Third Annual Organic Plant Sale

Tomorrow is the Third Annual Organic Plant Sale put on by my friends at the Howard Area Community Garden. Each year they grow their own vegetable seedlings in a beautiful greenhouse space loaned to them by DePaul University and sell the plants to raise funds for the garden. They serve a wonderful community of gardeners in Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago.

Last year I made a fun little adaptable logo set for them and created some flyers and other materials for their plant sale. I have followed that up with another set of promotional materials for this year’s sale, this time featuring really cute and colorful vegetable illustrations I found on creativemarket in Moonery’s shop.

I created some flyers to post up in the neighborhood, both in color and ink-saving black-and-white as well as paper-saving half-letter sized flyers. I added a few social media image to use on Instagram and Facebook so they can get the word out. It’s a worthy cause and a fun project to volunteer on!

Whimsical Bee Logo

Whimsical Bee Logo sign mockup

An online shop owner needed a logo for her new endeavor, starting with an etsy shop selling handmade cards, tags, and decor items. She wanted to include bee imagery, a fun but simple font, and a finished logo that, “you could imagine on a wooden sign hanging outside of a cute shop.”

Whimsical Bee logo roughs
Early pencil drafts of the Whimsical Bee logo.

I used a fun but readable script font above a bright, cheerful bumblebee and a half-wreath of colorful wildflowers.

Whimsical Bee logo

Scavenger Hunt Product on TPT

One of my first products on TPT was this series of scavenger hunts. I made little scavenger hunts for my daughter many times when she was younger. I have fond memories of following behind her while she strode through the neighborhood with a pencil, her list, and a bag strapped ’round her (you can never know what you’ll find and need to bring home) full of confidence and adventure. I wanted to share that sense of fun with everyone. Simple Photo Scavenger Hunts. [edit – I have closed my TPT shop. Please visit my creative market shop for clip art sets.]

Delaware Wildlife Infographic, Portfolio Update

I love to visit the parks, ponds, and natural areas of southern Delaware when I’m there visiting family. I also enjoy researching local native plants and animals; it’s an interesting climate. I thought I should put my love of exploring the area to good use making some more current pieces to fill out my portfolio and practice some of the more interesting features of design software, such as making graphs in Adobe Illustrator, by creating this infographic on Delaware wildlife and public lands.

wild delaware infographic
An infographic illustrating statistical facts about the land, the animals, and the plants of Delaware.

Visiting Sussex, Portfolio Update

While visiting family in Sussex County, Delaware, I attended an auction. Some of it was indoors where furniture and housewares were displayed, and china laid out on tables for viewing. There were folding chairs to sit on and an auctioneer at a podium on a stage. Outside there were more things being auctioned off: farm implements, garden tools, and mixed up boxes of things you might find in a basement. Among all the treasures, I saw a book, Visiting Sussex: Even If You Live Here. It’s a charming little small press project, obviously made with love by local historians with a lot to share about the area’s history.

Since I wished to add a piece to my portfolio using Adobe InDesign, to help in my job search, I made scans of the pages of Visiting Sussex and redesigned it using the Book feature. My own labor of love.

visiting sussex mockup
As a portfolio piece and to practice using InDesign’s book feature, I redesigned this small press book put together by local historians for the American Bicentennial celebration.

Trap Pond Brochure, Portfolio Update

Due to some changes in my life, I am looking for a design and/or production job so I have been updating my portfolio. I thought I could highlight some of my production skills with a tri-fold brochure. Looking around for a subject, I came across a little home-printed brochure I picked up at Trap Pond State Park during one of my visits there. I re-entered all the text and built a nice file for it.

trap pond state park trifold
As an exercise, I updated a homemade flyer into a clear and professional brochure.


HACG Logo + Plant Sale Materials

A good friend manages a community garden in her neighborhood and needed a flyer for their upcoming spring plant sale. Since they didn’t have a logo, I thought it might be nice to create something simple, happy, fun, and colorful without being too simplistic.

The flyer is bold, bright and eye-catching to grab attention and spark interest. I had just completed a set of clip art illustrations of garden vegetables, so I used the line drawings to create a coloring page give-away for the kids’ activity table!

HACG logo portfolio image

If you are on the far north side of Chicago mid-May, stop by and buy a few organic garden plants in support of a good cause!