Waffle Shoppe has been taking over my life. But in a good way! It's so much fun to see people get excited about plain old waffles and syrup. I love spending my Saturdays at the Provo Farmers Market and meeting new people!
And just a word to the wise:
If you haven't stopped by yet, please do! And the Frozen Hot Chocolate is to die for. To. Die. For.
Come to my Waffle Shoppe for some deliciously delectable waffles and special Shoppe syrup!!
You can find my sister and I and our famous waffles at the Provo Famers Market most Saturdays from 9-2. We have a Facebook Page too, so search for Waffle Shoppe and "like" us in the month of JUNE and you will receive a free drink of your choice when you purchase some waffles!
And if you like us a lot, you can take a punch card so you can come back and get your 6th waffle purchase free!
If you've never been to the Farmer's Market, I highly suggest it! Its a fun summer saturday activity, with entertainment, crafts for sale, and of course delicious food.
I started tennis lessons on Wednesday! I know, right?
So I played a little bit in high school. ... Well, lets face it, I played my sophomore year, then Junior year we got a new coach and didn't end up making the team again (but his daughter - not as skilled in tennis as one might like - did make the team. Nope I'm not bitter about it still. No way.). Let's just say that that was the hardest I had ever cried up until that point in my life. The next hardest was when I got my first speeding ticket 2 months after getting my licence. But that's beside the point.
Ever since then I played off and on but never very seriously. I knew I had skill, though. That is, if you call "skill" losing [badly] to your 50-something year old father who doesn't even have to move his feet - he just hits a hard one, I duck, and its his point. Again, beside the point.
So I decided that this summer, I'm going to get good again. So I went to my first lesson, and naaaaailed it! My teacher even threw out a "Man, I'm going to have to be harder on you." Little did he know my head had just grown three times bigger than before. But then I remembered I'm taking lessons with girls my age(?) who I caught saying to each other when the lesson was over: "Like, let's totally go tanning later, ok? Ok call me. TTYL bff!" I was like, so totally not judging them or anything. But you know what I mean.
The real point is - I had fun and I'm excited to refresh my skills. And I made Jake promise that our Friday night date would be a few rounds of tennis.
Its 11:30 and my tummy is starting to growl. It doesn't help that I've been blog surfing and stumbled upon this to die for blog. I swear, when I die, my obituary will say "death by bread". I'm a CARBavore to the max - bread, potatoes, cookies.... oh boy, they are my weakness. Anyways, you should go check it out and maybe try one of her amazing looking recipes... like these DONUTS (See below...ho-ly-cow, I just died and went to heart attack heaven). If the picture alone doesn't do it for you... I don't know what will.
So I've finally done something I've wanted to know how to do for a long time now. (Well, technically I haven't done it yet, but I will soon) And that is customize my blog, rather than just using the same old blogger templates they have (which aren't that bad, I must say). Hopefully in the next week or so it will be looking extra cute!
Along my journey I came across this brilliant site that is so helpful in DIY blog customizing. Some of the advanced stuff might be either over your head (coding with HTML and CSS... gulp), or using programs such as Adobe Illustrator to make your own designs. I was actually surprised, though, that I followed all of their advanced tutorials without flaw. Well, I guess I do have the advantage of owning some Adobe software and I happened to take a web design class last semester so I kind of understand HTML jibber jabber. But this website makes it so easy! Try it!
Or, if you're needing extra help or tips or want me to design something custom for you, I'd be happy to! Just let me know
I'm in a Motion Graphics class. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I've had to learn a whole new program (ugh). It makes me feel like a small child learning to read. So here is my first kindergarden-ish movie.
It came to me the other day, and I haven't been able to get it off my mind.
The reason I'm putting it up here is because I want YOUR feedback. I want to know if you would do it. What you would/wouldn't want. Any additional input or ideas or suggestions.
Here it is...
I want to make a website. Since I got married, I've been really trying to be a good wife and cook dinner as much as I can (Almost impossible with 3 night classes this semester... but I'm trying). I've accrued so many cookbooks and miscellaneous recipes from here and there and they're all kind of creating a big stack in my kitchen. This drives me NUTS, being the organization freak that I am.
So I thought, how nice would it be to have them all in one spot, all in the same format, somewhere I could access them easily and in various locations (ie. iPad, smart phone, laptop, at work, at friend's or family's homes). And what do all of those have in common? The internet. So, I want to keep all of my recipes on a website. NOT a blog. Please do not get this mixed up with a blog. If you have ever used a photo-storage website, such as photobucket, it will be more like that. A place to store all of your recipes. You could have the option to share the recipes, or just keep it private to yourself. You would have your own account (like an email, blog, photobucket account, etc.).
I was thinking of charging $10 for an initial account with storage space enough for maybe 50 recipes. Then if you go over 50, its just like $2 for an additional 50 recipes. Or something like that. Or just charge a little bit more initially to have unlimited storage space.
Of course the format for the recipes would be designed super cute. There would probably be a variety of designs to choose from.
You would have the option to print them out.
You would create your own different "sections" (ie. Appetizers, desserts, etc.).
It would almost just be like a digital recipe book (similar to the Kindle concept, where you "flip" the pages)
You could upload photos of the recipes, even add photos of each step if that's your thing. (I love having images of the food!)
Personally, I often use my laptop in the kitchen to read my recipes, so this is perfect.
I know there is software out there that can do something similar to this, however, I feel like the website concept is much more accessible and cost-effective, like I said before, you can have it on your iPad, phone,... anywhere that has internet... Not just your home computer.
Now its your turn. What do you think? Leave a comment or email me at htintle at gmail dot com.
Its finally over. Not that I didn't like it, its just time for a much needed break. So, I thought I'd share with you my projects from the semester.
(click on any of the images to see them bigger!)
From my Typography and Layout I class:
MONOGRAM - basically a logo with my own initials. Can you tell its two h's but the bottom one is on its side, and just that little slice out of it makes it into a c? I thought it was kinda cool.
TYPOGRAM - making a word have more meaning by visually changing an element. For this, I simply took the dot of the i and put it into the o to make it look like an eye. The dot of the i makes the dot of the eye. I ended up turning in the second one down on the left. What do you think? Such a simple change makes the word make that much more sense.
TYPOGRAPHIC POSTER - The assignment was to chose a typeface, make it into a poster and include a 300 word essay, the typeface designer, the name of the typeface, the year it was created, and the entire alphabet in that typeface. I chose Century Schoolbook, a typeface commonly used in children's books to help them learn how to read - hence the shape of the essay forming a book shape.
BROCHURE - This is just the cover of a 4 spread brochure I made for a product the company I work for sells called a Letterpress (If you got my Cmas card, I hand letterpressed it with this machine).
And for my Digital Painting class (all photoshop):
SELF PORTRAIT - The first project of the semester. I had no clue what I was doing. A self portrait incorporating something we are passionate about. I'm passionate about Jake so I incorporated the necklace he gave me as a wedding gift with our initials on it.
DESIGNED SHAPES - Requirements were to show an animal, being the focal point, in its environment, with type displaying the location. The process of this assignment was very fun and unique. The style of designed shapes is similar to art deco type posters with simple shapes and shading.
MIXED MEDIA - We had to used other media - anything from photography, to paint, to drawing, whatever. I hand sewed both of those dolls (it took me forEVER) and drew his hands and face. For this assignment we had to pick a historical event and take an artistic standpoint on it, incorporating mixed media with a purpose. I picked Thanksgiving, which, come to find out, was not always on the 4th Thursday of November. That date was chosen by FDR who chose it with the specific purpose to boost sales for the holidays to help the economy. I'll let you figure the rest out.
