Friday, July 25, 2014

MOVING HOUSE + HAPPY WEEKEND

The Design Chaser Gallery Wall Home Inspiration
As we continue to unpack and set up home, I'm constantly thinking about the end goal of each room. What I want it to look like, how it needs to function. Biggest on my list is the lounge room. At the moment we have grey couches...on tiles...in winter...it's cold and not overly inviting. I'm inspired by this living space I've had on my Pinterest board for a while. Neutral but interesting. I like the gallery wall & clean lines. I'm drawn to these colours I've pinned too. We need something on the floor to start off I think though, so I might just start the rug quest this weekend. Wish me luck!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to my pozible campaign. The funds raised so far are almost a quarter of the target amount...in just two days! Blown away. Obviously there are still 28 days to go, but there's no time like the presence to pledge and make this dream become a reality. Yay, it's happening! :)

Have a great weekend x


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HONEY & GOLD POZIBLE CAMPAIGN

Gold Wall Art Pozible campaign by Polkadot Prints
After our big move over the weekend, we have unintentionally had 'media fast' at our place this week. No internet and really poor phone coverage (meh!). But hooray, the internet is on and just in time. Because...

Today I launch a really personal project of mine called Honey & Gold, and I'm really excited to share it with you! The whole vision & dream started last year in Canada, but it was only after my sister passed away earlier this year, that I really felt it was something I had to do.

I feel like I want to get it off the ground and happening asap so I have started a Pozible crowdfunding campaign.

Have you heard of crowd funding before? It's pretty much where you get a crowd of people to fund something (funny about that!) : ) Anyway, I think it's kind of exciting to be a part of other peoples dreams, And I'm hoping you'll be a part of mine.

Last year I helped Tanya from Tickle the Imagination, turn her digital magazine into a special printed version. I only gave $50 bucks, but its funny how now with each new edition she prints, there is this little bit of happiness I get feeling a part of seeing her vision become a reality.

I hope you'll head over to Pozible & make a pledge. And don't forget to check out the different level rewards you get in return!

From a nervously excited Jordan :)
 Honey & Gold wall art

Friday, July 18, 2014

HOORAY MAGAZINE + HAPPY WEEKEND

Hooray Magazine Australia
I kind of chuckle at the phrase 'fun bags', but this truly was a fun bag of goodies that arrived yesterday. The new 'Hooray!' Magazine packaged up in a cool tote. All Australian, all inspiring. Even the cover has me excited. I can't wait to dig in!
But...I don't think that will be happening till later next week. We are moving house this weekend. So it's all boxes and unpacking I think. This little winner is going to have to wait a little longer to be savoured slowly. Magazines are totally my little indulgence. I love sitting down, browsing and wishing...What about you?

Have a great weekend! x

P.S. Check out this funny Guide to Ikea a friends husband wrote


Thursday, July 17, 2014

CREATE BOX FOR DUNNE WITH STYLE

Create Box | by Dunne with Style
Crafting is one of my fave things and I've had a go at tonnes of different things ever since I was a young girl. From Cross-stitch, to calligraphy, quilting & quilling...you name it, I've probably tried it. I love that we've been riding the craft-is-trendy wave again for the past few years and that it's still going strong.

Being a true blue craft lover, these Create Boxes from Dunne with Style are right on. I've seen a couple of subscription craft projects in the US, but this is the first I've seen here in Australia, and I love that.

I worked with Sam on the design and print of the 'Create' cover cards (printed on Kraft card stock), and also the white on black artists cards. I would definitely be happy getting this box of goodness in the mail, wouldn't you?

There are a limited number of 50 for each box, so you'll have to be quick to get your crafty box of inspiration!

You can purchase the Create boxes via Dunne with Style:
Box One by Laura Blythman here
Box Two by Gemma Patford here

If you need design work done for your small to medium business shoot me an email, I'd love to work with you!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

LOGO DESIGN & MINI BRANDING :: VERUS VITA COMMUNICATIONS

Verus Vita Branding | by Polkadot Prints Verus Vita Branding | by Polkadot Prints
I designed this logo for a client/friend of mine in Canada. She is a freelance journalist and PR consultant. She had a strong sense of what she wanted, more of a word mark than an image. After a couple of concepts she settled on this vibrant and friendly red version. I really like how it turned out.

Even though we live in a digital age, with all my logo clients I include a business card design. So I added some hand illustrated elements to get the conversation going! : )
I think it's nice to get the logo off the screen and have something tangible at the end of the day. Don't you?

I would love to help you create a professional look & brand for your business. Shoot me an email and we can talk about what you have in mind. I look forward to hearing from you!


Friday, July 11, 2014

POLKADOT PRINTS DOES GOMA & NITROGENIE

Polkadot Prints does GOMA & Nitrogenie
The reason it's been quiet here....We are nearing the end of our three weeks school holidays! It's been so nice to have a break from the 'must-be-out-the-door-at-a-certain-time' school mornings and just chill. After taking it pretty easy the first two weeks, this week we have been out and about a bit more. A highlight was heading in to South Bank to check out the GOMA and current exhibition by Jemima Wyman. I love that they make art so kid-friendly. (Except the part where we were looking for the childrens gallery and walked into a silent video installation of naked men in a meadow...true story!)  The kids made patterned spinning cards, pattern puzzles and played with interactive kaleidoscopes. It was a lot of fun.

