Happy Blogiversary Ciera + life update

Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

Happy Monday all! Blogging has certainly not been my forté lately, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate one of my longest blog-friends blogging anniversary! She set up this amazing giveaway, and I’ve partnered with many of our other blog friends to give one of our readers an amazing gift. See the details below!

While I’m all logged in to my blog and all, I thought I might give a little update on what’s been going on around here. Unfortunately, when I upgraded my phone last month, starting this process led to a string of mishaps with both my phone, my computer, all my files, my hard drive, and just…welll,  a lot of everything that I use to do my freelance work and general technological life outside of work work. I’m still in the midst of getting everything figured out — I’ve made more trips to Apple than I’d like to admit, and every time I think everything is OK something else seems to pop up when I come back home ready to get going again. I lost all my files from the past year and a half, and I’m working on just getting my computer back up and running so that I’m able to re-create some of the projects that I’ve been working on with clients lately. It’s a mess, and well, sometimes this stuff happens.

On top of the technology issues, I’ve been doing a bit of freelance lettering for the lettering studio here at work (a dream come true!!), and I’ve been working on getting my printing process down so that I can get this new art print shop up and running by the end of the month. This has all been a little hard to manage without a working computer at home, but I’m hopeful things will stay on schedule. So many fingers crossed, and a photoshoot scheduled on Saturday. Computer, please be all better by then?

Can’t wait to be back and posting more regularly soon. In the meantime, check out Ciera’s giveaway, and I hope you all are having a great October!

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Let’s join in the fun and help Ciera Design celebrate 5 years of blogging this month! It’s such an exciting accomplishment and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. Yep, this isn’t a dream! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

Ciera Design | Kory Woodard | Yellow Heart Art | Rebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna Delores | Cocorrina | Rachel The Hat | Fashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly Minds | High Walls | The Nectar Collective
The Proper Pinwheel | Ex Vitae | Fry Sauce & Grits | A Ruffled Life
Pinegate Road | Buckets & Spades | A Girl Named PJ | Sarah Hearts | Tara Victoria

This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

Pinegate Road reader survey results

Pinegate Road reader survey results 2014

You guys are the best. Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out the survey that was posted last week. Your answers and suggestions are helping me brainstorm and plan in so many ways. It’s getting me pretty excited! This will certainly not be the last of the reader surveys, that’s for sure.

Annnnnnd, here’s probably what you’re really waiting for…

The recipient of the $50 Etsy gift certificate goes to the lovely Chelcey Tate!

Thanks again everyone! Hope you’re having a great week. Chelcey, I’ll be in touch with you shortly about the gift card.

survey + $50 etsy gift card giveaway!

2014 Pinegate Road Reader Survey + $50 Etsy gift card giveaway

Guys, I’m in some major need of ‘figuring it out.’ Pinegate Road just turned three, and not once have I held a reader survey. Eeep!

As part of my goals for this year, I wanted to edit down certain things in my life. As Pinegate Road has grown—and turned, and paused—over the years, I’ve never had a great grasp at exactly what has been going on here. That’s just the honest truth. It’s been my little place for experimenting with design, connecting with new friends, and sharing what I’m trying to work through. It’s my hope that over the next year as I continue to settle in to work and my life here in Cleveland, I start to really settle in to what Pinegate Road can bring to YOU. In order to do that, I have to do my research, and figure out more about who you are. I’d love if you could click below and spend three minutes, tops, giving me some invaluable information.

TAKE THE SURVEY

The survey is 10 questions long, and they are all answers you can click on. Yay! After you’re through, please leave a comment on this post letting me know you completed the survey. Optionally, it would be so appreciated if you left any feedback about Pinegate Road, what you like / what you dislike / what you’d like to see in the future / etc. with that comment. Anything goes. This will help me re-focus and shape Pinegate Road for the future.

As a thank you for taking the time to give me your thoughts, I’ll be randomly selecting from the comments on this post and sending out a $50 Etsy gift card to one reader. Hint, hint: you could get a lovely ceramic addition from Emily’s shop when she’s back from vacation! While the survey will be open for the next couple months, and I’d appreciate feedback at any time, the winner will be chosen from those who leave a comment by midnight next Friday (August 29, 2014).

