Happy Mother’s Day 2016

May 8, 2016 at 3:14 am | Posted in 2016, design, Mom, Mother's Day | Leave a comment

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Retraction: El Capitan Mac OS X

March 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Posted in 2016, Apple, Apple OS X, El Capitan, fix, Fonts | Leave a comment

I need to print a retraction to my earlier tirade against El Capitan. At this moment it seems like I’ve been able to fix my issues, and I think it was a conflict with font management software, and NOT the fault of the poor El Capitan. I’ve deleted my other article. People stumbling upon this will probably have no idea what I’m talking about. I just want to say that I finally found the right help from a guy named Linc on Apple’s support discussion forums. Yay! Happy computing! And, FYI, if you happen to get error messages saying you don’t have permission to open a file or save a file, just be warned that it may not have anything to do with permissions at all!

Mental Health App I’m Working On

February 9, 2016 at 3:00 am | Posted in 2016, Acceptance, Activism, Anxiety, Art, artists, arts & crafts, awareness, Cat Stories, Cats, Depression, design, drawings, gif, graphic design, hamster, loneliness, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mindfulness, mobile app, modeling, Psychiatry, psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychosis | Leave a comment

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Come Visit Michigan!

February 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm | Posted in 2016, flint, government waste, Homophobia, michigan, religious nutbags, water crisis | Leave a comment

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FREEBIE STUFF! LIMITED TIME!

December 17, 2015 at 1:47 am | Posted in 2015, Art, craft, crafters, creative, Fonts, Free, graphic design, scrapbookers, sundry, textures, typefaces | Leave a comment

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Hey graphic design oriented people, crafters, scrapbookers, people who use computers…basically everyone! haha. A friend shared this nice freebie with me, so I’m sharing it with you. It is a completely FREE download of some nice fonts, art, backgrounds, textures, mock-ups, and a sundry of things. If you are so inclined, I highly recommend downloading it. It will expire in a number of days though, so download ASAP. Here is the link: https://www.designcuts.com/product/the-massive-end-of-year-freebie-bundle/

Book Christmas Tree with Lights!

December 17, 2015 at 12:18 am | Posted in 2015, bear tree, Bearistas, Bears, book, book tree, Books, Christmas, Christmas Traditions, Christmas tree, Holidays | Leave a comment

I added lights, a few more bears, and an angel on the top! :)

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Book Christmas Tree!

December 13, 2015 at 6:12 am | Posted in 2015, book, Books, Christmas, Christmas Traditions, Christmas tree | Leave a comment

Since I’m organizing my book collection I decided to make a Christmas tree out of books! hahaha. Here it is so far. I might put lights on it too. If I had the patience I’d string popcorn and put it on! hehe

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The Christmas Ships Brand Book

December 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Posted in 2015, Art, Christmas, christmas ships, Christmas Traditions, design, Education, graphic design, Handmade | Leave a comment

Well, I finished up my Christmas Ships project and created a brand book. Here are the pages from the brand book. I’m also including a pic of what the cover looks like actually put together. :) I had fun with this project! :)

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More Xmas Ships Process Work

November 29, 2015 at 7:35 pm | Posted in 2015, Art, brochure, Christmas, christmas ships, Christmas Traditions, design, University | Leave a comment

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Fold Out Map for Christmas Ships Project Rough

November 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm | Posted in 2015, animated gif, Art, brochure, Christmas, design, graphic design, Kristin Bell, map, Portland | Leave a comment

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Christmas Ships Project for School

November 14, 2015 at 3:59 am | Posted in 2015, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Christmas Songs, Christmas Traditions, design, graphic design, Holidays | Leave a comment

I’ve been working on this design project for my typography class. I chose to do an event series centered on the Christmas Ships that parade up and down the rivers near Portland, Oregon with Christmas lights. Find out more at http://christmasships.org if you are interested. Here is some of my work so far. There is a whole bunch more process work that I’m not posting, but this is where I’m at right now. We have to create a whole bunch of different parts for the whole campaign. You can click the below images to enlarge them too.

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WWJD???

