One the Eve of the great Turkey Day.

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What is it about Thanksgiving that makes me giddy with excitement?

No… it’s not just the copious amounts of food and a free ticket to be fat and lazy for a day… though, that’s not too shabby of a deal…

At the risk of sounding cheesy and rehearsed, Thanksgiving is a great day for family.  You know, that group of close family and unhealthily close friends that you are most comfortable with.  The ones that if I decide to wear slippers all day and choose to not do a thing with my hair, I know won’t judge me.  That, above all, is the greatest gift one can be given.  So in preparation of the Day of the Gobbler: I plan on doing an extra workout in the morning, brushing up on my poker skills (yes, that’s how we roll), and making some rockin’ baked mashed potatoes.

Football, cards, excessive amounts of food, fuzzy slippers (the target ones are the best…  L.L. Bean’s got nothing on those bad boys), and my strangely entertaining and wonderful family.  Seriously, what more could one ask for?

Can’t wait.

I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow and enjoy the slower pace for a day.  Unless you’re in retail, then I’m so sorry.  We’re not Black Friday people… and never could be.  If I walked into one of those places on Friday, I would just be apologizing to all of the workers the whole time and not paying attention to the middle aged women fighting over the last copy of Fifty Shades of Gray.

Cheers, guys!  Here’s a hand turkey…

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Happy Anniversary!

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So we just completed a fun little project for some old friends that turned out to be a rather funny story…

About 2 weeks ago, an old friend, Matt, sent us a message through our Etsy shop where he asked about getting a custom designed print to give his wife for their five year anniversary.  Their wedding being a bit blurry by now, it was hard to believe that it had already been five years.   While it was great just to hear from our old friend, we were even more excited to help him with this cool little project as well.  So as we were hashing out what we wanted to use for his gift (being foodies, we decided on the names of the restaurants at which they had memorable meals) – I then got a Facebook message from Amy (Matt’s wife) asking for a custom piece to give Matt for their Anniversary.  My first reaction was similar to that of:  “Oh, s**t, what if they want the same thing… who’s bubble do I have to burst?”  Then, I calmly let her lead the way, which worked out great as she decided to go with one of our vintage book page designs featuring their wedding song – “Happy Everafter in Your Eyes” by Ben Harper – so I was immediately subdued in my freak out and decided this is going to actually work out.

So, to make it even more freaky Friday, they both even went so far as to order their final designs as 18×24 canvases.  Two people couldn’t be any more perfect for eachother… I mean, really… as they say great minds think a like and I know they got a little chuckle when they exchanged gifts realizing that they had essentially thought of the same exact gift (I know this because, as expected, I got an email to let me know how funny it was).  Adorbs.

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oui oui

Design Studio, graphic design, LeMonkey House, Posters

bonjour!

So, I know I have shared my fear of international travel with you all ever since seeing Taken.

My dreams of being swept away by a handsome stranger have become nightmares of being sold by said stranger.

Regardless, I still have big plans to travel the world. The plans are taking a bit longer than I originally thought due to the fact that I now have to pay for a security team.

Either way, I can still long for the day I look up at the Eiffel Tower or check out the Louvre Museum and smirk right back at that Mona Lisa.

There is so much I want to gush about when it comes to Paris but I will leave it up to this awesome geo-GRAPHIC  poster instead…

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Baltimore

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Do you like slushies, snow cones, slurpees or any one of the shaved ice family members?

Of course you do, you’re human and therefore you have no choice.

Well you can thank the great city of Baltimore. The original snowball was invented there during the Industrial Revolution.

Baltimore has been the home of many firsts. (and awesome people)

  • The first umbrella factory – 1828.
  • The first post office system – 1774.
  • The first dental school – 1840.
  • The first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore – 1844.
  • Baltimore was the first city to implement 311 service as a non-emergency hotline.
  • The first successful manned balloon launch in the United States launched from Baltimore and was operated by 13-year-old Edward Warren in 1784.
  • The first professional sports organization in the United States, The Maryland Jockey Club – 1743.
  • America’s first Catholic cathedral, the Baltimore Basilica of Assumption, is located in Baltimore.
  • Baltimore was the first United States city to illuminate its streets using hydrogen gas – 1816.
  • The first bloodshed of the Civil War, a clash between pro-South civilians and Union troops – 1861.

These, and many more, awesome people also hail from Charm City;

  • Michael Phelps
  • Babe Ruth
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Billie Holiday

So yea Baltimore is cool, and so is this…

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“My head is spinning…I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”

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I had to turn down the brightness on my computer screen. It is making my head feel fuzzy. I would like to take a long break from technology. No computer, no phone, nothing! Maybe then the little monsters crawling around inside my skull would go back to sleep. It would be nice to do anything that does not require a screen but, alas, I cannot completely sign off…yet…

We have been extra zombie like here at Monkey House lately. We are in the final stages of getting a new site up, completing new designs, and not to mention it is the holiday season! HEAD…MIGHT….EXPLODE.

I hope all of you out there in cyberworld are feeling good and enjoy our newest poster…Image

Design Studio, graphic design, LeMonkey House, Posters

Trying to explain how we arrive at ideas in this studio is like trying to explain a foreign language that I don’t speak.

We will start talking about something completely normal and reasonable and end up talking about aliens or something.

Not that aliens aren’t normal or reasonable.

THEY ARE.

I can’t remember how we arrived at the design for the following poster. I just know it is the result of one of our wild train of thought moments. We  were probably talking about grilled cheese and ended up with this…RenderingLayout