Thanks everyone! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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FROM THE DESK OF | maggie waller of type & title

From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | PINEGATE ROAD

Maggie Waller was my first graphic design friend. Truly. After stalking anyone taking the major at Iowa on the early version of facebook, I found Maggie and for some reason she accepted my stranger-friend request. Hah. Thanks for your leap of faith lady! Besides a few short months working in the same studio in Iowa City, our friendship has been mostly of the digital variety. Maggie and I have most recently bonded over our passions for hand-lettering, freelancing, and blogging. She just launched her new studio, type & title, and I’m so proud of all the lovely that she’s been able to accomplish in these past few months. Get it girl! 

From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | Desk Details | PINEGATE ROAD

Hello! I’m Maggie Waller. I live in San Diego, where I do freelance design and lettering under the name type & title. I started working from home a few months ago when my husband and I moved to California from Texas for his job in the Navy. I’ve loved words in every form for my entire life, so it only made sense to dedicate my business to the design of type, lettering and communication!

What gets you jazzed?

Sharpened pencils, long train rides, a well-designed magazine, a neutral color palette, the ocean, a good postcard, home-brewed beer, knitting, and public art… lately, I’m especially inspired by a well-curated site, blog, store or space. I love finding & meeting people who know their aesthetic and wear (or design) it well.

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

My go-to trick for inspiration is to get out of the house! On a daily basis, that usually means taking my pups for a walk. They’re thrilled to get a mid-day break and it clears my head. I almost always come back with a new idea or approach to a project. Working from home is an entirely new experience for me. I’m learning that I really need regular breaks and interaction to get out of my own head — sometimes that’s a dog walk, meeting a friend for coffee, or even a break to check Instagram… connecting with other creative people can really inspire me to create something myself!

From the Desk of Maggie Waller of Type & Title | Ampersand Sketches | PINEGATE ROAD

Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

These sketches are the initial ideas for my hand-lettered ampersand tote bag. I’ve wanted an ampersand tote for I don’t know how long, and eventually my DIY instinct kicked in and I decided it was time to design one myself. I tend to be ridiculously picky about typography (which is partially why I’ve gotten into lettering) so I knew I was going to end up with a hand-drawn letterform.

Ambersand tote by Maggie Waller of Type & Title | GIVEAWAY on PINEGATE ROAD

How has blogging effected your creative life, and vice versa?

Blogging and I have had an on-and-off relationship since high school (hello, livejournal) and I keep coming back to it, which is something I’ve never been able to do with a journal. I think putting your thoughts and work online where there’s a potential audience can keep you making work. Blogging makes me feel like I’m contributing to a community  — even if only one person sees my post, that’s one person I’ve connected with. Connection fuels creativity!

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

Do it anyway. I’m still brand new to working-for-myself, but it took me a really, really long time to even begin following my career dreams — I stalled for years because I was scared to act. It seems so crazy now! It’s easy to want to quit, or not even begin, when you have no forward momentum, but you can’t get that unless you actually do something. “I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway” is one of my favorite quotes ever. We’ve all been there! Just do it anyway.

Thanks again Maggie! Be sure to follow along on Maggie’s journey over at type & title, she’s sure to keep doing some pretty great things. Maggie has been kind enough to send along a tote to one lucky reader! Follow below to enter the giveaway. AND, if you can’t wait for your chance to win, you can get your own here

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GIVEAWAY | the first snow

The First Snow | a giveaway on Pinegate Road

And my heart grows bigger and larger with these prints in the world. Not only is the lettering beautiful, the quotes picked in The First Snow prints are all about love and happiness. Does anyone else have a soft spot for keeping feel-good inspirational quotes around them? Today I’m happy to share that one of your will win your pick of an art print from this month’s sponsor, The First Snow.

“The First Snow Fall is born of my desire to bring little bits of love and loveliness to each woman’s life and home. I’ve always had a soft spot for weddings because they are a perfect blend of young love, colorful inspiration, and thoughtful whimsy. Plus, as a life-long romantic it’s my true joy to create handmade pieces that add one of a kind character to each bride’s special day. I also offer prints and accessories for the home to bring that moment of wedding bliss into the everyday. ”

Head on over to The First Snow, and let us know which item is your favorite, and how it might fit into brightening up your life. We’re using rafflecopter for the giveaway, so you know the drill. The giveaway is open for one week, and I’ll contact the winner shortly after the end date so you can bring this special something into your own home! Pick is limited to 11″ x 14″ art prints only, value of $46 or less. Best of luck!

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