• Letters Take You Places

    Correspondence

    Letters Take You Places

    Letters take you to unexpected places sometimes. It’s not so much that you actually go anywhere, but I’ve yet to meet a letter writer that would ever say letters don’t take you somewhere. When I was in high school, I remember spending some evenings with a pen in my hand and the […]

  • Gluten Free….Are You Serious?

    Food & Health

    Gluten Free….Are You Serious?

    On November 3, I was on the Q train to Park Slope in Brooklyn. I was headed to my favorite sandwich place on 5th Avenue. Bierkraft was one of my most favorite places to go when I lived in NYC and every time I’m back, it is one of my […]

  • My Day in Photos | 22 October 2013

    Travel & Style

    My Day in Photos | 22 October 2013

    Life has been flying out the door as soon as I open it, or at least it feels that way. My days have been full of rewarding work, interesting social events and not-very-fulfilling sleep. I’m ‘cranked’ as my Dad has told me many times in the past when I juggle […]

  • A Summer Update

    Diversions

    A Summer Update

    It has been a busy summer. After moving to our new building the first week of June (that would be home and office, across state lines) we’ve been on quite the wild ride. When we moved, I got my stack of mail down to zero. In just a few weeks, […]

  • Review: Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set

    Reviews & Tools

    Review: Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set

    I use pencil a lot in my design work. I use pencils to do preliminary sketches and layout mockups. I use them for edits and to do lists. I use graphite (sticks, pencils and otherwise) for more illustrative purposes and for my work in typeface design. I generally always start […]

  • Living and Dining Room Plans—I Need Your Opinions!

    Home & Garden

    Living and Dining Room Plans—I Need Your Opinions!

    People. I’ve been living in our new house since the first week of June. We still have no furniture in the living room and dining room. The first floor (we have three) is basically a sweet kitchen and then two big empty rooms. Not complaining! But I’m ready to not […]

  • USPS is Getting New Packaging

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    USPS is Getting New Packaging

    I am definitely a fan of the USPS’s new packaging coming down the pipeline. Here’s a link to the coverage where you can see before and after images.

  • Favorite Links of Late

    Diversions

    Favorite Links of Late

    Favorite Links of Late I’ve had a few links up in my browser for a few months (in some cases) and I wanted to share them with you. You might find them to be interesting. Quanita & Me: Telling the Truth about Race This is a well-written post by the […]

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Change is Coming!

Hi all, I am amazed at the traffic this website gets even after months and months of intermittent posting. Thank you. That’s super rad. I need to make some adjustments here at Simplicity Embellished. Would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions if you have them. Love, Cole

by × 30 August 2014 × Comments are Disabled

Correspondence

Letters Take You Places

Letters Take You Places

Letters take you to unexpected places sometimes. It’s not so much that you actually go anywhere, but I’ve yet to meet a letter writer that would ever say letters don’t take you somewhere. When I was in high school, I remember spending some evenings with a pen in my hand and the […]

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Travel & Style

Shop My Closet

Shop My Closet

I have unloaded some goods! Please, shop my closet. I want this stuff gone. shop here

by × 27 December 2013 × Comments are Disabled

Food & Health

Gluten Free….Are You Serious?

Gluten Free….Are You Serious?

On November 3, I was on the Q train to Park Slope in Brooklyn. I was headed to my favorite sandwich place on 5th Avenue. Bierkraft was one of my most favorite places to go when I lived in NYC and every time I’m back, it is one of my […]

by × 17 December 2013 × 2 comments

Travel & Style

My Day in Photos | 22 October 2013

My Day in Photos | 22 October 2013

Life has been flying out the door as soon as I open it, or at least it feels that way. My days have been full of rewarding work, interesting social events and not-very-fulfilling sleep. I’m ‘cranked’ as my Dad has told me many times in the past when I juggle […]

by × 22 October 2013 × 1 comment

Diversions

A Summer Update

A Summer Update

It has been a busy summer. After moving to our new building the first week of June (that would be home and office, across state lines) we’ve been on quite the wild ride. When we moved, I got my stack of mail down to zero. In just a few weeks, […]

by × 30 September 2013 × Comments are Disabled

Reviews & Tools

Review: Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set

Review: Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set

I use pencil a lot in my design work. I use pencils to do preliminary sketches and layout mockups. I use them for edits and to do lists. I use graphite (sticks, pencils and otherwise) for more illustrative purposes and for my work in typeface design. I generally always start […]

by × 27 August 2013 × 3 comments

Home & Garden

Living and Dining Room Plans—I Need Your Opinions!

Living and Dining Room Plans—I Need Your Opinions!

People. I’ve been living in our new house since the first week of June. We still have no furniture in the living room and dining room. The first floor (we have three) is basically a sweet kitchen and then two big empty rooms. Not complaining! But I’m ready to not […]

by × 11 August 2013 × 2 comments

Correspondence

USPS is Getting New Packaging

USPS is Getting New Packaging

I am definitely a fan of the USPS’s new packaging coming down the pipeline. Here’s a link to the coverage where you can see before and after images.

by × 5 August 2013 × Comments are Disabled

Diversions

Favorite Links of Late

Favorite Links of Late

Favorite Links of Late I’ve had a few links up in my browser for a few months (in some cases) and I wanted to share them with you. You might find them to be interesting. Quanita & Me: Telling the Truth about Race This is a well-written post by the […]

by × 3 August 2013 × Comments are Disabled

Correspondence

The USPS is Legit

The USPS is Legit

In February of this year, I was in New York City for most of the month. I extended my trip and ran out of business cards. Victor prepared a box of stuff to send out my way. He sent a stack of business cards, a Timbuktu bag for my sister […]

by × 23 July 2013 × 2 comments

Craft

Watercolor Fashion Illustration Workshop Recap

Watercolor Fashion Illustration Workshop Recap

Sunday, July 7 2013 was the day of our 2 hour Fashion Watercolor Workshop. My sister (Hello Claire) and my design practice (Hello Cole) partnered and we were able to offer a two hour workshop here in Cincinnati. We limited attendance to 4. A very small group. We did this […]

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Calligraphy & Lettering, Craft

A Doodled Quote in Gold on Purple

A Doodled Quote in Gold on Purple

3 Things Can Not Be Long Hidden: The Sun, The Moon and The Truth. —Buddah A doodle whilst on a phone call. I used a piece of purple cardstock and a gold Slicci pen.  

by × 7 July 2013 × Comments are Disabled

Calligraphy & Lettering

Penmanship

Penmanship

I’ve had comments and interest in my Modern Envelope Calligraphy classes. The reality is that anyone can do Modern Envelope Calligraphy. You are not actually learning a formal style of calligraphy. What I teach you is how to take your natural style of writing and add some ‘juice’ to it […]

by × 1 July 2013 × 1 comment

Home & Garden

Succulents in Little Glass Cups

Succulents in Little Glass Cups

A few years ago, I bought 24 of these tiny, double-walled glass cups. In my office, I’ve always had supplies on hand to throw down a nice tea service and I love these cups to serve tea in. They are clear which allows you to see the beautiful color of […]

by × 30 June 2013 × 1 comment