{font love} steelfish

I really dig the typeface STEELFISH. It's a nice condensed headline font with character. And I really do enjoy a good sans serif font. Created by Ray Larabie of Typodermic Fonts in 2001, the Steelfish family has been rebuilt to include seven weights with italics. As always please be sure to read the license agreement to be sure you are able to use this typeface in your projects.

I also really love this quote by Andy Warhol. I think it's beautiful and carefree.


{music inspiration} emiliana torrini

I adore Emiliana Torrini. Her album Love in The Time of Science is one of my absolute favorite records. It was produced by Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears and is seriously brilliant. I highly recommend picking up a copy of it. Here's a video for the song "Unemployed in Summertime" from that album. I thought it was a fun choice for summer. Enjoy!

I'll definitely be posting more of Emiliana's videos in the future.


{inspriation} enchanted makeovers

I've been working on a project for the Enchanted Makeovers event through The indiExhibit. Enchanted Makeovers is transforming 18 bedrooms and creating a sewing room for the Alternatives For Girls shelter in Southwest Detroit. On August 28th, they will be having a special event called the Stepping Back In Time Dinner & Dance.  The wonderful members from The indiExhibit are contributing products from their indie businesses for gift bags to give to the girls at this event and I am pleased to be providing pinback buttons from The Spotted Olive™. I created three designs each with a different inspirational word or saying on them and I'm really pleased at how they have turned out. And I'm even more excited to be contributing a little something to this wonderful organization.

Enchanted Makeovers is a a non-profit  501 (C) 3 organization that strives to transform the lives of women and children living in shelters by helping them become inspired through creativity and imagination and encouraging them to turn their dreams into reality. Enchanted Makeovers transforms the actual physical shelter space into a peaceful sanctuary that inspires positive changes of it's residents, staff and volunteers. Additionally, Enchanted Makeovers has a number of projects, programs and events to help those living in shelters re-build their lives including inside-out makeovers, gardening, cooking and baking classes, sewing classes, journaling classes and more.

Founder and President of Enchanted Makeovers, Terry Grahl has said that her calling is "to transform shelters into beautiful sanctuaries, uplift the human spirit and empower individuals from all walks of life to pursue their dreams." I believe that is exactly what she is doing.

For more information on Enchanted Makeovers and how you can help, please visit http://www.enchantedmakeovers.org. Below is a video about the Alternatives For Girls Shelter in Southwest Detroit.

For more information on Alternatives For Girls, please visit their website at http://www.alternativesforgirls.org/.

Thank you to all of The Spotted Olive's customers for your wonderful support. We are so grateful to be in a position to contribute something to this event and "pay it forward."


{music inspiration} she & him

Today's music inspiration is the video for Don't Look Back from She & Him featuring Zooey Deschanel. Such retro modern fun. Love everything about this. Darling!

{vote} for my fabulous friend, elaine

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday to you!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. My friend and ultra fabulous illustrator, designer and all around diva, Elaine Biss, has entered the Henri Bendel Design Contest. Check out her stunning bag entry and vote for her. It's amazing. Thanks so much! XOXOXO



{recipe} orange italian cream soda

One of our favorite summer time drinks is Italian Cream Soda. Lately we've been making up a couple of Orange Italian Cream Sodas to sip while relaxing on the deck. I love the variegated color of the cream mixing with the syrup and club soda. Fun and refreshing!


{random} summer loves

Hi there! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer. I know I am. I just love summer in the mountains and spend as much time outside as possible. I just adore lounging on the deck sipping on a nice refreshing sangria full of marinated fruit admiring my sunflowers and watching pinwheels blow in the wind. Ahhhhhhhh. What are some of your favorite things about summer?


{rate} we've entered a design challenge!

The Spotted Olive™ recently entered the Summer Is Born Birth Announcement Design Challenge. The contest is now in the rating and commenting stage. I invite you to stop by The Spotted Olive's page, take a look at our design entries. If you like any of them, please feel free to rate them and leave a comment. Below are my top picks of the designs we entered. Your support is greatly appreciated. :)


{font love} aphrodite pro

I love this beautiful typeface called Aphrodite Pro. Designed by Sabrina Lopez and Maximiliano Sproviero, this gorgeous handmade font features a variety of alternate and ligature forms. I love the way the forms flow together. It's really so very lovely.

You can find Aphrodite Pro online for purchase at MyFonts.com. As always please be sure to read the license agreement to be sure you are able to use this typeface in your projects.


Hey baby, it's the 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all of our friends in the USA! Hope you are enjoying a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.


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