28 December 2010

warby parker

Probably some of the most stylish eyewear I have seen, in terms of the frames themselves and the campaign shots. All frames are pretty affordable at $95. By Warby Parker.

alison scarpulla

Totally in awe of these creepy, cool shots by Alison Scarpulla. I love how otherworldly and eerie her photographs feel. She definitely has a style all her own.

23 December 2010


TypArchive is a site with a collaborative image database of lettering, in hand painted and three dimensional forms, from all over the world. It's a good source of inspiration if you like typography.

17 December 2010

nick mills

A typographic experiment by Nick Mills.

friday find: geometry

Another random find on the internet. I love every aspect of this, especially the geometry of it. It feels very indicative of winter; icy and cold. Exactly what the weather is like outside right now.

15 December 2010

shadows + contours

I'm not sure where this came from (help me out if you know) but I love this image. Edit: source here.

the heads of state + the great gatsby

The Heads of State have created a letterpress print inspired by The Great Gatsby, that features the business cards of the movers and shakers that attended Gatsby's parties in the summer of 1922. Each 18x24" print is done in four colors on French Poptone Sweet Tooth (by Studio on Fire) and are hand signed and sealed in an edition of 300. Buy one here for $90. Since I loved the book and the concept of the print, I may or may not have bought one already.

06 December 2010

lab partners + the grand

At work, we recently wrapped up a holiday project for the Grand America, a swanky hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. For a small portion of the project, we hired Lab Partners to do a few illustrations for us. I think they turned out great. I love the candy store one. It's also a little crazy to see my stuff mixed in with their art (even if it's just a monogram)!

01 December 2010

cloudy collection: simple

The latest edition of the Cloudy Collection was released today. The theme for this set was Simple and contains seven 4x6" mini letterpress prints for $35. The edition is limited to 100 copies and features artwork from Graham Annable, Tad Carpenter, Jennifer Daniel, Tom Gauld, Blanca Gómez, David Huyck, and Lauren Nassef.

29 November 2010

luciano lozano

Illustrations by Barcelona-based artist Luciano Lozano. Download these as iPhone and iPad wallpapers here or on Poolga (click the links below).
[ Above: The Moon Is Mine / A Perfect Day ]

david mashburn + ritz

The current Ritz branding campaign has taken a step toward simplicity with bold, colorful shapes. I really like how iconic and modern it feels. By David Mashburn.

emmadime knitted

It's been doing nothing but snowing in Salt Lake lately, so all I have been wearing are sweaters, scarves and hats. I like these options from Emmadime Knitted in Berkeley, California. I especially like that huge bow scarf. It looks really warm.
[ Above: The Tiny Bow, $20 / Bow Scarf, $40 / Big Bow Hair Clip, $20 / Bow Tie, $20 ]

18 November 2010

whitney hubbs

I am really liking this photo by Whitney Hubbs. I have been trying for a good part of my life to get a shot of a flock of birds flying and so far, still unsuccessful. I am loving this version though.

15 November 2010

2011 calendar

It's finally here! My 2011 calendars are now stocked and available in seven options (lemon-lime, mint or red ink on a few different paper stocks). This time around, the illustrations feature animals with a touch of character: a little sleepy, a little nonchalant, a little bored and quirky. $25 in the shop.

11 November 2010

the naked & famous: passive me, aggressive you

I love the debut album from New Zealand band The Naked And Famous. Passive Me, Aggressive You contains songs that are part pop, part electronic, and some that are just insanely catchy. Notable songs: All Of This, Punching In A Dream, Frayed, The Sun, Eyes, Young Blood, Girls Like You.

09 November 2010

home sweet home

I'm a little obsessed with this print by Seb Lester. It's hand screen-printed on Mirri paper, which changes color depending on the lighting condition and angle you are viewing it from. So cool.

08 November 2010

28 October 2010

write a bike

Being that I ride a bike, I naturally love these illustrations by Juri Zaech. The best part is that they are trying to get a prototype made of one of these. I would totally want a bike with my name on it.

