments of my week before I head back to proofing Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and finalizing the last of the design including the cover and spine. We just wrapped up the new branding that premiers on the cover and to be honest, it’s all a little nerve-wracking. This behemoth of a project that has lived in the confines of my office for the last two months hits the presses on Tuesday and lands in people’s mailboxes and newsstands shortly after that.

What I’ve learned though is that fear is not an option — it’s a mechanism that can protect us from harm but also holds us back from our biggest potential.

There are days when I still feel scared. Am I doing this right? “This” meaning my job, relationships, everything. And then I remember that there is no right way. There is no rule book. You just have to give whatever you do your all and hope for the best.

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Early mornings call for a little flash to liven things up like gold sneakers. These are my power shoes and make me feel like I can accomplish anything!

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This cover still wows me, 11 years later. I’ve always held onto it like a prized possession, feeling that it was more of a piece of fine art than anything.

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Ah, this girl. We’ve been through so much together and no matter what, we always end our nights together with a glass of wine and great conversations. When we’re not together, goofy emails stand in. I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to create together over the years.

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I was talking to Joey about how I’m not big on collecting stuff because it just feels like clutter to me but the one thing I will never part with is my collection of magazines. Long live print!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I’m heading off to a fair with my dad to eat bad food, go on fast rides and unwind in a land far away from my office. Feels like the perfect summer weekend! xo

The Week In Pictures: 7.31.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I hope you had a great week! I’ve been juggling a few large projects but also making time to catch up with family and friends. Lunch dates are my new thing — I have one today with a new friend I met at a steampunk convention and of course, lunch with grandma is the best thing ever.

In other news, our mud pit of a backyard is finally taking shape (see above!) and blossoming into something thats a touch rustic, a touch modern and really beautiful. We’ve filled it with palm trees, cacti and a banana tree that’s taller than me (wait, that isn’t all that tall, is it?)

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I just wanted to give you a little visual reminder today. I told you a few weeks ago how frustrated I’d been at not acting on my personal list of goals and then, how over the last month, I turned that around by pitching a bunch of new ideas to collaborators. Now, I have so much cool stuff cooking and it’s leaving me feeling more inspired and creative. If you’re feeling stuck, just remember that it’s part of the process and everyone goes through it. It won’t last forever.

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When I’m feeling restless with design projects and things aren’t coming together, I get up from my desk, grab a pile of inspiration and start taping it to the wall. Basically, my office is full of old school Pinterest boards. 😉

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The client project that’s really lighting me up right now is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s a lot of pressure designing a 160 page print piece from scratch and it hits the press in less than two weeks. I’m trying to be as zen as possible about the whole thing as my assistant and I pull together the last few layouts. I always feel the self doubt creeping in — could it be better? Could we push the design even further? Then, I remember that good things take time (see above!) and we’ve given this issue our all. Really, that’s all you can ask of yourself.

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Joey surprised me with this bouquet of flowers that just happened to match my office. That’s true love right there! Speaking of Joey, if you’re in Portland over the next month, his newest pop art series, Mondo Retro is hanging at Branch Whiskey Bar (yes, another Branch!) Check it out — this work is his best yet.

Have a great weekend, friends!

The Week In Pictures: 7.24.15

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week?

Mine was all about big stretches, some exciting, some uncomfortable. The first half of this year, I felt like I was crawling towards my goals. I completed a lot of huge client projects (some of which I still have to share) but felt frustrated personally because the dreams and ideas I had were collecting dust, literally taped to my wall and staring me down every day.

In the last month, that’s all shifted dramatically. The new Branch site is finally in development and I’m collaborating on four new projects that light me up every day.

I’ve always felt like I was a late bloomer and maybe you can relate to this feeling, too. Things never happened as fast for me as I’d hoped but then one day, everything would click and a seedling of an idea would bloom even bigger than I could have imagined.

Looking back, even just six months ago, I get it. The timing wasn’t right, the idea was half-baked, the right person to collaborate with hadn’t come along yet. It’s all clear now. So if you feel like you’re sitting in limbo with an idea or a big life change, I feel you. It sucks. But, that’s part of the adventure. If we had everything we wanted just handed over to us, we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Hang in there. #peptalk

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One of the best parts of being a designer is seeing your work in print. It never gets old. When I started Branch, I never imagined that the B icon would end up in a book sandwiched between the work of design legends I’ve admired for years. So surreal.

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Big flowers forever. I’ve said it a million times but Trader Joe’s has the best, most affordable selection around. These were $1.99! No, that’s not a typo!

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Chubs wanted to stop in and say hello to his internet fan base. What a cutie.

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My friend Erika surprised me with this book of Karl Lagerfeld quotes and it’s the perfect balance between genius and ridiculous. I love it.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and if you’re feeling stuck on a project, always remember to…

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Francis of Assisi

The Week In Pictures: 7.17.15 | Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

On Monday night, I was sitting in my office chatting with a friend who’d had a hard day. An hour into catching up on life, I blurted out, “You know what I love most about you? How spontaneous you are. You’re always up for anything. Wouldn’t it be funny if we decided to get up tomorrow and drive to the beach?”

A moment of silence hit.

Then, she responded with, “This is really weird but I was just meeting with a mentor earlier today and she said that I should go to the beach or forest to clear my mind and take a long walk with someone I trust.” I took that as a sign and we wasted no time setting up an out-of-town adventure for the next day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Beach, pleeeeeease.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

I packed the bare basics and we were sitting in the sand by noon.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

We first visited Manzanita and then Cannon Beach, which was calm and serene mid-week. The most beautiful flowers lined the sides of the road.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

I love the weathered, quaint look of houses and businesses at the beach.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

After the long walk my friend’s mentor had recommended, we found a log along the edge of the beach and spent a few hours just chillin’. I still had some work to do via email but anyone that needed anything immediately was met with, “Sorry, I can’t work right now. My feet are in the sand.” Luckily, my clients are cool and laughed it off!

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No stop to the beach is complete without some sweet indulgences. This candy shop is always a favorite.

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The one and only Haystack Rock.

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Every time I visit Cannon Beach, it’s a personal tradition to snap a photo of this place. So unbelievably cool.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

As we said goodbye, I was happy I made the time to get away, spend time with a good friend and ignore all the things that needed to get done, at least for a day. If you, a family member or friend is having a difficult time, I know how hard it can be to work through an issue when your mind is spinning and just a day out in the world exploring can provide you with some much needed clarity.

“Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.” –Napoleon Hill

Have a great weekend, friends. xo