Friday, May 29, 2009

Polka Dot Backgrounds-Free

Are you looking for polka background? Maybe you want to spruce up your My Space page? Well here are a bunch of links for you to take a look at

My Cute Graphics

Brilliant Backgrounds



Ms Premade

Free Code Source

Rad Profile

Hope you enjoy the Polka Dot Backgrounds!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

10 Fantastically Green Sites

Here are a few green oriented sites that I think are worth checking out, in no particular order...

Modern Eco Homes has everything you could ever want for the home and the best part is they feature eco deals of the day.

Mod Green Pod is a green home store offering 100% organic cotton.

Eco Geek has the best information on everything green relating to technology there is even a story on an air quality index reading wrist monitor.

Green Upgrader has information on how easy it is to live a green lifestyle.

The Green Office
which is exactly as it sounds allows us to have an easy way of accessing eco friendly furniture and supplies for the office.

Groovy Green has the most random cool green stories out there, if you are looking for something new and interesting to read about, this is where it's at.

Home & Planet has some of the neatest recycled home accessories, made out of some really interesting materials.

Wedvert provides solutions for greener weddings and other big events in a very elegant manner and great at keeping the green in your pocket.

Ideal Bite is an easy guide to almost everything green from clothing to transportation and reads easily, always a bonus.

Eco Street is the place to get your eco news and see what is going on in the world of greenery from eating green to green technology.

Garden Inspiration

Inspiration comes from many different things. Now that it is spring time and there are so many things blooming look outside for you inspiration. A meandering walk to observe the flowers through all of your senses. Taking a big breath of air can definitely spark a bit of creativity.

The images above are from our garden and it is amazing how quickly it changes. We are getting some well needed rain and I am looking forward to seeing how much the vegetables have popped. Watching the things you plant grow is very inspiring and worth the time to take a moment to enjoy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cyndi Lauper Sleeve my Face

Boy Just Wants To Have Fun

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Patriotic Freebie Collection

Every year at my parents lake home all the boat owners decorate their boats in the 4th of July theme and parade around the lake. It is a blast, the ultimate booze cruise. My husband and I are flying to Brainard, MN (from mpls to brainard we will be in a small propeller plane and I am a bit skeptical) and will get the chance to help my family decorate our pontoon. This has got me thinking about the 4th and thought I would put together some vector images to share.

This is a great patriot example swatch of Color Burned- Stars & Stripes: Patriotic Brushes & Swatches
to downloadStatue of Liberty Vector free over at bitbox
to downloadVecteezy has this great star for download

Here is a fun star set over at Vector PortalHow to make a beveled star

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Xavier Encinas has a great blog named Swiss Legacy a blog focused on typography, graphic design and inspirational matters.

This Ain't No Disco is a great inspirational blog for anyone interested in design.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Catalogs in the mail ARE going FSC

I have talked about all the catalogs I get in my mailbox and how it is amazing how many huge companies are not fsc certifying their catalogs well in 2006 William Sonoma the parent company of Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, west elm and Williams-Sonoma Home, decided that they would be using FSC certified paper for all 7 catalogs. (see full press release here) I just looked through a stash of Victoria Secrets catalogs from probably the last 2 years and what I found was in spring 2008 they had a recycle logo with 10% post consumer recycled paper.Other than that all the rest of the catalogs of Victoria Secret did not have any recycle logo or FSC certification. However, the most recent catalog is FSC certified with mixed sources. What I am wondering is were they just using FSC certified paper and not using a printer that was certified? Either way I am happy to see the FSC logo.

Check out this video on FSC and Pottery Barn Kids.

What is your favorite FSC paper?

Please comment below and let me know what your favorite FSC paper is, if you a need a list of which papers are available just check out the FSC. I will be compiling the results and letting you all know which paper you have chosen to be the favorite.


Poll: How Much Time Do You Spend On Twitter Each Day?

Poll: How Much Time Do You Spend On Twitter Each Day?

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GyPSii: all-in-one social networking for the iPhone

GyPSii: all-in-one social networking for the iPhone

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Daily Dose of Inspiration

Graphic Design Blog


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Twitter's New Search Might Just Change Everything

Big changes are in the works for Twitter and their realtime search features, says new Twitter VP of Operations Santosh Jayaram, changes that may spell the end of the status quo both for the microblogging platform in particular and the entire concept of organic searching in general.

Jayaram, who previously worked on Google's search quality team, spoke two weeks ago at a TIEcon 2009 preview conference about the changes Twitter is planning to implement to their search features, providing attendees with a compelling look at how the microblogging platform may rise up to challenge even Google in terms of indexing Web 2.0 content.

The most major change Jayaram spoke about concerns how Twitter indexes content. Until now, Twitter's realtime search feature has been limited to Tweets themselves; the content of each Tweet is indexed and searchable through Twitter's search engine. That, Jayaram says, is going to change - at an unspecified point in the near future, Twitter will begin crawling and indexing content linked from Tweets, not just the tweets themselves anymore.