25 October 2010

animals + poolga

Two wallpapers of mine debuted on Poolga this morning! If you follow what I am up to, you might notice the animal illustrations are from my calendar for next year (which should be done really soon). I thought they could make fun phone wallpapers too. If you have an iPhone or iPad, get over to Poolga and download from there. There are a plethora of other designs to choose from as well.
[ Above: Gorilla / Zebra ]

20 October 2010

wine + spirits packaging

Sometimes the packages for wine and spirits have the coolest labels. I just want to collect all of these bottles and not necessarily drink what is in them.
[ Above: W.Wagtail designed by Voice / The Kraken by Stranger & Stranger / Death's Door by Grip ]

19 October 2010

david burdeny

I really love the feel of David Burdeny's photographs, especially the ones in the Sacred & Secular section. The way he photographs places makes me want to visit every location he has shot.
[ Above: Grand Canal I, Venezia, Italy ]

11 October 2010

one & the same

100% cotton canvas tote bags from One & The Same, a design studio created by Alessandra Olanow. Available in natural or black for $26.
[ Above: The Photographer / The All-Star ]

built by wendy fall 10

Built By Wendy's Fall 10 line is drawn from the past, from the architecture and design of post-war Germany’s Bauhaus Movement and its utopian definition to the photography of Josef Koudelka, whose black and white images of eastern European youths-in-revolt provide a dramatic background for the season. The overall look and feel suggest a hopeful rebellion against an industrial background as well as a respect for practical material.

03 October 2010

things out of character

Things Out of Character is a line of limited edition prints created to benefit charity. The posters are designed by the staff at Character in San Francisco and are limited to an edition of 50. Each poster measures 16x24” and is printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art archival paper.
[ Above: Created Out of Character / Into the Void ]

01 October 2010

seesaw + 2011 calendar

I have Seesaw's 2010 calendar and love it, but they have really outdone themselves with next year's calendar! Their new one is done in metallic foil and warm grey letterpress and is inspired by vintage textiles, geometric shapes, and the beautiful imperfections of hand-drawn illustration. Each calendar contains six pages (two months on a page) that are perforated so you can frame the art or use it as a postcard later. I already have mine and it is so good-looking in person. Get yours here for $32.

29 September 2010

motel signs

Great illustrations of motel signs from Brian Everett of EVRT Studio.
[ Above: 29 Dollars / Traveler Motel ]

26 September 2010

the unseen sea

Stills from The Unseen Sea, a video that animator/photographer Simon Christen made from time lapses took around the San Francisco Bay Area over the period of a year.

24 September 2010

f. scott fitzgerald

More awesome book cover design from Coralie Bickford-Smith, senior cover designer at Penguin Books. I am loving the metallics and art deco inspired patterns on the book jackets. These may be my favorite of hers so far.

23 September 2010


I am not too entirely sure what this is, but I know that I am loving this image on the front page of Grandpeople's website. If I were a musician, I would want this on my album cover.

22 September 2010

pavel fuksa

The retro illustration style of Pavel Fuksa. Also visit his Flickr page here.


So you might have noticed that this blog has garnered a new look, address and name. I am pretty excited about this change. It was long overdue. To tell you the truth, I was getting sick of the name Fancy Frills, mostly for the fact that the meaning didn't fit the whole idea of this blog (fancy frills are a kind of tulip). So I renamed it. I like the name Carnival for a lot of reasons. If you go to a carnival, you notice it is full of all types of things: amusement, fun, rides, games, food and a slew of other things to see and do. This blog is a compendium of things from all over, much like how a carnival is run. It's a spot where several components come together in one place. Not to mention, my name is hidden in the title. So it fits. I think it's a much better representation of what I am and what I want this blog to be like. So here's to the same old blog but with a fresh new twist.
[ Above: Ferris wheel photo by Irene Suchocki ]

20 September 2010

horsey by eungi kim

Eungi Kim created Horsey, an attachable accessory that makes a bicycle look like a horse. It's one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in Designboom's Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. It would be great for a kid. See more photos of it here.

19 September 2010

richard pearse: work in progress

Richard Pearse emailed me recently to let me know of this cool new project he has in the works. As always, it's something totally new and different, but in a style all his own. For this series, the aim was to make the art more about the wood, the patterns and the composition created by the wood. If this is what it looks like when he is still working on it, I can't wait to see the final product. See an older post about him here.

