Feeds & Reads We Love

We wanted to take a moment this week to share a little behind-the-scenes look at where we gain our motivation and what media we take in to keep us inspired to create fresh new designs for you!

Our jam:

• clean design.
• combining masculine and feminine type and design elements.
• COLOR. Bold brights, muted neutrals, dreamy pastels, high-contrast black, crisp and clean white, even electric neons – we simply love color.

Instagrams for Inspiration

The work in these feeds is astoundingly diverse – fine art, embroidery, textiles, crystals, baked goods, wool felt paintings (it's a thing!), interior design, urban street art, naturescapes, macrame, carved stamps for printmaking, floral design, toymakers – you name it. These artists are at the tip top of their crafts, in our humble opinions, and we love watching them work! Positively inspiring.

Top left (9 squares): @wildhumm Top right (36 squares): @begoodnatured Bottom left (9 squares): @thefoxisblack Bottom right (9 squares): @hol_fox

Top left (9 squares): @wildhumm
Top right (36 squares): @begoodnatured
Bottom left (9 squares): @thefoxisblack
Bottom right (9 squares): @hol_fox

@begoodnatured
@thefoxisblack
@wildhumm
@hol_fox
@mokuyobi
@able_ground
@meandering_mari
@elsielarson
@abeautifulmess
@swallowsanddamsons
@thejungalow
@cloud9fabrics
@wildplumco
@cinderandhoney
@mountroyalmint
@theydrawandcook
@finktoys
@geninne
@artworkbylie
And of course you're already following @greenapplelanedesigns and our sister-co @artbyelliecustom right?

Quotes to Note

#truth

“You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” – Rumi

"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had." – The Great Gatsby

“Anxiety is fear with negative anticipation. Excitement is fear with positive anticipation. You control which one you see.” – Mastin Kipp

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The first week at August’s was a consolation, a pure relief. The world will give you that once in a while, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat up life.” – The Secret Life of Bees

"I am a firm believer that you cannot do epic shit with basic people. We just can't. My time is valuable." – Pum Lefebure

Work-Related Reads

No matter your industry, these books will motivate you to do whatever it is that you do best:

Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson

These books are more a bit more specific to those in creative fields:

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon
Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

Any other reads or feeds we need to know about? Let us know!