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Moving….

9 Nov

My blog has MOVED! It’s moved and I am so delighted to show you the new design.

Check it out here:

www.alisoncitron.com/blog

Look at that url! It’s so official!

See you there.

Birthday Week

13 Oct

I still get pretty excited about my birthday. I like to have a party, and I have a personal tradition called ‘Birthday Week’, where in the week leading up to my birthday I feel more positive, cut myself more slack, and eat more cake than usual because it’s my birthday week!

I was a little bummed this year, because my BFF Liz was going to be out of town on my birthday weekend (this weekend) for her sister’s wedding. I mean, I know she has a good excuse and everything but COME ON. It is just not a party without her. I was also a little worried, because despite the fact that I had asked David to be in charge of my birthday party dropped some hints about a birthday party, no plans seemed to be progressing.

ANYWAY, this lead up is just to let you know my state of mind on Friday. Liz and I, and another friend went to a First Friday event earlier in the evening, and then we were going to meet up with David and hang out. When I talked to David, he said he wanted to go to another friend’s Tim’s house. I had been thinking we’d hang out at our place, so of course I took this in stride and was a huge whiny baby.

“Noooo..” I whined, like a child might. “I want to stay heeeereee…” This was totally unreasonable, because Tim has a sick house and he and his girlfriend are really fun to hang out with, but I can be a pretty unreasonable person. Everyone ignored me, and we went separately to Tim’s.

 

IT WAS A FRIGGIN SURPRISE PARTY!!

You guys, I was so totally blown away. I actually screamed a little, because it’s really shocking to walk through a door and have a bunch of people yell ‘surprise!’/shoot silly string and poppers at you, but it was so awesome. Almost all of my friends were there, and there was amazing food and drink, and we played games and wore party hats, and I was just so, so happy. That party was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me,  and it made me feel so lucky to have all these people in my life that I just genuinely really like. I’m also quite impressed, and a little scared, that David and Liz made it happen and actually surprised me. I mean, not to brag but I am very observant and also kind of nosy, so the fact that they were able to get me is brilliant. AND  they remembered that I really like surprise parties.

So, this party basically made my month, and I have been in the best mood all week because of it. It is right up there with my 21st birthday party (aka my birthday I was the most excited for) and my 6th birthday party (we lived in Florida, and it was a pool party, and I had a Snow White cake for like the 3rd year in a row. It was the best.) I’m not really sure how to end this post, and I’m ready to eat a piece of cake now, so I think I will just end it by saying again how thankful I am for such wonderful friends. I can’t wait until it’s your birthdays, guys. I am so ready to scare the crap out of you and then give you some cake.

I was going to post today..

11 Oct

But I got beat down by this weird illness instead. I have a lot to say on here, but unfortunately I’m not good for much but laying on the couch and weakly requesting water. I have to get better, guys, it’s birthday week!

Busy like a bee

15 Sep

I’ve been so busy – aaand Caspian just barfed on the only rug in the apartment so I don’t think a post is happening today!

Anyone want a dog?

Introducing Theodore Bear, Esq.

27 Jun
A couple of years ago, when I was getting ready to move into this apartment, I was at the flea market looking for furniture for my new place. I had basically spent that summer furnishing my apartment, which was pretty great because I found a ton of super deals. Anyway, I was just browsing away when this guy caught my eye from across the parking lot.

I had to have him.

The guy at the flea market told me that in Poland, the graphic designers all had to do government work, so there were all of these great posters for government events, like the circus. I think the poster cost me $20, but I was so excited. It felt like something an adult would own, and I couldn’t wait to hang him on my walls.

We moved in together, I named him Theodore, and we’ve been cohabitating happily ever since. I didn’t give him much more thought until the other day, when David was goofing around on his phone and he took a picture of Teddy on Google Goggles, and it recognized him.

