I'm so proud and excited to share the first official Hink Creations video!
For Ryan's 30th birthday we flew to California, rented a red, Ford Mustang convertible and circled the state for 7 days. I had never been to the west coast before, I assumed it would be hot, there would be a lot of beaches filled with beautiful blonde people and everyone would surf. I'm sorry for assuming anything - California is the most beautiful place I've ever been, at least in the states, but possibly anywhere. This trip rivaled our 10 day honeymoon in Spain and now I'm in love with a state 3000 miles from everything I hold dear. I'm so grateful we were able to go, breathe a different kind of ocean air, and experience such diversity. Already plotting a return visit!
With the terrible winter Boston has been having this year, I should probably post images of warm sunny beaches. But no, instead I've been looking at photographs of snow covered landscapes trying to figure out where we're going to put our trashcans next week. Balancing them on 6 feet of snow isn't working out too well for us or the trash collectors.
Winter used to be my favorite season. My sister and I would go sled-riding with my Dad, drink hot chocolate, get snow days off of school... and I just loved the way snow would sit on the tree branches. Now that I'm an adult who has to worry about shoveling the car out, driving on bad roads, roofs collapsing and dry skin, it's a little less magical to me.
The mix of images above make me want to cozy up or go get into a snowball fight and at the same time, they are lonely, quiet and kind of haunting. I can't say winter is my favorite season anymore but I think some part of me will always love it, even when I can't feel my toes and my hair is full of static.
This is a list of some incredibly helpful resources and inspiration for designers, photographers, creative businesses, and much more. I have used all of the services below and some even offer free options and let's be honest - who doesn't love free?
Favorites (bundles, freebies, and more!)
Storage and Backup
I'm pretty sure hand-lettering is a superpower. A shop could be selling speed dates with zombies and I'd walk right in if the front window had a beautiful hand-lettered message on it. Elegant, whimsical, vintage, whatever you want to call it - I'm swooning over these windows!
One of my favorite tasks as a bride was browsing through all of the gorgeous wedding invites. I've worked on quite a few invitation sets but one of my favorites was for a lovely bride that had planned a dreamy destination wedding. We actually used a photo of the lace from her dress in the letterpress invitation and response card design. You can see them below.
Designing an invitation set for me is like being a kid in a candy shop - calligraphy, letterpress, painted edges, metallic inks, envelope liners, beautiful papers and more! Ever since my letterpress class in college, I've thought of having a press of my own someday. I would probably disappear into a back room somewhere and the only sign of life would be the beautiful cards sliding out from under the door.
Take every opportunity. Be first. Fight for every moment. Do everything you want to do. Do it all. Why you? Because if not you, who?
I've always thought there was a little bit of magic in capturing personality on camera. Its amazing to watch someone come alive once the lens cap comes off. I think portraits are one of the trickiest but most rewarding shoots. Photographers are image for not only the lighting and background but missing buttons, stray hairs, an untucked pocket or hair tie left on a wrist.... and of course, the expression! Do they look angry when they should look sexy? Are they moving too much? Not enough? Are they bored?
The eyes say everything to me, more then body language, more then the props - it's the eyes. Are you kind? Are you smart? Do I want you? Should I trust you? The best portraits are done by photographers who can figure it all out, set up the shot and snap it at the perfect moment, all while watching out for those untucked pockets and stray hairs.
All of the images above made me feel something, like a little secret was exchanged when I saw each of them. The photographers that shot them did a spectacular job and have inspired me. I think it's time to start shooting more portraits!
Aren't these workspaces wonderful!? One of my first pinterest boards was my Where to Work board, I'm obsessed with a space that lets natural light in, has all the tools and toys that get me excited to work and that allows me to spread out with all my lists, my phone and of course, my giant coffee mug.
Recently, I moved my desk from a corner in our hallway into the living room. I'm now tucked in between the noisy radiator and our large drafty windows and so far, it's great! I kept finding myself hunched over the coffee table trying to edit images on a 13 inch laptop instead of sitting up and working on my 27 inch iMac. Moving my work station felt so refreshing that I finally gave in and purchased a subscription to Adobe CC, updated to Yosemite, and bought a new chair and filing cabinet.
