Motivation Monday Series- Week of 7/17

Hi all!

I’ve decided to start a new series called Motivation Monday! In this series, I’ll simply be hand lettering or doing calligraphy over beautifully shot photos. I always need a good kick after a relaxing weekend to get my mind in its most productive state. Hope you all enjoy it too! 🙂

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Let’s have a great week,
Ann

EAT & MAKE || July 4th Coconut Cupcakes & Hand Lettered Decor

I’ve been teasing hand lettering and little illustration projects for our July 4th party, but the day is finally here! I created 3 cute hand lettered posters, illustrated some sunnies on matchboxes, and made a packaging for our giveaways: SPARKLERS!

I also baked up some coconut cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting from the Sprinkles bakebook. I swapped the shredded coconut for coconut flakes and gold stars.

We are hosting a BBQ at our house this year. We didn’t do any parade shenanigans.. and some of us are going out to partake in watching fireworks later tonight. We definitely don’t have traditions for July 4th. How do you all celebrate?
Found these cute Meri Meri Party straws and napkins at my local Marshalls.
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Designed some sparkler giveaways (which we TOTALLY forgot to giveaway as everyone rushed out to watch the fireworks.. OOPS!) and also cute illustrations/patterns for matchboxes!july4th sparklers matchboxes graphic design decorjuly 4th matchboxes graphic design decorjuly 4th multicolor jello july 4th strawberry shortcake
Happy 241st birthday, USA! How do you celebrate July 4th?
Ann

1.5 Year Anniversary Giveaway!!

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

I’m hosting a giveaway to celebrate Adventure of Letters’ 1.5 year anniversary!

I’m giving away 1 jellyfish journal (not even in Etsy yet!) and 1 card of choice (up to $3.75 value).

Instagram: @adventureofletters
FB: https://www.facebook.com/adventureofletters/
Etsy: http://adventureofletters.etsy.com/

Giveaway ends 7/9. Winner will be announced within 48 hrs!
Good luck! 🙂
Ann

ETSY // New Illustrated Pun Birthday Cards!

Today was card design day over here at AOL. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to creating new cards, but summer is here and after spending my first few days of summer vacation relaxing (and cleaning!)… I’m ready to get more cards into the shop!

 SHOP “Oh Snap!

SHOP “Fringe Balloon Birthday Card

SHOP “Shell-ebrate

SHOP “Still Got It

EAT // Souvla: Mission, SF

When I traveled to Greece with my brother after we graduated from college, we had this AMAZING gyro at a corner store for dirt cheap. Despite the price, it was one of the most delicious gyros I’ve ever had. I remember it was after we had come down from Acropolis and it was hot as Hades. We were covered in dirt and sweat and were HUNGRY as wolves. A quirk I noticed was they put the fries IN the gyro– still do it to this day when I get gyros. 

Fast forward to 2017.. SOUVLA.  I initially saw the Greek-inspired cup design and then was lured in by the frozen yogurt pictures because I love frozen yogurt, friends. The tart kind, not the sugar filled ones… and if you like that too, Souvla’s got your back.

Aside from the Insta-worthy interior, they have great food. A and I tried the lamb and pork shoulder gyros, which were both good, but we both preferred the lamb in the end. (Funny, because I don’t like lamb…perhaps because the taste was covered in an amazing tzatziki sauce.) We also got the Greek fries, which were a tad underseasoned, but the cut and fry of the fries were perfect.

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souvla valencia interiorEvidently, you can get yourself a $20 chicken after 6pm. Look at them chickens get their rotisserie on.souvla greek fries gyros lamb pork Here I am, so excited to finally try this place I’ve bookmarked for months. souvla greek fries gyros lamb pork closeup
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EAT // Lasagna x Bacon Egg Hash x Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

My friends, I’ve figured out my personality as an eater after a friend spoke the word: GRAZER. I am a grazer.. little eating here and there. She totally got me defined in one word!

Homemade turkey/beef marinara sauce for lasagna and 4 clove garlic bread. Yummmm
Prebaked graham crackers and fresh pureed strawberries in the batter.

Fresh strawberry puree <3
Celebrating A’s new job!
A and I love brunch, but brunch is insanely expensive… so we try to make brunch whenever we can! This is bacon, red bell peppers, onions, red potato hash with fried eggs on top. We love a good one cast iron pan dish.