I did a little research, and found that maybe my poster was something special! (To people other than me)

http://postingposters.blogspot.com/2009/04/polish-posters-cepelia.html

This is a great article about Polish Circus posters in general. The author said this about Teddy:

“I’ve got this one – definitely one of my favorite CYRK posters – not long ago. Its a very rare piece, printed in 1974 and I believe I was lucky to stumble upon it, since its a highly coveted print.

The designer, Waldemar Swierzy was born in 1931 in Katowice. He’s a graduate of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts (Dept. of Graphic Art in Katowice), designed his first poster in 1950 and obtained his diploma in 1952. Specializes in poster and all forms of commercial graphic, with a very prolific career. He had individual shows in Vienna, Moscow, Poznań, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Wrocław. Works as professor at Poznań Academy of Fine Arts. “

I also found one for sale on theposterlady.com, and when I inquired about a price, she told me it was $600!

My next step was to determine whether or not it is ‘real’. Just by looking at it, it seems real to me. The print job looks different from anything I’ve seen, and it has some information at the bottom that says:

RSW ,,Prasa-Ksiazka-Ruch ” PZGraf. todz Z. 2427/74, W-74/6025, 9550 egz.

However, this seems a good time to point out that my poster collection comes from stuff I’ve picked up around design school, so what do I know?

I sent my information to an appraiser, who basically confirmed what I already knew, but I’m still not sure how I would confirm that it isn’t a print…of a print. Does anyone else have any ideas?

Regardless, it’s been fun to play art detective and learn more about my little poster that I’ve had for years. It inspires me to head back to the flea market and see what other treasures I could discover.

How to be better at photography

2 Jun

Looking over my previous photos of my apartment, it is becoming apparent to me that the beautiful images I see in my head when I think of taking pictures of my apartment are not actually translating to my camera. I’ve always been interested in photography, but it’s basically been limited to polaroid cameras and iphone pics.

So I did a little research, and it turns out the internet has some great tips for taking good shots, without getting too technical!

Making It Lovely has a great post about the most important tips for taking photos of your home.

Along the same vein, Young House Love has some more great tips specifically for home photography.

My cousin, Maggie Wendel, is a photographer, and has started a great series about learning to use your camera. She tackles specific topics in each post, and makes it easy for even the biggest techno-phobe to learn. See parts, one, two, three.

Hopefully my next shots will be a little better!

PS, check this out!

On A Different Note..

23 May

Today I signed up to receive a Produce Box.  Basically what’s going to happen is for $22 a week, I will have fresh, locally grown produce delivered to my door. Like I am the queen of vegetables or something.

It’s so exciting to have such an easy and cost effective way to a) support local farms and b) have access to fantastic produce. Lately, I’ve undergone something of a food revolution, where I’ve been thinking more about where my food comes with, and what it’s made with. (This, combined with my life philosophy of ‘ if I’m going to eat it, it better taste incredible’ makes me a very picky eater all of a sudden!)

I’ve found myself wishing that I could do things like grow all of my own vegetables (and own chickens; who am I?!) but I don’t have the space, or the skills to even attempt something like that right now.

So I want to thank Produce Box for providing such a great service. I can’t wait to see, and taste, my first shipment!

Friday Fix: Light Up

20 May

I am a sucker for beautiful lighting. Unfortunately roughly 1% of the lamps I love are within my price range. But they can’t stop me from looking…

Gilded Glow Floor Lamp - Anthropologie

Mobile Chandelier 4 - Michael Anastassiades

Far & Wide Sconce - Anthropologie

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Cafe String Lights - Remodelista

Friday Fix: KITTENS!

6 May

This is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

New Business Cards!

4 May

I know I showed you a sneak peek of these earlier, but now I have a for realsies photo to show you!

I made these myself using my die cutter and my laser printer, and some sticker paper. I love the way expensive printing techniques look, but I am not always able to pay for such luxury! So, I have to make it myself.  As a graphic designer, I feel like I need to have a memorable calling card, as that might be the only way I have to ‘sell’ myself, and my products. These are exactly my style, since they feature bright colors, bold typography, and clean lines, with a little pattern thrown in.