After lunch we topped the day off with Nitrogenie. I'd heard about this magical Willy Wonka-esqu place for a while and wanted to check it out for myself. Inside you find white overall-clad creators making incredible flavoured ice cream with stand mixers and liquid nitrogen. It is really mesmerising to see your ice cream magically freeze before your eyes. I highly recommend it!

I hope you get to enjoy this sunny winter weather this weekend. Have a good one x
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Images // copyright Jordan Bariesheff

Friday, June 20, 2014

ICE CREAM WALL PRINT SERIES

Ice Cream Wall Print Series | by Polkadot Prints Ice Cream Wall Print Series | by Polkadot Prints Ice Cream Wall Print Series | by Polkadot Prints
I have been working on updating some of my most popular invitations lately and my ice cream stationery is one of the lucky ones. It includes some new illustrated ice creams and icy poles (or popsicles for my North American friends!) and I thought they were worthy of a feature of their own.

Wouldn't these look fun in a playroom, dining room or even outdoor space? Yummo!

Wall art available in my shop.

Well, signing off for the week. What do you have planned for the weekend? We have a bit of errand running to do, and then a whole lot of nothing because it's holidays for three weeks in this house! Yay for the school-free days! : )


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

RAINBOW & SUNSHINE PARTY

Ellie's Rainbow 2nd Birthday | Polkadot Prints Ellie's Rainbow 2nd Birthday | Polkadot Prints
Well winter is definitely here! We've had our first round of the winter flu hit us with a vengeance and made the rounds through all of us, including a little hospital stay for little miss Lexie to perk up her oxygen levels with a bout of bronchiolitis poor baby. I miss summer already! So I'm taking you back to Ellie's 2nd birthday in the height of summer.
I was heavily pregnant when it came time for the party planning, so we didn't do anything too fancy. I made a piƱata and and pastel pink ombre cake with topper, in fitting with her 'rainbow & sunshine' theme. (see invitation I shared here)
She had a lovely day and it was just the right amount of event planning for me at the time. She looks so small even just four months ago!

Rainbow Stationery available in the shop
Ellie's Rainbow 2nd Birthday | Polkadot Prints Rainbow &amp; Sunshine Invitation | by Jordan Bariesheff

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BRANDED LOGO STICKERS

Branding Logo Stickers | by Polkadot Prints
I've been working hard at updating my shop with heaps of new items. Still lots of products to add as I get the time, but I'm really happy with how it's looking, some old, some new. Why not head on over and take a look, you never know you might just find the invitation, wedding stationery or packaging you've been looking for!
One product I'm really loving are these stickers. I think they're perfect for businesses. I had some kraft envelopes lying around, so popped some labels on as just a little sample of Etta Photography's recent order. I look forward to seeing what Maddie does with them!
So versatile...think logos for packaging, gift wrapping your products, for bakery ingredients, clothing boutiques, party favours...anything really! You can find these & other stickers in my shop here.

Happy Browsing!

P.S. Thank you so much for your kind words from my post last week. Feeling surrounded by even more love and kindness. xo
Branding Logo Stickers | by Polkadot Prints Branding Logo Stickers | by Polkadot Prints

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NOT SO GOOD FRIDAY

My Sister Asher Hanging jars
This post is probably one of the hardest I've had to write here. And has been a long time coming. Nearly a month actually. Obviously my life is private, but I do share a lot of myself here with you. And it just feels a little bit false and 'shiny' to share only the good stuff. So I aim so touch on it all.

Our family experienced the deep sadness of losing one of my sisters over the Easter holidays. She tragically took her own life. I know. Heartbreaking.
It's difficult to share something so raw and personal with you. As a sign of respect to her & our family, I'm not going to share her whole story here. Except to say this has been one of the most difficult things that has hit us as a family.

I feel totally blessed that life this far, while it definitely has it's ups and downs, has been tragedy free and I have not had to experience the loss of someone so close to me. But that has now all changed. So many tears, thoughts and wonderings. I will always miss my bright & creative sister. Not because of any talent, skill or achievement, but just because she is my sister.

I am so thankful that my family has a faith in Jesus, that has kept us grounded and united during this season. I realise you don't know our family, but we are definitely not doing this alone. You unfortunately only read my words here and don't get to see the amazing community we are a part of; the meals, the flowers that just keep turning up, the text messages from friends, those who have walked a similar road of loss sharing their story, the huddling together in those first few days just sitting together. Family. For this I am so very thankful.

While the journey of grief will no doubt continue over time, I wanted to write this post is a bit of a marker in the sand really. I probably won't share much more on this in the future, it just seemed strange to continue posting "frivolous" design stuff without acknowledging her life. But, while I have been back doing freelance for a couple of weeks, I am ready to start sharing here again. I really hope you'll stop by again soon.

Much love, Jordan xo

And P.S....Go hug those you love...one of those long 7 second stress-releiveing ones :)