morning calligraphy: rumi style

rumi love valentines day is around the corner, and to lead up, i'm doing a series of love poetry calligraphy. starting with rumi's 'i swear'.

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I swear, since seeing Your face,

the whole world is fraud and fantasy

The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf

or blossom. The distracted birds

can't distinguish the birdseed from the snare.

A house of love with no limits,

a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,

a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.

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A little beauty for your January morning. I hope you enjoy!

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holiday! holiday! gifts! gifts!

IMG_4021 i'm thinking about holiday season much differently this year. yes, for the past few seasons, i've tried hard as i could to buy local, handmade, artist-created wares, goods, artwork. i've even tried making things for loved ones. this year, i'm going to focus on simple. very simple. well-chosen words, photographs, pictures, drawings, paper. ordinary things made more beautiful by a new, vibrant approach. maybe an intriguing postcard acutely placed in a gorgeous frame. or a set of vintage silverware with the handles dipped in paint.

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along these same lines, in the etsy shop, i'm currently offering simple, hand-lettered quotes on 8x10 paper. whatever quote, saying, words you can think of will be transposed in my calligraphy and sent to you, ready to be gifted, (or framed, and then gifted. or wrapped around something else, and then gifted. or kept for yourself). i figured this was a lovely, cost-effective way to gift my love of lettering to holiday celebrants everywhere.

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it's early, yes, but think how much more you'll be able to enjoy your egg nog and ugly sweater parties knowing your holiday shopping is all done (and looking pretty beautiful, if i say so)? cheers!

 

- find the listing for custom hand lettered quotes here!

a different way to say i love you

valentine's day is right around the corner. of course, how could anyone miss it? as soon as the last of the confetti was thrown from rooftops on new year's eve, pink heart-shaped pieces of construction paper began to line the windows of nearly every store - from nail salons to the corner deli to every stationary shop in this town. while i don't quite agree with the amount of pressure that these two back-to-back holidays inevitably assume, i do always think any inclination to let the people in your life know how much you love and appreciate and value and lust after them is good. so, without further ado, the jilly ink valentine suite, currently available in the shop:

'darling don't you know - i fucking love you' cards - $4.50

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'oh baby - oh you kill me' cards - $4.50

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'oh shit - ok - fine - i love you' cards - $4.50

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love stickers! $3 per sheet of 24 stickers

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happy loving!

joy and weddings and logos galore

for the past few weeks, i've been designing and drawing up a storm here in the (for the meantime) stormless city of chicago. i thought i'd share a few of the most recent projects i've finished. first up, for our recent lululemon athletica store reopening party at the 900 n michigan location, we decided to honor our amazing yoga, run, spin, and dance ambassadors (see the lovley amber cook, rebecca niziol, antonia desantis, mike thomson, karim tonsy, and jim bennit). custom cards housed a very special surprise for them, and i was more than happy to provide the lettering for these inspiring and incredible members of the downtown chicago community.

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secondly, a lovely wedding logo for a couple of engaged new yorkers, wilma and theresa. they wanted a design that brought the two of them together with their new shared surname. i think it'll look lovely on everything they decide to use it on throughout their wedding planning, and thereafter.

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and thirdly, the most lovely woman from north carolina contacted me a few weeks ago to design the logo for her wedding photography business. anne liles is incredibly talented, and her style is so indicative of everything i find beautiful about love - the simplicity, the purity, the vibrancy and richness of all the senses. she captures all of that and more, and i was so pleased to be able to design something that represents that, along with her motto, 'life is art'.

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all you need is love is all you need

if you too live in chicago, then can i just start by saying, my goodness, how gorgeous is this weather? i'm seriously smitten with the sun right now.  and speaking of smitten, here are some lovely love stamps for a love-filled month, available over on my etsy shop. grab one, stamp some valentines, or maybe even your own valentine, and spread the love.

