Social media graphics for PAWS NY’s Save the Date announcements. These will be seen on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the next few weeks before the official invite goes out. More to come!
ATS Auto Service
Remember a few years back when I customized a website for ATS Auto Service? Well, they’ve outgrown it! So, for the past few weeks I’ve been working on a new Squarespace website for them - we’re about to launch, so stay tuned!
- coming soon -
Thankfully, this Winter has been very busy for me. With freelance, my job at SHOP thomaspaul and a new job at MAN of the WORLD, my days are packed full of design and web management. Can’t complain (too much), because I love what I do. I’ll have new work posted on my website www.sarah-stevens.com soon - cheers!
A collection of photos I’ve taken of my favorite places, spaces and creatures. All photos are my own.
Set Production Fun
Photos from a fun production design project I recently assisted on. This is a “Pillow Bed” for the main character of an upcoming film. This bed is on of many whimsical elements like a unicorn mobile, green claw-foot tub and pieces of cake for a little boy. I draped and sewed these over-sized “pillow cases” overnight, in time for their 6am shoot.
2014 Resolutions/Focus Areas
I think having goals or areas of focus is really important and it helps me as a creative person to stay on track a little bit more. Tangents will still to had, but I’m planning on focusing in on these areas…
Enjoy quality time with the people who matter most…focus energy on the relationships that have an equal balance of love, support and dedication.
Make more of an effort to keep in touch.
Work with people, publications, organizations and establishments that nurture their communities, believe in quality over quantity, produce something useful, meaningful, beautiful and healthy for the world and above all, understand that kindness, honesty and hard work are the tools to success. Beautiful design is a major plus, too! Currently inspired by Brooklyn Brewery, Apartment Therapy, Warby Parker, Mast Brothers Chocolate, and Best Made.
Keep active with yoga and cycling, but introduce running as a new hobby. I’ve been wanting to learn how to run long distances and this seems like a fitting time as any.
Believe in me more.
See a collection of my thoughts on creating a happier life here
CHEERS TO A GREAT YEAR!
The first craving of the New Year was for Hush Puppies. Random, but then cravings usually are. My obsession with Hush Puppies started early, thanks to my grandfather. He would take me and my family to seaside seafood joints in Florida and order at least two baskets or these breaded balls of wonder and anything we didn’t eat, came home in a doggy bag.
Now, if ever I’m in the South or near water, I seek out Hush Puppies. However, seeing as I’m a city girl in the North, the pickings are slim so I made this easy recipe and have to say these puppies come awfully close to the ones that sparked my obsession years ago.
This was an excellent craving-cure and also helped with the NYE headache :-)
Makes 15 to 20 hush puppies
1 cup white cornmeal flour
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon sugar
½ cup milk
¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
1. In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees.
2. Beat together egg and milk.
3. In a separate bowl, combine corn meal, salt, baking powder and sugar. 4. Add dry ingredients to egg and milk mixture and stir until smooth.
5. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls into the hot oil.
6. Fry until golden brown. Drain on a paper towels and serve hot.
NOTE: I served my hush puppies with a side of pickled sauerkraut and a Sriracha-mayo dipping sauce.
Sgroppino Jello Cubes
The classic Italian cocktail gets reinvented as a tiny, deliciously dangerous jello cube…
Traditional Sgroppino’s call for Lemon Sorbet, Prosecco or Champagne and Vodka served in a champagne glass. I’m throwing a NYE party and wanted a fun ( and addictive) jello shot to serve that wasn’t cheesy, bland or over-played, so I decided to incorporate the ingredients from this classic cocktail, into a fun and easy-to-serve jello cube. Expect a tart, yet sweet taste without the sting of (cheap) vodka and prepare for a lot of bubbly party goers with this really easy recipe.
Makes 36 cubes
1 1/2 cups Prosecco
1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/2 cup water
4 envelopes plain gelatin
1 cup vodka
1. Pour Prosecco, lemonade concentrate and water into a small saucepan on low heat
2. Sprinkle with gelatin and stir until fully dissolved (appx. 2 min)
3. Remove from heat and stir in vodka
4. Pour into a 6x6 pan (metal or glass) and refrigerate at least 1hr
5. After the jello has set, sprinkle sugar on top and cut as desired
NOTE: Once cubes are out of the refrigerator, they will begin to soften quickly! Try small servings, passed with festive toothpicks (as pictured).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’ve always been obsessed with magazines, but probably not for the reasons you’re thinking of. From high fashion magazines to cultural institution catalogs and mailers, I’ve been cutting and cataloging beautiful layouts, inspiring color combinations and smart styling.
I love when a photograph has depth and shows stylish resourcefulness, like the latest Gifts issue by Anthropologie.
These snapshots are of my favorite pages. I’m really impressed with the simplicity and casualness of the layouts, combined with lush color-play and unexpected accents like handmade paper squares, a dusting of black sand and oil pastel line drawings. I’m inspired to buy, despite my aversion to advertising and marketing ploys, so this art director has done their job flawlessly. These pages are going in the books. Filed under: AWESOME ART DIRECTORS TO LEARN FROM.
p.s. the poodle scarf had to be included for comedic relief.
Junk Yard Found Type
While home in Massachusetts, I took daily walks around my neighborhood, photographing nature and typography. A majority of found type came from the local Depot - a favorite hangout of mine.
Book Cover & Website Design
My latest project has launched! Author James Boudreau wrote Exporting Prosperity - Why the U.S. Economy May Never Recover and I designed the book cover, official website and outfitted his social media accounts - see my work here. This is a great read about what’s really happening in our economy and how we can support our future, but supporting our neighbor. Buy the book here and visit the website.