merry christmas…3 more days




Fa la la la little dipper



happy winter, friends! #firstrealsnow


happy winter

In honor of today’s snowfall in Minneapolis, I’m posting this.

Baby, it’s cold outside.


Baby, it's cold outside.

Happy Dec. 2nd!

A Tribute to the Triangle: 4 greeting cards and a print

I am not sure that watching over four episodes of Mad Men a day is healthy, even if Betty Draper’s outfits do continue to get more and more amazing. Therefore, I have switched my Netflix instant watching back to Ally McBeal. What the show lacks in A-line dresses, it makes up for in 90s mini skirts, pleather pants, and mom jeans.  Definitely worth the switch. At least for now. Plus, Robert Downey, Jr. is in these episodes, who is most certainly a step up from stupid Billy. So yes, parts of my life do revolve around fictional characters, its better than being addicted to meth, right? I know that may be an odd comparison, but come on, let’s keep things in perspective. Some vices are better than others, and this is mine.

So I’ll admit, I may have gone a little overboard with the whole triangle thing, but I did have fun with it. I even switched, as you may have noticed, the background of Little Dipper to one of the triangle prints. I think it spices it up a little. Hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. Below are four greeting cards I created using combinations of the 3 triangle prints that I previously posted. In addition, I have made a new print overlapping the 3 prints, which I used in the fourth card design (the one you probably wouldn’t want to download because it happens to be personalized to me… sorry). Nonetheless, please download them if you like them! They’re all 5 x 7 inches in size.

The newest print:

Thanks for reading! I already have the next project underway and hope to post it soon.




New Projects and Updates, yo.

last week's PR... waiting for this week

I feel as though I have been posting a little less than I want to be. I have a lot of things that I have been meaning to blog about just because I think you, as an avid follower of Little Dipper, might want to know about my life. Let’s see… I still haven’t blogged about how I applied to be an NBC Page, how I watched a documentary on Milton Glaser, that I started reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, that I have been listening exclusively to Watch the Throne on repeat for that past 2 days, or that I went to the Art Institute. OR that Jeremy and I discovered footage of Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation) on Boy Meets World. That may have been the highlight of my week. AND, I almost forgot, I watched the last episode of Project Runway. Stilts are weird. I was not a fan.

First off, I finished lucky job application number 30. The employer: NBC. The job: East-Coast Page. You may be thinking, “that’s interesting. I didn’t realize you were into television.” And, for your information, I do not support that response. What you should  be thinking is. “You’re going to be Kenneth!” i.e. Kenneth Parcel, NBC page and character on 30 Rock, who I may or may not have quoted in my cover letter. So about a month ago, Jeremy and I made a pact that we would apply to be NBC pages. We were already applying to a couple jobs a day…what was one more cover letter? We also considered applying to work for a paper company in Scranton or the Parks and Recreation Department in an obscure Indiana town. However, we settled on the page program because, honestly, it would be a pretty cool job. And we weren’t completely unqualified. So there’s that.

Let’s see… what else did I say I was going to address *scrolls to top of post* Oh yes, Milton Glaser. I watched the documentary To Inform & Delight, which is on Netflix instant view if you’re interested. If you are unfamiliar with designer, Glaser’s, work, think again. I bet you are. He designed the iconic I [heart] NY logo as well as an array of other work that you may have seen. Though he started out doing more commercial design and working for New York Magazine, his career and success eventually led him to do more political work, like these buttons (below left). It was an interesting film and very inspiring. I liked it. And it was on my list of movies to see. Which means double-win.

I also started reading the book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. I would quote it, but I think it would ruin it. you should just read it. One line I did think was incredibly witty (and I’m not sure why) was this line about mencils, you know, pencils for men. Maybe I’m just into puns, but I loved it. It also reminded me of Femident Toothpaste in that one episode of Flight of the Conchords. Watch it below before they take it off YouTube. Its sooo funny.

You are a woman you wear women’s wear.
You have breast and longish hair, oh yeah.
You’re kind-of found everywhere,
yet you’re still very rare, oh yeah.
You’re a woman and you love to weave.
You’re a woman, you have woman’s needs.
I know you love women’s rights.
You’re a woman with teeth now take a bite.

Wow. Anyways, thats where my train of thought went on that… I guess you understand me more now?

I guess the only other notable thing was finding that video of BENJY WYATT on Boy Meets World. He plays a character named Griff Hawkins. Nuff said. View below. Also, if you don’t watch Parks and Rec, you may not find this quite as amusing as I did. However, if you do watch it, and watched Boy Meets World as a child, this video will definitely have an impact on you. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry (because you’ll realize you’re childhood is gone). And you’ll be glad you read this. And, again, let me restate that finding this video was the highlight of my week.

Well, then, did you get through all my jabbering? Are you expecting a project. Look people I was too busy doing this…

Art Institute: Modern Wing. I'm so cultured, what?

No, really, I have been busy the last couple of days. BUT, I do have a couple of projects to post. More greeting cards! Yayayayayaaaaa! At least thats how I feel!

Just in case snail mail is still kickin’… some printable greeting cards for you

So I thought I would take a break from the patterns and focus my attention on something a little less digital. Maybe digital isn’t the right word, but bear with me. While my other projects were fun to make, they all require a computer to live. Furthermore, at 72 dpi, they weren’t meant for anything more than the screen. (My fellow nerds out there know what I mean by this number). They may brighten my MacBook, but once I close it up for the night, they’re gone. And what about my grandma? She’s pretty tech savvy, I will say, but what if I want to mail her a letter?

Anyways, I guess this project is technically just as “digital” as the last couple have been, but it seems a little more old-fashioned. You may be asking by now what movie I was watching while designing these. Oh wordpress reader, you know me too well. (P.S. I’m envisioning you grinning and shaking your head right now knowing, you’ve cracked the code of LDD.) Yes my friends, I was enjoying a film as I was putting together this little project. Its a little movie called Legally Blonde. I doubt you’ve heard of it…I’m also assuming you live in a remote village…and also under a rock. That’s what I really imagine the readers of this blog to be, that is, if anyone is reading this blog.

Ok, lets cut to the chase, and present to you my first printable creation! Each card was completely designed by me using photographs I took in Greece at the beginning of the summer. I hope they can brighten both your day (if you can find a chance to get out from under that rock) and the day of whomever you decide to send them to. Remember when you download these that you are holding a part of history in your hand! That is, if I get famous one day, you can say you had the honor of downloading my first publicly available printable greeting card and the privilege of sending that card to your mother.  What an amazing life you lead…

So, anyways, here are the cards. Three designs with three unique greetings and photographs. All insides are blank. Don’t get too excited…there may have been a lot of build up for nothing. But then again, maybe you’ll really like these!!! Ok, come on LD, teach yourself some self-discipline and know when to stop typing! Without further adieu, the cards: