Even though we’ve spent almost two months working in Paris this year, I’ve not shared many photos here on the blog. I’m finishing my second book with Chronicle, finalizing volume three of The Paris Journal, and working on a few other new projects with Evan for the studio. It’s been crazy, but good crazy.
I was looking through photos today and wanted to share a few recent snapshots from our trips in October and November.
I first met Michael Evashevski – one-half of the talented duo behind Roo Kee Roo – when I was working as a copywriter for Tribal DDB. We were the creative team assigned to a skin care campaign, and bonded over our unsuccessful attempt to keep a cool project from devolving into a cheesy mess. We lost. Big time.
But these days, Michael and his talented brother Forest are collaborating on a very cool project: Roo Kee Roo. Roo Kee Roo is a nod to their upper Michigan roots and celebrates the relationship between land, livelihood, and the simple life.
According to Michael and Forest, “The name comes from a beast that lurked in the shadows of the forest. Our father warned us about the Roo Kee Roo around the campfire; a legend the French brought to Michigan first known as ‘le Loup des Loups’ or ‘Wolf of Wolves.’ He’d tell us ‘After sunset he’ll come to eat you! But if you stick together you can defeat the Roo Kee Roo.’”
I love their simple, elegant illustrations and bought a few for our son’s rooms. I grew up in Pennsylvania, and many of the tools and outdoor gear reminds me of my own childhood and simpler times.
We’ve just added a few holiday offers and bundles to the shops:
OBVIOUS STATE SHOP
THE PARIS PRINT SHOP
As I’ve collected ideas for gift guides, I looked over my etsy purchases in the past year or two. I’ve collected 16 things I’ve bought – and love! – from fellow artists and creatives in 2012 and 2013. Above are three, see all 16 here.
In an effort to support our fellow artists and small business owners, we’re dedicating this space to showcasing our favorite handmade gifts and holiday decor.
I’ve been rounding up ideas for friends and family here (obsessively, frankly), and hope I’ve uncovered a few things you’ll like as well.
If you make something and want to share it, leave a link and a bit about yourself in the comments.
Enjoy the prelude to the holiday season!
Congratulations to #35 Erin and #229 Gail. Thanks to random.org, you’re the winners of our “biggest giveaway ever” promo. Drop me an email at email@example.com to let me know which print you’d like (you may choose from either shop below).
We wish everyone could have been a winner, so for a very limited time, we’re offering 25% off all large format prints. Simply enter the code “GOBIG” at checkout.
See all prints in the Paris Print Shop.
Thanks to all who participated! We hope you like the new larger prints.
Cemeteries by their nature aren’t happy places, but I’m always happy to visit the them in Paris. They’re packed with beautiful sculpture, architecture and a melange of memorabilia ranging from sweet (a thick book stuffed with photos in a plastic, weather-proof case) to strange (a fishbowl).
It rained early this morning, and the cold mist and leaves left no room for debate whether autumn had arrived. I could smell change in the air, and that feeling of no turning back – the end of a season – set the tone for the walk. The entire cemetery seemed to be mourning that loss, shutting down until spring, saying goodbye.
About halfway through, I spotted a large orange cat sitting in a bowl. Most of the resident cats in the cemetery bolt when they see you, but not this guy. He jumped down and followed me around for fifteen minutes. He seemed to be waiting for me to toss him a treat, so it’s clear the neighbors take good care of him. In fact, all of the cats are giant, indicating either an abundance of rodents or friendly cat lovers nearby.
Another highlight was finding a spiderweb that seemed to be either spun with or held up by a pair of stone hands.
The leaves are brown and the light is gold.