tasty accessories.

Food Accessories | dotted design

Who doesn’t love a fantastic meal or a really great snack? I thought it would be really fun to gather some accessories for self or home that all display one of life’s necessities: food. The fruit accessories are abounding!

And for these plates with food and a pun…double win on that one.

pretzel necklace | 2 fruit bracelet | 3 chocolate notepad | 4 lemon coin purse |  5 artichoke | 6 produce pun plates | 7 lime beach towel



style it / send it {10}

style it / send it on dotted design

In this month’s edition of Style It / Send It, I’m feeling unlike myself and going for the bright pops of color. I always gravitate towards black and white, and neutrals always make me feel calm. Perhaps it’s my desperation for spring, perhaps it’s the fact that I have a few awesome client projects right now that are all about the bright colors. Regardless of the reason, it’s always a great idea to step out of the ordinary!

style it capri espadrille francis, kate spade what is more spring-like than lemons – needing some lemonade now. / send it little cutie, Parrott Design Studio so precious for the new little ladies coming into the world this spring.

style it drape neck coat, Zara the perfect spring jacket. / send it omg you’re engaged, The Social Type I love sending this card to newly engaged friends!

style it arrow ring, asos subtle style in my current favorite gold. / send it arrows card, Sycamore Street Press ok, one had to be black.

reading lately.

on my reading list | dotted design

Today I thought it would be fun to share a few of the books on my to-read list. I love changing it up among novels, nonfiction, and educational books, and these are a few that are currently on my radar:

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris: His books are always entertaining, and I’m finally getting around to reading his latest one. The series of short stories and essays about his life are a great mix of funny and insightful.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: This novel looks totally enticing – telling a story of book dealer in Barcelona following the Spanish Civil War who discovers mysterious book burnings. Suspense!

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach: This one is an upcoming pick for my book club. I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to ghosts and the supernatural, so I’m totally intrigued to see what they discovered.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: A bit of girl power here. The authors tell the stories of women in Asia and Africa who must overcome struggles, and how the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. It comes highly recommended to me, and a great read for a global perspective.

What have you read lately or are looking forward to reading? I’d love to hear!


three pretty paper shops

favorite cards | dotted design

It’s been a little while since I’ve highlighted some of the beautiful paper products out there. I’m always loving the ever-famous Rifle Paper Co. and Sugar Paper products, but today I’m trying to break out and share some of the lovely others out there.

I love when cards stray from the generic and expected messages and offer either something clever or unexpected. The whole reason I started designing my own cards is because I could never find the messages I wanted! These shops know how to design:

1) The Social Type: I am in love with their line! All their cards feel like you’re having a convo between best buds. Plus, the colors are perfect.  pleased as punch | cutie patootie | best couple ever

2) Ladyfingers Letterpress: If you know me in real life, you know I am a sucker for puns. These ladyfingers sure get me! (and the last one is just cute.) significant otter | shanks | so psyched

3) Wednesday Press: I love the blend of beautiful type and slightly unexpected messages (have you ever gotten a card complimenting your scent?) buffalo notecards | you smell nice | I don’t like anyone



recent work: blog logo design.

I’m excited to share the final logo today for the moodboard I shared a few weeks back! Jessie has launched a new blog, and she needed a fresh brand to help her transition from an old, abandoned blog into her new, revamped version.

Just Jessie logo | Round 1 | dotted design

Following our discussion and her moodboard, I gave her these initial logo versions to peruse. I tend to give first logo versions in greyscale so that choices aren’t influenced by color instead of concept. We knew she wanted something type-focused, since a blog title must be legible, and she had indicated she wanted a script type included. I experimented with both serif and sans serif options, as well as a few different script fonts.


Just Jessie logo | dotted design

The final version wasn’t too far from the original bottom right! We switched the word “just” to a sans serif, added some color, and played with the scale a bit. We used her pink and teal, but kept it mostly black as not too veer too far into a rainbow world. We rounded things out with a custom favicon, some page graphics, and social media profile images.

It was so much fun to work on this girly project – if you’d like, check out Jessie’s new blog as well!

PS If you’re interested in rebranding your blog or business, I’d love to hear from you!


what dotted spotted {9}

what dotted spotted | dotted design

What a month it has been! It seems like March has only just started. Between the endless basketball, birthday, and oh yea, some designing, I’ve certainly kept occupied! To top it off, I’m going to a wedding shower this weekend for a girl I’ve known since we were nine. Now that is a long friendship!

Some of my favorite posts this month have included a roundup of ampersand items, a colorful moodboard, and some of my thoughts on why design matters. Plus, a reminder that you still have through Monday to save 20% in my shop with the code BDAY20!

And now, some of the neatest things I’ve seen this month:

box: decorative matches The patterns are just so lovely! They would look cute even sitting out on a bar cart or coffee table near candles.

blend: ampersand pullover It’s still chilly, but I love the soft spring-like color of this sweater.

bake: caramel peanut butter chocolate chip gooey bars I don’t think these need any explanation.

bag: tote Emily McDowell has some of the most clever cards, stationery, and products – I love that nothing she creates is trite or sappy. These totes are too much!

Hope you have a relaxing weekend!


black and white interior stripes.

Striped Interiors | dotted design

I’ve always been obsessed with stripes, and I always gravitate towards anything black and white. All these images of homes featuring the two together are really catching my eye. The striped walls are so fun (that arch!) and the striped couches are so chic.


Striped Interior | dotted design

The floor in the top left photo is so gorgeous, and I love the subtly of the pillows in the white room. The pink chairs in the bottom photo make the stripes so cheerful!

Do you ever use black and white stripes in your home?

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