 

 

toasting the lovely ms. buryk

so, a brief interlude here while i mention that this past wednesday was my dear roommate  (and talented photographer - check out her websitelexi b.'s birthday.  this wonderful lady has made my stay so far in chicago incredibly fun, adventurous and, most importantly, filled with the most amazing and quite tasty dinners and parties.  obviously i had to embellish her birthday card with my new papercutting obsession...

love and good cheer for another year!

halloween treats

happy halloween everyone!  

copyright jillian schiavi 2010

 

such a good turnout for costumes and treats this past friday night.  here's what we had on tap:

 

 

the people: lollipop princess, medieval wench, monkfish, the windy man, annie hall, flapper, fireman, a banana within a banana, the oil spill, the late devil, sam adams, a bag of leaves, pulp fiction, general washington, art and gym, the sex pistols, gypsy, hermione granger and the nerd, the garden of eden, hamburger helper, the cat burglar, holmes and watson

 

 

the food: bacon brownies, savory puff pastry palmiers, pumpkin whoopie pies, cheddar-herb biscuits, cheese plate, curried butternut squash tart, apple crisp

 

enjoy the gorgeous weather and the rest of your haunting halloween weekend!

 

won't you be mine?

a very happy valentine's day to all the lovers out there - whether you're spending the day with friends, family or someone special, i hope you all take the opportunity to let the people you love know just how much they mean to you. this one is for my (doctor-in-training) valentine:

the text reads 'i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)' from the e.e. cummings poem... one of my favorites.  enjoy the day everyone - at the very least, treat yourself to a valentine's day decorated cupcake from magnolia bakery!

event lettering

jeepers, two posts in one day? i'm on a kick, and i can't help it. plus i'm smacking myself upside the head for not yet sharing with you the hand lettered hors d'ouevres signs i created for the random house holiday party this past december.  my dear friend kate requested my services, and i was only all too happy to oblige (ecsatic really; spending hours with a ruler and fine tip sharpie made me a very cheerful girl).

wonderful party-planner that she is, kate decided to name the hors d'ouevres after some of the amazing, hilarious and award-winning books that little random published in 2009.  see if you can guess any of the real titles below:

 

 [olive kitteridge]

[official book club selection]

['f' my life]

[hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet]

[the sweetness at the bottom of the pie]

[let the great world spin]

[i am the new black]

 

and the two vendors we used:

[perri's plates]
copyright jillian schiavi 2010

 

 

[carlei estates]

i had so much fun creating these, and would love to do more in the future! 

ps. happy birthday to my roommate megan!

new year, new post

snowy day in massachusetts oh dear dear dear.  i can't believe i've let it go so long without posting anything, and so for the very few of you who read this from time to time (or who just accidentally click on the link in my gmail status every so often), i apologize profusely.  i could blame any number of factors: the endless holiday parties; the trips to chicago, massachusetts, and, um, manhattan; finishing and panicking about grad school applications; general laziness; etc.  the truth is, i've been a horrible and non-diligent blogger.  but, as the expired calendar hanging on my wall has been reminding me for the past few days, it is indeed a new year, and so what better time to begin anew than now?

since it's been so long, here's a quick update on what's been going on:

the holidays were absolutely wonderful.  spending an entire week at home with family and friends, hosting and attending parties and small dinners, shopping for last-minute gifts and finding spontaneous adventures in the wound-about back alleys of boston was truly the only way i could have wanted to escape work and any droplets of stress not yet wrung from the past year.  i love going home.  i love that my parents' fridge is always stocked with orange juice, half and half and about five different varieties of cheese.  our living room, with its wall of windows looking out across our backyard and the trees that line the stone wall where kasey (our late faithful and mangy and beautiful german-retriever dog) is buried, is admittedly a much more serene view than the projects that fill the windows looking out of my brooklyn apartment.  and there are always people about the house, engaged in various activities, talking to each other from across rooms or up stairs, preparing meals, wrapping gifts, annoying each other with the choice of television show until finally mum announces that it's dinner time.  there's really nowhere else i'd rather be, especially at the holidays.  our house glimmers, it sparkles, it glows from inside and out.  our big blue spruce, the pride of my father, done up with hundreds of colored twinkle lights, becomes a beacon of cheerfulness to all who drive up to our house between the months of november and march.  when i think of the home that i'll someday build with my own family, it's hard to stray any further from the example that's been set there.