November 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Posted in 2015, ben carson, holiday cup, jesus cup, memes, Merry Christmas, Starbucks | Leave a comment

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Wrapping Up the Schizophrenia Type Project

October 14, 2015 at 5:05 am | Posted in 2015, Acceptance, Activism, Art, design, graphic design, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, school project, typography | Leave a comment

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Check out my booklet in the link below:

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Smoother Transitions Schizophrenia GIF

October 10, 2015 at 5:19 am | Posted in 2015, Acceptance, Activism, adobe cs6, animated gif, Anti-psychotics, Art, design, gif, graphic design, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia | Leave a comment

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Schizophrenia GIF

October 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in 2015, Acceptance, Activism, animated gif, Art, design, gif, graphic design, insanity, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, Schizophrenia | Leave a comment

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Schizophrenia is Not What You Imagine

October 9, 2015 at 1:07 am | Posted in 2015, Acceptance, Activism, design, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, typography | Leave a comment

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 6, 2015 at 1:36 am | Posted in Acceptance, Activism, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness | Leave a comment

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New Black Math Fabric!

August 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm | Posted in 2015, Art, Calculus, design, design your own fabric, fabric, fabric design, math, Mathematics | Leave a comment

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Yay! Just got my fat quarters of my math fabric that I made. It is basically an inverse of my other math fabric. Still fun to get a new design! http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4517129 and http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/4517180

Snow Bird Trip Map

August 20, 2015 at 3:58 am | Posted in 2014, Art, design, graphic design, map, snow birds | Leave a comment

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I made this for a graphic design project we had to do in my class about maps. It is a map of my parents’ trip from Vancouver to Phoenix.

Neutraface No. 2 Type Specimen Brochure I Made

August 20, 2015 at 3:44 am | Posted in 2014, artist, arts & crafts, design, graphic design, Neutraface No. 2, type specimen, typography | Leave a comment
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Wheee! A long while ago in school I made a type specimen brochure for Neutraface No. 2. Click the picture above or this link to see the PDF version. The printed version looks a bit different. I’ll try to post pics sometime.

Must Watch Video!

December 10, 2014 at 4:58 am | Posted in Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Acceptance, Activism, Allies, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks, awareness, Bipolar, BPD, Brain, Depakote, Depression, Diseases, DSM-5, Effexor, Emergency Room, Families, Family, Geodon, Haldol, Health, Kristin Bell, learning through film, Lithium, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, MAO Inhibitors, medical, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ocd, Prozac, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psycho, Psychoactive Substances, psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, Seroquel, sickness, stigma, Stories, Suicide, Support System, Surviving, symptoms, TED Talk, treatment, treatment of the mentally ill, Video, Zoloft, Zyprexa | Leave a comment

This is a great presentation/speech. I hope you can watch and share it! It really needs to go viral! Hopefully the correct video will play. It is a TED talk about mental illness and community.

New Brain-Neuron Fabric Gift Wrap Wallpaper!

December 8, 2014 at 7:20 am | Posted in 2014, Anxiety, Art, artist, arts & crafts, astrocytes, axon, axon hillock, Biology, Bipolar, body parts, Brain, Cartoon, cerebellum, clothing, craft, creative, dendrites, Depression, design, design your own fabric, doctor, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, frontal lobe, gift wrap, golgi apparatus, Health, Holidays, Illustrated, illustrator, Kristin Bell, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, Mental Health, Mental Illness, myelin, neuron, neuron impulse, neuroscience, neurotransmitters, oligodendrocyte, Paranoid Schizophrenia, pillow, Pillows, Prefrontal Cortex, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

Hey Everybody! I recently made this new brain/neuron fabric and gift wrap! I made a giant brain pillow for my psychiatrist too, and he seemed to like it which was awesome! :) Here are some pics! Also, the fabric, gift wrap, and wall paper are available on spoonflower here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3713721

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Friends with Mental Illness and Those Who Love Us, Please Take This NAMI Survey!

October 31, 2014 at 4:23 am | Posted in Bipolar, Depression, Emergency Room, ER, Mental Health, Mental Illness, NAMI, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychoactive Substances, psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, survey, treatment of the mentally ill | Leave a comment

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This is a survey by NAMI about experiences with ER mental health services. I believe the survey is for both people with mental illness and friends/family who have experienced the ER mental health situation. Please take the survey to help improve ER mental health treatment. I hope by taking this survey ERs will listen to how to improve things!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G5QCPP9

Infographic Design Project for School

October 28, 2014 at 1:18 am | Posted in 2014, CDC, Developed Countries, Developing Countries, Diseases, Ebola, Ebola Armageddon 2014, Ebola Panic, Ebola Scare, Herd Immunity, Infographic, Information Design, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Polio, Rubella, Statistics, Vaccinations, WHO | Leave a comment

I’m taking an information design class this term, and for my first project I thought I’d make a graphic about why we should be more concerned about vaccine-preventable disease than Ebola. Here are some shots of the graphics I made. It was actually printed out pretty large for the assignment. You should be able to click on the images to enlarge them somewhat for better reading.