Look out, Google - Twitter's got your number. The change to Twitter's search feature is huge, and it all boils down to analytical data, and the immense value that such information carries with it. Twitter's ability to track realtime trends already puts Google's to shame - and taking that ability off the domain means that the microblogging platform is poised to become the internet's premiere Web 2.0 content index. Even the brief delay of a few hours in Google's search engine results represents eons in the hyperspeed context of the modern internet. Twitter can fill in that gap, and Jayaram provided us with some juicy details about how they're going to be doing that.

One of the ways that Twitter is going to increase the relevancy of its search engine is by introducing a Twitter "reputation" ranking system, says Jayaram. Currently, when searching a popular trending topic, or clicking its link on the Twitter sidebar, users are usually overwhelmed with a wealth of "hollow content" like retweets, comments, and so on. Twitter's reputation ranking system will change that by providing users with an authoritative view of trending topics and keywords on Twitter, instead of just flinging users into a chronological timeline.

That change alone will improve Twitter's search by leaps and bounds. I can't wait to find out more about when we can expect to see these changes implemented, and how Twitter plans to show users the data that it collects about off-site content.

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Cemetary Pix

Daily Dose of Inspiration

My Ink Blog is a great resource for everything including some great proofing solutions, which we can all use.

Blue Blots is a great all around resource for all types of design from toys to usb drives along with a bunch of free resources.

FSC Certified Furniture

You have heard me talk a lot about FSC certification in the printing and paper industries, today I am going to share some great links for FSC certified furniture. It is really nice to see that companies are starting to make FSC certified furniture available and not just you eco friendly stores either. Target and Crate and Barrel are amongst the popular stores to have added assorted accessories and furniture to their lines. Eco-terrific has some amazing designs and are more than just FSC certified they use all organic products such as wool and other environmental things to provide you with an eco-friendly way of designing in the home. Naturally Durable has a great line of outdoor furniture, so if you are interested in helping out the environment there are more ways then just usining cloth bags for grocery shopping.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration-Directories

Looking for other twitter users like you? Check out Directory for Designers

Do you want to work faster? then check out these cheat sheets at Web Design Ledger

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to...use mustard to your advantage?

If you have a burn apply French's mustard directly to the wound and use band aid to cover up. This helps with the immediate pain from a burn and helps heal quicker. The down side is you will have bright yellow fingers for a while but it is totally worth the mustard tattoo.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Greg Verdino has a very resourceful blog with everything you need marketing and how to do it.

Logo Pond is a great inspiration when doing a logo.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Crookers the ultimate musical inspiration

The Crookers are the ultimate duo from Italy spinning the best of records to groove out and do some design. I found this You Tube video called Cooking with Crookers. This was found while looking for inspiration for my husbands new cooking blog that I am trying to come up with a rad identity for. So please go check them out you won't regret it.

Daily Dose of Inspiration

I was just over at Ideas on Ideas and read this post and it is so so true.

Tutorial Blog is just that, you can find anything for mac, design, technology and advertising that you could ever want.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Jacob Cass over at Just Creative Design has some fantastic posts.

Rashell and Leo over at Doodlage are very inspirational.

Monday, May 11, 2009

New Steampunk MMO Launches Golden Ticket Beta Promotion

New Steampunk MMO Launches Golden Ticket Beta Promotion

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New Look What do you think?

As you can see I did some updating to the look here at Hold the Onion Please, it now matches my twitter page. I would love to here your feedback. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.


Steampunk is a fantasy that is set in neo-victorian times and portrays how life would have progressed we had never moved passed steam. I love the dress especially but have found that the books that I like most are very steampunk. There is some great jewelry on etsy just put in steampunk in the search, alot of clocks and their parts are used to make different art as well.

I find that I am attrached to the gear like aspects as well as airships. I found this game Storm Winds and thought I would share it with you. It is a shooter game that you build up your weapons agains different armies that fly in. The artwork is definately a thumbs up.

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Ads of the World great for checking out new ideas and interesting concept, the blog is very informative and great content.

Brian Hoff over at the design cubicle rocks out some great posts a must for daily reading.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Design Outlaw a great resource for anything from free stuff to how to use twitter and much much more.

Design Moves Me is another great source for inspiration and different resources for designers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Randa Clay has many helpful things to share on her blog
Indesign Secrets pretty much speaks for itself

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Good Weddings

Well it is definitely wedding season 2 down (thus my scarce posts) and 1 to go. This wedding was fabulous, they we the most fantastic hosts I have ever seen out of bride and groom. They did a great job decorating and tying everything together and saved the money on a dj and just had an ipod, gotta love technology. Of course it was super awesome to see everyone, several I hadn't seen in a few years and a couple I hadn't seen in 10-12 years.