Day 195: Going back to Cali, Cali

I wish I was going back to Cali!

I miss LA so much that it hurts. I love, love, LOVE the weather there – and today it feels like an LA weather day. There are so many one-of-a-kind restaurants that I miss eating at such as The Original Pantry (my ultimate favorite place for breakfast!), Dinah’s, Don Antonio’s, Lemonade, and so many others that I could literally eat my way through LA!

Surprisingly enough, I am not overweight by any means. I’m actually very petite, but I have a great appetite for good food and LA has it all. Even food trucks!

Anyway, my inspiration for today’s card comes from LA because I was at work talking to someone who lives in San Diego (I like S.D., but it’s not my favorite compared to LA.) and she got me a little homesick for all the wonderful things I miss about LA. Like the beach, not having to deal with freezing, cold snowy weather, great shopping, and so much more!

So, since I was in a LA kind of mood and the weather reminds me of LA, why not create an LA card for the retro card series.

Remember, I have one for Paris, Sydney, New York, London, and Pisa, Italy. And now one for LA. I’ll probably have more cities for series, but I’m not sure which one I will do next.

In the meantime, I have only thing to say, “I Love LA”.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

07.17.14 Inspired by Los Angeles © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.17.14 Inspired by Los Angeles
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

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Day 174: I want to be a part of it New York, New York

I’m an LA baby, but I think I should have been raised in New York.

My dad and grandfather were originally from New York. My grandfather grew up in Brooklyn, and my dad was raised in the South Bronx. So technically I have New York blood running through my veins, but I know it’s just not the same.

But if ever met me in person, you would definitely mistake me for a New Yorker! I’m loud, outgoing, speak my mind, and love life.

I guess I got the best of both worlds, on opposites coasts!

Although I do love New York, my heart is still in LA.

Okay, let me tell you my inspiration for today’s card. I was watching The Next Great Baker (I’m a sucker for a good reality cooking/baking show because yes, I love to cook and bake. I’m a food junkie what can I say?) and the first episode had a new twist from previous seasons. The contestants, in pairs this year, had to travel to a New York destination and find inspiration for their cake challenge. The contestants went to cool places like Bryant Park, Harlem, Central Park, the Bronx, and even Washington Square. Then they had to come back to the bakery and design a cake based on their inspiration.

Now, I’m no professional baker, but some of the cakes had really great design work while others, let just say that they could use some practice and improve their decorating skills. However, each cake design brought out their own perspective on how the designers saw New York from their eyes.

So, today’s card is inspired by New York and is part of the city series I started way back when with Paris.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a different New York design, who knows?

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

06.25.14 Inspired NGB, New York challenge © 2014 Stacy Schilling

06.25.14 Inspired NGB, New York challenge
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Day 173: See you in Paradise Stu

When I woke up this morning I had a text message from my mom letting me know that Stu, my uncle, had passed away last night.

Stu was 67 years old and died of a long, hard battle of colon cancer.

He will be sorely missed by my aunt, cousin, and the rest of his family. Death is heartbreaking for anyone no matter what color you are, how old you are or where you live. It hurts us in ways we can’t even explain and just plain sucks.

Stu had a career as an Engineer for over 30 years before he retired in 2009 from the Los Angeles Fire Department. He worked mostly for Station 58 and 43 in West Los Angeles, close to his home and family.

Today’s card is inspired by Stu for two things important to him: His family and his career as a firefighter.

See you in paradise Stu!

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

06.24.14 Inspired by Stu, my uncle © 2014 Stacy Schilling

06.24.14 Inspired by Stu, my uncle
© 2014 Stacy Schilling