Weekly Ginger Bites

Weekend is here – at last! Man, this past week has just been insane, I think it’s taken even longer than normal to get to Friday! This week I’ve made a couple of changes and planned for pretty much the rest of the year, which sounds crazy, but my calendar has a habit of filling up pretty fast! Firstly, I’m going to be taking a week off from the 3rd til the 10th of August! It’s been a super intense year for me, mentally and emotionally, and it hit me as I was lying in bed not being able to sleep for the umteenth night – I need a freakin’ break! So I’ll not be responding to any emails whatsoever, no phonecalls, nothing at all! It’ll help me to refocus, relax and find renewed energy to take on the next few months til the end of the year, since I don’t usually take that much time off over Christmas and New Year!

Secondly, I’m not taking on any new projects at all until September! With so many projects at the moment that have deadlines either towards the end of August or early September, I’d prefer to focus all my energy to my existing projects to get them completed. You can’t start one slice of cake unless you’ve finished one, right?! I do have some fabulous projects that I can’t wait to see completed and show them off to the world! 🙂 From 2Loan, BEST, Little Seahorses, Purple Mountain, SPL and more! To my existing clients – you’re getting all my love and energy! To anyone wanting to using me in the next few months – I promise it’ll be worth waiting until September for!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and until next week, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

Lenovo Gets A Fresh New Look!

Is Your Design Style Out Of Date?

12 Super Valuable Skills Every Designer Should Learn

This Goes Out To All Those Who Are In Their Mid-Twenties, Unmarried and Childless!

How To Collaborate With Someone Overseas

How Amazing Is This App That Makes Recycling Easier?

 

 

Good For A Laugh

What Do You Get When You Mix Fighter Jets, Beaches and Tents? This!

How To Make Your Shopping Trolley AMAZING!

 

My Faves

Fave Design: Dress Your Tech

Fave Song: Taylor Swift & Paramore Mashup – Bad Business

Fave Recipe: Low Carb, Gluten Free Dark Choc & PB Cake

 

Weekly Ginger Bites

You know that feeling when you’ve had too much of something – chocolate, coffee, alcohol, work?! That’s how the last week felt to me – just a little too much! I’m pretty sure the universe has heard me – it’s been a wonderfully quiet yet productive week!

At the end of last week, I was bordering on the edge of way-too-busy-and-overloaded-ness. I realised I needed to take a break, somehow, but couldn’t quite figure out how without turning people away. Instead, it seems everyone heard me and has given me a day or two of fewer emails and slightly relaxed deadlines. And I was exceedingly grateful for that! Usually around the middle of the year, I do try to make sure I don’t get burnt out, something I literally can’t afford to do now. I remember my first year at varsity where I was burnt out after just 2 terms – I learnt quickly how to stay on track. But a 7 week break between terms certainly helped – something I didn’t have at my first job. I’ve learnt, and am still learning, that its so important to put yourself first and not get too caught up with work. I make sure I have set hours – 8 to 5, Monday to Friday. I always take a lunch break. While I love the idea of going to the spa every month, that doesn’t happen, but giving myself the chance to pamper myself at home certainly helps. And of course, take a mini holiday whenever I can, even if it’s just a trip out of the city for a day.

There are times when the universe doesn’t allow me all these pleasures, but it does seem to know when too much is too much. So, I’ve really enjoyed this week, and I’m hoping it’s given me enough of a break to carry on for a while! I will be having a real holiday in a few weeks time for our anniversary, which I really can’t wait for! Until then, I’ll just keep on keeping on, say they say! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and until next week, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

How Awesome Does The New GoPro Look?!

2015 Is The Year Of Simpler Logos

How To Promote Your Business Proudly

 

 

Good For A Laugh

How Many iPhones Can Stop A Bullet?

Guys Trying To Do Cat Eyes with Eyeliner Are Hilarious!

 

My Faves

Fave Design: Dress Your Tech

Fave Song: Ed Sheeran & Rudimentals – Bloodstream

Fave Recipe: No-Bake Chubby Hubby Bars

 

 

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Is it just me, or are these weeks starting to flap their wings and fly by now? It’s July – only 2 months left of winter! I am just a little excited for spring, this cold is really not working for me. It hasn’t been the coldest winter we’ve had though, or perhaps I’m just adjusting! Maybe staying wrapped up in a million layers is finally working!

It’s been a rather busy week, one big thing being that I managed to launch my photography website at long last! Since I’ve only been working on it in my spare time, it has taken a while, but I think it was well worth it! Check it out here! I also signed up for a pretty sweet course to create custom WordPress themes – oh yeah! For a while I’ve mostly been using paid themes and customising them, but it’s starting to take far too long to find the perfect theme for that one website, and it’s driving me insane. So, it’s about time I started learning how to create my own themes, taking me back to my HTML website days. I’m so excited, it’s going to be great to learn something new again that I can give to my clients!

I’ve still got some fabulous projects that I’m working hard on, which I hope to be able to show you in the next few weeks! With that being said, I think this week’s Ginger Bites is probably going to be the shortest one ever – I think I’ve been working too much to have anything more interesting to share with you! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and until next week, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

How This Photographer Handled An Anti LGBT Message From A Client – Amazing!

