Though I do enjoy working on many brands and projects, I realize sometimes, it isn't always the right fit. These designers below have talent and useful skills that we recommend for various reasons.
Alison Knott - Alison K Consulting
I've known Alison Knott for over five years now through E3C, East Coast Creative Collective. It's a collective Alison built to grow and nurture the creatives in Halifax from all different backgrounds. Funny enough, I met my husband through E3C.
Alison is a wiz when it comes to everything Wordpress. Her skills with the platform are quite impressive. So much so that she's comfortable teaching the subject. She understands what it takes to have an online presence that is about thriving, not about vanity stats.
Other than E3C, Alison is a WordCamp organizer, and she runs her own business helping others create beautiful websites.
Matthew Morgan – Medavie Blue Cross
It's easy to get along with Matthew Morgan. He is confident and genuine. I have known him for over five years as well.
Matthew is a great Creative Consultant that knows how the industry works, inside and out. With over ten years of experience in various positions, his innovative approach will solve any project with all the resources at his fingertips. I haven't worked directly with Matt, but I have seen his process, and it is comprehensive. He can design websites, create beautiful ads, build fun logos, and paint amazing Warhammer armies.
JJ is a fantastic illustrator. Her stray kitties are throughout Halifax and their random tidbits into what everyone is thinking, place smiles on my face.
JJ’s artwork is unique. She has developed her style that is bright, colourful, fun, insightful, self-reflective, and makes me want to draw more. Seeing her process, and her neat patterns done in ink and watercolour, are inspiring.
These are other local people whom I like their work.
Coffee and Cream Designs
Hook Line & Tinker
I don’t always know what to post, but this time, I have a lovely recipe I modified a bit from something I found on Pinterest.
I’ll post a few different options with time and let you know my results.
From my previous day job, I found many people have allergies to lip balms. I am one of those people too, so I am comfortable to try to find the best solution for me. I always love to wear red lipstick, but I get a scratchy throat nearly every time I try anything new. There is only one type of product that works for me, and that’s Clinique’s long last lipstick. I liked them, but I do lose my lipsticks and at $22 a pop Canadian, it’s not always affordable. Some people can’t have Clinique either so, here’s one alternative.
This lipstick is:
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 Crayola crayon
*1/4 tsp of mint extract (from the bakery aisle)
1. Clean out a lip balm container by placing the empty vessel in boiling water. If possible, take each bit out of the tube to make sure it’s as neat as can be. Take the plastic bits out before the water cools and wash each piece with dish soap, then running hot water until there are no soap traces.
2. Microwave the ingredients above in a heat safe dish for about 30 seconds, stirring the content to ensure it’s all melted.
3. Grab a funnel directly above the lip balm container. Pour the content fairly quickly and keep an eye on the material to ensure it doesn’t go overboard. The recipe above works well for my tubes, but not all cylinders are the same.
4. Let cool. It doesn’t take very long, about 20 seconds. I placed the containers in the fridge for about 10 minutes to ensure it was stable before trying.
Crayola crayons are non-toxic and made for children in case they accidentally eat it.
Unfortunately for me, wax doesn’t seem to be the best for me. I’ve heard shea butter can be a substitute for wax but then how to get colour? I’ll try a few other options in a few weeks.
Feel free to give it a try!
*Some may want to reduce the amount of mint or take it out. That one is an optional ingredient.
The musical choice of the week is Terrain Vague by BB Brunes.
Mondays. You either love them or hate them.
It depends on why you have to wake up in the morning. If you love what you do, Mondays might not suck so much. Either way, a good cup of coffee or strong tea can help.
I hope your Monday doesn’t suck.
A song to energize your Monday: Addicted to Bass by Puretone