While my space isn't quite as lovely as the ones pictured above, it seems to be doing the trick so far.
The creativity behind these package designs are absolutely mind-blowing! Let's be honest, I would buy these products even if I didn't like coffee, vodka or soap.
Motivating words from Mr. Jack Canfield on this very snowy Monday.
Wouldn't it be amazing to just take a year, go hideout in a quiet little house in the middle of nowhere and catch up on some "me" time? Finally check off some books on that reading list, start drawing again and just breathe. I get all swoon-y just thinking about it.
Lately, I've been itching for a chance to sneak away for a bit and at this point in life, I can't go into hiding for a whole year. However, I can do a week so that's what I'm doing. The first week in March, I've decided to shut down. No email. No phone. Nothing. I am going to read, take pictures, sketch, think, drink wine and sleep. One full week of Niki-heaven and I can't wait!
I was looking for a place not too far of a drive in case of bad weather, under $100/night, because heaven doesn't pay for itself, that has a kitchen so I can be an introvert and not starve... something that I could just be "me" in. Clicking through the amazing airbnb site I quickly noticed I was letting the photos rule my decisions almost completely. This got me thinking about all of those adorable moss-covered cottages I've pinned and how much they have in common. Today's post features some of my favorite hideaways from around the world. Enjoy!
I think one of my favorite pieces to design is a beautiful business card. A good business card stands out and can provide an experience for the person you hand it to. Whether you like die cuts, metallic ink, painted edges or letterpess, the possibilities are endless.
- want to travel.
- will love the rain.
- want to do work that I believe in.
- want to sleep longer.
- spend too much time on the computer.
- snort when I laugh.
- worry too much about what others think.
- get homesick.
- have been on a roller coaster.
- want to have regrets.
- eat squishy foods (cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, potato salad etc.)
- want to stop learning.
- My birthday is January 17.
- I'm an Art Director at PARTNERS + simons.
- I married my middle school sweetheart September 1, 2012.
- I was a waitress for 7 years.
- I love the color green... and blue. I actually like all colors, it depends on where they're being used.
- I have 2 sisters and a brother and 2 sister-in-laws and 3 brother-in-laws.
- I have 4 awesome nephews (the youngest shares my birthday).
- I love thunderstorms.
- My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
- I found my first gray hair at 19.
- I have no rhythm and am an awful dancer. I still dance though!
- I wish I could sing or play the piano.
- I got to know my great-great grandfather. He lived to be 97 years old!
- I played the flute for 8 years.
- I love to travel and want to see so much more of the world.
- I want to get better at drawing.
- I co-own Hink Creations with my husband, Ryan.
- I visited 11 cities in Spain during our honeymoon.
- I do not speak Spanish.
- Most of my wardrobe is black, gray and white.
- I love to read but am bad at making time for it.
- I can say my alphabet backwards.
- I'm more of a listener than a talker. Tendencies of an introvert I guess.
- I like dogs and cats. Big dogs, not the little yippy ones!
- I grew up in Akron, Ohio.
- I can be really stubborn.
- I get really crabby if I'm hungry or it's too hot.
- I love peanut butter cookies.
- I am 5'6 inches tall.
- I had my wisdom teeth and tonsils taken out in the 11th grade.
- I've never had a cavity.
- I say "pop" not "soda".
- I love road trips.
- I want to learn calligraphy.
- I hope to teach someday.
- I get claustrophobic in elevators.
- I get turned on by people helping others and passionate people.
- I get turned off by selfishness.
- I enjoy camping and floating around a lake in a boat.
- I tend to like old more then new.
- Staring at the ocean or the stars calms my mind and heart immediately.
- I used to be a really picky eater (spaghettio's at Thanksgiving dinner).
- I've never been to the Pacific Ocean.
- I'm kind of a neat freak. Clutter overwhelms me.
- I did an internship with 1 of the best wedding photographers ever!
- I don't have much of a green-thumb, but I love plants and flowers.
- I moved to Boston in 2007 to finish my BFA in Graphic Design.
- I like making to-do lists so I can cross it off when it’s done.
- I want to do work that matters.
- I would love to do a gallery exhibit someday.