Ice cream at TinPot Creamery in Palo Alto during A and my midweek date. We got malted chocolate and Cookie Monster to share.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing food and location from Souvla, a restaurant A and I tried for the first time this weekend in the Mission!

Ann

EAT // Memorial Day BBQ x Beer Chicken x Brazilian Food!

Here’s a fun fact about me: I love to cook and bake, but I do not really like to eat! I love the process aspect and making food beautiful, but when it comes time to eat it… I’ll take a few bites and nibble here and there! Granted, I’m a small and VERY PICKY eater… I’m definitely a eat to survive type girl. Of course there are exceptions — anything matcha and brunch basically!

Anyways, I thought I’d try something new and share highlights of what I ate every week! This won’t be a food recipe blog by any means, by the way.

Beer Chicken IPA Lagunitas I bought a few different beers to photograph for my design project and decided to use them to cook since I don’t drink beer (I don’t drink anything carbonated — not just a picky eater.. also a picky drinker. 😛 ) The chicken turned out super tasty, but nothing beats the cranberry balsamic chicken I made last winter!
Chicken Salad Apples Grapes Cranberries Onions Celery Greek YogurtRotisserie chicken is my savior. I dislike cooking meat because I get sick to my stomach after dealing with raw meat for more than 2 minutes pretty much. Not my forte.
Brazilian Fresh Squeeze Cafe Berkeley Tritip Steak Chipotle Chicken Tacos Next up is Brazilian food from Berkeley! A and I went to thrift shop and ended up trying Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe across from UCBerkeleyExtension building.
Memorial Day BBQ Pesto Shrimp Skewers Steak Bites Last week’s Memorial Day BBQ.. we skewered beef and shrimp kabobs! Also made bacon potato salad, chicken wings, corn, and grilled pineapple for dessert.
Baked Parmesan Potato Wedges4 clove garlic and herb roasted potatoes.
Greek Yogurt Corn Flank Steak Fajitas Bell Peppers A collection of leftover produce and foods in our fridge… plus new additions of corn (5 for $2! and the flank steak was only $10!!! WHAT?!) I love a good meal that is budget friendly.

Until next week,
Ann

Why It’s Been Quiet Around Here

Hello all!

It’s been insanely quiet around here and for an exciting reason! I have been taking graphic design classes at night for the past 2 years and I’m finally on my last class- portfolio!

It’s been the most challenging class. I’m creating 8 projects to include in my portfolio. I am create a full project with 4 components (sometimes more!) EACH WEEK. It’s CRAZY/SCARY how many hours I’ve logged on the computer doing work…

Due to the workload, I had to put designing products for Adventure of Letters on hold, but I hit an exciting milestone — 100+ orders! Never did I think that I would be selling that many cards or have so much freelance work opportunities. It’s been a great experience and I can’t wait to be done with Portfolio class and be able to make all the creative ideas in my head a reality!

Hopefully more posts soon! 2 more weeks!
Ann

EAT x MAKE // Belated Valentine’s Day Celebration

You know what? I had a belated Valentine’s Day celebration. It was actually a birthday, Valentine’s Day, and anniversary celebration all thrown in together. But it actually doesn’t even matter what the occasion was– this was one of the most fun things I’ve done.

It took a little planning and time to bake up most all the goodies, but once that was all aside, throwing a tea party is really a cinch. You could really buy little treats at your local store too, if you don’t have the time to bake. (I recommend Trader Joes!)

I made:
– strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with fresh fruit (baked them 2 weeks ago and froze them– still super moist!).
-blueberry orange zest scones (doubled up on the orange zest!!!)
-Earl Grey shortbread cookies
-lemon dill cucumber finger sandwiches
-roasted bell pepper bleu cheese roast beef finger sandwiches

My boyfriend made:
-tomato ham finger sandwiches
-tomato lettuce turkey finger sandwiches

We bought:
-macarons (TJs)
-tart, eclair, cannoli (Whole Foods)

We made:
-London Fog lattes (Earl Grey)
-Bliss Tea (Peppermint Tea Latte)

My mom joined in on the fun too, and we ended up cutting everything you see into even smaller portions so that we could taste test everything! It was such a fun experience and definitely cost far less than going to a tea party place!

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What are your favorite tea party treats? Do share! 🙂
Ann

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