applications are just about complete; as soon as my portfolio is tweaked a bit and recommendation letters are put in the mail, all i'll have left to do is wait and send positive energy out into the world until april 1st.  waiting is always the hardest part, but in the meantime i remain hopeful and more determined than ever to promote good change in my professional life.  well, in my personal life too.  it never hurts to try everything.

and speaking of professional and personal life melding, i've decided to apply for the yoga to the people teacher training program in february.  this is something i've been wanting to do for a long time, perhaps when i started practicing yoga there three years ago.  i'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to become more in tune with the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of this practice, and i know it will end up being an exhilarating and eye-opening experience.  hopefully you'll be reading more about the process come february when the training begins!

ok, i think that's enough for now.  i know everyone's been in a very reflective and reevaluating mood as of late, and so to prolong the trend, i'd like to offer up some resolutions, or general guidelines that i hope to keep in mind as 2010 moves ahead.  i will strive to seriously not sweat the small stuff (life is far too short for that).  i will take more initiative with my life and where i want it to head (no one else is going to do it for me).  i will cherish my family and friends, and will do whatever i can to come to their aid when called upon (i know that they would for me).  and lastly, i will have more fun, more laughter, more silliness and spontaneity in my life.  what's the point in going through the day-to-day if there's nothing enjoyable about it?  i refuse to be pulled down into the muck, and i hope that you all do too.

best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy 2010.  much more to come soon!

cheers,

jilly

lots-oh motzoh

usually around this time of year i'm beginning to dream of easter morning, waking up in my little twin bed (or the sofa that's since usurped its position as primary piece of furniture) in my little room in my parents house, bending over the side and reaching for the green plastic-weaved basket that will have invariably been set there at some obscure hour of the night/morning.  or i'm dreaming of easter brunch/dinner/dessert, when my 40 day-long chocolate/coffee/cheese (this year's choice) fast will finally reach an end.   

this year was a bit different.  yes, i am still anxiously awaiting a cheddar omelet, or baked brie, or pasta with parmesan generously sprinkled on top, but a new tradition has been recently added to my early-spring repertoire.  and although i am in no way jewish, i'd like to think i made my fictional yiddish grandmother proud with the feast i helped to create for 15-16 of my and my roommate's nearest and dearest, and mostly christian friends.  there was apple kugel, charoset, a (quite delicious) brisket, roasted vegetables, homemade hummus (courtesy of heidi's phenomenal recipe - just the right amount of spice, and perfect with crudites), a flourless chocolate cake with a density index of about 100%, and ina garten's perfect little raspberry gratins.  top it all off with a case and a half of two buck chuck, and i say it was a success!

 

on our many excursions to prepare for passover, my roommate and i found these cute and extremely versatile individual gratin dishes at fishs eddy - they worked perfectly for the dessert and as containers for the hummus and aioli dip we served to begin. 

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we also picked up 3 of their 1 liter carafs, which made the table look incredibly beautiful - a nice and simple touch to transform any dinner party into something just a little more special.

 

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and finally, the first glance of my own illustrations - i was tasked with designing the place cards for everyone ('tasked' isn't quite the right word - jumped up and down, waving my arm like an overeager second grader is more like it).  here are the two designs that i came up with - the second ended up winning out, with the brooklyn skyline serving as a banner at the top and each person's name handwritten below it.

 

copyright jillian schiavi 2009

copyright jillian schiavi 2009

i think this passover thing might just become an adopted tradition... just so long as the easter bunny still drops off some robin's eggs by my couchside.