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New Aqua Owl With Glasses Fabric

September 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Kristin Bell | Leave a comment

Just made this new owl fabric with Spoonflower! http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3496804

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Adobe CS6 Jaggy Letters FIX

April 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Posted in 2014, adobe, adobe cs6, blurry, CS6, fix, illustrator, indesign, jagged edges, jaggy, Mac, macbook pro retina, Photoshop, retina, retina display | Leave a comment

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Oh wow! You just got your MacBook Pro Retina and installed CS6 only to discover that the text and icons are jaggy! AHHH! TOTALLY SUCKS! Don’t worry, there is an easy fix. All you need to do is open Photoshop, go to the Help tab and click UPDATES. (I’m including a screenshot).

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It will open the application manager which will download and run the updates that are needed. It should update all of your CS6 apps, so they look beautiful and crisp. See the before and after above (note, the png takes away a bit of the crispness). You’d think when you *just* installed CS6 it would have automatically updated everything, but no. Anyway, this is painless and you’ll be happy with the results!

Kindle Blurry On New Retina MacBook Pro FIX

April 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Posted in 2014, amazon, Apple, blurry, blurry kindle, book, Books, fix, jagged edges, kindle, Mac, macbook pro retina, retina display, text blurry, type display | Leave a comment

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Hey! You just got a new MacBook Pro with Retina display and you want to read your favorite books with the Kindle app, right? Well, you might notice that if you downloaded the Kindle app from the Apple app store, the text is blurry. BUMMER! Don’t despair! Try this fix before you cry. Delete your Kindle app that you downloaded from the App store, and deregister your Kindle for that device. Then go to the Amazon store and get the Kindle app there. Here is a LINK as of 4/6/14. Install this app instead of the other one. It might say you are attempting to over-write a newer file. That is fine. This app from the amazon store is the one you want! It should fix your blurry situation. Be sure to register this app so you can get all of your books. I hope this helps! :)

Singing a Little “Blackbird”

April 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Posted in 2014, beatles, blackbird, Singing, Song, songs | Leave a comment

Contribute to a Great Woman!

December 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Posted in 2013, 2014, brain & spinal surgery, fundraiser, Kristin Bell-Murray, singer-songwriter, Singing, Song, songs, surgery | Leave a comment

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Hey Everybody! If you are reading this blog, you might know my name–Kristin Bell. Well, there is another Kristin Bell, Kristin Bell-Murray to be exact, who could really use your help. She needs brain and spinal surgery and is trying to raise the money to pay for it. Kristin and I met years ago…if I remember correctly, I was googling my name or something and I came upon her site. It was either that or she was one of the Kristin Bells who I friended on Facebook when I was trying to friend ALL of the Kristin Bells on FB. lol. Anyway, she lives in Canadialand, that great country up North, but they won’t pay for her surgery. HUGE BUMMER! She is a singer-songwriter, but has been somewhat sidelined by pain and problems relating to what she needs surgery for. So, if you are able and would like to help out with a donation of any size, here is her fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/5xc34w . Also, here is her blog if you’d like to find out more about her struggles/issues: http://kbm-idlehands.blogspot.com/

Our 2013 Christmas Tree

December 22, 2013 at 5:33 am | Posted in 2013, bear tree, Bearistas, Bears, Christmas, Christmas tree, decoration, Hello Kitty, ornaments, Starbucks, Starbucks Bearista Bears, Starbucks Bears, tree, Trees | Leave a comment

IMG_4269This is our 2013 Christmas tree. It has a few Hello Kitties, but mostly it has my Winter collection of Starbucks Bears. :) There are also a few ornaments on it, but not many compared to how many ornaments we actually have! lol. The Winter Starbucks bears also include some of my Chinese New Year Bearista bears. :) Happy Holidays everybody! :)

 

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