AIRBRUSH TOY - I am actually extremely impressed with myself on this one. We had to design a toy (not already existing) and make it look REAL - like on Toy Story. I didn't think I could do it, but I did. He's a little dancing monster. Cute, and too bad he isn't a real toy or else I think he'd be a hit this Cmas.
And one last project for my History of Graphic Design class:
THE WAFFLE - We had to pick one designer from our textbook and make a poster based on their style, advertising a product, event, or service. I've been dreaming for a few years now to have a waffle stand called The Waffle at the famers market. So I chose to do my poster advertising that, based on Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer's style. I even used a font he designed himself. Can you see the ego-shaped waffle?
I can't believe how busy these projects kept me this semester - or how much fun I had doing most of them! I loooooove what I do.
And now I'm off to MEXICO for two weeks!! I know what you're thinking... Again?? Yep, again, but to the other side this time. See you next year when I'm tan tan tan.
My design could win for $$$ for me and to actually be purchased on their website! I would love any feedback you have, because I can change my design from now until December 10th. So critique away and let me know what you think! Oh, and VOTE! I'd love to win :) But more than anything this is a great experience for me to get my designs and my name out there in the design world! FUN! I love what I do.
**NOTE: Voting opens around Dec 10th, so don't forget to come back and vote then. :) Thanks!
I wouldn't go straight to hate, but lets just say I never thought Graphic Design would involve learning a new alienish language. (Ever heard of HTML? Yeah, that.)
However, I am getting a little bit (nerdily) excited to make my own website to post my portfolio. As I've been researching and coming up with ideas, I found this amazing design portfolio that I am thinking of stealing. (Okay, not really, but I wish I would have come up with it first.)
Here's a little peek at what it's like. Clever, simple, easy to navigate, creative. Love it.
First of all, a shout out to my awesome and generous parents for taking Jake and I to and all-inclusive resort called The Excellence in Cancun, Mexico! It was a dream, thank you Mom and Dad!
Back to telling you how I gained the best five pounds of my life...
It started with eating. Out. Everyday. As much food as you wanted. (not a good thing)
We made some friends along the way. Geckos and Iguanas were literally everywhere.
We spent an entire day snorkeling and relaxing (and eating) at an amazing ecological park called Xel Ha ("shell-ha"). Jake was a little fish the whole day. This was the night our Resort told us a Category 2 Hurricane was expected to hit Cancun. I was a little freaked out. It didn't end up hitting, but the power went out a few times and the next day it rained half the day, which was actually beautiful!
This was the bridge we crossed from our room every day. The pool you see here is a lazy river. Yes, we were very lazy.
On Sunday, we actually found a small branch in a town called Puerto Morelos about 10 minutes from our resort. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The people were so kind and humble. See that little black sign telling us that this was the church? It was actually a rented house they use to have church in. Cool.
The resort lobby.
We had a carribean fiesta right on the beach one evening and danced the night away to Jakes favorite music: Bachata.
Oh, and we ate some more....
And met some dead people. This was actually pretty cool. Every night at the resort they had a show, and this night was a tribute to MJ. It was so entertaining.
We just layed out at our very own private, white sand beach. No biggie. The even cooler part was that guys would come ask us if we wanted drinks, and I would say, "Yes, one pina colada, no alcohol." And five minutes later I'd be sipping a pina colada. Heaven!
This was probably the most exercise we got, walking down this pier. We went to the city Puerto Morelos and did some bargaining.
Again, we ate.
Our beautiful beach!
Our resort always had activities from volleyball, soccer, water aerobics, yoga, and here you see us kayaking!
Oh, and is that us eating again? Yep. And there's one of my many pina coladas.
Jake was always at one bar or another ordering more drinks. I was so proud of him for using his spanish while we were there. Its so cute when he espeaks espanish.
Just another view of the pool. So amazing. You can see kind of in the middle of this photo, there were full on beds to lay on by the pool. Can you say heaven?
The only bad part was that we both got eaten alive by mexican mosquitos. No clue why they chose us, because nobody else had them. We think its because we were probably the only ones there not drinking alcohol.