• a page a day 2013. april favorites.

    Well, it's practically March, but it's never too late to share my favorites. The above image was framed and gifted to a dear friend. I love that I've been able to turn this project idea into special gifts for people I love. (See another gift here.) Handmade gifts are so much better than buying something from the store. Plus, girl on a budget. Ya know? I hope you're enjoying this project as much as I am. It's been so much fun!

    Check out my January favorites here, February here and March here.

    You can follow me on this daily journey as melissaanderson on instagram.

  • marche du nain rouge + detroit party marching band.

    Last month (better late than never), I walked in the Marche du Nain Rouge. Myself, along with many other Detroiters, celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge. It was a blast and this city is amazing. I discovered these photos today, while uploading my iPhone to my computer. They are of the Detroit Party Marching Band. I hadn't realized I captured such great shots and thought it necessary to share. I love the marching band's about section on Facebook: Assembling often, spontaneously & where you least expect it... Perfect.

    Detroit truly is an amazing city. I'm glad I live here. It's special.

  • a page a day 2013. march favorites.

    How is it April already!? While I welcome spring wholeheartedly, I feel like this year is completely flying by. I mean, I'm past due to share March favorites from my #apageaday2013 project. Impossible! I can't decide if this project is getting easier or harder as the time goes on, but I can tell you that I'm still really enjoying it. I definitely want to start pushing myself a little harder in April. Gotta keep this interesting!

    Check out my January favorites here and my February favorites here.

    You can follow me on this daily journey as melissaanderson on instagram.

  • simple pleasures.

    The simple pleasures in life are really what make it great. Back in January, I bought myself a Chemex as a little birthday present. I don't use it everyday, but there is something special about the days that I do. Those mornings instantly feel more relaxed, even if I have a million things to do. I also subscribed to Regular Coffee for the first time this month. I have to say, I am really happy with it. It's delicious, made in Michigan and the design is perfect. That tube looks pretty great on my kitchen shelf. I also picked up the latest issue of Kinfolk last week. I swear that magazine gets better with every issue and I wonder how that is even possible. It's such a lovely publication.

    The drawing at the top is for today's #apageaday2013 entry. It's the first time I have incorporated a 3D object. I'm excited to see what else comes of that in the future. You can follow the series here and see my favorites from January and February here and here.

  • a page a day 2013. february favorites.

    I can't believe I've already been doing #apageaday2013 for two months! This project has definitely challenged me, but I'm really loving how it making me feel. Granted, not everyday is going to be brilliant, but there are definitely some gems in there. That makes me happy.

    So, here are some of my favorites from February. I'm currently working on setting up my etsy shop to sell prints of this project. I'll be sure to let you know when it's open!

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  • samuel turned two.

    He's two! Man, it's true that they grow up fast. Those grownups weren't lying. I didn't think Laura and I were going to be able to top last year, but what you are about to see is sweet, sweet victory. I am so pleased with how this party turned out. It's adorable, fun and has the greatest pops of color. Laura's home has the perfect, neutral palette to really let the decor shine.

    These hats were really fun to make. We used this template again from Oh Happy Day and I just randomly hand-cut the spikes for a little extra fun.

    Aren't you just dying over how cute these dinosaurs look in handmade party hats? I am.

    Laura glued plastic dinosaurs to the top of baby food jars and spray painted them in orange, teal and lime to match the party. We filled them with "dinosaur eggs" and each guest took one home along with a bag of dinosaur cookies. Adorable and yummy, a great combination.

    I love the way my dino illustrations look cutout. They brought the party to this mantle for sure.

    I have to be honest, I really had no idea that those "prehistoric rocks" were edible. Laura's Mom started to eat some and I instantly freaked out that she was going to choke. Turns out, they're chocolate. Hilarious.

    The cake was made at a local bakery to match the invite I designed. And those adorable dinosaur cookies were made by Laura and her mom. They are becoming cookie decorating professionals.

    I think what really made the party extra special this year was Samuel. He understood what was happening more than last year and was so excited when he entered the room. He kept saying, "I got ba-woons" and "I feed T-Rex". It melted my heart.

    So, what do you think? You want to have a dinosaur party now, don't you? I thought so.

  • dinosaurs like to party.

    These dinosaurs are ready to party. Next Saturday, my friend Laura's son, Samuel, will turn 2. We are celebrating in style. This is just a taste of how cool this party is going to be. Last year, we decked out his first birthday with an adorable woodland theme. I have to be honest, I didn't think we could top it, but how freakin' cute are these dinosaurs in hats? The answer is VERY. I had so much fun creating the T-Rex illustration and the invites (top image).

    Get excited. This party is going to be awesome. I'll share the entire party next week. Yay!

  • a page a day 2013.


    It's fine time I discuss this project with you. On NYE, one of my old coworkers posted on Facebook about how she planned to embark on a 365 project. I immediately started asking her about it and she said that I should do it, too. OK! I started jotting down a lot of different ideas, but in the end, I landed on simply a page. I wanted to keep it realistic for myself. I figured if it was too specific, I would have a hard time completing the task. So, that's what I'm doing. Every day in 2013 I will somehow use a page. Whether it be type, a pattern, a silly doodle. It doesn't matter. The goal of this project is simple. I want to spend some time away from the computer. I used to draw constantly and somewhere along the line I got completely away from that. This ends in 2013.

    Above are some of my favorites from January. I can't wait to see how this project develops. I am thinking of selling some as prints in my Etsy shop. What do you think?

    You can follow me on this daily journey as melissaanderson on instagram.

  • on turning 30.

    So, it happened. I entered my 30s this past Friday. The truth is that I'm OK with it. When I turned 29, I had a moment of panic. How could it be possible that my next birthday would be my 30th? As if I were timeless or something. However, as the year progressed, I became more and more comfortable with with the idea. I mean, it's not like I have a choice, right? We all age. Obviously. I would take this age over being 20 any day. The amount of insecurities I felt at that time were ridiculous. It's not as if all of a sudden I have none, but everyday, I feel more and more confident in the person I am. It's nice. Bring it on 30. I'm ready for you. I truly believe it's only going to get better.

    Black & white image found here. Design by me.

  • make this. drink this. no. 1.

    Hello, you. I decided to start a new column. It's called "make this". Yay.

    The details are simple. I'm not a chef and barely even a cook, but I have a new found love for being in the kitchen and decided if I found/created a recipe I like, than certainly you can make it, too.

    Today's recipe is majorly basic and I'm probably late to the party, but are you putting cardamom in your coffee? No!? Well, tomorrow morning, do yourself a favor and try it. I'm addicted. You'll have to use some trial and error to figure out how much you like, but for myself, I found that the more I use the better it tastes.

    There is a legit recommendation of how much to use here.

    Happy drinking!