Lego Wants To Go Green With Their Plastic – This Makes Me So Happy!

Why Women Can’t Win If They Do Or Don’t Wear Makeup

It’s Ok To Do Give Yourself Permission To Do What You Love

Facebook Has A New Logo, It’s Not Terribly Inspiring, But Here It Is

 

 

Good For A Laugh

Ever Noticed Why There Aren’t Many Mothers in Disney Movies? Here’s Why!

There Are Some Very Special People On The Internet Trying To Sell You Things…

I Shouldn’t Laugh, Because It’s Actually A Serious Thing in The UK, But This Is How We See The UK’s Heatwave

 

My Faves

Fave Design: July Wallpaper Madness

Fave Website: CreativeBloq Deals

Fave Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Lollies

 

 

Weekly Ginger Bites

Another busy week has flown by and frazzled my brain a bit in the process! I swear I blink and another week as has gone by! With this time of year I don’t really mind because of winter – my office is usually around 12 degrees on a good day, and I get a bit of cabin fever when I realise I’ve blocked up all the gaps in the windows and sealed the doors shut! I was just a tad excited about the winter solstice, even though the sun isn’t actually at it’s furthest point yet, but it’s progress! And yes, for those summer lovers like me, the sun will start coming back on July 16, and we gain a whole minute of the day! Heck yes! 🙂

Last week Friday we went to see OneRepublic live at the Dome, and I was absolutely blown away by everything! Firstly, the whole event was so well organised, and the sound was almost flawless. Gangs of Ballet opened with some seriously good numbers to get the crowd going, and I wished they’d stayed on a bit longer! OneRepublic finally arrived on stage, hidden behind a giant white curtain and all we could see was their shadows, playing to Light It Up. The curtain dropped and there they were! Eeeek! The crowd was swept up with their amazing songs and we chanted and sang along to every song, it was simply mesmerising! They left us singing for their encore, where they spoilt us with 3 amazing songs, and to top it all off, we were to be included in their Native Tour DVD! Woohoo! It was definitely one of the most amazing experiences, I get the chills every time I think about it! Wishing we could do it all over again tonight!

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The rest of the week has been quite a blur, with more prep work for the swimming school, as well as the wedding expo next week. I received a whole bunch of prints and albums yesterday which totally made me realise how soon the show is! I’m starting to get super excited, but super nervous too!

Today I’m spending a bit of time outside of the office and heading out to the farm where I’ll be planning a calendar for Shepherd’s Fold! We ran out of time last year to plan one, but we’re starting early, and I can’t wait! What’s better than adorable ponies, beautiful horses, fresh air and an awesome calendar design? Watch this space folks!

With all of that, I still have a ton of work to do! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and until next week, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

If You’re A Freelancer (or just want to manage some projects) Check Out These Awesome Tools

30 Years of Web Design in 1 Image! My, How Things Have Changed!

Hands Up Who Likes Kaley Cuoco! Two Hands Up If Her Amazing Equestrian Skills Make Her Super Cool!

 

 

Good For A Laugh

Imagine Jurassic World… With Cats!

Imagine The Perfect Facebook – It Would Probably Look Something Like This

Squeaky Snape Is Hilarious!

 

My Faves

Fave Song: Imogen Heap – Propeller Seeds

Fave Recipe: No Bake Caramel Cream Cheese Balls

 

 

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You know it’s winter when you can barely feel your typing fingers, or your right hand from using the tablet! It’s been a busy week in my office, I never thought I would be this busy with some fantastic clients! Wow!

2 weekends ago I managed to spend a Sunday afternoon at a horse show, and took a few photos. For me, it’s the perfect combo to relax – horses and photography. Plus, it was the beautiful new arena launch at Shepherd’s Fold Stables, which was amazing. Those views are absolutely beautiful, and I can’t say enough about it! It’s great for riders and spectators alike, so I’ll hopefully be going to more and more in the future!

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Last weekend I took part in my very first RC race, and it was so much more intense than I realised! I’m not a naturally good competitor by nature, the stress gets to me and freaks me out to the point where I’d much rather curl into a little ball and sleep! So for me to take part in a race was incredibly challenging on that part of me, and it pushed a lot of buttons. I did well in the end, with a few hiccups, and finished second in my race overall! And to top it all off, my boyfriend his race as well, and it was his first time competing in this kind of racing. It was a mega learning experience, but as they say, if you fall off the horse, you have to get back on it and keep going!

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On Monday I started with the launch of Qotho’s new website, which we had some trouble with due to the host being, well, useless. I won’t name any names right now, but let’s say that they really need to pull their socks up. Thankfully the site went live, and we could all breathe a sigh of relief! With Tuesday being Youth Day, I took a relaxed day as best as I could, in fact, it was so relaxed that I don’t honestly remember what I did! Must’ve been good! I’ve been working with 2Loan on some new marketing posters, as well as some detailed custom poster calendars and notepads for Gemini Promotions. Also, I launched BEST’s new logo on my website, and I’ll hopefully be loading more work from them in the near future!