18 September 2010

24 hour show

What you are seeing above is my piece for the 24 Hour Show tonight! If you are in Salt Lake, stop by the Hive Gallery (at Trolley Square) because tonight is the only day the pieces are being shown. The rule of the show was that you had twenty-four hours from wood panel pick-up and submitting your finished piece. I work full-time, so that left me only a night to get this done. I worked on this on Thursday for over five hours straight. Gold paint, a tired fox and some roses. All of the pieces in the show are being auctioned and you can bid on them from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight. Go take a look!
[ The Hive Gallery at Trolley Square: 600 S 700 East, Salt Lake City UT 84102 ]

15 September 2010

sneak peek: 2011 calendar

I have been feeling like I have so much to do recently and not enough time to finish it all. So tonight, I took a break from everything and just zoned out and finished the rest of my illustrations for next year's calendar. I was surprised at how much I got done. I feel pretty good about where I am at. The calendar for next year has a variety of animals that look like they just don't care: very nonchalant. There are even animals wearing glasses, baseball caps and bows! I thought I would try something a little different this time around. I'll probably print them in multiple colors too. I'm not sure if it'll be a high-quality laser, offset print, letterpress or screenprint as of yet, but I am excited to get this done!

13 September 2010

face to face

Face to Face is a cool project from Chelsea Roberson and Ashley Selby, where they take a self-portrait of themselves every Friday for a year in an effort to be better in front of the camera and as a symbol of their friendship.

09 September 2010


I did this today. I have been wanting a tattoo for over a year, but what's funny is that this is not even the image I have wanted the most for that duration. I'm still planning on getting what I originally intended, but thought I might as well get something else in the meantime. That's why it was probably one of my more spontaneous decisions to date. I just decided I should quit over-thinking things and just go for it. Good decision. Makes me wonder why I waited that long.

07 September 2010

dante terzigni

Surface design patterns from Dante Terzigni. Love his sense of color and shape.
[ Above: Triangle / Lantern / Outer-space / Blue ]

06 September 2010

etsy shop: tame

Nautical inspired knot necklaces by Tamé. They come in a variety of colors for $30 each. Love them.
[ Above: Red Leather Knot, $30 / Blue Leather Knot, $30 / The Navy, currently sold out / Mocha Leather Knot, $30 ]

03 September 2010

bikes + birthdays

Tomorrow is my twenty-fourth birthday and since I most likely won’t be getting online too much that day, I thought I’d share something a day early. Everyone who knows me knows I love bikes, vintage signs and typography, so this photo by Kristybee goes hand-in-hand with everything I like. I would just love to take a long road trip, bring my pedal bike and camera with me, and spend the days (and nights) exploring abandoned, run-down parts of towns and cities, while documenting and taking in the atmosphere of somewhere totally new and different. I do have nine more vacation days I need to use up by the end of the year too, so I just might make it happen. Who is with me?

01 September 2010


Happy September. I can't believe how fast time goes by. I have so much stuff I need to accomplish these next few weeks and I am stressed, but I couldn't be more excited about it. There are some fun things in the works. I am thinking of posting more about what I am up to in this blog too, maybe that could create a little bit of interest? Or at least give some background on who I am and what I do. In the meantime, take a look at the object collage above by Owen Glidersleeve.

25 August 2010

images d'orient

Some really great looking items from Images d'Orient. Their tabletop products, like coasters and placemats, pay tribute to the legacy of past civilizations. They are inspired by Mediterranean heritage and everything is made in a very modern material, PVC.
[ Above: Sejjadeh Urjuwan / Sejjadeh Zen ]

city with no children

I am really liking the concept and execution of this Arcade Fire poster by Invisible Creature. The idea came from the song City With No Children, off of Arcade Fire's latest album.

19 August 2010

16 August 2010


Three Potato Four has the greatest revolving stock of vintage signs and I love this Rollfast Bicycles sign. I would really love to hang this on the wall of my apartment, but the only caveat is that it is $695. So if you have that kind of money to spare, get it! I might need to save up and settle for this equally as cool custom hand-lettered shop sign someday.

11 August 2010

lauren moffatt fall 10

So I pretty much love everything Lauren Moffatt designs and her Fall 10 line is no exception. I would seriously love to go to football games and jump in piles of leaves wearing these clothes.

09 August 2010

poketo for target

Sneak peek at the Poketo for Target collection, which launches tomorrow. The fifty-two piece collection consists of bags, umbrellas and accessories designed by twenty-one different artists.

07 August 2010

crystals & lasers

Pieces from Crystals & Lasers, a solo exhibition in Paris featuring the work of Portland, Maine based artist MWM (Matt W. Moore). All of the art is done in spray paint and is inspired by his time spent absorbing French culture, the city, the vibrant colors, the exaggerated geometry, and the diverse architecture and fashion of Paris.
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