muses: design mom

09 December 2009   //     5 comments   //   muses

I’ve thought for weeks about the best way to ease my way into daily posting (which, even when I was blogging regularly, I never did). It seems apparent to me that many bloggers do it by way of prompts. A series of subjects to discuss, in rotation, to the extent that they become regular “features.” So I’m going to start things off with an inspiration series called muses. This will feature blogs and people who inspire me and who are my go-to reads/looks when I have a few spare seconds for reading/looking.

And who better to kick things off with than my good friend and Kirtsy partner, Gabrielle Blair of the always fantastic Design Mom. I first “met” Gabrielle through Laura and was smitten from the very first moment. In fact the first comment I left on her blog said something along the lines of, “You’re going to think I’m stalking you because I’m about to leave comments on nearly all your posts. I promise I’m not a stalker.” Luckily she believed me, and we’ve been friends ever since.

Design Mom, the blog, claims to be about the intersection of design and motherhood. What it doesn’t say that I’ll tell you is that it’s also about impeccable taste, witty writing and a generosity of spirit not often found in such abundance in one place.

Not surprisingly, Gabby herself is an amazing designer. Check out these beautiful, clever business cards she designed for a florist (back before her blog had achieved world domination):

Here are some more pictures of (and links to) things Gabrielle has showed me:

And then, as if all that (plus much much much more) weren’t enough, just try to tell me this isn’t the most fabulous family you have ever seen:

The Blairs

Thanks Gabby for inspiring me so often and in so many ways.

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5 comments to “muses: design mom”

  1. Imelda says:

    I think you are both amazing! Glad to know you and be inspired by you :)

  2. karey m. says:

    always respected her. always enjoyed the heck out of her sight. {a site would be way too common for her.} but posts like this one { http://bit.ly/6U0znd } make me glad she’s walking around in the world.

    great feature. and loving your redesign. brilliant. you should think about making a career of this. you just might do well at it. xoxo. karey m.

  3. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Laurie Smithwick and Laurie Smithwick, Gabrielle Blair. Gabrielle Blair said: Checking in with the Internet after a 24 hr break and discover @UpsideUp has written the nicest things about me. _smile_ http://ow.ly/K8z2 [...]

  4. Mom101 says:

    She inspires all of us. That’s a whole lot of inspiration going around from one skinny lady.

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