I’m also working super hard in the background on my photography website and prepping for a wedding expo in July. It’s so easy to get wrapped up with my normal work that I need to focus myself on getting everything ready well ahead of time. It’s a huge show, and being my first one, I am actually pretty nervous, but I’m hoping it’ll be a ton of fun and a good learning experience!

With all of that, I still have a ton of work to do! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and until next week, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

The 2015 Logo Trend Report is Out!

Going Back In Time – What Websites Used To Look Like!

Don’t Say No

Making 4 Day Work Weeks ACUTALLY Work

 

Good For A Laugh

How Cute Is This Minion Balloon On His Trip Around The Museum?

Not Only People Get Pranked – Imagine How These Dogs Felt!

These Cats Aren’t Smart, But They Are Cute!

My Faves

Fave News Site: BuzzFeed

Fave Freebies: Creative Market (6 freebies every Monday!)

 

Weekly Ginger Bites

Another intensive week has come and gone, and it’s been stressful and fun at the same time. This week I’ve been wrestling with WebAfrica’s archaic control panel and limitations, making a simple website become impossible. Gosh! Thankfully they surprised me with a quick response and we’re on the right track to getting this site going soon. Yay! I’m also working feverishly hard on getting Little Seahorses’s Swimming School’s signage and website going, man I simply can’t wait to see her second branch up and running in September! I always love working on signage projects because it’s one of the most important aspects of any company premises, and being a part of guiding people towards that company is quite an achievement. So, hopefully in a few months time I’ll have a ton of shiny signage leading up to a beautiful swimming school to show you!

This week I finally discovered the name of a song (it’s actually an instrumental for movies and trailers) that’s been stuck in my head for years – and it’s always been a tiny bit of it, never enough for me to work out where it came from. I broke down and Shazam’d it, and discovered it was Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell! Since then I’ve been listening to their music ever since, it’s fabulous background music that keeps me going while I work! I feel a little like a heroic character in a movie, on a quest to save.. uhm… something. Meanwhile I’m actually sitting at my desk, wrapped in a blanket, designing a flyer!

This weekend I may or may not be taking part in my very first on road RC race! A while ago I bought a body for my car (identical to my actually car) and then painted it. I’m not exactly very confident in my racing skills yet, heck, I’m still learning to go round corners, but this could be fun. So we’ll see what happens, keep an eye on Instagram for more! (P.S. Who’s loving the new Instagram site design? Minimal ftw!)

Have a fantastic week everyone, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

Controversial Logo Redesigns

How Cute Are These GIFs That This Designer Created?

Need Some Inspiration? Check Out These 45 Sites For A Dose Of Creativity!

Why I Hate Clickbait (and you should too!)

Floating Lanterns & Circue Du Soleil

This Dressage Horse Is Afraid Of Nothing!

Good For A Laugh

Famous Books Have Their Titles Written As Clickbait

When Boyfriends Choose Their Girlfriend’s Makeup

My Faves

Fave Instagram: Dimitry Roulland

Fave Music: 1 Hour Of Two Steps From Hell Vol II

 

Weekly Ginger Bites

Winter is totally officially here in Joburg! This weather has been so nice to us that I knew we were gonna have it bad when it happened. And it sure is bad – this icy air and freezing wind is awful! It sure doesn’t make me want to get out of bed in the mornings!

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So, my workload has pretty much exploded in the last week or so, which is fantastic. I’ve recently started doing all the design for a local loan business called 2Loan, from posters to business cards and more. I love having long term customers, it’s like making friends, but in a professional capacity. It’s also great to deal with the same people, you form a relationship that’s totally different from another customer, and it makes me feel ever so blessed! As well as 2Loan, I’ve also started working with Gemini Promotions, doing their corporate calendar designs & overprints, which has been fun and a bit of a learning experience. And, in more exciting news – remember the photos of the boxes I posted a while ago? Well, the brand is being launched tonight, and I’ll finally be able to show everyone what I’ve been doing! Next week I’ll be launching a new logo design and two new websites for local laboratory companies, so keep your eyes peeled! Things really have been flying here, and I’m loving it! Apart from the icy cold office (it’s currently 12 degrees centigrade in here) it’s making me incredibly grateful for every single customer I have! If you’re one of them, then here’s a mega thank you from me!

So, having had a rather busy week, I haven’t spent all that much time browsing the web unless I’m actually working, which means I’m not really browsing! So I’ve gathered what I could find, but it’s definitely been a quieter week on the interwebs for me! Hopefully next week will be a more colourful one!

Have a fantastic week everyone, here’s this week in links! Keep up with Facebook and Instagram to see what I do in between each Ginger Bites post!

 

Interesting Reads

If You’re Struggling For Inspiration, Listen To Sid Ceasar Who Really is Inspiring!
If Disney Princesses Lived Unhappily Ever After
Want To Work For Free? Make it Count!
Awesome Apps For Inspiration!

Good For A Laugh

You Can’t Deny The Utter Cuteness of This Bunny!
Designers – How Many Of These Fonts Do YOU Hate?
Cauliflower Pizza Base – DIY with Suzelle & Tim Noakes

My Faves

Fave DIY: Marbling for Everything!
Fave Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol 6